Welcome to one of the few times this year I’ve posted before the event happens! Hopefully this good planning energy will carry thru to next year:)
Cheers, Merry Xmas and all that Jazz,
Welcome to one of the few times this year I’ve posted before the event happens! Hopefully this good planning energy will carry thru to next year:)
Cheers, Merry Xmas and all that Jazz,
We are getting close to the end of Mercury Retrograde again, as Mercury stations direct at 27° Scorpio. The last time I blogged was the last Mercury Retro this summer, so I thought it was appropriate. In October and the first bit of November we were rocked by the less frequent Venus Retrograde, and this is what I thought about that. I would add that the advice I was giving to people in readings during Venus retrograde and its long transit through Scorpio this year was to focus on the kind of love one has to offer rather than the type of love one would like to receive. Here’s the video about Venus Retro (with a link to Uranus shifting into Taurus earlier this year):
And then right after Venus Retrograde ended, Mercury Retrograde started! We are on the tail end of the retrograde phase now, and will exit the shadow zone and move into new territory around Dec. 25. Here’s about Mercury Retrograde:
Another big year-plus transit that happened last month is the planet Jupiter moving into its domicile of Sagittarius through next December. Here is that video (with links to Jupiter in Scorpio and Jupiter in Libra from the last couple years for reference as well) :
And the biggie through the next little while is the lunar node shifting into Cancer! Take a listen to this video and let me know what you think (with both of the links that I made for North Node in Leo as reference):
See what I’m saying?? People were making jokes that 2018 took years but November only took about 20 minutes. It’s because there was a ton of stuff going on!
If you want to see how these changes are landing in your personal chart, schedule an appointment in person or by phone by calling Golden Braid Books at (801) 322-1162 and talking with the dopest staff in the world.
Sending you all the good mojo as we wrap up 2018 and get out of these retrogrades and into next year full tilt!
It is ye olde timme again.
That special time that only comes three or four times a year!
That’s right, we’re creeping up on Mercury Retrograde (dun dun DUUUUUN!). It starts TONIGHT at 6.17pm MST.
Mercury is the ruler of the signs of Gemini and Virgo, both mutable in quality, as this planet has to do with communication, intellect, and integration. It’s like the corpus callosum in the brain, connecting the two hemispheres into one unit. Most planets have a male or female quality associated with them (Venus is female, Mars is male, etc.), but Mercury is both and neither- it moves between them. It’s language and hearing and listening.
Retrograde motions happen when a planet seems to slow down to a stop in the sky, then go backwards for a while, stop and move forward again. The planet is not changing direction, but rather its orbit relative to the earth makes it look that way from where we are. This means that the retrograde planet appears to cover the same area of the sky three times-first in the shadow zone (this one began on March 9), then in the retrograde phase (tonight through April 15), and a third time as it exits the shadow zone and breaks into new territory (May 3). While the retrograde phase is interpreted as the most disruptive, themes that fall within the shadow zone or total retrograde transit will be revisited three times. When retrogrades occur, we are actually closer to that planet’s orbit than at other times so astrologically it tends to make that energy more personal and internalized.
When Mercury goes retrograde, anything having to do with communication seems to go haywire. Emails and texts get wonky. Conversations can be misinterpreted more easily. Even your steady train service or daily commute might have some hiccups. Traditional advice for these periods includes not signing contracts, beginning or ending a serious relationship, or making major life changes. This is because you are likely to change your mind later, after you have reevaluated your thinking. Impressions are impermanent during Mercury Retrograde.
In the sign of Aries, Mercury is reflecting on Identity. Aries’ motto is I AM. It’s the first sign of the zodiac, and where it falls in your chart is where you want to be a strong and independent leader. Aries are very pioneering, and they burn hot like the Cardinal (initiative or outgoing) fire (spiritual energy) signs they are. Aries rules the head, and like the ram, they knock down obstacles head-on. In the wheel of the zodiac Aries lines up with the astrological First House, which represents birth, the body, and the Self. Mercury is the intellect and how we think and speak, so we might be a little bit self-involved during this time-which is exactly for what the retrograde calls. I think we’ll really be looking at things and thinking, “Is this Me?” during this retrograde. We might have to define what is, in fact, Me. If only to ourselves.
With Saturn and Pluto bringing serious depth and change to the social stage in Capricorn, a lot of this Mercury Rx self-exploration might be because we are experiencing dissonance between what we feel personally and what is going on around us. Things that are going on in the world should make you reevaluate your own position, and a retrograde like this is a great time to change your mind. Because it seems you are being forced to, from all sides. Aries and Capricorn are square to each other, an aspect of tension that expresses through attention to urgent matters.
However, sociopersonal identity crises aside, the very nice thing about this retrograde to me is that it doesn’t seem to actually involve others much. It’s not about examining your relationships, work, or outside social influences. It falls solely in the sign of the Self. As Mercury goes retro tonight, it’s still in conjunction with Venus, which softens and gives grace. So we are actually quite likely to feel good about ourselves, which might be counter-intuitive to everyone who hears me blame everything on Mercury Retrograde ad nauseum (and it might make us lazy with aforementioned social influences, like “I-feel-good-about-me-it’s-thems-who-need-to-change”). This retrograde is harmoniously trine to the North Node in Leo (Part I and Part II), which means that we will be checking in with our overall spiritual goals and development during this time. At the end of March, the Moon will be full in Libra (second Blue Moon since January-real busy year), so you might get some fireworks from others around then but I say just grab some popcorn and watch.
In short, this retrograde will make you examine if what you are doing is in line with who you actually are. You might feel like making big changes, but see what you feel like doing in a couple weeks, too. It might be different by then.
P.S. Used my ephemeris and Buddha Board to make this:)
Hey hey hey,
It’s that special time of year-it only comes but twice or thrice! It’s not XMas, it’s Mercury RxMas! That’s right, Mercury is now retrograde in the sign of Sagittarius and will go direct again right before the darkest nights of the year as we shift into the winter sign of Capricorn.
This year’s earlier retrogrades went from earth-sign Taurus to fire-sign Aries (which I didn’t write about, apparently lolz), and from earth-sign Virgo to fire-sign Leo. Cusps between fire and earth sign represent how the desire becomes manifest, how the intention becomes an action. This year has made us reevaluate how we are doing things, and the reasons behind the things we are doing-mostly as individuals, as the first six signs represent personal development in the zodiac. This particular holiday retrograde is a lot more heady-and much more global.
QUICK OVERVIEW DATES:
-Mercury enters shadow zone, 13 degrees Sag 11/14
-Mercury stations retrograde, 29 degrees Sag 12/3
-Mercury stations direct, 13 degrees Sag 12/23
-Mercury exits shadow zone, 29 degrees Sag 1/11/2018
Sagittarius is the mutable-fire sign. Fire represents spiritual energy, passion and drive. Mutable signs can, the depending on the situation, call upon the cardinal (using energy) or fixed (saving energy) qualities of the previous two signs. In this case, Sagittarius becomes a mix of Libra and Scorpio energies. It is the place where we come out of the dark and have to examine what we have brought with us. We have to hold it up to the light and scrutinize it. Sagittarius represents philosophy, religion, higher learning, foreign countries and borders, the ‘outside world’ relative to the self. The sign is ruled by the great benefic, Jupiter, which represents justice, high-minded ideals, and expansiveness.
Mercury is the planet which is neither a male or female energy, but like the corpus collosum in your mind-grapes, connects both spheres and facilitates communication. It’s retrograde motion during this time is caused by our relative orbit. It doesn’t actually change directions, but it looks like it does if you are following it in the sky. This apparent movement symbolizes a time where communication becomes “backed up.” Things aren’t moving forward, there becomes something that needs to be cleared up. Traditional advice for Mercury Rx is not to sign contracts, make long-term plans, stay in your house, be a hermit, lol. The reason being that after a while, your thinking (Mercury) will change and you will have moved on to something else. I think Mercury Rx is a good time to reflect on the past couple weeks and themes that have come up during those times. Mercury ends up covering the same part of the sky THREE times during a retrograde phase. Something has to be examined.
In the sign of Sagittarius, this retrograde passes over Saturn three times as well, emphasizing lessons here since Saturn entered the sign late summer 2015. I think as a whole, we have learned some dark things about ourselves and are still examining what we have found. This time is a good time to collect our wits and get ourselves together. I’m speaking in the royal ‘we’ because Sagittarius is on the top/south of the chart, meaning it’s about not just the self or the other but as it shifts into the sign of Capricorn, the People. This retrograde is about ideas, not necessarily actions, the moral and spiritual over the mundane. WHY are we doing what WE are doing? Why are WE doing what we are DOING?
Mercury will station direct right at the same time as the Sun (Consciousness/Self) and the dark sun, Saturn (Lessons/Restrictions) enter the sign of Capricorn. Mercury itself will join them in Capricorn in January 2018, but this time symbolizes the beliefs, ideas, and philosophies that create the expressions, actions, and policies we experience collectively. Like putting a clay pot in a kiln, the shift from a fire-sign to an earth-sign means that our ideas will soon become actions, our intentions will soon be made manifest. This Mercury Rx is about looking outward from the self, and collectively deciding what we believe our action will be. Sagittarius’ motto is “I see,” and by the end, we truly will.
This Saturn in Capricorn is looking to be a doozy! Get ready for it now.
Merry Jolly Mercury RxMas!
p.s. used my Pottenger/Michelsen Ephemeris and my cool journal and the Buddha Board I got from Golden Braid Books
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Early this morning, Mercury stopped retrograding and stationed direct. That means it slowed down and will appear to be at the same point in the sky until it moves from 28 to 29 degrees of Leo. Mercury is the planet of intellect and expression and when it retrogrades, communication gets wonky. As I mentioned, it backed up exactly to the point where the Solar Eclipse took place on August 21 and will stay there til this Friday, September 8. This means we will be processing the information and changes sparked by the eclipse, that had been building up since Mercury started this process by passing over 28 degrees Leo on July 25.
First of all, the eclipse was the second new moon in Leo this year! For me what this says is that whatever was trying to spark on a personal, creative, playful heart level was trying to really get the fire going. New moons are when the sun and moon are in the same place in the sky, and the metaphorical joining of the masculine and feminine. It represents a birth, giving a new impulse through the next moon cycle until the sun and moon join again. This year’s rare total solar eclipse was a new moon that was a beginning for not only this next month, but a seed planted for the next six months to a year. Meaning that a big part of this next year (which also follows the north node in Leo…more on that later:) is about having fun and taking festive risks, following heart-level impulses and actively pursuing happiness.
So the idea is to gather your wits and process the eclipse through this next week until the 8th, when things will be moving forward with more ease. Mercury moves into its home sign of Virgo again on September 9, and all the details of our big new Leo heart-level dreams won’t seem so overwhelming. It will exit the shadow zone (the place it started to retrograde in the first place) at 11 degrees Virgo around September 20 and we will then feel more or less resolved and able to move into new territory. This will be a great month to start making little tasks out of big plans, making lists, shopping around, comparing notes and getting all the nitty gritty handled. These little things you do now will actually be big helps to you later, even if it seems trifling or nitpicky at the time.
Total eclipses bring big changes, usually by expressing as a crisis or moment of extreme attention in an area of your life. Now that Mercury Retrograde is over, I am going to quickly break down where this eclipse might have sparked a new torch in your longing heart (if you know your rising sign:):
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P.S. Used my ephemeris and astro.com for reference, and took this photo myself on the day of the eclipse.
Quick overview: Sun in Capricorn, Full Moon in Cancer at 4.34am MST 1/12/17
The last time the full moon happened in Cancer, it was Christmas day 2015. I didn’t write a blog about that one because I was SO FAR up in my feelings, and that’s what this moon does. First of all, Cancer is ruled by the moon. In a chart the moon is our emotional center, how we subconsciously process and react to things. I think of it as the internal realm, where people are usually aware of our external, conscious sun energy. Where the moon is located will show us where we will ebb and flow like the tides it causes. The full moon always shines a light on the area of the chart it falls, and is the culminating time of the previous new moon.
The last new moon was in Capricorn, sun and moon in same sign at 7°, meeting up exactly with Mercury retrograde (which I talked about a lot in the last post.) The Mercury rx energy is really infused into this whole moon cycle of Capricorn, this whole month. The new moon is the time when the moon is dark and primal, the impulses that are born during this time have not yet been lit by the conscious light of the sun. New drives in Cap energy have us focused on our long-term life goals, how we are going to build our legacy, and how to create in the physical realm all of the fiery, spiritual philosophies of the previous cycle of Sagittarius. And I have to say that the reason I didn’t post about the new moon when it happened a couple of weeks ago, on December 29, is that I was having some major life changes going on! I was learning to rethink the trajectory of my life. It sounds dramatic, and it is. But it’s not my story to tell, I just got to watch it unfold. And it’s good! Seems scary, but an astrologer I work with, Shawn, talked to me about how Capricorn is about moving through fear. People are having this crazy life-goals, Mercury rx, T-square, gotta focus on the big picture-type energy going on, people are figuring it out.
So that brings us to this full moon! The moon is on the opposite side of the chart today, and is in its home sign of Cancer. Cancer is the deepest part of our soul, the most private part of ourselves. It’s why Cancer is the Crab, because it hides its vulnerable parts (maybe we’ll talk about the clinging pincers another time). In the chart, Cancer is associated with origins and the past/memories, energy you’ve inherited from your mom, and your innermost soul. It’s the moment in your life development when you discover your own individuality, the core of your inner realm. So when the moon is in its home sign and all lit up like today, that means a big spotlight of consciousness is glaring into all the nooks and crannies that usually stay dark. A keyword of any full moon is heightened emotions, but this is heightened emotions AND comprehension of all those dark places. Our souls are exposed right now, there’s nowhere to hide. The position of the moon now also makes that T-square going on into a full-blown Grand Cross for a day or two. We will have a lot of attention drawn to things that need action to be taken. Whether that motivation is an internal pressure or a response to external circumstances, right around now we will be feeling the need to GET IT DONE.
Learn from what comes up now! The reason this is the culmination of the new moon in Capricorn is that we can fully connect internally to our new life goals. If we don’t have that deep soul connection to our objectives, then how would we accomplish anything? It’s generally the idea the most opposite signs are Cancer and Capricorn, the internal and the external, the personal and the worldly. But in this moon cycle, they work in tandem. We have to shine a light in the dark corners to make sure we know we’re on the right path.
On another train of thought entirely, this last moon cycle has been exactly on point productive as far as life and career goals. I’ve been developing a personal website for my day job, and having the goal marks of going public today during Mercury in the retrograde shadow zone happening has been a trip! I’ve been working on these public career goals, and yet going live with it today seems apropos because it’s intensely personal, it’s really my soul out there for anyone to see. This website building could have happened anytime, but it’s poignant that it’s now. The idea that these cycles always happen, I have a couple of weeks to implement an idea before the full moon, etc. That idea gives deadlines, an exquisite pressure, to accomplish whatever goals you want. I continue to like the idea of astrology as a meditative practice based on natural cycles (even though the mystical element appeals to my more romantic side). Set a goal, go do the thing. Do it with the moon behind you, and watch out! Hahaha.
Thanks for reading!
We’re already a couple of days deep into the latest Mercury Retrograde! It stationed retro on Monday, Dec. 19 at 15 degrees of Capricorn, and will go until stationing direct at 28 degrees of Sagittarius on January 8 of next year. Here’s a quick list of dates pertinent to this Rx:
A retrograde is a time when a planet seems to slow down and stop, then proceed backward for a time. The planets don’t really change direction, of course, it’s all an optical illusion based on the Earth’s rotation and orbit around the sun. Mercury, the fastest moving planet, goes retro about three or four times a year. When a planet goes retrograde, it’s generally the thought that the energy expression of the planet goes inward. So for Mercury, the planet of intellect, communication, and expression, it kind of gums up the works. ‘They’ say not to sign contracts or make major life decisions during this time, because in general, we’re not ‘thinking straight.’ Arguments and disagreements might pop up a lot during this time, but if we are aware of the energy, we can choose a different outcome.
This Mercury Retrograde is very similar to the short one we experienced in January, which I described here: Mercury Rx in Cap January 2016. I think this retrograde is so similar because we are dealing with the repercussions of choices made during the last retrograde in Capricorn. What have we done to reach the goals we set during the new year? Mercury stops right on top of Pluto for a couple of days around the 19th, so we will be aware of situations dealing with power struggles and deep transforming truth. It will be a theme of the entire retrograde: How am I building my career? What are my goals in larger terms, aka what will be my legacy? Who or what is at odds with these goals?
However, there are some differences with the current configuration. Jupiter in the sign of Libra is activating a T-square (a very tense aspect). Jupiter is expanding relationships in the sign of Libra, the scales are evening out. People are more willing (and really, more in need) to help others, and imbalances in the give and take have a spotlight on them right now. This is in almost direct opposition with Uranus in Aries, which is zapping that relationship energy with a tug-of-war of individuality and personal power. We are expanding in our relationships right now because we are experiencing an internal revolution in the way we see ourselves. This is creating chain reactions of collaborative efforts and I’m definitely seeing people redefining themselves because of how they are relating to each other. Artistic folks are brimming with ideas and itching to get them out of the ether. Both of these planets are at at a square (the most tense aspect) to Pluto -and Mercury- in Capricorn. Pluto is transforming how we present ourselves to the world. We are evolving, and the T-square in effect through next year, basically, means that this is a time of critical attention. Things seem tense because we are reevaluating what we are putting into the world at large, due to the personal revelations we are having because everyone’s bouncing off of new energy right now.
Also, thinking about the progression of retrogrades this year, it’s interesting to me how they’ve moved through the earth signs. The one in January started in Aquarius, then moved back through Capricorn. This gave the opportunity to reflect on our dreams, and what actions we take to manifest them. Then in April and May, we shared the retrograde through Taurus, the first earth sign, in which we took a look at our values and self-esteem (am I getting paid what I’m worth? Am I creating what I want to see in the world? What is my power to create?). Later in August and September, we experienced the retrograde in Virgo, the second earth sign, in which Mercury in its home sign really helped us navigate the details of HOW we get things done, when we do, and whether that is eating up our time or really paying off. Now we’re back to the Capricorn Mercury Retrograde, and having gone through the steps this year, are ready to review what our goals are and whether or not we achieved them.
Interestingly, we started this retrograde madness this year in Aquarius (January 5-8, 2016), and are ending it with a pass through Sagittarius (January 5-12, 2017). What this says to me is that our hopes and dreams, and possibly even group relations set us on a journey of building this year. We went through the earth signs on our Mercury Retrograde journey of 2016, which is all about what we manifest and create in physical reality. It’s been a critical year, and this retrograde is all about stringing the choices we’ve made together into something cohesive and lasting. What we leave behind seems more important now than maybe earlier this year, maybe it wasn’t something we were thinking about before. Near the end of this cycle of retrogrades, we will be passing through Sagittarius one more time. This means that the influence of others will have less sway than it did when we started almost a year ago. We’ve learned a lot, seen a lot, and there’s no going back to where we were before. This final movement through Sag will ensure we are standing in our own truth. If we are not, this cycle will be quite jarring. If we are not willing to observe the truth, even if it is uncomfortable, we will not be able to properly create the world we want to live in. This is a critical time, where we must be willing to see truth, to speak truth, and to take right action.
Thanks so much for reading, and look forward to some changes by the end of this retrograde. Going over all the details has my mind spinning with possibilities!
P.S. Used my ephemeris for the dates and the Buddha Board at Golden Braid books with an Instagram filter for my image:)
It’s that very special time again! Mercury Retrograde is upon us. Mercury, the planet of communication, intellect, and expression has been in its home sign of Virgo since July 31. When a planet is in its domicile, it has full use of its faculties and full access to its powers. Mercury also rules the sign of Gemini, where it loves to talk and kick ideas around. In Gemini, Mercury is fast and flighty, making sure it’s up to date with the latest news and gossip. In the sign of Virgo, that energy changes. In Virgo, Mercury is slower, more methodical, and takes care to integrate and implement the ideas generated in Gemini with the deep feeling of Cancer and the burning pride of Leo. For me, Gemini Mercury gives great ideas and Virgo Mercury makes that shit happen.
Since Mercury has been in Virgo since the end of July, we might have noticed a lot of hard work getting done in the month of August. Did I mention I built a fence? Virgo Mercury is awesome with the details. Under this influence, reasoning and research are paramount, and because of this approach, it’s an excellent time for planning and organizing, getting all the ducks in all the rows. I just have to say right now that math IS important, and I DO use it in real life. Fuck what the haters say! Had I not mathed out and planned ahead, my fence venture might have ended in tears. This Virgo Mercury lends itself to mental prep, going over every possible outcome. Under this influence, we aim for precision and perfection. I really like how Aepril of Aepril’s Astrology puts it: the keyword of Virgo is INTEGRATION, having to do with making oneself whole, putting all the pieces together. Something else Virgo is great at, working with their hands to create a new whole.
Similarly to the influence of the concurrent Venus in Virgo, something that might happen is a lot of worrying about all those details. We might have a lot of critical self-talk. Because our minds are so focused on manifesting our great ideas, we might lose the forest for the trees a bit during this time. It’s important to take a step back and realize how far we’ve come while getting down and dirty with the minutiae.
We have an awesome kickoff to this retrograde with the conjunction, or joining, of Mercury with Venus and Jupiter on August 28. This will help us with ease of accomplishment after the crisis of the Mars/Saturn conjunction over the last few weeks. The blessing of all these benefic planets in the same place, between 27-28° Virgo, will bring our attention to our wellbeing and healthy habits, which is excellent before the Virgo New Moon. Jupiter is expanding and blessing, Mercury is handling all the things, and Venus is helping us enjoy our senses and the things we find pleasurable, and all of this in the sign where we can make anything into physical reality. So let’s make it happen over this weekend, and have a good time doing it!
Now for the Retrograde. A Retrograde occurs when a planet seems to move backward in the sky. It doesn’t actually change direction, but its orbit relative to the earth makes it seem like it is. When this occurs, the expression of the planet’s energy changes. It goes inward, because during a retrograde, that planet is actually closer to the earth. When we go through a retrograde period, that planet goes over the same portion of the zodiac three times. It slows and stops (called stationing), backs up and stations again, then moves forward (or direct). The area it backs up over is called the shadow zone, and we feel the effects of the retrograde from the time the planet enters the shadow zone to the time it leaves.
This spring’s rx was in the first earth sign of Taurus. It had to do with self-worth, really going over if what we were manifesting lined up with our core values. This retrograde, again from Aug 30-Sep 21, is in the second earth sign of Virgo. So the things we are reevaluating here are similar, but it’s not so much about how secure we feel. This retrograde is a revaluation of how we do the things we do. We will be going over how our routines and schedules are helping our hindering us. We’ll be deciding if the way we work is working for us. Not only does this feel right and align with me, but am I doing it the right way? Am I accomplishing what I need to in a way that is efficient and continuing to work for me?
During the last retrograde in fixed sign Taurus, folks seemed stubborn and it felt like any challenge was an assault on our very foundations. This Virgo Mercury Retrograde will be a bit different, not quite so intransigent. The mutable, or changeable, quality of Virgo will allow Mercury the room it needs to breathe. It’ll allow Mercury to change its mind when new information is presented. Though it is a period of going over our intellectual processes, during this retrograde I feel like our minds will be able to process and focus on the details. We’ll be much sharper, possibly much more critical subsequently. During this time, our minds will be on Virgo issues. We might be reevaluating our diet and exercise regimes. We might be reevaluating our jobs and how we interact with our co-workers. Our schedules and how we manage them will come up, and if it’s not helping you, this would be the most excellent time to reevaluate.
There’s always a bit of miscommunication during Mercury Retrograde, but I think we’ll be more apt to think before we speak this time. Again, a danger here is that we might be so hyper aware of the little things that people might be bothering us because they can’t possibly live up to the vision we can see. Basically, what I’m saying is be aware of critiquing others during this time, we might be brutal without realizing it. The biggest communication problem during this rx might be a tendency toward perfectionism with a sharp tongue.
Hope you have an awesome September! This is a great time to make sure things are working the way you want them. Go get em:)
P.s. used LLEWELLYN’S again, as well as my ephemeris. Used the Buddha Board at the Golden Braid Bookstore to paint this graphic.
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