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MERCURY in VIRGO (Aug 29 – Sept 14): Practice IS Perfect

28 Aug

Dear Astro~News Buffs & Newbies,

Here comes another noteworthy & effective cosmic (Sphinxy!) shift:
MERCURY the swift Messenger (its GEMINI side) and crafty Alchemist (its VIRGO facet) goes from LEO (“Show Time / Heart Time”) into VIRGO one of its Zodiacal homes.

Have you noticed the whole spectrum of the LEO expression on your and others’ minds, over the last weeks (Aug 11 – 29, even end of June to mid-July when MERCURY first ‘hit’ LEO before going retro)?
With expressions of joy, playfulness, natural strength, confidence, and ideally: Being in the Heart and communicating from there…
Yet also lower vibrations of egoic self absorption, confidence as a facade to not ‘lose face’, maybe even narcissism – mostly an over compensation of actual lack of self confidence and living from the Heart….?

MERCURY in LEO has shown us once again how the mind can be too me-me-me selfie-oriented, and lack detachment / perspective / the ability to witness in a bigger system.
That’s prob why it’s considered ‘in Fall’ in LEO (while ‘exalted’ in AQ).
Hopefully you and many people had a chance to turn it around and come from the Heart-of-Hearts.

Now – exactly overnight today – Aug 28 – 29, MERCURY crosses over the mysterious and oracular ‘Sphinx Point’ to VIRGO where the Planetary Archetype of ‘Mind’ can help us be aware of the Self and its function ‘in the World’, and be in alignment with the ‘cosmic assignment’:

Who are YOU?
And what are you here for?
How can you bring your strength & love into service?

 

Mercury Rules Virgo, by Johfra Bosschart

MERCURY is the last Planet to enter VIRGO, adding to the full dose of SuperVIRGO energy at the New MOON on Aug 30 (SUN, MOON, MERCURY, VENUS, and MARS, all in VIRGO).
Wellness in Wholeness is the theme.
Stay tuned for the New Moon article here on this blog channel 🙂

Our Yoga teacher brought up yesterday the theme of (unattainable) perfection – which is so VIRGO.

Why?
Having a sense of what works and is ‘in order’ (i.e. in cosmic order) can make the VIRGO mind so frustrated about the ‘imperfect self’ in an ‘imperfect world’  which appears full of mess and problems… lots of them un-fixable.
What to do about this predicament?
Alignment with / as our ‘Higher’ / True Self helps – and is an on-going practice.
One of the VIRGO themes / my mantra in that regard is: Practice IS Perfect.
To realize: We do our part / what we can, yet we’re not the doers’ on a spiritual level – and ‘even’ quite practically: How do you ‘make’ your lungs breath, your heart beat – nothing ‘to do’ about all these ‘autonomous’ body functions that are quite miraculously happening without conscious intervention.
Something NEPTUNE in PISCES ‘on the other side of the spectrum’ (yet all-encompassing and all-connective) shows us.

 

MERCURY in VIRGO (Aug 29 – Sept 14) nicely-precisely frames the phase from the VIRGO New Moon (Aug 30) to the PISCES – VIRGO Full Moon (Sept 13).
How does that happen?

See: There’s cosmic order – without any ‘doer’ involved!

 

MERCURY in VIRGO will go into contact (which is an important function of the communication and Alchemy Archetype) with almost all other Planets.
An important concentration of these contacts occurs Sept 5 – 8 when MERCURY meets several other slow moving Planets that are in their own ruled (‘natural’) Zodiac sign this year (and some beyond): JUPITER in SAG, SATURN in CAP, and NEPTUNE in PI.
I call this phenomenon Contacts in Rulership.

Let’s see what they ‘tell us’ via MERCURY, and how that helps with Alignment practice 🙂

 

Image: From Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry – a French medieval work (from 1416) that became famous for the Zodiac associations with body parts and functions – still / timelessly valid.

MERCURY’s contacts with other Planetary Archetypes while in VIRGO – in order of appearance

Yet there’s a ‘halo phase’ around the precise alignment – they’re in effect a few days before and after.

 

AUG 29
MERCURY crosses over the ‘Sphinx Point’ to enter VIRGO (until Sept 14), and is met / initiated by the dark-to-New MOON in VIRGO (AUG 30).
Practice IS Perfect.

 

AUG 31
MERCURY in VIR quincunx CHIRON retro in ARIES.
Even if it’s awkward and you can’t rehearse, just make the first step to talk, and be authentic.
Very healing.

 

SEPT 1
MERCURY in VIR in Earth Trine with URANUS retro in TAU.
What grounds you, when it comes to hands-on work and enjoyment?
What does your body say? Which physical place do you feel in alignment with and comfortable at? Your mind might be surprised…

 

SEPT 3
MERCURY meets MARS and the SUN (this is their ‘inferior conjunction’ – furthest away from M-r, and swiftest now) in VIRGO.
MARS in VIRGO (Aug 16 – Oct 2) helps us put energy into Competence & Service, actively discern, and even assert, what works for us and what doesn’t, and to work diligently on what we’re passionate about.
Find your Voice, let them know what you’re passionate about and what you do about that.
Overall, let Consciousness speak.

 

SEPT 5 – the Contacts in Rulership (Sept 5 – 7) start with:
MERCURY in VIR in Earth Trine with SATURN retro / stationary (going direct Sept 18) and the South Node in CAP. While MERCURY is swift & straight-forward, SATURN is still retro and extra slow, in turnaround mode, together with the South Node.
Lots to organize and get ready for. Don’t judge / be hard on yourself and do things the hard & heavy way.
A good time for late Summer clearing (incl inner ‘house cleaning’), and for getting the pieces together to build a foundation for projects to come. Always good to remember: Practice IS Perfect.

 

SEPT 6
MERCURY in VIR square JUPITER in SAG.
Seeing the ‘conflict’ between the small world and the bigger picture?
Where there’s a problem there’s a solution – and a vaster perspective of seeing the situation.

 

SEPT 7
MERCURY in VIR opposite NEPTUNE retro in PISCES.
We’re doing our human thing while the Universe is arranging the Web of Life.
Communication happens via so many channels. Even if it seems overwhelming and confusing, never mind, and trust the flow. Let yourself be mused and inspired.

 

SEPT 8
MERCURY in VIR in Earth Trine with PLUTO retro in CAP.
Practical things happen here-now, yet deep & old connections get you into the Soul.
Energy from the Ancestors and from the Earth support what you’re doing.

 

SEPT 13 – Day of the PISCES – VIRGO Full Moon
MERCURY at the end of VIRGO meets VENUS before both go into LIBRA the day after, Sept 14.
You are beautiful, you are perfect – just the way you ARE.

 

Zodiac Clock in Switzerland – photo from a friend

Where in your chart is VIRGO?


That points to the area in life where being in Alignment and doing your Work & Practice is important for Wholeness and Wellness.

MERCURY freshly in VIRGO in your… House helps you turn your mind towards 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.

 

Wishing you a fruitful Harvest & Wellness Time with MERCURY in VIRGO!

Melanie

 

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Astro Creations & Experiences during MERCURY in VIRGO 

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

1 Jul

Happy new July, dear Cosmic Friend!


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

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

Bavarian Fields of Home – Photo stop at a reflective country bike ride with a cloud companion – June 2019

 

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

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


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


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

 

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

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

 

Going with the Flow of MERCURY retro…

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

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

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

MERCURY doing its retro somersaults again…

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Image Credit: Pexels 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Blessings for this Mercurial Immersion Time!

 

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

 

 

7-Phase Sequence of the MERCURY Retro Timeline 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

MERCURY Retro in the Starters

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Timeless and Timely MERCURY Retro REminders

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

As always with MERCURY retro, clarify communication whenever possible:

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

My Seasoned MERCURY Retro Tips & Seasonal Tool Kit 

 

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

1) Be easy on yourself, as you get into the groove of things.

It usually takes a week or so to adjust to the different mode.
Hopefully, you’ve taken it easy on the pre-retro shadow phase (since June 21), rather than being ‘pulled into’ the wild ‘storm’ (since June 28), or apparently stationary stuckness (can be either and both, in paradoxical trickster fashion).

 

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

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

 

3) Retro is an inwards / backwards oriented energy.

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

 

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

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

 

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

Phone rather than messaging / emailing. Meet and connect in person rather than  via phone / text, to make sure an actual dialogue happens (rather than just your factual monologue, with the assumption you know what they think, or they know what you think).
Consider communicating in several ways and via different media, to make sure the message comes across. Keep in mind that because people’s minds can be all over the place now, communication might be scattered and incomplete, or prone to assumptions: “I thought you got my email!!!”, or actually a monologue: Are you just thinking out loud as you talk, or are you actually suggesting something to me?

 

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

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

 

7) Be clear and precise with commitments and agreements.

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

 

8) MERCURY Retro RE-minds us…

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

13) Enjoy those unintentional puns, slips, and new connections in the mind, be creative and brainstorm – esp. together with your MERCURY Retro Friends 😉

 

14) Enlightened Insights, anyone…?
The Day of Enlightened Insight – when M-r meets the SUN on the exact half-way point of the M-r phase is in this round on JULY 21 – check out what epiphanies and paradigm shifts occur round this day!

 

15) If you would like to know…

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

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

 

 

© 2019 by Mercur-elanie 😉 

 

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MERCURY in GEMINI (May 21 – June 4) – Life is for Learning

18 May

Dear Astro~News Friends!

Have you been en-joying Life-in-Spring?
Hopefully, as Nature awakened and re-greened the World – wherever you’re fortunately to witness and be part of this yearly miracle.

The Mercurial Inner Messenger / Communicator / Mind Archetype, after having settled into TAURUS, spreads its wings in GEMINI on May 21, for a de-light-ful flight ‘window’ until June 4.

MERCURY is quite natural in GEMINI where the swift Messenger can be out and about, connecting the dots and learning lots along the way.

So let’s follow the Mercurial mode, and be a learner-in-Life!
Picking up information, talking to people and receiving the messages – maybe ‘between the lines’ and via many channels of communication is what makes MERCURY happy.
How about treating this phase like being a student?
Nothing written in the stone of your carved-out-experience, everything fluid and new, no room for prejudice and judgment. A bit scary? Makes you feel young and fresh? Good!

MERCURY is also 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.

Sooo, not the phase to backtrack, rather:
Being consciously and swiftly in motion, as life keeps approaching you…
A good time also to listen to the messages of the body, on the TAU – GEM cusp, to find your voice, and perhaps speak different languages (even just a few words), and see what that does in you and ‘the other’. Maybe ‘the other’ is just ‘another you’?

MERCURY is an Alchemist, and so is conscious GEMINI – bringing polarities and dualities into contact, conversation, and cooking up concoctions from that.
“Let’s talk”, can lead to so much more…

 

Mercury Rules Gemini
Interchange and alchemical Union of ‘Opposites’
Painting by Johfra Bosschart

 

MERCURY contacts these other Planetary Archetypes while in GEMINI: 

 

Starting with a brilliant fusion:
MAY 21

MERCURY enters GEM 3 hrs after the SUN enters GEM, and meets the SUN 2 hrs later (at 6:07 am PDT)!
This is their ‘inferior conjunction’ – furthest away from M-r.

Find your Voice, and let Consciousness speak.
Swiftly, de-light-fully, and clearly connect & communicate.

 

MAY 23
MERCURY in GEM sextile CHIRON in ARIES
Even if it’s awkward, just make the first step to talk, and be authentic.

 

MAY 29
MERCURY in GEM square NEPTUNE in PI
Communication happens via so many channels. Even if it seems overwhelming and confusing, never mind, and trust the flow. Let yourself be mused and inspired.

 

MAY 30
MERCURY in GEM quincunx SATURN retro & the SN in CAP, and opposite JUPITER retro in SAG.
Both MERCURY & JUPITER in their own signs, and while MERCURY is swift & straight-forward, JUPITER is retro & inward.
Lots to organize, and no idea where to start, or whether ‘it can be done’?
Talk to people, yet also trust the Heart and the Why to guide you.

 

MAY 31
MERCURY in GEM quincunx PLUTO retro in CAP
Swift moves happen, yet deep & old connections get you into the Soul.

 

JUNE 4
The New MOON in GEM contacts MERCURY just before both go into CANCER.
The GEM – CAN cusp is a ‘Nesting Point’ and a place where thinking meets feeling – also expressed through GEM / CAN, MERCURY / the MOON.
Where’s Home, after having buzzed about so much, and how do you feel about all the information you’ve gathered?

 

Where in your chart is GEMINI?


That’s where you look for / find opportunities for mental stimulation, learning, and bridging polarities.

MERCURY freshly in GEMINI 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.

 

Have a de-Light-ful Journey with MERCURY in GEMINI 2019!

 

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

30 Mar

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Let’s welcome the LIBRA – ARIES Full Moon!

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

 

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

 

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

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

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Eris – Antikensammlung Berlin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Uranian Liberation & Promethean Mercury Lead ON.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

Mars (Hubble Space Telescope)

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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MERCURY enters PI after meeting the SUN (Feb 17 – March 5): Tuning in, and Communing. Openness & Fluidity of the Mind.

15 Feb

Only 18 hrs after connecting with the SUN on Saturday Feb 17 at the very last degree of AQ – a brilliant energy for synergies and visionary co-creations – , MERCURY will cross over the ‘Coherence Point’ to enter PISCES (The SUN will follow the day after – here’s a write-up for the Solar Piscean season).

Magical Sunset, Photo by Melanie, Feb 12, 2018

MERCURY will pay PISCES its yearly visit this time only for 2 weeks and 2 days… yet with a few sweet encounters of the mysterious kind.

Swift, brainy, practical MERCURY isn’t per se ‘well placed’ in PI (considered ‘in exile’ “What am I doing here..?”).
Not so much about doing, and even ‘active thinking’ Rather: Having an open mind, being fluid, flexible, perhaps receiving messages.

Straight-forward communication turns into energetic / psychic tuning in and communing with one another, with Nature, and the larger ‘field’.
A wonderful time for creative inspiration that’s beyond words, and of course for music, poetry, film, photography, and art-as-fusion.

Here’s the line-up of MERCURY connections in / from PISCES – giving us a flavour of the vibes:

 

Feb 25:
MERCURY meets NEPTUNE.
Can be on a personal level big confusion, illusion, unclear communication where boundaries aren’t respected.

On a deeper, more transcendent level, it’s all about connecting and communing – there’s only ONE of us here….!
A very watery day (MOON in CAN, SUN / MERCURY / NEPTUNE / VENUS / CHIRON all in PI) that calls for fluidity, flexibility, care, and connection.

Feb 28 (day before the Full Moon in VIR – PI):
MERCURY in PI squares MARS in SAG, and sextiles PLUTO in CAP.
Avoid ‘fishy’ dynamics that can lead to unnecessary conflict, and waste time and energy. Let Spirit be your counsel, and
speak through you.

March 2:
MERCURY in PI trine (stationary) JUPITER in SCO.
What do you pick up? What does your gut sense say?
How can you convey beyond words? What’s the vibe you put out?
Excellent time for meditation, and deep energetic clearing.

March 4:
MERCURY conj. VENUS and CHIRON
Also the day of the year of SUN conj. NEPTUNE, and VENUS conj. CHIRON.

Speaking from the Heart and Soul is healing for ALL.

 

Blessings for the sublime Piscean Time!

 

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VENUS, the SUN, and MERCURY in AQ in Square with JUPITER in SCO and in Sextile with URANUS in ARIES (Feb 3/6, and 10/13/15): Liberation of Hidden Agenda in Group Consciousness.

3 Feb

Dramatic Lightning through the Clouds (Photographer unknown)

 

Early / mid Feb, we’ll see quite an interesting pattern:

First VENUS (Feb 3 / 6), then the SUN (Feb 10 / 13), finally MERCURY (Feb 13 / 15) in AQ will square JUPITER in SCO, and then go into sextile with URANUS (the ruler of AQ) now in ARIES!

This ‘smells’ like a political / societal scenario where (more?!) big (JUPITER) hidden agenda (SCO) can come to the light, likely revealed through revolutionary / liberating group consciousness (similar energy as in ‘Me too’, whistleblowers, etc.). 
The effect can be quite mind blowing, and ultimately liberating for groups and humanity altogether – yet again, as always with SCO where JUPITER ‘sits’ this year, the deep dark stuff needs to be processed, to provoke and support ‘Change for the Better’.

Of course, these alignments are also relevant for us personally and interpersonally in relationships:
Maybe some ‘storms’ need to bring things to the surface that are usually hidden, covered, and repressed, which clears the air, and frees us to be authentic.

Interesting that the last phase of these alignments ends with the Partial Solar Eclipse end of AQ, which is also on Feb 15.
This New Moon is an AQ Release Eclipse – inviting us to let go of Systemic / Group Consciousness that doesn’t serve anymore, and to go forward into co-creating the future. Maybe you’re already sensing it.

And to fully round it up, MERCURY in AQ (exalted there, remember? ‘Mind’ can function really well in AQ, be innovative and liberating) will meet the SUN in AQ, on Feb 17.

At this ‘Superior Conjunction’ exactly in-between two MERCURY retro phases, plus in the ‘best’ Zodiac energy for MERCURY it’s an excellent time for communication and co-invention.
A threshold, from the old system, to a new and innovative, synergistic co-creation!
What, and Whom are are you co-creating with???

MARS now in SAG surely helps with bringing the Truth out!

 

 

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* Summer SoUlstice 2017, on June 20: Height of the Light, Sacred Stand-Still, and Turning Point – feat. SUN / MERCURY: Speaking from Spirit.

20 Jun

Happy SUMMER SOLSTICE – Height of the Light!

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Celtic Wheel of the Year, with Ostara / Spring Equinox, Beltane, LITHA / SUMMER SOLSTICE, Lughnassad, Mabon, Samhain, Yule, and Imbolc.

We are celebrating the longest days of the year in the Northern Hemisphere – one of the four sacred turning points of the year – Summer and Winter Solstice, and Spring and Fall Equinox.

Summer Solstice is in Pagan Tradition called LITHA.  Researching its origin I found this article, with a plethora of ‘Midsummer’ (as it’s called, even though Summer only begins now) traditions in Europe and North America.

Solstice means literally ‘Standstill of the Sun’.

Apparently, from the perspective of the Northern Hemisphere, the SUN has reached its maximum range of the Ecliptic, and is now overhead the Tropic of CANCER, ‘producing’ the longest day time hours, before ‘receding’.

And if you live in the Southern Hemisphere, the ‘arch’ of the SUN is the smallest and lowest now, reaching Winter Solstice. (Your Summer Solstice is when, through the Earth tilt, the Sun is overhead the Tropic of Capricorn – longest days for you guys and gals, of course).

Happy WINTER SOLSTICE, dear reader in the Southern Hemisphere, esp. Australia and South Africa!

Back to our ‘Northern turf’:
As you can see here we are actually 2 full weeks in Solstice mode:16 hrs and 06 – 07 min of day time, this whole WEEK in the Northern Hemisphere (with the example of Victoria BC), culminating today June 20, with 16 hrs and 06 min. and 42 sec., the absolute maximum of the year.
June 20 is 7 hours and 48 minutes longer than the Winter Solstice (Dec 21)! And next week, the day time will recede very slowwwly.

 

* Happy CANCER Season:
Nurturing What We Care About.

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Johfra Bosschart: The Moon Rules Cancer

 

As the SUN crosses the Summer Solstice Point we’re in the CANCER Season of the year (this year until July 23 – which is also the day of the LEO New Moon).
The first WATER sign of the Zodiac introduces the world of Feeling, Caring, Nurturing, and Belonging – ahhh!
The energy related to the Mother theme (the MOON is ‘at home’ and most natural in CANCER) brings out our early, primal memories, our need to be safe and cared for, our instincts to protect life, and nurture what and whom we care about, our ‘loved ones’ (2-legged or 4-legged), maybe extending to all beings and life forms.

I’d say this year the CANCER energy really starts with the New Moon, just 3 days into Cancer, on Fri June 23, and SUN, MOON, MERCURY, and MARS will all be in CANCER then!
Stay tuned for the CANCER New Moon Astro~News blog – to be posted here in the next few days!
In the meantime, check out all these CANCER associations in the symbolic painting by Johfra Bosschart here.

 

* SUN and MERCURY united on the Solstice Point:
Speaking from Spirit

This year, MERCURY meets the SUN on Solstice – very rare! Their exact ‘date’ is tomorrow, June 21 at 7:14 am PDT. MERCURY passes the SUN, after this ‘Superior Conjunction’.
A cosmic concentration within 10 hrs, where both SUN and MERCURY shift into CANCER, and unite there:

  • The SUN enters CANCER – exact Solstice Point – today June 20, at 9:24 pm PDT.
  • MERCURY enters CANCER tomorrow June 21 at 2:57 am PDT (‘at home’ there until July 5)
  • MERCURY meets and passes the SUN tomorrow June 21 at 7:14 am PDT, at 0° CAN.

How can the Mind (MERCURY) be united with Spirit and Consciousness (the SUN)?
How can we speak, write, communicate from a conscious place, and let Spirit come through us?

As MERCURY receives such a solar boost that can make the mind quite brilliant, full of energy, and guided by Spirit.
But the mind is a trickster too, and can easily ‘hijack the show’. Also a good occasion to re-mind ourselves how much in our ‘information age’ the mind is dominating, and… overrated.
MERCURY wants to ‘lead the show’ (i.o.w., travels ahead of the SUN) after the union (and will do so until the next MERCURY retro, Aug 12 until Sept 5 – which is always a regulating and adjustment phase to ‘lasso MERCURY back in’), and even unites with MARS, on June 28, and opposes PLUTO in CAP on June 29. Take this is a golden opportunity to watch how the ego-mind wants to be in charge, and to use the energy as a creativity fuel instead.

 

* MERCURY in CANCER (June 21 – July 5):
The Inner Landscape of the Mind.

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Crab Perspective… and Family Time…

MERCURY in CAN is better at playful, creative imagination anyway, after the intellectual, information driven MERCURY in GEM we’ve moved through in the last weeks.
MERCURY in CAN (until July 5) brings out memories and reflections, and is rather inward-backward oriented.
This mercurial energy can be also well channeled into peaking from a caring, nurturing, gentle place, with and on behalf of the family, tribe, children, the human family, and the family of all sentient Beings
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The shadow / pitfall is an emotional ‘overlay’ of information processing, and lack of objectivity – information is filtered through feelings which can be a moody, and also regressive situation: “Today, I feel like, now I don’t feel like….”, “Today it seems like this, who knows how I read / hear it tomorrow”.

MERCURY is this time in CANCER for 2 weeks only (since furthest away from MERCURY retro the ‘messenger’ moves the fastest now) – a relatively short window to look into the inner landscape, and ask: How does this and that information make me FEEL? Where do these feelings originate?
Dreams are very enhanced now too, and can be brought to consciousness (I’m definitely noticing that lately).
Which reminds me of one of Carl G. Jung’s famous works Memories, Dreams, and Reflections: “I can understand myself only in the light of inner happenings.” – very apropos MERCURY in CAN.
The Swiss psychologist C.G. * July 26, 1875, was born under a LEO SUN / URANUS (ruler of his AQ Rising – a brilliant man indeed!), and VENUS / MERCURY in CAN.

 

Quite the MERCURY activated two weeks to come:

MERCURY triggers almost all planetary Archetypes, and their patterns with one another. Chronologically in this sequence: SUN, JUPITER, NEPTUNE, MARS, PLUTO, SATURN, URANUS, and CHIRON.
I.o.w., the whole Zeitgeist can be seen, through the lens of the mind, reflected in our emotional field, and communicated back ‘out’ again.
Since it all happens in a such concentrated time window, the themes below are almost all activated at once, and you might feel yourself be expressing all of it simultaneously:

  • June 21 (tomorrow)
    MERCURY enters CAN, and immediately unites with the SUN:
    Speaking from Spirit. Conscious Communication. 
  • June 27
    MERCURY squares JUPITER stationary in LI, and trines NEPTUNE retro / stat in PI: Making wise choices – what resonates and reflects ease and grace?
    Also: Speaking on behalf of the tribe, justice, fairness, balance, and spreading the word, ‘to whom it may concern’ / ‘to those who care’. 
  • June 28
    MERCURY in mid CAN conj. MARS in CAN:
    Watch angry thoughts and the sharp tongue, and don’t let it get the better of you. Tomorrow you might already feel and think differently about it all. The energy is well channeled into passionately advocating FOR something, and bravely tracing the origin of your feelings and thoughts.
  • June 29
    MERCURY in mid CAN opposes PLUTO retro in CAP:
    Speaking on behalf of our human family, in the face of where the world seems to go: How can this lifestyle be sustainable, for the next Seven (or less?) Generations to come? After all, we’re all in this together (says also CHIRON in late PI, to go retro on July 1)!
    Also, a good time to reconnect and communicate with Family and Ancestors (on all levels).
  • July 2
    MERCURY in late CAN quincunx SATURN in late SAG:
    (also CHIRON goes retro on July 1, and MARS opposes PLUTO on July 2)
    Speaking from a heart- and soulful place, not confrontational but from a deep place of truth that pierces right through right- or wrong-doing.
  • July 4
    MERCURY in late CAN square (its ‘higher octave’ planet) URANUS stat. in late AR:
    A call for revolution? Wild and crazy news? I’d opt for: Mental / communication breakthroughs and liberation. And freedom from the fabrications of the mind.
  • July 5
    MERCURY at the end of CAN trines CHIRON stat. at the end of PI:
    What would the inner Medicine Buddha say to all of this?
    And, with MERCURY on the CAN / LEO ‘Creativity Point’ – MERCURY enters LEO: Time to channel the impressions into creative expression.

 

* STANDSTILL & SPIRALING Vibes

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Chartres Labyrinth

This Summer Solstice is a Turnaround Time, in many ways.

Yes, the SUN and MERCURY move (this year together) into CANCER which turns the vital and mental energy into the feeling zone – questions of origin, home, and belonging, how we nurture and what nurtures the soul, are on – as families and tribes gather.

Some of our Planetary SoUlar System ‘Family Members’ (getting used to CANCER language… 🙂 ) reflect the ‘standstill’ / turnaround energy this month too:

JUPITER just went direct on June 9, and is still stationary (moving super slowly) all June.
URANUS is slowing down to go retro on Aug 2, and will be stationary July / Aug.
CHIRON is slowing down too, to go retro on July 1, and is now stationary (June / July).
NEPTUNE went retro on June 16, and is still stationary until mid-July.
Plus, MARS is in CANCER ‘crab walk mode’ (until July 20), adding to the Spiraling Effect.
Well, with MARS in CANCER, a lot of old emotions, esp. anger, are stirred into action!

In other words, these planets have just recently, or are in the process of changing direction from direct (forward from Earth perspective) to retro (CHIRON, URANUS, and NEPTUNE), or from retro to direct (JUPITER).

All these stationary / retro planets end of June / in July are focal points, and their archetypal energy naturally spirals inward / backward – soulward.

CHIRON, URANUS, and NEPTUNE bring us with their archetypal experiences, of healing / medicine journey, liberation, and transcendence, to more inward,  and also to ‘revisit’ places we’ve been before in those experiences, to release the past.

SATURN, now retro, and in Aug / Sept stationary in late SAG – the Galactic Centre (will go direct on Aug 25) calls us to go into deep inner Heart Truth.

We are called go backwards / inwards, for REsolve and RElease, esp. when it comes to old low and unconscious vibrations of…

CHIRON in PI: Old shame, vulnerability, and wounds that turn into our ‘shamanic scars’.

URANUS in AR: Old RE-actionary, hectic, survival stress.

NEPTUNE in PI: Old overwhelm, confusion, delusions, addictions, ways of ‘checking out’ and giving up.

SATURN: Old REpetitive patterns, karma, and blocks and obstacles, through being stuck in judgment, limiting beliefs, old stories, pain – all ‘excess luggage’ that prevents us from moving forward with trust and from the heart.

…and find through the release from the ‘inside’ more conscious vibrations of:

CHIRON in PI : The ‘wound’ carries the Medicine. Unity heals.

URANUS in ARLiberation into the vibrant NOW Presence.

NEPTUNE in PIDropping into Unity Consciousness, in the Unified Field.

SATURN in SAG: Life is a Pilgrimage – Spirit Guides us. 

 

And then there’s MARS – PLUTO… between Canada Day and Independence Day.

The transpersonal, collective energy of PLUTO in Saturn’s domain of CAP is transforming us, as we go through the ‘birth canal of consciousness’, in this World in Change. The more we ARE in integrity with the Change we wish to SEE (even in ‘small’ ways – the vibration matters) the more we sense the energy that carries and renews us!

MARS now in CANCER, on the opposite side of PLUTO, its ‘higher octave’ (MARS is about personal will and assertion, and PLUTO about higher power). MARS will go into exact opposition to PLUTO on July 2 – once every 2 years – which can trigger change and realignment, on personal levels, esp. when it comes to ‘what we want’ – ‘what matters most’, and, as with any opposition, to ‘marry’ the two.
MARS – PLUTO, exact on July 2, will be also a ‘signature’ for Canada Day (and there’s already a lot of controversy around Canada 150, and sensitivity around “Celebrating Colonialism???”), and of U.S. Independence Day (well, lots of heated debates down the border which could come to a head on another level).

 

Would you like to tune into the astrological transits of the Summer, in your own chart and life?
Come join our SUMMER TRANSIT PARLOUR, next Mon June 26 (afternoon and evening group)! The evening group has an online option too! Here’s the FB Event.

 

Here is the SUMMER SO(U)LSTICE ‘Birth Chart’:


Turns out, my program only showed 0°00′ CANCER at 9:27 pm PDT, even though the calendar says 9:24 pm PDT.

In any case, the Summer Solstice minute is just after Sunset
see: SUN and MERCURY just below the Western horizon.

 

Summer Solstice 2017

You can see the stationary planets (marked with ‘ST’) in the chart, as well as the retro planets (‘R’), as well as the SUN / MERCURY alignment.

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SAG Body – Does She Have LILITH in SAG?

Plus, MARS in CAN on its way to square JUPITER stat in mid LI, trine NEPTUNE stat / retro in mid PI, and quincunx LILITH in mid SAG (June 24 – 27), activating LILITH square NEPTUNE on June 21:
A lot is stirred up, in our primal, tribal, emotional ‘field’, indeed.
Let’s aim for creative, imaginative, unifying (NEPTUNE in PI), authentic, fun and inspired (SAG LILITH) activities (MARS) – like kids playing – while choosing our play mates well – a practice for choosing wisely in general.

Hey, maybe MARS in CAN involves turning your home upside down, finding treasures, recycling what doesn’t generate joy anymore, and creating new aesthetics (LI) and space (SAG). MARS in CAN is perfect for home action.

LILITH in SAG square NEPTUNE in PI: Follow the Call of the Wild and Authentic YOU (and don’t get deluded by weird stories or voices).

Where MARS in CANCER shows up now in YOUR chart get authentically active – assert yourself, but watch your ego in the choices you make…

 

Would you like to tune into the astrological transits of the Summer, in your own chart and life?
Come join our SUMMER TRANSIT PARLOUR, next Mon June 26 (afternoon and evening group)! The evening group has an online option too! Here’s the FB Event.

 

Wishing us all a Happy SUMMER – Count-Down’s ON!

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