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Mercury Retrograde in Leo / Cancer July 7-31, 2019

Hey so here’s a few words about Mercury Retrograde this July. I started this post weeks ago but it was never ‘perfect,’ so I’m trying to just go with ‘done.’

Retrograde is when a planet seems to slow down in its journey from east to west in the southern sky (northern hemisphere folks), and then move backwards for awhile. It then slows and stops again, and then proceeds forward through the same area of the sky that it had before. This process is caused by our relative orbit. The planet doesn’t actually change in its orbit. There are a bunch of interpretations for this retrograde motion, mainly that the energy of the planet goes inward/underworld for a time while we go over that area of our chart with a fine-toothed comb.

This time Mercury will back up from 4° Leo to 23° Cancer. Mercury is the ruler of intellect, expression, and communication; and is associated with the signs of air-talk Gemini and earth-action Virgo. This means that from casual conversations to big decision making, our intellectual ability to process is colored by Leo and mostly Cancer energy. We will tend to intellectualize our emotions at this time. We will wonder why we are having so many feelings. We will spend a lot of time processing how we are investing our emotional energy.

We entered the shadow zone at 23° ♋ on June 20. Mercury slowed through the first week of July and stationed retrograde on the 7th. It stationed direct late on the 31st, and we will exit the shadow zone on August 15. So while the worst is over, we will still have the next few weeks to get our house in order while Mercury picks up speed and emerges from the underworld.

A few summers ago, I wrote about Mercury Retrograde in Leo. This will have the same effect of making you ask if your heart is in what you’re doing, but then it will transition into deeper, more internal Cancer. This Retrograde will ask you to feel deeply and not shy away from what comes up from within. Are you being true to yourself? Are you able to feel what others are feeling as if it were your own feelings? Are you able to trust your own gut?

I made a video a week or two ago talking/ranting about this Mercury Retrograde in more detail. As you can see, I was in my slept-in hair, at home, soaking up the 4th house energy:

Also here’s the dates for the one later this fall:

Cheers,
Will

P.S. Used my ephemeris, Buddha Board, astro.com, and my own memes to make this post.

Full Moon in Capricorn 7/16

Hello,

Of course I claim Mercury Retrograde Probs in posting two days late, but the Full Moon in Capricorn on Tuesday was also a lunar eclipse which lit up – or dimmed – 24° ♑ . I took an astro.com chart of the moment around 2pm MDT, which shows that the moon and eclipse were not visible from here in UT (🌕 symbol at bottom of chart next to ‘IC’).

Full moons are typically time to take action, where we are energized by the conscious solar light shining on the subconscious of the moon. The New Moon in Cancer, which was also the total solar eclipse at 10° ♋, would have given impulse to the things requiring our attention now. The axis of Cancer/ Capricorn finds us navigating our inner and public workings.

Capricorn’s keyword is responsibility. Ruled by stern Saturn, it is the sign of longevity. Capricorn must always improve over time, like its animal totem sea-goat climbing from the bottom of the sea to the top of the mountain. It is the cardinal third earth sign, giving initiative to lasting effect through hard work. Capricorn is organized and strategic, and uses limitations not as hindrances but rather as stepping stones. Its association with the astrological 10th house also influences public roles in life as well as career aspirations and overall lifeplan.

The Full Moon in Capricorn is shining in conjunction with ruler Saturn as well as Pluto. Our attention will be drawn to responsibilities we must face, ones that will have Saturn long-lasting impact as well as Pluto disruption and transformation. There’s something very “Hanged Man” from the Tarot about this energy to me- you gotta do what you gotta do, but make sure this new perspective is leveling you up. That strong Saturn energy might make you feel trapped, but there is something you need to learn about this. In a practical sense, you might find yourself on a tighter budget than you’re used to, but you have to learn how to handle it by doing it.

In the public sense there are a number of things that are slowly reaching a boiling point. Regardless of your views, no one is immune from the pressure and churning dissatisfaction. The timing of certain comments made last weekend by certain megalomaniacs are amplifying the intensity of the conjunction of Saturn/Pluto/Full Moon. There doesn’t seem to be a respite as we all will be forced to deal with the fallout. The crisis of the North Node in Cancer lies directly opposite this full moon as well. America is being forced to self-identify and the process is painful at best. Hopefully the tension that this activates will encourage us all to do our part and make collective changes. We need to move into a mode of feeling everything personally, deeply. We cannot separate ourselves from the plight of others. We need to embody nurturing, empathetic Cancerian energy.

Adding to the melee is the Full Moon in opposition to Mercury Retrograde. You might not be observing as much progress as you’d like, keep chipping away at it. The Cap Full Moon likes to get things done, but it seems like your efforts are thwarted. Rather than take in the whole big picture at once, break it down into manageable pieces. You’ll be pleased if you can see your efforts through to the end. This Retrograde energy also has the potential to see communication colored by power struggles. Through the end of the month it’ll help to speak from the heart without forcing your hand. It’ll be easy to push too hard. Help people realize that you are on their team.

If you can use your limitations constructively, this time can be of great use. Keep your eyes on the prize, and get yourself ready to win it.

Cheers,

Will

P.s. used my Pottinger ephemeris, Maynard planner, and astro.com to prep this post.

New Moon in Pisces 3/6/19

Hey ho,

The new moon in Pisces is upon us, all washed away with Mercury Retrograde in Pisces as well. New moons are when the moon is dark and the sun and moon return to the same point. Over the course of the month they separate and become full and wind down again. This is said to be a fertile time where new energy can be born and developed to its maturity on the full moon. New moon seeds, full moon harvests.

Pisces is the mutable water sign. This means they respond to the their environment emotionally. If water signs Moon Cancer is the tides and the rivers and Pluto Scorpio is the ice caps and pressurized caves, Neptune Pieces is the deep ocean current and the evaporated water in the atmosphere. Pisces picks up on EVERYTHING. And the sign is a combination of all previous 11 signs of the zodiac.

It’s associated with the depths of the subconscious, and to connection to the Other Side. It’s where our whole identity washes away and we are one with the universe.

Check out this chart! Mercury Retrograde conjunction Moon at 29° Pisces, all up on that Midheaven. No wonder I’ve been doing videos recently. Also Neptune rules cameras.

And check out this video, too:

New Moon in Pisces 3/6/19

Basically, get into the deep end. We’ll have a unique opportunity to merge and see things from another point of view. Don’t get drowned in the emotional flooding, submit and allow it to wash away what’s past.

Cheers,

Will

P.S. I used my ephemeris, my

IT’S MERCURY RETROGRADE AGAIN 🌑♓

Hi everyone,

It’s the first Mercury Rx of the year, out of three in mostly the water or emotional energy signs. Grab the tissues, amirite, water signs? So real quick, a retrograde happens when our relative orbit makes the planet seem to slow down and reverse motion in the night sky. There are actually 3 parts to a retrograde event:

  1. The Shadow Zone. Not an 80’s movie, this is when the planet first moves through the area of the zodiac (we keep track by °) the retrograde occurs. In this instance, Mercury will be backing up to 16° Pisces from 29° – the last degree in all the zodiac. Mercury first entered 16° Pisces on February 3. What does this mean? Any cycles or major themes in relation to Mercury-ruled stuff will be reexamined during the retrograde. As I mention in the video, February was rough for me. Can’t wait for this nonsense.
  2. The Retrograde. This is where all the nonsense happens. Whatever was wound up during the Shadow Zone gets unwound during the retrograde. Or tangled af. The energy of the retrograde is enhanced as we are closer to the planet than at other times of the year. It’s said that Mercury goes underground, or subconscious, during this time. Things break down, agreements, relationships, cars. Basically things get wonky – and it’ll be best if you don’t make big decisions during this time. You will probably change your mind later.
  3. The Shadow Zone Again but for the 3rd Pass. This is where we have to go back and pick up all the pieces. This takes us from March 28 to bout…April 14 or whatever I said on the video? And in the sign of Pisces, we might get washed away in our emotions – I know I already have been.

So anyway check out this video, I talk more bout it:

dramatic background for dramatic mercury retrograde

Also this energy resonates throughout the New Moon in Pisces cycle beginning March 6. We will be open to all sorts of emotional influences wer might not be used to.

Cheers,
Will

P.S. Used my ephemeris and Jim Maynard’s mini planner to get the dates and times for this stuff.

New Moon in Sagittarius 12/7

Hi y’all,

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,

Will

November ’18 was a Big Deal – OR – let’s get the hell outta Retrograde for the Holidays!

Hey y’all,

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!

Cheers,

Will

Drunk Astrology-Mercury Retrograde, Eclipses/Nodes, and Saturn in Capricorn

Hi y’all,

My friends and I were joking about doing Drunk Astrology, and here is the beta test. lmk what you think:) Filmed on vacation!

Video on Mercury Retrograde:

 

Video on the eclipses and nodes shifting:

 

Video on Saturn transit Capricorn:

 

Hope everyone is HAGSing their asses off.

Cheers,

Will

Mercury Retrograde in Aries 3/22-4/15

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.

Cheers,

Will

P.S. Used my ephemeris and Buddha Board to make this:)

Merry Jolly Mercury RxMas in Sagittarius 12/3-12/23

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!

XoXoXo,
Will

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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