Lunarium Newsletter #12

January 2015

Retrograde Mercury, Phase 1

We are in the first phase of the next retrograde period of Mercury (from the 5th to the 21st of January 2015). Mercury is still moving forwards, but slower and slower, while those things associated with Mercury tend to rush ahead. As it is typical for such a period, problems, commitments and activities tend to pile up; there is a feeling that there will never be enough time to do everything that has to be done. It is advisable, however, to bear in mind that in a few days, once Mercury will turn retrograde on the 21st of January, you will probably change your mind in respect of many of your activities. So if you’ll make all the decisions right now, chances are you’ll come back to them, wondering why exactly you decided like this and not like that.

After the 21st of January and until the 11th of February Mercury will be moving backwards, and this will be an interesting, although somewhat challenging, period of time. It will be interesting because many doors that were normally closed will open for you. Or maybe they were always open but you simply didn’t notice them, preoccupied with whatever you were doing most of the time. After the 21st of January it will be advisable to make a pause, look around and explore various ideas and possibilities that will, no doubt, offer themselves to you. As a result, you might find a way out of some dead end, or perhaps find a direction in your life that is more appropriate for your new interests and level of understanding. In other words, you will have a chance to get out of the rut created by your old habits and other people’s expectations.

That coming period, from the 21st of January to the 11th of February, will also be somewhat challenging, because you should better not commit yourself to anything during that time. Keep exploring different options, but avoid making important decisions while Mercury is retrograde. In fact, the most important of your decisions should better be delayed until the 3rd of March, the day when Mercury will leave the retrograde zone.

You will find the dates of the current and coming periods of retrograde motion of Mercury, Venus and Mars on the Retrograde Planets page of Lunarium website.

If you want to know more about the periods of retrograde motion and their phases, here is an article: About Retrograde Planets.

How To Predict Major Turning Points Of Your Life

One of the favourite methods of prognostication used by professional astrologers is secondary progression. Typically, a special, rather expensive software would be used to calculate progressions, and then an in-depth knowledge of horoscopic astrology would be needed to interpret the calculations.

However, there is a way how everyone, even with no knowledge of astrology whatsoever, could use this powerful method and easily get important results. How about finding out the years of the major turning points in your life? (You won’t need to know the time of birth, only the date.)

All you will need is the dates of the lunar phases for a few months, beginning from the month when you were born. For example, if you were born in January 1970, then you’ll need the dates of the phases of the Moon for January, February, March, and perhaps also April 1970. In my opinion, the easiest way to get these days is to use the Astrological Moon Calendar, but you can use any other source of information if you prefer.

Here are the steps:

  1. Make a list of the dates of the phases that took place after your date of birth, within, say, 100 days after it. Make a note on which exactly phase was on that particular day (the New Moon, the First Quarter, the Full Moon, or the Last Quarter). No time of the phase is needed, just the date. Here is an example for Barack Obama, born on the 4th of August 1961:

  2. New Moon: Aug 11.

  3. First Quarter: Aug 19.

  4. Full Moon: Aug 26.

  5. Last Quarter: Sep 1.

  6. New Moon: Sep 10.

  7. First Quarter: Sep 17.

  8. Full Moon: Sep 24.

  9. And so on.

  10. Next to each phase date, write down the number of days that passed from the date of birth to the date of the phase. I will continue with the same example:

  11. New Moon: Aug 11. -> 7

  12. First Quarter: Aug 19. -> 15

  13. Full Moon: Aug 26. -> 22

  14. Last Quarter: Sep 1. -> 28

  15. New Moon: Sep 10. -> 37

  16. First Quarter: Sep 17. -> 44

  17. Full Moon: Sep 24. -> 51

  18. And so on.

That number of days will show you the age at which the corresponding change in life will happen. For example, the Full Moon on Aug 26 happened 22 days after birth, and so it shows a major change in life at the age of 22, plus/minus a year.

  1. Figure out the year of the important change by adding the number found in the previous step to the year of birth.

  2. New Moon: Aug 11. -> 7 -> 1968

  3. First Quarter: Aug 19. -> 15 -> 1976

  4. Full Moon: Aug 26. -> 22 -> 1983

  5. Last Quarter: Sep 1. -> 28 -> 1989

  6. New Moon: Sep 10. -> 37 -> 1998

  7. First Quarter: Sep 17. -> 44 -> 2005

  8. Full Moon: Sep 24. -> 51 -> 2012

  9. And so on.

We have to leave this pluc/minus a year flexibility because we didn’t take into account the time of birth and the time of the phase. If necessary, we could do the calculations with a lot more precision, but then the method wouldn’t be so easy to use, and, after all, those major changes we are predicting can take more than a year to develop.

  1. Once you know the year, the name of the phase will tell you what kind of change can be expected then.

  2. New Moon: a beginning of a new cycle in life, can be even like a beginning of a whole new life. Usually a quiet year, in my experience, after or during which something new and important begins in one’s life.

  3. Full Moon: a culmination, a peak. The year which is rich with events and social activity. Can be like a mountain pass, after which things go down the hill, or the energy of life changes from waxing to waning.

  4. First Quarter and Last Quarter: these are both like a steep turn in life. The First Quarter has more focus on the family values or on being self-sufficient while the Last Quarter is often related to career and social position.

Try this method, and if you find it interesting, please let me know. There are more ideas I could share with you, if there will be some interest.

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