Mercury Retrograde, August 2003
By Felissa Rose

Mercury Retrograde, August 2003

Mercury will be going retrograde on August 28, 2003 at 9:42 AM EDT at 26 degrees 18 minutes of Virgo. It goes direct on September 20, 2003 at 4:53 AM EDT at 12 degrees 12 minutes of Virgo.

Throughout this period, Mercury will be transiting Virgo, the sign of order and procedures. Red tape hassles and snafus will probably increase in frequency especially when dealing with large bureaucracies such as governmental agencies. If you have to take care of any major paperwork, it would be a good idea to try to get it done before or after this Mercury retrograde.

Virgo also rules health and self-improvement. If not an emergency medical tests, procedures, surgery and check-ups should be put off until Mercury goes direct. Mercury will next be retrograde from December 17, 2003 to January 6, 2004.

Mars Retrograde, July 2003

Mars turned retrograde on July 29, 2003 at 3:38 AM EDT at 10 degrees 8 minutes of Pisces. It goes direct on September 27, 2003 at 3:53 AM EDT at 0 degrees 7 minutes of Pisces.

Mars rules action, construction, physical energy and motion. Individuals are less likely to initiate activities during a Mars retrograde period. Falling in the summer, which is a favorable construction period, it is still 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.

Generally, while Mars is retrograde parts of the body ruled by the sign Mars is transiting through tend to be under stress. Pisces rules the feet, and lymph system of the body. Try to wear comfortable shoes avoiding those 4-inch heels and if possible, postpone any elective or corrective foot surgery as well as fittings for orthopedic shoes.

The lymph system is also under stress so avoiding toxins by practicing food combining, simplifying ones diet, lessening or avoiding alcohol intake and drinking lots of water would be advantageous now and in the future. A clogged lymph system increases the likelihood of illness so if you do get a cold now view it as a cleansing and take action after you get better to alter your diet.

This Mars retrograde is particularly special for on August 27,2003 at 5:51 AM EDT Mars will be 34,646,418 miles from Earth. This is the nearest Mars has gotten to Earth in over 60,000 to 72,000 years depending upon which astronomer you speak to. This energy has been building up for several months in both worldly and personal areas.

Mars, Pisces and Pluto Influences

Mars is the god of war and its proximity to earth will intensify its effect on us along with its increased brightness and visibility in the sky. Coupled with this is the planet Pluto's station when it goes direct on August 28 at 11:34 PM EDT at 17 degrees 14 minutes of Sagittarius. Repercussions from actions undertaken when Pluto was last stationary on March 23 are now in the foreground. After simmering just below the surface for the last few months, more information from that time should be explained if not exposed. The combination of Pluto stationary and Mars' closeness to the earth can make this a dangerous time with terrorism, wars, violence, weather and earth related activity. Pisces also rules moving bodies of water including rivers, streams and brooks indicating more damage to or from those areas during this Mars retrograde. Hopefully, the country will get back on track in late September when both Mars and Mercury go direct. Take precautions with equipment and driving, as there is a greater likelihood of accidents.

The Pisces Effect

Pisces is the sign of selflessness---giving up one's identity for the greater good as embodied by Jesus who gave up his life to redeem humanity and begin the age of Pisces. Those caregivers tending to ill relatives and friends often get sick themselves because they neglect their own needs. It is important to recharge, otherwise one's energy is depleted and exhaustion along with illness can develop. Mars retrograde through Pisces is the time to be cognizant of this and take action to rest and refresh oneself. Don' be a martyr. Ask for assistance. You will be better able to help others when you have a stronger self to do so.

Mars will next be retrograde from November 1, 2005 to December 9, 2005.

Copyright 2003 Felissa Rose. All rights reserved.

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