Mercury is currently in Gemini located at 14 Gem 22' 16"

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Upcoming Retrogrades

PlanetStationary (retrograde)Stationary (direct)In Sign
mercury2021-05-29 22:35:00 UTC2021-06-22 22:01:00 UTCGemini
mercury2021-09-27 05:11:00 UTC2021-10-18 15:17:00 UTCLibra
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

13.05.2021 at 12:40:51 UTC

chart wheel
PlanetLongitude
Sun22 Tau 58' 30"
Moon11 Gem 46' 55"
Mercury14 Gem 22' 16"
Venus05 Gem 27' 47"
Mars12 Can 11' 29"
Jupiter29 Aqu 57' 13"
Saturn13 Aqu 26' 16"
Uranus11 Tau 24' 34"
Neptune22 Pis 42' 10"
Pluto26 Cap 44' 59" R

Solar Status

BZ Status:5
Proton Density:5.83
Proton Speed:422.3 k/sec
KP Status:2
TypeMay 13May 14May 15
Active25%20%25%
Minor40%10%1%
Moderate5%1%1%
Strong1%1%1%
Kp Index Prediction
00-03UT532
03-06UT532
06-09UT431
09-12UT421
12-15UT321
15-18UT321
18-21UT321
21-00UT322
Solar Activity
Solar activity was very low. Region 2822 (N18W03, Dao/beta-delta) continued its slow decay and it produced only a few B-class enhancements. Region 2823 (S22E06, Hrx/alpha) also underwent decay and was inactive. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed in available imagery.
Solar Wind
Solar wind conditions were indicative of weakening CME influences and minor CH HSS effects. Total IMF strength varied with the transient progression and peaked at 22nT at 12/1213 UTC. The Bz component underwent a prolonged and pronounced southward deviation that began around 12/1030 UTC and spanned to 12/1430 UTC, maximum southward deflection during this period was -20nT around 12/1211 UTC. Solar wind speed began the period near 475 km/s and escalated to a peak speed of 539 km/s at 12/2300 UTC (likely due to isolated negative polarity CH HSS influences) before it decreased and ended the period at ~425 km/s. The phi angle was predominantly negative.
Energetic Particle
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux was normal to moderate and the greater than 10 MeV proton flux remained at background values.