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Mercury goes retrograde (scopes are live) on March 12, 2012 in the sign of Aries. This reflects the archetype of the Lakota/Sioux Heyoka, or ‘contrarian,’ a manifestation of the  sacred trickster.

The Heyoka do not move through life in the usual way. They turn everything on its head, literally. They ride their horse backwards, say hello when they go away and goodbye when you meet. They might sleep all day, hunt at night, complain when people are happy and laugh when others grieve. With their clothes worn inside out, the Heyoka will do anything to shake up the cultural ‘norm’. That’s their job – to challenge the worn path, taken for granted ways and complacent consciousness.

Honour Mercury Rx in Aries/Pisces as Heyoka, an energy that jars our fixed or rigid ways of thinking so that we open, expand and grow. How will Mercury as Heyoka accomplish this feat? Most likely it will be in ways that make us laugh once we’ve had some distance (was it Woody Allen who said comedy was ‘tragedy plus time’?). The trickster energy throws a wrench in the usual forward motion of life so we can see our path, our values, our goals and relationships and our beliefs in new ways. The watch word is from The Matrix, when Morpheus said, free your mind!

The best approach during this time is not to soldier on, pretending nothing’s odd, or ignoring the elephant in the room. It is a time to press pause, reflect, revision and ask questions of ourselves that we never ask while in the ‘zone’.

Be prepared to reVIEW and reCONSIDER in accordance to the natal houses involved. This means checking where 6 degrees of Aries is, BACK to 23 degrees of Pisces in your natal chart. Here’s the tutorial. I would love everyone to learn how to do this, to find where in your chart any given planet or transit is at any given time. Have a go and if you need help, ask in the comments. I or another 11th Houser will help you out!

Mercury Rx Times @6 Aries
March 12, 2012
L.A. – Monday – 00:44
NEW YORK – Monday – 03:44
LONDON – Monday – 08:44
SYDNEY – Monday – 19:44

Mercury Direct @23 Pisces
April 4, 2012
L.A. – Wednesday – 03:05
NEW YORK – Wednesday – 06:05
LONDON – Wednesday – 11:05
SYDNEY – Wednesday – 22:05

By reflecting on the area(s) of life indicated by Mercury’s apparent backward motion, you can make the most creative use of this zany Heyoka energy. I will be talking about Mercury Retrograde on a GVU call. Times below! All welcome to dial in or stream online!

Align with the Stars: Retrograde with Kim Falconer
Mar 14, 2012

L.A. – Wednesday – 15:00 14th
NEW YORK – Wednesday – 18:00 14th
LONDON – Wednesday – 23:00 14th
SYDNEY – Thursday – 10:00 15th

Here are some hints on what each house represents.

1st house – Appearance, personality traits, outlook on life

2nd house – $$$, resources, talents, peace of mind

3rd house – Teaching, learning, writing, talking, connecting

4th house – Home, family, ancestors, emotional ground

5th house – Creative expression, offspring (books/kids etc), romance

6th house – Health, pets, daily routine, magic

7th house – Socially significant relationships, contracts

8th house – sex, death, taxes, shared resources, trust

9th house – New horizons, travel, beliefs, WWW

10th house – Career, mission, profession, public relations

11th house – Friends, goals for the future, groups

12th house – unconscious, dreams, giving and receiving, meditative states

Remember Mercury Retrograde is not a time to push forward until you reTHINK your goals and actions. AFTER April 4th (an definitely after Mars goes direct April 13) the energy starts to free up and move forward at a better clip. Have a Hayoka time, everyone. Comments welcome!

From Swiss Ephemeris

    Date     |       Mercury       |
             |                     |
             |     LONG      DECL  |
------------------------------------
12 Mar 2012  |  6 ar 48       5°33 |
13 Mar 2012  |  6 ar 47 Rx    5°41 |
14 Mar 2012  |  6 ar 37 Rx    5°43 |
15 Mar 2012  |  6 ar 19 Rx    5°41 |
16 Mar 2012  |  5 ar 53 Rx    5°34 |
17 Mar 2012  |  5 ar 20 Rx    5°23 |
18 Mar 2012  |  4 ar 41 Rx    5°07 |
19 Mar 2012  |  3 ar 57 Rx    4°48 |
20 Mar 2012  |  3 ar  8 Rx    4°26 |
21 Mar 2012  |  2 ar 17 Rx    4°00 |
22 Mar 2012  |  1 ar 24 Rx    3°32 |
23 Mar 2012  |  0 ar 30 Rx    3°02 |
24 Mar 2012  | 29 pi 36 Rx    2°31 |
25 Mar 2012  | 28 pi 44 Rx    1°59 |
26 Mar 2012  | 27 pi 54 Rx    1°27 |
27 Mar 2012  | 27 pi  7 Rx    0°56 |
28 Mar 2012  | 26 pi 24 Rx    0°25 |
29 Mar 2012  | 25 pi 46 Rx  - 0°03 |
30 Mar 2012  | 25 pi 13 Rx  - 0°30 |
31 Mar 2012  | 24 pi 45 Rx  - 0°56 |
01 Apr 2012  | 24 pi 23 Rx  - 1°19 |
02 Apr 2012  | 24 pi  7 Rx  - 1°40 |
03 Apr 2012  | 23 pi 56 Rx  - 1°58 |
04 Apr 2012  | 23 pi 51 Rx  - 2°14 |
05 Apr 2012  | 23 pi 51     - 2°28 |
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