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2013 Mercury Retrograde Calendar

Mercury Retrograde 2013 Calendar

Mercury Retrograde 2013 Calendar



Retrograde 1: February 23, 2013 at 9:41 a.m. GMT, 4:41 a.m. Eastern, 3:41 a.m. Central, 2:41 a.m. Mountain, 1:41 a.m. Pacific

Stations Direct: March 17, 2013 at 8:03 p.m. GMT, 4:03 p.m. Eastern, 3:30 p.m. Central, 2:30 p.m. Mountain, 1:30 p.m. Pacific

Retrograde 2: June 26, 2013 at 1:07 p.m. GMT, 9:07 a.m. Eastern, 8:07 a.m. Central, 7:07 a.m. Mountain, 6:07 a.m. Pacific

Stations Direct: July 20, 2013 at 6:22 p.m. GMT, 2:22 p.m. Eastern, 1:22 p.m. Central, 12:22 p.m. Mountain, 11:22 a.m. Pacific

Retrograde 3: October 21, 2013 at 10:20 a.m. GMT, 6:29 a.m. Eastern, 5:29 a.m. Central, 4:29 a.m. Mountain, 3:29 a.m. Pacific

Stations Direct: November 10, 2013 at 9:12 p.m. GMT, 4:12 p.m. Eastern, 3:12 p.m. Central, 2:12 p.m. Mountain, 1:12 p.m. Pacific


The planet Mercury is retrograde about three times a year for three weeks per span.  Mercury races past the part of its orbit that is closer to the earth and begins to travel on to the further side of the sun, and from our perspective, during that time, moves in the opposite direction as the earth. By Earth’s sight against the sky Mercury seems to move forward, then backwards, then forward again as it returns to pass the earth again in a three week cycle.

Path of Retrograde

Path of Retrograde


As seen from Earth, all the planets appear to periodically switch direction as they cross the sky. Though all stars and planets appear to move from east to west on a nightly basis in response to the rotation of Earth, the outer planets generally drift slowly eastward relative to the stars. This motion is normal for the planets, and so is considered direct motion. However, since Earth completes its orbit in a shorter period of time than the planets outside its orbit, it periodically overtakes them, like a faster car on a multi-lane highway. When this occurs, the planet being passed will first appear to stop its eastward drift, and then drift back toward the west. Then, as Earth swings past the planet in its orbit, it appears to resume its normal motion west to east. Inner planets Venus and Mercury appear to move in retrograde in a similar mechanism, but as they can never be in opposition to the Sun as seen from Earth, their retrograde cycles are tied to their lower conjunctions with the Sun. Asteroids and Kuiper Belt Objects (including Pluto) also exhibit apparent retrogradation.


From Mercury

At certain points on Mercury’s surface, an observer would be able to see the Sun rise part way, then reverse and set before rising again, all within the same Mercurian day. This apparent retrograde motion of the Sun occurs because, from approximately four Earth days before perihelion until approximately four Earth days after it, Mercury’s angular orbital speed exceeds its angular rotational velocity. Mercury’s elliptical orbit is farther from circular than that of any other planet in our solar system, resulting in a substantially higher orbital speed near perihelion.


What To Expect

In general, Mercury rules thinking and perception, processing and disseminating information and all means of communication, commerce, education and transportation. By extension, Mercury rules people who work in these areas, especially those who work with their minds or their wits: writers and orators, consultants, commentators and critics, gossips and spin doctors, salespeople, teachers, travellers, tricksters and thieves. Mercury also has an occult side, so healing, astrology and the transmission of spiritual knowledge are also in his area.

Mercury retrograde gives rise to personal misunderstandings; flawed, disrupted, or delayed communications, negotiations and trade; glitches and breakdowns with phones, computers, cars, buses, and trains. And all of these problems usually arise because some crucial piece of information, or component, has gone astray or awry.

It is not exactly wise to make important decisions while Mercury is retrograde, since it is likely that such decisions will be clouded by misinformation, poor communication and careless thinking. Mercury is all about mental clarity and the power of the mind, so when Mercury is retrograde these intellectual characteristics tend to be less acute than usual, as the critical faculties are dimmed. Make sure you pay attention to the small print!




Fomalhaut B Exoplanet Study Suggests Planetary Object, Not ‘Dust’

By: Staff
Published: 10/26/2012 02:49 PM EDT on
An enormous alien planet that some astronomers thought was dead and buried has come back to life, a new study suggests.
A new analysis of observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope found that the bright nearby star Fomalhaut does indeed host a huge exoplanet, which scientists dubbed a “zombie” world in an aptly Halloween-themed video on the alien planet. This conclusion contradicts other recent studies, which determined that the so-called planet — known as Fomalhaut b — is actually just a giant dust cloud.
“Given what we know about the behavior of dust and the environment where the planet is located, we think that we’re seeing a planetary object that is completely embedded in dust rather than a free-floating dust cloud,” co-author John Debes, of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, said in a statement.
The saga of Fomalhaut b began in November 2008, when Hubble astronomers announced that a planet circled Fomalhaut, which lies 25 light-years away in the constellation Piscis Austrinus. Fomalhaut b was the first alien world ever directly imaged in visible light, they said.
The planet was spotted just inside a vast debris ring surrounding but slightly offset from the star. Based on Fomalhaut b’s location and mass — estimated to be less than three times that of Jupiter — astronomers thought the planet’s gravitational pull likely explained the ring’s appearance. [Gallery: The Strangest Alien Planets]
But other scientists subsequently cast doubt on Fomalhaut b’s existence. Some have argued that the object is just a short-lived dust cloud, citing the brightness variations reported by the discovery team and the fact that NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has been unable to pick up its infrared signature.
The doubters also pointed to Fomalhaut b’s apparent motion, saying it was moving in an orbit too fast and out of line with the debris disk to have sculpted it.
But the new study detects the planet all over again, in a fresh analysis of Hubble observations from 2004 and 2006. The research team spotted Fomalhaut b in three different wavelengths of visible light. The astronomers did not detect any brightness variations this time around, further bolstering Fomalhaut b’s planethood case.
“Although our results seriously challenge the original discovery paper, they do so in a way that actually makes the object’s interpretation much cleaner and leaves intact the core conclusion — that Fomalhaut b is indeed a massive planet,” said lead author Thayne Currie, an astronomer formerly at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and now at the University of Toronto.
The new study also pins down Fomalhaut b’s orbital characteristics, finding that the planet’s gravity could indeed be shaping the debris disk, researchers said.
“What we’ve seen from our analysis is that the object’s minimum distance from the disk has hardly changed at all in two years, which is a good sign that it’s in a nice ring-sculpting orbit,” said co-author Timothy Rodigas of the University of Arizona.
The team also attempted to spot Fomalhaut b in the infrared using Hawaii’s Subaru Telescope but came up empty. The non-detections with Subaru and Spitzer imply that the planet’s mass must be less than twice that of Jupiter, researchers said.
The study has been accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. Another team targeted the Fomalhaut system with Hubble in May; their results are expected to be published soon.
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Astronomical Rarity: Blue Moon – August 2012

Blue moon is the name used when a second full moon appears in one month; though it will likely look no different than any other full moon, the moon can appear to take on a bluish or even lavender hue especially after forest fires or volcanic eruptions.

Some almanacs and calendars assert that when two full moons occur within a calendar month, the second full moon is called a “blue moon.”  Origin of the term

The phrase “once in a blue moon” was first noted in 1824 and refers to occurrences that are uncommon, though not truly rare. Yet, to have two full moons in the same month is not as uncommon as one might think.  In fact, it occurs, on average, about every 2.66 years.  And in the year 1999, it occurred twice in a span of just three months.

Blue Moon/New Moon

While we’ve assigned the name blue moon to the second full moon of the month, it seems that we have no such name for the second new moon of the month.  Nonetheless, these opposing phases seem to be connected with each other. For if two new moons occur within a specific month, then in most cases, four years later, two full moons will also occur in that very same month.

As an example, there were two new moons in August 2008. Now, four years later, August 2012 will be graced with two full moons.

The next time we will see two full moons in a single month comes in July 2015 (July 1 and 31). But if you still have a calendar leftover from last year, check the month of July.

You’ll find that there were two new moons on the 1st and the 30th.

The Esoteric:

As bookends for August 2012, we have a Leo-Aquarius Full Moon experience on August 1 that places a focus on individual creativity as it pertains to teamwork, group projects, community involvement and global networking. By the end of the month, August 31 offers a Virgo-Pisces solar-lunar rapport that suggests with one-pointed dedication and highly-advanced organizational skills any individual can live a more soulful and compassionate life.

In between these dates, you will want to pay particular attention to Mercury shifting from reverse to direct motion in Leo on August 7. Keep in mind that just because Mercury will be in forward gear during the 24 to 48 hours thereafter doesn’t mean this key planet associated with communication, transportation, business and health will be moving quickly. It will take nearly 10 days for Mercury to move at a similar daily speed as the Sun (about 1 degree of motion per 24 hours) and take about 25 days for Mercury to move twice that fast. The faster Mercury moves each day, the quicker our mental states may be functioning – allowing many earth dwellers to tune into important intellectual and intuitive realms of knowledge.

If you are looking to tune into a wave of optimism, feel a surge of encouragement across the board or rekindle the hope of reaching long-term goals, Saturday August 11 may greet you with some good news since that day presents the monthly Moon-Jupiter zodiacal union in Gemini followed by a Moon-Jupiter parallel and a fairly rare Vesta-Jupiter conjunction. This latter alignment activates many of the Vesta archetypes that include safety and security, insurance rates and coverage, investments, the eternal flame, fellowships and sisterhoods.

A far more complex day is in store for everyone as we reach the Ides of August when the 15th of the month ushers in Venus opposite Pluto and square Uranus while Mars joins forces with Saturn at 25 degrees of Libra. Mars and Saturn only unite about every 2 years on average, and their rendezvous may spark various tests of logic, right action and endurance under pressure. Since there are several other challenging aspects on this date, you will want to circle your calendar for this time and be extra vigilant and alert.

Just two days later, the New Moon in Leo may be just the fiery, assertive boost you need to recharge your artistic and creative batteries. Because the Sun makes an inspirational, 72-degree link to usually benevolent Jupiter on August 17 – while the two days that follow include similar, 72-degree aspects connecting the Sun and Vesta, Ceres and Uranus, as well as Saturn and distant Pluto – there are many golden opportunities to make a great leap forward during this key time-period of the summer.

Quarter Moon phases are some of the most overlooked astrology cycles in terms of significance. Whenever the Sun and Moon lock horns via a 90-degree square pattern, tensions rapidly fill the psychic atmosphere of humanity. The First Quarter Sun-Moon Phase of Friday August 24 is no exception and there may be an added component of confusion, chaos and uncertainty since the annual Sun-Neptune opposition also happens on the same day. Of course, there is always the chance that you can tweak any intense cosmic energy-field in your favor by being extra conscientious, hardworking and determined. Therefore, even a day that sounds discordant can be transformed into a glowing success on the material plane via your perseverance.

Just before the second Full Moon of August occurs, the comet-like body we call Chiron (currently in Pisces) gains prominence during its annual polarity with the Sun in Virgo on August 30 – the same day that Venus forms a powerful, 135-degree aspect with Chiron, a key celestial body associated with holistic healing, alternative medicine, mavericks, keys opening doors to higher consciousness, déjà vu experiences, and twilight zones of strange time and altered consciousness. Learn more about herbs, flower essences, health aids, and oracles like the Tarot, I-Ching and other magical techniques to explore the subtle realms. While Chiron is on center stage, a large number of both discordant and exhilarating alignments will be fighting for supremacy as August morphs into September under the dreamy, visionary auspices of Pisces Moon.

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This expansion of energy flooding into the Earth and indeed the entire Milky Way Galaxy comes through a stargate, or energy portal, opening on the star Aldebaran. This stargate is now beginning to open as part of a Divine Plan for the evolutionary advancement of all life within this galaxy.

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