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The November/December Eclipses, Mercury Retrograde & Thoughts on the #Occupy Movement
by Julene Packer-Louis

Mercury is retrograde from November 24 - December 13, 2011

The tropical zodical degrees that Mercury will pass over three times are 3 - 20 Sagittarius. Mercury Retrograde has a shadow period that encompasses the longer time frame of the direct passage through these degrees on either side of the retrograde passage. The shadow period began on November 5, 2011 and ends on January 1, 2012.

In Vedic astrology these degrees correspond to the Nakshatras Jyeshta (where Mercury stations Retrograde) and Anuradha (the previous Nakshatra Mercury dips back into and stations Direct).

These Nakshatras are quite different in nature. First of all each Nakshatra has the attribute of being a Deva (divine), Manusha (human), or Rakshasa (demon). Jyeshta is Rakshasa, so it has an underlying energy of eccentricity, independence and breaking conventions. Anuradha is a Deva so it has an underlying energy of loyalty, devotion and openness.

Each Nakshatra is ruled by a planet and has a presiding Diety. Jyeshta is ruled by Mercury and presided over by Indra, supreme ruler of the gods, god of war, thunder & storms, protector of the gods and mankind who wielded a Thunder Bolt. He also brought water to earth which gives fertility associations as well.

Considering the eviction process of the Occupy movement all over the county and in other parts of the world is occurring during the direct pass of Mercury through Jyeshta I wonder what repercussions will come during the retrograde pass. Especially when we consider the keynote of Jyeshta is to rise and conquer through courage and effort.

Antares is the fixed star connected to this area of the sky, a Royal Star at the heart of the Scorpion. Now Royal Stars offer success but too they have a nemesis to overcome, which in this case is often going to far leading to self-undoing. Are the elite in power going to far in their attempt to silence the unrest and discontent of the masses via eviction and other acts of repression? While Mercury transits its own Nakshatra, this could be the beginning of their self-undoing. One thing for sure, the Moon (public) was in waning quincunx Mercury the day the evictions began. We can expect the movement to adjust, revise and regroup during the retrograde.

The solar eclipse occurring with Mercury's station in Jyeshta reminds me of a poem by Dylan Thomas "We will not go gently into the dark night. We will rise against the dying of the light."

Mercury retrograde dips back into Anuradha a Nakshatra ruled by Saturn and presided over by Mitra, the patron of contracts, treaties and friendships. The keynote of Anuradha is reverence, honor, abundance and right relationship. I think this indicates the movement gaining more focus and solidarity of purpose to move forward with as Mercury comes out of the retrograde.

The Solar Eclipse occurs at the New Moon on Friday, November 25th at 1:10 a.m. EST. The New Moon (Sun & Moon) are at 02-Sagittarius-37 in the tropical zodiac.

The Solar is quincunx retrograde Jupiter at 01-Taurus-57, trine retrograde Uranus at 00-Aries-44, and square Mars at 06-Virgo47 which is trine Pluto a 06-Capricorn04. We have seen the affects of this upcoming eclipse in action as the powers that be (Pluto) use force (Mars) against the protestors (Uranus). The eclipse is in quincunx to its dispositor retrograde Jupiter in Taurus. This has to do with big money corporations and banks, especially when we consider Venus in Sagittarius is in mutual disposition. (Jupiter and Venus are in each other's signs). The quincunx aspect is a difficult aspect to reconcile because there is nothing in common between the signs of the planets. Taurus is a feminine sign, Sagittarius a masculine sign. Taurus is a fixed sign and Sagittarius is mutable. Taurus is an earth sign and Sagittarius is fire. Earth likes stability. The grand trine in Earth in this eclipse involves Jupiter, Pluto and Mars. This is the big corporations and banks wanting to keep their power and control and a willingness to take action to protect that security. Meanwhile the public is searching for the Truth (Jupiter), and willing to demonstrate, rebel and revolt to expose it (trine to Uranus). The next six months should prove to be interesting as we watch these two forces with radically different agendas. I'd expect something to force an issue in late January early February due to the 2 degree orbs (thinking 2 months) because that is also when Mars stations retrograde.

The Lunar Eclipse occurs at the Full Moon on December 10th at 9:36 a.m. EST. The Moon is at 18-Gemini-11 and the Sun at 18-Gemini-11.

Mercury is retrograde at both eclipses, and conjoined the Sun of the other eclipse with a 2 degree orb. (Mercury in solar eclipse chart at 20-Sag-03, Mercury in lunar eclipse chart at 04-Sag-56) So there is a mutual Sun-Mercury aspect happening here. This is a real clear message that the struggle is about communication and not just speaking up but also listening. Mars at 13-Virgo16 in the lunar eclipse chart forms a T-Square with the lunar eclipse. So to the extent that voices aren't heard there will be trouble. There is a lot passion with this eclipse, the passion to preserve what is at odds with the passion to strike a more equitable balance. The quincunx in the lunar eclipse chart is to Venus at 17-Capricorn-27 in mutual disposition to Saturn in Libra. This indicates monetary structures and the words social security floated into my mind.

So aside from the global chaos occurring around us - what does this eclipse mean for us in our personal lives?

It means speak your Truth in your heart. Listen to those who speak their Truth to you. Communication is a two way street. My husband says there are people who listen and people who are waiting to talk. Be a good listener to those you care about. It is likely you will discover you have different views from those you usually agree with; don't force them to try to convert to your way of thinking as that will lead to anger and resentment. Choose acceptance of the opinions of others even if and especially when you don't agree. We are all entitled to our own opinion and what is important is that we each follow our Truth and accept and respect those who follow their Truth even if it is different than yours.

"Which truth of the matter would you have, sir? There are so many of them." -Charles Cotterell

"If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite." -William Blake

I think these are important quotes to remember in these times. While it may seem that there is chaos all over, we must remember that "chaos is what we see when we can't see far enough." What we have here is infinite potential disguised as chaos by the filters of our perception. This eclipse is to teach us to become aware of the filters on our doors of perception, to expand our vision beyond what we can see, and have faith in life and the goodness of humanity.

© Julene Packer-Louis 2011