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That planet mercury is almost retrograde again! It arrives in at 3:59 EDT on Friday, August 20th.  Mercury is the planet that loves to create chaos during a three-week cycle when it appears to be traveling backwards in the solar system. However, according to many astrologists, A planet is described to be in retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac. Actually this is an illusory planetary motion created by the orbital rotation of the earth with relation to other planets in the solar system. Planets are never actually retrograde or stationary, they just seem that way due to this cosmic shadow-play.

While Mercury may really be stationary and there is this  cosmic shadow play going on, it seems to back up the other planets in it’s path that want to move forward. This backup wreaks havoc in the areas of communication, perception and thinking. Astrologers, numerologists, and people of other metaphysical disciplines, all advise not to make big decisions, purchases or sign contracts during this phase, which usually occurs 4 times each year for approximately 3 weeks, give or take a few days. It’s effect can oftentimes be felt 2-3 days before and after. The purpose of this post is to bring awareness to those who may not understand the effects under this weird and bizarre cycle. As long as you are aware of it’s effects and what to do and not do during this phase, you can lessen the effects and breeze through this period with as little collateral damage as possible. I do know that most of my family members and friends get into more arguments with their spouse. I always like to send out Mercury Retrograde warnings to them and they love it! It just makes them more aware!

Let’s do the numerology on this “bad boy” planet that so many people buzz about when it appears.

The Name Number Mercury Retrograde = 16/7. First things first!  The 167 number vibration is related to the Tower in the Tarot. That one word says it all – for the tower shatters and destroys. Mars rules this card, therefore the keyword is ‘awakening ‘ and oftentimes arrives with a clear flash of understanding! You will instantly know this flash and it can knock you off your feet! Numerically, the 16/7 is a karmic debt number which means destruction of the old and birth of the new, so nothing goes according to plan during this cycle and it’s important to stay alert!  Watch what you say and how you say it. The number 1  influence usually represents new beginnings, but it is not recommended to begin anything new if possible, or to sign any new contracts now. Try to wait until after September 12th.  The number 6 influences our ability to listen more keenly, and the number 6 is important here, because mercury retrograde rules communication and it’s important to listen to a fault during this temporary, but difficult vibration. Better to have heard everything that is being said, rather than hearing only what you want to hear — or one side of the communication. The number 7 provides awareness and insight especially if you are aware of the negative aspects of mercury retrograde. The problem-solver side of the number 7 can help you get though it.

Date of current Mercury Retrograde is August 20, 2010 = 13/4. This is the spiritual Death number, however, what dies, is reborn into a new form.  This number can really help with trans-formative undercurrents going on beneath the surface.  The 13/4 is both the slayer and the re-constructor. The number 4 that this number reduces to helps that manager and detail-oriented side of you come out. This is especially helpful and forces you to back up your computer. Make sure you save all documents because during mercury retrograde, documents have a way of disappearing, computers crash, etc, etc. Therefore, the number 4 is like the Boy Scout in helping you be prepared and methodical.

Date of current Mercury Retrograde end cycle is September 12, 2010 = 15/6. This numerical vibration brings back the love and more tolerance – thank goodness! after more than 3 crazy weeks, the number 1 brings back pleasant new beginnings and a time to let go of the crazy mercury retrograde vibe. The number 5 brings back flexibility, which is restricted during mercury retrograde.

Mercury Retrograde arrives on the east coast at 3:59 EDT  =  17/8. The 17/8 has the influence of both the number 1 as the beginning of mercury retrograde and the number 7 to help us find balance and have faith during this cycle.

Mercury Retrograde arrives on the west coast at 12:50 PST = 8. It’s another 8, but the number 8 stands alone. This 8 reminds us of the powerful influences of mercury retrograde.

During Mercury Retrograde remember not to:

  • Sign contracts (if at all possible)
  • Make major decisions
  • Make major purchases
  • Not to begin new projects if you can help it
  • Watch your communication with others – bite your tongue if you have to, otherwise you may regret what you said in haste or anger.
  • And DO backup your computer or files often during this phase.

I want you to be inspired by your life!

Warm Regards,

Kathleen Lamoureux

Kathleen Lamoureux is an Intuitive Life coach and Numerologist. She is  the creator and founder of the  Numerology Zen Zone and the Wellness Zen  Zone which explores alternative therapies and self-help techniques such as meditation, affirmations, visualizations and numerology.  Kathleen helps individuals to find direction, true purpose, and to understand not only themselves, but their most intimate relationships. Kathleen reveals the meaning of numbers as they relate to all things metaphysical and gives private numerology readings and coaching sessions.

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