Well, it's that time of year again!  When everyone gets aggravated with me because I tell them Mercury is going retrograde.  What's the big deal?  So, yeah, you have to put off starting a new job, signing a new business deal, and entering into any serious contracts.  However, that doesn't mean you can't look for a new job, seriously ponder a business deal, and re-read that serious contract before you sign it.

This Particular Mercury Retrograde is happening at 1 degree 12 Minutes Virgo.  In Virgo, Mercury is dignified and right at home.  Virgo rules what is practical in our lives, our daily habits.  It rules the skills we use at our job (but not necessarily one's actual job, place of employment, or "place in the world" or career).  It rules how we organize things, balance the check book, as well as our daily health habits: brushing our teeth, going to the doctor, etc.  It represents a time to get your ducks in a row!  Retrograde periods are favorable towards any activities that start with "Re", generally speaking: Return, Revisit, Revise, Recycle, Reorganize, Refurbish, Renovate.  Get all that stuff done so when Mercury goes direct on August 25th, you're ready to move on with your new schedules and plans.

The Sabian Symbol for 2 Virgo is:

"A Large White Cross-dominating the landscape, standing alone on top of a hill"

What does that mean?  Symbols of faith can have a powerful influence.  Many believe that suffering is the only way to "Salvation".  This is a message, perhaps, that we don't necessarily need to suffer in order to find spiritual contentedness and inner peace.  We don't have to isolate ourselves from the rest of society. This energy is asking us to re-evaluate our belief systems and how they affect the practical aspects of our lives.  It says not to look for a scape goat, or to become too dogmatic in one's beliefs.  It's urges us to keep an open mind and open heart.

The original meaning of "Virgo" was "A woman owned by no man".  In other words "A Virgo is nobody's bitch".

Perhaps we are trying to find, and re-evaluate, different ways of going about the practical aspects of our lives, and we need to let go of the belief that we have to be "owned by someone or something"-our career? our eating habits? our mortgage payments?-in order to survive.

On a larger more global level, maybe it's asking us to find new ways of living that are more sustainable?

Perhaps the cross on the hill could be this: