Astrology for March 6 to 12, 2012: Mercury Retrograde, Jupiter Trine Pluto

This week starts out very quietly, but late in the weekend and into the next week it gets rather active astrologically.  Thursday, Friday, and Saturday have no peaking configurations.  But early next week developments in society and in our personal lives are more certain to occur.

Traffic Light Retrograde PlanetsMercury also turns retrograde early next week, Monday the 12th.  Mercury ruling the mental, analytical and discriminative functions, moving backwards apparently in the sky would signify difficulty, increased obstructions, and delays in general to those areas of life.  However, it’s not a complete prohibition on starting new activities, but a cautionary signal.  Life doesn’t stop for the stars in the sky, and sometimes you just have to work with what you have at the moment.

Sometimes doing things “under a bad star” is just apropos for the people or situations anyway.  For instance, if you were a spy you could work Mercury retrograde to your advantage.  If you were a therapist helping someone to work through issues of the past, then this would be the right time because the planets reverse-seeming motion is symbolic of looking back into the past, as it were.

Actually at this time we will be under two planets in retrograde motion: Mars and Mercury.  On April 14, 2012 both planets will be back in forward motion (called direct), and therefore everybody has the astrological green light to proceed, at least with some assurance of things being on the up and up.  If you feel kind of stuck in situations, or uncertain where and how to move; you can relax, you’re “supposed” to feel that way right now.  Thing might become clearer after the middle of April this year.

Mercury will be retrograde from March 12 to April 4, 2012.  Mars went retrograde on January 24 and will turn direct on April 14, 2012.

Also on Monday, March 12, Jupiter will be trining Pluto; this could be quite and effective and fortunate configuration.  However, it may also make it easier to behave in the dysfunctional Jupiter-Pluto ways also: to act arrogantly, to take reckless risks, to make bold, powerful gestures in the spiritual and material world with a lot of religious or spiritual overtones, or to just act as a powerfully dangerous ideologue.  A lot of global players may inaugurate new initiatives in the political or financial world.  Israel may make moves against Iran with the US complicit, etc.  War rhetoric may soar, and over arching grabs for economic domination of European nations may reach new levels of audacity.

People can always choose the higher road with this astrology: do spiritual work, write, create art, and strive to expand a true culture of spiritual ethics.  Both indeed will be happening; the former will be the ending of things, while the latter will be the beginning of new wonderous things.

Tuesday, March 6
Relationships may have luminous power to uplift today, which is very beautiful.  More practical considerations in relationships today it seems will have to wait.  (Venus sextile Neptune)

Wednesday, March 7
Significant developments in relationships may occur today, and a good opportunity to observe situations of vanity, egotism, and distraction that love can provide.  (Sun semisquare Venus)

Thur, Fri, and Sat, March 8-10
No peaking influences

Sunday, March 11
Power, control and the subtle ways they can be misused may be brought out in people and situations.  Obsessive or compulsive behaviors may be lit up, sexuality may be accentuated.  In extreme cases breakdowns of all types are possible: physical, emotional, mechanical, or electrical.  (Sun quintile Pluto)

Monday, March 12, Mercury stationary retrograde
A widely contrasting set of energies frame the reversal of direction of Mercury in the sky.  High optimism may run side by side with harsh pessimism; good fortune may follow setback and vice versa. Anxieties and vulnerabilities may be brought out, and reckless and arrogant tendencies may surface.  (Mercury stationary retrograde, Sun biquintile Saturn, Jupiter trine Pluto)

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