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MERCURY Retro (Oct 31 – Nov 20) in SCORPIO: ‘Mental Inside Passage’ & Trickster Magic – Cosmic RE-lief & Seasonal Toolkit

10 Oct

Dear Cosmic Friend!

Are you embracing the darker season?


Fall has rolled in astro-energetically with so many tensions, important decisions to make (or not – yet?) – LIBRA – , challenging lessons – SATURN –  and turning points – PLUTO – , over the last weeks…
Do you find that too?
Well, no wonder – SATURN & PLUTO have been stationary throughout Sept and into mid-October, and the LIBRA New Moon on Sept 28 opposed CHIRON.

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

 

Tipping Point – Photo by Ted Roberts

 

MERCURY the Communicator / Messenger / Alchemist Planet is already in SCORPIO since Oct 3, and will be in the most magical and transformational Zodiac energy until Dec 9!
9 1/2 weeks (ha – remembering that very scorpionic film from the 1980’s?) is quite a record time for MERCURY in one sign.
Not a big mystery why – it’ll go retrograde, starting on (YES!) Oct 31 until Nov 20!

 

Halloooou! Photo by Melanie Oct 31 2018

 

Have you been in a mode of communicating from a deeper, more revealing and intimate place than ‘usual’?
What has emerged from under the cloak of mystery and scorpionic hiding rock, and come to the surface thus far?


Well, more to come, ‘even’ unintentionally and ‘randomly’ when MERCURY goes retro on Halloween(!) at the end of SCORPIO – which has a PISCES undertone…

 

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

  • Going with the Flow & Magic of MERCURY retro…

  • What’s Special about this MERCURY Retro phase in SCORPIO

  • MERCURY in SCORPIO and its Connections with other Planetary Players 
  • Where’s MERCURY’s deep dive into SCORPIO happening in Your Chart & Life?

  • 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 & Magic of MERCURY retro…

Technology, traffic / transport and communication glitches (or surprises!) sneaking in again lately and calling for flexibility?

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 mid-to-end of SCORPIO this time (from 27°38′ back to 11°35′ SCO, to be precise), from Oct 31 – Nov 20.

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 (even in SCORPIO lol), 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 will on OCT 12 enter the pre-retro ‘shadow’
(i.o.w., cross the 11°35′ SCO mark from which it will go direct again at the end of M-r, on Nov 20).

From OCT 25 on, MERCURY will be in stationary (very slowly moving) ‘U-turn storm’. 

And on OCT 31 – under a void-of-course MOON (yep, that too), MERCURY will ‘officially’ start its seasonal retro loop which goes technically until NOV 20, and rolls out completely until early December.

So, the whole month of November with build-up time before and roll-out time after is under M-r influence.
Take it easy on Halloween and U.S. Thanksgiving ‘plans’, and don’t get wrapped up in ‘loops’ that are directed by mental over-attachment a.k.a. need for control. It’s a good time to chill, go on a  RE-treat and RE-laxation Spa, purge and find ‘hidden treasures’, and catch up with lost & forgotten reading or writing projects – a la SCORPIO – that touch you and others deeply and are cathartic or catalysts for change.

 

What’s Special about this MERCURY Retro phase in SCORPIO?

MERCURY goes retro end to mid-SCO (with PISCES & SCORPIO undertones) and makes triple contacts with NEPTUNE the Ruler of PISCES, these years in PISCES, and with PLUTO the Ruler of SCORPIO, these years in CAP where also SATURN its Ruler sits and will be triple contacted by MERCURY in SCO as well.

That looks like deep transpersonal and also collective forces are being contacted by the ‘Inside Passage’ with MERCURY.

May the inward-backward turning and processing lead to a transformed, REnewed, clear, RE-alistic and truly connective way of being in the World!

Bali Morning Prayer – Photo by Helga Hendricks

 

The way how ‘the system’ is treating Planet Earth and dehumanizing us isn’t sustainable, rather destructive, and can’t go on – commitment to change is needed (SATURN / SN / PLUTO  in CAP).
We have to find new transformed ways of Being – because we deeply love and care for the Earth, and all her Children (CANCER NN / SCORPIO).

We’re Family with all Sentient Beings (even if that makes you feel uncomfortable but that’s where the change comes from, not from polarization).
Maybe time to turn back to Buddhist teachings, under MERCURY retro in SCORPIO…?

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

 

 

MERCURY in SCORPIO and its Connections with other Planetary Players –

Some in triple contacts, in the pre-retro / retro / post-retro loop
…and how to be in natural alignment with the energies

 

Image Credit: Pexels 

 

Triple contacts with
SATURN (Oct 13, Nov 13 & 29)
NEPTUNE (Oct 15, Nov 13 & 28)
PLUTO (Oct 19, Nov 8, Dec 2)
…in the pre-retro / retro / post-retro loop!

 

RE-view of MERCURY’s first week in SCO:

OCT 3
MERCURY entered SCORPIO – on the day when PLUTO the ‘Lord of SCORPIO’ went direct.
Power to Change, and to Change the Conversation.

OCT 5
MERCURY in quincunx with CHIRON retro in ARIES.
Authentic Talk can be awkward, or refreshing to address vulnerabilities & taboos.

OCT 6
MERCURY opp. URANUS retro in TAU.
Wild card / liberating shifts in thinking and communications.
Be intuitive, innovative, expect the unexpected, incl. surprise news.
No rush to ‘run with them’ though.

OCT 8
VENUS joins MERCURY in SCORPIO
(until Nov 1).

How deep is your Love?

 

And from NOW on.
As you see – and probably feel:
Significant phases of this M-r Journey correspond with FULL MOONs & NEW MOONs which can even more so bring out otherwise perhaps unnoticed emotional undercurrents of this already Scorpionic M-r.

OCT 12 – Day before the ARIES – LIBRA Full Moon on Oct 13
Pre-retro Shadow (MERCURY at 11°35′ SCO – where it’ll go direct again on Nov 20) starts.
Fore-shadowing hunches and intuitions?

OCT 13
MERCURY sextile SATURN in CAP (1 of 3).
Considering deeper issues.

OCT 15
MERCURY trine NEPTUNE retro / LILITH in PI (1 of 3).

Going deep into the traps of the self defeating mind, to allow for purging and releasing – while staying connected in the Field of Love.

OCT 19
MERCURY sextile PLUTO in CAP (1 of 3).
Looks like the ‘Old Empire’ is on its way to expire.
What’s the conversation that’s now going on about that?
Where are you at?

OCT 23
The SUN enters SCO (until Nov 22).
Consciously diving into Magic, Mystery, and Transformation – t’is the Season.

OCT 25 – 2 Days before the SCO New Moon on Oct 27, i.o.w. in the Dark Moon phase
The pre-retro ‘Storm’ / stationary phase for MERCURY retro in SCO starts.

Take it easy on ‘plans’.
Get ready for synchronicities and synch’ with the Flow & Magic of Life.

OCT 30
MERCURY at the end of SCO meets VENUS.
Intimate conversations.
What is Love?

OCT 31
MERCURY (at 27°38′ SCO) goes retro (until Nov 20).
‘Inside Passage’ & Alchemy of the Mind.
MERCURY retro in SCORPIO can present itself as extra tricky, since the mind can poke & provoke us where it hurts.
Yet it’s a potent Medicine to identify self-defeating patterns of self talk and ‘inner games’ / inner ‘devil’s advocate’ that are now ripe to change – by unmasking them, and going all the way through the process – with loving Heart & clear Consciousness guiding us.

NOV 8
MERCURY retro sextile PLUTO in CAP (2 of 3).
Changes in Society re-flect inner transformation – good to be aware…
How are you the Change?

NOV 11 – Day before the TAU – SCO Full Moon on Nov 12
MERCURY retro meets the SUN on magical 11/11.
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’, having already gone through deep inner journeys? 

NOV 13
MERCURY retro sextile SATURN in CAP and trine NEPTUNE retro / LILITH in PI (2 of 3).
Being in integrity & maturity and in surrender & openness help with processing the tricks of the mind. What’s real here, and how is all / are you connected, in the web of life?

NOV 18
MARS makes a move over the ‘Tipping Point’ and joins MERCURY & the SUN in SCORPIO (until Jan 3).
Intense Stirring, Clearing, and Spiritual Mobilization.

NOV 20
MERCURY goes direct again.
May the inward-backward turning and processing lead to a transformed & renewed way of seeing and interacting with the World!

NOV 22
The SUN goes over the ‘Phoenix Point’ from SCO to SAG.
We Rise again – towards the Light Returning.
Understanding leads to Freedom.

NOV 25 – Day before the SAG New Moon on Nov 26
MERCURY leaves the stationary post-retro ‘storm’.
Integration of the adjustment time & back into the ‘real world’, with regenerated sense of self, and awareness of where the mind comes in.

NOV 28
MERCURY post-retro trine NEPTUNE retro / LILITH in PI (3 of 3).
Allowing the Alchemy to carry you.

NOV 29
MERCURY post-retro sextile SATURN in CAP (3 of 3).
Job well done, and good lessons learned.

DEC 2
MERCURY post-retro sextile PLUTO in CAP (3 of 3)
Being changed through the greater Alchemy of Life.

DEC 8
MERCURY leaves the post-retro Shadow (MERCURY at 27°38′ SCO – where it went retro from).
After the mental deep-dive adventure it’s time to integrate our new way of Being where Mind follows Consciousness and the Heart.

DEC 9
MERCURY crosses over the ‘Phoenix Point’ into SAG.
Growing wings…

 

Where’s MERCURY’s deep dive into SCORPIO happening in Your Chart & Life?

 

Alchemy Retort. Medieval painting, origin unknown

The House in your Chart that contains SCORPIO is the ‘Scene of Affairs’.
(Always, but esp. nowadays) a good time to go into depth where magic, transformation, and re-generation happen.

As you read this maybe you have your SUN, MOON, AC, or Planets in SCORPIO? Then there’s more to the activation between MERCURY and these Inner Archetypes of yours…

Could be a good time to check in astrologically – get in touch if you feel it’s calling you.
Maybe via my seasonal (10/10 – 11/11) OFFER
Deep Dive ASTRO ALCHEMY Sessions

 

Back to the SCORPIO Houses – we all have one (or two) –

SCORPIO in your….

 

1st House
How you show up –
Maybe ‘under cover’ – more than what meets the eye.
The World senses the charge you emit. Don’t hide, be a catalyst.

 

2nd House
What you have and value –
Magic and power-to-change.
Be aware of those ‘gifts in disguise’.

 

3rd House
Your ‘relatives’ and environment –
Do they even know you / each other?
Hide & seek games? What needs to be talked about?

 

4th House
Your home –
A regenerative haven…
If you and your family have gone through so much this is the time to talk about it and process what happened and who you’ve become through it.

 

5th House
Your creativity –
Pure magic.
You’re the Alchemist – inspired by the divine Play of Change.

 

6th House
Your work, health, and lifestyle –
Time to purge, regenerate, and transform to be in your / the Power.

 

7th House
Your significant others –
Magical Beings. Catalysts for change.
Are you aware why they might be in your life?

 

8th House
Your deep involvement and transformations –
You died many deaths and here you are. Who’s the true you?

 

9th House
Your travels and worldviews –
Through the darkness to the light.
Time for another inner / outer Journey?

 

10th House
Your calling –
Leading / modeling transformation.
Does the World know / sense? Maybe time for a renewed public-yet-private presence.

 

11th House
Your community and friends –
A magical tribe – who probably went through a lot too.
Talk with your deep dive buddies – who knows where it leads.

 

12th House
Your Oneness with All –
In the Magic & Power of Life that’s always greater than personal / interpersonal power themes.
Take time-out to dive into what-IS.

 

 

Blessings for this Mercurial Immersion Time!
Let’s dive in, be with Mystery, Magic, and not afraid of the ‘Dark’.

 

That’s the 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 – starts on OCT 12. MERCURY in the Epimethean phase.
  2. Pre-retro stationary / ‘storm’ – starts on OCT 25.
  3. MERCURY technically retro – from OCT 31 on.
  4. MERCURY meets half-way in retro the SUN – a ‘New Mercury’ is born, a.k.a. ‘Point of Enlightening Insight’ – on NOV 11 – Promethean phase starts.
  5. MERCURY direct again – on NOV 20.
  6. Post-retro stationary / ‘storm’ ends – on NOV 25.
  7. Post-retro shadow – until DEC 8.

 

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 a scorpionic trigger for getting to the core of things where things are sticky yet primed to be met and helped to move and change.

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 goes into so-called pre-retro ‘shadow’ on OCT 12 (it’ll pass for the first time the Zodiac point (11°35′ SCO) from which it will after the retro phase go direct / forward again, on Nov 20).
Noticing ‘foreshadowing’ themes of what might come up during M-r ?

A good time to be fluid as quicksilver, RE-sponsive to higher intelligence, and to trust the ‘messenger from the future’, via Scorpionic instinct, intuition and precognition.
Perhaps you’re already having deep intimate communication and contemplation around ‘neglected’ or shamed / shadow’ed SCORPIO themes (power, control, intimacy, taboos, hidden agenda…
).

 

MERCURY Retro in the Starters

 

On OCT 25
MERCURY will enter its stationary ‘storm’ period (moves very slowly), i.o.w., starts to go into ‘U-turn’ mode end of SCO (with a PISCES undertone).

A time to also slow down the regular fast and busy mind that likes to multi talk / task and be ‘in control’.
‘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 super adaptable, 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 from OCT 31 – NOV 20 the mind is geared to turn inward-backward and moves may be paradoxical, like in a labyrinth. Very SCO – PISCES too…

As always, the MERCURY retro cycle starts with the ‘Epimethean’ phase (first half – until NOV 11) where old (epic) stories, memories, and patterns show up for REasons yet unknown, REvealing themselves in the journey.

With the SCORPIO energy of the upcoming M-r, it’s good to always look deeper, tune into a magical mode, invite unexpected insights, a world of synchronicities, and: be open for in-sights by things from the past, hidden and overlooked that get our attention now for a RE-ason. 

 

At the half-way point of the M-r phase (NOV 11 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), to become more conscious, follow Spirit and the Heart (SUN). It is also called the ‘Point of Enlightened Insight’.

The second half of M-r (NOV 11 – 20) is the ‘Promethean’ phase, where new insights and new Consciousness can be more easily carried forward in creative ways.

 

Here’s to a 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 Freedom from… and for…)!

 

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 (so Scorpionic).
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 Alchemist, with M-r in SCORPIO).
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 ‘Inner Muggle’.

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 mischievously ask ourselves (M-r):
“How can I get out of the busy conditioned & controller mind now, and shift  to Openness, Creativity, and Play?”
“What does my Inner Magician / Wizard suggest?”

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. Laughing at ourselves is certainly part of the picture.

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 ‘magical 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 different ways / a different language to make sure there’s no misunderstanding in a fast / distracted context – in our oh-so ADD world.
  • Talk in a way that invites genuine emotional intimacy (SCORPIO), not in a controlling / manipulative / shutting down one (SCO shadow).
  • Ask questions that instinctively / intuitively come up (esp. to clarify otherwise held assumptions!).
  • 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 by being face-to-face with the other person rather than on the phone, or via mutual messaging / e-monologue – so ‘standardized’ and ‘normalized’ in the electronic age – M-r  gives us the chance to take a break from it! 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 focused 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’ underworld / otherworldly 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 July 2019).

 

What also 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 what comes from it?
So, keep collecting communication karma cookies, by being the random messenger & connector of kindness!

 

Back to Basics & Buddhists:
Be mindful, and observe the phenomenon mind from a deeper 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.

 

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

 

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.

Like a monkey, the mind 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 Auguste Rodin (in front of the Rodin Museum in Paris)

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

It usually takes a week or so to adjust to the different mode.
Hopefully, you’re taking it easy on the pre-retro shadow phase (from OCT 12 on), rather than being ‘pulled into’ the wild ‘storm’ (from OCT 25 on), 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 in July 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 an invitation for depth a la SCORPIO.

 

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 = NOV 11).

 

8) MERCURY Retro RE-minds us…

…that direct connection with one another as an authentic and lively dialogue gives the opportunity to open up and dive deeper (a la SCORPIO…) 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! So magical!

 

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

With the SCORPIO flavour, re-connect with people whom you feel a deep, perhaps uncanny affinity with – and see how you get deeply moved and old inner themes get unstuck – maybe you haven’t forgiven them or yourself yet?!
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 SCORPIO is situated (see above).

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 make yourself or others feel bad or ashamed (that SCO quality) 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 M-r phase on NOV 11.
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 MERCURY Retro Trickster in SCORPIO would likely play tricks on / with you
  • How to consciously, creatively, and mindfully play WITH the energy

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

 

 

© 2019 by Mercur-elanie 😉 

 

Wishing us all a Magic-all MERCURY Retro in SCORPIO 2019!
Blessings for a truly transformational NO-Time!

 

Aligned with the SCORPIO Magic & Mystery, I’d love to invite you to this seasonal Astro Offering:

 

 

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We focus on YOUR SCORPIO themes that are being enhanced now, with MERCURY already and for a looong time in SCO (Oct 3 – Dec 9!), now also VENUS (Oct 8 – Nov 1), soon the SUN (Oct 23 – Nov 22), and even MARS (Nov 18 – Jan 3) 
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If you’re new to my services and have preliminary questions I welcome you to get in touch before booking and to get to know each other a bit before we ‘dive in’.

 

 

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Serving you with astrological guidance and perspective, pointing you to Your ‘Inner Cosmic Compass’.

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

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

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

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

 

 

MERCURY 9 1/2 weeks in SCORPIO (Oct 3 – Dec 9)! Taboo Talk, Intimate Conversations, and 6th Sense

27 Sep

Dear Astro~News Reader,

Dr. Jeckyll / Mr. Hyde – artist unknown

We gotta address taboos and hidden agenda.
Privately, inter-personally, and publicly.

 

Ha – just in time before the Canadian Federal Elections on Oct 21 -when MERCURY in SCO will be in pre-retro shadow (from Oct 13 on).

Whoa – wait a minute… MERCURY will be in SCORPIO forever, AND retro, starting from Halloween on?

Yep. No hoax here.

This can become… interesting!

Getting out of the closet & airing what’s been hidden can be painful yet important for processing, empowering and transforming.

…says also PLUTO the ‘Lord of Scorpio’, prominent in October, since it changes directions from retro (inner / hidden / old Power issues) since end of April, to direct (Power to Change) from Oct 3 on.
And yep, PLUTO in CAP these years (2009 – 2023) is all about the change of abusive and corrupt power structures, government, and top-down leadership, and empowered transformation via building the new and evolved.
While admittedly (and ‘normal’ for PLUTO) status quo power structures hold on with teeth & claws – in the inevitable evolutionary change that’s coming and happening.

 

And now: MERCURY

Tipping Point – Photo by Ted Roberts

So – MERCURY will cross over the ‘Tipping Point’ from LIBRA to SCORPIO on Oct 3, on the DAY when PLUTO changes directions, and just after the Sept 28 LIBRA New Moon.

MERCURY will be in the ‘Down Under’ Zodiac sign for a while: until Dec 9 (you guessed why – it’ll go retro, Oct 31 – Nov 20). 
MERCURY will go almost fully through SCORPIO before going retro on Oct 31, and cover the (under)ground of the second half of SCO – 11 – 28 degrees – 3 times.

Big Time for Taboo Talk, as we dive into ‘uncomfortable’, scary, repressed, covered up, ‘under wraps’ and unfathomable topics and scenarios, remembered, experienced, or perhaps vividly pictured.
Yet, MERCURY in SCORPIO also opens up our 6th sense, tickles our interest in the mystery, the magical and otherwise unseen. And it’s much more conducive for deep intimate conversations.

 

Let’s see which connections MERCURY in SCORPIO makes with other Planetary Players – some triple contacts, in the pre-retro / retro / post-retro loop.


In order of appearance:

OCT 3
MERCURY enters SCORPIO – on the day when PLUTO the ‘Lord of SCORPIO’ goes direct.
Power to Change, and to Change the Conversation.

OCT 5
MERCURY in quincunx with CHIRON retro in ARIES.
Authentic Talk can be awkward, or refreshing to address vulnerabilities & taboos.

OCT 6
MERCURY opp. URANUS retro in TAU.
Wild card / liberating shifts in thinking and communications.
Be intuitive, innovative, expect the unexpected, incl. surprise news.
No rush to ‘run with them’ though.

OCT 8
VENUS joins MERCURY in SCORPIO (until Nov 1).

How deep is your Love?

OCT 12
Pre-retro Shadow (MERCURY at 11°35′ SCO – where it’ll go direct again) starts.
Fore-shadowing issues?

OCT 13
MERCURY sextile SATURN in CAP (1 of 3).
Considering deeper issues.

OCT 15
MERCURY trine NEPTUNE retro / LILITH in PI (1 of 3).

Going deep into the traps of the self defeating mind, to allow for purging and releasing while staying connected in the Field of Love.

OCT 19
MERCURY sextile PLUTO in CAP (1 of 3).
Looks like the ‘Old Empire’ is on its way to expire.
What’s the conversation that’s now going on about that? What do you think?

OCT 23
The SUN enters SCO (until Nov 22).
Consciously diving into Magic, Mystery, and Transformation – t’is the Season.

OCT 25
The pre-retro ‘Storm’ / stationary phase for MERCURY retro in SCO starts.
Take it easy on ‘plans’.
Get ready for synchronicities and synch’ with the Flow & Magic of Life.

OCT 30
MERCURY at the end of SCO meets VENUS.
Intimate conversations. What is Love?

OCT 31
MERCURY (at 27°38′ SCO) goes retro (until Nov 20).
Alchemy of the Mind.
MERCURY retro in SCORPIO can present itself as really tricky, since the mind can poke & provoke us where it hurts – only to identify self-defeating patterns of self talk and ‘inner game’ that are now ripe to change – by going all the way through the process.

NOV 8
MERCURY retro sextile PLUTO in CAP (2 of 3).
Changes in Society re-flect inner transformation – good to be aware…

NOV 11
MERCURY retro meets the SUN on magical 11/11.
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’, having already gone through deep inner journeys? 

NOV 13
MERCURY retro sextile SATURN in CAP and trine NEPTUNE retro / LILITH in PI (2 of 3).
Being in integrity & maturity and in surrender & openness help with processing the tricks of the mind. What’s real here, and how is all / are you connected, in the web of life?

NOV 18
MARS makes a move over the ‘Tipping Point’ and joins MERCURY & the SUN in SCORPIO (until Jan 3).
Intense Stirring, Clearing, and Spiritual Mobilization.

NOV 20
MERCURY goes direct again.
May the inward-backward turning and processing lead to a transformed & renewed way of seeing and interacting with the World!

NOV 22
The SUN goes over the ‘Phoenix Point’ from SCO to SAG.
We Rise again – towards the Light Returning. Understanding leads to Freedom.

NOV 25
MERCURY leaves the stationary post-retro ‘storm’.
Integration of the adjustment time – back into the ‘real world’, with a regenerated sense of self, and awareness of where the mind comes in.

NOV 28
MERCURY post-retro trine NEPTUNE retro / LILITH in PI (3 of 3).
Allowing the Alchemy to carry you.

NOV 29
MERCURY post-retro sextile SATURN in CAP (3 of 3).
Job well done, and good lessons learned.

DEC 2
MERCURY post-retro sextile PLUTO in CAP (3 of 3)
Being changed through the greater Alchemy of Life.

DEC 8
MERCURY leaves the post-retro Shadow (MERCURY at 27°38′ SCO – where it went retro from).
After the mental deep-dive adventure it’s time to integrate our new way of Being where Mind follows Consciousness and the Heart.

DEC 9
MERCURY crosses over the ‘Phoenix Point’ into SAG.
Growing wings…

 

More about MERCURY retro in SCORPIO (Oct 31 – Nov 20) in a blog post closer to MERCURY pre-retro shadow (which starts Oct 12).

For now, let’s dive in, be with Mystery, Magic, and not afraid of the ‘Dark’.

 

Where’s MERCURY’s deep dive into SCORPIO happening in Your Chart & Life?

Alchemy Retort. Medieval painting, origin unknown

The House in your Chart that contains SCORPIO is the ‘Scene of Affairs’.
(Always, but esp. nowadays) a good time to go into depth where magic, transformation, and re-generation happen.

As you read this maybe you have your SUN, MOON, AC, or Planets in SCORPIO? Then there’s more to the activation between MERCURY and these Inner Archetypes of yours…

Could be a good time to check in astrologically – get in touch if you feel it’s calling you.

 

Back to the SCORPIO Houses – we all have one (or two) –

SCORPIO in your….

 

1st House
How you show up –
Maybe ‘under cover’ – more than what meets the eye.
The World senses the charge you emit. Don’t hide, be a catalyst.

 

2nd House
What you have and value –
Magic and power-to-change.
Be aware of those ‘gifts in disguise’.

 

3rd House
Your ‘relatives’ and environment –
Do they even know you / each other?
Hide & seek games? What needs to be talked about?

 

4th House
Your home –
A regenerative haven…
If you and your family have gone through so much this is the time to talk about it and process what happened and who you’ve become through it.

 

5th House
Your creativity –
Pure magic.
You’re the Alchemist – inspired by the divine Play of Change.

 

6th House
Your work, health, and lifestyle –
Time to purge, regenerate, and transform to be in your / the Power.

 

7th House
Your significant others –
Magical Beings. Catalysts for change.
Are you aware why they might be in your life?

 

8th House
Your deep involvement and transformations –
You died many deaths and here you are. Who’s the true you?

 

9th House
Your travels and worldviews –
Through the darkness to the light.
Time for another inner / outer Journey?

 

10th House
Your calling –
Leading / modeling transformation.
Does the World know / sense? Maybe time for a renewed public-yet-private presence.

 

11th House
Your community and friends –
A magical tribe – who probably went through a lot too.
Talk with your deep dive buddies – who knows where it leads.

 

12th House
Your Oneness with All –
In the Magic & Power of Life that’s always greater than personal / interpersonal power themes.
Take time-out to dive into what-IS.

 

Blessings for a truly transformational MERCURY in SCORPIO!
Melanie

 

© 2019 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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Serving you with astrological guidance and perspective, pointing you to Your ‘Inner Cosmic Compass’.

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

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

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

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

Special offer & focus this month (until OCT 3):

Your Archetypes – Your Partners :: LIBRAn Astro Sessions

The SUN, MERCURY & VENUS are still in LIBRA and MARS follows, on OCT 3.
A big emphasis on Peace, Balance, Harmony, Art, Culture, and: Relatedness / Relationship.

If you have any ‘cosmic placements’ (SUN, MOON, AC, Planets) in LIBRA… the themes of those Archetypes / Inner ‘Players’ will more likely be on your mind, with MERCURY in LIBRA.
Engaging with what these Archetypes and sides in you stand for will bring you Balance.
Be Partners with them!
Otherwise, what often happens: We attract human partners who embody those Archetypes to help us integrate the themes. A bit of a ‘detour’.

Read on, and find the whole gist of the offer at my FB Page at the Event description.

 

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

1 Jul

Dear Cosmic Friend!

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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


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

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

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

 

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

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


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


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

 

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

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

 

Going with the Flow of MERCURY retro…

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

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

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

MERCURY doing its retro somersaults again…

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Image Credit: Pexels 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Blessings for this Mercurial Immersion Time!

 

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

 

 

7-Phase Sequence of the MERCURY Retro Timeline 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

MERCURY Retro in the Starters

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Timeless and Timely MERCURY Retro REminders

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

As always with MERCURY retro, clarify communication whenever possible:

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

My Seasoned MERCURY Retro Tips & Seasonal Tool Kit 

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

3) Retro is an inwards / backwards oriented energy.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

7) Be clear and precise with commitments and agreements.

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

 

8) MERCURY Retro RE-minds us…

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

15) If you would like to know…

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

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

 

 

© 2019 by Mercur-elanie 😉 

 

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

 

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Would you like to tune into the astrological transits of the Summer, in your own chart and life?
Come on over in Victoria / come on in online via zoom to a customized Astro session.
If your birthday is coming up you get 10% discount in your bday week.

An Astro birthday session is a great self-gifting that many clients treat themselves to. 

Maybe it’s time to fully benefit from a 3- or 5- sessions coaching sequence?
Just email me (licht@islandnet.com) if you’d like to discuss options.

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Welcome!

 

 

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!

 

© 2019 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

Serving you since 2000
In Victoria BC, and worldwide

 

ASTRO CONSULTATIONS

Serving you with astrological guidance and perspective, pointing you to Your ‘Inner Cosmic Compass’.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

3 May

Dear Astro~News Friends!

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

How can we release / free ourselves from attachment?

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

Also, a key piece is to embrace impermanence.

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

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

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

 

What could that look like?

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

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

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

  • Buying less, enjoying more.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

MERCURY contacts these other Planetary Archetypes while in TAURUS: 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Where in your chart is TAURUS?


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

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

1st House:
Your Presence and Sense of Self

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

3rd House:
You in Your Local Environment

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

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

6th House:
Your Work, Wellness, Lifestyle

7th House:
Your Partners & Significant Others

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

© 2019 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

Serving you since 2000
In Victoria BC, and worldwide

 

ASTRO CONSULTATIONS

Serving you with astrological guidance and perspective, pointing you to Your ‘Inner Cosmic Compass’.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

EmBODY Astrology in Nature
ASTRO Archetypes Come to Life!

SAT MAY 11
2:11 – 5:11 PM

You and your friends are warmly welcome!
This one’s of course live-in-person only. 🙂
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MERCURY Retro (all) in PISCES March 5 – 28: Open & Fluid Mind – Cosmic RE-lief & Seasonal Toolkit

1 Mar

Hello Astro Attuned Friend,


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

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

Time to integrate and absorb – with MERCURY retro!

 

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

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

 

Going with the Flow of MERCURY retro…

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

MERCURY doing its retro somersaults again…

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

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

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

 

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

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


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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Timeless Ocean – Photo by Melanie, Nov 2018

 

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

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

 

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

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

Image Credit: Pexels 

 

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


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

 

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


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

 

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


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


Blessings for this sublime PISCEAN Time!

 

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

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

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

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

Let’s see what that presents itself as…

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


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

 

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

 

Neptune Rules Pisces
Painting by Johfra Bosschart

 

What’s Special about this MERCURY Retro in PISCES?

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

7-Phase Sequence of the MERCURY Retro Timeline 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

MERCURY Retro in the Starters

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Timeless and Timely MERCURY Retro REminders

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

As always with MERCURY retro, clarify communication whenever possible:

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

My Seasoned MERCURY Retro Tips & Seasonal Tool Kit 

 

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

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

It usually takes a week or so to adjust to the different mode.
Hopefully, you’re taking it easy on the pre-retro shadow phase (since Feb 20), rather than being ‘pulled into’ the wild ‘storm’ (from March 1 on), or (of course only apparent) stationary stuckness (can be either and both, in paradoxical trickster fashion).

 

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

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

 

3) Retro is an inwards / backwards oriented energy.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

6) Be mindful how you communicate with others.

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

 

7) Be clear and precise with commitments and agreements.

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

 

8) MERCURY Retro RE-minds us…

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

14) Enlightened Insights, anyone…?
The Day of Enlightened Insight – when M-r meets the SUN on the exact half-way point of the M-r phase is in this round on March 14!

 

15) If you would like to know…

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

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

 

 

Wishing us all a fluid surfing with MERCURY retro!

Mercur-elanie 😉

 

© 2019 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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

10 Nov

Hello Astro Attuned Friend,

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Looks calendar wise like this:

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

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

Nov 16:
MERCURY goes retro.

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

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

Dec 6:
MERCURY goes direct again.

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

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

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


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

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

 

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

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

 

Hermetic Staff of Healing AA Raphael

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

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

 

MERCURY’s Dance with other Planets 

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Going with MERCURY retro…

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

Mercury doing its retro somersaults again…

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

‘Winged Messenger’ Phoenix

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

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

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

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

 

7-Phase Sequence and MERCURY Retro Timeline 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

MERCURY Retro in the Starters

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Timeless and Timely MERCURY Retro REminders

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


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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

As always with MERCURY retro, clarify communication whenever possible:

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

My Seasoned Mercury Retro Tips & Seasonal Tool Kit 

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

It usually takes a week or so to adjust to the different mode. Hopefully, you’re taking the pre-retro shadow phase easy, rather than being ‘hit’ by the wild ‘storm’, or stationary stuckness (can be either and both, in paradoxical trickster fashion)..

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

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

Practice coming back to the here-now.

3) Retro is an inwards / backwards oriented energy.

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

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

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

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

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

6) Be mindful how you communicate with others.

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

7) Be clear and precise with commitments and agreements.

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

8) Mercury Retro RE-minds us…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14) Enlightened Insights, anyone…?
The Day of Enlightened Insight – when M-r meets the SUN on the exact half-way point of the M-r phase is on Nov 27 this year!

 

15) If you would like to know…

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

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

 

Wishing us all an inspired ride with MERCURY retro!

Mercur-elanie 😉

 

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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Come join us, if deep synergy in a circle speaks to you!


Please find my consult services, upcoming Astro~Experiences as well as offers, plus almost daily updates (more frequently than here on the Blog), incl. YouTube videos, on my FB Page:

Astrology for Self Realization.
Welcome!

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