Tips for how to have Mercury retrograde savvy:
For instance, I had multiple requests for schedule changes the moment Mercury turned! No problem - Im flexible and can go with the flow :).
#2 Double checking everything for mistakes
A stereotypical Mercury retrograde experience happened to me today - I found two sources of data for void-of-course Moon times different from my ephemeris (a calendar of the calculated positions of celestial bodies), making me think my ephemeris was wrong, only to later discover that the two other sources, though consistent with each other, were both incorrect!
#3 Patience and trust when it comes to important communication
Mercury retrograde corresponds with revisiting and reviewing... The information, clarity, or opportunity to clarify — that youve been waiting for — may very well arise now as Mercury goes back for a second look.
Thats a good start. I would love to hear your experiences or tips!
Mercury goes retrograde tonight
Tonight at 11:50pm EDT Mercury (☿) goes retrograde through August 26. Mercury retrograde tends to favor right brain, non-linear creativity and has a reputation for messing with our more left brain-dominated day-to-day world. Mercurys job while retrograde is to uncover things that need to be repaired or redone. It doesnt cause problems, but rather it helps us see where we need to go back and give some extra care.
The Uranus/Pluto square
Right now in early August, the square between Uranus and Pluto is within 1 degree of being exact. It will be exact several times from 2012-2015. But on the collective scale we have been feeling the building tension of this challenging yet transformative aspect for a couple years already. Both the need for freedom from limitations and the need to surrender the egoic separative perspective may force things to a boil until true change occurs.
The constructive use of Pluto (♇) energy involves “submission” to a larger purpose beyond our own individual ideas of what we want. The constructive use of Uranus (♅) energy involves taking the risk to break from internalized conventions or outdated structures that prevent growth and freedom. The square between two planets indicates turning a corner. I have heard it said that with a square, something happens.
(”submission” is Steven Forests word for Pluto)
New Moon in Leo
In honor of the New Moon today in Leo ♌, joining the Sun and Venus also in Leo - here is one of my favorite expressions of the grandness of Leo Lion Love.
Listening for the voice of inspiration...
The Moon is Void-of-Course all day, Mercury is opposite Neptune (☿☍♆), and its the last day of the Waning Crescent (Balsamic) Moon before the New Moon on 7/30. What does all this mean? Chill time, rest, introspection, patience and faith... Diving within, accessing the higher octaves of love, imagining the new beginning, allowing the past to dissolve away, listening for the voice of inspiration, letting things be...
In addition, the Moon is in Cancer ♋ today, which further encourages enjoying the inner realms to find/create nurturing, comfort, and healing.
Gemini Moon conjunct Mars, Sun trine Uranus, and Mercury’s Shadow
7/27: The mood is one of action and drive with Moon conjunct Mars, so one may feel bold and assertive. Also, Sun trine Uranus today is conducive for harmonious alignment with what frees you to be your true self and express your genius.
However, important ideas and decisions made now during Mercurys shadow (7/15-8/2), can be unstable and may go back and forth for reevaluation during Mercury retrograde (8/2-8/26). This back and forth is likely to apply both personally and collectively (political, national changes and decisions, etc.)... Rather than trying to solidify something now, it is a great time for reflective pondering and, what is for you, revolutionary thinking.
Also, regarding the image above, the Moon is in Gemini ♊ today. Butterflies are a symbol for the Gemini archetype - flitting from one person, idea, or project, etc. to the next - but spending moments of whole-hearted and unfeigned interest with each. Curious and intelligent, Gemini embodies the bliss of soaking up new information. No shrinking back from life here!
The law of gravitation
“The latent sense for this hidden inner reality indirectly makes itself felt even in the world of illusion through the attraction which one form has for another form. The law of gravitation, to which all the planets and the stars are subject, is in its own way a dim reflection of the love which pervades every part of the universe.” ~Meher Baba
Today the Sun entered its home sign of Leo
Today the Sun entered its home sign: warm-hearted, radiant, and noble Leo ♌. The Leo time of the year is about playfulness, self-expression, and taking center stage in your own life. Acknowledgment and applause is a must for those who have the Leo archetype prominent in their charts!
*Note: Everyone has each of the 12 signs functioning significantly somewhere in their birth chart. But the signs of your Sun, Moon and Ascendant (rising sign) are most significant.
The evolution from Cancer to Leo goes something like this: Out of Cancers visceral creativity and maternal nurturing, grows Leo, who wants to come out of the nest and into the limelight. All the fundamental tending which was received through Cancer builds an inner radiance that now wants to shine out its light.
The Moon is triggering the tense T-square in the sky
Last night and today the Moon is triggering the tense T-square in the sky (first conjunct Uranus ♅, then square Pluto ♇, then opposite Saturn ♄). Turbulent feelings and thoughts, and seemingly irreconcilable conflicts, which we have been working with over the last couple months, may have again bubbled or burst up to the surface to be dealt with... With the Moon in Aries ♈, we may act decisively.
Even if the conflict appears external, it is primarily an internal one between parts of self. Some examples are: the need for partnership vs. the need for independence, maintaining tradition vs. breaking new ground, holding on to the familiar vs. taking a leap of faith, or confronting vs. avoiding, etc.
Heads up - another Mercury retrograde phase coming soon!
7/15-8/2: Mercurys shadow
8/2-8/26: Mercury retrograde
Important communications from 7/15 thru Mercury going direct on 8/26 may need to be reviewed & corrected, so it is wise to be extra conscientious now. If certain communications are delayed during this time, one may take comfort knowing that it is all part of a cyclical pattern and will resolve in time.
Mercurys retrograde route consists of a movement (that from earths vantage point appears to go backwards), reviewing the zodiacal span from 1º Virgo ♍ back to 19º Leo ♌. Wherever this falls in your chart will give clues as to what may be up in the air for you during this period.
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