For those of us who follow the movement of the sky, using the stars and planets as our guides to navigating the waters of our lives here and now – whenever Mercury goes into retrograde, the immediate reaction is usually something along the lines of “here we go again”. Mercury, being the messenger god, becomes a bit of a nuisance at this time as communication, commitments and relationships can become a bit convoluted.
Luckily, the retrograde we are about to experience on August 30, 2016 will give us a nice change of pace, due to the fact that Mercury is being supported by Venus and Jupiter, two of the most fortunate planets according to astrological studies.
Travels, studies and business deals can be undertaken with more confidence than during other Mercury retrograde cycles. Mercury direct does point to some minor adjustments or renegotiation but the fixed stars involved point to profit and even marriage.
The two most fortunate planets in astrology tightly straddle Mercury retrograde to bring love and good fortune to this three-week period. Venus love and harmony will smooth over potential communication mishaps and brings romance to new friendships. Jupiter’s association with journeys and profit take away any concern about Mercury retrograde travel and business matters.
Fixed star Markeb at 29°06′ Virgo in the good ship Argo gives piety, a wide knowledge, educational work and profitable voyages. Markeb also represents a spiritual quest involving learning and sharing of knowledge in the service of others. The Jupiter nature of this thinking person’s star supports any travel, study or business plans during Mercury retrograde August and September 2016.
Mercury conjunct Venus is the right time to tell someone you love them. You could receive a compliment, letter, invitation, gift or even some money. Trading and negotiating are favored because of your smooth communication style and eye for a bargain. You can find peaceful settlements to disputes and be confident about signing contracts.
This is the perfect time for socializing, making friends and dating. Mercury retrograde makes it more likely that any new relationships will be actually be with old friends or lovers from this life or previous ones.
Mercury conjunct Jupiter brings good news, optimism and a happy frame of mind. Fortune comes to many areas of life so this is an excellent time work and play. You should feel broad-minded, generous and sociable. This lucky aspect ensures the new relationships and business dealings will be blessed and add to your happiness and wealth.
Venus conjunct Jupiter is the luckiest of the lucky. It portends love and money, harmony and happiness. You do not have to strive, struggle or work hard. This is a time to enjoy the benefits of the good karma accrued from your previous good deeds and hard work. Beautiful things are attracted to you. It further increases the profitability of business matters and makes love the focus of new friendship.
While luck and love may be on our side, it’s important to be aware that when energies shift, and the veil lifts, we must be extra mindful of our minds, hearts, words and actions. Intention becomes magnified by our thoughts, and our thoughts solidify with our actions – this is a great moment in time to explore your own chaos magick practice, by creating a sigil or a manifestation board with what you intend to solidify in your life.
What are your goals and why? If you achieved them, how would it make you feel? Focus on the feeling, project it into your desire, and (as always) use the force wisely.