Mercury/Mars Retrograde, July-Dec 2005
By Felissa Rose

Mercury will go retrograde on July 22, 2005 at 11:01 PM EDT at 20 degrees 29 minutes of Leo and turns direct on August 15, 2005 at 11:52 PM EDT at nine degrees 45 minutes of Leo.

This retrograde falls in the midst of the summer social and party season and Leo is the sign ruling social events and entertainments. Mercury tends to create mechanical problems along with misconstrued communications. Since Mercury is the planet ruling connections in both the body and the world it might be a good idea to consider this if planning a summer event for professional or business reasons. If you want to have friends over or a small party that should be fine during this period. However, if a big party is in your plans there could be major hassles. Especially if you are employing outside people as caterers, or a disk jockey or band as the sound system could easily break down.

The next Mercury retrogrades are from November 14 to December 3, 2005 and March 2 to March 25, 2006.

Mars Retrograde Is On Its Way

Mars goes retrograde on October 1, 2005 at 6:05 PM EDT at 23 degrees 22 minutes of Taurus. On December 9, 2005 at 11:05PM EST, it will be going direct in motion at 8 degrees 14 minutes of Taurus.

Mars rules action, construction, tools, physical energy and motion. Individuals are less likely to initiate activities during a Mars retrograde period. Falling in the sign of Taurus ruler of the earth, and land, and (along with the sign Cancer), construction and buildings, this is an unpropitious time for any type of building or remodeling. Those projects continuing under this period will proceed slowly and need additional work when Mars is no longer retrograde.

Mars Retrograde Influences

Surgery and the instruments used in it are ruled by Mars. Elective surgery should be put off until it the planet goes direct in motion. Venus governs harmony and beauty and it too will be retrograde from December 23, 2005 through February 3, 2006. The window for cosmetic surgery is the period between Mars going direct on December 9 and Venus going retrograde on December 23. Watch the void of course times and avoid surgery then or put it off until Venus goes direct. More about the Venus retrograde will be discussed in the next writing.

Generally, while Mars is retrograde parts of the body ruled by the sign Mars is transiting tend to be under stress. Taurus rules the neck, throat and thyroid gland. At this time, colds might settle in these areas with more incidents of sore and strep throats along with laryngitis.

Tension could settle in this area as well and hoarseness could develop as people have trouble finding their voice. Retrograde energy is internalized and it would be a favorable time to think about how you communicate and what you really want to say. Realizing the importance of speaking one’s truth and saying it in the way you mean it.

The next Mars retrograde is from November 15, 2007 to January 30, 2008.

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