Gratitude, forgiveness, clemency and mercy: Thanksgiving in a Mercury retrograde


The Sun’s in Sagittarius, Mercury has retrograded, Thursday is Thanksgiving and Thursday night/Friday morning is a new moon and (partial) solar eclipse (something essential, complete, withdraws). As we either feast or fast (on Thanksgiving), Mercury (communication, thought, transporting ourselves here to there), is stationary retrograde (20 degrees Sag). Mercury retrogrades until Dec. 13 (4 degrees Sag). Holiday gifts purchased during Mercury retro are subject to misgivings, idle chatter and re-thinking, which brings me to the thought of gifts in general. It’s not what we receive but what, how and why we give which is the real gift: a paradoxical concept we need to teach our children in order to create, foster and safeguard the foundational values of the new culture and civilization, the new Aquarian sharing society.

Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius is about travel, justice, journeys into cultures unfamiliar and a return to food our (grand)mothers made. Mercury retrograde produces inner activity like contemplation, reflection, retreat, research – “re” words. Rapprochement is activated during it; a return to something incomplete, needing forgiveness, compassion, clemency and mercy. Traveling, we experience temporary delays.

During Mercury retrogrades, to safeguard our well-being, we refrain from large purchases (homes, cars, appliances) and major planning. Instead, we review and reflect upon information gathered since Mercury’s last retro in August. As each retrograde occurs, our minds overflow (are overwhelmed) with information needing organization (and possible elimination). Then, we are able to absorb the next three months of information until the next Mercury retro (March 12-April 4, 2012).

Let us all be grateful for everything in our world and in our lives. Let us be thankful for the past, then, become a posse of pirates discovering the new (world).

ARIES: It’s most important to find the pause that refreshes because there’s such an onrush of activity, ideas and ideals, wanting to travel and discovering of new realities, that details important to your well-being may be missed. It’s also time to review your values, sense of justice, ideas of what’s occurring the world and consider how you are aiding humanity’s endeavors in building the new society. What are your visions?

TAURUS: You continue to tend to the well-being of others. Sometimes, you remember to care for yourself. You remember that you are a resource and if you as resource are not tended to well enough, you no longer can be a resource for others. Ideas for the new reality continue to appear. Their manifestation into form has been elusive. Now, you see the new world coming forth as the new physics. This is the new Aquarian art, too.

GEMINI: It’s most important to reflect on what your relationship is based upon. Include all relationships, but begin with your most intimate. It might be that you consider what’s taken for granted, what’s not understood, what allows you to be most truthful and what is occurring about moving, relocating and rethinking resources? A new path comes forth and a new message within the relationship. You must listen perceptively.

CANCER: Your idea of a schedule runs quickly out the back door and you suddenly find yourself with no routines, plans or the ability to take control of daily events. Anything you’ve thought of doing simply melts into states of chaos seeking the next level of harmony, but the harmony’s not manifesting for a while. The best thing to do is to prepare nurturing foods. Offer this food to others. They will receive it as goodness from the heavens. You are that.

LEO: The past year has been rather serious, structured to keep you in a state of working discipline. This new moon with its eclipse, calls you to a state of ease, amusement, recreation, children, pleasure, creativity, games, fun, enjoyment and being with others who think as you think. A previous lover/relationship is in your thoughts, too. Perhaps, they show up at your door. Will you let them into your life again?

VIRGO: Family and parents, the foundations of your life, your childhood, beliefs learned while young and carried into the present time will be on your mind for the purpose of appraising, cleansing, clearing and eliminating what’s no longer useful. Be aware that moodiness, brooding and, perhaps, intense feelings will arise. Assess these with intelligence and careful observation. They will pass.

LIBRA: It’s good to be in touch with siblings, to communicate, take trips, have conversations with them, share news, family gossip, hopes, wishes, dreams and ideas. Be aware that even when doing so, information may get trapped inside of your head or heart, or information may be misconstrued. Communicate anyway with the intention to make contact, which releases love. Your family misses and loves you.

SCORPIO: The entire world’s in a state of reorientation; a state you know well, for you experience it endlessly. The whole world is in a Scorpio state of transformation, testing, of dying so that the new world can come forth. Your importance in this great shift is the fact that your research abilities become the core of the new culture and civilization. What are your present tasks? What are you using your resources for?

SAGITTARIUS: There’s an opportunity now, not wanting to waste a moment of life, to redefine yourself, your identity and purpose. You’re able to change your mind about who you (think you) are and how you see yourself. Be aware that your presence is very impactful to others around you. Issues you thought were complete reappear for reassessment. A new rhythm is appearing. Find some music and enter it. Remain there.

CAPRICORN: You may feel behind a curtain in a theatre, waiting in the wings for new realities to appear. It’s like planting a garden – lovely arugula, kales, onions, winter greens, thyme, oregano, parsley – waiting each day for the first green shoots. Everything on inner levels is being restructured. You feel this but it hasn’t manifested in your outer world. Be as reclusive as possible to allow these new roots of new reality to anchor, become strong and later reshape your life.

AQUARIUS: In the following weeks, you will discover your true friends, what groups truly support your endeavors and whom you can turn to for nurturance, needs and simple friendship. So much of humanity is misinformed. Allow yourself to provide humanity true information so that you become part of the education of humanity. You will assess your life’s journey. When traveling, follow scrupulously the rules of the road for safety.

PISCES: Some Pisces will ponder writing a book, some may consider publishing or will be contacted by publishers. Considering these ideas without making final decisions. Acknowledgements and recognitions may come forth unexpectedly. Be careful of miscommunication to and with the public. Tend to previous tasks and be careful of your public image. You will continue to work with focused consistency. Healing begins.


Risa is founder and director of the Esoteric & Astrological Studies & Research Institute,

a contemporary wisdom school in the Ancient Wisdom Tradition.

Gratitude, forgiveness, clemency and mercy: Thanksgiving in a Mercury retrograde