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Mercury in Retrograde?

MercRX Stuck for an extra overnight in Austin, I got to fiddling with charts and such. I was looking for the exact moment, according to the location-based astrology software I’m currently using, I was looking for the exact moment when that Sun crossed into Gemini. Yielded some interesting observations, and the two charts, back to back? Nota Bene, Mercury in its apparent retrograde pattern, tightly aligned with that Gemini Sun — fairly takes the wind out of a feller. Previously, as Coriolanus observes?

The first chart is 8:18 PM, the Sun is right above the Western Horizon, so it’s that moment before technical sunset. Hills, trees, and clouds can conspire to change that timing, at least locally, but the astrological sunset, right then.
Sun in Taurus
Look more closely, and the chart shows Retrograde Mercury at 1° of Gemini, so that Sun is technically conjunct Mercury. But wait, there’s more!

The second chart is 8:23 PM, and that old Sun has slid past the horizon, setting, and the same moment, slipping in Gemini. In a short span of time, Mercury moving backwards heads to align with the Sun moving forwards.
Sun in Gemini
While, to some, this looks like a collision, or collusion, it’s really just a normal astronomical, astrological occurrence, and such events merely mark passages.

Depends on who, when, and the particulars of a chart, over the last six months or so, I’ve suggested that “Mercury is basically retrograde for all of Gemini,” stretching from the beginning of May until the summer solstice.

While not technically true, this Mercury goes un-retrograde on June 3, it feels disconnected until Cancer, the sign of the Crab starts, the summer solstice.

When the Sun and Retrograde Mercury align then pass each other (in the night), the posited theory is that “The worst of the Mercury Retrograde is over.” Theory, and in practice? Usual cautions, caveats, and assorted dire warnings still apply.

In the coming days, as detailed elsewhere in my horoscopes? The Moon, in Aquarius as the Sun slips into Gemini, but the Moon then aligns with Saturn, then Neptune, Mars, Jupiter, Venus, with each angle a right of passage as the phase of the Moon gets smaller and smaller? Each stage illuminates a single part, individual pieces, components of what this is all about.

Meanings differ from person to person; see dealer for details; expected outcomes may vary.

Looking for that Gemini Happy Birthday? Sure, at least we’re over the worst of it, right?

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