MERCURY RETROGRADE (Dec 19-Jan 8)
RELAX & ENJOY
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we are in Mercury retrograde proper, emotion and intution run strong, and reason & logic less reliable than usual.
Not that reason & logic don't still have their place. (They do!) But it's hard to use reason and logic to make a
decision when the facts are clear as mud (read: not very clear at all) or presently missing. Which is exactly what
we tend to have during Mercury retrograde--murky or missing facts. Instead of information, we have mis-information &
This is why we astrologers always say that
it is NOT a good idea to launch major new projects during Mercury retrograde or to sign major contracts (especially those
with no escape clause) as you can’t rely on your logical mind to reveal or see all the important details right now.
LET YOURSELF RELAX & BE AT EASE
On the other hand, due to the Mercury retrograde effect coloring this entire month, it is a GREAT time for
relaxing and getting rejuvenated. I suggest sinking down into a bathtub filled with
warm water and rose petals and lavender (flowers or leaves) at least once during this retrograde!
(Just make sure you use a drain strainer or put some cheesecloth or pantyhose over the sink drain when releasing the
water. No need for clogged drains!)
is also a great time for listening to relaxing music to heal & re-balance yourself on all levels. One personal favorite I would suggest for this purpose is the Healing Sanctuary album by Dean Evenson.
I also love the Healing Flower Symphonies (Vol 1 & 2) by Jill Matson (available on-line through CD baby).
What else can you do to love, nurture and support yourself right now? What
more can you do to make yourself feel comfortable and surrounded with good, positive vibes? (For
me, it is surrounding myself in as many beautiful flowers & plants that I can in my own private indoor fairy garden.)
Whatever YOUR answers are to these questions, do your best to do these
things during this month (and in the months ahead too, for that matter). Also, make
an effort to connect with those people in your life whom carry that positive, uplifting and supportive energy for you.
a Break if at All Possible
(And if you must make a decision or act, use INTUITION)
If you can, put off
making any major decisions or starting any new major projects until AFTER Mercury goes back direct (on Jan 8th
2017). At the very least, if you must start something new or make a decision, be sure
that there is a way that you can change your mind later if you need to. (For with any
action initiated during Mercury Rx, future changes & adjustments are inevitable, and things will definitely NOT turn out
Also, it is important to be guided by INTUITION right
now, and not just logic or facts. For many people, intuition is actually STRONGER when
Mercury is retrograde. However, you do have to know how to LISTEN in order to access
& hear your intuition. And if you weren’t listening to your intuition BEFORE
Mercury went retrograde, it is unlikely that you going to become an instant pro at it once Mercury has entered the retrograde.
Perhaps at a later date, I might devote more time in this newsletter
to sharing some of my best tips for accessing your intuition. For now, let me just
say that you will get the best results with intuition if you practice listening & paying attention FREQUENTLY & REGULARLY,
rather than only tuning in occasionally.
Regarding using intuition to make decisions, I will just say that you will usually know when something is
right for you, because it just FEELS right! Of course, this feeling of rightness is
slightly different for each of us. But generally speaking, when something feels right
to you according to your intuition (and not just the so-called facts), there is a sense that you are being CARRIED or GUIDED
in a certain direction, rather than having to push your way to move forward. There
is also usually a relaxing & soothing feeling that comes with it. Again, that feeling
that “this is right for me”.
So if for some reason you feel you absolutely MUST make an important decision during the time that we are
under the rays of Mercury retrograde, (or feel that you must go forward with a new major venture) then please be wise &
allow INTUITION to be your guide right now, and not just logic or reason (since those latter faculties get pretty muddy during
with whatever it is you are doing or planning this month, be prepared to be very FLEXIBLE and adaptable as unanticipated changes
arise in the future. In fact, regardless of what you do (or do not do) now, you will
excel & thrive under the rays of Mercury retrograde by staying open and being versatile and adaptive to whatever life
Spontaneity is the key! On the other, rigidity, pushiness and impatience will lead to a downfall right now. So as the month goes on and the Mercury retrograde energies become stronger, lean into your more feminine,
soft, intuitive, and receptive side, and relax and enjoy the ride!
SATURN TRINE URANUS:
SOUL-SEARCHING FOR 2017
Dear Friends, hello there, and Happy (almost) Winter Solstice to You! As I mentioned in an earlier newsletter, we have SEVERAL interesting energy shifts this month, including
the Saturn-Uranus trine (exact on 12/24 but in effect for this entire month).
This particular shift marks a temporary truce between
two cosmic energies which are usually uneasy with each other (Saturn, principle of structure, responsibility and limitation,
and Uranus, the principle of freedom, liberation, and personal expression.)
But if one looks beneath the surface of this uneasy
alliance, one can see the connection here, in that so often the undertaking of developing personal discipline and a sense
of responsibility and skill is what LEADS TO the freedom & liberty to express one’s self as one would like and to
live life as one would prefer.
In other words, just quitting your day job and striking out on your own path of independence isn’t
enough to create a life of true meaning & personal satisfaction! (For example.) Instead, what is needed is to strike a balance between fulfilling our karmic duties and
doing the work that is needed to make ourselves better & more well-rounded beings, WHILE at the same time, cultivating
the ability to live life joyfully and as freely as possible within the context of our current circumstances.
This may sound like
a tough order, and believe me, it is. But at least we are getting some help with it
This Saturn trine Uranus (in the signs of Sagittarius and Aries respectively) is a rare shift that can stimulate
spiritual breakthroughs and great awareness. This beautiful shift can help you blend the wisdom of maturity with the desire
to innovate and evolve to the next level of your growth and development. Even with
Mercury in retrograde at the moment, you can expect some flashes of intuition or great ideas to come bursting through in the
areas of life where you have felt “stuck”.
Of course, with Mercury being in
retrograde currently, you might just want to focus on being AWARE of what you are getting and writing it down, and then planning
on acting upon it after Mercury goes direct again on January 8th 2017. At
the very least, you might run any ideas you have by a trusted advisor first before acting upon them.
By the way, this Saturn-Uranus
trine is taking place in the fiery signs of Sagittarius and Aries, indicating that now is the time to connect with the more
inspired and wise part of yourself. (And those of you who have Sag or Aries strong
in your natal chart are probably feeling a bit fired-up and inspired by this transit! Same
goes for those who have Capricorn or Aquarius strong as well.)
This is a very good shift
for helping you to create change in your life in a more balanced, wise, and mature way.
If you can, spend some time this month journaling and writing notes about
what your higher vision might be for your future, as well as what it is you would like to contribute further to others before
you pass onto the other side. Seriously, do it!
As my colleague George
Kao once invited people to ask themselves, “If you only had a year left to live, what would you teach?”
Feel free to interpret this broadly here and in various ways, such as,
“If I only had a year left to live, what would I share with the world?”
“When I look back over my life, the legacy that I want to see I left behind is
“It is most important to
me that I contribute to the world by _________ before I die”.
Looking deeply at these kinds of things
this month will help you to have a more inspired vision for 2017!