Mercury Rx as Trickster

Sarah Janette
“The Trickster’s function is to break taboos, create mischief, stir things up. In the end the Trickster gives people what they really want: some sort of freedom.” — Tom Robbins

As Mercury is about to turn retrograde for the fourth time in 2018,  you might be feeling a little edgy. Where is the Trickster going to stir up dust this time? What can you do to stay calm, clear and in control? Is that even the goal?

Mercury Rx at 13 Sagittarius
LA – Nov 16 – 5:33 pm
NY – Nov 16 – 8:33 pm
LON – Nov 17 – 1:33 am
SYD – Nov 17 – 12:33 pm

Review what Mercury Rx Symbolizes

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First, to understand the astronomy of a retrograde planet, check out this 5-minute tutorial on my Youtube Channel- Planetary Retrogrades.

Next, know that metaphorically, the messenger of the gods is slowing down, going back over old territory, signalling a time for you to rethink your beliefs, MO, approach, actions, desires and above all thoughts, especially, this time around, in the area of life where you find 27 Scorpio to 13 Sagittarius. If you aren’t sure, ask for help in the comments.

But that’s not all that’s happening. Mercury Rx means the Trickster is afoot and anything is game.

Mercury Rx Do’s and Don’t’s

Don’t on the Mercury Rx

1. Buy electronics

2. Sign contracts

3. Forgo a safety check before driving

4. Launch new projects and businesses

5. Lone out your keys, passwords or pets

Do on the Mercury Rx

1. Rethink decisions

2. Review core values

3. Recreate the past

4. Reflect on desires

5. Reconnect with people from the past

6. Remove limiting beliefs

7. Rewind, relax, restore

Expect a Visit from the Trickster

moana-trailer1-screenMercury morphs during the retrograde cycle. Like a skinwalker, he steps out of his fleet-winged garb and dons the form of the Trickster. You can recognize this energy instantly. At its core is disruption, the intention to pull on the threads of order so it all unravels. He brings surprise, metaphor, visions and synchronicity. He, or she, presents us with a new perspective, one that might both excite and frighten us. It certainly provides the opportunity for growth.

In the mythologies of many people, the mythic figure who is the embodiment of the unexpected (synchronicity) is the Trickster, who steps godlike through the cracks and flaws in the ordered world of ordinary reality, bringing good luck and bad, profit and loss.Combs et al

Why we Need the Trickster

The Trickster comes along when we are stuck, either in a habit pattern that no longer serves us, a limiting thought about ourselves or others, an outmoded perception or a feeling of being trapped or out of touch with our vitality, our creative life force. When we get into such a state, sooner or later the Trickster comes to blow the roof off the house and cracks open the windows.

We encounter disruption – lose our car keys, wallet, job, family, friends, or unexpected news. Whatever form it takes, we are put in a position of having to make a radical change. Maybe it’s only for a day, as in missing keys. Maybe it’s for the rest of our lives, as in a relationship change. However it comes, it’s a sudden shake-up that renews the flow of energy to our hearts so that life has meaning again.

Screen Shot 2018-11-12 at 6.39.55 pmTracking Mercury Rx in your Chart

By following the transit of Mercury through your chart, you can note the house(s) activated, any planets aspects and from the symbolism, meet the Trickster halfway. Here’s how you do it.

  1. Check the ephemeris for Mercury Rx positions
  2. Plot Mercury around the outside wheel of your chart
  3. Note the house(s) and any aspects to planets

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s my chart as an example

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We can see the 4th house of home, family, clan, parents ancestors, emotional stability is activated. Also, a few important aspects that link to this, especially the sextile to the Moon, the conjunction to the IC and opposition to the sun and square the Ascendant.

Here are some keywords for the houses.

HousesLet’s meet up in the comments, or on the GVA Member’s Forum to discuss where, how and why the Trickster is dropping in on your life!

See you there.

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