Mercury Retrograde in Gemini 2022 and the Eclipses

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As we discussed in the previous post Eclipse season one is going to start on April 30th. And we’ve seen how its main challenges are going to mainly focus on resources. However, we’ve also been talking about a more interior, psychological component. I’m referring to the planets in Pisces, that are going to give the eclipse a strong idealistic component.

In Anthroposophical terms, we are going to be dealing with the Luciferic forces. These forces seduce the human being with strong, one-sided, spiritual impulses. All spiritual communities should be very aware that “too much light” is as dangerous as “too much darkness”. And the social damages of a one-sided spiritual attitude are there for all to see.

In order not to get blinded by the mirages of the mind, we can prepare for these events. We can use Mercury retrograde as an opportunity to process the issues of the eclipses. In fact, when Mercury is retrograde the cosmic Mind turns within. Similarly, we can distance ourselves from the world to see things more clearly.

And as we are going to see, this Mercury retrograde is especially tied up with the second eclipse of May 16th.

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Mercury Retrograde in Libra 2021 – Closing the Elemental Triangle of Air

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Mercury is about to turn retrograde, reaching the final step of the Elemental Triangle of Air. As we’ve been describing in several articles, this year Mercury stations in all three air signs: Aquarius, Gemini and Libra. On September 27th, Mercury is going to complete this process in Libra, challenging us especially in the relationship field.

Mercury Retrograde in Libra 2021: Stone Balancing

As we know, Mercury is at home in air signs, especially because it rules this elemental triplicity with Saturn (Saturn by day, Mercury by night). As the god of the mind and intellect, Mercury in Libra turns his mental sharpness to the understanding of relational dynamics.

This means that when it turns retrograde we can expect challenges in this regard. Which concerns not only our significant other, but other people in general. Especially if a formal bond or relation exists between you and them. In other words, Mercury retrograde not only affects marriage (or long term relationships) but contracts and agreements as well.

The way Mercury retrograde challenges us is always the same. Misunderstandings and delays are the weapons the planet uses to force the mind to turn inwardly.

Frustration makes us question ourselves, in order to understand what’s wrong in us or others. But above all, in us. This transit in fact is always an opportunity for self knowledge and awareness.

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Mercury Retrograde in Gemini 2021 — Second Step of the Elemental Triangle of Air

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Gemini is the sign of networking. Its task is to connect together realities that would remain isolated otherwise. Crossroads, streets, trade routes, the neighborhood, public transportation, newspapers. Information, goods and people are restlessly exchanged by the Master of Words—Mercury. And from its sphere the Spirits of Language emanate their influence down to the earth, guiding and uniting entire nations under the same tongue.

Mercury Retrograde in Gemini 2021: feathers and fabric

Mercury in Gemini is very powerful. Intelligence has wings, and all the significations related to communication and movement thrive in here. But what happens when Mercury gets retrograde? Is this accidental debility enough to break the spell?

We’ve already discussed about the general effect of Mercury Retrograde introducing the Elemental Triangle of Air. This year, through its retrograde stations across the Air signs, Mercury is going to draw that shape in the sky. In late January Mercury in Aquarius started this process, activating a stellium (cumulus of planets) in the first Air sign of the sequence. With his transit through Gemini, Mercury is now going to make the second step of the Triangle of Air.

Let’s now take a look at the aspects that Mercury is going to make during his stay in Gemini, to better understand what to expect from it.

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Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius 2021 — A Scale of Notes in the Music of the Spheres

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The winds of change blow from the east. The Mind looks to the future, sensing new possibilities, as the ideals shine like stars before dawn, promising a better world.
What could go wrong? What are the obstacles facing the path? Hesitation delays the moment of change. But all the issues to be addressed are slowly gathering together by the hour.

On January 30th Mercury is going to turn retrograde at 26° Aquarius. This is the first of the three retrograde periods of the year that are going to trace a great Triangle of Air in the sky. In this article we are going to talk about the stellium (cumulus of planets) that is slowing forming in Aquarius, as well as the role of Mercury Retrograde in activating it.

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Stellium in Aquarius

As we know the Sun just entered Aquarius. And as we have discussed about, the Jupiter Saturn conjunction recently took place in that zodiac sign. This means that at the moment we’re not only having the Sun in Aquarius, but also Saturn and Jupiter.

To which we must now add Mercury as well, for a total of 4 planets. And as if that weren’t enough we’re also going to have Venus in Aquarius, joining the party from February 2nd (the day of Candlemas or Imbolc).

This is technically speaking a big stellium in Aquarius made of 5 planets. Basically half of the planets (5 out of 10) will be in Aquarius. But what’s the meaning of a stellium? How are we going to interpret it? And how does it relate to Mercury retrograde?

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