Retrograde Cycles

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Mercury Retrograde of April/ May 2016

Mercury is about to retrograde yet again, this time for the second of three loops in 2016 and I am sure that you eagerly anticipating more warnings concerning signing documents; losing keys; data disappearing into the cloud; electricity outages; communications mishaps and delays? But is the purpose of this thrice annual cycle to frustrate and annoy you? Is it solely about negative things happening?
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Holy War – Mars Retrogrades in Sagittarius April 2016

“Spring ahead, fall back” is a mnemonic that helps some folks (in the Northern Hemisphere) remember that clocks are pushed ahead for daylight savings time in the spring, and back for standard time in the autumn. Yet it also sums up nicely the flow of the astrological year: we begin to spring ahead with the Aries ingress, when the sun enters the first sign of the zodiac. Above the equator or below, it’s a time of beginnings.