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MERCURY Retro (July 7 – 31) in LEO – CAN – LEO: The Mind at Play – Cosmic RE-lief & Seasonal Toolkit

1 Jul

Dear Cosmic Friend!

 

Lots of shifts, inner and outer, in these first half of 2019, and over the last weeks…
Do you find that too?

Time to REflect, integrate and absorb – with MERCURY retro!

MERCURY has already traveled through CANCER from June 4 – 26.

 

Wheat Field Trip with Cloud Companions in my Bavarian Homeland – Photo by Melanie June 2019

 

Have you been in a mode of communicating from a caring, nurturing, compassionate, gentle place, with and on behalf of the family, tribe, children, the human family, and the family of all sentient Beings?
And literally: Have you talked to your Tribe? And to ‘others’ as if they were in your Tribe – because we ultimately are?!


For me, it’s been an epic Journey to my home country Bavaria, where language and mentality felt immediately very family-ar.

Lots of memories, and re-connections with family & friends!

Even though, MERCURY entered LEO on June 26 seems like there are still Cancerian realms to be re-visited and re-connected with, for another 3 1/2 weeks (July 19 – Aug 11 in retro-to-direct mode)!
Wow – that’s altogether a 7-week Journey of MERCURY in CANCER (really long – to be revealed why cosmically ‘prescribed’…)

 

MERCURY the Communicator / Messenger / Alchemist Planet is already in SCORPIO…since Oct 3 and will be in the most magical and transformational Zodiac energy until Dec 9! 9 1/2 weeks (ha – remembering that very scorpionic film?) is quite a record time for MERCURY in one sign.

Have you been in a mode of communicating from a caring, nurturing, compassionate, gentle place, with and on behalf of the family, tribe, children, the human family, and the family of all sentient Beings?
And literally: Have you talked to your Tribe? And to ‘others’ as if they were in your Tribe – because we ultimately are?!


For me, it’s been an epic Journey to my home country Bavaria, where language and mentality felt immediately very family-ar.
Lots of memories, and re-connections with family & friends!


Even though, MERCURY entered LEO on June 26 seems like there are still Cancerian realms to be re-visited and re-connected with, for another 3 1/2 weeks
(July 19 – Aug 11 in retro-to-direct mode)!
Wow – that’s altogether a 7-week Journey of MERCURY in CANCER
(really long – to be revealed why cosmically ‘prescribed’…)

 

What you find in this extensive / never comprehensive MERCURY Retro article:

  • Going with the Flow of MERCURY retro…
  • What’s Special about this MERCURY Retro in LEO – CANCER – LEO?
  • MERCURY’s Moves, and Dance with other Planets during its core retro phase in July
  • 7-Phase Sequence of the MERCURY Retro Timeline
  • Timeless and Timely MERCURY Retro REminders
  • My Seasoned MERCURY Retro Tips & Seasonal Tool Kit 

 

Going with the Flow of MERCURY retro…

Technology, traffic / transport and communication glitches (or surprises!) sneaking in again lately?
Oh man, definitely happened for me, when I was going in delay loops to catch my overseas plane from Gatwick on June 26 – juuuust made it (was that ever a thrill, with Angels & Miracles involved, for sure!

Huge gratitude for the support of the winged ones to help me grow wings after all!).

No way? Are you telling me…..?
YEP, the inevitable is happening again:

MERCURY doing its retro somersaults again…

Another MERCURY Retro phase is coming UP, and already gearing UP!

In early LEO – late CANCER – early LEO this time (from 4°28′ LEO back to 23°57′ CAN, to be precise), from July 7 – 31.
This time wrapping around the ‘Creativity / Inner Child Point’ in the Zodiac.

Those of you who’ve read my MERCURY retro support REport (or even advocacy) over the years know:
M-r isn’t necessarily ‘BAD’ news, as pop Astrology would have it.
And hey – perhaps M-r is ‘even’ an overdue and cosmically well timed de-conditioning!

In a nutshell, with M-r, the Archetype of the MIND is operating differently / ‘unusually’, and tuned-up into a ‘New MERCURY’ (hey, what’s that???).


Have you noticed?
We’re already in the build-up (or rather: slow-down) phase!
Our good old messenger / trickster friend MERCURY has since Summer Solstice been in the pre-retro ‘shadow’
(i.o.w., crossed the 24° CANCER mark from which it will go direct again at the end of M-r, on July 31).

On June 26, MERCURY entered LEO (where it’ll be – in the early part only) until July 19.
Since Fri June 28, MERCURY is in
 stationary (very slowly moving) ‘U-turn storm’. 

And on Sunday July 7, MERCURY will ‘officially’ start its seasonal retro loop which goes technically until July 31, and rolls out completely until mid-August.

So, the whole month of July is under M-r influence.
Take it easy on the Summer holiday ‘plans’, and don’t get wrapped up in ‘loops’ that are directed by mental over-identification. It’s a good time to chill, go on a Summer RE-treat and RE-laxation, re-connect with dear ones, and catch up with lost & forgotten creative projects – a la CANCER.

 

What’s Special about this MERCURY Retro in LEO – CANCER – LEO?

As MERCURY goes retro in the early part of fiery LEO (with an ARIES undertone) plus, MARS the ruler of ARIES goes into LEO later today July 1 the energy shifts to a passionate & assertive warrior tone:
What are we now and still called to ‘roar’ and speak up about? Because we love and care for it / them?!
Of course, Mother Earth and all her Beings come to mind and heart immediately.
Esp. as I hear quite acutely from friends and family about more extreme early Summer heat waves and thunder storm ‘releases’ in Europe and elsewhere!
The way how ‘the system’ is treating Planet Earth isn’t sustainable, rather destructive, and can’t go on (SATURN retro / PLUTO retro / SN in CAP – being ‘exposed’ by the Full MOON / Partial Lunar Eclipse on July 16 and opposed by M-r in CANCER).
We have to find new ways of Being.
Because we love and care for the Earth, and all her Children.

And there are sooo many creative opportunties!
Let’s spread the news, and connect brains and hearts with one another!
Not so much from a place of protest and NO to what we don’t want anymore (the SATURN / CAP side).
But from a loving, caring YES (the CANCER side) – when we belong together we create together!

Time is precious (SATURN in CAP) – let’s share it with words of Love and Care.
Time to let our Hearts speak!

 

MERCURY’s Moves, and Dance with other Planets,
during its core Retro phase in July, and into August

 

Image Credit: Pexels 

 

JUNE 26
MERCURY entered LEO for the first time (until July 19).
Speaking from a heart- and soulful place, and in the LEO name of Living Life Lovingly!

 

JUNE 28
MERCURY in LEO went into pre-retro ‘storm’.
Take it easy on ‘plans’.
Get ready for synchronicities and synch’ with the flow & dance of life.

 

JULY 4
The MOON in LEO meets stationary / pre-retro MERCURY.
What are you passionate about?
Watch for ego attachments, and go for play & fun instead.

 

First half of JULY
MERCURY pre- and retro at the beginning of LEO (while MARS will be also in early LEO) almost in exact Fire Trine with stationary (going retro on July 8) CHIRON in early ARIES, and almost in exact square with URANUS in early TAURUS.
Experiment what it’s like to drop your attachment to a position.
Re-connect with the Inner Child. Notice how much people’s responses / reactions to one another originate in unconscious / unhealed Inner Child themes. Be compassionate with yourself and with them.
Speaking authentically and lovingly from the Heart and Soul
(maybe in a way you haven’t in a while and wouldn’t otherwise?) is Healing for All. 

 

JULY 7
MERCURY (at 4°28′ LEO) goes retro, until JULY 31 (back to 23°57′ CAN).
The Mind at Play… MERCURY retro in LEO is really a playful & mischievous Trickster.
MERCURY is considered ‘in Fall’ in LEO – because the mind can be soo easily hijacked by the ego. M-r is the chance to show us that we ‘show off’ and present a facade mostly because we’re actually insecure and seek attention to feel loved…

 

JULY 8
MERCURY freshly retro meets MARS in early LEO.
Having fun and showing it is cool. Bragging and beating others over the head with how ‘great’ you are is likely an over-compensation.

 

JULY 19
MERCURY retro re-enters CANCER (July 19) – time to reflect on memories and impressions, and their effect on your thinking-feeling mind.
M-r in LEO – CANCER – LEO is a good time to observe how your mentality and resulting communication is influenced by how safe (CANCER) and loved / loving (LEO) we think & feel we are.
Where have those basic needs been missing in childhood?
What gives you Love and Safety from within?
Who are YOU, beyond these impressions / expressions?

 

JULY 21
MERCURY retro meets the SUN on the CAN-LEO ‘Creativity Cusp’ –
Half-way point of the M-r Journey = ‘Day of Enlightening Insight’ / a ‘New Mercury’ is born.
The mind in service to the Heart and Consciousness.
What are your realizations about the quality of ‘mind’, memories, and reflections, and how can you express / maybe write or talk about it now?

 

JULY 24 
MERCURY retro in CAN meets VENUS.
Caring, loving communication… because you know…

 

JULY 30
At the end of its M-r Journey, in slow turnaround mode, MERCURY meets the dark MOON in CANCER, and goes almost exactly opposite PLUTO retro in CAP.
See the contrast between the Old and Transforming World and its shadows of commodification, exploitation, judgment, put-downs, ‘success’ at the expense of Nature, and the loving, caring, compassionate ways of Being & Creating.
A natural Retreating, Releasing
 & Clearing Energy…

 

JULY 31
Less than an hour after the New Moon in LEO (‘Living from Love’), MERCURY in CANCER goes direct again.
May the inward-backward turning and home-coming lead to a renewed way of seeing and interacting with the World – our Home!

 

AUG 8
MERCURY post-retro leaves the stationary ‘storm’.
Integration of the adjustment time – back into the ‘real world’, with a regenerated sense of self.

 

AUG 11
MERCURY out of retro (re)enters LEO (until Aug 29).
Show your Colours. From an authentic place.

 

 

Blessings for this Mercurial Immersion Time!

 

That’s the short version of / dip into my take on this upcoming MERCURY Retro.
If you’d like to dig deeper, and go with the full menu, keep on reading:

 

 

7-Phase Sequence of the MERCURY Retro Timeline 

  1. Pre-retro shadow – started on June 21. Mercury in the Epimethean phase.
  2. Pre-retro stationary / ‘storm’ – started on June 28.
  3. Mercury technically retro – from July 7 on.
  4. Mercury meets half-way in retro the SUN – a ‘New Mercury’ is born, a.k.a. ‘Point of Enlightening Insight’ – on July 21 – Promethean phase starts.
  5. Mercury direct again – on July 31.
  6. Post-retro stationary / ‘storm’ ends – on Aug 8.
  7. Post-retro shadow – until Aug 15.

 

The first half of M-r (phases 1. – 4.) is the Epimethean phase, RE-minding us of ‘old stories’ – which doesn’t have to be a ‘bad thing’ to overcome, it can be an important RE-flection inducer ;-).
And, as always, we learn so much from history / herstory, esp. with the CANCER tone of early childhood / family themes.

The second half of M-r (phases 4. – 8.) is the Promethean phase – where the new insights and connection with Spirit and Consciousness lead to new inspired direction – a very auspicious time.

 

MERCURY went into so-called pre-retro ‘shadow’ on June 21 (it passed for the first time the Zodiac point (24° \CANCER) from which it will after the retro phase go direct / forward again, on July 31).
Have you been noticing ‘foreshadowing’ themes since then of what might come up during M-r (re: home, belonging, needs, feelings)?

A good time to be fluid as quicksilver, RE-sponsive to higher intelligence, and to trust the ‘messenger from the future’, via intuition and precognition.
Perhaps you’re already having clarifying heartfelt communication and contemplation around ‘neglected’CANCER / LEO related themes (belonging, home, connection with the ‘tribe’, safety, caring & loving, strength, creativity, self expression…
).

 

MERCURY Retro in the Starters

On June 28,
MERCURY entered its stationary ‘storm’ period (moves very slowly), i.o.w., starts to go into ‘U-turn’ mode.

A time to also slow down the regular fast and busy mind that likes to multi talk / task.
‘Regular’ communication affairs might start to become ‘tricky’, ‘chaotic’, ‘complicated’ and ‘messed up’, but only from the perspective of the ego that likes to seize control via the mind.

MERCURY in ‘zigzag mode’ suggests being in flux and at ease, while swiftly and swimmingly / surfingly, changing course as necessary. Ironically, it can lead to a more auspicious outcome than the ‘on dead-end course’ that the mind assumed is ‘the way’.

 

7-Circle Classical Labyrinth by Helen Rowlands – reminds me of a brain

In the actual RETRO PHASE July 7 – 31 the mind is geared to turn inward-backward and moves may be paradoxical, like in a labyrinth. Very CANCERian too…

As always, the MERCURY retro cycle starts with the ‘Epimethean’ phase (first half – until July 21) where old (epic) stories, memories, and patterns show up for REasons yet unknown, REvealing themselves in the journey.

With the LEO /  CANCER energy of M-r, it’s good to stay in a joyful, child-like, magical mode, invite unexpected insights, a world of synchronicities, look at things again, in a fresh way, and: get retro-actively creatively inspired (by the past, by something overlooked). 

 

At the half-way point of the M-r phase (June 21 this time), MERCURY crosses paths with the SUN:
A new ‘New MERCURY’ (like a New Moon in the monthly SUN – MOON conjunction) is born – which happens 3 times a year.
It’s time to REgenerate the mind (MERCURY), become more conscious, follow Spirit and the Heart (SUN).
It is also called the ‘Point of Enlightened Insight’.

The second half of M-r (July 21 – 31!) is the ‘Promethean’ phase, where new insights and new Consciousness can be more easily creatively carried forward.

 

Here’s to a bright, liberating energy for break-throughs into more Freedom – from mental patterns, for a whole new way of showing up and being present with what IS, and simply: Freedom (beyond from and for)!

Check out what’s new and exciting!
And how YOU are NEW in every moment!

 

Prometheus surrounded by the Ring of the Zodiac – Rockefeller Ctre, NYC

 

Timeless and Timely MERCURY Retro REminders

 

Under M-r., ‘usual’ thinking and communication patterns are being questioned, and it appears at times as if there was a trickster / little devil at play.
Actually, we have a chance now to see the inner mental trickster that’s been there all along, camouflaging and going unnoticed.
The challenge is not to get frustrated when things don’t turn out the way YOU thought they ’should’, according to the ego.

During M-r, experiment with, practice, and hopefully also integrate for later going with the flow of things in an intuitive way, and taking everything as a learning experience (learn from the Inner ‘Divine’ Child, with M-r in LEO-CAN-LEO)
That might mean changing your mind when you get the impulse / signal / intuition for an alternative course, being open to and curious about ‘creative detours’ that might lead to unexpected turns, and making unusual connections, rather than going with comfort, routine, and habit of your adult Self.

Rather than getting wrapped up with linear, habitual, and often self-limiting ways of dealing with information and communication channels and modes, an ‘unorthodox’ approach can open you up for serendipity, synchronicities, and lots of fun.

 

Let’s compassionately ask ourselves (M-r):
“How can I get out of the busy mind now, and shift  to Openness, Creativity, and Play?”
“What does my Inner Child need right now? How can I be a caring Mentor to him / her?”
“What would Love say or do??”
The guidance reveals itself with the question…

Let’s stay as mobile (like quicksilver, the MERCURY metal), adaptable, and unattached to ‘plans’ / agenda as possible.
MERCURY is a very light, youthful, fresh, fun-loving punster and Coyote / prankster energy.
It looks at the fun and also meaningful side of unusual twists and turns, and even likes to facilitate those. Aligning with that mode makes us happier and more at ease – not only – these days. 

Bring on these spontaneous twists, unintentional new-found puns, and creative fun realizations!
While being
 mindfully present and clear.

When it comes to committing to something long-term consider that it might not be ready to be definite yet. Yet you can make a choice to be in a vibration that attracts the perfect match that you easily recognize and connect with.
Give yourself time. During M-r new information streams in which can alter our outlook on things. Often, after the M-r phase we have more information which gives a different picture, based upon which a good choice becomes clear.

If we did commit prematurely and aren’t flexible to back off again easily, we might say, “Oh, if I only had known… I wouldn’t have changed course… and didn’t have to untangle complications.”

 

As always with MERCURY retro, clarify communication whenever possible:

  • Say things several times in a different way / language to make sure there’s no misunderstanding in a fast / distracted context. 
  • Talk in a caring & loving way (CANCER – LEO), not in a cold mechanical one.
  • Ask questions that intuitively come to mind (which might clarify an otherwise held assumption!).
  • Choose the most direct medium and tool available (meet and connect in person or at least via online video rather than over the phone, or email / message), which helps with a clearer and more holistic communication, mimic, body signals – more ‘channels’ are involved and signals are conveyed in person rather than on the phone, or via mutual messaging / e-monologue.
    And who knows what else might come up and be addressed when you take the opportunity to actually meet and talk?

 

If you become mercurially frustrated, maybe it’s because you needed to learn something about the nature of the human mind and its extensions as in: technological equipment which now, more than usually, seem to have ‘a mind of their own’…
Consider that computers, phones, and tech gadgets are servants and tools, and that their efficiency also depends on the (hopefully relaxed and detached, savvy and inventive) mind of their ‘master’. You don’t want to become a stressed-out slave of coordination and communication.

It might also become apparent during M-r that our tools and pieces of technical equipment magically morphically mirror the mind WE are in, even ‘simply’ by breaking down and being ‘on strike’ when we humans need ‘a break’ anyway.

Give your tools and tasks proper mindful and single-minded care & attention, one at a time, instead of attempting to multi task and ‘efficiently’ orchestrate everything simultaneously.
The electromagnetic field of computers and the human mind dialogue in an interface.
To keep it all smoothly operational, don’t impose any potential extra stress onto your nervous system nor on your computer.

 

Notice signals showing you need to be relaxed and mindful, assume nothing, drop your (under M-r evident, otherwise hidden) expectations and assumptions.
Foremost, trust the infinite Intelligence of the Universe, ‘even’ as it might take you on wild and ‘crazy’ journeys that you apparently haven’t signed up for. 🙂

 

Under M-r talk to people from the past who come to mind and whom you haven’t heard from in a long time (or ‘new’ yet familiar people whom you’ve just met and intuitively ‘clicked with’).
M-r also tends to bring back unfinished communication business from the past, esp. from previous M-r phases (last one in March 2019).

 

What happens quite often under M-r :
We receive / intuit a potentially interesting message for others that’s worth sharing and passing on – to whom it may concern. Go ahead and ‘randomly’ deliver/ spread it to others who need to hear that information and inspiration (without your personal agenda)!
We’re prompted to connect two or more people with one another – because we can. Who knows where it leads?
So, keep collecting communication karma cookies, by being the random messenger & connector of kindness!

 

Gibbons at Play – 1427 Painting by Xuande Emperor(!)

Back to Basics & Buddhists:
Be mindful, and observe the phenomenon mind from a ‘meta’ level.
Like, by asking yourself:

Why am I really saying this?
Who’s the one thinking and talking here?

If we don’t do from time to time this ‘mental hygiene’ our inner ‘devil’s advocate – disguised as M-r – out tricks us, subconsciously ‘sabotaging’ our plans, second guessing ourselves, and constellating circumstances that make us back off from our original intention. So important to check what we’ve been doing with our brain – or rather, what the brain has been doing with us all along.

The Buddhists call the day-to-day mind that busies itself with all kinds of ‘chatting’ and inner stories, lists, and dialogues, the ‘Monkey Mind’ Trickster which, like a monkey, jumps from one tree (of interest and attachment) to the next, and is never quiet, unless we observe the movement, and thereby naturally calm it.

 

My Seasoned MERCURY Retro Tips & Seasonal Tool Kit 

 

The Thinker by Rodin (in front of the Rodin Museum in Paris)

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’ve taken it easy on the pre-retro shadow phase (since June 21), rather than being ‘pulled into’ the wild ‘storm’ (since June 28), or apparently stationary stuckness (can be either and both, in paradoxical trickster fashion).

 

2) Be mindful, and lead from what’s here-now. 

There’s 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 RE-trieved again in your ‘inner house’.
Avoid getting scattered and disorganized, collect the mind ‘pieces’, be present with any situation and function ‘at hand’, and don’t loose sight of what practically works and matters. The apparent priority of urgent ‘little’ things and ‘small stuff’ can easily be a distraction and waste of energy.
Practice coming back to the Here-NOW.

 

3) Retro is an inwards / backwards oriented energy.

M-r is a good time to RE-treat, and RE-visit meditation and mindfulness.
Also an excellent chance (if not necessity) to deal with ‘old unfinished business’, ‘loose ends’, and to clear communication themes from the past, often carried over from a previous M-r time (last one March 2019).

 

4) Every M-r phase is a great time to actively pursue basically everything that starts with ‘RE-‘, esp. RE-sidual communication.

Like: re-assess, re-align, read, re-treat, re-pair, re-boot, re-group, re-consider, re-arrange, re-place, you name it…
One RE-ason for me pointing out all these RE-activities:
During M-r (which also has a karmic undertone), we less likely get away anymore with being sloppy, and with procrastinating or neglecting RE-sidual communication issues with people from the past. They come up like a mirror. Talk about what RE-ally matters, with love & care a la LEO / CANCER.

 

5) Choose the clearest and most direct mode of communication available.

Phone rather than messaging / emailing. Meet and connect in person rather than  via phone / text, to make sure an actual dialogue happens (rather than just your factual monologue, with the assumption you know what they think, or they know what you think).
Consider communicating in several ways and via different media, to make sure the message comes across. Keep in mind 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 actually a monologue: Are you just thinking out loud as you talk, or are you actually suggesting something to me?

 

6) Be mindful & compassionate how you communicate with others.

Compassionately put yourself in their position, and take ownership and responsibility for your mental processes, rather than blaming and judging (possibly based on lack of communication).

 

7) Be clear and precise with commitments and agreements.

Double-check whether you’ve been understood correctly, and RE-peat / RE-phrase back to them too. Avoid signing an agreement before you have all the necessary information (often only after MERCURY retro is over, or at least half-way, meeting the SUN = July 21!).

 

8) MERCURY Retro RE-minds us…

…that direct connection with one another as an authentic and lively dialogue opens up the opportunity to meander (a la CANCER…) and touch on other subjects than the originally intended purpose of the communication. Which can eventually lead to an even more important outcome or direction than anticipated. Check out in hindsight why you actually needed to talk to that person…

 

9) Under M-r, the odds for fabulous unexpected synchronicities are 99%:

When we act more intuitively and out of the ordinary, we let the spontaneous intervention of the Universe show us our interconnectedness! Way cool and fun!

 

10) M-r is a good time to RE-connect with people you have lost sight of.

With the LEO – CANCER flavour, re-connect with people whom you have a natural familiarity with, and with whom your encounters are playful, even childlike – so healing for your Inner Children!
Trust your intuition, and let yourself be surprised by what shows up when you speak to them.

 

11) The themes and areas of life (partners, children, career, groups, etc.) that THIS retro phase brings up for YOU…
…depend on the Planet/s and House/s that M-r activates in YOUR personal birth chart, in other words where CANCER / LEO is situated.

I’m happy to check that out for and WITH you – either in a quick hint, or in a focused (or longer) session at this occasion if more is going on for you…

 

12) When ‘glitches’ occur, be fluid and flexible like quicksilver (MERCURY’s metal), think “shift happens”.

Don’t judge yourself or others (that CAP quality) for not being ‘better’ or on the same page as you, and turn the paradigm around:
What could be the opportunity in this mishap? And what’s actually funny about this?
RE-frame your way of thinking about things. And entertain the possibility that you might have subconsciously ‘arranged’ a wild alternative to the original ‘plan A’ which – who knows? – might lead to something new and better and more fun than what the ‘normal’, ‘usual’, ‘regular’, and apparently most  ‘efficient’ mind-in-rut-mode 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) Enlightened Insights, anyone…?
The Day of Enlightened Insight – when M-r meets the SUN on the exact half-way point of the M-r phase is in this round on JULY 21 – check out what epiphanies and paradigm shifts occur round this day!

 

15) If you would like to know…

  • Whether you are a member of the RETRO CLUB (born under MERCURY Retro, as yours truly),
  • In which area of Life the Retro Trickster would likely play tricks on / with you,
  • How to consciously, creatively, and mindfully play WITH the energy,

….feel welcome to get in touch with your Astrologer. 

 

 

© 2019 by Mercur-elanie 😉 

 

Wishing us all a Happy & Playful MERCURY Retro Summer 2019!

 

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MERCURY Retro (all) in PISCES March 5 – 28: Open & Fluid Mind – Cosmic RE-lief & Seasonal Toolkit

1 Mar

Hello Astro Attuned Friend,


Lots of shifts, inner and outer, in these first weeks of 2019…
Do you find that too?

Eclipses of January, the swift current of a retro-free zone since early Jan, CHIRON now freshly in ARIES (since Feb 18), and URANUS about to enter TAURUS next week!

Time to integrate and absorb – with MERCURY retro!

 

What you find in this extensive / never comprehensive MERCURY Retro article:

  • Going with the Flow of MERCURY retro…
  • MERCURY’s Moves, and Dance with other Planets during its core retro phase in March
  • What’s Special about this MERCURY Retro in PISCES?
  • 7-Phase Sequence of the MERCURY Retro Timeline
  • Timeless and Timely MERCURY Retro REminders
  • My Seasoned MERCURY Retro Tips & Seasonal Tool Kit 

 

Going with the Flow of MERCURY retro…

Technology, traffic / transport and communication glitches (or surprises!) sneaking in again lately?
No way? Are you telling me…..?
YEP, the inevitable is happening again:

MERCURY doing its retro somersaults again…

Another MERCURY Retro phase is coming UP, and already gearing UP!

All in PISCES this time (from 29°39′ back to 16°06′ PI), from March 5 to 28.
Starting from the very end of PI and cusp to ARIES (which CHIRON has just made a shift into last week) – the ‘Emergence Point’.

Back into the ‘cosmic waters’ of PISCES, with M-r?

 

Those of you who’ve read my MERCURY retro support REport (or even advocacy) over the years know:
M-r isn’t necessarily ‘BAD’ news, as pop Astrology would have it.
And hey – perhaps M-r is ‘even’ an overdue and cosmically well timed de-conditioning!

In a nutshell, with M-r, the Archetype of the MIND is operating differently / ‘unusually’, and tuned-up into a ‘New MERCURY’ (hey, what’s that???).


Have you noticed?
We’re already in the build-up (or rather: slow-down) phase!
Our good old messenger / trickster friend MERCURY has since Feb 20 been in the pre-retro ‘shadow’
(i.o.w., crossed the 16° PI mark from which it will go direct again on March 28 at the end of M-r).

From today March 1 on, MERCURY is in stationary (very slowly moving) ‘U-turn storm’. 

And next week, on March 5, MERCURY will ‘officially’ start its seasonal retro loop which goes technically until March 28, and rolls out completely until mid-April.
Take it easy on the Spring break or other ‘plans’, and on getting wrapped up in other ‘loops’ that are directed by mental over-identification. It’s a good time to chill, go on a RE-treat and RE-laxation, a la PISCES, and to catch up with lost & forgotten creative projects and connections.

 

As MERCURY goes retro in (late = ‘double’) PISCES the energy turns inward-backward to RE-connect with and from the NO-mind and with Being (PI) rather than the regular doing / fixing / thinking mode (MERCURY rules VIRGO and GEMINI).

Also, everything PISCEAN is brought to conscious awareness, to be questioned, so that instead of the Mind running the show it can go on the back seat again – and serve Consciousness:

  • Overwhelm 
    How does this state have to do with your state of Mind more than with an ‘objective reality’?
    What of it is self-made?
    Why do you overwhelm yourself mentally-emotionally?
    Can it be even an addiction, distraction, or self sabotage?
    Be open and think paradoxically (which is very PISCES / M-r).

  • Similarly, feeling disoriented, lost, confused 
    What’s your Mind’s contribution to this?
    Maybe certain ‘issues’ don’t have to be sorted out…
    What’s the not knowing pointing you to?

  • Addictions (substances or behaviour)  
    Ask questions like Dr. Gabor Mate would:
    Not, what’s wrong with the addiction but “what’s right about it?”
    “Why does it make perfect sense for your situation?”
    “What is it a response to?”

PI is about letting go and letting it BE.
Space is being created where there’s no agenda, rather natural loving acceptance without judgement or resistance – and things can run their course.

 

Timeless Ocean – Photo by Melanie, Nov 2018

 

Here’s a beautifully poetic, wise and very apt quote by Ann Mortifee from her book In Love With the Mystery (not only) for this M-r in PI, that found me ‘randomly’ this morning:

“GRACE
Grace is undying favour, the unexpected balm of the Unknowable. Like the air we breathe, grace flows through, around, and in everything. We have only to sink into the deep resonance of this very moment now to receive its blessing. Grace is always present, waiting to bestow its healing breath upon whoever draws near. It is we who must approach in the stillness. It is we who must open to receive.
Grace is a constant. We are the variable. The more constant our surrender the more grace-filled we become.”

 

MERCURY’s Moves, and Dance with other Planets during its core retro phase in March

(MERCURY’s been in PI already since Feb 10, and until Apr 16 – see the blog post here)

Image Credit: Pexels 

 

MARCH 1
MERCURY in PI goes into pre-retro ‘storm’.
Take it easy on ‘plans’.
Get ready for synchronicities and synch’ with the flow & dance of life.


First days of MARCH
MERCURY at the very end of PI almost meets CHIRON which will be just barely over on the ARIES side of the ‘Emergence Point’.
Speaking authentically from the Heart and Soul (maybe in a way you wouldn’t otherwise?) is Healing for All.

 

Then, on MARCH 5
MERCURY (at 29°39′ PI) goes retro, until MARCH 28 (back to 16°06′ PI).
Be ultra fluid, and definitely don’t believe everything you think (are these even your thoughts?).


MARCH 14
MERCURY retro meets the SUN –
Half-way point of the M-r Journey = ‘Day of Enlightening Insight’

 

Mid-MARCH 
MERCURY retro in PI squares JUPITER in SAG (exact March 15), and sextiles PLUTO in CAP (exact March 16)
On an inter-personal level: Avoid ‘fishy’ dynamics that can lead to unnecessary over-extension, waste of time and energy, or overwhelm and exhaustion.
Let Spirit be your counsel, and speak through you.
Allow things to be fluid and easy, offer and receive messages-as-gifts, tap into abundance mode, rather than feeling overwhelmed. Allow the Heart direction & connections to unfold.


MARCH 20 – 24
At the end of its M-r Journey, in slow turnaround mode back in mid-PI, MERCURY will be in sextile with SATURN in CAP (exact on March 20), and connect with NEPTUNE (exact on March 24). Both alignments are in effect over the second half of March.
How can you be in the World, yet not of the World, and let Form and Formlessness, Being Rooted and Letting Go be reconciled?
A natural Super Oceanic Retreat (maybe time for an ‘actual’ retreat)
 & Clearing Energy…


Blessings for this sublime PISCEAN Time!

 

P.S. what a striking pattern for MERCURY’s triple connections with FOUR other Planetary Archetypes, while in PISCES (mid-Feb to mid-April):

  • Triple conjunction with NEPTUNE in PI:
    Feb 18 (M pre-retro), March 24 (M-r), Apr 2 (M post-r)
  • Triple sextile to SATURN in CAP:
    Feb 19 (M pre-r), March 20 (M-r), Apr 7 (M post-r)
  • Triple square to JUPITER in SAG:
    Feb 22 (M pre-r), March 15 (M-r), Apr 11 (M post-r)
  • Triple sextile to PLUTO in CAP:
    Feb 23 (M pre-r), March 16 (M-r), Apr 10 (M post-r).

There’s obviously, yet mysteriously a process in the making for our mind (MERCURY) and how it relates to the themes of these other Archetypes, within us and in the ‘outside world’ –

NEPTUNE – Connectedness of All, Oneness
SATURN – Authority, Teachings, Responsibilities
JUPITER – Abundance, Opportunities, Happiness
PLUTO – Power to Change, Soul Evolution

Let’s see what that presents itself as…

The process has already started in the MERCURY connections during the pre-retro phase.
Things will look different during and after M-r.


Possibly from (pre-retro) being caught in the ‘net’ of mental-emotional energy waves – to be seen for what they are: Waves of Energy that come and go – like information on social media streaming by, or clouds passing by….

 

That’s my short version take on this upcoming MERCURY Retro.
If you’d like to dig deeper, and go with the full menu, keep on reading:

 

Neptune Rules Pisces
Painting by Johfra Bosschart

 

What’s Special about this MERCURY Retro in PISCES?

The PISCES motto (ruled by NEPTUNE – which has been in PI since 2012 – until 2026) motto is: “All is ONE.”

PISCES is the energy before Spring Equinox where Winter and the old Zodiac cycle are ‘washing away’ and ‘dissolving’, so that a fresh cycle can start. Symbolically, it’s the energy of everything coming together in a ‘grand finale’ where endings and surrender makes space for the new.

Shadow expressions of PISCES which may come out via the mind now, with MERCURY retro in PI – to be met with pure SoUlar Consciousness:
Overwhelm, confusion, co-dependency, addictions. Yes, it ‘all comes together’ in these phenomena too but in a way where we don’t let go… or we might feel like the victim (and bonded as such).

The ‘job’ of MERCURY retro in PISCES is to catch the mind getting carried away with delusions, or illusions it ‘sells us’ as ‘the real thing’. PISCES can be excellent at camouflaging, masking, pretending.  Synchronistically, this M-r ‘Storm’ starts right at the Carnival weekend, and M-r starts on Mardi Gras!

As ‘usual’, M-r RE-attunes the ego driven mind (which tells us there’s ‘never get enough connection’) to be the assistant and tool to Spirit and the Heart (which is intrinsically fulfilled).
Being aware of the mental tricks is the first step into true Oneness (PISCES).

 

Yes, this M-r going from the ‘Emergence’ / PI-to-AR back to mid-PI (29°39′ back to 16°06′) area of the Zodiac affects whatever you have positioned mid- to late PI (SUN, MOON, Planets, Nodes, AC / MC), and it shows up in the area of life related to the PI House/s in your chart bringing these sides to your awareness – to RE-attune.

At this time, we tend to think, write, and discuss, and commune more than otherwise  about themes like:
Connections and connectedness. What / whom we’re missing – yet who’s / what’s always IN us anyway. What ‘s fleeting and lost and what cannot really go away. Music, arts, media, dance, drugs, the climate…

New (or: old, buried) ideas can spring forth if you allow the mind to wander and re-consider what you lost track of, or talk with people you wouldn’t ‘usually’, or haven’t in a while.

When in doubt about the area of life M-r can help you get a new picture for, or you could use a conscious and intentional boost get in touch with me.
This could be a good time to (RE)visit in a perhaps M-r focused Astro session ‘hidden treasure’ themes in your life that want to come to the Light.

 

7-Phase Sequence of the MERCURY Retro Timeline 

  1. Pre-retro shadow – started Feb 20. Mercury in the Epimethean phase.
  2. Pre-retro stationary / ‘storm’ – starts March 1.
  3. Mercury technically retro – from March 5 on.
  4. Mercury meets half-way in retro the SUN – a ‘New Mercury’ is born, a.k.a. ‘Point of Enlightening Insight’ – on March 14 – Promethean phase starts.
  5. Mercury direct again – on March 28.
  6. Post-retro stationary / ‘storm’ ends – on Apr 6.
  7. Post-retro shadow – until Apr 17.

The first half of M-r (phases 1. – 4.) is the Epimethean phase, RE-minding us of ‘old stories’ – which doesn’t have to be a ‘bad thing’ to overcome, it can be an important RE-flection inducer ;-).
And, as always, we learn so much from history / herstory.

The second half of M-r (phases 4. – 8.) is the Promethean phase – where the new insights and connection with Spirit and Consciousness lead to new inspired direction – a very auspicious time.

 

MERCURY went into so-called pre-retro ‘shadow’ on Feb 20 (it passed for the first time the Zodiac point (16° PISCES) from which it will after the retro phase go direct / forward again on March 28).
Noticing ‘foreshadowing’ themes since then of what might come up during M-r?

A good time to be fluid as quicksilver, RE-sponsive to higher intelligence, and to trust the ‘messenger from the future’, via intuition and precognition.
Perhaps you’re already having clarifying heartfelt communication and contemplation around ‘neglected’ PISCES related themes (connection, surrender, addictions, overwhelm, feeling lost, disoriented, messed-up, giving up, letting go…
).

 

MERCURY Retro in the Starters

Today March 1,
MERCURY enters its stationary ‘storm’ period (moves very slowly), i.o.w., starts to go into ‘U-turn’ mode.

A time to also slow down the regular fast and busy mind that likes to multi talk / task.
‘Regular’ communication affairs might start to become ‘tricky’, ‘chaotic’, ‘complicated’ and ‘messed up’, but only from the perspective of the ego that likes to seize control via the mind.

MERCURY in ‘zigzag mode’ suggests being in flux and at ease, while swiftly and swimmingly / surfingly, changing course (PISCES can do that!) as necessary. Ironically, it can lead to a more auspicious outcome than the ‘on dead-end course’ that the mind assumed is ‘the way’.

 

7-Circle Classical Labyrinth by Helen Rowlands – reminds me of a brain

In the actual RETRO PHASE March 5 – 28,
the mind is geared to turn inward-backward and moves may be paradoxical, like in a labyrinth.

As always, the MERCURY retro cycle starts with the ‘Epimethean’ phase (first half – until March 14) where old (epic) stories, memories, and patterns show up for REasons yet unknown, REvealing themselves in the journey.

With the PISCES energy of M-r, it’s good to stay in a joyful, fun mode, invite unexpected insights, a world of synchronicities, look at things again, in a fresh way, and: get retro-actively inspired (by the past, by something overlooked).

 

At the half-way point of the M-r phase (March 14 this time), MERCURY crosses paths with the SUN:
A new ‘New MERCURY’ (like a New Moon in the monthly SUN – MOON conjunction) is born – which happens 3 times a year.
It’s time to REgenerate the mind (MERCURY), become more conscious, follow Spirit and the Heart (SUN).
It is also called the ‘Point of Enlightened Insight’.

The second half of M-r (March 14 – 28!) is the ‘Promethean’ phase, where new insights and new Consciousness can be more easily creatively carried forward.

 

Here’s to a bright, liberating energy for break-throughs into more Freedom – from mental patterns, for a whole new way of showing up and being present with what IS, and simply: Freedom (beyond from and for)!

Check out what’s new and exciting!
And how YOU are NEW in every moment!

 

Prometheus surrounded by the Ring of the Zodiac – Rockefeller Ctre, NYC

 

Timeless and Timely MERCURY Retro REminders

Under M-r., ‘usual’ thinking and communication patterns are being questioned, and it appears at times as if there was a trickster / little devil at play.
Actually, we have a chance now to see the inner mental trickster that’s been there all along, camouflaging and going unnoticed.
The challenge is not to get frustrated when things don’t turn out the way YOU thought they ’should’, according to the ego.

During M-r, experiment with, practice, and hopefully also integrate for later going with the flow of things in an intuitive way, and taking everything as a learning experience (so M-r in PISCES also).
That might mean changing your mind when you get the impulse / signal / intuition for an alternative course, being open to and curious about ‘detours’ that might lead to unexpected turns, and making unusual connections, rather than going with comfort, routine, and habit.

Rather than getting wrapped up with linear, habitual, and often self-limiting ways of dealing with information and communication channels and modes, an ‘unorthodox’ approach can open you up for serendipity, synchronicities, and lots of fun.

 

Here’s an apt image / mantra apropos M-r in PISCES

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.” (Jon Kabat-Zinn)

 

Another REminder for MERCURY connecting with NEPTUNE in PI:
What and how we think (MERCURY) changes our vibration and how we see and respond to our environment. We continuously project our beliefs and expectations onto the ‘outside’ world, and filter the information that comes in with our bias. Our mind is like a net in that sense…
Time to open up to the vastness that IS.
The mind is actually just energy – influenced by, and interweb’ed with the ‘environment’ – which in a deeper sense is a projection, while there’s just the ONE.
Time to tune into this deeper…

 

On a more ‘practical’ level, in a PISCEAN way let’s ask ourselves (M-r):
“How can I get out of the busy mind now, and shift my focus to Openness, Love and Compassion?”
The guidance reveals itself with the question…

Let’s stay as mobile (like quicksilver, the MERCURY metal), adaptable, and unattached to ‘plans’ / agenda as possible,to be able to surf Mercurial waves when the wind comes up.
MERCURY is a very light, youthful, fresh, fun-loving punster and Coyote / prankster energy.
It looks at the fun and also meaningful side of unusual twists and turns, and even likes to facilitate those. Aligning with that mode makes us happier and more at ease (PISCEAN) – not only – these days. 

Bring on these spontaneous twists, unintentional new-found puns, and fun realizations!
While being
 mindfully present and clear.

When it comes to committing to something long-term consider that it might not be ready to be definite yet. Yet you can make a choice to be in a vibration that attracts the perfect match that you easily recognize and connect with.
Give yourself time. During M-r always new information streams in which can alter our outlook on things. Often, after the M-r phase we have more information that gives a different picture, based upon which a choice makes most sense.

If we did commit prematurely and aren’t flexible to back off again easily, we might say, “Oh, if I only had known… I wouldn’t have changed course… and didn’t have to untangle complications.”

 

As always with MERCURY retro, clarify communication whenever possible:

  • Say things several times in a different way / language to make sure there’s no misunderstanding in a fast / distracted context.
  • Ask questions that intuitively come to mind (which might clarify an otherwise held assumption!).
  • Choose the most direct medium and tool available (meet and connect in person or at least via online video rather than over the phone, or email / message), which helps with a clearer and more holistic communication, because more ‘channels’ are involved and signals are conveyed in person rather than on the phone, or via mutual messaging / e-monologue. And who knows what else might come up and be addressed as you take the opportunity to actually meet and talk?

 

If you become mercurially frustrated, maybe it’s because you needed to learn something about the nature of the human mind and its extensions as in: technological equipment which now, more than usually, seem to have ‘a mind of their own’…
Consider that computers, phones, and tech gadgets are servants and tools, and that their efficiency also depends on the (hopefully relaxed and detached, savvy and inventive) mind of their ‘master’. You don’t want to become a stressed-out slave of coordination and communication.

It might also become apparent during M-r that our tools and pieces of technical equipment magically morphically mirror the mind WE are in, even ‘simply’ by breaking down and being ‘on strike’ when we humans need ‘a break’ anyway.

Give your tools and tasks proper mindful and single-minded attention, one at a time, instead of attempting to multi task and ‘efficiently’ orchestrate everything simultaneously.
The electromagnetic field of computers and the human mind dialogue in an interface.
To keep it all smoothly operational, don’t impose any potential extra stress onto your nervous system nor on your computer.

 

Notice signals showing you need to be relaxed and mindful, assume nothing, drop your (under M-r evident, otherwise hidden) expectations and assumptions.
Foremost, trust the infinite Intelligence of the Universe, ‘even’ as it might take you on wild and ‘crazy’ journeys that you apparently haven’t signed up for.

 

Under M-r talk to people from the past who come to mind and whom you haven’t heard from in a long time (or new people whom you have just met and intuitively ‘clicked with’).
M-r also tends to bring back unfinished communication business from the past, esp. from previous M-r phases (last one in Nov / early Dec 2018).

 

What happens quite often under M-r :
We receive / intuit a potentially interesting message for others that’s worth sharing and passing on – to whom it may concern (very PISCEAN), to be ‘randomly’ delivered / spread to others who need to hear that information and inspiration!
We’re prompted to connect two or more people with one another – because we can. Who knows where it leads?
So, keep collecting communication karma cookies, by being the messenger & connector (without an agenda)!

 

Gibbons at Play – 1427 Painting by Xuande Emperor(!)

Back to Basics & Buddhists:
Be mindful, and observe the phenomenon mind from a ‘meta’ level.
Like, by asking yourself:

Why am I really saying this?
Who’s the one thinking and talking here?

If we don’t do that ‘mental hygiene’ from time to time our subconscious disguised as M-r out tricks us, subconsciously ‘sabotaging’ our plans, and constellating circumstances that make us back off from our mental concept, and check what we’ve been doing with our brain – or rather, what the brain has been doing with us all along.

The Buddhists call the day-to-day mind that busies itself with all kinds of ‘chatting’ and inner stories, lists, and dialogues, the ‘Monkey Mind’ which, like a monkey, jumps from one tree (of interest and attachment) to the next, and is never quiet, unless we observe the movement, and thereby naturally calm it.

 

My Seasoned MERCURY Retro Tips & Seasonal Tool Kit 

 

The Thinker by Rodin (in front of the Rodin Museum in Paris)

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’re taking it easy on the pre-retro shadow phase (since Feb 20), rather than being ‘pulled into’ the wild ‘storm’ (from March 1 on), or (of course only apparent) stationary stuckness (can be either and both, in paradoxical trickster fashion).

 

2) Be mindful, and lead from what’s here-now. 

There’s a tendency for the mind to be distracted and all over the place (esp. with MERCURY in late = double PISCES, close to CHIRON), to loose and misplace things and thoughts that later have to be RE-trieved again.
Avoid getting scattered and disorganized, collect the mind ‘pieces’, be present with any situation and function ‘at hand’, and don’t loose sight of what practically works and matters. The apparent priority of urgent ‘little’ things and ‘small stuff’ can easily be a distraction and waste of energy.
Practice coming back to the Here-NOW.

 

3) Retro is an inwards / backwards oriented energy.

Would be a good time to RE-treat, and RE-visit meditation and mindfulness.
Also an excellent chance (if not necessity) to deal with ‘old unfinished business’, ‘loose ends’, and to clear communication themes from the past, often carried over from a previous M-r time (last one Nov / early Dec 2018).

 

4) Every M-r phase is a great time to actively pursue basically everything that starts with ‘RE-‘, esp. RE-sidual communication.

Like: re-assess, re-align, read, re-treat, re-pair, re-boot, re-group, re-consider, re-arrange, re-place, you name it…
One RE-ason for me pointing out all these RE-activities:
During M-r (which also has a karmic undertone), we less likely get away anymore with being sloppy, and with procrastinating or neglecting RE-sidual communication issues with people from the past. They come up like a mirror. Talk about what RE-ally matters, relax and connect, a la PISCES.

 

5) Choose the clearest and most direct mode of communication available.

Phone rather than messaging / email. Meet and connect in person rather than  via phone / text, to make sure an actual dialogue happens (rather than just your factual monologue, with the assumption you know what they think, or they know what you think).
Consider communicating in several ways and via different media, to make sure the message comes across. Keep in mind 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 actually a monologue: Are you just thinking out loud as you talk, or are you actually suggesting something to me?

 

6) Be mindful how you communicate with others.

Put yourself in their position, and take ownership and responsibility for your mental processes, rather than blaming and judging or feeling victimizes a la PISCES (possibly based on lack of communication).

 

7) Be clear and precise with commitments and agreements.

Double check whether you have been understood correctly, and RE-peat / RE-phrase back to them too. Avoid signing an agreement before you have all the necessary information (often only after MERCURY retro is over, or at least half-way, meeting the SUN = March 14!).

 

8) MERCURY Retro RE-minds us…

…that direct connection with another as an authentic and lively dialogue opens up the opportunity to meander and touch on other subjects than the originally intended purpose of the communication. Which can eventually lead to an even more important outcome or direction than anticipated. Check out in hindsight why you actually needed to talk to that person…

 

9) Under M-r, the odds for fabulous unexpected synchronicities are 99%:

As we act more intuitively and out of the ordinary, we let the spontaneous intervention of the Universe show us our interconnectedness! Way cool and fun! And soooo PISCEAN.

 

10) M-r is a good time to RE-connect with people you have lost sight of.

With the PISCES flavour, re-connect with people = and other Beings! – whom you easily, naturally connect with. In any case, trust your intuition, and let yourself be surprised by what shows up when you speak to them.

 

11) The themes and areas of life (partners, children, career, groups, etc.) that THIS retro phase brings up for YOU…
…depend on the Planet/s and House/s that M-r activates in YOUR personal birth chart, in other words where PISCES is situated.

I’m happy to check that out for and WITH you – either in a quick hint, or in a focused (or longer) session at this occasion if more is going on for you…

 

12) When ‘glitches’ occur, be fluid and flexible like quicksilver (MERCURY’s metal), think “shift happens”.

Don’t judge yourself or others for not being on the same page as you, and turn the paradigm around:
What could be the opportunity in this mishap? And what’s actually funny about this?
RE-frame your way of thinking about things. And entertain the possibility that you might have subconsciously ‘arranged’ a wild alternative to the original ‘plan A’ which – who knows? – might lead to something new and better and more fun than what the ‘normal’, ‘usual’, ‘regular’, and apparently most  ‘efficient’ mind-in-rut-mode 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) Enlightened Insights, anyone…?
The Day of Enlightened Insight – when M-r meets the SUN on the exact half-way point of the M-r phase is in this round on March 14!

 

15) If you would like to know…

  • Whether you are a member of the RETRO CLUB (born under MERCURY Retro, as yours truly),
  • In which area of Life the Retro Trickster would likely play tricks on / with you,
  • How to consciously, creatively, and mindfully play WITH the energy,

….feel welcome to get in touch with your Astrologer. 

 

 

Wishing us all a fluid surfing with MERCURY retro!

Mercur-elanie 😉

 

© 2019 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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Deep Inner Truth & Freedom – MERCURY Retro Nov 16 – Dec 6, on the ‘Phoenix Point’: Cosmic RE-lief & Seasonal Toolkit

10 Nov

Hello Astro Attuned Friend,

Woohoo!
JUPITER has Risen in SAG like a PHOENIX – just two days ago, on Nov 8, and we’re already seeing (moi, friends and clients have been sharing this) thus far ‘stuck’ / ‘in the dark’ things and ‘stories’ in a new, broader way, and freeing light.
Do you find that too?

 

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MERCURY crossed over the ‘Phoenix Point’ into SAG on Oct 30 – the day after its 1st meeting with JUPITER at the ‘tail end’ of SCO on Oct 29!

What’s the deeper Truth that can be seen and voiced now?
What’s the Magic and Mystery, yet also Mix-ups that are showing up now on your mental-and-beyond radar?
Lots of mercurial fluttering…

Both JUPITER (moved into SAG on Nov 8) and MERCURY sit on the ‘Phoenix Point’ this Fall!
Big Rising and REsurrecting Energy!

 

The MERCURial Messenger has already considerably slowed down as it reaches its next U-turn, into the upcoming retro phase from Nov 16 to Dec 6.

MERCURY will go back from SAG into SCO on Dec 1, and forward into SAG again in direct motion on Dec 12.

A triple PHOENIX (or shall I say: Butterfly Effect…) activation dance of MERCURY with JUPITER on the ‘PHOENIX Point’ – between Hallowe’en and Winter Solstice!

Looks calendar wise like this:

 
Oct 29:
MERCURY met JUPITER (# 1) on the ‘tail end’ of SCO.

Oct 30:
MERCURY direct crossed over the ‘Phoenix Point’ into SAG.

Nov 16:
MERCURY goes retro.

Nov 27:
The ‘New MERCURY’ in early SAG (after having passed the SUN half-way on its retro journey) meets JUPITER (# 2).

Dec 1:
MERCURY retro goes back over the ‘Phoenix Point’ into SCO.

Dec 6:
MERCURY goes direct again.

Dec 12:
MERCURY goes again over the ‘Phoenix Point’ into SAG.

Dec 21:
MERCURY in SAG meets JUPITER (# 3) – in the last hours of SAG – before Winter Solstice.

Now that’s a big (with JUPITER) and re-curring (triple / retro) theme of processing hidden thoughts, feelings, ‘secrets’, information, and bringing their messages to the light.
I wouldn’t be surprised if big revealing news would come out on the world stage.


The U.S. mid term elections bringing a shift in the House of Representatives, and the refreshing election precedents of ‘minority’ representatives and more women, reflecting:
Who used to be repressed comes to power in these transformational times, where ‘systems’ are changing (South Node in on the  AQ – CAP cusp, with the SCO ruler PLUTO doing its transformational evolution in CAP).
Plus: we’re in VENUS retro now returning as the ‘Morning Star’, bringing in a New Dawn of the Feminine.
All so hopeful and inspiring (the MOON joined JUPITER in SAG on Nov 8)!

The Feminine and Forces of / on behalf of Mother Earth are a-Rising.

 

In our personal lives, the back-and-forth of MERCURY over the ‘Phoenix Point’ touching on JUPITER 3 times is a golden opportunity (JUPITER) to dig into hidden, subconscious, undigested mental (MERCURY) realms, perhaps journal about your deep and ‘uncomfortable’ emotions (SCO), and let the the process roll through to see where it wants to ‘rise’ (SAG). New understanding, and gratitude can come from it – and perhaps also inspiring stories.

Speaking from a processed place is also much freer, and more powerful.
What’s the deeper Truth that can be seen and voiced?
Where can you tune into trusting and freeing communication?
Where can the Journey go now?

 

Hermetic Staff of Healing AA Raphael

On ‘magical’ 11/11 MERCURY goes into pre-retro ‘storm’, and retro on Nov 16.

11/11 being connected to the angelic realms and a double digit master number also tells us (if you resonate) that slowly flying / hovering winged messengers might also be angelic ones who can be invoked. Blessings for the upcoming double-winged 11 / 11 date!

 

MERCURY’s Dance with other Planets 

MERCURY will have hardly any exact aspects to other Planets while in retro – looks like it’s not such a ‘tricky challenge’ this time, rather a welcome backtracking to the Heart-Mind.
A matter of attitude…

Unless – we get ‘entangled’ in the NEPTUNian net… because:

The one transit that ‘silently’ dominates the 1st half of M-r (will be almost exact on the day of MERCURY going retro, Nov 16 – just barely by a few minutes escaping exactitude, yet in effect from the start of the ‘storm’ on 11/11 until the ‘New Mercury’ on Nov 27):
Stationary MERCURY in mid-SAG is effectively in mutable square with stationary NEPTUNE (going out of retro on Nov 24) in mid-PISCES mid to end of Nov.


Being in a mental blahhh mode? Aimlessly drifting?
Having the weirdest yet very revealing dreams?

Tapping into mystery and serendipity as you surf the multi-D waves of interconnectedness…?
Let the interdimensional messenger retrieve messages in a bottle washed up from your personal or the collective unconscious!
And: Learn Surfing. Ride the Waves.
More about that below… 😉

On Nov 26, MERCURY retro in SAG goes into exact square with MARS, by then also in PISCES.
Don’t get Thanksgiving wise / pre-Christmassy overwhelmed 🙂
Maybe you do need an escape though – pourquoi pas?
Where’s the pool, or better yet: the beach?

Already one day later, the ‘New MERCURY’ on Nov 27 will be an amazing trio alignment of MERCURY / SUN / JUPITER, all in early SAG!
Cultivating Trust, Gratitude, Generosity, Heart-Knowing (that can’t be argued with), Intuition, and Fun.

From that time on, it looks like a fun ride with the ‘New MERCURY’:

Dec 1 – 12
MERCURY goes back over the ‘Phoenix Point’ into SCO.
Taking the ‘Why’ and the Heart into a place where the Mind can transform and regenerate.
Call it Mental Spa.

Dec 2 / 3
MERCURY retro in SCO goes into quincunx with URANUS retro in AR, and into Water Trine with CHIRON retro / stat in PI.
Letting the mind ‘ferment’ while trying on a new YOU.
Healing and releasing of stuck energy in the mind to connect, allow, and receive.

On Dec 6
…MERCURY goes direct again in late SCO.
After this free cosmic ‘psychology study course’ we know the Mind and it’s tricks better.
Freedom comes from it – esp. as MERCURY goes once more over the ‘Phoenix Point’ on Dec 12 – to ride & fly through SAG until Jan 5.

 

That’s the short version of this MERCURY Retro story.
If you want to dig deeper, and go with the full menu, keep on reading:

 

Going with MERCURY retro…

Technology, traffic / transport and communication glitches (or surprises!) sneaking in again lately?
No way? Are you telling me…..?
YEP, the inevitable is happening again:

Mercury doing its retro somersaults again…

Another MERCURY Retro phase is coming UP, and already gearing UP!
In SAG – SCO (over the ‘Phoenix Point’) this time (from 13°29′ SAG back to 27°16′ SCO), from Nov 16 – Dec 6.

Wow, this M-r starts just 1° off the U.S. Ascendant (which is at 12°12′ SAG)! –
I bet there’ll be effects for the States – quite possibly relating to re-opening investigations (SCO) if new information comes out that changes the picture (M-r in SAG).

M-r happens in the same Element for one year, in 2018 (mostly) in FIRE.
The last phase was all in LEO (July 25 – Aug 18).

The Element sequence goes backward in the Zodiac, and 2019 M-r will be in the WATER signs PI, CAN and SCO.

Those of you who’ve read my MERCURY retro support REport (or even advocacy) over the years know:
M-r isn’t necessarily ‘BAD’ news.
And hey – perhaps an overdue and cosmically well timed adjustment!

In a nutshell, with M-r, the Archetype of the MIND is being adjusted, while temporarily operating differently / ‘unusually’, and tuned-up into a ‘New MERCURY’ (hey, what’s that???).


Have you noticed?
We’re already in the build-up (or rather: slow-down) phase!
Our good old messenger / trickster friend MERCURY has since Oct 29 been in the pre-retro ‘shadow’
(i.o.w., crossed the 27° SCO mark from which it will go direct again on Dec 6).

From 11 / 11 on, MERCURY will be in stationary (very slowly moving) ‘U-turn storm’. 

Next week, on Nov 16, MERCURY will start its seasonal retro loop which goes technically until Dec 6 (yep, before the Christmas ‘rush’ yet over U.S. Thanksgiving), and rolls out completely until Christmas.
Take it easy on a busy Holiday back and fro, overspending and over-extending (SAG), and on getting wrapped up in planning ‘loops’ that are directed by mental overdrive. It’s a good time to go on a RE-treat and regeneration, a la SAG – SCO.

 

As MERCURY goes retro in SAG the energy turns inward-backward to RE-connect with and from the Heart – rather than ‘shooting ego arrows’ of righteousness and propaganda…

Everything SAG – SCO is brought to conscious awareness, to be questioned, so that instead of the mind running the show it can go on the back seat again:

  • Don’t believe everything you think.
  • …never mind all the propaganda and manipulation out there…
  • A great time to check in, re: hidden (SCO) agenda (SAG) that might have been overlooked or not deeply enough addressed (our own and publicly).
  • Be mindful of expectations and assumptions – theirs and yours.
  • Certain discussions (or self talk) turn easily dogmatic where inspiration and heart connection are absent?: Do you want to be right or do you want to be happy?
  • Be open to find / be found by ‘hidden treasures’ – perhaps quite magically so, under this M-r.
  • Trust your visceral gut sense (SCO) and intuition (SAG). 
  • What’s the deep(er) Heart Truth about what you ‘thought you know’?

 

M-r in SAG is great to re-connect with Inner Wisdom, Guidance from within, and Self Understanding.

Here’s a beautiful very apt quote (not only) for this M-r mostly in SAG, by Ann Mortifee’s (from her book In Love With the Mystery) that found me ‘randomly’ this morning:

“LISTEN FOR THE GUIDANCE
The world speaks to us in signs and signals. The guidance may come through the words of a friend, an event, a hunch, a dream or in some other way. It is our inner Self that must interpret the information that comes. Often we take our cues from the external world without enough inner reflection. Go inward. Find the center. Feel the truth vibrating there. Listen for the guidance that always comes.”

 

What’s Special about this MERCURY Retro in SAG – SCO?

The SAG motto (ruled by JUPITER – which just entered SAG on Nov 8) motto is: “I trust.”

SAG is the energy before Winter Solstice where we cultivate Trust in the Light returning… by lighting candles, celebrating, raising cheer, telling stories, giving gifts…

SAG is not only the energy of Santa (yep, that perhaps too in pop culture) but more timelessly, of the Benevolent Overseer, Happy & Jolly, Generous Giving & Living, Forever Young and Always Free Wheeling Nomad and World Traveler, Pilgrim, Gypsy, Visionary, Priest/ess, Philosopher-Teacher, Inspiring and Wise Story Teller, Truth Sayer, Wanderer and Wonder-er.

Shadow expressions of SAG (coming out of and going back into SCO with MERCURY allows us to see those more clearly):
Righteous Preacher, Gambler, too-good-to-be-true Salesman / Politician, Manipulation of Truth to fit one’s Belief and Agenda, ‘My Way IS the High Way!’, Listen to me! Indoctrination and Inquisition, Wastefulness a la ‘more is better’ (yet never satisfying).

 

The ‘job’ of MERCURY retro mostly in SAG and back into late SCO is to catch the mind taking over and getting carried away with what it ‘sells us’ as ‘the truth’. Deeper digging (SCO) is indicated,  helpful, and perhaps surprisingly readily available – ‘as if’ Angels (with a good sense of humour…) were on our side.

As ‘usual’, M-r adjusts the ego driven mind to be the assistant and tool to Spirit and the Heart.
To be aware is the first step into true Freedom.

 

‘Winged Messenger’ Phoenix

Yes, this M-r in the ‘Phoenix’ area of the Zodiac affects whatever you have end-of-SCO to mid-SAG (SUN, MOON, Planets, Nodes, AC / MC), and it shows up in the area of life related to the SCO – SAG House/s in your chart bringing these sides to your awareness.

At this time, we tend to think, write, and discuss more than otherwise  about themes like:
Transformation, deep wisdom, heart warming stories, what can change your life into more fun, freedom, and abundance?

New (or: old, buried) ideas can spring forth if you allow the mind to wander and re-consider what you lost track of, or talk with people you wouldn’t ‘usually’, or haven’t in a while.

When in doubt about the area of life M-r can help you get a new picture for, or you could use a conscious and intentional boost get in touch with me.
This could be a good time to (RE)visit in a perhaps M-r focused Astro session ‘hidden treasure’ themes in your life that want to come to the Light.

 

7-Phase Sequence and MERCURY Retro Timeline 

  1. Pre-retro shadow – started Nov 29. Mercury in the Epimethean phase.
  2. Pre-retro stationary / ‘storm’ – starts Nov 11.
  3. Mercury technically retro – from Nov 16 on.
  4. Mercury meets half-way in retro the SUN – a ‘New Mercury’ is born, a.k.a. ‘Point of Enlightening Insight’ – on Nov 27 – Promethean phase starts.
  5. Mercury direct again – on Dec 6.
  6. Post-retro stationary / ‘storm’ ends – on Dec 11.
  7. Post-retro shadow – until Dec 25.

 

The first half of M-r (1. – 4.) is the Epimethean phase, RE-minding us of ‘old stories’ – which doesn’t have to be a ‘bad thing’ to overcome, it can be an important reflection inducer ;-).
And, as always, we learn so much from history / herstory.

The second half of M-r (4. – 8.) is the Promethean phase – where the new insights and connection with Spirit and Consciousness lead to new inspired direction – a very auspicious time.

MERCURY went into so-called pre-retro ‘shadow’ on Oct 29 (it passed for the first time the Zodiac point (27° SCO) from which it will after the retro phase go direct / forward again on Dec 6).
Noticing ‘foreshadowing’ themes of what might come up during M-r?

A good time to be fluid as quicksilver, responsive to higher intelligence, and trust the ‘messenger from the future’, via intuition and precognition.
Perhaps you’re already having clarifying heartfelt communication and contemplation around ‘neglected’ SAG related themes (Heart-Truth, Inspiration, Fun, Journeys, yet also Politics, and overall Direction
).

 

MERCURY Retro in the Starters

On 11/11, MERCURY enters its stationary ‘storm’ period (moves very slowly), a.k.a. goes into ‘U-turn’ mode.

A time to also slow down the regular fast and busy mind that likes to multi talk / task.
‘Regular’ communication affairs might start to become ‘tricky’, ‘chaotic’, ‘complicated’ and ‘messed up’, but only from the perspective of the ego seizing control via the mind.

MERCURY in zigzag mode suggests being in flux and at ease, while swiftly and intelligently changing course (SAG can do that!) when necessary. Ironically, it can lead to a better outcome than the ‘on dead-end course’ that the mind assumed is ‘the way’.

 

In the actual retro phase (Nov 16 – Dec 6) the mind is geared to turn inward-backward, and out of its confines, like a snake biting its own tail to shed its skin (drastic Scorpionic metaphor).

As always, the MERCURY retro cycle starts with the ‘Epimethean’ phase (first half – until Nov 27) where old (epic) stories, memories, and patterns show up for REasons yet unknown, REvealing themselves in the journey.

With the SAG energy of the initial M-r, it’s good to stay in a joyful, fun mode, invite unexpected insights, a world of synchronicities, look at things again, in a fresh way, and: get retro-actively inspired (by the past, by something overlooked).

 

Liberating ‘Golden Boy’ Prometheus surrounded by the Zodiac Belt (Rockefeller Centre NYC). 

 

At the half-way point of the M-r phase (Nov 27 this time), MERCURY crosses paths with the SUN:
A new ‘New MERCURY’ is born (like New Moon as in: monthly SUN – MOON conjunction) – which happens 3 times a year.

It’s time to REgenerate the mind (MERCURY), become more conscious, follow Spirit and the Heart (SUN).
It is also called the ‘Point of Enlightened Insight’.

Here’s to a  bright, liberating energy for break-throughs into more freedom – from mental patterns, and for a whole new way of showing up and being present with what IS.

Check out what’s new and exciting!
And how YOU are NEW in every moment!

The second half of M-r (Nov 27 – Dec 6) is the ‘Promethean’ phase, where new insights and new consciousness can be creatively carried forward.

 

Timeless and Timely MERCURY Retro REminders

Under M-r., ‘usual’ thinking and communication patterns are being questioned, and it appears at times as if there was a little devil at play. Actually, we have a chance now to see the inner mental trickster that’s been there all along, camouflaging and going unnoticed,
The challenge is not to get frustrated when things don’t turn out the way YOU thought they ’should’, according to a preconceived ego trajectory (SAG).
During M-r, experiment with, practice, and hopefully also integrate for later going with the flow of things in an intuitive way, and taking everything as a learning experience.
That also means changing your mind when you get the impulse / signal / intuition for an alternative course, being open to and curious about ‘detours’ that might lead to unexpected turns, and making unusual connections, rather than going with comfort, routine, and habit. 


Rather than getting wrapped up with linear, habitual, and often self-limiting ways of dealing with information and communication channels and modes, an alternative approach can open you up for serendipity, synchronicities, and lots of fun.

 

Here’s an apt image / mantra apropos stationary M-r in almost exact square with stationary NEPTUNE in mid-PISCES and with MARS in mid-PISCES mid-to end Nov:

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn

 

Another REminder for MERCURY going retro in SAG, in square with NEPTUNE in PI:
What we believe (SAG) changes how we see and respond to our environment. We continuously project our beliefs and expectations onto the ‘outside’ world, and filter the information that comes in with our belief bias. Time to open up to the vastness.
And how about this: The mind is actually just energy – influenced by, and interweb’ed with the ‘environment’ – which in a deeper sense is a projection (SAG), and there’s just the ONE.
 Time to explore this deeper…

 

As a daily mercurial re-focusing practice, let’s ask ourselves (M-r):
“How can I get out of the busy mind now, and shift my focus to Love and Compassion?”
The guidance reveals itself with the question…

Let’s stay as mobile (like quicksilver, the MERCURY metal), adaptable, and unplanned as possible, so that you’re able to surf Mercurial waves when the wind comes up.
MERCURY is a very light, youthful, fresh, fun-loving punster and Coyote / prankster energy.
It looks at the fun and also meaningful side of unusual twists and turns, and even likes to facilitate those. Aligning with that mode makes us happier these days. SAG approves.

Bring on these spontaneous twists, unintentional new found puns, and fun realizations! While being mindfully present and clear.

When it comes to making a decision and committing to something long-term consider that it might not be ready to be definite yet.
D
uring M-r always new information streams in which can alter our outlook on things. Often, after the M-r phase we have more information that gives a different picture, based upon which a decision makes more sense.
If we did decide prematurely and aren’t flexible to back off again, we might say, “Oh, if I only had known…I wouldn’t have decided…” And then you might have to untangle certain complications.

 

As always with MERCURY retro, clarify communication whenever possible:

  • Say things several times in a different way / language to make sure there’s no misunderstanding in a fast / distracted context.
  • Ask questions that intuitively come to mind (which might clarify an otherwise held assumption!).
  • Choose the most direct medium and tool available (in person rather than over the phone, and phone rather than email), which helps with a clearer and more holistic communication, because more ‘channels’ are involved and signals are conveyed in person rather than on the phone, or via mutual messaging / e-monologue. And who knows what else might come up and be addressed as you take the opportunity to actually TALK?

 

If you become mercurially frustrated, maybe it’s because you needed to learn something about the nature of human mind and its extensions as in: technological equipment which now, more than usually, seem to have ‘a mind of their own’…
Consider that computers, phones, and tech gadgets are servants and tools, and that their efficiency also depends on the (hopefully relaxed and detached, savvy and inventive) mind of their ‘master’. You don’t want to become a stressed-out slave of coordination and communication.

It might also become apparent during M-r that our tools and pieces of technical equipment magically morphically mirror the mind WE are in, even ‘simply’ by breaking down and being ‘on strike’ when we humans need ‘a break’ anyway.
Give your tools and tasks proper mindful and single-minded attention, one at a time, instead of attempting to multi task and ‘efficiently’ orchestrate everything simultaneously.
The electromagnetic field of computers and the human mind dialogue in an interface.
To keep it all smoothly operational, don’t impose any potential extra stress onto your nervous system nor on your computer.

 

Be aware of signals showing you you need to be relaxed and mindful, assume nothing, drop your (under M-r evident, otherwise hidden) expectations and assumptions (SAG).
Foremost, trust the infinite intelligence of the Universe, ‘even’ as it might take you on wild and ‘crazy’ journeys that you apparently haven’t signed up for.

 

Under M-r talk to people from the past who come to mind and whom you haven’t heard from in a long time (or new people whom you have just met and intuitively ‘clicked with’).

M-r also tends to bring back unfinished communication business from the past, esp. from previous M-r phases (last one in July / Aug 2018).

What happens quite often under M-r (and is also very SAG): We receive a potentially interesting message for others that’s worth passing on – to whom it may concern, to be delivered to someone else who needs that information and inspiration! Or to connect two or more people with one another – because we can. Who knows where it leads?
So, keep collecting communication karma cookies, by being the messenger (without an agenda)!

 

Gibbons at Play Painting by Xuande Emperor, 1427(!)

Back to Basics & Buddhists:
Be mindful, and observe the phenomenon mind from a ‘meta’ level.
Like, by asking yourself:
Why am I really saying this?
Who’s the one thinking and talking here?

If we don’t do that ‘mental hygiene’ from time to time our subconscious disguised as M-r out tricks us, subconsciously ‘sabotaging’ our plans, and constellating circumstances that make us back off from our mental concept, and check what we’ve been doing with our brain – or rather, what the brain has been doing with us all along.

The Buddhists call the day-to-day mind that busies itself with all kinds of ‘chatting’ and inner stories, lists, and dialogues, the ‘Monkey Mind’ which, like a monkey, jumps from one tree (of interest and attachment) to the next, and is never quiet, unless we observe the movement, and thereby naturally calm it.

The Thinker, by Rodin (in front of the Rodin Museum in Paris)

Any MERCURY retro, and esp. this one in SAG – SCO squaring NEPTUNE in Nov can prompt us to to get out of the head, check in to see who’s that thinker, tap into pure awareness, and SEE WHAT IS.

M-r is an excellent opportunity to be mindful (rather than having our mind too full), to assume or return to a meditation practice (or even ‘just’ experiment with it), and thereby shift our paradigm about the nature of mind.

 

My Seasoned Mercury Retro Tips & Seasonal Tool Kit 

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’re taking the pre-retro shadow phase easy, rather than being ‘hit’ by the wild ‘storm’, or stationary stuckness (can be either and both, in paradoxical trickster fashion)..

2) Be mindful, and lead from what’s here-now. 

There’s a tendency for the mind to be distracted and all over the place (esp. with MERCURY stationary-to-retro in SAG square NEPTUNE retro-to-direct in PI active most of Nov, strongest mid-Nov), to loose and misplace things and thoughts that later have to be RE-trieved again.
Avoid getting scattered and disorganized, collect the mind ‘pieces’, be present with any situation and function ‘at hand’, and don’t loose sight of what practically works and matters. The apparent priority of urgent ‘little’ things and ‘small stuff’ can easily be a distraction and waste of energy.

Practice coming back to the here-now.

3) Retro is an inwards / backwards oriented energy.

Would be a good time to RE-treat, and RE-visit meditation and mindfulness.
Also an excellent chance (if not necessity) to deal with ‘old unfinished business’, ‘loose ends’, and to clear communication themes from the past, often carried over from a previous M-r time (last one in July / Aug).

4) Every M-r phase is a great time to actively pursue basically everything that starts with ‘RE-‘.

Like: re-assess, re-align, read, re-treat, re-pair, re-boot, re-group, re-consider, re-arrange, re-place, you name it…
The RE-ason for me pointing out all these RE-activities:
During M-r (which also has a karmic undertone), we less likely get away anymore with being sloppy, and with procrastinating or neglecting RE-sidual communication issues with people from the past. They come up like a mirror. Talk about what RE-ally matters – in an inspiring, generous, and fun way – SAG approves..

5) Choose the clearest and most direct mode of communication available.

Phone rather than messaging / email (YES!), meeting in person rather than phone / text, to make sure an actual dialogue happens (rather than just your factual monologue, with the assumption you know what they think, or they know what you think).
Consider communicating in several ways and via different media, to make sure the message comes across. Keep in mind 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 actually a monologue: Are you just thinking out loud as you talk, or are you actually suggesting something to me?

6) Be mindful how you communicate with others.

Put yourself in their position, and take ownership and responsibility for your mental processes, rather than blaming and judging (possibly based on lack of communication).

7) Be clear and precise with commitments and agreements.

Double check whether you have been understood correctly, and RE-peat / RE-phrase back to them too. Avoid signing an agreement before you have all the necessary information (often only after MERCURY retro is over!).

8) Mercury Retro RE-minds us…

…that direct connection with another as an authentic and lively dialogue opens up the opportunity to meander and touch on other subjects than the originally intended purpose of the communication. Which can eventually lead to an even more important outcome or direction than anticipated. Check out in hindsight why you actually needed to talk to that person…

9) Under M-r, the odds for fabulous unexpected synchronicities are 99%:

As we act more intuitively and out of the ordinary, we let the spontaneous intervention of the Universe show us our interconnectedness! Way cool and fun! 

10) M-r is a good time to RE-connect with people you have lost sight of.

With the SAG flavour, re-connect with people from foreign cultures, and who can inspire you. In any case, trust your intuition, and let yourself be surprised by what shows up when you speak to them.

11) The themes and areas of life (partners, children, career, groups, etc.) that THIS retro phase brings up for YOU…
…depend on the Planet/s and House/s that M-r activates in YOUR personal birth chart, in other words where SCO – SAG is situated. Happy to check that out for and WITH you – either in a quick hint, or in a focused (or longer) session at this occasion.

12) When ‘glitches’ occur, be fluid and flexible like quicksilver (MERCURY’s metal), think “shift happens”.

Don’t judge yourself or others for not being on the same page as you, and turn the paradigm around:
What could be the opportunity in this mishap? And what’s actually funny about this?
RE-frame your way of thinking about things. And entertain the possibility that you might have subconsciously ‘arranged’ a wild alternative to the original ‘plan A’ which – who knows? – might lead to something new and better and more fun than what the ‘normal’, ‘usual’, ‘regular’, and apparently most  ‘efficient’ mind-in-rut-mode 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) Enlightened Insights, anyone…?
The Day of Enlightened Insight – when M-r meets the SUN on the exact half-way point of the M-r phase is on Nov 27 this year!

 

15) If you would like to know…

  • Whether you are a member of the RETRO CLUB (born under MERCURY Retro, as yours truly),
  • In which part of life the Retro Trickster would likely play tricks on / with you,
  • How to consciously, creatively, and mindfully play WITH the energy,

….feel welcome to get in touch with your Astrologer. 

 

Wishing us all an inspired ride with MERCURY retro!

Mercur-elanie 😉

 

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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LIBRA – ARIES Easter Full Moon with ERIS / URANUS, and MARS / SATURN: Liberation and Peace in a Polarized World

30 Mar

Dear Astro~News Readers!

Let’s welcome the LIBRA – ARIES Full Moon!

Not only as the March Blue Moon (second one, after March 1), and First Full Moon in Spring, heralding Easter the day after (yes, Easter is a lunar calendar festival, celebrated on the Sunday after the first Spring Full Moon)!
But also, since it brings lots of liberating shifts!

 

Young Hare, by Albrecht Duerer (original at Albertina, Vienna)

 

Surprise – surprise!
An unexpected Archetype’s ‘on board’ of the ARIES activation this month:

Not only URANUS but also ERIS (presently at 23°16’ AR) will be catalyzed by the LI – AR Full Moon (March 31) and by the New Moon in ARIES (Apr 15)!

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Eris – Antikensammlung Berlin

A befriended Astro client asked me a few days ago what my take on Eris, Sedna, and other seldomly looked-at and newly discovered Astro Archetypes is.
Which made me realize: 

It’s ERIS season again (yep, not just ARIES season). And, even more so: ERIS has been actually (perhaps overlooked but very effectively) operating for a while in ‘tandem’ with URANUS in ARIES.
Both just come out of that crazy 2 – 3 year alliance mirrored in world events.

Who / what / which Archetype is ERIS, and how does it show up now personally and societally?

ERIS, the most massive and second-largest dwarf planet known in the Solar System, was only discovered in 2005 (one of the reasons why PLUTO was demoted of its Planet status in 2006!), has an eccentric 561(!) year orbit around the SUN (more than twice as long as PLUTO), and has been almost the whole 20th and beginning of the 21st century in ARIES!

Even if you have ‘nothing in ARIES’ you do: ERIS (that’s another – personal – story, showing how you respond to / with that Archetype!)

The unevolved role of the ERIS Archetype – the Greek goddess of discord and strife is seeding separation – which we’ve seen a lot lately in humanity.
“She stirs up jealousy and envy to cause fighting and anger among men. At the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, all the gods were invited with the exception of Eris, and, enraged at her exclusion, she spitefully caused a quarrel among the goddesses that led to the Trojan War.”

Here’s where ERIS can evolve, according to Doug Walker in this excellent ERIS intro article:
“If the ERIS Archetype is developed fully, humanity may never have to experience war again. The feminine ERIS will balance the aggression of MARS. A well developed ERIS Archetype could banish all war. The ancient prophesy of swords turned into plowshares could be realized.”

May CHIRON entering ARIES (which is immanent, starting Apr 17 – until Sept 25 2018, and then fully ON from Feb 18, 2019 on until 2026 / 27 when it will meet ERIS) help with healing what makes war possible.

But realistically speaking (says SATURN in CAP now too…), we gotta start from and acknowledge where we’re at.
Has it ever been a period of discord, disruption, and seeding of separation in society over the last 2 years, esp. via the media!
The recently revealed social media scandals of sensitive private data being harvested and exploited to split the population by manipulatively feeding them back ‘news’ and intensifying what they believe in or side with in a way that could have tipped the scales for the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, and the Brexit referendum.
A prime example of large scale collective seeding of discord and separation.
Plus the huge trend of ‘disruptive technology’ which can be abused in so many ways…

As well as the crazy making U. S – North Korea conflict, scandalous school shootings in the U.S. and the heated gun control debate, and the Catalan call for independence (URANUS and ERIS have been on Barcelona’s ARIES SUN and not far from Spain’s MOON in the last years (Check out my astrological Catalunya Independence blog post) are all prime examples of ERIS at work – together with URANUS.

 

Uranian Liberation & Promethean Mercury Lead ON.

Prometheus – the Archetype of Uranus – Bringing the Fire of the Gods to Humanity

The Archetype of URANUS the Awakener (shocking and rude awakenings, in this case) reflects not only (or at least not always immediately) liberation but also disruption, distortion, trauma, and in combination with ERIS (which happens once in a century only) has been highly explosive and discordant. Esp. since both are also in assertive ARIES.

May the shocking revelations (JUPITER in SCO certainly helps with that) that are coming through now lead to freedom of humanity on a higher and more conscious level!

Good to know: URANUS has now passed ERIS (their ‘hottest’ years were 2016 / 2017).
So, my sense is the shocking discordance producing scenarios might integrate, as (Uranian) Awakening in Humanity continues. People don’t buy into the old ‘divide et impera’ (divide and rule) principle, based on being set up against each other anymore.

ERIS in ARIES is a strong Full Moon (March 31) and New Moon (Apr 15) catalyst.
See the Full Moon chart below.
Bringing the ERIS / URANUS low grade manifestation to the bright light of SOLAR Consciousness (the SUN is very strong in ARIES) IS a game (or rather: out-of-game) changer. Waking Up from being set up to fight / war  against ‘the other’ brings  for true URANIAN Liberation.

 

MERCURY in ARIES at the retro mid-point, connecting with the SUN on Apr 1 = Day of Enlightened Insight (for more about the whole M-r phase check out the blog post).

This certainly helps also with breakthroughs, aha effects, paradigm shifts, and mental liberation from the agitating ‘war on mind’ / mind at war with itself, and for a fresh approach.
With the MERCURY – SUN Enlightening Insight contact, a ‘New MERCURY’ (like a New Moon) is born, and the SUN (Consciousness, Spirit) is leading now, while the MERCURY (Mind) follows. This is the ‘Promethean’ phase of M-r. Prometheus is the URANUS Archetype. A liberating force. Forward-thinking, out-of the-
mind-matrix, etc.

“What and how do you Choose now newly?” asks the LIBRA FULL MOON, opposite the ARIES frenzy, and: “What brings Balance and PEACE in a Polarized World”?

 

MARS in CAP Passes Stationary (retro on Apr 17) SATURN:
Overcoming old blocks, obstacles, fears, and patriarchal control.
Moving forward, in Integrity and Inner Authority.

Mars (Hubble Space Telescope)

The LI – AR Full Moon links up in a sharp ‘T-Square’ with stationary SATURN (about to go retro, on Apr 17) and MARS. Now that’s quite the charge!

MARS and SATURN are the ‘outlet’ of that intense dynamic. Both strong in CAP. At best a momentum in Integrity and intrinsic Authority.

With the last New Moon, March 17, MARS, Ruler of ARIES, entered CAP – its ‘best’ position in the Zodiac (lots of energy to ‘move mountains’, and a push to persevere – in integrity), and will be in the Mountain Goat sign for a long time (basically until mid-Sept)
For more details, check out my MARS-in-CAP blog post.

Now MARS will pass SATURN (exact on Apr 2) – that’s big news, and the last massive shift catalyzed by the Full Moon!
Moving past serious authority challenges and obstacles, control, fears and resistances.
May Integrity lead the way!
And as SATURN will go retro on Apr 17 (for the first time since it entered CAP last Dec), we once again learn the lesson that true authority lays within.

Next up for MARS: A contact with LILITH, on Apr 19:
Our True Nature can’t be corrupted or controlled. Let’s move on and up from that place.

 

Here’s the chart of the LIBRA – ARIES Full Moon with URANUS and ERIS in AR, in T-Square to MARS – SATURN:

 

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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MERCURY Retro (March 22 – Apr 15) in ARIES: Back to the Beginning – Cosmic RE-lief & Toolkit

15 Mar

Hello Astro Archetype Attuned Friends,

What on Earth and in the Heavens is going on, these days? 
you might wonder… and I’ve been asked a lot lately…

Yes, it’s the era of massive awakening and transformational shifts in society on a big scale, and for lots of us personally too, mirrored by our transpersonal ‘friends’ URANUS in ARIES (2011 – 2018) and PLUTO in CAP (2009 – 2023)

But what’s with all the technology and communication glitches (or surprises!) that have sneaked in again lately?
No way? Again?!
The inevitable is happening again: 

Mercury Retro

Mercury doing its retro somersaults again…

Bingo! Another MERCURY Retro phase is coming UP, and already gearing UP, just in time for Spring Break and Easter…!
All in ARIES this time (from 17° back to 4°47′ AR), from March 22 – Apr 15).

M-r happens yearly in the same Element (in FIRE since the last M-r phase Dec 2 – 22, 2017 all in SAG), going backward in the Zodiac, i.o.w., this year in FIRE (next ones in LEO July 25 – Aug 18, and SAG / SCO Nov 16 – Dec 6), 2019 in WATER.

Those of you who’ve read in my MERCURY retro support REport (or even advocacy) over the years know:
M-r isn’t necessarily ‘BAD’ news.
And hey – perhaps an overdue and cosmically well timed adjustment!

In a nut shell, with M-r, the Archetype of MIND is being adjusted, while temporarily operating differently than ‘usually’, to be tuned-up into a ‘New MERCURY’ (hey, what’s that??? Wait, wait, I’ll get there).


Have you noticed?
We’re already in the build-up (or rather: slow-down) phase!
Our good old messenger / trickster friend MERCURY has since March 9  been in the pre-retro ‘shadow’
(i.o.w., technically speaking, crossed the 4° ARIES mark from which it will go direct again on Apr 15).

Next phase:
From today March 15 on, MERCURY goes into
 stationary (very slowly moving) ‘U-turn storm’. 

Next week, on March 22 MERCURY will start its seasonal retro loop which goes until April 15. Yep, Spring Break and Easter (Apr 1) are this year M-r affected!
Definitely a good time for RE-treat (but take it easy on busy holiday prep and getting wrapped up in planning ‘loops’!).

 

What’s Special about this MERCURY Retro (M-r)?

It sets off Spring and the ARIES month (Equinox is on March 20), and ends with the ARIES New Moon (Apr 15).

But even more so, M-r happens all in ARIES.
UH-AH-Ouch, I hear you ARIES associated people go….
MERCURY is actually quite strong in the first Zodiac sign, and considered its ‘esoteric ruler’, and ARIES rules the head and brain, so that should be ok? Or what?
Hmm, the going ahead type of business might be the issue. Are you being too head strong?

M-r puts the ever so active ARIES mind on the bench to watch the play… RE-flect before you act.
I.o.w., no need to rush into anything… Yet on the other hand, sometimes under M-r unusual opportunities pop up (ARIES style) that wouldn’t otherwise… 

 

So what’s the deal with THIS M-r in ARIES?

The ARIES (ruled my MARS) motto is: “I am. I act.”
A Self-Assertive Warrior Archetype.

Mars Rules Aries, Painting by Johfra Bosschart

The shadow of ARIES is to be too self-driven, and acting before thinking / consulting / negotiating.
Works when in self-assertive survival mode.

M-r adjusts the ego driven mind, and brings it back to be the assistant and tool to Spirit and the Heart.

While other M-r scenarios can adjust the over-thinker / worrier / fence sitter… this one adjusts impulsive words and actions that come from a very primal place in the ego mind that always self defends and re-asserts itself…

B.t.w, with this statement I don’t mean you ARIES SUN readers per se.
In my Astrology practice over almost 2 decades I’ve found that clients don’t necessarily express their SUN sign’s quality, rather their MOON or AC themes. It’s more familiar and habitual to come from those places of conditioning. To express the best SOLAR quality takes consciousness, yet is so fulfilling… i.o.w. it would be good to be pro-active in conscious, enlightened self-interest, for you ARIES SUN friends. And this M-r phase can help you (maybe not initially, but as it processes through.

Ok, back to our M-r in ARIES theme for all of us:
Yes, it does affect whatever you have in ARIES (SUN, MOON, Planets, Nodes, AC / MC), and shows up in the area of life related to the ARIES House in your chart.

When in doubt and you’d like to find out get in touch with me. I can look it up if you’re already my client, or set up your birth chart if you give me your birth info.
This could be a good time to (RE)visit otherwise hidden themes in your life, in an Astro session.

 


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M-r in ARIES: Back to the Beginning

The first half of M-r is the Epimethean phase, RE-minding us of ‘old stories’ – which doesn’t have to be a ‘bad thing’ to overcome, it can be an inspiration. And, as always, we learn so much from history / herstory. 
So, how about brainstorming (not only, but esp. under the M-r ‘storm’): “In the Beginning, my mind was…”?

And M-r in ARIES can bring us on a deeper level to the self-inquiry:
Where does this thought, where does Thought, where does Mind originate?

M-r in ARIES is an excellent time to (RE)discover the authentic and original Mind.

Under this M-r we’ll be RE-minded of Beginnings – where things started, how we were going about things when all was fresh and new and innocent. Maybe there’s a lot to learn from that.

 

There is a 7-Phase Sequence to every MERCURY Retro Cycle:

  1. Pre-retro shadow,
  2. Pre-retro stationary / ‘storm’,
  3. Mercury technically retro,
  4. Mercury direct again,
  5. Post-retro stationary / ‘storm’,
  6. Post-retro shadow,
  7. Out of shadow.

 

MERCURY went into so-called pre-retro ‘shadow’ on March 9, which means it passed for the first time the Zodiac point (4º47’ AR) from which after the retro phase it will go direct again. Certain ‘foreshadowing’ themes of what can come up during the upcoming M-r are played out. Can we watch them without getting involved in the game?
Also a good time to be as fluid as quicksilver, responsive to higher intelligence, and trust the ‘messenger from the future’, via intuition and precognition, perhaps already have a clear(ifying) and heartfelt communication around ‘neglected’ themes.

 

MERCURY Retro in the Starters

Today March 15, MERCURY enters its stationary ‘storm’ period (moves very slowly), a.k.a. ‘U-turn’ mode.
This is a time to also slow down the regular fast and busy mind that likes to multi talk / task and tends to make quick assumptions and acts on them (ARIES).
‘Regular’ communication affairs might start to become ‘tricky’, ‘complicated’, ‘chaotic’, and ‘messed up’, but only from the perspective of the ego that needs to be in control via the rational mind. MERCURY in zigzag mode suggests being in flux and at ease, while swiftly (ARIES) and intelligently changing course when necessary.

 

The actual retro phase (March 22 – Apr 15) turns the mind inwards, backwards, and out of its confines, like a snake biting its own tail while shedding its skin.

Under M-r., ‘usual’ thinking and communication patterns are being questioned, and it appears at times as if there was a trickster or little devil at play, while in fact we have a chance now to see the mental devil / trickster that’s been there all along, camouflaging and going unnoticed, and is often to be found in the detail or fine print, and one number can change the whole outcome. The challenge is to not get frustrated when things don’t turn out the way you thought they ’should’, according to rational, preconceived plan.
During M-r, experiment with, practice, and hopefully also integrate for later going with the flow of things in an intuitive way, and taking everything as a learning experience.
That also means changing your mind when you get the impulse / signal for an alternative course of action, being open to and curious about ‘detours’ that might lead to unexpected turns, and making unusual connections, rather than going with comfort, routine, and habit. Well, shouldn’t be so difficult with fast moving ARIES.


Rather than getting wrapped up with linear, habitual, and often self-limiting ways of dealing with information and communication channels and modes, a now necessary and inviting alternative approach can open you up for serendipity, synchronicities, and lots of fun.

 

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn

 

For all these reasons, stay as mobile (like quicksilver, the MERCURY metal), adaptable, and unplanned as possible, so that you are able to surf Mercurial waves when the wind comes up. MERCURY is a very light, youthful and fresh (esp. in ARIES), fun-loving punster and Coyote / prankster energy that looks at the fun AND meaningful (hermetic knowledge, derived from Hermes / Mercury) side of unusual twists and turns, and, in the role of the ‘magician’, even likes to facilitate those. Aligning with that mode makes you happier these days.

So bring on these spontaneous twists, unintentional new found puns, and fun realizations!

At the same time, be mindfully present and clear rather than impulsive (ARIES shadow).

When it comes to making a decision and committing to something long-term consider that it’s not likely ready to be definite yet, because during M-r always new information streams in which changes our outlook on things. Often, after the M-r phase we have more information that gives a different picture, based upon which a decision makes more sense. If we did decide prematurely and aren’t flexible to back off again, we might say, “Oh, if I only had known…. I wouldn’t have decided…” And then you might have to untangle certain complications.

As always with MERCURY retro, clarify communication whenever possible:

  • Say things several times in a different way / language to make sure there’s no misunderstanding in a fast / distracted context.
  • Ask questions that intuitively come to mind (which might clarify an otherwise held assumption!).
  • And PLEASE choose the most direct medium and tool that’s available (in person rather than over the phone, and phone rather than email), which helps with a clearer and more holistic communication, because more ‘channels’ are involved and signals are conveyed in person rather than on the phone, or via mutual messaging / e-monologue.
    And who knows what else might come up and be addressed as you take the opportunity to actually talk?

If you become mercurially frustrated, could it be because you needed to learn something about the nature of human mind and its extensions, like technological equipment which now, more than usually, seems to have ‘a mind of its own’… Consider that computers, phones, and tech gadgets are only servants and tools, and that their efficiency depends on the (hopefully detached, savvy and inventive) mind of their ‘master’. You don’t want to become a stressed-out slave of coordination and communication.
It also might become apparent during M-r that our tools and technical equipment magically morphically mirror the mind WE are in, even ‘simply’ by breaking down and being ‘on strike’ when we humans need ‘a break’ anyway. Give your tools and tasks proper mindful and single-minded attention, one at a time, instead of attempting to multi task and ‘efficiently’ orchestrate everything simultaneously.
The electromagnetic field of computers and the human mind dialogue in an interface. To keep it all smoothly operational, don’t impose any potential extra stress onto your nervous system nor on your computer (ruled by MERCURY and URANUS, its ‘higher octave’).

Also, be aware how your mental experiences suggest being relaxed and mindful, assuming nothing, dropping your (under M-r evident, otherwise hidden) expectations and assumptions, and foremost, trusting the infinite intelligence of the universe, ‘even’ as it might take you on wild and ‘crazy’ journeys that you apparently haven’t signed up for.

Under M-r talk to people from the past who come to mind and whom you haven’t heard from in a long time (or new people whom you have just met and intuitively ‘clicked with’).

M-r also tends to bring back unfinished communication business from the past, esp. from previous M-r phases (last ones in Aug / Sept and in Dec 2017).

What happens quite often under M-r is that we might receive a potentially interesting message for others that’s worth passing on – to whom it may concern, to be delivered to someone else who needs that information! So, keep collecting communication karma cookies, by being the messenger (without an agenda)!

Gibbons at Play Painting by Xuande Emperor, 1427 (!)

Rather be mindful, and observe the phenomenon mind from a ‘meta’ level.
Like, by asking yourself: Why am I really saying this? Who’s the one thinking and talking here?
If we don’t do that from time to time we out trick ourselves and might subconsciously ‘sabotage’ our plans and constellate circumstances that make us back off from our mental concept, so that we need to check what we’ve been doing with our brain – or rather, what the brain has been doing with us.

The Buddhists call the day-to-day mind that busies itself with all kinds of ‘chatting’ and inner stories, lists, and dialogues, the ‘Monkey Mind’ which, like a monkey, jumps from one tree (of interest and attachment) to the next, and is never quiet, unless we observe the movement, and thereby naturally calm it, in meditation.

M-r is an excellent opportunity to be mindful (rather than having one’s mind full), and to assume or return to a meditation practice (or even ‘just’ experiment with it), and thereby shift your paradigm about the nature of mind.

The Thinker

The Thinker, by Rodin (in front of the Rodin Museum in Paris)

With any MERCURY retro, and also this one in ARIES it’s a precious opportunity to get out of the head, check in to see who’s that thinker, tap into pure awareness, and SEE WHAT IS.

As always, the MERCURY retro cycle starts with the ‘Epimethean’ phase (first half – until Apr 1) where old (epic) stories, memories, and patterns show up for a REason (yet unknown, REvealing itself in the journey).

With the ARIES energy of M-r, it’s good to stay in ‘Beginner’s Mind’, and invite a world of synchronicities, look at things again, in a fresh way, and: get retro-actively inspired (by the past, by something overlooked).

 

Liberating ‘Golden Boy’ Prometheus surrounded by the Zodiac Belt (Rockefeller Centre NYC). 

 

At the half-way point of the M-r phase (ironically on Apr 1 – yep!), MERCURY crosses paths with the SUN – a ‘NEW MERCURY’ (like New Moon as in: monthly SUN – MOON conjunction) – which happens 3 times a year:
So, it’s time to REgenerate the mind (MERCURY), more conscious, following Spirit and the Heart (SUN).
It is also called the ‘Point of Enlightened Insight’.

URANUS (the Awakener Archetype), these years in ARIES is also in the vicinity of MERCURY retro. Plus, on the DAY of MERCURY going direct again (Apr 15) will be the late AR New Moon with URANUS!

Here’s to a  bright, liberating energy for break-throughs into more freedom, esp. freedom from mental patterns, and to freedom for a whole new way of showing up and being present with what IS (ARIES).

Check out what’s new and exciting! And how YOU are NEW in every moment!

The second half of M-r (Apr 1 – 15) is the ‘Promethean’ phase, where new insights and new consciousness can be creatively carried forward.

 

MERCURY’s Square Dance with MARS and SATURN

This M-r in ARIES forms as its main aspects a square with MARS (ruling planet of ARIES) then in CAP (where MARS is strongest – think marathon runner or mountaineer) – exact on Apr 4.
And also, 3 times in fact, MERCURY goes into square with SATURN in CAP: Pre-retro was on March 10, again under M-r on Apr 5, and lastly on Apr 25 when MERCURY is out of post-retro ‘storm’, yet by then SATURN will have just (Apr 17) turned retro.

What’s the message of these AR – CAP squares?
Rather than rushing into anything, based on what the Mind tries to convince you of (urgency, do it now!), and banging against walls ‘from the outside’ consider your energy resources (MARS in CAP) and the timeliness of it all (SATURN). It might be a really good time – after having done your RE-search, and come to a calm RE-solve.
But hey, give yourself permission to say NO if needed. 

 

So, what’s the MERCURY Retro Timeline?

‘Simply ‘ listed here, without much explanation.
Admittedly more for the ‘Astro Insider’ – but maybe it helps you as a guideline, in connection with the points above.

March 9: Pre-retro ‘shadow’ started. 
March 10: MERCURY in AR in square with SATURN in CAP (# 1).
March 15: Pre-retro ‘storm’ starts.
March 19: MERCURY in AR conj. VENUS.

March 20: Spring Equinox – the SUN enters AR.
March 22: MERCURY goes retro (until Apr 15) at 17 – 5° AR. The MOON will be in MERCURY ruled GEM that day, square NEPTUNE. Take it easy on confusing things, and definitely don’t take things at face value.
Apr 1: MERCURY retro conj. the SUN in AR – Point of Enlightening Insight.
Apr 4: MERCURY retro in AR square MARS in CAP.
Apr 5: MERCURY retro in AR square SATURN stationary in CAP (# 2).

Apr 15 MERCURY goes out of retro at 4°47′ AR, same day as the New Moon in late AR with URANUS.
Apr 17: CHIRON enters AR (first time, until Sept 25), and SATURN in CAP goes retro (until Sept 6)
Apr 24: Post-retro ‘storm’ ends.
Apr 25: MERCURY stationary in AR square SATURN stat. / retro in CAP (# 3). 

May 4: Post-retro ‘shadow’ ends.

 

 

Here are my Seasoned & Seasonal
MERCURY RETRO TIPS & TOOL KIT for Everybody 🙂

…valid for the whole MERCURY Retro phase, of pre-retro ‘shadow’, ‘storm’ (March 15 – 22), the ‘actual’ retro phase (March 22 – Apr 15), and extending into post-retro stationary ‘storm’ (until Apr 24), and post-retro shadow time (until May 4):

 

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’re taking the pre-retro shadow phase easy, rather than being ‘hit’ by the wild ‘storm’, or stationary stuckness (can be either and both, in paradoxical trickster fashion), from mid-March on.

 

2) Be mindful, and lead from what’s here-now. 

There’s a tendency for the mind to be distracted and all over the place (amplified by MERCURY in ARIES, not far from URANUS), to loose and misplace things and thoughts that later have to be RE-trieved again. Avoid getting scattered and disorganized, collect the mind ‘pieces’, be present (YES, here-now, ARIES it is!) with any situation and function ‘at hand’, and don’t loose sight of what practically works and matters. The apparent priority of urgent ‘little’ things and ‘small stuff’ can easily be a distraction and waste of energy.
Practice coming back to the here-now.

 

3) Retro is an inwards / backwards oriented energy.

Would be a good time to RE-treat, and RE-visit meditation and mindfulness.
Also an excellent chance (if not necessity) to deal with ‘old unfinished business’, ‘loose ends’, and to clear communication themes from the past, often carried over from a previous M-r time (last ones were Aug / Sept 2017 in VIR / end of LEO which was all about self awareness, and living from love / bringing our love into service and daily practice, and in Dec 2017 in SAG – what’s the bigger vision).

 

4) Every M-r phase is a great time to actively pursue basically everything that starts with ‘RE-‘.

Like: re-assess, re-align, read, re-treat, re-pair, re-boot, re-group, re-consider, re-arrange, re-place, you name it…
The RE-ason for me pointing out all these RE-activities:
During M-r (which also has a karmic undertone), we less likely get away anymore with being sloppy, and with procrastinating or neglecting RE-sidual communication issues with people from the past. They come up like a mirror. Talk about what RE-ally matters – in an inspiring, generous, and fun way.

 

5) Choose the clearest and most direct mode of communication available.

Phone rather than messaging / email (YES!), meeting in person rather than phone / text, to make sure an actual dialogue happens (rather than just your factual monologue, with the assumption you know what they think, or they know what you think).
Consider communicating in several ways and via different media, to make sure the message comes across. Keep in mind 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 actually a monologue: Are you just thinking out loud as you talk, or are you actually suggesting something to me?

 

6) Be mindful how you communicate with others.

Put yourself in their position, and take ownership and responsibility for your mental processes, rather than blaming and judging (possibly based on lack of communication).

 

7) Be clear and precise with commitments and agreements.

Double check whether you have been understood correctly, and RE-peat / RE-phrase back to them too. Avoid signing an agreement before you have all the necessary information (often only after MERCURY retro is over!).

 

8) Mercury Retro RE-minds us…

…that direct connection with another as an authentic and lively dialogue opens up the opportunity to meander and touch on other subjects than the originally intended purpose of the communication. Which can eventually lead to an even more important outcome or direction than anticipated. Check out in hindsight why you actually needed to talk to that person…

 

9) Under M-r, the odds for fabulous unexpected synchronicities are 99%:

As we act more intuitively and out of the ordinary, we let the spontaneous intervention of the Universe show us our interconnectedness! Way cool and fun! 

 

10) M-r is a good time to RE-connect with people you have lost sight of.

With the ARIES flavour, be clear and authentic, and connect with people and interests that are fun and fresh and active. In any case, trust your intuition, and let yourself be surprised by what shows up (ARIES) when you speak to them.

 

11) The themes and areas of life (partners, children, career, groups, etc.) that THIS retro phase brings up for YOU…

…depend on the Planet/s and House/s that M-r activates in YOUR personal birth chart, in other words where ARIES is situated.
I’m happy to check that our for and WITH you.

Maybe it’s time to come for an update / cosmic tune-up for your inner alignment and guidance anyway?

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12) When ‘glitches’ occur, be fluid and flexible like quicksilver (MERCURY’s metal), think “shift happens”.

Don’t judge yourself or others for not being on the same page as you, and turn the paradigm around:
What could be the opportunity in this mishap? And what’s actually funny about this?
RE-frame your way of thinking about things. And entertain the possibility that you might have subconsciously ‘arranged’ a wild alternative to the original ‘plan A’ which – who knows? – might lead to something new and better and more fun than what the ‘normal’, ‘usual’, ‘regular’, and apparently most  ‘efficient’ mind-in-rut-mode 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) Enlightened Insights, anyone…?

Guess what? The Day of Enlightened Insight – when M-r meets the SUN on the exact half-way point of the M-r phase is on Apr 1 this year!

 

15) If you would like to know…

  • Whether you are a member of the RETRO CLUB (born under MERCURY Retro, as yours truly),
  • In which part of life the Retro Trickster would likely play tricks on / with you,
  • How to play creatively WITH the energy,

….feel welcome to get in touch with your Astrologer. 

 

 

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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MERCURY RETRO (Aug 12 – Sept 5 – and in the making) News & Toolkit

29 Jul

Hello Astro Friends,

What on Earth and in the Heavens is going on, these days? 
you might wonder… and I’ve been asked a lot lately…

Yes, it’s the era of massive awakening and transformational shifts in society on a big scale, mirrored by our transpersonal ‘friends’ URANUS in ARIES (2011 – 2018) and PLUTO in CAP (2009 – 2023)

But what’s with all the technology and communication glitches that have sneaked in again lately?

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Mercury doing its retro somersaults again…

Bingo! Another Mercury retro phase is coming UP, and already gearing UP!

As those of you know who have read my Mercury retro support notes (or even advocacy) 3 times a year over the years,

M-r isn’t necessarily ‘BAD’ news.

In a nut shell, with M-r, the Archetype of MIND is being adjusted, while temporarily operating differently than ‘usually’, to tune into a ‘New Mercury’ (hey, what’s that???).

Our good old messenger / trickster friend MERCURY is creating some ‘U-turn’ slowing down stationary ‘storm’ this coming week (calculated to start on Aug 3 but already in the making).

MERCURY will start its seasonal retro loop on Aug 12 which goes technically until Sept 5.

Perhaps an overdue and well timed adjustment, esp. since URANUS, the ‘higher octave’ / transpersonal dimension of MERCURY is also in ‘storm’ and will go retro on Aug 2! URANUS is the Archetype of ‘the Awakener’ – incl. FROM the crazy Monkey Mind.
But it shows up also in ‘lower vibrations’ (that each Archetype has) as a crazy acceleration of… our perception of… everything – a hyper, wired, crazy, manic energy. SO much going on in the collective hyper Uranian cyber sphere.
And our mer-curious ‘Monkey Mind’ can jump from one ‘tree of information’ and stimulation to another, get distracted and scattered in a hurry, and loose track of what really matters.

Good to know we can stop, consciously choose, and re-adjust to ‘upgrade’ into FREEDOM 😊

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The Thinker, by Rodin (in front of the Rodin Museum in Paris)

A precious opportunity to get out of the head, check in to see who is that thinker (whether there is one?), tap into pure awareness, and SEE WHAT IS.

The affected Zodiac sphere of the upcoming MERCURY retro phase is between 12º VIR – (back to) 28º LEO, wrapping around the ‘Sphinx Point’ from LEO to VIR – where the Total Solar Eclipse on Aug 21 will be!
Seems like this an important M-r phase, and Mercury the ‘Divine Messenger’ wants to show us something about Self (LEO) Awareness (VIR) that is also mirrored in the Eclipses.

I wrote an ASTRO~NEWS Blog Article about it on July 27 – check it out here.

 

The Mercury retro cycle always  starts with the ‘Epimethean’ phase (first half – this time until Aug 26) where old (epic) stories, memories, and patterns show up for a REason (yet unknown, REvealing itself in the journey).
With the VIRGO energy, good to be aware of ‘details’ that can open up a world of synchronicities, bring back unfinished business that may connect the dots in new ways, and may well give the awareness and practical skills we have been looking for.

At the half way point of the MERCURY retro phase (Aug 26), MERCURY crosses paths with the SUN, which produces a ‘NEW MERCURY’ – which happens 3 times a year:
Time to REgenerate the mind, and REnder it more conscious (SUN). It is also called the ‘Point of Enlightened Insight’.
Since URANUS (the Awakener Archetype) is also this July / Aug a stationary focal point, as it turns retro on Aug 2 at the very end of ARIES, August is quite a wake-up, shake-up month.
It’s a great, bright, liberating energy for break-throughs into more freedom, esp. freedom from mental patterns, and freedom for a whole new way of showing up and being present with what IS.
AND the ‘Point of Enlightening Insight’ (Aug 26) comes only 5 days after the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE on the Sphinx Point (Aug 21)!
The question of SelfAwareness is ‘rebooted’ big time, in this collective initiation.

Check out what’s new and exciting! And how YOU are NEW in every moment!

The second half of Mercury retro (Aug 26 – Sept 5) is the ‘Promethean’ phase, where the NEW can be planted – in conscious awareness.

 

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. The changed mode could have also brought a REnewed openness for breakthroughs and aha effects, as we bypass the rational (VIRGO) censor, trust intuition, truly address what needs to be talked about (rather than ‘pseudo talk’), are able to read between the lines, 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 get a little ‘mixed up’, which REquires and opens up for flexibility. Often, we are afraid we might inconvenience others, but a different plan might work best and be most effective for everybody anyways.

 

Funny (might appear overwhelming and chaotic) 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 (the www just being an obvious expression of it) – NEPTUNE in PISCES is opposite the point where MERCURY goes retro.

If one person whom you had made plans with and ‘counted in’ for a particular endeavour, needs to cancel (perhaps because their pet is sick) it can have a whole chain of consequences, RE-quiring RE-coordination for you and everybody else involved…
Good to stay fluid like quicksilver (MERCURY’s metal), intuitive, and ride the waves a la NEPTUNE.

 

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“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.” (Jon Kabat-Zinn)

Here are my SEASONED & SEASONAL MERCURY RETRO TIPS & TOOL KIT 🙂

…valid for the whole phase of pre-retro ‘storm’ (Aug 3 – 12), the exact retro phase (Aug 12 – Sept 5), and extending into post-retro stationary ‘storm’ (until Sept 10), and post-retro shadow time (until Sept 20):

 

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 late July as an adjustment, rather than being ‘hit’ by the wild ‘storm’ this coming week, or stationary stuckness (can be either and both, in paradoxical trickster fashion).

 

2) Be particularly mindful now – very VIRGO

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, collect the mind ‘pieces’, be present with any situation and function ‘at hand’, and don’t loose sight of what practically works and matters – in the face of the apparent priority of urgent ‘little’ things and ‘small stuff’ which can easily be a distraction and waste of energy.

 

3) Retro is an inwards / backwards oriented energy.

Therefore align and practice even more now meditation and mindfulness – so VIRGO. 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 April to early May 2017).

 

4) Every M-r phase is a great time to actively pursue basically everything that starts with ‘RE-‘, like: re-assess, re-align, read, re-treat, re-pair, re-boot, re-group, re-consider, re-arrange, re-place, you name it…

The REason for me 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 / it comes up like a mirror. Talk about what REally matters and solution rather than problem focused (which can easily take over with the VIRGO vibe).

And check out how what people say very often comes from a place of wanting to be acknowledged and loved (LEO – VIR), even if that place is being over compensated by the ego.

 

5) Choose the clearest and most direct mode of communication available.

Phone rather than messaging / email, meeting in person rather than phone / text, to make sure an actual dialogue happens (rather than just your factual monologue, with the assumption you know what they think or they know what you think). Consider communicating in several ways and via different media, to make sure the message comes across. Keep in mind 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 actually a monologue: Are you just thinking out loud as you talk, or are you actually suggesting something to me?

 

6) Be mindful how you communicate with others.

Put yourself in their position, and take ownership and responsibility for your mental processes, rather than blaming and judging (possibly based on lack of communication).

 

7) Be clear and precise with commitments and agreements.

Double check whether you have been understood correctly, and REpeat / REphrase back to them too. Avoid signing an agreement before you have all the necessary information (often only after Mercury retro is over!).

 

8) Mercury retro REminds us…

…that direct connection with another as an authentic and lively dialogue opens up the opportunity to meander and touch on other subjects than the originally intended purpose of the communication. Which can eventually lead to an even more important outcome or direction than anticipated. Check out in hindsight why you actually needed to talk to that person…

 

9) Under M-r, the odds for fabulous unexpected synchronicities are 99%:

As we act more intuitively and out of the ordinary, we allow the spontaneous intervention of the universe to show us our interconnectedness! Way cool and fun! The pieces and details (VIR) actually have a natural way of coming together and BEING connected or need to be let go of (PISCES), and all the frantic, busy organization might be obsolete – ooops!

 

10) M-r is a good time to RE-connect with people you have lost sight of.

With the VIR – LEO flavour, be clear and come from the Heart.  In any case, trust your intuition, and let yourself be surprised by where it leads to when you speak to them.

 

11) The themes and areas of life (partners, children, career, groups, etc.) that THIS retro phase brings up for YOU depend on the particular planets and house that M-r activates in YOUR personal birth chart, in other words where LEO / VIR is situated.

I’m happy to check that our for and WITH you. Maybe it’s time to come for an update / cosmic tune-up in Self Awareness (very LEO / VIR) anyway.
You could save $$ in August too (and the VIR side in us likes that): It’s my yearly CLIENT APPRECIATION MONTH: As a client, you save between 10 – 50% on the consult fee, depending on how long ago your initial session was. First time clients get 10% off too!

 

12) When ‘glitches’ occur, be fluid and flexible like quicksilver (Mercury’s metal), think “shift happens”.

Don’t judge yourself or others for not being ‘perfect’ and making ‘mistakes’, and turn the paradigm around:
What could be the opportunity 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 than the ‘normal’, ‘usual’, ‘regular’, and apparently most ‘efficient’ mind-in-rut-mode 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…

  1. a) whether you are a member of the RETRO CLUB (born under Mercury retro, as yours truly)
  2. b) in which part of life the retro trickster would likely play tricks on / with you
  3. c) how to play creatively WITH the energy,

feel welcome to get in touch with your astrologer…

 

If you’d like to tune in astrologically, whether there’s an outer ‘occasion’ and change, or you just have ‘that calling’ I invite you to get in touch.
I’m happy to support you being re-aligned and re-empowered, on your own path, and in relationships.
August is Client Appreciation Month in my practice – substantial discounts, esp. if you’ve been my client for years. But even newbies get 10% off!

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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ASTRO CONSULTATIONS:

Serving you with astrological guidance and perspective, pointing you to YOUR INNER ‘COSMIC COMPASS’.

I’d love to inspire you to be in alignment with, and smoothly ‘ride’ those ‘auspicious’ or ‘challenging’ waves of cosmic energies that present themselves at a given time, and, similar to climate and weather, affect our human energy field.

Why?
Because it leads to eye opening awareness, growth, healing, release, transformation, and you can feel connected with the bigger evolution.
Ultimately, you can dwell in a witnessing place in the ‘HUB OF THE WHEEL’where you are less and less affected, more and more liberated, and self-realized.

The birth chart is an incarnational map to identify your ‘original imprint’and themes that are showing up as ‘issues’ in your life.
I help you see how you don’t need to be unconsciously identified WITH them, and they don’t have to run your life.

I’m always happy to welcome you as a client who is not seeking a ‘reading’ from me (“What’s going to happen TO me?”, “What am I supposed to do?”), but to be supported in accessing your own wisdom source, especially in times of a challenging transitions, stuckness, transformational crisis, or for perspective at a crossroad, dilemma, or empowered choices.

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