I just finished laying out a 2012 guide to retrogrades. Notice the first retrograde station in November 2011 is the beginning of the Mercury shadow on November 5. This Mercury retrograde will be overlapping the upcoming Mars in Virgo shadow just before Mars stations retrograde. This may suggest that we be open to change (because of (1.) retrogrades and (2.)that the retrogrades are in mutable signs) in what we honestly (Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius) best serve and do (Mars retrograde in Virgo). There is caution not to overstep the mark. We can see in our charts where the retrogrades align to look for ideas of what we may re-think (Mercury) while we re-do (Mars).
The end of the Mars retrograde will overlap the Venus retrograde during 2012′s spring eclipses at 0° Gemini and 14° Sagittarius (on the Great Attractor). At the same time, the Uranus – Pluto square will become exact a few weeks later on June 24 at 8° Aries and Capricorn. At that point, although Mars will still be in Virgo, it will be completely out of the shadow and retrograde phase and Saturn will be turning direct on June 25. As Mars and Saturn are the rulers of the Uranus – Pluto square, it is as if the decks are cleared for personal and collective transformation Round One.
With energy as powerful as this, peaceful protest cannot be emphasized enough, as Mars, beyond the retrograde gate will move adeptly through Libra and onto Mars’ co-ruling sign Scorpio for the second Uranus – Pluto square, September 19, 2012. Pluto will have just stationed forward on September 18, unleashing collective and subconscious powers. As Mars in Scorpio has no problem knowing what he wants and knowing how to get it, this second Uranus – Pluto square has has been granted strength which is so important for us all to channel for the good of our Earth and compassion for our fellow man and womankind.