Mercury is currently in Libra located at 16 Lib 29' 23"

Planetary Aspects

(out 5 Days)

Mercury is Trine Jupiter

   Starts on Saturday, 30 October, 2021
   Peaks on Monday, 01 November, 2021, orb 0° 43' 54"

Mercury is Quincunx Neptune

   Starts on Saturday, 30 October, 2021
   Peaks on Saturday, 30 October, 2021, orb 0° 59' 56"
   Ends on Sunday, 31 October, 2021

Mercury is Square Pluto

   Starts on Sunday, 31 October, 2021

Upcoming Retrogrades

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Friday, 08 March 2019 17:00

Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde

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Even people who aren’t even remotely familiar with astrology have heard of this one.  Mercury is also Hermes, considered the emissary of the Gods but also, something of a trickster. Ruling Virgo and Gemini, this planetary influence usually denotes something of an adaptable nature but also, a very curious, very chatty sort of feel.

Mercury is also a quick little booger. Because this is one of the inner planets, it moves around the sun much more quickly than other planets - which is, incidentally, why you’ll hear about Mercury's retrograde cycles much more frequently. They happen more frequently! (But wait, there’s more!) The best way to think about what Mercury does in astrology is that it rules your mind and your mouth but also, the way you move: communication, technology, travel, speech and thinking - and everything that ties in there.

The Retrograde

Mercury retrograde is a well known, regular cycle that happens three to four times every year and it lasts around 24 days. You’d think the frequency would kind of hint that maybe the things that occur during it can be prevented with a little foresight - and yet, though most people associate technological breakdowns and communications issues with this cycle, the truth is this is also one of those times an ex might pop up either in your thoughts or in reality. You know that’s a bad idea even without astrological influence, but there you have it. Instead of reaching out, just write this one off to Mercury Retrograde and you’ll be good to go!

This particular retrograde cycle has been known about for a long time. Between the mid-18th and early 19th centuries, the only people who really cared a whole lot about Mercury in Retrograde were farmers. This is because it was usually associated more frequently with heavy rains and bad things happening in that respect, but not very much. If you really want somebody to blame for the rise in this particular scapegoat: blame Baltimore. I blame Baltimore for a lot of things but it was really their horoscopes where you begin to see the big thrust of this as the reason everyone’s life goes to shit or they’re more or less having a time of it. It was April of 1979 when the Baltimore Sun let everyone know, “Hey, this is why this crap keeps happening!” and it just took off from there. As mentioned elsewhere on this site, of course, if you look at the developing technologies and their use gaining popularity - it would make sense that, well, here you have a ready made gremlin that impacts all those things. There are also quite a few people who blame Taylor Swift for this bigger recent uptick in it in terms of pop culture because well, Tay Tay did an interview where she talked about it. With that, hundreds of thousands of teen girls suddenly had a great intangible boogieman beyond their control to blame their bullshit on three or four times a year. It might kind-of explain those breakup songs, if you ask me, but, well, there you go.

Regardless, it’s become so popular, I am not sure I really need to tell you - but if you wanted to really milk it for all its worth, basically don’t do anything that requires communicating, sealing the deal, travel or otherwise during this cycle. I’m sure that’s going to be acceptable when you call into work. Or, you could take the more rational approach and recognize that if you do notice a lot of things really wonking up, maybe those things could stand being corrected inasmuch as you can from your end of things. Is it happening that often because of the speed in which Mercury moves around the Sun or, is it more like problems that go unresolved tend to pop up again and again?

I don’t know. It’s all a mystery of the cosmos!

Last modified onMonday, 02 November 2020 04:59
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Planetary Positions

27.10.2021 at 16:30:02 UTC

chart wheel
Sun04 Sco 28' 11"
Moon21 Can 35' 27"
Mercury16 Lib 29' 23"
Venus21 Sag 23' 36"
Mars28 Lib 02' 58"
Jupiter22 Aqu 28' 45"
Saturn07 Aqu 06' 33"
Uranus13 Tau 07' 32" R
Neptune20 Pis 43' 55" R
Pluto24 Cap 25' 20"

Solar Status

BZ Status:3
Proton Density:2.34
Proton Speed:367.8 k/sec
KP Status:1
TypeOct 27Oct 28Oct 29
Kp Index Prediction
Solar Activity
Solar activity reached moderate levels. Region 2891 (N19E72, Cao/beta) produced an M1 flare (Minor) radio blackout at 26/1557 UTC, as well as several C-class flares. Region 2887 (S27E12, Dhi/beta-gamma) produced the vast majority of the remainder of the flares throughout the period, the strongest being a C8/Sf flare at 27/0608 UTC. The remaining four numbered regions on the visible disk were mostly inactive and unchanged. Several CMEs were observed in Lasco coronagraph imagery, but they were all directed in an easterly direction or away from the Earth. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed in available coronagraph imagery.
Solar Wind
Solar wind parameters continued near background levels. Total field strength averaged near 5 nT and the Bz component had a maximum southward deflection briefly to -4 nT. Solar wind speeds began the period under 350 km/s before increasing slightly to average just under 400 km/s around the turn of the UT day. Phi was predominantly in a negative solar sector.
Energetic Particle
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux was at normal to moderate levels and the greater than 10 MeV proton flux was at background levels.