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When Will Mercury Retrograde End?

It’s a question I’ve been hearing a lot : “When will Mercury retrograde end?”

Yes, lots of people are aware of Mercury retrograde periods.

Not just astrologers.

Even folks who don’t seem to know much more than their horoscope Sun signs want to know when will Mercury retrograde end.

And I don’t blame them.

After all, this has been one of the most intense – and most challenging – Mercury retrograde periods I’ve ever experienced.

And I’ve been through a few of them – 214 at last count.

In this case, Mercury went retrograde on Halloween, October 31.

Since then I’ve been through the usual madness.

Miscommunications and cancelled appointments.

Inconvenient travel schedules, strange Uber mix-ups, and insane airport delays.

The Big Mercury Retrograde Event

But the biggest bit of Mercury retrograde craziness came just a couple of days before the transit of Mercury at the inferior conjunction.

It’s what has made this particular Mercury retrograde cycle stand out for me.

I discovered it when I checked my email.

There wasn’t any in my inbox.

In fact, there hadn’t been any for six or seven hours.

That’s unusual for me.

But since I was staying in a hotel at the time, I figured maybe it was a temporary glitch.

I left my hotel room to go to an appointment, and then came back several hours later.

Still no email.

In fact, I soon discovered that the site that hosts my email was down.

I decided to submit a trouble ticket to the hosting company.

That’s when I discovered the full extent of the problem.

Much Bigger Than I Realized

I couldn’t access the hosting company.

As it turned out, nine of my web sites were down completely.

A little more digging soon revealed that the hosting company, SmarterASP.net, had been hacked earlier that day.

It was a ransomware attack. It has encrypted all the sites and databases for roughly 440,000 hosting customers around the world.

So I wan’t alone. Not that that was any consolation.

The industry professionals who reported the ransomware attack estimated that the sheer size of the mess meant it would take awhile to get cleaned up.

Like three weeks to a month.

Needless to say, that didn’t make me very happy.

As it turned out, however, the hosting company was able to get everything back up and running in about 72 hours.

A big relief.

But still, an over-sized  (and very memorable) Mercury retrograde mishap.

That’s why I’m particularly glad to see this Mercury retrograde period getting ready to come to an end.

When Will Mercury Retrograde End? On November 20!

Yep, we’re just about done with this one.

On Wednesday, November 20, Mercury will be making its direct station.

When Will Mercury Retrograde End
The Mercury Retrograde period will come to an end with the direct station on November 20, 2019.

Remember, though, that sometimes the direct station is a particularly challenging time.

And Mercury will still be in its shadow phase until the retrograde return.

That won’t happen until December 7.

So even though this particularly horrendous Mercury retrograde adventure is almost over, we still have a few more weeks to deal with its after-effects.

I think I can handle that.

Russian Planes Hit Syria World Point

Russian planes have been in the news a lot lately.

They’ve been flying over Syria, and have apparently been doing lots of damage, not only to insurgents on the ground, but also to Russia’s relations with the U.S. Those relations have gotten very icy indeed.

Putin Flexes His Muscles

At one level, it’s easy to see the presence of Russian planes in Syrian skies as just an example of Russian President Vladimir Putin showing off.

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Macho man Vladimir Putin’s health may be great – but what else should he be worrying about?

As I’ve noted previously here, Vladimir Putin definitely likes to flex his muscles. That’s true even when he’s got his shirt on. But there are other worries brewing here. Vladimir Putin has been telling the world that those Russian planes are hitting ISIS targets – and that may be true. According to some sources, there is some evidence of massive desertions in the ISIS ranks since the Russian bombing began.

A Master Chess Player

But as Jim Cummins has pointed out in the past, the Russian leaders is a master chess player. He’s always thinking several moves ahead in the game of geopolitics.

Turkey isn’t very happy with the situation – it says the Russian planes are violating its air space, so they’re in danger of being shot down. And according to the U.S. news media, those Russian planes are flying now solely in an effort to prop up the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria. Whether or not they are hitting ISIS targets, Russian bombs are also falling on Syrian insurgents who want to get rid of Bashar al-Assad. These are the so-called “moderate extremist” forces that the U.S. supports. It’s a group that includes, oddly enough, some members of al-Quaida in Syria.

As is all too often the case, the dogged American determination to get rid of governments who don’t agree with us makes for strange bedfellows.

But What About The Timing?

As international tensions continue to escalate, it’s important to step back and get a broader perspective whenever possible.

That’s where the tools of astrology come in.

We can of course learn a lot from the timing of the events in Syria themselves, and from the natal horoscopes of the world leaders making news. But even without the presence of Russian planes in the skies of Syria, a quick glance at one of the current planetary phenomena is informative. It can tell us a lot about what may soon be playing out on the global stage.

Mercury has been retrograde since September 17.

Mercury retrograde periods always mark times when communications can get confused, plans may not work out as intended, and intentions can be grossly misunderstood. So at the very least it’s a time when the leaders of countries would be wise not to jump to conclusions.

An End To Mercury Retrograde

But the Mercury retrograde period will be coming to an end on Friday, October 9. And that’s when things are likely to get even more interesting.

The Mercury Direct Station, the time when Mercury finishes up its retrograde motion and starts moving forward again, is always a critical point the retrograde cycle. More often than not, it seems to intensify the confusion, incompletion, and miscommunication that have been in play during the previous three weeks, while the planet has been in apparent backward motion. So this coming weekend will be a time for extra caution.

But that’s not the end of the story.

World Point Activation

When Mercury goes direct on October 9, it will be at 0° Libra.

That initial degree of a cardinal sign is one of the extraordinarily powerful “World Points” in the zodiac – whenever they are activated by significant planetary events or alignments, it’s a signal that we can expect to see major events with global implications.

But what kinds of events?

On previous occasions we’ve discovered that if we want to gain insights into current situations, it can be useful to study those previous times when planetary stations took place at the zodiac degrees currently being activated.

According to the tables listed on page 270 of Mercury, Money and the Markets, there has only been one previous time since 1900 when Mercury made a station at 0° Libra.

That was on September 2, 1983.

Russian Planes and American Casualties

On that date, Mercury made a Retrograde Station instead of a Direct Station, but its alignment with the World Point definitely had a global impact – and Russian planes were involved.

On September 2, 1983, U.S. Representative Lawrence P. McDonald, a Democrat from Georgia with a reputation as the most conservative member of Congress at the time, was in a group of Americans who were among the 269 passengers and crew members aboard Korean Air Lines Flight 007, traveling from New York to Seoul, South Korea. That civilian airliner was shot down by a fighter plane from the U.S.S.R. near Sakhalin Island in the Sea of Japan.

There were no survivors.

Needless to say, this was a major international incident, instantly ratcheting up Cold War tensions to new heights.

U.S. President Ronald Reagan, calling the downing of the airliner “a horrifying act of violence,” cut short his California vacation and called an emergency meeting of the National Security Council in Washington.

Secretary of State George P. Schultz was visibly enraged when he responded to questions about the event at a news conference, declaring that “We can see no excuse for this appalling act.”

Accusations and counter-accusations started flying. It didn’t take long for all sorts of conspiracy theories to start surfacing – about former U.S. President Richard Nixon, about the CIA, and, of course, about Russian planes.

And it all happened when Mercury was stationary at 0° Libra.

So, with another Mercury station coming up at the same zodiac degree in just a few days, it makes sense to pay particular attention to global tensions now.

Especially since Russian planes are already in the news.

 

 

A Mercury Direct Stress Test & Stock Market Trading

This has been an eventful day, to say the least.

Mercury returned to direct motion this morning, after being retrograde since June 7.

That seemed to be good news for stock market trading, with all the major market indices breaking through previous resistance today to move to higher levels for the remainder of the trading day

Actually, Mercury resumption of direct motiont was a welcome transition at a lot of levels, especially since the last few days had seen more than their share of chaos, miscommunications, and general weirdness.

A couple of examples–

Yesterday, with Mercury in its final day of retrograde motion, I released my new e-book (what was I thinking when I picked THAT time!?!) on How To Time The Next Market Trading Top.

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This is an important new report which is the result of some months of research, back-testing, writing, and editing, so I was really glad to be able to make it available through my publishing company at Harmonic Research Associates.

But Mercury was retrograde so things got screwed up. A lot of people who ordered the instant download of this new publication got a confirmation email, but instead of getting this new report they gold a year-old monograph instead!

Not exactly what I had planned on, and it took us almost 24 hours to get everything straightened out, and to deliver copies of the real item to the people who had requested it.

And then, on a more personal level, there’s the repair work that just getting underway on the building that houses our penthouse condo overlooking the Manatee River here in Florida.

The condo association has contracted to have the exterior stucco repaired and the building repainted. That’s a nifty idea, except for the fact that virtually the entire outside of the seven-story building is going to be jack-hammered, with about six weeks of pounding, scraping and other chaos ahead of us. It’s a massive operation, and since we’re on the top floor, all the scaffolding and pulley systems for moving materials around are going to be installed right outside the window of my home office here, with plenty of turmoil in evidence throughout the month-and-a-half operation.

But here’s the kicker.

We had been told that this whole building repair thing was going to start in mid-August, so Patty and I have been making plans to work around that event as best we can.

That’s why we were especially surprised when we got back from lunch yesterday (June 30, with Mercury still retrograde) to discover that access to the front door of our condo had been blocked by massive construction equipment that the contractors had moved into place during our two-hour absence. They began the renovation work about six weeks ahead of schedule, and spent the rest of the afternoon pounding on the sides of the building, running noisy motors, and generally creating a commotion that’s sure to become the norm for the next month or so, whether we like it or not.

It’s not that I’m complaining, mind you. The building truly needs this work badly, and I’m really looking forward to having the renovation done.

But the bad timing and the botched communications still surprised me — as if I really needed a fresh lesson on the power of Mercury retrograde to mess things up!

And so today, Mercury returned to direct motion.

At last!

As this celestial event took place, was in the office of my cardiologist, getting ready to step onto a treadmill for a stress test, with a tube in my arm and all kinds of wires coming out of my chest.

I wasn’t really thinking too much about Mercury going direct at that moment, but the whole treadmill experience was a lot less challenging than I had anticipated, and the nurse who was working with me seemed impressed with what she observed.

I’ll have to wait until next week to review all the results with my cardiologist– this is my first full stress test since my heart surgery last October, so it’s good that we’ll be looking at the numbers when Mercury is no longer retrograde.

And I’m glad that Mercury had gone direct when I stepped onto the treadmill this morning!