Mercury is currently in retrograde, in Virgo located at 26 Vir 11' 36"

Planetary Aspects

(out 5 Days)

Mercury is currently in Conjunction Venus

   Ends on Wednesday, 28 September, 2022

Mercury is currently in Opposition Neptune

Mercury is currently Trine Pluto

Upcoming Retrogrades

PlanetStationary (retrograde)Stationary (direct)In Sign

Even people who aren’t even remotely familiar with astrology have heard of this one.  Mercury is also Hermes, considered the emissary of the Gods but also, something of a trickster. Ruling Virgo and Gemini, this planetary influence usually denotes something of an adaptable nature but also, a very curious, very chatty sort of feel.

Mercury is also a quick little booger. Because this is one of the inner planets, it moves around the sun much more quickly than other planets - which is, incidentally, why you’ll hear about Mercury's retrograde cycles much more frequently. They happen more frequently! (But wait, there’s more!) The best way to think about what Mercury does in astrology is that it rules your mind and your mouth but also, the way you move: communication, technology, travel, speech and thinking - and everything that ties in there.

The Retrograde

Mercury retrograde is a well known, regular cycle that happens three to four times every year and it lasts around 24 days. You’d think the frequency would kind of hint that maybe the things that occur during it can be prevented with a little foresight - and yet, though most people associate technological breakdowns and communications issues with this cycle, the truth is this is also one of those times an ex might pop up either in your thoughts or in reality. You know that’s a bad idea even without astrological influence, but there you have it. Instead of reaching out, just write this one off to Mercury Retrograde and you’ll be good to go!

This particular retrograde cycle has been known about for a long time. Between the mid-18th and early 19th centuries, the only people who really cared a whole lot about Mercury in Retrograde were farmers. This is because it was usually associated more frequently with heavy rains and bad things happening in that respect, but not very much. If you really want somebody to blame for the rise in this particular scapegoat: blame Baltimore. I blame Baltimore for a lot of things but it was really their horoscopes where you begin to see the big thrust of this as the reason everyone’s life goes to shit or they’re more or less having a time of it. It was April of 1979 when the Baltimore Sun let everyone know, “Hey, this is why this crap keeps happening!” and it just took off from there. As mentioned elsewhere on this site, of course, if you look at the developing technologies and their use gaining popularity - it would make sense that, well, here you have a ready made gremlin that impacts all those things. There are also quite a few people who blame Taylor Swift for this bigger recent uptick in it in terms of pop culture because well, Tay Tay did an interview where she talked about it. With that, hundreds of thousands of teen girls suddenly had a great intangible boogieman beyond their control to blame their bullshit on three or four times a year. It might kind-of explain those breakup songs, if you ask me, but, well, there you go.

Regardless, it’s become so popular, I am not sure I really need to tell you - but if you wanted to really milk it for all its worth, basically don’t do anything that requires communicating, sealing the deal, travel or otherwise during this cycle. I’m sure that’s going to be acceptable when you call into work. Or, you could take the more rational approach and recognize that if you do notice a lot of things really wonking up, maybe those things could stand being corrected inasmuch as you can from your end of things. Is it happening that often because of the speed in which Mercury moves around the Sun or, is it more like problems that go unresolved tend to pop up again and again?

I don’t know. It’s all a mystery of the cosmos!

Planetary Positions

27.09.2022 at 11:28:44 UTC

chart wheel
PlanetLongitude
Sun04 Lib 20' 43"
Moon23 Lib 26' 10"
Mercury26 Vir 11' 36" R
Venus27 Vir 41' 49"
Mars18 Gem 49' 00"
Jupiter03 Ari 36' 19" R
Saturn19 Aqu 07' 50" R
Uranus18 Tau 27' 36" R
Neptune23 Pis 44' 19" R
Pluto26 Cap 08' 49" R

Solar Status

BZ Status:16
Proton Density:6.65
Proton Speed:503.1 k/sec
KP Status:2
TypeSep 27Sep 28Sep 29
Active25%25%15%
Minor15%15%5%
Moderate1%1%1%
Strong1%1%1%
Kp Index Prediction
00-03UT232
03-06UT332
06-09UT222
09-12UT221
12-15UT211
15-18UT210
18-21UT211
21-00UT321
Solar Activity
Solar activity was at low levels. Region 3105 (S16W18, Dai/beta) and Region 3107 (S25E01, Esi/beta) both developed more intermediate spots but were otherwise unchanged from yesterday. Region 3107 also produced the largest flare of the period, an isolated C4 at 26/0911 UTC. Region 3110 (N15E35, Ehi/beta), remained the largest and most complex grouping, but also underwent considerable decay among its trailing spots. The other two regions were in decay and unremarkable. No inbound CMEs were noted.
Solar Wind
Solar wind parameters were nominal for most of the period, with wind speeds fluctuating between 300-325 km/s and total field strength at or below 6 nT. The phi angle switched from mostly positive to negative around midday. Just after 26/2100 UTC, solar wind speeds began to rise to over 365 km/s, density increased to 57 ppcm3, total field increased to reach 19 nT, Bz saw a southward deflection to -13 nT, and phi began to oscillate between positive and negative positions. All indications that a transient feature, likely one of the CMEs from 23 Sep, was passing by the DSCOVR spacecraft.
Energetic Particle
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux reached high levels with a peak flux of 2,640 pfu observed at 26/1640 UTC. The greater than 10 MeV proton flux was at background levels.