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Living successfully through Mercury retrograde periods

Mercury retrograde June 2014Mercury turns retrograde June 7, and you may have already noticed that communication is getting wonky and glitches are everywhere.  Yesterday a client’s phone service was temporarily terminated in the middle of our consultation which is an everyday type of occurrence when Mercury is retrograde.  (If you missed my posts on retrogrades you can catch up here and learn more about the positive aspects of retrograde planetary cycles.)

Conventional wisdom instructs us not to make any big decisions or sign contracts when Mercury is retrograde.  Yet Mercury retrogrades for three weeks four times a year and life doesn’t stop during these times.  I often get questions from readers who have to buy a car and Mercury is retrograde – do they have to wait?  Or they have to sign a contract for a new job or they will lose the job.  Or there is a court ruling and they need to sign off on it or be held in contempt.   Clearly under circumstances such as these commitments must be made.

The mythological Mercury was the messenger of the gods.  He carried information and moved freely between the domain of the gods and the world of the living.  Astrological Mercury is associated with communication and the workings of the mind, as well as the mechanical implements through which we communicate.  When Mercury appears to move backwards as it does during the retrograde periods we are forced to slow down and review our past actions, or re-do a current action over and over.  During a recent Mercury retrograde I was writing the monthly Planetary Illuminations report and my browser kept crashing, necessitating me to write and rewrite the article multiple times.  Every time I rewrote it I […]

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By |2014-06-06T09:05:15-04:00June 6th, 2014|Featured posts, Mercury retrograde|6 Comments

Planetary Illuminations: June forecast is posted

June astrology forecast

You can read the entire article here.  If you’d like to receive a monthy summary translated into language that is easy to understand, sign up for my newsletter in the sidebar.

Meanwhile, here is the introduction to the June forecast:

As June begins two planets are retrograde, meaning they appear to move backwards.  Three planets turn retrograde during the month of June, so by the end of the month five planets will be in retrograde.  For more about what that means you will want to review this discussion about the June retrogrades, but also be prepared for a great deal of looking back into the past and some difficulty in pushing our lives forward.

Mercury will turn retrograde on June 7th.  Mercury is in Cancer at the point where it retrogrades but will move into mutable Gemini, Mercury’s own sign, by the 17th and remain there until after it turns direct again on July 1.  In Gemini Mercury can easily adapt to changes of direction which will help to lubricate any changes required as we turn to the past to revisit old decisions that may need to be revised, or to remodel our house or reassess our future plans.

Most of the planetary interactions in June are smaller and faster moving, so we will be seeing less of the dramatic shifts and strange patterns of the past few months.  The only exception is the conclusion of the harmonious grand trine with the last exact trine aspect between Saturn and Chiron (read more about that supportive process here).

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By |2018-06-11T12:02:04-04:00June 2nd, 2014|Planetary cycles|0 Comments

Retrogrades: A discussion for June 2014

Mercury retrogradeAs I was writing the Planetary Illuminations report for June (coming soon to an inbox near you if you are on my mailing list!!) I found that the discussion about retrogrades was substantial enough to deserve its own post.

Astrologically is not always astronomically correct because we observe the motion of the planets from our perspective here on earth.  From here, the planets sometimes appear to change direction and move backwards instead of forwards, and we call this “retrograde motion.”

As June begins, Saturn and Pluto are already retrograde, and during the month of June Mercury will turn retrograde on the 7th, followed by Neptune turning retrograde on the 9th, and Chiron will turn retrograde on the 20th.  By that time we will have five retrograde planets, which will tend to cause events to slow down and make it more difficult to move forwards.

If you think about a car making a U-turn you will get a sense of how the planet works when it prepares to change direction: Its motion slows down and then comes to a standstill as it makes the actual reversal.  When the planet starts to slow down its influence intensifies, especially if that planet is currently affecting planets in our own birthchart, and the energy of that planet becomes hard to ignore.  If it is Saturn, things feel heavy and we feel a great responsibility.  If it is Neptune, we may feel confused and lethargic but also crave music and meditation.

Once a planet turns retrograde, our attention is pulled back to the past.  Retrogrades provide us with an opportunity to revisit areas of our life that require further examination or revision.

The planet Mercury governs communication and learning, as well as other things involving the […]

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By |2014-06-01T09:21:10-04:00June 1st, 2014|Lessons|12 Comments

Gemini New Moon, May 28 2014

Gemini new moonThe New Moon in Gemini occurs on May 28th. Because the New Moon is the beginning of a new lunar cycle, there is a fresh new energy that is available to us at the New Moon.  It’s an opportunity to make a clean start and begin anew.

Gemini is the sign of the twins, and often it manifests as two faces of the same person which never have an opportunity to meet.  We experience this internally as duality – a part of us seeks one experience and another part of us craves its opposite.  When our values are not in alignment it becomes more difficult for us to focus and achieve our goals.

For this reason, Gemini times are not great for goal setting.  But they ARE good for exposing ourselves to new things so that we can try on new experiences and see how we are changed by them.  So during this Gemini New Moon, try something new that you have never tried before.  Maybe something that has never even occurred to you to try, or something you are certain you won’t like.  Try it just because you can.

Gemini loves to talk and communicate, so using words and language will be greatly supported over the next few days.

This New Moon includes a square from the Sun and Moon to Neptune.  Neptune squares are amazing, creative, spiritually opening.  But they can also create illusion and make it difficult to focus if work is required.  In addition, Gemini itself lacks focus, preparing to explore all of the myriad of experiences that are offered to us at the moment.

The period between the 25th and the 29th and not great times for business applications.  Instead use this time for creative […]

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By |2014-05-27T07:41:28-04:00May 27th, 2014|Moon|0 Comments

Memorial Day 2014 – the astrology of US warriors

Memorial DayIt is very ironic that as we celebrate Memorial Day today – the US holiday that honors its fallen soldiers – the Veterans Administration is being rocked by a scandal that data on admissions was falsified to hide the fact that those very fallen soldiers were left waiting for medical treatment which led to the deaths of at least 23 veterans.

The first Memorial Day on May 1 in 1865 when thousands of slaves gathered in Charleston, South Carolina to wash and dress the bodies of 257 slain Union soldiers who had been thrown into a mass grave.  These soldiers were reburied in a proper cemetery, and a parade of thousands of black Charlestonians, many of them former slaves, led a procession and dedication of the graves.  This dedication was followed by picnics and celebration.

No matter what your politics, it can’t be denied that fallen soldiers rarely receive their due unless they are killed in battle.  Then there is great fanfare and honor, but the soldiers who return from war with PTSD, psychological and physical wounds, and whose lives will never be the same, often have nowhere to turn and are forgotten.

In mundane astrology, Mars represents warfare and warriors.  In the astrological chart for the US, Mars is in the sign of Gemini, the sign of the shapeshifter and experience seeker.  Mars in Gemini does not have a great deal of power – it can become distracted and seek a wide variety of experiences.  We can see this plainly in the tendency of the United States to insert itself in wars around the globe rather than focus on one particular situation and gather strength in that […]

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By |2019-05-27T14:23:30-04:00May 26th, 2014|Politics|6 Comments
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