Retrograde Amber

You know when things are going along just fine and dandy and then little by little things start to get bumpy and confusing and pretty soon everyone is comparing stories about how just about everything in their world seems to be either malfunctioning or discombobulated on some level? It’s called a retrograde. EVERY TIME things seem harder than usual or there are miscommunications or strange happenings with transportation, etc. at some point someone says, “well, you know we ARE in the middle of another retrograde.” And sure enough… I check and voilà. Retrograde. There really isn’t ever a good time for one. And some affect us individually more than others. This has made me a believer over the past couple of years because every time things seem like this… Yep! Retrograde in action. Ahh haaaa.

I think they should have names for each retrograde, the way they name the Hurricanes each year. I’m going to start naming them myself starting with this one. This one is Retrograde Amber. This way when I look back on things or share a story from this time I can reference it by saying… “oh yehhh…. that was during retrograde Amber! Yep, Amber was a little typhoon, wasn’t she?”

My joke about using the name Amber is from the bachelorette party I went to over the weekend. Without getting into a whole other story here, I think that name suits my past few weeks at least. July was a stellar month for me. And then August really slumbered down. Amber Alert! Something is missing! Like my mojo? Or the way things were wonderfully falling right into place up until a couple of weeks ago. Do you feel like people are dropping the ball? Things aren’t clicking?  I’m just ready to be over it already. Come on September 9th!!!!

In case those of you aren’t familiar with the retrograde… here’s a little taste of what it’s all about:

At 03:50 UT (Universal Time) Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011, Mercury the wise communicator—and universal trickster—turnsretrograde at 1°12′ Virgo in the sign of the Virgin, sending communications, travel, appointments, mail and the www into a general snarlup! The retro period begins some days before the actual turning point (as Mercury slows) and lasts for three weeks or so, until August 26, 2011, when the Winged Messenger reaches his direct station. At this time he halts and begins his return to direct motion through the zodiac.

Everything finally straightens out on September 9th, as he passes the point where he first turned retrograde. Mercury normally turns retrograde three times a year, but last year he turned tail four times, which is unusual, and his shadow phase was still active in early January 2011. The effects of each period differ, according to the sign in which it happens (see box for Retrograde Periods in 2011).

A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac. According to modern science, this traditional concept arises in the illusory planetary motion created by the orbital rotation of the earth with relation to other planets in our solar system. It’s a bit like travelling on the road watching another car beside you: when the other car slows down, or you speed up, it looks as though the other car is moving backwards. Planets are never actually retrograde or stationary, they just seem that way due to this cosmic shadow-play. Click here for some neat graphics and more on thescience of retrograde planetary motion.

The rest is much more interesting, so here is the link to the page.

Good luck with your next couple of weeks, everybody!!

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