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A Cautionary Tale for Mercury Retrograde

A Cautionary Tale for Mercury Retrograde


With messenger Mercury currently traveling retrograde in impulsive Aries, we’re likely to make snap judgments. And, we’re just as likely to get things wrong. We’d be wise to get our facts straight before saying something we can’t take back. Mercury’s squares to Mars and Saturn yesterday and today are a powerful reminder that words have consequences.

Let the actions of 13-year-old Briony (Saoirse Ronan) be a cautionary tale as we navigate this challenging astrological landscape. Her naïve misreading of events one summer day leads to a false accusation that ruins the lives of her sister Cecilia and family gardener Robbie (Keira Knightley and James McAvoy).

Like Briony (played at 18 by Romola Garai and in old age by Vanessa Redgrave) we can’t take back what’s said and done, but we can still do our best to make things right, no matter how long it takes.

Any efforts we make this week will benefit from the support of Venus in Taurus, whose trines with Saturn and Mars (Saturday and next Tuesday) help us endure challenges and remain steadfast in our devotion to those we love.

Need a little help in the love department? Try this Tarot reading today.

If we’re still carrying guilt from the past, Sunday’s fourth-quarter moon in Capricorn challenges us to accept what happened and take responsibility for our own role in it, but then, just as importantly, find a way to forgive ourselves and move forward with our lives.

As each of us endeavors to write (or rewrite) our personal story, Tuesday’s sun-Pluto square reminds us of the broader, collective, historical context in which our lives are playing out. As Briony, Cecilia, and Robbie discover during World War II, there are forces bigger than us beyond our individual power to control.

Still, we should never underestimate the power that we do have over the words we say and the actions we take. Handle that power with care.