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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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Speaking Our Truth, Finding Our Freedom – MERCURY back and forth over the ‘Phoenix Point’, going retro Nov 16 – Dec 6

29 Oct

The Truth does set us Free…

JUPITER’s been for more than a year in SCORPIO (since 10/10/2017) now, and coming to its ‘tail end’ from which the Phoenix Rises (JUPITER enters SAG on Nov 8!

A period of deep purging of covered-up taboos, framed by the emergence of the Me Too movement at the beginning of this phase, and the upsetting sexual abuse allegation process in the U.S. Supreme Court nominations towards the end.

But wait a minute – we still have 10 days to go…

May the Truth empower, and bring Healing and new Freedom!
…supported by JUPITER now at the very end of SCO in trine with CHIRON in late PI (exact Nov 1, and active mid-Oct to mid-Nov).

And: Both JUPITER and MERCURY sit on the ‘Phoenix Point’ this Fall!
This last week of Oct, the Mercurial Messenger is already slowing down as (you guessed it!) it comes up to another U-turn into retro (from Nov 16 on, until Dec 6). 


In the slowing down, MERCURY has been very close to JUPITER, to go conjunct at the very end of SCO today Oct 29… and into Water Trine with CHIRON retro at the end of PISCES:
Sooo much healing release!
To love is to let go of thoughts that inflict pain, and to see our unity…!

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…just before it crosses over the ‘Phoenix / Butterfly Point’ into SAG tomorrow Oct 30 – for the 1st time that-is!
Again on Dec 1 at the end of its retro phase, and in direct motion on Dec 12.
A triple PHOENIX activation by MERCURY!

That’s a big (JUPITER) and re-curring (triple / retro) theme of processing hidden thoughts, feelings, messages, information, and bringing them to the light.
I wouldn’t be surprised if big revealing news came out into the light this week and again in Dec.

In our personal lives, this phase sums up a golden opportunity (JUPITER) to dig into hidden, subconscious, unprocessed realms, perhaps journal about your emotions, and let the the process roll through.
Freedom and understanding, ‘even’ gratitude can come from it – and down the road also inspiring stories.


Speaking from a processed place is so much freer, and more powerful.

Which takes us to the (1st) shift of MERCURY crossing the PHOENIX burn-off point on Oct 30 – the day after its meeting with JUPITER!
What’s the deeper Truth that can be seen and voiced now?

MERCURY freshly in SAG – unusually – won’t have hardly any alignments with other Planets before going retro on Nov 16!

Except these two on Oct 31 and Nov 9:

Oct 31
MERCURY’s quincunx from the ‘Phoenix Point’ to unsettling URANUS retro on the ‘Settling Point’.
News about the Establishment rocking the boat, with new truths(?) ?
We can use the energy to motivate (SAG) ourselves and each other to free ourselves (URANUS) from attachments and stuck habits.
And it’s time to experiment with new ways of living, and to experience ourselves and life in a fresh way. URANUS going back into AR on Nov 6 over the Winter will help with this also.

Coming up on Nov 9 – ushered in by the SCO New MOON on Nov 7:
MERCURY, the MOON, and freshly JUPITER will be all in early SAG, with LUNA as the uniting agent. 
A really exciting and inspiring vibe to lift our Spirit, find our YES from the Heart, and be generous and grateful. What’s possible?
At least make time for a hikes, walks, outings – to gain space and perspective on Life. Lots of gifts can come from it.
In a bigger sense: Where can the Journey go now?

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

Again, MERCURY will have hardly any aspects to other Planets while in retro which looks like it’s not such a ‘tricky challenge’ this time, rather a welcome backtracking to the Heart-Mind.

The one aspect in the first half of M-r is on
Nov 26
MERCURY retro in SAG square MARS 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 alignment of MERCURY / SUN / JUPITER, all in early SAG!
Cultivating Trust, Gratitude, Generosity, Heart-Knowing (that can’t be argued with), Intuition, and Fun.

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. 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.

 

Wishing you well for the Mercurial Phoenix Ride of the Season!
May it evoke deep wisdom and new understanding that sets you free!

If JUPITER’s entry into SAG on NOV 8 calls you to explore this uplifting shift in your own life come to our Astro Activation Parlour on Nov 7 (live in person or online participation options, and 2 groups open). Here is the description on FB.


Private JUPITER in SAG focused sessions are of course also available.
And I’ll have a JUPITER Special at this occasion throughout November (11% discount on all Astro sessions, and even 22% discount if you’re lucky and your JUPITER is in SAG)!

 

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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MERCURY Retro (July 25 – Aug 18) in LEO: SelfLove Talk – Cosmic RE-lief & Toolkit

21 Jul

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 collective awakening & wake-up calls, transformational shifts in society , and of old patterns and ‘operating systems’ in our personal lives, mirrored by our transpersonal planetary ‘friends’ URANUS now on the TAURUS cusp, CHIRON now on the ARIES cusp, NEPTUNE in PISCES, and PLUTO in CAP.

Plus, the Record Retro Summer of 2018 (so far 5, soon 6, and in August 7 Planets retro!!!) has begun!
No wonder, things are a bit topsy-turvy.

But what’s with all the technology and communication glitches (or surprises!) that have sneaked in again lately?
No way? Are you telling me…..?
YEP, the inevitable is happening again: 

Mercury Retro

Mercury doing its retro somersaults again… summery HOT in LEO this time.

Another MERCURY Retro phase is coming UP, and already gearing UP!
All in LEO this time (from 23°27′ back to 11°32′ LEO), from JULY 25 – AUG 18.

M-r happens in the same Element for one year, and is in FIRE in 2018.
The Element sequence goes backward in the Zodiac, e.g. this year in FIRE. The last M-r phase March 22 – Apr 15 was all in AR, next one will be in SAG / SCO Nov 16 – Dec 6, and 2019 M-r in WATER signs PI, CAN and SCO is on.

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 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 July 8 been in the pre-retro ‘shadow’
(i.o.w., crossed the 11° LEO mark from which it will go direct again on Aug 18).

Since JULY 16, MERCURY has been in stationary (very slowly moving) ‘U-turn storm’. 

Next week, on JULY 25, MERCURY will start its seasonal retro loop which goes until AUG 18.
Definitely a good time for RE-treat. Take it easy on a busy holiday back and fro, and getting wrapped up in planning ‘loops’ directed by mental overdrive.

 

Speak from the Heart, Roar if Needed, and Show Yourself.

Woohoo – a loooong phase of MERCURY in LEO altogether this year, throughout JULY, AUGUST, and into early SEPT!

Seems like we’ve got something to learn and RE-trieve from the LEO side of things.

Everything LEO (Love, Passion, Creativity, The Self, yet also the Inner Drama Queen / King and Narcissist) is brought to awareness and discussion.
Be the Artist and Heart-ist!

The energy turns inward-backward as MERCURY goes retro, to RE-connect from the Heart rather than roaring / making it all about ourselves….

But hey, why do we / they crave attention?
Maybe ‘simply’ to be seen and loved.
Maybe something ‘went wrong’ there in the past, maybe early on… and we internalized it.
Time to re-lease those inner voices, under MERCURY retro.

YES, Self Love Talk is totally in accord with M-r in LEO.
Give yourself the Love you might miss from others, and tell yourself a new Love Story.

How do you talk to yourself?
Is it a feedback-loop?
Stop, notice, take note even, and check out patterns. With our repetitive mental patterns we create pre-conceived reinforcement neuro pathways, and selective perceptions of what confirms our beliefs. Our mind is a powerful manifestor – well, at least it’s a filter of ‘reality’ which can create ‘blinders’.

How does the Self Loving YOU communicate with others?
Notice how your communication flows when you’re in a loving space…

When / how / why do you compensate a lack of love through self absorption?
Why do you need the attention?
Often easier to recognize in narcissistic, self absorbed others who dominate a situation.

Experiment witnessing yourself (would be great to re-listen to a re-corded conversation…) – how do you represent yourself?

What do you LOVE about yourself?
What do you LOVE about LIFE?
How can you LIVE Life (more) Lovingly?

And what would LOVE say?

Rather than feeding anger, and going into verbal confrontation
(which might be a strong temptation, with MARS on the other side of the spectrum, presently retro in AQ), can you find the Loving Place in your Heart from which to speak and act?
But hey: What does the anger tell you?  What’s the deeper desire (MARS) behind it?
What are your desires, when it comes to friends, groups, community, and humanity (AQ)?
What’s your message for Humanity?

Always good (not only) these days, to start from the Heart – an invitation from the LEO North Node (which MERCURY will re-approach when in retro) – and meet ‘even strangers’ from a place of Love.
I prefer to live in a World where Love and warm heartedness matter, rather than in icy glass houses of isolation, alienation, and anonymity (AQ South Node).

“Share your smile with a stranger, and be excellent with each other”, is what our LEO SUN Yoga teacher likes to say at the end of the class.
Yet, in our device driven environ-mental sphere not many smiles are exchanged anymore with real people (smiley icons on the screen yes…).

 

It’s gotten really hot(!) when MERCURY (in LEO the hottest sign of the Zodiac) went into pre-retro ‘storm’ last MON JULY 16! Noticed?
Don’t let the Ego Monkey Mind rule you!
Be mindful, rather than having the mind uber-full.

Hope all the LEO energy doesn’t mean more forest fires, drought, etc – MERCURY is one of the factors that also reflect weather patterns. Weather report confirms it IS getting hot over the weekend and next week, here on Vancouver Island.

Smile more often, smile at yourself, smile as if noone or everyone sees it, and enjoy the Sunshine and Moonlight, Cosmic Strangers & Friends!

 

Change of Heart, Change of Mind

MERCURY in LEO squares off this Summer with JUPITER in SCO (which just turned direct recently, on July 10, and is now in stationary mode)!
Not just once (July 9) but 3 times (again under M-r on Aug 10, and post-M-r on Aug 27)!

Nudging us to be authentic (rather than being trapped in the Ego Monkey Mind), vulnerable, and communicate from the Heart, to allow a deeper processing and more intimate connection with others.
Societally, it can mean hidden agenda comes out and shows things in a new light that helps with moving the change for the better.

 

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

The LEO motto (ruled bu the SUN) motto is: “I create.”
A self-radiant energy.

The shadow of LEO is to be too self-absorbed, narcissistic, and dominant / running the show, and boasting with privileges at the expense of others.

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 deal with the over-thinker / worrier / fence sitter… this one can get stuck (fixed LEO) in revolving around the ego self.
Traditionally, MERCURY isn’t ‘well placed’ in LEO – actually ‘in fall’, vs. in exaltation in AQ on the opposite side of the Zodiac spectrum (why? because that would point to a synergistic group mind, to a systemic and innovative, future oriented rather than self absorbed thinker / mind).
So, at this time, and for all of us with MERCURY in LEO the theme is to witness (AQ) the mind yet not let it rule (LEO), notice how much is ‘self fulfilling’. To be aware is the first step to more freedom.

Yes, M-r in LEO does affect whatever you have in LEO (SUN, MOON, Planets, Nodes, AC / MC), and shows up in the area of life related to the LEO House in your chart.

M-r brings these sides in you to awareness. At this time you tend to think, write, and discuss about them more than otherwise: Love, creativity, playfulness, joyful self expression.

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 that want to come to the Light, with M-r in LEO, in an Astro session.

 

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. 

 

There’s 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 JULY 8, which means it passed for the first time the Zodiac point (11º32’ LEO) from which it will after the retro phase go direct / forward again. Certain ‘foreshadowing’ themes of what can come up during 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 (Love, Self Love, Self Expression, Joy, Passion…).

 

MERCURY Retro in the Starters

On JULY 16, MERCURY entered its stationary ‘storm’ period (moves very slowly), a.k.a. ‘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’, ‘complicated’, ‘chaotic’, and ‘messed up’, but only from the perspective of the ego that needs to be in control via the mind.

MERCURY in zigzag mode suggests being in flux and at ease, while swiftly and intelligently changing course when necessary. Ironically, it can lead to a better outcome than what the self absorbed ‘fixed’ mind might cook up.

 

The actual retro phase (JULY 25 – AUG 18) 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. Actually, we have a chance now to see the mental devil / trickster that’s been there all along, camouflaging and going unnoticed,
The challenge is to not get frustrated when things don’t turn out the way YOU thought they ’should’, according to a preconceived ego 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. 


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.

 

“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’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 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 self absorbed.

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, maybe 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.

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 Dec 2017 and March /Apr 2018).

What happens quite often under M-r: 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! Or to connect two or more people with one another – because you can.
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, 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 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, 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 LEO 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 – JULY 25 – AUG 8) where old (epic) stories, memories, and patterns show up for a REason (yet unknown, REvealing itself in the journey).

With the LEO energy of M-r, it’s good to stay in a joyful, playful mode, 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 (AUG 8 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:
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’.

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 upbeing 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 (AUG 8 – 18) is the ‘Promethean’ phase, where new insights and new consciousness can be creatively carried forward.

 

MERCURY’s Square Dance with MARS and JUPITER

This M-r in LEO forms as its main aspects an opposition with MARS (ruling planet of ARIES) presently in early AQ. It was exact on July 5. Quite dramatic. Also a reflection of “The King hath spoken” vs. “The People act.”
And also, 3 times in fact, MERCURY goes into square with JUPITER in SCO (see above): Pre-retro on July 9, again under M-r on Aug 10, and lastly on Aug 27 when MERCURY will be just out of post-retro ‘storm’.

What’s the gist of the message of these LEO – AQ – SCO oppositions / squares?
Don’t get stuck in ego mind that takes you into polarity and battle. 

 

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.

July 8: Pre-retro ‘shadow’ started
July 9: MERCURY in LEO in square with JUPITER in SCO (# 1).
July 16: Pre-retro ‘storm’ started.
July 22: The SUN enters LEO.

July 25: MERCURY goes retro (until AUG 18) at 23 – 11° LEO.
Aug 8: MERCURY retro conj. the SUN in LEO – Point of Enlightening Insight.
Aug 10: MERCURY retro in square with JUPITER in SCO (# 2).
Aug 18: MERCURY retro in LEO sextile VENUS in LIBRA.  MERCURY goes direct again.
Aug 24: Post-retro ‘storm’ ends.
Aug 27: MERCURY stationary in square with JUPITER in SCO (# 3)

Sept 2: Post-retro ‘shadow’ ends.

 

 

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

 

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, 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 March / April 2018).

 

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 LEO flavour, be clear and authentic, and connect with people and interests that are fun and fresh, creative and playful. 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 ARIES is situated.
I’m happy to check that our for and WITH 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…?

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 08-08 this year! Also the Day of SIRIUS Rising!

 

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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ARIES New Moon with URANUS, MERCURY Turnaround & CHIRON Entering ARIES: Breakthrough into the Authentic YOU!

14 Apr

Dear Astro~News Readers,

The energies from the pre-Easter Full Moon are getting turned up another notch – or a few:

You MUST feel this already – at least ‘in the making’ (as in: New Moon)!
Tomorrow’s New Moon in late ARIES comes with URANUS, and brings a liberating Firework:
Freedom from… Freedom for… and ‘simply’:

Freedom to be Authentically YOU!

Whatever is in the way, like polarization splits a la ERIS in ARIES (see my recent post for the Full Moon on March 31, with ERIS involved) is being recognized for what it is, and gets busted right on the spot.

No need to ‘assert or defend yourself’ (which is also an ARIES energy but always implies an ‘against’).
Simply be YOU! Says liberating URANUS, right next to the New Moon.

Which can perhaps look like this:
Being consciously (SUN) emotionally (MOON) free (URANUS).
Feeling it coming big time?

 

Star Magnolia Dance – Photo by Melanie

 

Imagine…
If more and more of us wake up and step into LIFE (ARIES) with this Power? It can have massive effects on our lives, onto society, humanity, and our Life on Earth.

I’d say this Spirit is pushing so strongly now to come alive that there’s no more holding back or regressing. 
Also catalyzed by MERCURY and CHIRON, wrapping round the ‘Emergence’ / “Come Alive” Point from PI to AR!

MERCURY is now stationary in early ARIES – going out of retro tomorrow Apr 15 – about 16 1/2 hrs before the NEW MOON:
How have you come to more authenticity in your conscious thinking and communication?
Maybe you caught yourself in old conditioned / fearful / fake / ‘strategic’ / pleasing-oriented inauthentic patterns in this MERCURY Retro phase since March 22, questioned this, and tried on a new approach? Ha, or ‘simply’ something authentic ‘escaped you’ and brought out what you really think. 🙂
Maybe you noticed that when you speak-as-you-are things flow, you come alive, and people really only meet you for real.
Thaaank you, MERCURY Retro!
More about MERCURY below 🙂

 

CHIRON is about to ‘Come Alive’ & enter ARIES on Apr 17!

…with stationary MERCURY as a ‘midwife’
For a try-on / preview phase until Sept 25, when it re-immerses itself into PISCES. And then from Feb 18, 2019 on, the full-on emergence of ARIES Medicine will show up.

All is fresh and NEW in ARIES.
The Medicine is to be Authentically YOU!
Emerging from the Collective Consciousness.
Which can be scary, and / or hugely liberating.

CHIRON brings up ‘wounds’ and awkwardness, and we feel like an outsider – in ARIES when we show up or stand up for ourselves, and for what matters to us. It might be also awkward if we didn’t have role models, or their teachings don’t apply to THIS. 
Yet, what the heck? says ARIES, It’s my life, this is ME.
Early ARIES is a Warrior / Survivor. All about the NOW.

That’s what ARIES is all about: NOW THIS!
Alive, alert, letting life force emerge in every moment – like blossoms surprising us daily now. Time for fresh beginnings – or for simply being present with what’s always NEW.

Show up in a new way, try out what you haven’t before, not in a long time, or don’t have a ‘model’ or comparison for. If it ‘doesn’t work’ try something else (ARIES doesn’t mind starting anew). The essence of being innovative.
Anger (and ARIES expression) can be your vulnerability yet also guide you to your Medicine.

Those of you born with CHIRON in ARIES (Apr – Oct 1968, and Feb 1969 – March 1977) know a bit (or a lot) about this state of Being.
For you, round age 50 CHIRON will make its Return, and your ‘original wound / Medicine’ comes full circle.
All of us (independent of age) esp. if we have SUN, MOON, AC, or Planets in ARIES (or triggered by it, in LIBRA, CAN or CAP) we’ll get a CHIRON ‘kick’ too, to step forward, authentically as we are, esp. in the area of life related to our ARIES House in the chart.

Let’s explore how this shows up for YOU, and in the World (symptoms are already manifesting) in our…

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CHIRON Enters ARIES
The Medicine of Being Authentically YOU!

Coming Monday Apr 16
Afternoon and Evening Group to choose from.

 

Let’s take a look at the ARIES NEW MOON chart…

…and see which other Archetypes show up now, reminding us to let their energies enliven us!
The ARIES NEW MOON will be exact at 6:57 pm PDT tomorrow, Apr 15.

 

Boom! There’s URANUS right next to the SUN and MOON Union in late ARIES.

URANUS has finally passed ERIS (their connection happened over the last 2 years, 2016 / 17. See the blog post for the last Full Moon, describing the theme – disruptive, shock and awe, ‘splitting’ and polarizing effects.

Their combined energy has been (well, one facet of it!) erratic, unpredictable, volatile (“You never know what comes next!”) which could have kept us on adrenaline / alert mode – and has also been used and ‘worked’ by ‘power players’.

Yet, on a higher vibrational mode (hey, good reminder: Astro Awareness is all about Raising your Vibration and be free – in my world anyway 🙂 ), it’s been a shake and wake-up call for a new approach to… everything – esp. old core issues that are up for transformation (PLUTO in CAP).
The Power is IN You.

As the shocking discordance producing scenarios are being integrated the (Uranian) Awakening in Humanity emerges big time now.
We the People don’t buy into the old ‘divide et impera’ (divide and rule) principle anymore that’s based on being set up against each other.


The NEW MOON just past ERIS and approaching URANUS (the MOON unites with URANUS on Apr 15 / 16, and the SUN on Apr 18) is a strong momentum towards Conscious Breakthrough and Freedom.

 

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The ARIES NEW MOON with URANUS is unaspected (stands by itself without a link to other Planets) – that really stands out too!
This dynamic has ‘a life of its own’, which could manifest as ‘being in the closet’. But not for too long, with URANUS:
Liberation is ready to be released!

 

‘Winged Messenger’ MERCURY at the Beginning of ARIES 

…freshly out of retro (at 2:21 am PDT = 16 1/2 hrs before the NM).

Hope you’ve also had lots of paradigm shifts of / from the mind, with MERCURY retro, while URANUS the ‘higher octave’ of MERCURY (still) also in ARIES, on a transpersonal dimension has been rattling us to wake up.

MERCURY is now in post-retro ‘storm’ in its ‘U-turn’ from retro to direct – a re-adjustment time (like a ‘reverse culture shock’ which can happen when we come back from a re-treat to our ‘known’ environment). Let’s give it a week or so to integrate.

The ‘storm’ (MERCURY moving very slowly in forward gear) goes technically until Apr 24, followed by the post-retro shadow until May 4 (when it goes over the Zodiac degree zone which it went retro from = 17° AR).
A good time to process and start to act on ARIES Retro themes that have come up, a la “Back to the Beginning!”:

  • Did M-r re-connect you with people from the ‘beginnings’ when you started things / when you were new in town / in your work…?
  • Did it bring that spirit back?
  • Was that refreshing and re-inspiring, to bring you back to a ‘Beginner’s Mind’ approach?
  • Or did it show you (ha, the CAP contrast that also came up – MERCURY in triple square with SATURN): “Been there, done that. That was me in the beginning, Now with all my experience however…” (a fine line between being realistic and judge-mental).

Mainly, it’s about Authenticity and Origin-ality, with M-r in ARIES.

The stationary MERCURY invites CHIRON over from PISCES into ARIES: Being YOU is the Medicine!

MERCURY and CHIRON (only 5 degrees apart from each other, wrapping around the ‘Emergence Point cusp from PI to AR) are also unaspected. What brings you ‘back to life’? It’s YOUR Life.

 

Who else shows up for the ARIES New Moon Party?

As you see in the chart, there’s lots of cardinal activation in the New Moon and beyond: (Soon CHIRON), MERCURY, the SUN / MOON, URANUS, SATURN, MARS, LILITH, and PLUTO are all in cardinal signs, actually only two of the four: ARIES and CAPRICORN:

What are you initiating (AR), and where do you show up in leadership and integrity (CAP) – without taking too much on or becoming a scapegoat?!

 

Vibrant Country Goat

MARS in CAPRICORN having passed SATURN (Apr 2) will unite with LILITH on Apr 19 and with PLUTO on Apr 26!
A MARS activation happens only every 2 years.

MARS in CAP is a ‘kicker’ for all of us with SUN, MOON, AC, or Planets in CAP, but also for the ARIES, CANCER, and LIBRA sides in us which aren’t by nature accomplishment oriented but can use a boost (inner / outer Spring clearing and ‘reno’ anyone?).

Check out my Astro~News blog for MARS in CAP 2018.

  • With MARS past SATURN, have you noticed (since early April) a shift to leave obstacles, frustrations, fears, shoulds, expectations, limitations behind and move on anyway?
    A challenge perhaps yet going ahead, with ‘right action’ is what matters.
    Congrats on the MARS – SATURN front!
  • Now as MARS meets LILITH this coming week, go with / come from what’s natural for and in you. Work with your time and resources (what you’re naturally good at, and what you have access to) , which is powerful and transformational (MARS / PLUTO – coming up end of the month!).
    Let Being in Your True Nature express itself. Work with your strengths, and be in your power.

 

Back to SATURN:
The ‘Ringed One’ is also stationary this month of April, since it goes retro on Apr 17 – at 9°9′ CAP (until Sep 6). 

If you have anything on or round 9° CAP (and also AR, CAN, LI) you probably notice the pressure. Yet, it’s the pressure of a chiseling away of what you don’t need anymore and actually, what you are NOT. 

I felt called to look up the Sabian Symbol for the SATURN station (haven’t brought those in in a while – being positively retro here, let’s see..):

“CAPRICORN 9°: AN ANGEL CARRYING A HARP

KEYNOTE: The revelation of the spiritual meaning and purpose at the core of any life situation.

This picture simply says, “Heaven is within us.” All we have to do is to be open and listen to the total harmony of life, a harmony in which we play a part that is necessary to the completeness and meaning of the whole. In order to do this we have to surrender our separative ego- consciousness and flow with the universal current which, to the religiously minded person, is the Will of God.

This is the fourth symbol of the series. The technique it implies is that of ATTUNEMENT to the rhythm of universal life. Angels are to be considered personalizations of various aspects of this life, and totally subservient to its rhythms and purposes.”

This much for the Ringed One teaching us to model ourselves after other Winged Ones… ❤

Yet also, to realize that we can (from a SATURN perspective) ‘repurpose’ situations (incl. those challenging ones that we suffer, resist, and judge) by connecting with their spiritual core (PLUTO) and inner nature (LILITH). Which brings them to a higher vibration, as we surrender to the Higher Order of the Universe to use us, for a higher purpose.

 

Speaking of Higher Power and Purpose…
PLUTO in CAP is also stationary this month at 21 / 22° CAP, as it will go retro on Apr 22 (until Sept 30) – just before MARS passes PLUTO (Apr 26).

I see this dynamic on a societal level (together with the URANUS / New MOON in MARS’s domain ARIES, in wide square with PLUTO / MARS) as a strong momentum for revolutionary uprising against dominating establishment that holds and abuses power and isn’t in integrity. 
True leadership requires integrity – one of the essentials (PLUTO) of CAP.


As SATURN (authority) and PLUTO (power) both go retro this month
(which happens yearly in April, yet: extra activated via the AR New Moon, MARS, and LILITH this year) these positions and institutions are being held accountable so that ‘real change’ can come from this.

On an inner / spiritual (PLUTO) level, any soulful action in integrity is powerful (MARS / PLUTO in CAP).  And we’re called to find inner authority (SATURN retro) and inner power (PLUTO retro) again.

 

JUPITER this year in (PLUTO ruled) SCORPIO helps with revelations of what used to be under cover, hidden, taboo, in the closet – to evoke a change for the better.
With JUPITER presently (until July 10) retro it’s time to re-visit certain ‘dark corners’ that might look scary yet are important to clear, process, and transform.

 

VENUS now in TAU is about to go into opposition with JUPITER in SCO – (also on Apr 17): Enjoying this precious human embodiment with all our sense perceptions comes with seeing the bigger picture (JUPITER) of impermanence and change (SCO).

VENUS – JUPITER connect with the Planetary Archetypes in CAP, namely: MARS / LILITH / PLUTO:
How can we work with this human dilemma and tension (the joy of being alive vs. the changefulness) without engaging in attachment and suffering, in a ‘simple’, deep and mature way?
Maybe starting with some acts of voluntary simplicity (phew, can be applied in so many ways…).

 

‘See you’ next time, in person here in Victoria, online, here on this ‘blog channel’, on my FB Page, or on the email Astro~News!
Next one: for the AR New Moon to the SCO – TAU Full Moon / the Wesak Moon.

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Many Blessings for the Liberation Journey!

 

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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