Advantage E-Zine - January 7, 2002
In this issue:
1. Retrograde Mercury's "Shadow"
2. The current Saturn/Neptune trine
Retrograde Mercury's "Shadow"
Most of you are probably familiar with Mercury's retrograde motion
roughly three times a year for about three weeks. You are probably
aware another is about to occur, and you could already be making
sure you do not start any new projects or buy important products
during this time. However, there is another part to this I haven't
emphasized about which you may want to know.
The 'shadow' of Mercury's retrograde period is said to be almost as
important as the retrograde period, itself. I, personally, think it
ties us up for much too long a period, so I don't give it a lot of
attention, but you may want to know about it if you are going to
make some really important life- altering plans.
The shadow principle is this: At the time of Mercury's station when
changing direction, it will occupy a specific degree of a sign. This
month it stations and goes retrograde on January 18th at 14 degrees
Aquarius. It will go back to 28 Capricorn where it will again
station and go direct on February 8th. The first shadow period is
before the first station when Mercury was approaching this period
and passed over 28 Capricorn. That is
a "foreshadowing" of the degree in which it will again turn direct
on Feb. 8th, and so from that date, which is January 2nd, until the
actual retrograde station on the 18th, is called the "shadow"
period. The "after shadow" is from the date it regains direct motion
until it passes over 14 Aquarius, the degree it occupied when it
turned retrograde. That date will be Feb. 28th/March 1st.
If we suspended much of our important decisions and purchases for
two whole months every time we have a retrograde Mercury, which is
three (and sometimes four) times a year, you can see how this could
be extremely paralyzing in it's effect. However, I do believe we
should be aware of this little-used time table so that if you are
contemplating something extremely important, you can take it into
The Current Saturn/Neptune Trine
From about November 2001 to May 2002 (depending on the orbs you
allow) Saturn will be in trine aspect to Neptune. It will be exact
this month on the 23rd. That is in the time frame of the next e-zine,
but I thought since it is in effect already and operating, you might
want to be aware of it. It is, after all, most active when applying
(approaching) to the aspect.
Neptune is the principle of spirituality, sensitivity and
compassion, its positive expression, or the principle of deception
and illusion, its negative use. Saturn is concrete 'reality'
(which is probably not what we think it is anyway), discipline,
structure and responsibility. In trine, these two would be
supportive of their mutual energies more easily finding positive
expression. In other words, we, globally, would find it easier to
take responsibility and put our spiritual truths into action with
structured and concrete results. One way we see this is the handling
of preparing the Afghans with what they need for the winter.
Look around you. What can you actually DO that is a practical
expression of your spiritual beliefs and insights? The reason we
have this marvelous "clock" in the sky is so we can tell time about
the way we use the energies that are generously there to tap into
and express in our everyday choices.