We are more concerned than ever with how our planet is unfolding into the future. Seen from the metaphysical perspective, the shaping of that future is an individual process. To nurture our own development within each moment both individually and collectively is to create the future rather than see it as a distant shore to be feared.
Mercury in Virgo Retrograde on the 30th August … purity of purpose.
Purity of Purpose
has nothing overall to do with morality or virtue, except in the
inner or personal sense. It has all to do with clear vision and
On Tuesday 30th
August Mercury will retrograde in Virgo in the third retrograde
motion of the planet this year. The fourth and last motion is in
December in Capricorn. The fact that there are four retrograde
motions of the planet this year, instead of three, is unusual in
itself and happens only every few years.
Virgo, the planet of
discrimination, integrity, reckoning, health and autonomy, is mutable
earth and deals with all things which require pruning, sorting,
categorizing, prioritizing and preserving. Mercury is the natural
ruler of Virgo and operates between that sign and Gemini (its other
responsibility). Facts and issues that are meant to last or endure
are carried by Mercury in Virgo.
Jupiter has also
been traveling through Virgo for the last twelve months and is due to
leave and enter Libra in September, and so the enlargement or
highlighting of matters are rendered to the scrutiny process of
Mercury now where the minutia and fine detail is weighed and
And what has passed
and is proven is taken forward to the last Mercury retrograde motion
of the year – which ends as it began, in Capricorn – and has then
the emphasis on security, correct procedure and fitness of purpose.
Both Capricorn and Virgo are concerned with worthiness of purpose in
different ways. The worthiest and the purest is the provence of
Virgo, while the ability and form are the provence of Capricorn.
Every last little
detail - in the printed word, the hidden figures, the misplaced
connection, until the picture is complete. Mercury through Virgo
sees no detail as too obscure to be inconsequential, no pernickety
little fact or clause too insignificant to be overlooked. Obsessive,
pedantic and addicted to truth and integrity, Mercury in Virgo will
scour the pot clean and turn out all the drawers for missing clues to
what is not being readily shown.
After the Mercury
retrograde motion in Virgo the wheat-is-from-the-chaff and the
harvest is done. Following Mercury/Capricorn (phase 1) in January,
which dealt with solid or plain fact, then Mercury/Taurus in May
which saw to the quality or value of those facts, we have
Mercury/Virgo which will sift and sort and prune until the issue is
true to its initial concept. Only then can the loop be completed in
the year long story, at the fourth Mercury retrograde in Capricorn in
Venus and Jupiter
(the lesser and greater benefics) both in Virgo in August will have
elevated or upgraded the conditions around our personal story – of
which Mercury is the narrator – and the worth of this is now
present by the end of September, or lacking in both substance and
Mercury/Virgo is a
stickler for precision, directness and honesty of intention. Mercury
retrograde in the sign delays and exposes where these qualities are
actually missing or lacking. So it may mean going back to the drawing
board and conceiving a different plan. Or looking at the oversights
in important points of connection and logistics – in whatever is
your perceived venture of choice - and choosing different or integral
parts, before December 19th if possible. Matters little
whether your aims are personal, objective or something other, the
communication and connectedness of Mercury lets the plan roll or sees
it chicaned and off the track. 30th August until the 22nd
September is the crucial time for examining and modifying or
re-aligning. Though it may be better to let the dust settle until
after the end of September before making important or final moves.