Archive | October, 2014

Uranian Total Lunar Eclipse in Aries / Libra: Expect the Unexpected! Balance, rather than Burn-Out!

8 Oct

Total Lunar Eclipse 2

The Full Moon / Total Lunar Eclipse in Aries / Libra tonight Oct 8 is all about breakthroughs, awakenings, and new beginnings (Moon / Uranus in Aries), but also liberating the ‘lone warrior’ and competitiveness, and embracing cooperation and synergy (Sun / North Node in Libra) – balance rather than burn-out!
The FIRE element runs strongly, and quite auspiciously: the 3 planets Uranus (in fiery Aries, extra activated by the Eclipse Moon), Jupiter in Leo, and Mars in Sag, form this month a very stable and spirited exact ‘Grand Fire Trine’ around Planet Earth. Way cool – or rather hot.
These archetypal energies mutually enhance, almost multiply each other:
Liberation into new ventures and new consciousness (Uranus in Aries) x Freely and generously showing and sharing our gifts (Jupiter in Leo) x Activation of the Visionary (Mars in Sag)!
Shifting and Uplifting!
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MERCURY RETRO SURVIVING & THRIVING KIT

5 Oct

MERCURY RETRO SURVIVING & THRIVING KIT

What on Earth and in the heavens is going on?

Yes, it’s the era of massive global awakening and transformational shifts, mirrored by our transpersonal ‘friends’ Uranus in mid Aries and Pluto in mid Cap, in sharp ‘square dance’ with each other (2012 – 2015).

But what’s with all the technology, media, and communication glitches that have sneaked in again lately? Bingo! Mercury is retro – since yesterday Oct 4!
As those of you know who have been reading my Mercury retro support notes (or even advocacy) 3 times a year over the last years,
M-r isn’t necessarily ‘BAD’ news. In a nutshell, with M-r, the Messenger Archetype – our MIND – is being adjusted, while temporarily operating differently than ‘usual’, to tune into and be REcalibrated to a ‘New Mercury’ (hey, what’s that???).
Hermes / Mercury , with winged helmet, sandals, and Caduceus / serpent staff of the healer ("Like heals Like")

Hermes / Mercury , with winged helmet, sandals, and Caduceus / serpent staff of the healer (“Like heals Like”

Mercury doing its retro somersaults again...

Mercury doing its retro somersaults again…

So all groovy?
Well, trickster times ARE upon us, and a few practical hints can’t hurt… 😉
Like myself, you might have already noticed glitches over the last while that required adjusting and clarifying communication, REsending emails, and making sure you and your partner are talking about the same thing.
Under one of the last M-r phases, I saw a REfreshing Facebook message from a friend pointing out how REdundant and time consuming the prevalent habit of texting is. 
What a perfect example! Pick up the PHONE, or meet Face-to-Face! Mercury retro REminds us to adjust communication to a more effective way again – sorta old fashioned groovy phoning and meeting for coffee… take time, and get to know the person better whom you ‘thought’ you communicated with. And when they are in front of you you can have that Scorpionic / Libran one-on-one intimacy sense about them that an email / message just wouldn’t do. You may save yourself a big ‘detour’ if you meet them face-to-face.
The changing mode of communication could have also brought a REnewed openness for breakthroughs and paradigm shifting AHA 
effects. Now under the beginning M-r mode we more easily bypass the rational censor, trust intuition, truly address what needs to be talked about (rather than niceties and ‘pseudo talk’), are able to REad between the lines (so Scorpionic), pick up now what wasn’t communicated before, and where loose ends were left open.
As we make suggestions or are asked to change the original ‘plan A’ things might get a little ‘mixed up’, but that can be a good thing, since it REquires and teaches us flexibility. And also, often, we are afraid we might inconvenience others with changing plans, but a different plan might work best and be most effective for everybody anyway.
Funny, how a change in one piece of the puzzle can create a domino effect, which shows our intrinsic connectivity in a web of energy and information (this M-r in early Scorpio trines stationary Neptune in Pisces): If one person whom you had made plans with and whom you have ‘counted in’ for a particular endeavour, needs to cancel (perhaps because their pet is sick) it can create a whole chain of consequences, RE-quiring RE-coordination for you and everybody else involved…
Notice (Mercury retro in Scorpio helps to be right ‘on the money’ with that) what comes up on a deeper level for you (do you feel cheated, dumped, disrespected, do you feel vengeful… all those nasty shadowy emotions that the still on-going Saturn in Scorpio calls us to transform – instead of burying them, as in the ‘old days’!). Be compassionate, trust the process, and surrender to what IS. When something ‘fails’ something else might come into the picture, and all of a sudden everything falls into place (Neptune and Chiron in Pisces). 🙂
"How can I be connected with the Quantum Field?" you may ask.... You ARE IN the Quantum Field.  That's like a dolphin asking, 'How can I be connected with the ocean?"

“How can I be connected with the Quantum Field?” you may ask….
You ARE IN the Quantum Field.
That’s like a dolphin asking, ‘How can I be connected with the ocean?”

Here are my seasoned and seasonal 14 Mercury retro tips, valid for the whole phase of retro (exact Oct 4 – 25), and extending into post-retro stationary ‘storm’ (until Nov 3), and post-retro shadow time (until Nov 11):
1) Be easy on yourself, as you get into the groove of things.
It usually takes a week or so to adjust to the different mode. Hopefully, you have taken the pre-retro shadow phase since Sept 14 as an adjustment, rather than being ‘hit’ by the wild ‘storm’, since Sept 26.
2) Be deeply mindful.
There is a tendency for the mind to be distracted and all over the place, to loose and misplace things and thoughts that later have to be REtrieved again. Avoid getting scattered and disorganized, but let go of your need to be in control (yikes, that Mercury-in-Scorpio thing). Practice being present with any person you communicate with, and any situation and function ‘at hand’. Don’t loose sight of what’s significant and a priority, in the face of the apparently urgent ‘little’ things which can easily be an accumulation of distractions. Watch how you might actually indulge in distractions – to avoid…? what?
3) Retro is an inwards / backwards oriented energy.
A good way of aligning with that quality is meditation and mindfulness. Also an excellent chance (if not necessity) to deal with ‘old unfinished business’, ‘loose ends’, to clear communication themes from the past, often carried over from a previous M-r time (last one was in June 2014, REmember?).
4) RE- everything! 🙂
Every M-r phase is a great time to attune and invite basically everything that starts with ‘RE-‘, like: RE-visit and RE-address, RE-align, REad, RE-treat, RE-pair, RE-boot, RE-group, RE-consider, RE-arrange, RE-place, you name it… makes sense, eh?
Another REason for pointing out all these RE-activities: During Mercury retro (which also has a karmic undertone), we less likely get away anymore with being sloppy, and with procrastinating or neglecting REsidual communication issues with people from the past. They come up / it comes up like a mirror. Especially RElating to RElationship ‘contracts’, with Mercury retro in Scorpio / Libra!
5) Talk about what REally matters.
Come from a deeply RElational (Scorpio / Libra) place. And check out how what people say very often comes from a need to be heard in their story and wound, even if that might be overcompensated by the ego. Meet them from the heart.
6) A direct, authentic and lively dialogue opens up the opportunity to go deeper, and touch on other more important subjects.
When a conversation takes a different direction than the ‘planned’ and anticipated purpose it can lead to an even more important outcome. Trust the process. 
7) Choose the clearest and most direct mode of communication available.
Phone or skype rather than emailing/messaging, meet them in person rather than phone, to make sure an actual dialogue happens and to look them in the eyes and feel out their presence, rather than just engageing in a factual monologue, via email / messaging, with the assumption you know what they think, or that they know what you think AND feel. Do they? Do you, really?
Consider communicating in several ways and via different media, to make sure the message comes across – a bigger chance to reach them. But also, keep in mind and heart that because people’s minds can be all over the place now, communication might be scattered and incomplete, or prone to assumptions: “I thought you got my email!!!”. Or it might actually be a monologue when you write to someone: Are you just thinking out loud as you ‘communicate’, or are you actually suggesting something to them?
Which brings us to…
8) Be mindful how you communicate with others.
Put yourself in their position (so Libran), and take ownership and responsibility for your mental and emotional processes, rather than pouting, blaming and judging (possibly based on lack of communication), or hiding under your Scorpionic cover. 
9) Be clear and precise with commitments, if you HAVE To (do you really?) sign an agreement now that can’t wait.
The Zodiac field of Libra – Scorpio, where Mercury goes retro, is all about contracts, and decisions that have consequences. Therefore, this point applies a lot to this M-r phase. Double check whether you have been understood correctly, and REpeat / REphrase back to the other person. Avoid signing an agreement before you have all the necessary information (often only after Mercury retro is over!). That applies especially to the area in your life that relates to the house where early Scorpio / late Libra is in your chart (e.g. 7th house: relationships, 4th house: home / family).
10) Under M-r, the odds for fabulous unexpected synchronicities are 99%:
As we act more intuitively and are REleased from the ordinary conditioned mind, we let synchronistic guidance in, and allow the spontaneous intervention of the universe to show us our interconnectedness. With the Scorpio / Libra flavour, we can build our
‘instinctual / common sense muscle’.
11) M-r is a good time to RE-connect with people you have lost sight of.
With the Scorpio / Libra flavour, people might come back into your life whom you have had a relational (or even deeply involved) connection with but for some REason have lost touch with. Time to REvisit REsidual communication that’s not complete, or wasn’t possible for a while. Chances are good that you REconnect with people from the domain of the house where Scorpio / Libra is located in your chart (e.g. 7th house: relationships, 9th house: foreign countries, studies…)
12) When ‘glitches’ occur, be fluid and flexible like quicksilver (Mercury’s metal).
Think “shift happens”, don’t judge or blame yourself or others for not being ‘perfect’ and making ‘mistakes’, or go into your ‘hiding corner’, and turn the paradigm around: What could be the opportunity and funny side in this mishap? REframe your way of thinking about things. And entertain the possibility that subconsciously, you might have arranged a wild alternative to the original ‘plan A’ which – who knows? – might lead to something new and better and more fun and playful than what the ‘normal’, ‘usual’, ‘regular’, and apparently most ‘efficient’ (controlling) mind set could have come up with? 😉
13) Enjoy those unintentional puns, slips, and new connections in the mind.
Be creative and brainstorm – esp. together with your Mercury retro friends 😉
14) If you would like to know
a) whether you are a member of the RETRO CLUB (born under Mercury retro, as yours truly)
b) in which part of life the retro trickster would likely play tricks on / with you
c) how to benefit from and work WITH the energy,
feel welcome to get in touch with your astrologer.

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