© September 2010 by Fabienne Lopez
Documenting Our Lives
An extensive record of your daily life, complete with dates, emotions, circumstances and events, is, according to Chris, “the single best thing that you can do in the long term for testing the techniques of astrology and coming to a better understanding of how it works in practice.”
As an astrologer I should follow this advice. But I don’t.
However with this last Mercury Retrograde in Virgo, I decided to keep in good Mercury in Virgo fashion (Virgo loves systems and minutia) a detailed journal of all the possible manifestations of this transit on my chart.
The goal of this exercise was twofold:
1) Satisfy the Mercury need to communicate;
2) And understand how transits can manifest in a chart through the emergence after a certain amount of time of themes and patterns pertaining to Mercury.
The advantage of using a Mercury retrograde cycle over other transits was that Mercury would provide me with plenty of events to record in a short amount. Mercury presides over such things as speaking, negotiating, buying and selling, listening, formal contracts, documents, travel, the mail and shipping, and so forth. And when Mercury goes retrograde, these actions encounter delays, do-over and repeats that can easily noticed, experienced and recorded.
How did I fare during this transit?
The Downside of Mercury Retrograde In Virgo
As I am reviewing my notes, I counted:
- Two checks I was expecting got delayed. One is still is missing, lost somewhere in postal service land.
- The remote control of the TV got lost for several days and all the settings got erased.
- I lost the AC battery cord of my netbook. When the coffee shop where I had last used my computer said they had it, I went back. Only to discover that it was somebody’s else battery cord.
- My local library kept charging me late fees that I already had paid. Of course, I could not find the receipt.
- Several appointments were delayed, postponed or forgotten due mostly to miscommunication problems and traffic jams.
Most of these moments were trivial in themselves, but when happening all at the same time they pack a punch.
The Upside of Mercury Retrograde In Virgo
But not everything was bad during this last transit. Mercury retrograde was making several good aspects to points in my chart and presented me with some nice surprises.
- One of my old post was reprinted on Sasstrology (Mercury was opposing my Ascendant = people noticing you because of your writing)
- Unexpectedly, I facilitated a workshop on Public Speaking (Mercury opposing natal Mercury /Ascendant = people noticing your communication skills)
- I had several unplanned conversations concerning the direction of my astrological practice and the need for a better marketing strategy (Transiting Mercury was conjoining my natal 6th House Pluto= serious conversations/thinking)
The Benefits of Documenting Our Lives
What did I learn that could be useful to my clients?
(Disclaimer: this is only a preliminary observation. Additional recording over a longer period of time is needed for a more conclusive interpretation. Even the results are personal, they can serve as “alerts” to clients)
- Harmonious aspects during a retrograde period tend to bring out unexpected rewards;
- These surprise events were tied to “seed” actions planted in the past that had already come to fruition;
- It indicated that Mercury is a more important planet in my chart than I had previously considered.
Documenting one’s life events and compare them to astrological transits can teach you a lot about yourself. It is also so much easier then going back and look at a transit trying to remember what was going on at that time.
How about you? What is your experience in documenting your life and comparing it to the actual transits? Share your story here.
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