© December 2010 by Fabienne Lopez
The last Mercury Retrograde of 2010
The last Mercury retrograde transit of 2010 will happen in Sagittarius from December 10 through December 29. Mercury’s retrograde path starts at 5 degrees 56 minutes Capricorn, and ends at 19 degrees 39 minutes Sagittarius.
Since most of this retrograde will happen in the sign of Sagittarius, my analysis of this transit will concentrate on this sign.
In astrology, Mercury rules all forms of communication and interaction: speaking, writing, thinking, travel, commerce, trade. When Mercury goes retrograde (appears to move backwards – as no planet does that. It is just an optical illusion due to the different speeds each planets revolves around the sun), astrology considers this period a good time to review, rethink, reconsider, re-do any course of action previously started.
Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter, is a fire sign know for this boundless optimism, grandiose vision of the future, big beliefs, love of travel and learning.
When you combine Mercury and Sagittarius with a retrograde transit what you get is a lot of foot in the mouth incidents due to big and bold statements being made when they shouldn’t.
Pepé le Pew
As I was thinking of the meaning of this transit, this image of Pepé Le Pew kept popping up in my mind. Pepé le Pew is a Warner Bros. cartoon character. Pepé le Pew is a Male French Skunk that always strolls around in Paris in the springtime, when everyone’s thoughts are of “love”. Pepé is constantly seeking “l’amour” of his own. He is a ladies man who is deeply, madly and totally in love with black female cat that always gets a strip of white paint painted down her back. Pepé sees the stripe and assumes she is a skunk and, therefore, chases her relentlessly.
The Bad Side of Mercury in Sagittarius
I can’t help but view Pepé le Pew as a classic example of a Mercury in Sagittarius transit gone awry.
First, Pepé thinks this cat- Penelope Pussycat – is in love with him. He never realizes that she is always trying to get away before he kisses her. If I was reading his attitude in astrological terms, I would say that it’s Sagittarius at it’s worst: the old age debate of belief v. reality.
His over the top confidence (a Sag thing) in his charm, makes it impossible for Pepé le Pew to take ‘no’ for an answer. Pepé le Pew is blissfully convinced that the girl is flirting with him, even when she physically assaults him. His desire to find the “love of his life” blinds him and makes it easy to overlook nuance and appreciate different points of view.
Pepé is tone death. He never listens to anything anybody tells him. He is always having conversations with himself, professing his love and never listening to any feedback from his “beloved” cat.
He’d say things like this.
Pepé Le Pew: “This little love bundle. Now she is seeking for us a trysting place. Touching, is it not? Come, my little peanut of brittle. I will help you. Wait for me. Wait.”
Pepé Le Pew: “What is this? Oh, but of course. This little one wish to commit suicide to prove her love for me. What a sweet gesture. Nevertheless, I must prevent it.”
Pepé Le Pew: “She look everywhere for me. She find me. Then she run away. WHY?!”
Pepé Le Pew: “Come to me, my melon baby collie.”
Pepé Le Pew: “I tell you what. You stop resisting me, and I, I will stop resisting you. When have you had a better offer than that?”
All this exaggeration, over the top Jupiterian (Jupiter rules Sagittarius) hyperbole is great for laughs but not so great in real life. It can come back to bite you if you don’t listen to yourself and avoid the need for bragging. And in Pepé’s case, he never gets the girl.
Keep It Real – Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius
So what can you do to avoid the same fate of Pepé le Pew during this upcoming Mercury retrograde transit in Sagittarius? Keep it real!
- Try to focus on exactly what’s really happening around you. Spend a little extra time with your mouth closed and your ears open. Your superiors and loved ones will appreciate your attempts to really hear what they have to say.
- Don’t blow small things out of proportion, whack facts out of their context. Instead use Sagittarius capacity for big visions to widen your perception of the world.
- Drop your prejudices and listen to the views of others. You might discover that the more tolerant you are of other perspectives, the more inspirational you become.
- Use Sagittarius capacity for envisioning the future and Mercury’s thought organizing process to fill in all the details of your own vision of your future.
I would like to hear from readers about their experiences during this retrograde transit. Have a question or need a more customized reading on how this Mercury transit is going to affect you, ask me here.
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