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MERCURY Retro (June 17 – July 12) in CANCER: RE-member, RE-flect, RE-treat, and RE-connect.

15 Jun

Mercurial Greetings, dear Friends!


Tuning into feelings & needs, and gently verbalizing is really UP these days…

MERCURY, in CANCER for a loooong time (May 28 – Aug 4!) – will go RETRO this week, June 17, and is in turnaround Storm now…
Well, MERCURY retro in CANCER – is that an extra backwards-sideways ‘mental crab walk’? 2 – 3 steps backward-inward (maybe necessary!), before making 1 step forward…?
… perhaps to come back to the actual, natural expression of MERCURY in CANCER: Going rhythmically back and forth between mental & emotional engagement.

 

MERCURY in CAN brings out memories (well, for better or worse…) and reflections, and is already by nature rather inward-backward oriented (obviously, even more so when retro).
This mercurial energy can be well channeled into 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
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Talk to your Tribe! And talk to ‘others’ as if they were in your Tribe – because we ultimately are. Everybody belongs.

Be calm.
Be kind & compassionate.
Listen to your needs.
Go down memory lane.
Go for a crab walk by the beach…

 

The perfect card with a de-light-ful Winged Messenger came up in an Astro Divination fusion session this morning… also a message for the Ring of Fire ‘Nesting Point’ Summer Solstice Solar Eclipse on June 20
Its message initiates the North Node into GEMINI (and South Node into SAG) – uhh, and it comes with MERCURY retro in CANCER:

Sidestepping – Transformation Card (by Diana Varisco)

Sidestepping (back of the Transformation card)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step aside from the old trajectory / story / agenda (which can be also a Cancerian thing).
Build your magical Summer Solstice ‘Ring of Fire’ Nest of Joy and Lightness, be curious, and see ‘the situation’ from various perspectives!

The MERCURY retro ‘terrain’ goes from mid-CANCER (with SCORPIO undertone) to early CANCER (with CANCER undertone).
Going deeply into the inner emotional layers & memory banks (CANCER / SCO) for transformation and a new ‘nesting’ (CANCER / CANCER). Not into the mind that rehashes  / re-hatches those stories but rather into a Symbiosis of the Self, the Heart, and Consciousness (symbolized by the SUN – which will ‘lead’ again after MERCURY retro). 

 

R & R Eagle – Photo by Melanie, June 2020

MERCURY incl its retro loop in CANCER is very relevant for the collective mind & psyche of the American People, given what’s going on and spiraled out in the U.S. – a very CANCERian country, with VENUS / JUPITER, the SUN, and: MERCURY retro in CANCER – see the chapter

MERCURY in CANCER and the U.S.A. – We the People!
in my linked blog post.
With so much turmoil, chaos, lack of & need for wise, experienced, and responsible leadership (re: CAP where the ominous PLUTO Return for the U.S. is now in the making, 2020 – 2022, with an about 5-year build-up phase) it’s pretty obvious how the needs of the People & Spirit of the Country have to take precedence again, big time.

The Eagle might need to retreat & regenerate from its usual ‘modus operandi’, to come back, re-connected with Spirit.

 

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 CANCER
  • MERCURY in CANCER and its Connections with other Planetary Players 
  • Where do MERCURY’s inner RE-flections likely show up, 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-early of CANCER this time (from 14°46′ back to 5°30′ CANCER, to be precise), from June 17 – July 12.

 

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 has been
 in stationary (very slowly moving) ‘U-turn storm’ since June 9. 

And on JUNE 17 – just before the Summer Solstice Solar ‘Seed’ Eclipse on June 20 / 21, MERCURY will ‘officially’ start its seasonal retro loop which goes technically until JULY 12, and rolls out completely until the last week of July.
And ‘only’ on Aug 4 will MERCURY (after 10 weeks) move from CANCER to LEO.

So, both months of June & July with build-up time before and roll-out time after are effectively under M-r influence.
Take it easy on Canada Day / Independence Day and Summer ‘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, to purge and find ‘hidden treasures’ (the SCO undertone), and catch up with friends and family (or Spirit family) a la CANCER, and with lost & forgotten reading or writing projects that touch you and others deeply and are cathartic or catalysts for change (SCO).
Find what / who speaks to your Heart, and makes you feel at home.

 

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

It’s a super-charged MERCURY pre-, retro, and post-retro time in CANCER time, esp. in June / July (THREE Eclipses, VENUS stat. / out of retro, NEPTUNE stationary – retro, MARS into ARIES, SATURN out of AQ)

MERCURY goes retro mid-to-early CANCER (with SCORPIO & CANCER undertones) and makes contacts with MARS & CHIRON in ARIES (via squares) and with URANUS in TAU (via sextile).

Looks like this ‘Inside Passage’ with MERCURY is stimulated / triggered by the need to heal early wounds, and show up for and as ourselves, authentically and in new ways / as & who we are NOW. All very freeing and paradigm shifting.

 

MERCURY Retro & post-Retro in CANCER 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 

 

MAY 28
MERCURY entered CANCER.
Building Rapport. Offering nurturing messages from / for the ‘Inner Landscape’.
Talk with your Tribe, create a Tribe atmosphere, and notice who IS in your Tribe.
Memories & Reflections, Inner Landscape of the Mind…

 

JUNE 2
MERCURY went into pre-retro shadow (passed 5º30′ CANCER which it’ll go back to by July 12 when it ends its retro journey).
Noticing ‘foreshadowing’ themes of what might come up during M-r (re: home, belonging, needs, feelings, and big time: for the U.S.)?

 

MERCURY Retro in the Starters

JUNE 9
MERCURY enters (already!) its stationary pre-retro ‘storm’ period (moves super slowly and starts to go into the ‘U-Turn’ – exact on June 17).

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’ in watery CANCER 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’.

 

JUNE 17
MERCURY goes retro from 14º46′ CAN
(SCO undertone) – until July 12.
RE-flect and RE-visit memories. RE-connect from the Heart where the mind has been in the way. Family and Belongingness matter.
We are a Human Family. What does that mean to you – in THIS?
What needs to be processed?  What are deeper feelings you might have buried that need to be seen and voiced now?

 

JUNE 20 – The SUN enters CANCER, with a New Moon / Annular Summer Solstice Solar Seed Eclipse!
Light on Warmth, Compassion and Kindness

 

JUNE 22 – also the day of NEPTUNE turning retro
The post-NEW MOON (Summer Solstice ‘Ring of Fire’ Solar Eclipse on June 20 / 21) in mid-CANCER meets MERCURY.
Coming out of duality and polarity starts with a kind word – consider: how do they feel?

 

JUNE 30
MERCURY retro in sextile with URANUS in TAU (2nd of 3 contacts while in CAN), and meets the SUN – New MERCURY!
Point of ‘Enlightening Insight’
– very Promethean as even URANUS / the Prometheus Archetype is involved.
What are breakthrough insights you have? And how do you think / inform yourself / speak / write differently now? What do your bodily senses say?

 

JULY 1
MERCURY retro squares stationary CHIRON (going retro July 11) in ARIES (2nd of 3 contacts while in CAN)
What’s the voice of your early wounds? How do you show up for yourself? 
What’s the message of the First People and of other Warriors to the Tribe and to the Human Family?

 

JULY 8
MERCURY retro squares MARS in ARIES (1st of 2 contacts while in CAN)
Watch angry thoughts and the sharp tongue, and don’t let them get the better of you.  No need to let them out on others. Feelings can get easily hurt on a day like this. Tomorrow you might already feel and think differently about it all. The energy is well channeled into passionately co-advocating FOR something, and bravely tracing the origin of your feelings, thoughts, anger, and passion.

 

JULY 12
MERCURY goes direct again, at 5º30′ CANCER (with CANCER undertone)
Home is where the Heart is – give it a Voice!
Prepare the Nest for Higher Consciousness.

 

JULY 18
The Dark-before-NEW MOON in CANCER (NM on July 20) meets stationary MERCURY
Feeling deeply into what this phase has shown.

 

JULY 20 – Day of the ‘Blue’ CANCER NEW MOON
MERCURY goes out of the post-retro stationary ‘storm’ (starts to go faster)
Integration of the internal adjustment time – back into the ‘real world’, with a regenerated sense of self.

 

JULY 21
MERCURY post-retro squares stationary / retro (since July 11) CHIRON in ARIES (3rd of 3 contacts while in CAN)
What does loving care say to (outer and inner) Survivors and Warriors?

 

JULY 22
MERCURY post-retro in sextile with URANUS in TAU (3rd of 3 contacts while in CAN)
Tune into instinct and bodily senses – what’s liberating about this?

 

JULY 27
MERCURY leaves the post-retro shadow (passes 14º46′ CANCER where it’ll start its retro journey on June 17) and squares MARS in ARIES (2nd of 2 contacts while in CAN)
After all this mental-emotional process, how can we meet anger and aggression and channel it into / respond to it with compassionate yet determined action?!

 

JULY 30
MERCURY opposes JUPITER retro in CAP and goes into Water Trine with NEPTUNE retro
When feeling the polarity between loving care and ueber control / managing, best to go into meditation and perhaps mediation, speak with true Elders and tune into traditions. We’re all One, and need to be safe and sustained.

 

JULY 31
MERCURY squares LILITH in ARIES
Instinctual Voice of the Wild and Unconditioned YOU

 

AUG 1 – 3
MERCURY opposes PLUTO retro and SATURN retro in CAP
Facing ‘old world’ authorities with cold, rigid, heavy, righteous, separative agendas (incl. their inner one)? Don’t take the blame / don’t take things on that aren’t yours. What matters in the long run, and at ‘the end of the day’? Can you let go of the rest? What would the Inner Authority / Inner Elder, and the bigger picture / a wider outlook on the situation say – with a compassionate heart?
Speaking on behalf of our human family, in the face of where the world seems to go:
How can this lifestyle be sustainable, for the next Seven (or less?) Generations to come?
Also, a good time to reconnect and communicate with Family and Ancestors (alive or in other realms, Spirit Ancestors, as well as the Inner Spirit Elder). 

 

AUG 3
MERCURY enters LEO – until  Aug 19 (only, since it’s moving faster now)
Speaking from a heart- and soulful place, and in the LEO name of Living Life Lovingly!

 

Kuan Yin Goddess of Compassion – Painting by Justin Williams

 

Where do MERCURY’s inner RE-flections likely show up, in Your Chart & Life?

MERCURY lingers in CANCER for 10 weeks, and loops retro, to bring Loving Kindness, Care, and Compassion back into your Consciousness.

CANCER in your…

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.

 

 

7-Phase Sequence of the MERCURY Retro Timeline 

  1. Pre-retro shadow – started on JUNE 2. MERCURY in the Epimethean phase.
  2. Pre-retro stationary / ‘storm’ – started on JUNE 9.
  3. MERCURY technically retro – from JUNE 17 on.
  4. MERCURY meets half-way in retro the SUN – a ‘New Mercury’ is born, a.k.a. ‘Point of Enlightening Insight’ – on JUNE 30 – Promethean phase starts.
  5. MERCURY direct again – on JULY 12.
  6. Post-retro stationary / ‘storm’ ends – on JULY 20.
  7. Post-retro shadow – until JULY 27.

 

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 Cancerian memory & 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.

 

JUNE 2
MERCURY went into so-called pre-retro
 ‘shadow’ (it passed for the first time the Zodiac point (5°30′ CAN) from which it will after the retro phase go direct / forward again, on July 12).

Noticed ‘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 Cancerian sensitivity & instinct.
Perhaps you’ve already had deep communication and contemplation around ‘neglected’ or ‘forgotten’ themes around your needs
.

 

JUNE 9
MERCURY entered its stationary ‘storm’ period (moves very slowly), i.o.w., started to go into ‘U-turn’ mode mid-CANCER (with a SCO 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 JUNE 17 – JULY 12…
…the mind is geared to turn inward-backward and moves may be paradoxical, 2-3 steps ‘back’ and inward before going forward, like in a labyrinth. Very CAN – SCO too…

As always, the MERCURY retro cycle starts with the ‘Epimethean’ phase (first half – until JUNE 30) where old (epic) stories, memories, and patterns show up for REasons yet unknown, REvealing themselves in the journey.

 

JUNE 30
At the half-way point of the M-r phase, 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 (JUNE 30 – JULY 12) 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.

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 (MERCURY rules GEMINI which is now also the North Node of the MOON).
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 rapport (CANCER).
  • 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 Feb / March 2020 in PI – AQ) – phewwww, that’s when the Corona Crisis started!

 

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

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

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.

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 JUNE 2 on), rather than being ‘pulled into’ the wild ‘storm’ (from JUNE 9 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 Feb / March 2020).

 

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 to share deeper feelings, a la CANCER – SCO.

 

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 – on JUNE 30).

 

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 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 CANCER flavour, re-connect with people whom you feel a natural rapport and family-arity, whether your family of blood or spirit.  Maybe with friends from earlier, younger times, and with people who come from your home land or town.
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  in CANCER activates in YOUR personal birth chart (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 silly, bad, or ashamed, 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 June 30.
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 CANCER 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. 

 

 

MERCURIAL (and SoLunar) Blessings to You, for MERCURY Retro, the Eclipse Season, and beyond!
Mercur-elanie 😉

 

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MERCURY in CANCER for a Looong Time (May 28 – Aug 4) incl. Retro (June 17 – July 12) – Memories & Reflections, Inner Landscape of the Mind…

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Dear Astro~News Blog Reader,

The Moon Rules Cancer – painting by Johfra Bosschart

Have you been in a mode of, or need for communicating from a caring, nurturing, heartful, 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 one Human Tribe!

MERCURY is now (since May 28) in CANCER where it’ll go retro on June 17 – until July 12, and roll out its post-retro journey through CANCER until Aug 4 – that’s 10 weeks altogether!
The ‘usual’ for MERCURY (between retros) to be in a sign is 3 weeks.

Looks like Humanity needs to come back to a dialogue of kindness.

During its Cancerian walk through the Zodiac, MERCURY will ‘see’ a lot to report on, and give us a lot to process mentally-emotionally, as brought out by:

  • Five(!) New Moons & Full Moons, three(!) of them Eclipses while MERCURY is in CANCER – ruled by the MOON.
  • MERCURY retro initiates the Summer / Fall 2020 Super Retro ‘season’ (up to 5 Planets at a time will be retro, 4 already are)
  • MERCURY in CANCER is super relevant for the U.S. with their CANCER VENUS / JUPITER, SUN, and: MERCURY retro.

Please find all of this cosmic mercurial Weather & the Medicine for it in this article, incl: The timeline for MERCURY in CANCER and its transit activations from other Planetary Players – and suggestions to be with them consciously.

I’ll post a separate article specifically for MERCURY Retro in CANCER.
Stay tuned.

 

But first – let’s reflect and acknowledge:

What a ‘Wild New World’ this late Winter & Spring, esp. after the early ARIES New Moon with CHIRON & LILITH, on March 24!
We’re in a hugely Transformational Year – obviously, given what’s going on in the World, and mirrored astrologically:


SATURN / PLUTO came together end of CAP on Jan 12 for the 1st time since the early 80’s –
All about Authority & Power / intensified authority, re: priority(?) and protection(?)
(SATURN), in the context of managing time & resources responsibly (CAP).
PLUTO points to the shadow, and to what’s hidden yet omnipresent. Since then it’s been an intense
(PLUTO) scenario esp. re: government and its traditional top-down / elite leadership / control (SATURN in CAP) in crisis.
JUPITER, this year also in CAP, joined into the combo and met PLUTO on Apr 4 for the 1st time – again on June 29, and Nov 12. With JUPITER in the picture, everything is magnified and amplified to be seen / understood / revealed.

The ‘Titans’ SATURN – JUPITER – PLUTO together (all year – extremely rare!) remind me of a big tanker / Titanic facing an iceberg.
End of Apr / mid-May they all turned from direct (forward course from Earth perspective) to retro – a huge Tanker U-turn.

We need to look at & integrate what we learn from history (CAP rules time & history), from old persistent patterns, and from simple yet effective (CAP) and powerful (PLUTO) principles (SATURN) that apply time and time again,  e.g. the laws of power & control (SATURN – PLUTO), the causes & effects of fear (SATURN), etc.

In this retro ‘window’ until Sept / Oct, we need to go inward to find Soul Power (PLUTO), Guidance (JUPITER) and Authority / Responsibility (SATURN) within.

SATURN went in the meantime for a ‘trial phase’ (March 21 – July 1) into AQ:

WE are the People.
ALL of us matter – equally.
We all breathe the same AIR.

Time for Social & Societal Responsibility in an Interdependent World.

And for collaboration of leading with our Best (CAP) – while having done & doing shadow work (PLUTO / SATURN).
SATURN is now retro, as mentioned, and will re-enter CAP on July 1 – for last ‘unfinished business’ until Dec 16 when it finally enters AQ, followed by JUPITER on Dec 19.

At the end of the year – on Winter Solstice exactly! – will be the union of JUPITER & SATURN aka Great Conjunction which happens every 20 years (the last one was on May 28, 2000 in TAU) – on the 1st degree of AQ.
This year marks the ending of a Taurean socio-political-economic cycle that has been about consumerism-hedonism, ownership, territorialism, conservative values & governments, big business, yet also about the growing / urgent need to protect and steward Mother Earth & Nature.
The new cycle starts from the AQ cusp & vantage point of sharing & collaboration, of systems & innovation, visionary & future oriented – very different than TAURUS with its notion of owning & preserving.
And to make sure we ‘get the point’, URANUS, the ruler of AQ is now in TAU (2019 – 2026) – showing up as disruptions in economy yet also the notion for emBodying Freedom (cuz…. there are shadow expressions of AQ, as in: technocracy / isolation…).

 

Yep, a lot on our minds and in discussions, with all this bigger / deeper / socio-cultural backdrop….
And MERCURY has been in GEMINI since May 11, and gone into square with NEPTUNE on May 22 – sounds a bit like information / media overwhelm? Also good for questioning / inquiring (GEM) what’s behind the veil / camouflage / hypnosis / hysteria (NEPTUNE).
What has your experience been?

 

Noticing a shift in the mental landscape since mid-last week?

On May 28, MERCURY moved into CANCER!

The whole last week, MERCURY has been close to the Lunar North Node (which is also shifting, from CAN to GEM, on June 5).

Quite the cosmic Lunar Node-Gemini-Mercury-Cancer dance…
Lots of mental-emotional stimulation / triggering – offering us the opportunity if not necessity to be extra mindful.

One name that came to me for the GEM – CAN cusp that MERCURY moved over and where the Lunar Node shifts this week too is the ‘MIND / Rapport Point’.
Why?
Once I attended a Buddhist talk where I learned for Buddhists the intellectual mind and the emotions are in one continuum of ‘Mind’.
Makes perfect sense to me, since thoughts evoke emotions and emotions have their voices, and lead to thoughts… A lot going on in this realm these days, and Astrology reflects this.

I call GEM – CAN also the Rapport Point since to built rapport we need to have a mental and emotional connection, getting each other mentally, and sharing from a loving, nurturing, compassionate place.
Let’s make a point of being in good rapport with the world and the ‘others’ – not just, but maybe esp. reminded of – these days.
Which means to put ourselves in their shoes – how might they feel?

And the cusp can be also called the ‘Nesting Point’ as the GEMINI buzz turns into homecoming and belonging.
One of the Sabian Symbols for MERCURY’s retro stations will even be about Nests… in an interesting context.

So here we go: Winged Messenger entered the Cancerian Waters!

 

MERCURY in CANCER (May 28 – Aug 4, incl. Retro Phase June 17 – July 12)
Memories & Reflections, Inner Landscape of the Mind…

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Crab Perspective… and Family Time…

MERCURY’s move into CANCER invites us into playful, creative imagination, after the intellectual, information driven MERCURY in GEM over the last weeks.

MERCURY in CAN brings back memories (well, for better or worse…) and reflections, and is rather inward-backward oriented (obviously, even more so when retro).
This mercurial energy can be well channeled into 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
.

Talk to your Tribe! And talk to ‘others’ as if they were in your Tribe – because we ultimately are. Everybody belongs.

The shadow / downside of MERCURY in CANCER is an emotional ‘overlay’ of information processing, and lack of objectivity. Information is filtered through feelings which can be a moody / fluctuating.
CANCER is ruled by the MOON and ebb & tides, and that may sound  like: “Today it seems like this, but who knows how I read / hear it tomorrow, and what it’ll reminds me of”.

CANCER’s got the best memory of them all which is where the mind (MERCURY) can be pulled into now, for better (“Bring on the stories and throwbacks!”) or worse (these ghosts from the past have a life of their own, and in hindsight it can be nostalgic or…haunting). To be processed via MERCURY retro….
And hey, crying is totally ok, may be triggered in various ways, and can be a good release, in our overly mental world.

 

MERCURY is this time in CANCER super long – for almost 10(!) weeks altogether – a substantial window to look into the inner landscape, and ask:
How does this and that information, what I read or hear (and how I hear it) make me feel? 
Where do these feelings originate in me?
A good time to (re)cultivate compassion, gentleness, kindness. We never know what’s going on in others (like, when they say “I’m fine…”).

Water signs are sensitive & instinctive – we can learn a lot from that gift now – and could use more of that in our world.

Dreams can be enhanced now too (of course even more so this week = before / round the PLE Full Moon on June 5, and before / round the PLE on July 4 / 5, and the Full Moon in AQ – LEO on Aug 3). Bringing their symbols and messages from our own subconscious or even from the collective ‘field’ to our consciousness can be very powerful.

Which reminds me of one of Carl G. Jung’s famous work Memories, Dreams, and Reflections.
The Swiss psychologist C.G.J. * July 26, 1875, was born under a LEO SUN / URANUS (ruler of his AQ Rising – a brilliant man indeed!), and VENUS / MERCURY in CAN. “I can understand myself only in the light of inner happenings.” – very apropos his MERCURY in CAN.

 

MERCURY in CANCER (Ruled by the MOON) during FIVE New Moons & Full Moons, 3 of them Eclipses 

Penumbral / Partial Lunar Eclipse

Yes, it’s Eclipse Season (twice a year). 

JUNE 5
Full Moon / PLE in SAG – GEM 

JUNE 20 / 21 
Summer Solstice New Moon / Annular Solar Eclipse at 1º CANCER

JULY 4 / 5
Full Moon / PLE in CAP / CAN

JULY 20
‘Blue’ New Moon end of CANCER

AUG 3
Full Moon in AQ – LEO

A phase of heightened emotions, this end of Spring to mid-Summer, lots of epic ecliptic release of the ‘old & told’ esp. on the SAG – CAP cusp, the ‘Integrity Point’. Well, Integrity IS the question, and what’s not in alignment with it needs to be questioned with common sense (GEM), to come to light (SAG).
Eclipses are ‘light switches’ and bring the shadow to light.

How do we feel about it all? asks MERCURY in CANCER.

 

MERCURY journeys through CANCER (incl Retro) during early Retro Season

Up to 5 Planets will be simultaneously Retro this late Spring to Fall!

During MERCURY’s crab walk through CANCER (May 28 – Aug 4), one step forward, two steps back (or mostly back during retro, June 17 – July 12), other Planets go retro too.

In the already present and upcoming turnaround & retro courses, we’re called to go backwards / inwards, to REsolve and RElease, esp. when it comes to old low vibrational and unconscious, perhaps karmically ‘inherited’ patterns, to process those, and evolve from within, when it comes to these Planetary Archetypes and their themes:

 

MERCURY in CANCER (retro June 17 – July 12)
Caring Communication from the inside-out
Meeting & shifting old mental patterns that revolve around unmet needs, and feelings that have been sitting in the subconscious.
Self compassion, gentleness, and Inner Child processes help resolve the themes – with loving care.
The MERCURial Messenger helps us find and share our feelings around the other ‘Inner Players’ too:

 

VENUS in GEMINI (retro May 12 – June 24)
Self Love & self valuing from within attracts.
Old patterns in relationships and attractions of life situations may be projected onto others, with a tone of polarity / duality.
Alchemizing the polarities, and finding Self Love & our intrinsic values is the way forward.

 

JUPITER in CAP (retro May 14 – Sept 12)
Inner guidance, understanding, and moral compass

Old philosophy / belief based on fear, control, obedience, or on uber-doing the duty / doing things the hard way shows up now big time.
Coming back to Natural Laws, integrity, and working with seasons and in a timely way can be so much more successful & fulfilling.

 

SATURN in AQ / CAP (retro May 10 – Sept 28)
Standing in our Authority, prioritizing what matters most, and bringing our Best to society & humanity

Old REpetitive patterns, karma, blocks and obstacles, through being stuck in (self) judgment, taking too much on, carrying too much, being the scape goat / scape goating other beings / circumstances.
Let’s rather take responsibility for what’s ours and get the good work done – together. 

 

CHIRON in ARIES (retro July 11, until Dec 15)
The ‘wound’ carries the Inner Medicine

Old stressful survival mode wounds show up in this time of uncertainty. We heal when we show up authentically and step into the New.

 

NEPTUNE in PISCES (retro June 22 – Nov 28)
Connectedness & Oneness

Old overwhelm, confusion, delusions, addictions, feeling victimized, and ways of ‘checking out’ and giving up.
Re-lief and release through dropping into Unity Consciousness, in the Unified Field.

 

PLUTO in CAP (retro Apr 25 – Oct 4)
Empowered by and for Evolution

Experiencing old (outer and inner) powers that oppress and abuse, and old control patterns.
Accessing inner Soul Power that cannot be destroyed and always comes back and helps us transform & evolve.

 

Same as over the last years, the Retro Energy is concentrated in the Summer, yet this year is also a VENUS retro year (every 18 months) and a MARS retro year (every 2 years). The Retro ‘Culmination’ is June – Oct. 
A perfect time to go inward and re-trieve from within what might have been ‘given away’. 

 

MERCURY in CANCER and the U.S.A. – We the People!


The United States are such a CANCERian country: VENUS / JUPITER, SUN, and… MERCURY retro – opposing PLUTO retro in late CAP.
Here’s the ‘birth chart’ of the U.S., based on the signature of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 at 5:10 pm EST.

 

This MERCURY & MERCURY retro is super relevant for the U.S., since:

 

  • MERCURY starts its retro trip at 14º46′ CAN, just 1 1/2 degrees off the U.S. SUN (13º19 CAN), and stations / hovers over the U.S. SUN from June 11 – 25.

 

  • MERCURY goes retro back to 5º30′ CAN – super close to the U.S. JUPITER / VENUS conjunction at 3º06′ / 5º56′ CAN, i.o.w., it ‘hovers’ over the U.S. JUPITER July 9 – 16.
    Check out the Sabian Symbols for the two station degrees, in relation to the U.S. and of course as it’s relevant for all of us, esp. if we have CANCER placements.

 

  • The upcoming SAG – GEM Full MOON / PLE on June 5 is right on the U.S. AC – DC (with URANUS / MARS) Axis, and on Trump’s natal Lunar Eclipse (June 14, 1946 – chart not shown here).
    Freedom of Speech (Uranus / Mars in GEM), to voice one’s Truth and understanding (SAG) is critical for all of us, and very much up for the U.S. / an essential constitutional right / guarantee.
    Also related to…

 

  • The U.S. are now entering their 1st PLUTO Return in history (a 248-year cycle). The U.S. PLUTO at 27º33′ CAP will ‘technically’ come full circle in 2021 / 22.
    This year PLUTO already got up to 25º CAP end of April, and is super charged by JUPITER in CAP, and SATURN passed it on Jan 12.

    So effectively, this year is the beginning of the U.S. PLUTO Return:
    So much shadow coming out now (JUPITER / PLUTO) when it comes to government (CAP) and its effect on Society, i.e. the People (AQ).
    The American Revolution was a breaking away from the control via the British Empire / Governance (a very CAP ‘thing’).
    Now we’re reaching a massive crisis point of the American Empire as we know / knew it – and all it has represented & modeled (CAP). Transform or die, says PLUTO – the evolutionary change agent. What can it transform into?
    The essential constitutional principles (PLUTO in CAP) are certainly not ‘dead’ and need to be re-instituted, for a regeneration from within. Integrity is at stake.
    Globally, governments and businesses / corporations, set up as hierarchical / pyramidal authority / resource managing structures (CAP) have demonstrated lots of CAP shadow – irresponsibility, lack of leadership in integrity, waste of time, energy, resources, abuse and exploitation of people, living beings, and of the Earth rather than respectful guardianship.
    People around the world are waking up to the realization that government doesn’t always have citizens’ best interest in mind. Let alone corporations in that regard for whom profit maximization is the primary purpose.

    This year is the ending of the current 20-year socio-political-economic cycle
    that started with the JUPITER-SATURN conjunction in TAU in 2000.
    Another indicator showing the consumer capitalist (TAU) model at the expense of the Earth has run its course.

    The next 20-year cycle starts at Winter Solstice 2020 on the 1st degree of AQ where it’s about contribution / collaboration / sharing vs owning / controlling / ruling, and freedom & equality in society (or any ‘system’ for that matter).

 

  • What does MERCURY have to do with the U.S. PLUTO Return in CAP?
    Well, on the ‘other side of the equation’ (opposite PLUTO in CAP) is CANCER where it’s about We the People – also confirmed by the U.S. MOON in AQ. It is the people who co-build a country, a society, and the Human Family, and the Government (CAP) needs to be there for the people, not to control the people, in the ‘free and democratic’ World.
    MERCURY (incl retro) in CANCER brings back the Voice of the People and of the Human Family.
    And the Eclipses support this, with the South Node now moving from CAP to SAG where it’s about Integrity – what’s out of Integrity, and based on old stories, agendas, and beliefs (SAG) is not supported / needs to go.
    The North Node moving from CANCER to GEM (ruled by MERCURY) gives energy to voices of the People – and of science, to common sense, questioning the narrative, and to a new conversation.

 

  • Lastly (for now – an on-going evolution), there will be a Partial Lunar Release / Ending Eclipse on Independence Day (July 4  / 5), with the MOON in CAP, with JUPITER / PLUTO / SATURN, on the heels of the 2nd JUPITER / PLUTO conj. 2020 (lots of shadow / power themes / big revelation / big transformation) and the South Node on the Integrity Point, while the North Node in late GEM is close to MERCURY retro & the SUN in CANCER.
    Well, again: WE the People!

 

 

Sabian Symbols for MERCURY’s Stationing Degrees

Looking at the powerful relevance for the U.S., and since this MERCURY retro seems to be also a voice for the Eclipses…
I felt called to get more input from the ‘symbolic landscape’ and bring in the oracular images of the Sabian Symbols of the two degrees where MERCURY starts and ends its retro journey in CANCER.

On June 17, MERCURY retro starts at 14º46′ CANCER – which, in the centre of CANCER, has a SCORPIO undertone.
On July 12, MERCURY retro ends at 5º30′ CANCER – which, at the beginning of CANCER, has a CANCER undertone.
With the Sabian Symbols, it’s recommended to go to the next degree symbol (unless the minutes are very close to the previous).

 

MERCURY Retro Starting Point

Royal State Banquet 2011 QE II for President Obama

“CANCER 15°:
IN A SUMPTUOUS DINING HALL GUESTS RELAX AFTER PARTAKING OF A HUGE BANQUET.

Well, on a M-r note (of other related, and possibly at least as significant information that ‘just showed up while searching for suitable images):
Check out this page about lavish and totally over the top Royal esp. Coronation(!) Banquets.

KEYNOTE: The need that exists at an early stage of human growth to materialize the concept of fulfillment.

This may be considered a curious symbolic scene following the preceding, for it pictures a scene of fulfillment – consciously or unconsciously – only in terms reminiscent of the Mohammedan picture of paradise, a place filled with all the good things earthly life provided, only more sparsely. It may also be that the symbol is a reference to the fact that what in European countries is seen rather broadly and spiritually as ‘plenitude of being’ is usually related in the United States to the idea of ‘plenty’. We are hypnotized today by the ideal of physical abundance. Perhaps physical abundance is less mind-haunting than deprivation, and there may at times be a need to ‘turn to superficial things for self-strengthening’. This is the via negativa (negative way) already mentioned. Through satiety a person learns to appreciate and desire asceticism; after months of boredom the modern teenager in an ultramodern ‘progressive’ school is often ready to accept disciplined work.

This is the last of the five symbols in the twenty-first sequence. It ends this part of the quest for individuality and the process of ‘decision’ – making on a note which indicates a phase of only temporary fulfillment. The darkness in the northeast may have been too much for the consciousness at this stage of the great cycle. The mind yearns to translate what it has seen in purely physical terms. This is perhaps the keynote of American life: the MATERIALIZATION OF THE SPIRITUAL.”

 

Well, hey?! What an extreme / perfect metaphor and example of materializing and exploiting the human notion for exaltation and connection with supreme consciousness, by enthroning monarchs and worshiping celebrities and super stars with their extravagant & irresponsible, wasteful and abusive lifestyle.
However, the CAP top-down pyramid / Old Empire is expiring.
The old model of society in the rolling out waves of the PISCES Age has been conveyed & promoted by PISCean mass media: Mass consciousness and vicarious ‘spirituality’ and exaltation, via giving power and crown to Royalty and the Church who’re colluding with government via rulership over the people / ‘subjects’.

If it hasn’t dawned on people already, it’s coming more and more to awareness.
MERCURY retro in CANCER asks: “How do you feel about it?” and “Does this – really? – fulfill your needs?”.
It doesn’t fit the AQ Age Ideal of Equality, Sharing, Co-creating that we’re stepping into – a no-brainer.

 

When it comes to coronation / crown / corona (I refer to the Solar Eclipse Corona here…) the Crown Chakra / Cosmic Consciousness has nothing to do with kings and queens and super stars. Everyone has the birth right to access it, and may shine their heart & crown light.

 

Then, literally, the phenomenon of spiritual materialism also fits that Sabian Symbol message – and it supports the capitalist model. Here’s a good article about it which has a lot to do with cultural / personal shadow and ego hijacking spirit, and how to catch it.

More generally speaking / alluded to in the interpretation, of the Sabian Symbol, the ‘good life’ / idea of abundance and horn of plenty can in our materialistic world easily misplace the emphasis on physical riches rather than on all encompassing plenitude (which doesn’t have a price tag on it and can’t be monetized).

May we recognize those things more than ever now, under MERCURY retro.

 

MERCURY Retro End Point

Pheasant Nest with Chicks

“CANCER 6°: GAME BIRDS FEATHERING THEIR NESTS. 

KEYNOTE: An instinctual dedication of self to new forms of life.

The original symbol (which was subsequently altered) spoke here of “game birds”; thus we deal with spiritual forces (birds) placed within a social context. As in the symbol for Cancer 1° we see here the beginning of a process; action is definitely oriented toward the future. A new wave of life is starting and a concrete – and no longer symbolical – preparation is made for it. At a social level – we can speak of the pioneering efforts dedicated to the building of a new culture, new institutions.

This is the first stage of the twentieth five-fold sequence. It reveals a preparation for rebirth, and a significant note is sounded by the mention of game birds. What is being built is instinctively – but not yet consciously – offered to a higher level of consciousness. The young-to-be are potential sacrifices to feed human beings. Just as tribal men sacrificed virgins to satisfy the gods. Already the meaning of the second half of the cycle (the first degree of Libra, for instance) is implied, just as the entire social process is implied in the formalism of the marriage ceremony. An appropriate key would be SYMBIOSIS, i.e. a deep unconscious cooperation between different levels of existence, the “animal” level producing lives for the sake of the “human.”

 

Hmmm, with all due respect, I find the interpreter (Dane Rudhyar, eminent astrologer and author of An Astrological Mandala – the interpretation of the Sabian Symbols – published in 1973 – which the quote and the other Sabian Symbols quotes are from) emphasizes overly on Game Birds as sacrifices (a PISCES Age theme) which leaves a somewhat confusing impression: Are the game birds as ‘lower life forms’ being sacrificed to humans – maybe symbolically cooked up for the Royal banquet even? That would be a cynical ‘full circle’ if taken literally.

My sense is the emphasis is rather on the instinctual nest building of birds (GEM / CANCER) and preparation for rebirth on higher levels of consciousness. Which also ties beautifully into the Summer Solstice ‘Nesting Point’ Seed Eclipse of June 20 / 21.


On a related note
(we’re in GEMINI season), here’s a fascinating NYT article about nests: Why Birds are the World’s Best Engineers – what a capacity by natural design / instinct!

The game birds are free to fly / transcend human experience yet can be attacked by hunters – lower levels of consciousness who aim to kill / hijack freedom, in order to satisfy their fancy. 
The hunting ‘game’ with the birds can be symbolic for an extrinsic one (prostituting one’s freedom for say: status / belonging, and… you name it) or an intrinsic ‘game’ by killing one’s freedom as one’s inside job (say: because of fear and other hindrances).

The language (MERCURY retro) is key too – since the ‘game’ is deadly for the birds.
What a human arrogance / cynicism to call hunt ‘game’!

Bottom line: Let’s be the nest feathering free birds, preparing for Rebirth in the Human Family, and Family with all Sentient Beings, and for Coming Home (CANCER) in a spiritual way – and beware those hunters.

And good to know – the JUPITER – SATURN alignment at Winter Solstice at freedom loving 0º AQ sets the tone for Co-building of a new Culture & Society.

 

Now, let’s see…

…which other Planetary Archetypes the Mercurial Messenger meets, during its Journey through Homeward Bound CANCER (May 28 – Aug 4), what kind of ‘Weather’ results, and what Messages are conveyed

 

Super-charged MERCURY in CANCER weeks to come, esp. in June / July (THREE Eclipses, VENUS stat. / out of retro, NEPTUNE stationary – retro, MARS into ARIES, SATURN out of AQ)

MERCURY in CAN triggers almost all planetary Archetypes and their patterns with one another, some even twice (MARS, SATURN) or 3 times (URANUS, CHIRON), chronologically in this sequence:
SATURN (1), URANUS (1), CHIRON (1), MOON (1), URANUS (2), SUN – ‘New Mercury’, CHIRON (2), MARS (1), MOON (2), CHIRON (3), URANUS (3), MARS (2), LILITH, JUPITER, NEPTUNE, PLUTO, SATURN (2)
Those Archetypes of the present Zeitgeist are being reflected in our emotional field, and communicated back ‘out’ again, with MERCURY.

 

MAY 28
MERCURY entered CANCER.
Building Rapport. Offering nurturing messages from / for the ‘Inner Landscape’.
Talk with your Tribe, and create a Tribe atmosphere, and notice who IS in your Tribe.
Memories & Reflections, Inner Landscape of the Mind…

 

MAY 29
MERCURY on the CAN cusp in quincunx with SATURN retro on the AQ cusp
How do We the People feel about what’s going on in the System / in Society?!
And personally: How do ‘rules’ or control in a group makes us feel? Time to voice it.

 

JUNE 2
MERCURY went into pre-retro shadow (passed 5º30′ CANCER which it’ll go back to by July 12 when it ends its retro journey).
Noticing ‘foreshadowing’ themes of what might come up during M-r (re: home, belonging, needs, feelings, and big time: for the U.S.)?

 

JUNE 5 – Day of the SAG – GEM Full Moon / PLE
MERCURY in sextile with URANUS in TAU (1st of 3 contacts), and in square with CHIRON in AR (1st of 3 contacts)

Follow natural instinct that leads you to the flow of life, to messages of the body and grounded intuition. Show up, and speak in authentic, maybe raw and vulnerable ways that touch the Heart.

 

MERCURY Retro in the Starters

JUNE 9
MERCURY enters (already!) its stationary pre-retro ‘storm’ period (moves super slowly and starts to go into the ‘U-Turn’ – exact on June 17).

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’ in watery CANCER 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’.

 

JUNE 17
MERCURY goes retro from 14º46′ CAN (SCO undertone) – until July 12.
RE-flect and RE-visit memories. RE-connect from the Heart where the mind has been in the way. Family and Belongingness matter.
We are a Human Family. What does that mean to you – in THIS?
What needs to be processed?  What are deeper feelings you might have buried that need to be seen and voiced now?

 

JUNE 20 – The SUN enters CANCER, with a New Moon / Annular Solar Eclipse – Summer Solstice!
Light on Warmth, Compassion and Kindness
A New Beginning for the Human Family.

 

JUNE 22 – also the day of NEPTUNE turning retro
The post-NEW MOON (Summer Solstice ‘Ring of Fire’ Solar Eclipse on June 20 / 21) in mid-CANCER meets MERCURY.
Coming out of duality and polarity starts with a kind word – consider: How do / might they feel?

 

JUNE 30
MERCURY retro in sextile with URANUS in TAU (2nd of 3 contacts), and meets the SUN – New MERCURY!
Point of ‘Enlightening Insight’
– very Promethean as even URANUS / the Prometheus Archetype is involved.
What are breakthrough insights you have?
How do you think / inform yourself / speak / write differently now?
What do your bodily senses say?

 

JULY 1
MERCURY retro squares stationary CHIRON (going retro July 11) in ARIES (2nd of 3 contacts)
What’s the voice of your early wounds? How do you show up for yourself? 
What’s the message of the First People and of other Warriors to the Tribe and to the Human Family?

 

JULY 8
MERCURY retro squares MARS in ARIES (1st of 2 contacts)
Watch angry thoughts and the sharp tongue, and don’t let them get the better of you.  No need to let them out on others. Feelings can get easily hurt on a day like this. Tomorrow you might already feel and think differently about it all.
The energy is well channeled into passionately co-advocating FOR something, and bravely tracing the origin of your feelings, thoughts, anger, and passion.

 

JULY 12
MERCURY goes direct again, at 5º30′ CANCER (with CANCER undertone)
Home is where the Heart is – give it a Voice!
Prepare the Nest for Higher Consciousness.

 

JULY 18
The Dark-before-NEW MOON in CANCER (NM on July 20) meets stationary MERCURY
Feeling deeply into what this phase has shown.

 

JULY 20 – Day of the ‘Blue’ CANCER NEW MOON
MERCURY goes out of the post-retro stationary ‘storm’ (starts to go faster)
Integration of the internal adjustment time – back into the ‘real world’, with a regenerated sense of self.

 

JULY 21
MERCURY post-retro squares stationary / retro (since July 11) CHIRON in ARIES (3rd of 3 contacts)
What does loving care say to (outer and inner) Survivors and Warriors?

 

JULY 22
MERCURY post-retro in sextile with URANUS in TAU (3rd of 3 contacts)
Tune into instinct and bodily senses – what’s liberating about this?

 

JULY 27
MERCURY leaves the post-retro shadow (passes 14º46′ CANCER where it’ll start its retro journey on June 17) and squares MARS in ARIES (2nd of 2 contacts)
After all this mental-emotional process, how can we meet anger and aggression and channel it into / respond to it with compassionate yet determined action?!

 

JULY 30
MERCURY opposes JUPITER retro in CAP and goes into Water Trine with NEPTUNE retro
When feeling the polarity between loving care and ueber control / managing, best to go into meditation and perhaps mediation, speak with true Elders and tune into traditions.
We’re all One, and need to be safe and sustained.

 

JULY 31
MERCURY squares LILITH in ARIES
Instinctual Voice of the Wild and Unconditioned YOU

 

AUG 1 – 3
MERCURY opposes PLUTO retro and SATURN retro in CAP
Facing ‘old world’ authorities with cold, rigid, heavy, righteous, separative agendas (incl. their inner one)? Don’t take the blame / don’t take things on that aren’t yours.
What matters in the long run, and at ‘the end of the day’? Can you let go of the rest?
What would the Inner Authority / Inner Elder, and the bigger picture / a wider outlook on the situation say – with a compassionate heart?
Speaking on behalf of our human family, in the face of where the world seems to go:
How can this lifestyle be sustainable, for the next Seven (or less?) Generations to come?
Also, a good time to reconnect and communicate with Family and Ancestors, alive or in other realms, Spirit Ancestors, as well as the Inner Spirit Elder. 

 

AUG 3
MERCURY enters LEO – until  Aug 19 (only, since it’s moving faster now)
Speaking from a heart- and soulful place, and in the LEO name of Living Life Lovingly!

 

 

Carried in Oceanic Immersion – Photo by Melanie

Where is CANCER in your Birth Chart?

That’s where MERCURY lingers for 10 weeks, and loops retro, to bring Loving Kindness, Care, and Compassion back into your Consciousness.

 

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.

 


I heard / read somewhere recently the term:
Soft Front – Strong Back…
Now that’s very CANCERian with CAP support – a gentle, caring, compassionate approach to the world while upholding our Integrity that protects & guards us and is there for others.

Blessings for a gentle & mindful, caring & compassionate phase of MERCURY in CANCER (incl. its retro journey)!

Melanie

 

Stay tuned for my special MERCURY Retro (June 17 – July 12) blog post with special seasonal tips – coming soon to this channel.

 

© 2020 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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MERCURY in GEMINI (May 11 – 28) – Airing of the Mind. New Curiosity & Communicative Impulses

9 May

Dear Astro~News Friends!

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

The Mercurial Inner Messenger / Communicator / Mind Archetype, after having settled into TAURUS (on Apr 27),  gets now ready to spread its wings in GEMINI on May 11, for a de-light-ful flight ‘window’ until May 28.

 

The SABIAN SYMBOL of the SCO – TAU Wesak SuperMoon on the side of the SUN at 17º20′ TAURUS reflects the spiritual dimension of the present energy, and also of MERCURY’s transition from TAU to GEM:

“TAURUS 18°:
A WOMAN AIRING AN OLD BAG THROUGH THE OPEN WINDOW OF HER ROOM.

KEYNOTE: The cleansing of the ego-consciousness.

In this third stage of the present sequence the first two stages should be considered background. The traditional teachings concerning Human Nature are somehow reconciled with the youthful enthusiasm that sees in every problem of growth an issue between the “good” and the “bad.”
The symbol suggests that the real enemy is within the mind; it is the ego and its attachment to possessions. The mind is shown in the likeness of a “bag,” now empty and needing to be aired in the sunlight. But the “window” must first be opened and the bag emptied. The phrase “cleansing the doors of perception” has become well known of late. But even more to be cleansed is the container of perceptual images — i.e. the ego mind. The Keyword is PURIFICATION.”

Good stuff.

How do we ‘air’ our ‘stuffy mind’?

  • By being open and curious about what else is out there (besides our own-ed view point).
  • By talking to new people, being at new places – away from our habitual (TAURean) ‘comfort zone’.
  • By learning new languages and other skills.
  • By reading a good book – outdoors, under a tree.
  • And foremost: By doing spiritual inquiry. 

 

MERCURY is quite natural in GEMINI where the swift Messenger can be out and about, connect the dots, and learn 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 (MARS entering PISCES also on May 12 reflects this too…) 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, and just had its ‘Superior Conjunction’ with the SUN on May 4.
That was 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, perhaps speak different languages (even just a few words), and see what that does in you and to your relationship with ‘the other’. Maybe ‘the other’ is just ‘another you’?

MERCURY is an Alchemist, and so is conscious GEMINI
Their gift is to bring polarities and dualities into contact, conversation, and to cook 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: 

 

Firstly, MERCURY comes out of TAURUS with this grand finale alignment:

 

MAY 9 / 10 / 11
MERCURY in TAU in Earth Trine with PLUTO retro & JUPITER about to go retro (May 14) in CAP.
Finding comfort in simplicity & resourcefulness.
Life offers sooo many gifts.
And how can your interest in learning about Earth Wisdom contribute to the Big Change?

 

MAY 11
* Right after squaring (from the TAU / GEM cusp) MARS at the very end of AQ…
Animated or even agitated mind – esp. if stuck & attached.
What brings true freedom?
…MERCURY enters GEMINI (until May 28)
Airing of the Mind. New Curiosity & Communicative Impulses

 

MAY 12 (also the day when VENUS in GEM goes retro, and MARS enters PISCES)
MERCURY freshly in GEM in Air Trine with SATURN retro in AQ
Find your Voice – what’s the message of your intrinsic authority-in-freedom?
Swiftly and clearly connect & communicate.
Ask one another important questions, co-creating means co-inquiring.

 

MAY 15
MERCURY in GEM sextile CHIRON in ARIES
Even if it’s awkward, just make the first step to talk, and be authentic.

 

MAY 16
MERCURY in GEM sextile LILITH in ARIES
Communicating with ‘Wild Nature’ – from your Inner Wild to other animal and plant ‘wildlife’.
Showing up raw & wild, and starting a new conversation.

 

MAY 20
The SUN enters GEMINI now too (joining MERCURY and VENUS).
Season of Pollination on all levels.

 

MAY 22
MERCURY in GEM meets VENUS retro, and squares 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, de-lighted and inspired.
A beautiful day to immerse yourself into the arts.

But not so great for trying to sort out relationship issues with others, esp. re: abandonment & disappointment.
Better to inquire into old inner patters, and resolve it from there.

 

MAY 24 – 26
MERCURY in GEM quincunx PLUTO retro & JUPITER retro in CAP
Swift moves happen, yet deep & old connections get you into the Soul.
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.
Maybe the big project doesn’t have to be SO even? Good to question the old and established.

 

MAY 28
MERCURY enters CANCER – where it’ll be for a loooong time, until Aug 4, due to its next retro phase (all in CANCER) June 17 – July 12.
The GEM – CAN cusp is a ‘Nesting Point’ and a place where thinking meets feeling – common sense is a theme that connects.
How do you feel about all the information you’ve gathered?
How does it all ‘land’ in your mind’s ‘nest’?
After having buzzed about so much, where’s Home?
Memories – Dreams – Reflections are calling…

 

Message in the Sky? – Photo by Melanie

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 2020!

Melanie

 

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The birth chart is an incarnational map to identify your ‘original imprint’ and themes that are showing up as ‘issues’ in your life. 

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MERCURY in TAURUS (Apr 27 – May 11) – What do You truly Enjoy & Value?

21 Apr

Dear Astro~News Friends!


The Mercurial Inner Messenger / Communicator / Mind Archetype is about to settle in TAURUS on Apr 27, until May 11.
For 2 weeks only
(since the Messenger is quite swift now – fastest between retro phases)!

Quick review: What a vocal, assertive, controversial, and accelerated phase it’s been, with MERCURY in ARIES since Apr 10 – while MARS (Ruler of ARIES) has been in AQ (until May 12 still).
Ready to mentally settle and ground it out?

Buuut, MERCURY will pass unpredictable and not-at-all settled URANUS first – right at the Taurean entrance ‘gate’ on Apr 30, after squaring SATURN on Apr 28.

Plus, as mentioned, even though MERCURY is in slooow TAURUS it’s moving quite fast now, approaching its connection with the SUN on May the 4th(!), aka Superior Conjunction. 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 

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…

Which many of us have been already doing, given the isolation / shut down mode. Others have been balancing / compensating under MERCURY in MARS ruled ARIES with fast-shooting & controversial if not confrontational mental action / output.

TAURUS is a fixed energy that can settle into or get stuck in what it considers enjoyable, comfortable, or simply habitual. And MERCURY in TAU can become stubborn and insist on sticking to one’s mind-set.

Together with the Awakener URANUS now in TAU, met by MERCURY on Apr 30, the Buddhist wisdom teachings 101 related to attachments are very apropos (and 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.

 

Johfra Bosschart: Venus Rules Taurus (and the Martian / Aries Warrior Takes a Rest)

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.  And of course, magic implies surprises and can’t be planned. 

 

  • 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.
    Great opportunity / state of affairs in the present lock-down. 

 

  • The mind habitually attaches itself randomly to things that we have an affinity to, desire for, aversion against, and presents 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 re-attune us, and shift a lot quite fast – paradoxically.

 

 

MERCURY contacts these other Planetary Archetypes while in TAURUS: 

 

APR 27
MERCURY enters TAU
Slow down, relax, enJoy life, communicate with and through the body.

 

APR 28
MERCURY newly in TAU in square with SATURN freshly in AQ.
No need for attachment / resistance / judgment / censoring, esp. when it comes to attitudes.
Freedom of thought and speech is fundamental for humanity.

 

APR 30
MERCURY in TAU passes URANUS.
What’s new and exciting?
EnJoy without attachment. Freedom from the Known.

 

MAY 4
MERCURY in TAU meets and passes the SUN (Superior Conjunction)
Communicating from Earth Consciousness

 

MAY 7 – Day of the Wesak Full Moon of the Buddha
MERCURY in TAU in sextile with NEPTUNE in PISCES.
Fluidity without attachment to a ‘position’.

 

MAY 9 / 10
MERCURY in TAU in Earth Trine with PLUTO retro & JUPITER about to go retro (May 14) in CAP.
Finding comfort in simplicity & resourcefulness. Life offers sooo many gifts. And how can your interest in learning about Earth Wisdom contribute to the Big Change?

 

MAY 11
MERCURY enters GEMINI (until May 28)
Find your Voice. Ask good questions. Be the Learner.

 

 

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 2020!

 

© 2020 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!

 

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MERCURY in ARIES (Apr 10 – 27): New Conversation. Fierce & Authentic Communication

5 Apr

Dear Astro~News Friends!

OMG – what an epic, extensive MERCURY in PISCES phase from Feb 3 – Apr 10, with Retro ‘Back Flip’ (Feb 16 – March 9) it’s been!!!
MERCURY is ‘usually’ 3-4 weeks in a sign – this time 9 1/2 weeks!


The MERCURY Messenger finally met NEPTUNE on Apr 3 – that was the signal it’s on its way out – or shall I say UP – now, emerging from the infinite Waters where we’ve been immersed in swimming in circles when it comes to news, synchronized distance swimming etc…

How about seeing these wildly viral months of February, March and early April under the perspective of MERCURY in PISCES, including its seasonal retro phase (mostly in PI)?!

“How can I be connected with the Quantum Field?”, you may ask….
You ARE IN the Quantum Field.
That’s like a dolphin asking, ‘How can I be connected with the ocean?”

Literally, the Dolphins, Orcas and other Sea Animals returned closer to cleaner shorelines while Humanimals have been in quarantine / self isolation. A cartoon showed up recently, with wild animals walking through the streets where humans are in their home ‘cages’.

The global retreat mode is also very Piscean / 12th house (known traditionally to relate to retreat mode, via prisons, hospitals, monasteries…).

At the onset of the pandemic panic I woke up in the morning with the Bohemian Rhapsody lines swirling through my mind: “Is this the real life? Is this a fantasy?” And then, a Corona Rhapsody actually showed up too.

Stranger than fiction it all appeared – until we got used to it(?)….

 

And / yet, with MERCURY extensively in PISCES, let’s check out / tune in:
  • What’s the symbolism here?
  • If the Virus was a Messenger, what would its message be?

 

Piscean phenomena appear paradoxical – yet bring back (retro) natural flow and life cycles.
What a mental re-initiation with MERCURY retro in PISCES!

And – yes, of course:
All the human suffering from infection and its various symptoms… extending my compassion and healing blessings to ALL!
We’re all vulnerable and connected in the Quantum Field.
Another wake-up call and awakening opportUnity.

Understandably, most of us have been feeling overwhelmed, vulnerable, exposed to and entangled with (which is also a Quantum Physics concept!) what might have appeared as chaotic yet comes with the intelligence of interconnectedness – of everything!  Which is ultimately true, but scary for the separate personal identity…
MERCURY retro in PISCES called us to let go of agenda, judgment, and resistance, be open to connections in natural resonance, and let me Universe talk to us. Miracles and synchronicities have met us too – showing us about the connectedness beyond time and space, in the web of life appeared in my life.
Yet also acceptance and grieving of what presented itself as loss.

Another big Piscean effect:
Adaptability and surrender – without going into victim consciousness…

Always good to be aware how paradoxical things are – as PISCES shows.
Maybe these last 9 1/2 weeks with MERCURY in PISCES helped putting things into spiritual perspective – also to see the gifts in disguise…

How about a MERCURY in PISCES review this week, in the closing / outflow phase (until Good Friday)?
How’zit been going for you, with Openness, Fluidity, and Meta-Morphing of the Mind?

 

And now for a refreshing shift and lift!

MERCURY will move over the Spring Equinox ‘Emergence Point’ from PISCES to ARIES on Apr 10!

…where CHIRON & LILITH await, since:
Last year
(on Feb 19, 2019), CHIRON moved into ARIES (until 2027).
This year (Jan 27 – Oct 21) LILITH is in ARIES too.

The ARIES New MOON on March 24 activated CHIRON & LILITH. 

All things are NEW and freshly Alive in ARIES.
And MERCURY is the ‘esoteric ruler’ of ARIES – supporting fresh & bold ideas springing forth and coming alive.
“How about this?!” says ARIES. 

 

Butterfly Baby – Photo by Anne Geddess

How does MERCURY fare in the Spring Fire of ARIES, directly connected with CHIRON & LILITH, and indirectly with other ‘Planetary Players’?

MERCURY enters ARIES on Good Friday April 10 – for a 2 1/2-week (only! compared to 9 1/2 in PISCES!) journey in the fresh and fast and sign!

MERCURY invites us now to connect mentally with the Emergence of the NEW!
An enlivening, activating, quickening energy…

 

First Flight – Photographer unknown


And NOW for the NEW!

MERCURY entering ARIES is a big shift, and big news.
Why?
ARIES is where everything starts – Spring Equinox energy.


MERCURY is very well placed in ARIES, since it lends itself to new ideas and inspiration.

Here-now, we can get the ball rolling, in communication and new endeavours that might require courage – or rather:
A fresh mental approach, to simply give it a try, and put something forward.

  • Be pro-active, take the first step, start the conversation, make new suggestions.
  • Kick your mind into gears, let fresh ideas arise!
  • Out of hibernation, into action, one baby step at a time! But hey, with ARIES, things can go fast!
  • Any mental projects sitting on the back burner that you’d like to tackle?


Let’s welcome MERCURY in ARIES with all that it brings us, to set ourselves FREE from the ‘known’ and for the NEW!
Which can be raw and wild and vulnerable – as MERCURY / CHIRON / LILITH in early ARIES show
(exact on Apr 14 – 16).
Show up for yourself. Authentically, directly and freshly, as YOU. That’s where the Medicine is.

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

Esp. since there’s also VENUS now in GEMINI, which is ruled by MERCURY, and MARS the ruler of ARIES is now in AQ, where MERCURY is exalted (trad. strongest). MERCURY will be exactly between them Apr 17 / 18.
Obviously, the key is communication & community / synergy of many minds, and to move forward together, with fresh & free ideas / approaches / co-creations.

It all reinforces their shared themes and has the effect that things can move really FAST now – which appears quite magical, just like blossoms in Spring! Let’s give our thoughts wings, and set our loving intentions FREE!

 

The early-to-mid Spring atmosphere has quite a MERCURY / VENUS / MARS and ARIES / GEMINI  / AQ fragrance:

  • New ideas, contacts, interests, learning, conversations.
  • Stirred up / provoked / stimulated / sharp thoughts.
  • Speaking UP does really come up.
  • Aggressive / assertive / argumentative / ego-driven arguments can pop up now too.
  • What is it you think the World or your circle of influence should know about?

 

Let’s channel the fierce mental energy of the MERCURY in ARIES Messenger / Communicator connecting with VENUS in GEM and MARS in AQ into 

  • Fresh, bold & youthful curiosity
  • The desire to learn (esp. languages), reading & writing something we’re passionate about
  • Pro-actively getting in touch (yep, send them a message, phone them up!) with people whom we’d like to talk to, and perhaps cook up some Alchemy together, ‘even’ online.
  • And so important – esp, when ‘mind attacks’ get us:
    Breathing, breathing, breathing with the Energy!

 

 

MERCURY contacts these other Planetary Archetypes while in ARIES: 

Mostly a light  & inspiring / refreshing / synergistic energy, funneling into a deep / intense finale round Apr 25.

 

APRIL 11
MERCURY in early AR sextiles SATURN freshly in AQ
Stepping forward & speaking up freely and fearlessly – it can model to others to give themselves permission too. And if not all are well received or even responded to don’t take it personally or too seriously. Just be YOU.

 

APRIL 14
MERCURY in early AR meets CHIRON.
Communicating boldly, directly, authentically is healing.

 

APRIL 16
MERCURY in early AR meets LILITH.
Let your ‘wild’ unconditioned Self me the message. And: What does ‘wild’ / re-wilded Nature say?!

 

APR 17
MERCURY in early AR in sextile with VENUS in early GEMINI (ruled by MERCURY).

Take the first step in approaching others, or simply ‘signalling’ something. A smile can be a bold thing…

 

APR 18
MERCURY in early AR in sextile with MARS (ruler of AR) in early AQ (where MERCURY is exalted).
Synergy of many minds – to move forward together, with fresh & free ideas / approaches / co-creations.
What is it you think the World or your circle of influence should know about?

 

APR 25
MERCURY end of AR squares stationary PLUTO (which goes retro on that DAY) and JUPITER end of CAP.
Dare to think outside the ‘box’ of the consensus reality and other conditioned power structures.
Do you have controversial news to share? Speak with deep understanding and wisdom, and share the bigger picture – with the awareness that there’s never just ONE Truth. 

 

APR 27
MERCURY enters TAURUS (until May 11) where it meets URANUS on Apr 30.
Liberated and unattached Mind.

 

 

Where in your chart is ARIES?


That’s where rebirth and fresh beginnings beckon!

MERCURY freshly in ARIES in your… House helps you boldly and authentically communicate these areas of your Life:

1st House:
Your Presence and Sense of Self

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

3rd House:
You in Your Local Environment

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

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

6th House:
Your Work, Wellness, Lifestyle

7th House:
Your Partners & Significant Others

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wishing you a fresh Start from the ‘Wild’ & Authentic Heart, with MERCURY, CHIRON, and LILITH in ARIES!

Melanie

 

 

© 2020 by Melanie Lichtinger 

 

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MERCURY for a looong time in PISCES (Feb 3 – Apr 10), with Retro ‘Back Flip’ (Feb 16 – March 9): Openness, Fluidity, and Meta-Morphing of the Mind

4 Feb

Oceanic Quantum Greetings, dear Cosmic Friends!

“How can I be connected with the Quantum Field?” you may ask….
You ARE IN the Quantum Field.
That’s like a dolphin asking, ‘How can I be connected with the ocean?”

This happened yesterday!

Quite the elemental mercurial energy shift, from cool, abstract, systemic AQ – which MERCURY per se loves – to the oceanic interconnected mystical worlds of PISCES – where Love IS.

Swift, brainy, practical MERCURY isn’t traditionally ‘well placed’ in PI (considered ‘in exile’ there – “What am I doing here..?” “Where’s everything?”). But hey, that Planets-in-Dignity system is yet another matrix.

The question is rather:
What are the gifts of MERCURY in PISCES?

It doesn’t have to do so much with doing, and even ‘active thinking’.
In an interdimensional, ‘watery’ way:
Being in an open mind, flexibly-fluid, receiving messages, not letting things stick, and offering old mind-sets to be released.

The ‘usual’ straight-forward communication turns into energetic / psychic tuning in and communing with one another, as Humans, with Animals, with All of Nature, with Spirit and all that-IS, in the Web of Life. 
A wonderful time for creative inspiration that’s beyond words, for music, dance, poetry, film, photography, and all Art as multi-D fusion.

And for spiritual, transcendent No-Mind realizations.

We have 8 weeks (super long for MERCURY!) to get into and used to that PISCEAN Space-of-Mind.
MERCURY will also go RETRO (Feb 16 – March 9) – mostly in PISCES, while touching back over the ‘Resonance’ Cusp into AQ at the end of the retro / turnaround phase, March 4 – 16.

 

Fast Moving NO Retro Phase is ending, via MERCURY

Lots of shifts, inner and outer, in these first weeks of 2020…
Do you find that too?

The Eclipses of December / January, the SATURN – PLUTO alignment on Jan 12, the swift current of the retro-free zone since Jan 10, LILITH now freshly in ARIES (since Jan 27)!

Things have been moving & manifesting quite fast in the last month.
Time to RE-flect, integrate and absorb – with MERCURY retro!

When MERCURY goes retro on Feb 16 it will be the first Planet to break the NO RETRO pattern since Jan 10 when URANUS turned from retro to direct. And there’s more about the connection between MERCURY & URANUS these days:

 

In the Planet Aspect Alchemy…

What’s striking is MERCURY’s upcoming triple(!) sextile with its ‘higher octave’ Archetype URANUS, before, during, and after M-r.:

  • FEB 5
    Sextile # 1 between MERCURY pre-retro in early PI with URANUS in early TAU
  • FEB 28
    Sextile # 2 between MERCURY (then retro) in early PI with URANUS in early TAU
  • MARCH 22
    Sextile # 3 between MERCURY (then post-retro) in early PI with URANUS in early TAU

Looks like this triple easeful sextile contact shows how we can EmBody Freedom (URANUS in TAU) from within, show up with it in the ‘Outside World’ when we’re in Flow, and attune to connective frequencies that are here to help us. When we’re at ease & connected, and allow thoughts to come and go (MERCURY in PI) and the ‘randomness’ of Life (URANUS) to happen we ARE in Freedom-that-IS.

The mind would be the first one to take us out again, by…. well, all that distracts us from the present moment. That’s where the M-r gifts of mindfulness (rather than having the mind overwhelmingly full) and re-treating from the busy, bossy, buzzing, overwhelming information world (esp. in the PISCES ruled media) come in.
We probably need this time for re-generation.

 

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 PISCEAN ‘net’ & blend of mental-emotional energetics – 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….

 

 

Let’s tie it all together, for MERCURY in PISCES & its upcoming Retro Phase!
What you find in this MERCURY Retro Article:

  • Going with the Flow of MERCURY retro…
  • Grace – by Ann Mortifee
  • What’s Special about this MERCURY Retro in PISCES?
  • Sabian Symbol for the Degree MERCURY Retro goes back to (29° AQ)
  • MERCURY’s Moves, and Dance with other Planets while in PISCES, and during its core Retro phase in Feb / March
  • 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… esp. in PISCES

Technology, traffic / transport and communication glitches (or surprises!) sneaking in again lately?
Feeling wiped and spaced-out, rather than focused on the ‘task at hand’?

MERCURY doing its retro somersaults again… this time surfingly in PISCES

No way? Are you telling me…..?
YEP, the ‘inevitable’ is happening again:Another MERCURY Retro phase is coming UP, and already gearing UP!

Almost all in PISCES this time (from 12°53′ PI back to 28°13′ AQ), from Feb 16 – March 9. Going back to the very end of AQ / cusp to PISCES – the ‘Resonance Point’.

A mercurial surfing in the ‘cosmic waters’ of PISCES…

 

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 / cliche 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 2 been in the pre-retro ‘shadow’
(i.o.w., crossed the 28° AQ mark from which it will go direct again on March 9, at the end o the M-r phase).

From Feb 13 on, MERCURY will be in stationary (very slowly moving) ‘U-turn storm’. 

And on Feb 16, MERCURY will ‘officially’ start its seasonal retro loop which goes technically until March 9, and rolls out completely until and of March.
Take it easy on planning for the Spring break or other events, and on getting wrapped up in ‘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 friends, and with lost & forgotten creative projects.

 

As MERCURY goes retro in PISCES the energy turns inward-backward to RE-connect with and from the NO-mind and with Being (PI) rather than operate in 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 
    What does it 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, fatigued 
    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?
  • Escapism
    A response to overwhelm, feeling depleted, confused, fatigued
    Notice when you’re avoiding the here & now, and why?
    Maybe a healthy dose of disruption of patterns & habits is actually a good thing.
  • 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?”

 

PISCES 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 take a turn or run their course, just like a wave.

 

Timeless Ocean – Photo by Melanie

 

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’:

“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.”

 

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 the 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 in that state).

The ‘job’ of MERCURY retro in PISCES is to catch the mind getting carried away with delusions, or illusions that it ‘sells us’ as ‘the real thing’. PISCES can be excellent at camouflaging, masking, pretending.
Synchronistically, this M-r goes over  the Carnival weekend, and Mardi Gras (Feb 22 – 25)!

As ‘usual’, M-r RE-attunes the ego driven mind (which tells us there’s ‘never 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 affects whatever you have positioned end of AQ to mid-PI (SUN, MOON, Planets, Nodes, AC / MC), and it shows up in the area of life related to the AQ / PI House/s in your chart to bring their themes to your awareness – to RE-attune.

At this time, we tend to think, write, discuss, and communicate more than otherwise about themes like: Connections and connectedness. Connecting the dots. Music, arts, media, dance, drugs, the climate…
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. 

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.

 

MERCURY (incl. retro) in PISCES in your… House in the next 9 weeks has important messages for you and wants to show you something about your Mind.
The area/s of your Life where M-r themes are likely to show up relate to the PISCES House in your chart (even though, PI tends to ‘spread’):

1st House
Your Presence and Sense of Self

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

3rd House
Your Environment

4th House
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.

 

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

 

Sabian Symbol for the Degree MERCURY Retro goes back to (29° AQ)

This time around, I felt called to look up the Symbol for the degree MERCURY goes back to in its retro journey.
Which will be technically 28°13′ AQ – not quite 28°.
Therefore 29
° is the point MERCURY touches 3 times:
Crossing it forward (Feb 2), and stationing on it in backward-forward mode (March 6 – 14).

AQUARIUS 29°: 

“A BUTTERFLY EMERGING FROM A CHRYSALIS.

KEYNOTE: The capacity to utterly transform the character of one’s consciousness by radically altering the structural patterns of everyday living and the types of relationships one enters upon.

This is the second time within a very short span of the cycle that the butterfly symbol appears (cf. AQ 25°). Here what is emphasized is the process of metamorphosis itself. It is the fourth symbol of a five-fold sequence and it stresses the essential character of the activity required at this stage of the cycle; i.e. nothing short of a complete renewal of all the implications of being alive as a human individual will do. A radical change is needed. At this stage, this change is individual and mental, and it  should be seen against the background of humanity as a whole. What is revealed is the potential ability of every human being to participate in a higher realm of evolution AFTER his or her emergence from a critical state of transition.

At this fourth stage of the sixty-fifth sub cycle the Keyword is METAMORPHOSIS. In spiritual terms, this implies “Initiation,” i.e. entering a higher realm of conscious existence and there joining a sacred Company.”

Wow! Loving this symbol’s inspiration to morph into a different state of Being. 
The mind (MERCURY) plays an important role in this. The mental chrysalis is being undone, so that we can spread our wings and emBody Freedom! Which re-connects with MERCURY’s triple sextile with its ‘higher octave’ URANUS pre-, during, and post-M-r.

 

 

MERCURY’s Moves and Dances with other Planets while in PISCES, and during its core Retro phase in Feb / March

 

Butterfly Freedom – Image from Pexels 

 

FEB 2
MERCURY at the end of AQ went into pre-retro shadow.
Fore-shadowing themes?

 

FEB 3
MERCURY entered PISCES
(until Apr 10 – with AQ ‘back flip’ March 4 – 16)
Communing, Openness, and Fluidity of the Mind

 

FEB 5
MERCURY pre-retro in early PI in sextile (# 1 ) with URANUS in early TAU
Initial initiation / attuning of MERCURY’s contact with its ‘higher octave’.
Can be confusing & chaotic, and sensed in the body too as in: unpredictable states, loosing stability.
Yet already the message:
Ease of Mind helps with EmBodying Freedom (and vice versa)

 

FEB 13
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.

 

FEB 16
MERCURY (at 12°53′ PI) goes retro, until MARCH 9 (back 28°13′ AQ).
Be ultra fluid, and definitely don’t believe everything you think (Are these even your thoughts? And who’s the thinker anyway?).

 

FEB 25
MERCURY retro meets the SUN –
Half-way point of the M-r Journey = ‘Day of Enlightening Insight’
Also: MERCURY retro in sextile with MARS in CAP
Better ‘effects’ when in a flow space of mind.

 

FEB 28
MERCURY retro in early PI in sextile (# 2 ) with URANUS in early TAU
Allow ‘impermanence’ & ‘randomness’ to happen. Relax, connect, be free – just BE!

 

MARCH 4
MERCURY retro crosses over the ‘Resonance Point’ and re-enters AQ (until March 16)
Also: MERCURY retro end of AQ in sextile with VENUS end of AR.
Finding / being found by who & what truly resonates with your vibrations.
Hint: Ease of connection, co-creative thinking

 

MARCH 9
MERCURY goes direct again end of AQ
Freedom from the Known 

 

MARCH 16
MERCURY post-retro re-enters PISCES (until Apr 27)
Inter-connective thinking, elasticity & open-mindedness

 

MARCH 19
MERCURY post-retro leaves the stationary slow moving ‘U-turn storm’
Bringing connectedness / a new state of Being into all conversations & interactions 

 

MARCH 22
MERCURY post-retro in early PI in sextile (# 3 ) with URANUS in early TAU
Being present & free with what shows up in each moment.

 

MARCH 30
MERCURY in PI leaves the post-retro shadow
Time to integrate the gifts of the mental re-generation.

 

APR 3
MERCURY in PI meets NEPTUNE
Connecting and communing, and tuning of the mind – there’s only ONE of us here….!

 

APR 7
MERCURY in PI sextile PLUTO / JUPITER in CAP (their union # 1 is on Apr 4)
Tapping into Super Power with ease & flow of Mind

 

APR 10
MERCURY enters ARIES (until Apr 27)
Spring Freshness & Acceleration

 

 

7-Phase Sequence of the MERCURY Retro Timeline 

  1. Pre-retro shadow – started Feb 2. MERCURY in the Epimethean phase.
  2. Pre-retro stationary / ‘storm’ – starts Feb 13.
  3. MERCURY technically retro – from Feb 16 on.
  4. MERCURY meets half-way in retro the SUN – a ‘New MERCURY’ is born, a.k.a. ‘Point of Enlightening Insight’ – on Feb 25 – Promethean phase starts.
  5. MERCURY direct again – on March 9.
  6. Post-retro stationary / ‘storm’ ends – on March 19.
  7. Post-retro shadow – until March 30.

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 can lead to new inspired direction – a very auspicious time.

 

MERCURY went into so-called pre-retro ‘shadow’ on Feb 2: It passed for the first time the Zodiac point (28° AQ) from which it will after the retro phase go direct / forward again on March 9.
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’ AQ / PISCES related themes (vibes, resonance with people, places, energies in the ‘field’
).

 

MERCURY Retro in the Starters

On Feb 13, 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
FEB 16 – MARCH 9,
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 Feb 25) 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 an easy-going, adaptable  mode, invite unexpected insights, a world of randomness & 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 (Feb 25 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, led by Spirit and the Heart (SUN), and let the mind follow.
It is also called the ‘Point of Enlightened Insight’.

The second half of M-r (Feb 25 – March 9) is the ‘Promethean’ phase, where new insights and new Consciousness can be more easily creatively carried forward and implemented.

 

Here’s to a bright, liberating, and relaxed 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)!

 

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 & letting go 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, habits, and fixed plans.

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.

 

SO apropos M-r in PISCES:

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

 

Another REminder for MERCURY retro in PI:
What and how we think 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 evoke 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 call 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.
Well, on that note, with M-r in PISCES it can become more obvious than ever how addicted to technological communication tools & media we’ve become. Can you give yourself a sabbatical – can you? Not asking for the 3 weeks of M-r – who could do that anymore, nowadays???! But how about one day per week?

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 (so M-r in PISCES), ‘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 SCO end of Oct to end of Nov 2019).

 

What also happens quite often under M-r :
We receive / intuit / channel a potentially important 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 2), rather than being ‘pulled into’ the wild ‘storm’ (from Feb 13 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 PI), 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 end of Oct to end of Nov 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, 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 = Feb 25).

 

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 resonate 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 late AQ to mid-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 at this time.

 

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 Feb 25!

 

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 & evolve WITH the energy,

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

 

 

Wishing us all a fluid surfing with MERCURY retro!
Blessings for this sublime Mercurial-PISCEAN meta-morphing Time!

Mercur-elanie 😉

 

 

© 2020 by Melanie Lichtinger 

 

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Dear Cosmic Friend & Astro News Reader,

Really?
More CAPPY energy yet?!
 
Yep – MERCURY is going to join the club.
What a CAPPY concentrated kick-off of 2020!  
 
 

Caduceus Staff of Hermes / Mercury (photographer and location unknown) – also very apropos MERCURY in CAP – classic / neo classic architecture…  in structural integrity.

 
 
On Dec 28, it’s MERCURY’s turn to cross over the Integrity Point (as I like to call it) from SAG to CAP!

To help with thinking realistically, talking straight and to the point, grounded and matter-of-factly, with in-built authority, not wasting thoughts or words on what doesn’t matter, sticking to priorities, and keeping our word.
Doing as we say. Simple & rock-solid. Being in planning mode (without letting the planning mind take over).
 
Let’s not get TOO serious though – promise?!
 
An excellent energy for taking stock & doing inventory of the old, and checking where’s room for improvement. 

Don’t be too judgmental and hard on yourself or others.
A great time to take interest in / reading about anything classic / historic.

And to think
Quality over Quantity
Simplicity beyond Complexity
 
ZEN NoMind
 
MERCURY in CAP will be active until Jan 16.
 
 
 

MERCURY in CAP will witness and report from these epic key dates / alignments:

 

DEC 31
New Year’s Eve & last day of the decade

 

JAN 1, 2020
Day One of the new decade

 

JAN 2
MERCURY in CAP meets JUPITER – the 1st CAP connection (more to come).

 

JAN 3 
MARS goes over the Phoenix Point into SAG.

 

JAN 6
Epiphany – Magi Day / Astrologer’s Day

 

JAN 10
Full Moon in CAN – CAP / Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
MERCURY lines up with the CAP SUN – Superior Conjunction
URANUS, the ‘higher octave’ of / transpersonal version of MERCURY turns from retro (since Aug 11) direct again (until Aug 15).
From that day on, NO Planet will be retro until Feb 16.

 

JAN 12
The long anticipated alignment of SATURN & PLUTO occurs.
And MERCURY meets both on that day too.

 

JAN 13
The CAP SUN meets PLUTO & SATURN
VENUS enters PISCES (where ‘she’s exalted – most favourably placed)     

 

 

Gorgeous Mercury – Hubble pic by NASA

How MERCURY in CAP (Dec 28 – Jan 16) will get real with the other Planetary Archetypes it comes in contact with.

 

DEC 28
MERCURY enters CAP.

Walking the Talk. Keeping it real.  

 

DEC 29
MERCURY in early CAP squares CHIRON stat. in early ARIES.
What does the mature & grounded voice say to starting fresh and taking initiative?
Being authentic is being in integrity and keeping things simple.
 

 

DEC 30
MERCURY in CAP in Earth Trine with URANUS retro / stationary in TAU.
Try out / on something classic, and emBody freedom – you’re old enough. Get out of old patterned habits & judgments. Who says it’s gotta be SO?!  

 

JAN 2
MERCURY in CAP meets JUPITER.
Perfect time to become clear what matters most and what it takes to keep it a priority. The cosmic coach wants to bring out your best so that the world can benefit.  

 

JAN 8
MERCURY in CAP in sextile with NEPTUNE in PISCES.
Being realistic and grounded can go well together with transcending time & space. The Force?! Think ZEN, or other meditation in action. Great time (always is) to start or come back to a simple and timeless practice.  

 

JAN 10 – Day of the CAN – CAP Full Moon / PLE
MERCURY in CAP meets & passes the SUN – Superior Conjunction.
Excellent time to make a conscious commitment to something that’s been a long time coming. How do you show up as the ‘grown-up’ that you are? What does your Higher Self expect from you? You deserve to step into it. How does it feel?  

 

JAN 12 – Day of the SATURN – PLUTO Conjunction
MERCURY in CAP meets SATURN & PLUTO.
What do fear, authority, control, and power say? What’s your deepest fear? What happens when you voice it / write about it? What transforms inner / old blocks and conditioning? Dialogue with them! What’s the ‘Old Empire’ in your life? What’s going on as it expires?  

 

JAN 16
MERCURY moves over the ‘Prometheus / Community Building Point’ from CAP to AQ (where it’s exalted).
Free out of the box / Matrix thinking & co-creating.  

 

Where is MERCURY’s grounding CAP wisdom reaching your chart & You in Life?

Yoda Sage got timeless basic wisdom a la Mercury in CAP

The House in your chart that contains CAP has top priority for you these days. (Always, but esp. nowadays) a good time to be clear and calm, show up timely / timelessly, and walk / work in integrity.
 
As you read this maybe you have your SUN, MOON, AC, or Planets in CAP? Then there’s even more to the activation between MERCURY – AND JUPITER, SATURN and PLUTO and these Inner Archetypes of yours…
 
Would be definitely a good time (well, understated) to check in astrologically – get in touch if you feel it feels right.
Got the Treat Time offer on now (Dec 1 – 31).
What an opportunity to make a zero footprint gift of cosmic inspiration to others and yourself and save big compared to my reg. fees. Pragmatic CAP likes all that, you bet.
 
 
Back to the CAP Houses – we all have one (or two) – and MERCURY’s 19-day visit (short but covering all the bases) will help connect the dots and walk the talk there.

…after a perhaps frustrating yet effective ‘clearing’ and phase of closures with SATURN in CAP over the last 2 years, and deeper evolution over the last decade since PLUTO’s been in CAP.
We really have changed & matured so much in our CAP Houses!
And are stepping out of Old Paradigms, and into new ways of Being.
 
 
 
 
1st House
Your Presence and Sense of Self

Mature, calm, reliable, resourceful & resilient. No energy waste.
Time to have your voice heard. Speak, write, let the world know (no unsolicited advice though) what matters most – to you.  
 
 
2nd House
Your Values. What you own, literally & metaphorically, incl. your Business 

Building on solid ground is your thing.
A good time to acquire something of lasting / increasing value. What gives you true rock-solid security? Time to appreciate and use what you (already) have, and to build your business in simplicity & consistency. The time is ripe.
 
 
 
3rd House
Your Environment & Relatives

SO conservative and judgmental… or: traditional and always there for one another, old fashioned / timeless reliability.
Notice your thinking about them. Drop your own judgment, while staying in integrity. Don’t take on what’s not yours to carry. Be a calm rock in the world around you.
 
 
 
4th House
Your Home, Origin, Ancestry
 
A rock-solid ancient world, affected by & writing history. Or just sooo old world / old empire,and you’ve become SO done with it?
When coming home practice calm discernment about the gifts of a solid foundation and teachings (even via ‘negative examples’) and how you’ve outgrown the Old. Take the best and leave the rest (with love).
 
 
 
5th House
Your Creative, Playful, Inner Child and Lover
 
Play may indeed have priority (a matter of permission?).
Create something important – one step / day at a time. Instead of being held back by judgment, turn to the wisdom of experience, and infuse your creativity with mature ‘grandma love’. Talk to your inner child / grandchild.Cherish the time with your children as they mature and appreciate every ‘season’ with them.
 
 
6th House
Your Work, Wellness, Lifestyle


Taking on something serious & responsible?
Here’s your top season to serve significantly. Your word matters. Affirm others and yourself in bringing out their / your best – for the Highest Good. The time is NOW. 
 
 
 
7th House
Your Partners & Significant Others

Mature and reliable ones may apply.
Enough frustrations, hardship, rejections, NO’s on their or your side. Done with old patterns. How has SATURN in CAP been your (at times perhaps tough) relationship coach? How would the Best and maturest side in you communicate with them? Keep it simple and real. Respect them as yourself.
 
 
8th House 
Your Involvement and Sharing with Others. Your Transformations
 
Serious processes you’ve been through – in Life and esp. in the last years.
Yes, you need to talk about the hardship. Don’t get stuck in repeating patterns though. Don’t take too much on for others (anymore) – you know that  guilty feeling… But hey, let them know you’re there for them with your time, resources, and love as it’s in integrity for you.
 
 
 
9th House
What gives you Meaning. Your Wisdom, Inspiration, Path and Travels
 
You don’t take those lightly.
It doesn’t have to be SO. Have serious lessons-into-wisdom shown up on your Path in the last 2 years? Which people,  places, and purpose are you communicating with now, with all your experience under your belt? What have you learnt? A good time also to learn a new foreign language or polish up an old one – ideally by being IN the country.
 
 
 
10th House
Your Purpose incl Career. Your Public Self
 
You challenge yourself, don’t you?!
Hope you haven’t been held back by fear and performance anxiety in the last years, or judged (yourself) unfairly. The public wants to meet you, esp. these weeks. Yes, because you lead by example and have accomplished something admirable. But also just because. Be out there at important / quality public events. An upgrade is due.  
 
 
 
11th House
Your Social Side – Engagement with Society, Groups and Friends
 
Top notch. Established. Or simply solid.
And / or people who’ve been there, done that, don’t buy into consensus reality anymore, and co-invest their time and energy into what matters most, at the end of the day. Cherish precious time together, and how you’ve seen each other mature over time. Talk to your long time friends.
 
 
 
12th House
Your Transcendent and Spiritual Self and Union with All-that-Is.
 
Form & Formlessness. Ever interchanging and simultaneously present for you.
Time is a mystery / illusion. How have you experienced the evidence of it over ‘the last years’? The Universe has your back, and you can rely on it – as you tie up your Camel. Receive cosmic messages and share the word out – easy! 
  

 

Wishing you a real cool time with MERCURY in CAP!

Melanie  

 

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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.

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6-Week Experiential JOURNEY with FIRE, EARTH, AIR, WATER, and: Quint-Essence!

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MERCURY in SAG (Dec 9 – 28) – Elevation & Expansion of the Mind… Truth Speaking… Prayers & Invocations with the Light

8 Dec

Dear Cosmic Friend & Astro News Reader,

Yayyy – more Phoenix News:
We’re coming through!
Tomorrow it’s MERCURY’s turn to cross over the Phoenix Point (as I like to call it – and looks like it’s catching on!) from SCORPIO to SAG!
Exactly on Dec 9 at 1:42 am PST – and it’s feeding into the GEMINI (ruled by MERCURY) – SAG Full Moon on Dec 11 / 12!
A burst of energy coming out of the loooong deep dark into the light.
 
 

Phoenix Nessie (only comes out at sunset)

 
We’ve had a VERY scorpionic Fall – SUN, MERCURY (extended!), VENUS, and also MARS (since Nov 18 to Jan 3 – last one to leave).
If you’re very scorpionically inclined you might miss the Magic, Mystery, and deep dive into dark psycho-spiritual realms that MERCURY in SCO (Oct 3 – Dec 9) has offered.
Otherwise you’ll prob say: Hallelujah!
 
But hey, let’s check in what MERCURY in SCO has brought, and why there can be immense reasons for gratitude (SAG) now – not just for that it’s over but for the gifts of the process.

Well, MERCURY has been in SCORPIO this time round for XXLong time – for 9 1/2 weeks since Oct 3 (the usual is 3-4 weeks)!
Seems like an initiation & immersion into Alchemy of the Mind (MERCURY is the Alchemist & SCO represents Alchemy & Transformation) has been the cosmic gift.
 
How has this process been in your life?
Aligning with MERCURY retro (happens 3 times a year for 3 weeks – and we need it) brings a shift from letting the mind be in charge (the ‘usual’ in our mind driven world & information societies) to allowing Spirit, Consciousness, the Heart (the SUN) lead, and the mind (MERCURY) be in service to it.
 
Maybe you have not just noticed but felt deeply (SCO) how the mind can lead us into the dark where there’s an allure and intrigue yet via evoking emotions that put us into feeling separate (like deep anger that can’t express, jealousy, shame…) – now that’s the raw material that the mind itself cannot transform.
Spirit, Consciousness, and the Heart have to kick in.
Hope this happened for you as well!
 
And now… With the SUN & MERCURY in SAG, Spirit elevates the mind, inspiring us to rise and expand, see and share the good news. Maybe it’s via deep gratitude for the gifts that we’ve received and witnessed – which didn’t look like gifts at first?
 
For me one of the gifts has been the gift of natural healing via the body’s intelligence of what looked like it required intervention from the outside. Time heals, and allowing the body to heal in its own accord with trust & patience offered me such a gift of confidence in the Power of Nature – and in EmBodying an expression of Nature.
What a miracle – how the body is constantly doing its thing to sustain Life!
 
Prayers as Sagittarian arrows to Spirit are really Offerings of deep Gratitude, and re-connections in the ONE – invoking the Light that IS even if it appears dark.
With MERCURY in SAG post such a looong and re-generative phase in SCO this might feel like a burst of Upliftment. It doesn’t take contrast for that – but hey, it’s like dark purple turning into bright orange… well, Phoenix like.
 
 
Winged Messenger spread the Heart Wings!
Fly on Angel Wings, and inspire us to invoke the Light, sing praises of Joy & Gratitude, share inspiring stories, soar above what kept us stuck, elevate vibrations and see opportUnities for offering and receiving a bounty of Gifts!
 

A big theme for MERCURY in SAG is to Speak the Truth!
Which is great – if our Truth that may have been hidden, covered, repressed in the Scorpionic realm is coming out now.

Yet, there’s also a caveat (reflecting the trad. ‘exile’ position of MERCURY in SAG):
My Truth doesn’t have to be yours.
Yes, MERCURY in SAG likes to inspire and perhaps convince, yet with all the Scorpionic passion fuel behind can overdo it and be a tad too much on a mission which can turn people off. The high road would be to really be generous and leave ample S~P~A~C~E for infinite Truths – Rays of the One Light.

 
 

Let’s hear it – how MERCURY in SAG (Dec 9 – 28) will fly with and inspire the other Planetary Archetypes it comes in contact with.

Not too many – yet important ones, and strikingly with exact Lunar Connections:  

 

DEC 10
MERCURY in SAG in Fire Trine with CHIRON retro / stat. (goes direct on 12/12).

Truth & Authenticity – The Medicine that elevates, raises vibrations, and brings new opportunities.

 

DEC 11 – Day of the GEMINI (ruled by MERCURY) – SAG Full Moon!
MERCURY in SAG in quincunx with URANUS retro in TAU.
What has happened in / to the mind recently that allows us to EmBody Freedom from within?

 

DEC 19
MERCURY in SAG in square with NEPTUNE in PISCES. 
Sing, chant, carol, praise – the Truth is beyond words, and Music is such a Gift to share and bathe in.

 

DEC 25 – Christmas Day
The Dark MOON in SAG meets MERCURY – 18 hrs before the ‘Ring of Fire’ Christmas New Moon Solar Release Eclipse(!). 
What’s your Truth about the ‘Old limiting Story’ that’s ripe to be released? Making room for a more expanded way of Seeing.

 

DEC 28
MERCURY goes over the Integrity Point into CAP where it’ll meet JUPITER, the SUN, the Lunar South Node, SATURN, and PLUTO – what a Cappy concentrated kick-off of 2020!
Say as you do. Do as you say. Keep it simple and real.  

 

Where’s MERCURY’s uplifting Flight in SAGITTARIUS activating your chart & inspiring You in Life?

Cherubs of The Triumph of Galatea – Painting by Italian Renaissance Master Raphael

 
 
The House in your chart that contains SAG is the ‘target’ of MERCURY shooting Heart Messages to you, and from which to shoot them out most easily too.
(Always, but esp. nowadays) a good time to be in your open-hearted & generous Spirit.

As you read this maybe you have your SUN, MOON, AC, or Planets in SAG?
Then there’s even 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.
Got the Treat Time offer on now (Dec 1 – 31).
A sweet opportunity to make a gift of cosmic inspiration to others and / or yourself and save big compared to my reg. fees.
 
 
 
Back to the SAG Houses – we all have one (or two) – and MERCURY’s 19-day visit (ha, a much shorter house guest than with its  9 1/2 weeks in the SCO House…)
 
 
1st House in SAG
Your Presence and Sense of Self
Magnanimous and fun to be around.
Now as you see… share your Truth – and be generous and open to theirs.

 

2nd House in SAG
Your Values, what you own, literally & metaphorically, incl. your Business
Your inspiration and uplifting vibes are moving. Share your story (and we know you came through a lot).

 

3rd House in SAG
Your Environment & Relatives
Wide open spaces to roam around?
A multi-cultural world? Or sooo much space between you & them?
A good time to talk, write, or travel to people from afar yet near & dear to your Heart.
Just take it easy on getting too fired up with opinions, and when arguments loom take the high road of live & let live.

 

4th House in SAG
Your Home, Origin, Ancestry
Overseas? Around the World?
Time for a re-connection to your (many?) roots. If it’s out of reach ask the Universe to show you the way.

 

5th House in SAG
Your Creative, Playful, Inner Child and Lover
Show your Heart, be curious and playful as a Child.
You’re the Heart-ist.

 

6th House in SAG
Your Work, Wellness, Lifestyle

Sporty? Travelling? Marketing? Writing?
Connect and talk with people whom you could really help and who could help and uplift you. Be newly inspired for service and wellness. Trust that it’s already in the making.

 

7th House in SAG
Your Partners & Significant Others
They’re sooo much fun to be with, mutually inspiring, great travel mates?
Or a know-it-all / better who try to convince / convert you?
Time to share the Joy, sing together, raise Spirits, and allow for enough space between you.

 

8th House in SAG
Your Involvement and Sharing with Others. Your Transformations
Your words can be a god/dess sent – share generously & trustingly w/o trying to change the other person. True gifting w/o agenda makes you feel intrinsically wealthy & happy.
 

 

9th House in SAG
What gives you Meaning, Your Wisdom, Inspiration, Path and Travels
That ‘SAG House’.
Soo many growth opportunities now as you come out of the thick of… Abundance is an attitude…
What’s your message to the World? 

 

10th House in SAG
Your Purpose incl Career, Your Public Self
Maybe a teacher, modelling with inspiration, fun, and generosity.
You got a lot to say, esp. these weeks. Be out there on your Heart Mission.
   

 

11th House in SAG
Your Social Side – Engagement with Society, Groups and Friends
From all walks of life, and corners of the Planet.
What a multitude of fun, heart-full people around you! What a gift how you uplift & inspire each other!
  

 

12th House in SAG
Your Transcendent and Spiritual Self and Union with All-that-Is.
The Universe is vast and infinite. Amazing how you made it here!
Be open to serendipitous Cosmic messages & guidance, and be the Divine Messenger.
 

 

 

Wishing you an inspiring Journey on MERCURY’s wings in SAG!

Melanie    

 

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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.
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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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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

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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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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 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.

 

ASTRO~EXPERIENCES
…via Courses. Workshops, and Embodied Astrology:
Our experiential and embodied Astrology groups have over time (the 16 years I’ve been facilitating workshops and classes) become quite potent and catalytic.
Come join us, if deep synergy in a circle speaks to you!

Coming up:

EmBody Astrology on Sept 29

Here’s a link to its FB page.

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