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May the 4th Mid-TAURUS New Moon with URANUS – New EarthBody Consciousness

3 May

Dear Cosmic Friends, emBodied on Planet Earth!

Being Children of the Earth, inhabiting an EarthBody, and being exposed to the Earth changes hits home for us these years of acute awareness and urgency to truly treat the Earth as our home (rather than an exploitation ground).

Camas Field Bounty – Photo by Melanie 2019

 

Earth My Body!
Here’s the video of the song sung so powerfully by young Spirit Elder Nicole Sangsuree  – what a legacy before her body was taken back by the Earth, in Thailand!

 

TAURUS is the first Earth sign in the yearly cosmic cycle.
Nature has awakened, and the EARTH delights all our senses, and is ripe for seeding & planting.

The MOON is exalted in TAURUS – so nourishing and comforting and feeding.
The mid-TAU (14°10′) New MOON on May the 4th is in mid-TAU (double TAU) – full-on Beltane energy!
Happy Beltane Week!

In the centre of the fixed signs (TAU, LEO, SCO, AQ) are the ‘Gates of Power’ where energy concentrates. Let’s work well with the Power of the Earth and the Earth in us.
May the Power be IN us – it IS, as we are of the Earth!

 

Green Unfurling – Photo by Melanie 2019


Gardening and planting can be the perfect body-mind-ground wellness practice for starters, and to bring the EarthBody Consciousness right home!

Where mid-TAU is in your birth chart it points you to the area in your life that’s now primed for a conception (MOON/SUN, Yin-Yang). 

BE both active in the ‘planting’ and receptive for what is being planted in you.

 

1st House:
Your Presence and Sense of Self

2nd House:
Your Values, what you own, literally & metaphorically, your Business

3rd House:
You in Your Local Environment

4th House:
You and Your Home, Origin, Ancestry

5th House:
Your Creative, Playful, Inner Child and Lover

6th House:
Your Work, Wellness, Lifestyle

7th House:
Your Partners & Significant Others

8th House:
Your Involvement and Sharing with Others, Your Transformations

9th House:
What gives you Meaning, Your Wisdom, Inspiration, Path and Travels

10th House:
Your Purpose incl Career, Your Public Self

11th House:
Your Social Side – Engagement with Society, Groups and Friends

12th House:
Your Transcendent and Spiritual Self and Union with All-that-Is.


The TAURUS New Moon on May 4 is close to URANUS –

Wake UP, Earthlings!

Earth is our Mother.
A Renaissance of Earth Consciousness.

Here’s the in-depth article dedicated to URANUS in TAURUS.

 

TAURUS is the Zodiac energy relating to Mother Earth with her Beauty and Bounty, and where we appreciate our precious human embodiment.

And clearly:
The Earth doesn’t belong to us.
We belong to the Earth.

The Spirit of URANUS in TAU also brings a Renaissance of Back to Nature / incl. to communal farming, and a sharing economy.
More and more people opt out of the status quo of destroying Nature in so many ways, and consuming de-natured food. A big trend to have more freedom while working and living with Nature, not at the expense of the Earth.

The Earth herself might release lots of built-up stress and pressure.
The Kilauea quake and volcanic eruption in May 2018, just before URANUS entered TAU for the first time was a precursor… see the blog post: The Ancient, Sacred Earth showing her Power.

Wake-up calls is what URANUS is famous for.
Freedom from complacency, indulgence, and taking wayyy too much time (shadows of TAU), and Freedom for a new Earth Awareness.
We really can’t wait another decade or 5 to do anything about getting our act together (is also what SATURN and PLUTO in CAP say).

The Awakening to a new Earth Awareness, reflected through URANUS in TAU will affect food, money / value exchange, and economy / ecology, and calls for innovative solutions in a volatile world.

 

Orangutans Smell da Roses…

 

Our connectedness with all of Earth’s Beings is being (re)awakened now (if it hasn’t already) – which spurs us into action and can shake others up too.
Perhaps to stand up, rise up, and speak up for those sentient Beings who can’t speak for themselves and need to be protected before it’s too late.

Loving this quote by Eckhart Tolle (from: A New Earth):
“Once there is a certain degree of Presence, of still and alert attention in human beings’ perceptions, they can sense the divine life essence, the one indwelling consciousness or spirit in every creature, every life-form, recognize it as one with their own essence and so love it as themselves.”
Being Awake in our True Nature, as Nature, in Nature.

How about taking some sweet time for a little TAUREAN inquiry:

  • Where do you stand in this?
  • What has shaken you up and is shifting for you?
  • How do you find comfort in the unpredictable?
  • Underneath a societally-economically conditioned consumer mentality – what truly feeds you and gives you comfort?
  • What’s new and freeing in your relationship to Mother Nature?

 

Those of you born with URANUS in SCO (Dec 1974 – Apr 1975, and Sept 1975 – Nov 1981) will have their URANUS Opposition in the years of URANUS in TAU – an awakening / liberation in mid-life which can be a huge catalyst for radical life changes.

All of us (independent of age) esp. if we have SUN, MOON, AC, or Planets in TAURUS (or in LEO, SCO, AQ) are in for surprises too, and we’ll get a Uranian ‘kick in the butt’ to be liberated and reinvent ourselves esp. in the area of life related to our TAURUS House in the chart.

 

Let’s take a good look at the

TAURUS NEW MOON ‘birth chart’

The New Moon will be exact at 3:45 pm PDT tomorrow May 4.

 

The NEW MOON in very central TAURUS is past URANUS (well, the SUN connected with URANUS on Apr 22, and the MOON today May 3).

SUN and MOON and all Planets entering TAURUS from now on, until 2026 are being initiated by URANUS.

Finding and standing our ground when it comes to unsettling, unpredictable energies, esp. relating to the Earth herself…
And perhaps on a more personal note:

  • How can we find comfort in the constant shifts that take us out of our comfort zone – or even pro-actively seek the edge rather the cushioning?
  • Can we sloooww down and listen with all our senses, while things are whirling?
  • What does our EarthBody call us to – when we’re in full Presence?

Being in Nature as Nature brings shifts in Consciousness.

Again, if you’d like to read up the URANUS in TAURUS Astro~News – voila!

The New Moon is in wide Earth Trine with SATURN / PLUTO retro and the South Node, all in CAP.
Lots of Earth energy nowadays (and counting, as MERCURY & VENUS will also enter TAU).
Showing us quite realistically where timely priorities are, supporting resourcefulness and integrity yet also teaching us not to get attached to certain outcomes, or dragged down by and depressed over what we can’t change.
The point being: Finding the Inner Power centre (not just on May the 4th…) that helps us move with change, and bring out our best.

 


The Mercurial Inner Messenger / Communicator / Mind Archetype, is about to settle in TAURUS too on May 6, until May 22!

What an animated, activated, and accelerated phase it’s been, with MERCURY and also VENUS in ARIES since Apr 16 / 20.
And on top of it, MERCURY in ARIES (ruled by MARS) has been in mutual reception with MARS in GEMINI (ruled by MERCURY).
Ready to mentally settle, after all the rush and action?

 

Buuut, MERCURY will pass unpredictable and not-at-all settled URANUS  first – right at the Taurean entrance ‘gate’ on May 8.

Plus, even though MERCURY is in slooow TAURUS it’s moving quite fast now, approaching its connection with the SUN on May 21 – also the day when both the SUN and MERCURY enter GEMINI. That’s the point furthest away from Mercury retro / right between retro phases.

Some paradoxes right there – only for the linear, habitual mind, wondering… 
How does that go together?
And what are the gifts of that ‘strange’ combo?

Here’s the full article for MERCURY in TAURUS
noteworthy esp. for all of us with TAURUS in our birth charts, and an incentive for all of us to think about our true values…

 

VENUS isn’t quite there yet, but scheduled to enter (her domain of) TAURUS also, on May 15.
A saving grace for enjoying life’s delights, and being even more aware of what we value.
Then, becoming a magnet for our values is quite natural (as long as limiting beliefs and lack of self value aren’t in the way).

For now / with the New Moon, VENUS in ARIES goes into T-square with SATURN & PLUTO retro, and the South Node, all in CAP & the North Node in CAN (May 7 – 9).
It can be a bit bumpy when we’re taking initiative and put out what we love and value – not all is met and reciprocated. Don’t take it as a personal rejection, failure, or defeat, and cut back on judgment.
VENUS in ARIES is a heroine energy – and ‘she’s the apex / outlet of the T-Square, looking for dynamic expression:
If approach A doesn’t work she gets up and starts a different approach. Hopefully with gentleness, care, and compassion, as the North Node in CANCER would support.

 

Also in the NEW MOON ‘matrix’:

MARS in GEMINI (still until May 14) is building up to oppose JUPITER now retro in SAG (exact on May 5).
Sooo many options, so much information, so many ideas, doubts, questions, and thoughts, and soo much distraction – where’s the Inner Heart Truth?

What do your Intuition, Trust, and Inner Guidance say?
Helpful to retreat and gain some space. Go on a vision quest.
Find your Inner WHY, and the direction becomes naturally clear.
It IS a Journey from the Head to the Heart.

 

In the cosmic watery atmosphere, we have

NEPTUNE in PISCES, with a Water Trine from the North Node in CANCER (exact throughout June), suggesting surrender, compassion, adaptation, flow, letting go & letting god. Faith beyond trust.


…and LILITH having just entered PISCES today
May 3 (until Jan 27, 2020) – Our True Nature is Wild and ONE.
Here’s the full article for LILITH now in PI.

 

A ‘wild card’ of the New Moon energy is CHIRON, freshly in ARIES, and presently not connected with any other planetary Archetype, except with the MOON when She goes into a new Zodiac sign.
An unaspected Planet can be like an outsider of the family / group with a strong desire to be oneself rather than ‘being nice’ to hopefully get love and appreciation. Now we see how fake / compensated this is, and that we’re only healthy when we’re true to ourselves.

I’ve found since CHIRON fully entered ARIES (on Feb 18 – here’s the full article for this shift), early childhood wounds are coming up a lot for clients, and for lots of us Humans, I should say.
The Medicine being to meet them with full presence, regardless how raw this may be, and to let these wounds help you draw out the authentic YOU.

Cuz it’s YOUR Life after all….

 

Hoping this TAURUS NEW MOON Article helps affirm your Authentic Self.

Blessings for EmBodying the True & Free YOU!

 

© 2019 by Melanie Lichtinger

Serving you since 2000
In Victoria BC, and worldwide

 

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 yourself in 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.

This is to empowered and liberating ways of working with the ancient and timeless gift of Astrology!

 

Presently, until May 12 / Mother’s Day, ASTRO~SPA for Moms is on!
As a mom, treat yourself, or treat a mom to a 20% discounted Astro~Alchemy session!

 

ASTRO~EXPERIENCES
…via Courses. Workshops, and Embodied Astrology:

Our experiential and embodied Astrology groups have over time (the 14 years I’ve been facilitating them) become quite potent and catalytic.

You’re welcome to join… – so double TAUREAN:

EmBODY Astrology in Nature
ASTRO Archetypes Come to Life!

SAT MAY 11
2:11 – 5:11 PM

You and your friends are warmly welcome!
This one’s of course live-in-person only. 🙂
Pls register with me at licht@islandnet.com by FRI MAY 10 at 10:10 am:-)
More info on my FB page.

 

MERCURY in TAURUS (May 6 – 27) – What do You truly Enjoy & Value?

3 May

Dear Astro~News Friends!

What an animated, activated, and accelerated phase it’s been, with MERCURY and also VENUS in ARIES since Apr 16 / 20.
And on top of it, MERCURY in ARIES (ruled by MARS) has been in mutual reception with MARS in GEMINI (ruled by MERCURY).

Ready to mentally settle, after all the rush and action?

The Mercurial Inner Messenger / Communicator / Mind Archetype, is about to settle in TAURUS – until May 22!
Buuut, it will pass unpredictable and not settled at all URANUS first – right at the Taurean entrance ‘gate’ on May 8.
And even though MERCURY is in slooow TAURUS it’s moving quite fast now, approaching its connection with the SUN on May 21 – also the day when both the SUN and MERCURY enter GEMINI. That’s the point furthest away from Mercury retro / right between retro phases.

Some paradoxes right there – only for the linear, habitual mind, wondering… 
How does that go together?
And what are the gifts of that ‘strange’ combo?

 

Purple Delights (with grounded yet light ‘winged’ sandals) – Photo by Melanie 2019

TAU is grounded, slow, embodied, communicates and learns through all the senses, and not just via the brain. Don’t chew on things too much with your mind. Ask the body!
Smell the grass, the Spring, the roses, be in the Camas fields if you’re in Victoria – good Medicine for the otherwise too overrated and busy brain!
Patience is a good TAU virtue too, and can allow YOU to relax and slow down the pace…

Yet, TAURUS is a fixed energy that can settle into or get stuck in what it considers enjoyable, comfortable, or simply habitual.
Together with the Awakener URANUS now in TAU, met by MERCURY on May 8, the Buddhist wisdom teachings 101
related to attachments are very apropos (and are always a good call for TAURUS anyway – lol)

First step is to acknowledge our attachment to not getting what we want, or to being stuck with what we don’t want, and to realize that it is the attachment that causes the suffering, not the ‘thing’ in itself.

How can we release / free ourselves from attachment?

Realization of how it all works (quite simply in fact) is already a huge freedom catalyst – for me anyway. Basically noticing: Hey, I’m doing this to myself. It’s not the situation, it’s what my mind makes out of it that causes the frustration.

Also, a key piece is to embrace impermanence.

No pain, problem, discomfort lasts forever. No pleasure and enjoyment either. So let’s not get so worked up and graspy or resistant, and relax in the ‘storm’.

Which naturally allows for the liberating process to go where it needs to go.

And we can turn to and feed ourselves with what we truly value and enjoy (TAU) without compulsion, attachment, or other fixations.

 

What could that look like?

  • Sloooowing down, tuning into the Body and our Senses.

  • Asking ourselves: Where do I physically belong and need to ground myself?
  • Maybe we need to take ourselves to magical spots. Mercury is also the magician, and, esp. with its VIRGO rulership, rules ‘practical magic’ – tools and physical places (TAU) that transform, re-align, help, and heal.

  • Letting go of being attached to and stuck in (TAU low vibe) mental (MERCURY) patterns, habits (TAU), gravitations, ruts. In fact, let’s get un-stuck. Very timely now.

  • Buying less, enjoying more.

  • The mind habitually attaches itself randomly to things that we have an affinity to, desire for, aversion against, and present them as interesting to engage in (almost like a shop keeper presenting his window display) – very Taurean. Our habit is to give in, and engage mentally with those ‘offers’. Our job and in fact freedom is ‘just’ not to buy it.

  • Let’s tune into what brings us true intrinsic joy (not derived from ‘getting’ and consuming more on the outer level).

  • Let’s re-connect with what we truly value.

  • Let’s follow the messages (MERCURY) of the Body (TAU).

  • Which can attune us differently, and shift a lot quite fast – paradoxically.

 

Speaking of Messages of the Body, and Embodying, and Nature –

Mark your calendar for our next Circle
EmBody Astrology in Nature, on SAT May 11, 2:11 – 5:11 pm

 

MERCURY contacts these other Planetary Archetypes while in TAURUS: 

Not too many, and quite a smooth ride (except for the URANIAN contact)

 

MAY 6
MERCURY enters TAU and sextiles LILITH freshly in PI.
Slow down, relax, enJoy life, communicate with and through the body, and experience Oneness.

 

MAY 8
MERCURY in TAU passes URANUS.
EnJoy without attachment. Freedom from the Known.
And: What’s new and exciting?

 

MAY 16 / 17
MERCURY in TAU in Earth Trine with SATURN & PLUTO both retro in CAP, together with the SN also in CAP, and in quincunx with JUPITER now retro in SAG.
Finding comfort in simplicity & resourcefulness. Life offers sooo many gifts.

 

MAY 21
MERCURY enters GEMINI (until June 4) and immediately meets the SUN also entering GEMINI.
Find your Voice, and let Consciousness speak.

 

Where in your chart is TAURUS?


That’s where you look for / find comfort, values, and connection to the Earth.

MERCURY freshly in TAURUS in your… House helps you communicate about and with these areas of your Life:

1st House:
Your Presence and Sense of Self

2nd House:
Your Values, what you own, literally & metaphorically, your Business

3rd House:
You in Your Local Environment

4th House:
You and Your Home, Origin, Ancestry

5th House:
Your Creative, Playful, Inner Child and Lover

6th House:
Your Work, Wellness, Lifestyle

7th House:
Your Partners & Significant Others

8th House:
Your Involvement and Sharing with Others, Your Transformations

9th House:
What gives you Meaning, Your Wisdom, Inspiration, Path and Travels

10th House:
Your Purpose incl Career, Your Public Self

11th House:
Your Social Side – Engagement with Society, Groups and Friends

12th House:
Your Transcendent and Spiritual Self and Union with All-that-Is.

 

All the best for your Joyful Journey with MERCURY in TAURUS 2019!

 

© 2019 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

Serving you since 2000
In Victoria BC, and worldwide

 

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 yourself in 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.

This is to empowered and liberating ways of working with the ancient and timeless gift of Astrology!

 

Presently, until May 12 / Mother’s Day, ASTRO~SPA for Moms is on!
As a mom, treat yourself, or treat a mom to a 20% discounted Astro~Alchemy session!

 

ASTRO~EXPERIENCES
…via Courses. Workshops, and Embodied Astrology:

Our experiential and embodied Astrology groups have over time (the 14 years I’ve been facilitating them) become quite potent and catalytic.

You’re welcome to join… – so double TAUREAN:

EmBODY Astrology in Nature
ASTRO Archetypes Come to Life!

SAT MAY 11
2:11 – 5:11 PM

You and your friends are warmly welcome!
This one’s of course live-in-person only. 🙂
Pls register with me at licht@islandnet.com by FRI MAY 10 at 10:10 am:-)
More info on my FB page.

 

 

Astro Nexus after the Buddha Moon – May 11 – 13

10 May
Heads-up, or rather hands-down – we live in powerful times, which means also: change is afoot, wherever we go (or even where we dwell).

 

 

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

 
Finding calm and Buddha Spirit with its Transformer Power within the dark has been the call of the Wesak Full Moon in SCO – TAU (Apr 29).
And the Buddha Moon is rolling its effects and medicine out now like a huge wave – into the TAU New Moon on May 15.
This week we’ve seen reverberations from it as the SUN in TAU moved into opposition with JUPITER retro in SCO (same axis as the Full Moon):
“How can I find peace and calm, in a world / environment / relationship with these buggers and bullies…? – SO Old World UNconsciousness!” Or maybe inner / old ‘sore spots’ and ‘trigger points’ that can sit for a long time in the dark got activated for you…?
Lots of things can throw us off-kilter…
Doing the inner ‘Buddha work’ transforms as it helps finding our ground in the mental / emotional storm, and responding adequately and most powerfully.
 

 

Up next in the cosmic nexus, linking back to this theme:
Tomorrow MAY 11
The SUN in TAU in trine with PLUTO (ruler of SCO) retro in CAP.
Plus, VENUS in GEM in quincunx with PLUTO retro in CAP.
 
Life is ‘patiently’ calling us again to find our Ground in the deep unfathomable and timeless Ground of Being, while we’re embodied in Nature’s multitude of expressions ❤
 
 
Another shift tomorrow:
The MOON will emerge from the watery Piscean immersive field into boom-here-I-am ARIES (tomorrow morning 5:40 am PDT – feel the shift from these rather ‘out there – everywhere’ days!), and connect with CHIRON (which carries the medicine of authenticity).
So yeah, this is YOU. The one and only authentic ONE. Show UP!
 
Later in the eve, the ARIES MOON will bump up against ole no-nonsense SATURN retro in CAP.
I.o.w., old world authority / conditioning (outer / inner, same-same) might judge you or them for this. Only to show you to be later or sooner done with that controller that had its time anyway.
And as the ARIES MOON goes into square with LILITH, PLUTO, and MARS in CAP too, communication can go a bit wild and haywire.
Take it easy on heated discussions and power trips. Take a breath (or walk) before you react, don’t take it personally, take it transpersonally – and don’t take stuff on.
Be free beyond mind attacks (theirs, your inner…).
 

 

Yep, and we’ll hear more from MERCURY this weekend too, in its last hurrah days in ARIES, squaring with MARS on Sat May 12, and being catapulted by URANUS into TAU on May 13 early morning.

Sounds dramatic-shocking-controversial-explosive.
Yep, can be, and you prob. already notice it on your mind.
What would be the most liberating, non-reactive, way of being in an authentic mental / verbal expression? Set your mind free!
And use the energy for being inspired by innovative mind-blowing ideas – experiment with implementing them!
The energy wants to land…

 

just in time for Mother’s Day (5:40 am PDT on May 13), as MERCURY goes into TAURUS (until May 29), and the MOON follows.
Mental / emotional settling after the storm lately and of April, and enjoying our precious birth, in gratitude to our mothers and fore-mothers, and to Mother Earth!

 

Much Love in and for it ALL!

 

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

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14 Tips – Mercury Retro Surviving – and Thriving! – Tool Kit & Itinerary

8 Apr

Hello Magical, Mer-Curious Friends,
yep, it’s on the horizon – and we have a divine appointment, ‘scheduled’ from tomorrow Sunday Apr 9 at 4:14 pm PDT on (until May 3):

MERCURY is going retrograde, from early TAURUS back to late ARIES, to hang out (or light a few fire crackers) with URANUS….
This one is for Liberation – the last one in Dec / Jan, starting out from PLUTO in CAP, was about Power and Integrity…

Wanna read up more about the themes of MERCURY retro, plus SATURN retro, starting out from the Galactic Centre? To be found in yesterday’s epic blog post.

 

Hermetic Staff of AlchemyHubble Saturn Purple

 

On a practical ‘check list’ note, here are my seasoned and seasonal

 

14 MERCURY RETRO TIPS

for the whole retro phase (exact Apr 9 – May 3), extending into post-retro stationary ‘storm’ (until May 12), and if you will, even post-retro shadow phase (until May 21):

 

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 end of March as an adjustment, rather than being ‘hit’ by the wild ‘storm’, since 04 / 04.

 

2) Be mindful and centred.

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 RE-trieved again. Avoid getting scattered and disorganized, but also let go of your attachments (TAURUS), and the need to be in control. Practice being fully present in RE-al time, with every person you communicate with, and in any situation and function. Don’t loose sight of what’s most significant, truly valuable (TAURUS), and a priority, in the face of the apparently urgent ‘little’ things which can easily be an accumulation of distractions. Watch how you might actually find pseudo comfort in distractions – to avoid…? what? Slooowing down, and being calm and centred a la TAURUS helps!

 

3) Go with the inwards / backwards oriented energy.

A good way of aligning with the M-r quality is meditation and mindfulness. Also an excellent chance (if not necessity) under M-r in early TAU is to deal with ‘old unfinished business’, and with loose ends, to clear communication themes from the past, often carried over from a previous M-r time – last one was in Dec / Jan, RE-member?

 

4) RE- everything!

Every M-r phase is a great time to attune and invite basically everything that starts with ‘RE-‘, like:

RE-visit, RE-address, RE-align, REad, RE-treat, RE-pair, RE-boot, RE-group, RE-consider, RE-arrange, RE-place, RE-purpose, RE-connect with friends, and people whom you have ‘unfinished business with’ (which is not necessarily a ‘bad thing’!), … makes sense, eh?

Business wise, it IS a good period to back up your important files. Better safe / secure than sorry. Who knows what you find among your file ‘gatherings’? It could lead to a new creative project…

RE-connecting with ‘contacts from the past’ comes up a lot (likely in the area of life related to TAU in your chart)… maybe something you could cultivate together?

Also, of course, esp. with the TAU flavour, an excellent RE-minder to treat yourself to a RE-treat, take time out and enjoy life, with all your senses – so RE-generative!

Another RE-ason for pointing out all these RE-activities: During MERCURY retro (which also has a karmic undertone), we less likely get away anymore with procrastinating or neglecting RE-sidual communication issues with people from the past. They come up / it comes up like a mirror.

The themes that like to come up for RE-view, with TAU / AR: Our self-value, feeling comfortable in our skin and on Planet Earth, habits, business, money (as a reflection of value – what we consider valuable, how we offer from value).

 

Mercury Retro

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

 

5) Talk about what REally matters.

Come from a compassionate place. So often what people say very often comes from a need to be heard in their story and wound, even if that might be overcompensated by the ego. Rather than judging or resisting them when they get you ‘out of your comfort zone’ meet them from the heart, the warm human heart, and the spiritual heart that’s not attached at all. Take time for what’s important.

 

6) Taking time for a direct, authentic, and lively dialogue…

…can open up opportunities to co-create, and support one another in an alienating society, and touch on other more important subjects that e-correspond-dance just wouldn’t allow for. When a conversation takes a different direction than the ‘planned’ and anticipated purpose it can lead to an even more important outcome. Trust the process – since, RE-ally, it’s all a process, and the NOW is always a process anyway.

 

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

Phone or skype rather than emailing / messaging / phone tagging, meet them in person rather than phone, to make sure an actual dialogue happens. Look them in the eyes and feel out their presence, rather than just engaging in a factual monologue, via email / messaging, with the assumption you know what they think, or that they know what you think AND feel. Do they? Do you, really?

Be wise, and trust simple insight, consider communicating in several ways and via different media, to make sure the message and energy comes across – and a bigger chance to actually reach them. But also, keep in mind and heart that because people’s minds can be all over the place now, communication might be distracted, scattered, and incomplete, or prone to assumptions: “I thought you got my email!!!”. Or it might actually be a monologue when you write to someone: Are you just thinking out loud as you “communicate’, or are you actually addressing them?

Which brings us to…

 

8) Be mindful how you communicate with others.

Put yourself in their position, see the situation with less TAUREAN attachment and ego desires (“what’s in for me?”), drop your defenses, respond with genuine interest, and be a RE-source of service and guidance (if RE-quested)!

 

9) Be clear and precise with commitments, if you HAVE to (do you really?) sign an agreement now that can’t wait.

Patience is a TAURUS virtue, by the way…
For your own interest, and maybe to maintain your good terms with the other person, double check whether you have been understood correctly what the implications and consequences of your agreement are, especially value / money wise (TAU), and RE-peat / RE-phrase back to the other person. Avoid signing an agreement before you have all the necessary information (which is often only after MERCURY retro is over!). Especially related to where early TAU / late AR is in your chart (e.g. 7th house: relationships, 4th house: home / family).

 

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

When we act more intuitively, and are RE-leased from the ordinary conditioned mind we let synchronistic guidance in, and allow the spontaneous intervention of the Universe to show us our interconnectedness, and the Multi-verse sing and synch :-). With the TAU energy, let’s RE-member to tune into Nature and into the messages of our body, and come back to our senses.

 

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

People might come back into your life whom you are connected to, but for some RE-ason have lost touch with. Time to RE-visit RE-sidual communication that’s not complete, or wasn’t possible for a while. Chances are good that you RE-connect with people from realms related to TAU in your chart (e.g. 7th house: significant others, 9th house: foreign countries, studies…).

 

12) When ‘glitches’ occur, rather than getting stuck in an old mind-set (TAU), can you be fluid and flexible like quicksilver (MERCURY’s metal), creative and inventive?

Think “shift happens”, don’t judge or blame yourself or others for not being ‘perfect’, and making ‘mistakes’, and turn the paradigm around: What could be the opportunity and funny side in this mishap? Comic / cosmic relief is one of the M-r gifts (that gets even TAU going…) RE-frame your way of thinking about things. And entertain the possibility that subconsciously, you might have arranged a wild alternative (MERCURY / URANUS) to the original ‘plan A’ which shakes things up, and – who knows? – might lead to something new and better and more fun and playful than what the habitual mind set could have come up with? 🙂

 

13) Enjoy those hilarious, unintentional puns, slips, and new connections in the mind.

And they are guaranteed to happen, prob. already! Be creative and brainstorm – esp. together with your MERCURY retro friends.

 

14) 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 MERCURY Retro Trickster would likely play tricks on / with you
  • how you can best benefit from, and work WITH the energy,

 

…feel welcome to get in touch with your Astrologer.

 

RE-posting (since such RE-s are a good thing…), from the previous post:

* ITINERARY  for the  MERCURY RETRO Phase Apr / May 2017

 


Apr 4:
MERCURY in early TAU entered the stationary ‘storm’.
Stormy, ingenuous, or wrapped up in mental attachments, and chased by the Inner Minotaur, while attempting to walk the BIG Maze? Or fun and funky premonitions?

Time to take a break, and be open for a fresh approach.

Apr 9:
MERCURY in early TAU will turn retro, from Earth perspective.
Stand-still for the inward – backward looking Mind. RE-connecting with Self Awareness. And: What does our Body tell us…?

Mid April – Mid May:
MERCURY – URANUS phase
(exact Apr 28, and May 9!)

A liberated mind! Leading from the Heart, and from Innocence. RE-Birth Time!

Apr 19:
Inferior Conjunction of MERCURY retro with the 1° TAURUS SUN (just 8 hrs after the SUN enters TAU!)

Ahhh, the half-way point of the MERCURY retro journey, a.k.a. ‘Point of Enlightening Insight’! A ‘New MERCURY’ is born. The SUN (Spirit, Consciousness, the Heart) leads again, while mind is the instrument and assistant. The whole point of the MERCURY retro adjustment phase…

Apr 20:
MERCURY retro re-enters ARIES
(until May 15!), to re-connect with URANUS on Apr 28, and May 9!

What a liberating and RE-newing phase. Time to be RE-invented!

May 3:
MERCURY will go direct again, close to URANUS.
We learned a big deal about the ‘operations’ of the mind – to be RE-vealed until then. And can be so much freer.

May 12 (2 days after the Wesak Moon on May 10):
MERCURY will leave the post-retro ‘storm’.
Mercury slowly catching momentum, regenerated. ‘Mind’ has a different quality than before the M-r phase, maybe it’s deeply changed.

May 22:
MERCURY will leave the post-retro shadow.
Green light for moving forward in negotiations and interactions, led by the Heart and Consciousness.

 

Take time, this first MERCURY retro week, under the Full / waning MOON:

  • For creative and playful brain storms.
  • For a ‘pause button’ in the ‘automatic pilot’ of daily dealings and mental habits.
  • To check your ‘invent-ory’ (in other words, ‘RE-sources’ and inventive ideas that could come to new life…. – some of them are due for purging and RE-cycling too.
  • Spring Cleaning and retro-fitting time 🙂


Wishing you a blessed navigation
in the retro- and interdimensional zone, with the Mercurial Mind currents, in the Heavens as on EARTH!

Hope to SEE you again soon, in real life, or online – it’s all about REconnecting (as directly as possible)!

 

© 2017 by Mercur-elanie

 

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* Mercury Retro Surviving & Thriving Tool Kit

2 May

What on Earth and in the heavens is going on?

Yes, it’s the era of massive global awakening and transformational shifts, mirrored by our transpersonal ‘friends’ URANUS in mid ARIES, and PLUTO in mid CAPRICORN, in sharp ‘square dance’ with each other ( 7 exact alignments from 2012 – 2015, and recently again almost exact, Dec 2015 – Spring 2016).

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

Bingo! Another MERCURY retro is ON.

 

If you’ve read my MERCURY retro support notes (or shall I say: RE-hab advocacy?) 3 times a year over the last years you know my take on it (and might find it liberating): M-r isn’t necessarily ‘BAD’ news.

In a nutshell, with M-r, the Messenger Archetype – our MIND – is being adjusted, while temporarily operating differently than ‘usually’, to tune into and be REcalibrated to a ‘New MERCURY’ (hey, what’s that???).

 

Hermes / Mercury

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

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Mercury doing its retro somersaults again…

 

So all groovy?

Well, trickster times ARE upon us, and a few practical hints can’t hurt… 😉

 

Like myself, you might have already noticed glitches over the last while that RE-quired adjusting and clarifying communication and agreements, RE-sending emails, and making sure you and your partner are talking about the same thing.

 

Under one of the last M-r phases, I saw a RE-freshing Facebook message from a friend pointing out how RE-dundant and time consuming / wasting the prevalent habit of texting is. It has become even more prevalent in the meantime…

What a perfect example!

Pick up the PHONE, or meet Face-to-Face! Mercury retro RE-minds us to adjust communication to a more effective way again – sorta old fashioned groovy phoning and meeting for coffee… take time, slow down (very Taurean), and get to know the person better in physical presence whom you ‘thought’ you communicated with, via your tech devices. Get away from the technology mediated connection, and see your friends again in front of you, for that sensual one-on-one intimacy that an email / messages just wouldn’t do. Maybe, when you’re close to them you may save yourself a big ‘detour’, by RE-alizing much more directly how comfortable you are in each other’s presence (TAU).

 

Now, in the beginning M-r mode, we are more prone to bypass the rational censor, trust our bodily senses, truly and simply address what needs to be talked about (rather than ‘heady’ niceties and ‘pseudo talk’), are able to intuitively pick up now what wasn’t communicated before, and where loose ends were left open. Ahhh, all that Aquarian Age space and detachment is fine and dandy, but you wanna meet your friends again in real life and solid grounded Taurean ways, won’t you?

 

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Wise Turtle moving slowly, with natural intelligence. Nature is our model and medicine, (not only) under MERCURY retro.

 

Then, when it comes to practical planning and organizing, a la late TAU (with VIR undertone): Good luck, under M-r! Something else, call it ‘The Mind of God / the Universal Mind’ (MERCURY trine PLUTO) is in charge. Our personal planning takes a break from the habitual control mode, and is invited to align with what needs to happen, and what ‘higher forces’ seem to orchestrate. Obviously, that re-quires and teaches us flexibility. And also, often, we stick to Plan A (TAU rather leaves things as they are…) because we are personally afraid we might inconvenience others with changing plans. However, a different plan might work best and be most effective for everybody anyway. 🙂

 

Funny, how a change in one piece of the puzzle can create a domino / snowball effect, which shows our intrinsic connectivity in a web of energy and information. If one person whom you had made plans with and whom you have ‘counted in’ for a particular endeavour, needs to cancel last minute (perhaps because their pet is sick) it can create a whole chain of consequences, RE-quiring RE-coordination for you and everybody else involved… could be for the better. Drop your fixed ideas and expectations.

 

 

Here are my seasoned and seasonal 14 Mercury retro tips,

for the whole retro phase (exact Apr 28 – May 22), and extending into post-retro stationary ‘storm’ (until May 31), and post-retro shadow time (until June 8):

 

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 mid-April already as an adjustment, rather than being ‘hit’ by the wild ‘storm’, since Apr 21.

 

2) Be mindful.

There is a tendency for the mind to be distracted, and all over the place, to loose and misplace things and thoughts that later have to be RE-trieved again. Avoid getting scattered and disorganized, but also let go of your attachments and needs to be in control (yikes, that fixed MERCURY-in-TAU thing). Practice being fully present with every person you communicate with, and any situation and function ‘at hand’. Don’t loose sight of what’s significant, truly valuable, and a priority, in the face of the apparently urgent ‘little’ things which can easily be an accumulation of distractions. Watch how you might actually indulge (TAU) and find pseudo comfort in distractions – to avoid…? what? Be the guardian. 🙂

 

3) Go with the inwards / backwards oriented energy.

A good way of aligning with the M-r quality is meditation and mindfulness. Also an excellent chance (if not necessity) under M-r in TAU is 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 January, RE-member?

 

4) RE- everything! 🙂
Every M-r phase is a great time to attune and invite basically everything that starts with ‘RE-‘, like:

RE-visit, RE-address, RE-align, REad, RE-treat, RE-pair, RE-boot, RE-group, RE-consider, RE-arrange, RE-place, RE-purpose, you name it… makes sense, eh?

Also, of course, an excellent RE-minder to clear what has lost its purpose, to organize and streamline things (maybe RE-gift things to people who can use them more than you), and to back up your important files. Better safe than sorry.

Another RE-ason for pointing out all these RE-activities: During MERCURY retro (which also has a karmic undertone), we less likely get away anymore with procrastinating or neglecting RE-sidual communication issues with people from the past. They come up / it comes up like a mirror. With TAU, specially RE-lating to our values..

 

5) Talk about what REally matters.

Come from a compassionate please. And check out how what people say very often comes from a need to be heard in their story and wound, even if that might be overcompensated by the ego. Meet them from the heart, the warm human heart, and the spiritual heart that’s not attached at all. Take time for what’s important.

 

6) A direct, authentic, and lively dialogue…

can open up opportunities to co-create, and support one another in an alienating society, and touch on other more important subjects that e-correspon-dance just wouldn’t allow for. When a conversation takes a different direction than the ‘planned’ and anticipated purpose it can lead to an even more important outcome. Trust the process.

 

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

Phone or skype rather than emailing/messaging, meet them in person rather than phone, to make sure an actual dialogue happens. Look them in the eyes and feel out their presence, rather than just engaging in a factual monologue, via email / messaging, with the assumption you know what they think, or that they know what you think AND feel. Do they? Do you, really?

Be patient (a TAU virtue), consider communicating in several ways and via different media, to make sure the message comes across – a bigger chance to reach them. But also, keep in mind and heart that because people’s minds can be all over the place now, communication might be distracted, scattered, and incomplete, or prone to assumptions: “I thought you got my email!!!”. Or it might actually be a monologue when you write to someone: Are you just thinking out loud as you “communicate’, or are you actually suggesting something to them?

Which brings us to…

 

8) Be mindful how you communicate with others.

Put yourself in their position, see the situation with less attachment and ego desires (“what’s in for me?”), drop your defenses, respond with genuine interest!

 

9) Be clear and precise with commitments, if you HAVE To (do you really?) sign an agreement now that can’t wait.

In the Zodiac, late TAU, where Mercury goes retro from, is all about Values and Service.
For your own interest, and maybe to maintain your good terms with the other person(!) double check whether you have been understood correctly, and RE-peat / RE-phrase back to the other person. Avoid signing an agreement before you have all the necessary information (which is often only after MERCURY retro is over!). Especially related to where late TAU is in your chart (e.g. 7th house: relationships, 4th house: home / family).

 

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

As we act more intuitively, and are RE-leased from the ordinary conditioned mind we let synchronistic guidance in, and allow the spontaneous intervention of the universe to show us our interconnectedness. With the TAU energy, let’s RE-member to tune into the body’s intelligence.

 

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

People might come back into your life whom you had connected with, but for some RE-ason have lost touch with. Time to RE-visit RE-sidual communication that’s not complete, or wasn’t possible for a while. Chances are good that you RE-connect with people from realms related to later – mid  TAU in your chart (e.g. 7th house: significant others, 9th house: foreign countries, studies…)

 

12) When ‘glitches’ occur, be fluid and flexible like quicksilver (MERCURY’s metal).

Think “shift happens”, don’t judge or blame yourself or others for not being ‘perfect’, and making ‘mistakes’, and turn the paradigm around: What could be the opportunity and funny side in this mishap? RE-frame your way of thinking about things. And entertain the possibility that subconsciously, you might have arranged a wild alternative to the original ‘plan A’ which – who knows? – might lead to something new and better and more fun and playful than what the ‘normal’, ‘usual’, ‘regular’, and most ‘efficient’ (controlling) mind set could have come up with? 

 

13) Enjoy those hilarious, 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…

  • whether you are a member of the RETRO CLUB (born under MERCURY retro, as yours truly)
  • in which part of life the MERCURY Retro Trickster would likely play tricks on / with you
  • how you can best benefit from, and work WITH the energy,

 

…feel welcome to get in touch with your Astrologer.

 

© Mercur-elanie 2016

 

Experience Astrology with Melanie

 

 

* MERCURY RETRO in TAURUS – RE-connecting with what we truly Enjoy and Value.

29 Apr

What a Wesak / SCORPIO / TAURUS Full Moon week it’s been!

 

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

 

The energetic ‘Buddha Moon’ in SCO – TAU on Apr 21 / 22 with its build-up phase, weeks before, and concentrated medicine at the exact SCO Moon ‘window’ (Apr 21 eve until Apr 24 morning PDT) felt for many of us like

  • a fight with the inner dragon (the ‘inner monster’ always growing more heads as one might be slayed / one issue might be ‘dealt with’), and / or sooo much inner painful processing – the suffering version of the SCO MOON side, in its outer yang and inner yin version,
  • dealing with the inner ‘hungry ghost’, as Buddhists would call it: our mouth, or our sense organs in general, can only take in so much, yet the belly of desire is big and insatiable… – the suffering on the TAU side: In an outer yang way, through consuming, pur-chasing(!), acquiring more and more, while never being satisfied, and in an a yin way: trying to attract and you never feel good enough…

 

So much suffering in all this, yet our human condition seems to draw us into these places, and they get reinforced through socio-cultural and economical conditioning.

 

Under the waning CAP, now AQ Moon we are grounding the energies that got stirred up, into our place of integrity: How can we live in comMOONity, from the insights and liberation we gained through the Wesak Moon process?

 

I must confess, I got sucked into some of this ‘mind mine field’ as well, even exactly over the Full Moon weekend.

One trigger was ‘fighting with technology monsters’, and feeling frustrated by the perception that I had opened a Pandora’s box of issues.
Yet, when I started to embrace what I had perceived as ‘a mess’ in my initial response, treat it as a learning curve, and released my grip of (self-) judgment, and my attachment to ‘getting it fixed – now’, things shifted in my inner world, reflected in what and who showed up ‘from the outside’, and how things played themselves out. Actually more playfully too! 🙂

 

Hmmm, Buddhist wisdom teachings 101 all over again (seems like RE-freshers are needed from time to time, in our human condition, lol):
First step is to acknowledge our attachment to not getting what we want, or to being stuck with what we don’t want, and to realize that it is the attachment that causes the suffering, not the ‘thing’ in itself.

 

How can we release the attachment?

Realization of how it all works (quite simply in fact) is already a huge freedom catalyst – for me anyway. Basically noticing: Hey, I’m doing this to myself. It’s not the situation, it’s what my mind makes out of it that causes the frustration.

Also, a key piece is to embrace impermanence.

No pain, problem, discomfort lasts forever. No pleasure and enjoyment either. So let’s not get so worked up and graspy or resistant, and relax in the ‘storm’.

Which naturally allows for the transformational process to go where it needs to go.

Let’s practice surfing skills… 🙂

 

Did I say ‘storm’?
Yep, MERCURY – winged Messenger Archetype, and in Astrology representing the Mind and its workings, has been in its pre-retro stationary (slow turnaround) ‘storm’ over the last week too!

The present early M-r phase shows us how the mind can mess with life, by putting a spin (or even a spell) on things (as they simply ARE), and influence our perception and inner ‘story’ about ourselves and the world, often ‘simply’ by making a case to confirm the ‘old stories’ that are already in our heads or subconscious. Reminds me of a great bumper sticker I once saw: “I don’t believe everything I think.”

Check out what the MERCURY trickster, this time in TAURUS, has up its sleeve, and how to be not just in good terms with it, but on neutral ground.

 

Wherever you are on the Planet EARTH, wide awake, in deep sleep / no-mind at this point, enjoy the read, hopefully with a storm free mind (brain storms are cool though)! 🙂

Wishing you a blessed navigation in the retro- and interdimensional zone, with the current Mercurial Mind currents, in the Heavens as on EARTH!

 

 

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NOT quite the TAURUS NEW Moon (May 6) Astro~News YET! 

Those will come down this ‘chimney’ within the next week.

So: What’s UP and urgent then, you ask?

Tahtah! You guessed correctly… I can’t hide it from you (a Scorpionic tendency), and shouldn’t hold back much longer (TAURUS is no-taureous / notorious for going slow, and taking time…)

MERCURY, now in late TAURUS (23°36′) just went RETRO yesterday morning Thu APR 28 at 10:20 am PDT.

That’s what this ar-tickle is all about :-).

I bet you’ve been tickled and re-mind-ed of all sorts of things lately. The late TAU zodiac zone cusp has a VIRGO undertone… so much to do as it seems – yet: what is it that we truly value?

 

Mid April to end of May 2016 is completely under the influence of MERCURY retro (you probably already noticed 🙂 ):

The technical retro phase started yesterday, Apr 28, and goes to May 22, with the ‘stormy’ / stationary atmosphere before and after, extending beyond that time:

The pre-retro stationary ‘storm’ was on since MERCURY significantly slowed down its speed = since the Full Moon on Apr 21 – see previous Astro~News).

Have you noticed a shift in your mind since the Wesak Moon, towards slowing down, and a call for more groundedness?

After Mercury will be direct again from May 22 on (after the next Full Moon on May 21), there will be another post-retro ‘storm’ until May 31.

 

And hey, maybe your mind has been recently a little bit ‘all over the map’, fuzzy, funny, synchronistic, poked, provoked, non-sensical / nonsense-ical? Or in a trickster mode, mischievous perhaps, and / or seeing synchronicities and meaningful signs  pop up ‘out of nowhere’.

 

All in perfect alignment with the cosmic dance, and the ‘cosmic smile’. Seems like the universe smiles at us when we recognize a synchronicity! :-).

Don’t get annoyed when the ‘cosmic prankster’ plays tricks on your mind, wants you to be FREE, and change your fixed ideas and set paradigms!

 

Welcome to the ‘Special Issue’ MERCURY RETRO AstroNews!

 

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‘Sweet Spot’ on the Rocks, under the Oaks – ‘Retro’ Photo from mid April – (the place where I did a little video shoot for the Wesak Moon)

 

What you find in this ‘Special Issue’:

* MERCURY RETRO in TAURUS – RE-connecting with what we truly Enjoy and Value. 

* MERCURY Retro in TAURUS and the Mental Maze / Labyrinth

* Sabian Symbol of the MERCURY Turnaround Degree: 23° TAU

* REsource, RE: Mind, and Consciousness of Spirit

* Itinerary for the Mercury retro Phase

 

* MERCURY RETRO in TAURUS – RE-connecting with what we truly Enjoy and Value.

 

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MERCURY Retro in TAU – Staying Grounded, for Now / Taking off from a good Foundation – Mercury’s / Hermes’s winged feet (uuuh, just noticed: only the left foot of the statue seems winged!)

 

Believe it or not – I’ve been looking forward to this Mercury retro phase.

And so do many of my clients and friends whom I’ve been talking with recently.

Its arrival, after the Wesak Moon, has been rather liberating than frustrating – when met in a mer-curious way that’s aligned with the spirit of the archetypal activation…

 

What could that look like?

  • Sloooowing down, tuning into the Body and our Senses (related to the VIRGO / TAURUS theme).
  • Asking ourselves: Where do I physically belong and need to ground myself?
  • Maybe we need to take ourselves to magical spots. Mercury is also the magician, and, esp. with its VIRGO rulership, rules ‘practical magic’ – tools and physical places (TAU) that transform, re-align, help, and heal.
  • Letting go of being attached to and stuck in (TAU low vibe) mental (MERCURY) patterns, habits (TAU), gravitations, ruts. In fact, let’s get un-stuck. Very timely now.
  • Buying less, enjoying more. 
  • The mind habitually attaches itself randomly to things that we have an affinity to, desire for, aversion against, and present them as interesting to engage in (almost like a shop keeper presenting his window display) – very Taurean. Our habit is to give in, and engage mentally with those ‘offers’. Our job and in fact freedom is ‘just’ not to buy it.
  • Let’s tune into what brings us true intrinsic joy (not derived from ‘getting’ and consuming more on the outer level).
  • Let’s re-connect with what we truly value.
  • Let’s follow the messages (MERCURY) of the Body (TAU). They might take you inward at first, esp. in the first half of the M-r phase (until May 9)

 

Speaking of Messages of the Body, and Embodiment:


Mark your calendar for the next Living Breathing Birth Chart – Embodied Astrology, on FRI May 20, from 2:20 pm on, in Victoria BC.

 

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How does this ‘work’, and how we humans represent the Heaven-on-Earth energies of someone’s chart?
Just come and join us, dive in, and you’ll see the amazingness.

  • No previous Astrology background required.
  • Experience your chart directly. Let the Archetypes speak to and through you.
  • Move with what you experience!
  • It’s an embodiment, not a performance.
  • Experience the Archetypes in Astrology and perhaps your own chart in a new, fresh, embodied way. Great for MERCURY retro in TAU – on the last day of the retro phase!

The Facebook event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1542648912706150/

We have space for a few more Embodyers, and for one person to set up his / her chart! Newcomers most welcome!

If you have questions, and / or you are interested in even having your chart embodied please feel free to contact me, and let’s talk. Mercury retro likes that, rather than lots of back and forth texts and messages. 🙂

 

So let’s take time this first MERCURY retro week, under the waning / before New Moon (May 6)

  • For creative and playful brain storms.
  • For a ‘pause button’ in the ‘automatic pilot’ of daily dealings and mental habits.
  • To check our ‘invent-ory’ (in other words, ‘resources’ and inventive ideas that you have collected over time (in TAU fashion), that are ‘just sitting’ somewhere, and could come to new life…. – some of them are due for purging and RE-cycling too.

 

 

* MERCURY Retro in TAURUS and the Mind Maze / Labyrinth

 

Labyrinth (Seven Circle Classical L.) by Helen Rowlands

7-Circle Classical Labyrinth by Helen Rowlands http://lighttogoplaces.blogspot.ca/2015_05_01_archive.html

 

When I was searching for something else on the internet a while ago, I came across this Labyrinth image by Helen Rowlands, which immediately reminded me of the brain.

Why haven’t I seen the connection before? A classical Mercury retro example for suddenly seeing connections that were always there, in ‘plain sight’ but not paid attention to.

Check out this confirmation article – found yesterday, at the retro onset: http://coursesite.uhcl.edu/HSH/Whitec/terms/M/mazelab.htm
A MERCURY retro question could be: Can we use the ancient labyrinth structure / system, to intentionally connect, energize, and regenerate both brain hemispheres, and everything ‘mind’?
TAURUS would have us physically walk the labyrinth, and sit in the NoMind centre.

 

With MERCURY retro in TAURUS, the association with the Minotaur / bull-headed Greek mythological figure in the maze / labyrinth in Crete came up too: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minotaur. Minotaur – Mind o’TAUR 🙂

Here’s a dramatic 1 min. Minotaur mythology cartoon clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qrZ1clEp-Y

 

Synchronistically, when I googled for Minotaur, I found that Picasso’s (he was born under the SCO Sun – any doubts?) Minotaur series (which I’ve seen years ago in the Picasso Museum in Barcelona – intensely capturing and carrying forward the myth!) is presently in the National Gallery in Ottawa http://ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/local-arts/picassos-minotaur-bulls-through-suite-of-prints-on-display-at-national-gallery
So there are clues to the archetypal theme. Or you may argue: Melanie’s magical spin on them…

See how it resonates with you, and your TAUREAN inner Archetypes!

 

What matters is to identify the tendencies, and liberate ourselves from identifying with them! 

 

Mercury Butchard Gardens

Mercury / Hermes Statue at Butchard Gardens, Victoria (Photo by Gail Pettinger) … casting its shadow, and pointing to….?

 

What are the symptoms of being in an unconscious / default MERCURY retro mode?

How do you recognize that you are in a mercurial ‘maze’ / ‘labyrinth’?

What’s the best approach to the energy of this time?

 

Well, to cut right through the story, unconsciousness IS the maze.

When we identify with the mind’s stories and assumptions, AND with our feelings, based on the thoughts that circulate in us (or vice versa, thoughts based on feelings) we are entangled, and far from free.

Thinking itself is not the problem, and we can’t and don’t need to make our mind ‘shut up’. The issue is rather identification with and attachment to thinking and to the content of our thoughts, esp. with TAURUS being one of the fixed sign of the Zodiac that can get attached. It relates to grounding, security, stability. Its unevolved quality and shadow is an attachment to the status quo.

 

MERCURY retro in TAU is creating a very grounding Grand Earth Trine with stationary PLUTO in CAP (now retro), and stationary JUPITER in VIR (to turn from retro to direct on May 9) that can lead us to inner resources, as we are true to ourselves, our integrity, our wholeness. The Grand Earth Trine was exact as a first prelude mid April, before the retro phase, will be again strongly activated with the New Moon in TAU on May 6 while MERCURY is retro – to anchor us on New Inner Ground, and for the last, integration time late May / early June, after the retro phase).

 

Each Mercury retro phase serves as a REcalibration of the mind, and REconnection of the mind (represented by MERCURY) with Consciousness and Spirit (represented by the SUN. MERCURY has gone ahead of the SUN, and is during M-r being ‘lassoed back in’, to step behind the SUN).

Bottom line:

  • Let’s BE MIND-ful, recognize when we are rather mind – full, and what it takes to get mentally unstuck, and bring more ease and flow to our life.
  • Let’s REalize again that we are not the mind. It’s just a function that serves consciousness.
  • Let’s be open minded, and available to see things in a new, fresh light.

 

Let’s see what the

* Sabian Symbol of the Mercury Turnaround Degree reveals.

Mercury turned retro at 23° 36′ TAU.

 

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Photo: Wall St. Bull (Wiki)

 

Quite striking: This degree is super close (only 1° off) where in May 2000 JUPITER and SATURN were conjunct!

This ‘Great Conjunction’ happens every 20 years, and starts a new socio-economic 20-year cycle. A Taurean, rather conservative cycle started, capitalism and consumerism became quite prominent, with then developing / economically rising countries like China and India joining the consumer population on the globe.

Presently, we are in a JUPITER (in VIRGO) Square with SATURN (in SAG) crisis. Limits of growth…. Problems are growing… The environment can’t take it… Less is more….

MERCURY retro symptoms re: TAURUS have been already for a while in the public discussion, re: questioning the damaging effects of unregulated capitalism. The Bull in the political arena… or, shall I say: maze!

As the famous Gandhi quote goes: “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs but not every man’s greed.”

 

For the Sabian Symbol, I’d suggest to round it down to 23° TAU, since the direction is backwards.

23° TAURUS: 

“A JEWELRY SHOP FILLED WITH VALUABLE GEMS

 

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Image: Crystal Activated Voyager Tarot card Woman of Crystals – Guardian (photo and crystal activation by Melanie).

 

Keynote: The social confirmation of natural excellence.

Two elements should be distinguished in this symbolic picture: The gems that result from natural processes, often induced by extreme volcanic heat and pressure, and the finished products of refined craftsmen. Both the gems themselves and the artistry are highly priced and bring prestige to the owner of the jewels.

The symbol applies to any product in which culturally acquired skill has embellished or transformed the end results of a lengthy and demanding natural process.

At this stage we are concerned with the social process which brings about a CERTIFICATION OF PERSONAL WORTH.”

 

I feel this Voyager tarot card RE-flects beautifully the MERCURY retrograde meaning of this Sabian Symbol:
The Crystal Woman’s Third Sapphire Eye is clear and open. Her mind seems RE-laxed, yet focused on the clear crystal ‘at hand’, undistracted by the multitude of beautifully and skillfully cut gems and ‘shiny objects’ around her that might court for her attention. Skillfully aware of the workings of the mind, she guards the mind.

In the abundance of what life offers, what matters most, and what has the highest intrinsic value that is free from attachment?

Let’s take this image as a personal inspiration for the MERCURY retro phase.

 

On that note:

* REsource, RE: Mind, and Consciousness of Spirit

Apparently randomly, I came across Adyashanti’s ‘old’ but gold video about his basic spiritual teachings. Excellent.

Check it out: http://www.adyashanti.org/cafedharma/index.php?file=video

 

* Itinerary for the  S M (= Mercury retro) Phase

 

Mercury Pajou (at the Louvre, Paris) Seems Libran / Scorpionic to me :-)

Mercury, Sculpture by A. Pajou (Louvre, Paris) – uuuh, temporarily grounded / lost his ankle wings!

 

Since Apr 21: MERCURY in TAU entered the stationary ‘storm’.

Stormy, ingenuis, or crazy maze?

 

Yesterday Apr 28: MERCURY end of TAU turned retro, from Earth perspective. 

Stand-still for the inward – backward looking Mind. RE-connecting with what we truly enjoy and value. Nature speaks…

 

May 6: TAU New Moon with MERCURY and VENUS.

Finding New Ground and Value, from within. What has the body been telling you (TAU)?

 

May 9: Inferior Conjunction of MERCURY retro with the TAU SUN, plus: JUPITER in VIR turns direct again.

Ahhh, the half-way point of the MERCURY retro journey, a.k.a. ‘Point of Enlightening Insight’! A ‘New MERCURY’ is being born.
The SUN (Spirit, Consciousness) leads again, while mind is the instrument and assistant.

The whole point of the MERCURY retro adjustment phase…

 

May 22 (Day after the SAG – GEM Full Moon: MERCURY will go direct again, plus: MARS will oppose the SUN (half-way point of the MARS retro phase)

We learned a big deal about the mind – to be revealed until then. Let it sit with (TAU) what comes up, and bravely uncover our inner truth (MARS retro from SAG into SCO).

 

May 31: Mercury will leave the post-retro ‘storm’.

Mercury slowly catching momentum, regenerated. ‘Mind’ has a different quality than before the M-r phase, maybe deeply changed and even unattached.

 

June 8: Mercury direct in late TAU will leave the post-retro ‘shadow’.

Green light to go forward with what we truly value and enjoy.

 

 

© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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* Settling IN, and Smelling the Roses: MERCURY in TAURUS is going into pre-retro shadow now (as of today Apr 15), and will go retro Apr 28 – May 22

16 Apr

Noticing some funk? Some ‘wait a minute’ promptings?

The Mercurial inner Messenger / Communicator / Mind Archetype, now settled in TAURUS (since Apr 5) settles, and settles, and stays there, until June 12!
 
You guessed why so looong, and what’s in the REmaking:
MERCURY will go RETRO in TAU (from Apr 28 to May 22).
This year, Mercury retro happens in Earth signs, the last M-r was in Jan in Cap, next M-r will be in Vir in Sept.
TAU is grounded, slow, embodied, communicates and learns through all the senses, and not just via the brain. Clearly, that adds an extra ‘retro’ vibe to it. Don’t chew on things with your mind. Ask the body!
Smell the grass, the Spring, the roses – good Medicine for the otherwise too overrated and busy brain!
Patience is a good TAU and M-r virtue too, so no use hurrying others if you don’t get a response (who knows what they’re dwelling – or stuck – in at this point). And patience can allow YOU to relax and slow down the pace…
Plus: no assumptions please – always a prime M-r practice.

 

Orang Utangs Smell da Roses

Orangutans Smell da Roses…

 
MERCURY goes into its pre-retro ‘shadow’ today Apr 15, and into stationary pre U-turn ‘storm’ on Apr 21.
– A good time to slow down, and re-connect with the messages of the body.
– What grounds you and brings you natural (not mind-made) joy?
– M-r in TAU would be an excellent time for a retreat in nature….
– And being physically in each other’s presence makes all the difference (rather than default electronic ‘connection’).
– Why not having a yummy meal together, like ‘in the olden, retro days’, and see where the conversation goes?
Today, Apr 15, MERCURY slooowing down in TAU is in quincunx with SATURN retro in SAG. Our limiting beliefs and ‘old stories’ can speak through our bodies. On the other hand, asking what our body is really saying leads to natural inner guidance.
On Sunday, Apr 17, slowww MERCURY in TAU forms a supportive Earth Trine with stationary PLUTO in CAP, showing us how slowing down the pace is not only more enjoyable but also more sustainable and quality conscious. 
 
More about MERCURY retro to come in the next days, in an Astro~News Blog Special.
Stay tuned.

Oh, and, I hear you ask:
“Didn’t I just read MARS was going retro on Apr 17? And PLUTO on Apr 18?”
Yep, quite the Retro Spring (Jupiter – until May 9, Saturn, Mars, Pluto, Mercury), turning the focus from outer stimulation and response to the inner worlds, plus back-tracking on ‘open-ended’, unREsolved themes. REtreat time is Treat Time (How ARE we treating Time?).

 

© 2016 by Melanie Lichtinger