2002 Mercury Retrogrades
and Planetary Influences

by Felissa Rose

At 8:18 AM EDT on May 13, 2002 Mercury went retrograde at 9 degrees 57 minutes of Gemini. It went direct on June 8 at 11:13 AM EDT at 1 degree 22 minutes of Gemini.

Gemini is the sign ruled by Mercury, so its placement there makes Mercury stronger and feel right at home. This can help alleviate some of the usual Mercury retrograde interruptions particularly in the area of communications. Delays are still likely to occur but with slightly less intensity.

Although Gemini rules wires and tubes this lessening of Mercury retrograde difficulties probably wonít apply to cable and electrical installations. It would be a good idea to delay this type of work until Mercury goes direct. Travel plans can also get complicated during this period. If you are taking a trip expect delays and unexpected occurrences.

Planetary Influences

Continuing the discussion of the last writing, the planets Saturn and Pluto oppose each other approximately every 35 to 36 years. The last two times this occurred was on August 5, 2001 and November 2, 2001. It will do so again on May 25, 2002 and then not until July 2036.


Pluto rules what lies underneath, those beliefs and feelings that simmer under the surface ready to emerge and often explode into reality. In astrology Pluto governs explosions, terrorism and the need to transform. It also rules the mass consciousness of society as demonstrated by the Plutonian business of advertising. Pluto is presently moving the sign of Sagittarius; ruler of religion, philosophy, sports, travel and foreign countries. Along with this Pluto rules obsessions, fanaticism, manipulation and hysteria.


Saturn governs structures and the organizations and systems set up by society to enable it to run efficiently, including government, business and corporations---in other words, the establishment. Saturn is now transiting Gemini ruling information, books, newspaper and the general dispersing of information.

Manifestations of negative Saturn include control, fear and resistance to change. In the last writing I discussed the influence of this opposition on the events of September 11. I would like to discuss some possibilities in individual horoscopes.

The combination of these two energies creates or forces a desire to simplify oneís life and live in a more Zen like environment. From an individualís perspective this opposition rules clearing out, going back to basics and eliminating what youíve outgrown and no longer need, by clearing out the clutter in your environment and living more simply. Internally let go of those patterns that keep you unfocused. Saturn rules fear and Pluto rules hysteria and during this period its important to center oneself to be aware and alert to what is happening and not be drawn into the madness.

With regard to personal clutter this is the time to clean out your closets, sell or give away those things you never will use or wear. Unfortunately for the retail industry the combination of a slowdown in the economy and a need to rid oneself of what one no longer needs, will both decrease profits and impulse buying. If one has money to spend itís a great time for consumers but right now consumers are pretty much interested in necessities. This is likely to change after the Saturn Pluto opposition leaves.

In the physical body Saturn rules the bones and joints as well as constraints and consolidation. Whatever sign Saturn is placed in the natal horoscope is the part of the body that is both the smallest and moves the slowest and stress is likely to create stiffness here. Saturnís movement through Gemini will focus externally on the hands, wrists and shoulders and internally the lungs. Pluto governs things that are occurring below the surface that one isnít conscious of. It also rules inflammation. The passage of Pluto through Sagittarius will put stress on the hips, sciatic nerve and internally the liver.

This combination of Saturn and Pluto could increase swellings and joint pain. More media emphasis will be placed on arthritis, carpel tunnel syndrome, hip injuries, those areas ruled by both Gemini and Sagittarius. If one is susceptible difficulties in these areas can manifest during this period and if the problem has been around for a while itís likely to compel a need for treatment.

Itís important to focus and relax and it might be a good idea to get some bodywork to help loosen up blockages. Even better would be to begin a regime that would delay or prevent further problems. Treatment such as homeopathy and naturopathy helps in the harmonization of the body and chiropractic, massage and acupuncture greatly aid in putting the body in alignment.


I want to bring the planet Neptune into our discussion of worldly events. In astrology Neptune rules, chemicals, gasses, viruses and infections. On September 11, 2001 Neptune was conjoined the South Node of the Moon in the horoscope of the United States. The Moonís South Node also called the Dragonís Tail is the Achilles heel of a horoscope. Itís a point of both weakness and vulnerability considered by many to be brought on by past actions and a place of negative karma. In the United States chart itís connected to the house of death and the great loss of American lives certainly concurs with this.

During late October while Neptune was stationary or appearing to stand still in the sky it did so on the United States South Node, which is six degrees in the sign of Aquarius. At this time there was mass hysteria about the possibility of Anthrax infiltrating the United States population. Although some people were tragically affected, especially postal workers who as a group are ruled by Gemini, a widespread anthrax infestation did not occur. From the end of April to the end of May Neptune will be stationary again but no longer on the United States south node. Nonetheless there might be some more developments or even hysteria about vaccines or bio-chemical terrorism.

As the final Saturn-Pluto opposition took place on May 25, its important to get back to basics on an inner level. Along with what was mentioned before about harmonizing and putting the body into alignment , it might be a good idea to decrease the watching of television news with the exception of the weather report. Read, meditate, take walks, exercise, dance, converse, garden, make love and enjoy the onset of spring.

Copyright 2002 Felissa Rose. All rights reserved.

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