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Advanced Astrology (cont.)

The Lunation Cycle
   Part One
   Part Two

Part of Fortune
   Part One
   Part Two

Part of Fortune in the Signs

Part of Fortune and Planets

Part of Fortune Surprises

Retrograde Planets
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three
   - Transiting Retrograde Planets A

   Part Four
   - Transiting Retrograde Planets B

   Part Five
   - Surprises About Retrograde
     Planets

   Part Six
   - More Surprises About Retrograde
     Planets


Libra Ingress 1997

The Void of Course Moon
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three

Advanced Techniques
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three

Planetary Hours
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three
   Part Four

Capricorn Ingress, 1997

New Year's Resolutions

Lunations 1998

Using New and Full Moons

Eclipses

Reading the Chart
   Part One: Chart-As-A-Whole
   Part Two: Chart-As-A-Whole
   Part Three: Examples
   Part Four: Examples (cont.)

Total Solar Eclipse

Astrologers' Dilemma
   - Clinton's Birth Data


Lunar Eclipse

Aries Ingress 1988

Decanates
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three
   Part Four
   Part Five

Retrograde Planets:
Part Three
Transiting Retrograde Planets


In the previous articles about retrograde planets we discussed the basic concept of retrograde action and the astrological significance assigned to retrograde planets in the natal horoscope. Astrologers, however, are also interested in the implications of transiting retrograde planets, our current topic.

What is the probability that a chart drawn for a mundane astrological purpose will contain no retrograde planets, or conversely, will contain one or more such planets? Back in the 1970s, John McCormick wrote his "The Book of Retrogrades" in which he analyzed the statistics of retrograde planets. Because of the untimely death of John (a great wit with considerable charm), some of the good work that he had started is now lost to us. One of the interesting statistics he derived in his study of one hundred years of planetary motion is that the probability of having no transiting planets retrograde at any time is very small, in fact, less than eight percent. So, there is a high probability that at any given time we are experiencing a retrograde transit effect. This is probably why there is a 92% chance that somebody or something somewhere will be messed up today.

Even if people do not know about retrograde planets, they know that some thing, somewhere outside of themselves is messing up their lives from time to time. Astrologers have identified three retrograde planet situations that create enough disorder to warrant special caution. These are Retrograde Mercury, Retrograde Mars, and Retrograde Saturn.

Take Mercury, for example. It is retrograde approximately 23% of the time. Add on the amount of time that it is in its own "shadow" and you spend a considerable amount of time wondering why everything is going wrong. Well, not exactly everything. There are a few things that are not directly attributable to Mercury. Remember that Mercury has to do with all forms of communication like written agreements, contracts, verbal arrangements, letters, letter boxes, the Post Office, Fed Ex, telephones, messages, messengers, the spoken language. For example, you come home to find an urgent message on your answering machine. The caller, who leaves a phone number, asks you to phone back as soon as possible. You call immediately, and discover that you have the wrong number. This is wretched retrograde Mercury at work. You find mail in your mailbox that is not for you, while mail that you expect does not arrive. Blame it on Mercury retrograde.

Picture this: Mary and Joe Jones make a date with their good friends Rachel and Sam Smith to meet for dinner at seven o'clock. When the Smiths have not arrived at the restaurant by eight o'clock, the Joneses start to worry and call the Smith home. No answer. They do not know that the Smiths and the Joneses are worrying about each other. Each couple had arrived promptly at seven o'clock ... but in two separate restaurants! This is a typical example of communication gone awry. Blame it on Mercury retrograde.

Mercury is also the major planet associated with all forms of travel ... everything from your bicycle or your car to airplanes, cruise ships, airports, railroad stations, and all of the tickets and reservations at hotels that accompany travel. Expect everything to go backwards while Mercury is going backwards. The purchase of some large items (car, boat, house) require your signature on a contract. Watch out! Read, read, and re-read the fine print. You might miss something in this agreement. Avoid signing any contract if you possibly can while Mercury is retrograde.

If your television set seems to have something wrong in its tuning, save the expense of having it repaired. It may be only a retrograde Mercury acting up. Is it any wonder that the strike of the workers against UPS began in the shadow of Mercury's retrograde period and got worse as Mercury stationed and went retrograde? Those nice delivery people and their cute brown trucks and airplanes all come under the aegis of Mercury, the messenger.

A friend of mine uses a tape recorder in her work. Her tape recorder broke when Mercury was retrograde, and she had to buy another immediately. She went to Radio Shack to make the purchase. The new tape recorder worked perfectly until Mercury was retrograde again. She was forced to buy another with the retrograde Mercury. Forewarned, however, she waited until Mercury was direct and bought an additional instrument as insurance. She is particularly sensitive to Mercury because her Ascendant is Gemini.

Do check your bank statements carefully. Bank Tellers can make a mistake during periods of retrograde Mercury. Furthermore, the statement comes in the mail. Anything that can go wrong will go wrong during Mercury Retrograde. I hesitate to mention this, but your computer and Internet and e-mail server are all wired to Mercury. Or so it seems.

I hope that you enjoyed these Anecdotes. This is being written and edited during Mercury Retrograde.

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