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Happy New GEMINI – Take Flight, and Be the Alchemist!

20 May

This week, and especially TODAY, we are in the Zodiac Season on the TAURUS to GEMINI cusp (which I also like to call ‘Body-Talk Point’, inspired also by some BodyTalk practitioner friends in our Astro groups):
The SUN will move today May 20 at 1:31 pm PDT into GEMINI, from grounded, embodied, sensual, earthy TAU where MERCURY still lingers (until June 6), after its Spring retro journey – from solid Earth into the lightness of Spring AIR: How are YOU taking off and fly???

That’s where Nature (TAU) Speaks (GEM), and the Body (TAU) has Messages (GEM). The recent (Apr 9 – May 3) MERCURY retro phase in TAU – AR – TAU has brought us messages from within, through our body, and all the senses (TAU), and (with triple contact of MERCURY / URANUS in AR) even more so: lots of sparks, flashes of insight, wake-up calls, shifts, surprises, and mind re-sets, over the last while. MERCURY is moving  through TAU until June 6, for further assimilation of the messages, new ways of processing information, and to embody the inner FREEDOM.

GEMINI fully kicks in with the GEM New Moon, next Thu May 25 – stay tuned for Astro*News (the Blog post, the comprehensive Email for insiders – you can sign up on my fb page in the link on the bottom, to be on the list)!

 

Johfra Bosschart Gemini

Mercury Rules Gemini. Alchemical union through interchange of polar opposites. Painting by Johfra Bosschart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The SUN will travel through GEMINI for four weeks, until Summer Solstice (June 20):

The season to spread our wings, take flight, and learn, wherever we go!

GEMINI is (surprise, surprise!) ruled by MERCURY, the Messenger and Alchemist Archetype!

Let’s bring the messages we received on inner planes (MERCURY is since last week fully out of the post-retro ‘shadow’ zone) ‘out’ into the Alchemy of Life!
And, perhaps even more so:
Mercury retro inspired us to move from the cerebral head space (MERCURY) – sooo much of it ‘out there’ in cyber space – to the Heart space and pure Consciousness (the SUN)? Each M-r phase offers us this golden opport-Unity.

GEMINI, the Zodiac Energy of the Season, Alchemizes Polar Opposites.

Which brings us back to the highly symbolic GEMINI painting by Johfra Bosschart, in its upper part.

 

Johfra Bosschart Gemini Phoenix

Mercury Rules Gemini. Painting by Johfra Bosschart. Upper part detail: The Phoenix

 

Here is a quote from the Johfra Astrology book (which describes all the illustrations in detail):

“The pillars finish in  two alchemical dragons which represent the various cosmic principles of polarized power. They retain their respective colour up to the point where their necks intertwine, when an intense exchange of powers takes place in which both red and blue become a radiant golden yellow (the colour of insight, the higher Mercury).

The Androgyne, the mythical dual being, in which the masculine and feminine merge to form a perfect human, rises from the fire like a Phoenix.

Woohoo – taking the GEMINI theme to a much deeper than ‘usually’ discussed level!
I’d add to the quote: The most potent Alchemy of Polar Opposites happens not in the head or genitals but through the HEART.

The New Moon in GEMINI carries one of these polarities to alchemize: MARS in GEMINI (yes, already, since Apr 21, and until June 4) opposite SATURN retro in SAG – exact May 28:
Even though we are drawn into sooo many avenues of interest (MARS in GEM), the Truth of the Matter (SATURN in SAG) is: Many avenues lead to the HEART!

 

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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Mercury retro to direct, with Uranus: Setting the Mind FREE!

3 May
Noticing the shift???
Today Wednesday (Mercury-Day) May 3, MERCURY changed gears / direction, and is now ‘officially’ / technically out of retro!
This one was (to me) really fun and liberating – you too?

Lots of re-connections and paradigm shifts!

No wonder, it’s been cruising round URANUS, the ‘higher octave’ of MERCURY – which represents ‘universal mind’ and free spirit: Set the mind FREE – shift out of old mind-sets. It all starts / happens HERE-NOW, says ARIES. Radical presence.

 
Here’s the chart, for evidence, and to give you a sense of what else is up and on these days:
 

 

MERCURY Retro-D in AR with UR 17-05-03

MERCURY will contact URANUS one more time (#3) on May 9, AND this is still the ‘stormy’ post-retro phase (until May 12), so nowhere ‘back to normal’ (whatever that is) – Goddess forbid.
Let’s experiment (URANUS) with the new freedom. Could get used to it, eh?
Wherever late ARIES is in your chart (house, planets nearby) is where the revolution happens.

If you’d like to explore this theme consciously with me shoot me a message, and we can set up an S, M, L personal Astrology session. Always so great to get perspective and a new liberating view & approach to ‘what happens’.

 
 

Guess what the wise Sabian Symbol oracle says to the degree where MERCURY and URANUS cruise?

ARIES 25°:
“THE POSSIBILITY FOR MAN TO GAIN EXPERIENCE AT TWO LEVELS OF BEING.

KEYNOTE: The revelation of new potentialities.

In some unspecified way the symbol is a guarantee that man can operate successfully at two levels of consciousness, if he has previously met the condition mentioned in the preceding symbol. “Be open. Be able and willing to shape your translucent mind in the form revealing spiritual fulfillment. And you will be able to experience life and power on inner as well as outer planes.” The implied message is one of faith. Man can only truly experience what he deeply believes he can experience.

This is the last stage of this fifth five-fold sequence of cyclic phases. It announces the possibility of a new step in evolution, but it is still only a possibility, a promise. The individual is truly ONPROBATION.”

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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

8 Apr

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

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

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

 

Hermetic Staff of AlchemyHubble Saturn Purple

 

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

 

14 MERCURY RETRO TIPS

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

 

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

It usually takes a week or so to adjust to the different mode. Hopefully, you have taken the pre-retro shadow phase since end of March as an adjustment, rather than being ‘hit’ by the wild ‘storm’, since 04 / 04.

 

2) Be mindful and centred.

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

 

3) Go with the inwards / backwards oriented energy.

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

 

4) RE- everything!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mercury Retro

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

 

5) Talk about what REally matters.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

Which brings us to…

 

8) Be mindful how you communicate with others.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

14) If you would like to know…

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

 

…feel welcome to get in touch with your Astrologer.

 

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

* ITINERARY  for the  MERCURY RETRO Phase Apr / May 2017

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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


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

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

 

© 2017 by Mercur-elanie

 

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And NOW for the NEW! MERCURY now in ARIES (March 13 – 31 + Apr 20 – May 15) with Triple URANUS Contact – Revolution of the Mind!

13 Mar

And now for a refreshing mental shift and lift:

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Butterfly Baby, Photo by Anne Geddess

MERCURY entered ARIES today, March 13!
Inviting us to connect mentally with the Emergence of the NEW!

An enlivening, activating, quickening energy, post Piscean ‘floating’, dreaming, surfing, and navigating of the cosmic waves and currents of the collective mental sphere – an Odyssey for many of us… MERCURY was in PISCES since just before the Shivaratri PISCES Solar Eclipse on Feb 26, until today March 13.

Phewww, that wasn’t ‘easy’, since so much has been washed up, and come to our mental attention as well – only to show: we are, and it IS all connected, always in-becoming.
MERCURY is traditionally considered ‘in exile’ in PISCES, opposite its ruled sign VIRGO, the helper, and square its other ruled sign GEMINI, the learner. PISCES is rather the mystic.
How’s the mind of the mystic? Rather a no-mind.

Hope you could dance through, and BE with it, rather than straining your mind to find a way through the waters of overwhelm and confusion, and, like myself, took time to release and retreat, let go of your agenda, connect spiritually, and be open to see miracles and synchronicities.
Maybe in reflection on where this recent time took us mentally can help putting it into perspective, and we can see the gifts in disguise (PISCES likes to camouflage)…

MERCURY’s farewell to PISCES came with a square with SATURN in SAG, yesterday, March 12 – sounds like a mental bruise… maybe news and communication that showed what to let go of, and where the path actually leads – and comes from: The HEART. 

And NOW for the NEW!

First Flight

First Flight

MERCURY entering ARIES is a big shift, and big news.
Why?

  • ARIES is where everything starts – Spring Equinox energy.
    MERCURY as a function of the mind is very well placed in ARIES, since it lends itself to new ideas and inspiration (hopefully after a big release, surrender, and re-connection with what-IS in PISCES).
    Here-now, we can get the ball rolling, in communication and new endeavours that might require courage – or rather a fresh mental approach, and to simply give it a try, and put something forward. Be pro-active, make the first step, make a suggestion.
    Kick your mind into gears, let fresh ideas arise!
    Out of hibernation, into action, one baby step at a time!
    But hey, with ARIES, things can go fast!
    Any mental projects sitting on the back burner that you’d like to tackle? Get going!

  • MERCURY will go retro soon (Apr 9 – May 3), which – you know my approach by now – isn’t ‘bad news’, rather an opportunity for mental re-set with the Heart, Spirit, and Consciousness (MERCURY is being ‘lassoed in’ by the SUN).This will be such an interesting MERCURY retro phase!

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

    MERCURY will meet its ‘higher octave’ and transpersonal ‘Avatar’ URANUS in late ARIES 3 times in this journey (March 26, Apr 28, and May 9!), and start its post-retro forward motion on May 3 right next to URANUS! 
    End of April to mid May will be very MERCURY – URANUS energized!
    Does that sound like revolution from within, and awakening from the mental game, or what?!
    Innovative approaches to everything. Liberating mind-shifts in so many ways.

    What a contrast to the last MERCURY retro phase that started next to PLUTO in CAP, on Dec 19 – sounds already heavy and oppressive… and it showed us a big deal about power structures, and how to not get oppressed by or depressed over the news they produce but instead shift our mind and BE the change!
    So here’s a brief mental pause, to honour and acknowledge our Winter journey with MERCURY (the Mind) and PLUTO (Power – to change, and be the Evolution!).

    I set up the charts for MERCURY going retro (Apr 9), meeting the SUN (Apr 19 / 20 – a ‘New Mercury’ – Mind guided by Spirit and the Heart, and for MERCURY going direct, next to URANUS, on May 3 (shortly before the Wesak Moon of the Buddha, which will be this year on May 10).
    Don’t want to overwhelm you with more info here.
    Yet I must say: I’m excited at the upcoming energies!
    Which are already HERE
    if our consciousness taps into them – since ‘time’ is only a linear construct which we have been entrained to go by…

So, let’s welcome MERCURY in ARIES with all that it brings us, to set ourselves FREE from the ‘known’ and for the NEW!

And see what happens when we get the ball rolling for something that Spirit calls us to move towards. Things can go much faster than you thought 🙂

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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And, you are welcome tomorrow Tue March 14, the birthday of the City of Victoria – ‘she’ is a VIRGO – PISCES Full Moon City (* March 14, 1843)! -, our once-a-year AstroExperience of the City’s chart and our astrological resonance and ‘cosmic dance’ with ‘her’: Astrology, the City, and YOU! This one is also available via skype or fb messenger – you don’t have to show up in embodied presence. 🙂

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* MERCURY crosses PLUTO on Jan 29, squares URANUS on Jan 31, squares stationary JUPITER on Feb 2, and enters AQ on Feb 7: Powerful, Liberating Messages to and from Humanity ♥

1 Feb

What a MERCURY week! News are going crazy…!
After the finale of the retro and post-retro storm, and shadow phase last weekend – MERCURY finally passed PLUTO, and kicked off a cardinal T-square activation week with URANUS and JUPITER that has a ripple effect for the weeks to come.

As you can see in the AQ New Moon chart (see blog post Jan 27), and as mentioned in the chart description, MERCURY presently in CAP passed PLUTO – exact on Jan 29: Issues of power, control and abuse are being recognized and verbalized, in fact intensely discussed, these days. How can this lead to change??
Essentially, Soul Power (PLUTO) is the catalyst for change. Biological Ancestors and Elders (CAP), Ancestors of the Land, and Spirit Elders have our back. We can invoke their support any time. And the changes we are catalyzing now in our lives are changes back to the historic timeline of our lineage as well!
May history NOT repeat itself, and may we be empowered to change through history!

MERCURY squared URANUS yesterday Jan 31 – there’s no holding back:
What needs to come out will. Suddenly things are being revealed, which can be traumatic, chaotic, shocking liberating, or all of the above. What needs to be freed-up?

Lastly in this sequence MERCURY in CAP will square stationary JUPITER in LIBRA on Feb 2 (JUPITER will go retro from Feb 5 on). Are executive choices being made and orders given (whoaaahh, that’s what I wrote last week, and are they ever!)? To balance this, speaking from authority and integrity, on behalf of justice, fairness, equality, and the law… all this is super crucial.

Eventually, on Feb 7, MERCURY will enter AQ (there until Feb 25) where it is considered ‘exalted’, i.o.w., at its best.
Here, the systemic, innovative, out-of-the-box free thinker and communicator, as well as cooperative, synergistic brain-storming of a forward-thinking group-mind is not only more interesting than the ‘same old voice of the leader’ and executive orders of the authority, with SATURN in CAP. It also allows everyone in a system or group, or HUMANITY to have a strong voice.
And this is the energy where Humanity Speaks, and invokes Togetherness.

 

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Gospel Choir – Pixabay Public Domain Graphic

 

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

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* MERCURY over the ‘Integrity Point’ into CAP (Dec 2), and Mercury retro (Dec 19 – Jan 8) fore-shadowing :: Behind the Message there’s a Human.

2 Dec

Ahhh, why does nobody ‘like’ MERCURY retro?

It seems to mess with our plans, our mind, and with communications. 

 

Monkeys (Gibbons) at Play 1427 painting by Xuande Emperor

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

 

YES, MERCURY will inevitably go retro again (again??? 3 times a year for 3 weeks, plus pre- and post- retro shadow and storm, all in all almost 2 months each phase).

Rather than seeing M-r as an annoyance there’s a deeper purpose, and there are better ways of grooving with the ‘backwards flying messenger’.

Each M-r phase ‘lassoes’ MERCURY the Archetype for the Mind that gets ‘ahead of the game’ and has traveled ahead of the SUN back in, so that Spirit and Consciousness (the SUN) rule, and Mind follows as its function and ‘servant’. Always lots to learn and adjust each time, since the ‘monkey mind’ / ego mind really IS the make-believe trickster.

 

So here’s a brief overview of the upcoming M-r phase with itinerary (see also my scribblings on the SAG New Moon chart).

 

More about it in the updated M-r tool kit that I’ll send out next week in separate mail and in the next Astro~News for the GEM – SAG Full Moon on Dec 13 when MERCURY is about to go into pre-retro ‘storm’.

 

This year 2016, M-r visits the Earth signs (first phase was in TAU in Apr / May, then in VIR in Aug / Sept, and rounding it up with CAP in Dec / Jan).

Physical, practical matters have been mostly ‘affected’ by M-r (values, money, organizing, business, health) and this continues with M-r in CAP which rules societal structures, governments, bosses, law, time and history, as well as how we work with time and resources, and the long term effects of it.

 

Since PLUTO entered CAP in 2008/9, these larger issues have been ‘in our face’, and transformation of the modern capitalist life style has to happen to keep bio-structures on Planet Earth sustainable.

MERCURY will start its next retro tour on Dec 19, right next to PLUTO, and go back to the last degree of SAG, hence cross the SAG – CAP ‘Integrity Point’ 3 times (forward – retro – forward). All the deeper, more serious issues where walking our talk matters will be brought up by MERCURY. If the Mind (MERCURY) has either driven us more overtly crazy and powerless with our need to plan and control, in the face of world changes, or if we’re gone into denial / shut-down (PLU) things will come up for RE-visit and RE-view, to RE-connect with Spirit, and be guided from deep within.

Aaand: When receiving messages from and communicating with authorities, consider: “Behind the message is a person.” And communicate directly with them as human beings

 

Itinerary for the M-r phase in Dec / Jan 2016 /17:

Dec 1: MERCURY goes into pre-retro shadow – themes and patterns to address foreshadow.

Dec 2: MERCURY crosses from SAG over the ‘Integrity Point’ into CAP – how do you ‘walk your talk’, and think and talk in integrity?

Dec 15: MERCURY significantly slows down, and enters the stationary pre-retro ‘storm’ – time for RE-visit, RE-view, RE-treat…

Dec 19: MERCURY goes retro next to PLUTO – don’t be afraid of the ‘black hole’, may it RE-generate us deeply from within over the SoUlstice time.

Jan 4 – 12: MERCURY re-enters SAG and hovers on the ‘Integrity Point’: Walking our Talk matters.

Jan 8: MERCURY goes out of retro – what life lessons have we learned and do we need to practice now?

Jan 12 (Full Moon): MERCURY goes out of SAG into CAP, and out of stationary ‘storm’ – settling on ‘higher ground’?
Jan 27: MERCURY goes out of the post-retro shadow – integration.

I’ll post a Mercury retro tool kit shortly – stay tuned :-).

 

 

© Melanie Lichtinger 2016

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* MERCURY RETRO SURVIVING & THRIVING KIT

30 Aug

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

Bingo! Another MERCURY retro is ON.

 

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

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

 

Hermes / Mercury

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

 

Mercury Retro

Mercury doing its retro somersaults again…

 

 

So all groovy?

Well, trickster times ARE upon us, and a few practical hints can’t hurt, and might contribute to the RE-medies it offers… 🙂

 

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

 

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

What a perfect example!

Pick up the PHONE, or meet Face-to-Face, rather than messaging on Facebook!

Mercury retro RE-minds us to RE-adjust communication to a more effective way – sorta old fashioned groovy phoning and meeting for coffee… Take time, drop the pencil / tablet, and slow down that busy VIRGO back-to-school / harvest mode, Get to know the person better through physical presence whom you ‘thought’ you communicated with via your tech devices. Get away from the technology mediated connection, and see your friends again in front of you, for that one-on-one intimacy that an email / messages just wouldn’t do. Maybe, when you’re close to them you may save yourself a big ‘detour’ – can be actually quite efficient, which makes VIRGO happy.

 

Now, in the beginning M-r mode, we are more prone to bypass the rational censor, trust our bodily senses, discernment, and sensitivities, truly and simply address what needs to be talked about (rather than ‘heady’ niceties and ‘pseudo talk’), are able to intuitively pick up now what wasn’t communicated before, and where loose ends were left open.

 

Turtle

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

 

 

Then, when it comes to practical planning and organizing, a la late VIR (with extra VIR undertone) take it easy under M-r! Something else, call it ‘The Mind of God / the Universal Mind’ (MERCURY opp. CHIRON in PI) is in the picture. Our personal planning takes a break from the habitual control mode, and is invited to align with what needs to happen, and what the universe orchestrates. Obviously, that re-quires and teaches us flexibility. And also, often, we stick to Plan A because we are concerned we might inconvenience others with changing plans. However, a different plan might work best and be most effective for everybody anyway (very VIRGO). 🙂

 

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

 

 

Here are my seasoned and seasonal 14 Mercury retro tips,

for the whole retro phase (exact Aug 30 – Sept 21), and extending into post-retro stationary ‘storm’ (until Sept 25), and post-retro shadow time (until Oct 7):

 

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

It usually takes a week or so to adjust to the different mode. Hopefully, you have taken the pre-retro shadow phase since mid-Aug already as an adjustment, rather than being ‘hit’ by the wild ‘storm’, since Aug 22.

 

2) Be mindful.

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

 

3) Go with the inwards / backwards oriented energy.

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

5) Talk about what REally matters.

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

 

6) A direct, authentic, and lively dialogue…

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

 

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

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

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

Which brings us to…

 

8) Be mindful how you communicate with others.

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

 

9) Be clear and precise with commitments, if you HAVE To (do you really?) sign an agreement now that can’t wait.
For your own interest, and maybe to maintain your good terms with the other person(!) double check whether you have been understood correctly (VIR), and RE-peat / RE-phrase back to the other person. Avoid signing an agreement before you have all the necessary information (which is often only after MERCURY retro is over!). Especially related to where late VIR is in your chart (e.g. 7th house: relationships, 4th house: home / family).

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

12) When ‘glitches’ occur, rather than carrying frustration around (VIR) be fluid and flexible like quicksilver (MERCURY’s metal).

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

 

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

Be creative and brainstorm – esp. together with your MERCURY retro friends…

 

14) If you would like to know…

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

 

…feel welcome to get in touch with your Astrologer.

 

© Mercur-elanie 2016

 

 

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