Posts Tagged ‘Mercury Retrograde’

Kelley Hunter ~ Shelter from the Storm

Happy New Moon! Thanks to Gillian for this one:

Kelley Hunter ~ Shelter from the Storm
New Moon @ 6 Cancer, June 27, 4:08am EDT, 1:08am PDT, 9:08am GMD

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Image: Eve of Hurricane Georges, collage by K Hunter, 1998.

During this Cancer New Moon, we seek shelter and safety during what may feel like a rather stormy, yet exhilarating July. For the next week or so, fireworks ignite in the global transformation process as the Sun moves into the potent Pluto-Uranus Square. We hunker more deeply into our core for this intense, opportune offer of dynamic consciousness awakening. Already this year has been the peak of a rare planetary pattern that brings us to the next level of The Sixties. At moments during this process, like now, we may feel a very sweet, compassionate sensation, as if a divine mother is soothing and guiding us. We are helping each other in many ways as we make our way through these rough waters to safe harbor.

The Sabian Symbols are images that amplify the meaning of each degree of the Zodiac. This New Moon is at 6 degrees of Cancer with this essentially Cancer image:

In Spring, Game Birds Are Feathering Their Nests

Attention to home and hearth, inviting growth and well-being, preparing the ground for the inevitable change of the seasons.

Astrologer Lynda Hill, in her book, The Sabian Symbols as an Oracle, pictures “the desire for security amidst a rather risky situation…in readiness for new beginnings and new life.” She further writes, “Any security might only be temporary. Be careful not to become complacent, and ensure that you aren’t frightened at any sudden surprises or moves.”

These times we live in are relentless, urgent for growth. As the Sun in Cancer moves further into the Uranus-Pluto Square, we may have to relinquish cherished situations, relationships or experiences that we are growing beyond. It is time to stretch out beyond the crab shell that is pinching, tightening, like the womb when it becomes too small to contain the new life ready to be born. As we open to and welcome the new, have faith that it is for the best, we are feather our nests with a level of emotional comfort and stability that we need. We find safety and security blossoming from the inside out.

One of Cancer’s profound lessons is to realize that change is one constant we can count on; there is no holding on to the past. Change = growth in some form, even as we expand beyond limitations of that old shell. A little feng shui is in order to attune our inner space to the emerging energetic fields. The landscape in and around us is changing. Do you feel it? Of course. As we find the note, the tonality that pleases, that feels most resonant, we find our pathway to go with the flow. We rearrange our lives. Be radical. Trust yourself. Remembering, as Edith Wharton wrote, “Life has a way of overgrowing its achievements as well as its ruins.” Too much of a good thing is not good anymore. It is time to let go and move on to greener pastures.

Wisdom planet JUPITER is finishing its enriching year in Cancer. At this New Moon, Jupiter is at a pivotal point, stretching us to fulfill our destiny. It feels like a warm, big hug, giving us a hearty send-off—”Go forth and prosper!” Big Planet Jupiter prepares to move into the creative fires of Leo in mid-July. Let’s see what else Jupiter suggests from its Sabian Symbol of 26 Cancer:

Guests Are Reading In The Library Of A Luxurious Home

Home again, we turn to the wisdom of the ages, learning new things and, perhaps, stretching our hearts and minds beyond old belief systems that no longer ring true. We consult with the ancestors. We feel resonance with something greater than ourselves. We share what we know. We offer what we have to give. We find support and comfort in the perennial wisdom of the ages, as we take each step, remaining fully in the present as we move into today’s future. Indeed, with this New Moon cycle, we are moving into a key turning point of 2014, with Jupiter opening expansive opportunities to become more of who we truly are.

RETROGRADE MERCURY reverses its direction in a few days, turning with the calendar month. We had PLENTY (a Jupiter word) of introspective, retrograde reflection and reconsideration all year. Now is the time to move on. The caravans are pulling into formation. The wagon trains are heading west. What is our modern equivalent of the pioneering trails? That’s where we are all going, listening to our “compass rose,” our heart’s directive.

Along with the forward movement of Mercury, the end of June features two other planetary patterns with very different flavors.

MARS directly opposite Uranus on this New Moon can play out in a challenging, potentially nasty power punch leading to sudden breakthroughs, split ups, and outbreaks of revolution or violence. We already see such activity in several global hot spots. We can’t assume we are being told the truth about what is going on amidst hidden negotiations behind the scenes.
No matter. Let’s attend to our clarifying our own energy and how we plan to proceed. I like what Aussie Astrologer Maggie Kerr wrote:

“With change agent Uranus opposite activator Mars in the New Moon planetary mix there can be apparently ‘unexpected’ moves…which are not really so unexpected…you’ve just been putting them off. Remember not to project any confusion or anger at others, as the whole point of this past year has been to become aware of old limiting feelings, clear & release them, dismantle our defenses, and give ourselves permission to trust our feelings in a whole new way.”

A basic life choice is to fear or to love. The results of these extremes are evidently playing out. All year we have been weighing our options in view of fresh possibilities. Something must be done and we can’t do it the old way. We each count. We each make our choices. Bridges are burning behind us, as we reach toward a cosmic beckoning hand. A lovely and loving flow of sensitive, caring energy saturates our feelings, highlighted by some special moments where everything synchronizes beautifully like an uplifting symphony, a prayer, a divine decree.

How do we juggle these two streams in our experience? It likely requires a paradigm shift. It can happen inside any moment. With this New Moon, a strong, incoming creative rush of delight in alternative possibilities gives us the heart and courage to go for the gold.

Baci e abracci— kisses and hugs!
Namaste—I salute the god/goddess in you.
Aloha — The shared spirit within us is in harmony with all that is.
Vaya con Dios — Go with God.
Shanti, Shalom, Dona Nobis Pacem — Peace, peace, grant us peace.

Source: Kelley Hunter June 25 2014

The Oracle Report ~ June 5, 2014

Laura Walker’s Oracle Report for today goes right along with the recent themes I’ve noted. I especially like her analogy of the cat arguing with a mouse — when, clearly, the cat could just overpower the mouse. That is so right on for situations I’ve observed in the microcosm. As within, so without. Methinks that certain mice have taunted the cat for far too long, ala Tom & Jerry — or, perhaps the cat has toyed with the mouse, while arguing with it instead of eating it. As Laura notes, the mouse is not being devoured by the cat, which seems to indicate some kind of opportunity for balance.

Photo of pelican by wise owl Lawrence

Photo of pelican by wise owl Lawrence

Thursday, June 5, 2014

First Quarter Moon Phase: take action, break away, step out

Moon in Virgo

Ruling Mahavidya: Bagalamukhi (The Paralyzer, The Storm-Calmer)

Skill: look at the details but also the bigger picture of things

Negative Imprint: settling for less, taking scraps; aggression, arguments

Positive Imprint: independence, creativity, speaking one’s mind peacefully

The First Quarter Moon phase begins today, bringing the energy to link things together with the intricacy of a fine lace handkerchief. We see how things from our past, present, and future are threaded together. Details are important today, and taking care of small details is encouraged, but seeing the big picture of all the details is more important. We want to make sure we are looking at the totality of things, not just one aspect.

The Sun is now in the middle of Gemini. Gemini energy always involves others in various ways; it is the sign of The Twins. The concept of “the other” is fused with Gemini. It is concerned with “me vs others” and can have difficulty standing on its own. You could also say it is about our inner world and what we show the outer world. Today’s energy highlights the Gemini theme of others through strong support of activities, projects, and ideas undertaken with others.

Further, the notion of “self and others” comes into play today in other ways. In keeping with this month’s theme of “aroused strikers around a factory,” we are inclined to stand up and lay out our position in support of something important. To minimize resistance, make sure you are coming from the highest level of intention and do not become aggressive or pushy. Stand in your center and radiate your power. Communicate your emotions, but don’t get carried away or overdramatic. Be clear and don’t waver. And if you don’t get the support or outcome that you want, don’t despair. Enormous inner strength will be built and clarity about what is not in line with your highest, best, happiest life will be revealed. Wisdom is gained.

The “intricate lacework” today includes potential for being misunderstood or disadvantaged. This manifests if you are focusing too much of your energy on others at the expense of taking care of yourself. What need is this satisfying in you? Do you need to become more independent, self-contained, or creative? Remember that inner strength is the aim this month. Don’t lose sight of alternatives or other possibilities.

Finally, a word about the impending Mercury retrograde. Mercury will station retrograde on Saturday, but today it has moved to the degree in the sky where it will appear to stop and move backwards. Simply stated, the retrograde energy is foreshadowed today. Here’s the thing: the degree of Mercury’s retrograde is “a cat arguing with a mouse.” Take a breath and let’s begin to reframe this. Yes, this means the Mercury retrograde will be intense. Things will come to somewhat of a standstill and communications will have conflicts. People will argue about things. But the fact that the cat is arguing with the mouse, when it could easily overpower and devour it, tells us that some sort of balance will come to situations – possibly for the first time. Old values, ideas, and systems are reconsidered. You could say the underdog (or “undermouse”) takes a stand and gains power. What was once overpowering is now open for discourse. While Mercury is retrograde, the balance of power is transformed in all things. Let’s work the Mercury retrograde from this angle, starting today.

Since the day is like intricate lacework, I could go on and on about the energetic signatures, but this is the big picture. Dive in to look at details, but come back to see things as a whole. Keep building your inner strength.

(P.S. Good job making it through double Crescent energy, wise owls! – For more information about the double Crescent energy, refer to the audio recording for this month, the Gemini Moon, here at the top of the Homepage at OracleReport.com)

Additional note from Laura Walker: Thank you for supporting the Oracle Report! Your donations keep the reports free and available for everyone. [You can find a donation button on her site.]

Sophia Love ~ Love Quest: Day 2 – The Cabin

Thanks to Sophia Love for this beautiful description of recent energies. I’ve heard from a lot of people of late who’ve needed to make a choice between the old, inadequate, outgrown misery vs. the new, unformed yet palpable “I want to live” and “I have so much more to offer!”

Sophia Love ~ Love Quest: Day 2 – The Cabin

Sophia's cabin

You’ve reached a critical moment for yourself. There are parts of you eating away at your core. You’ve been unaware of them until now. Why now? Because you’ve upgraded and improved. In order for the new stuff to stand strong and to last, anything that doesn’t support it – works to dismantle it.

Our family owns property in the mountains and on it has always stood what we affectionately called “the cabin”. It was little more than a tar paper shack with an outhouse. Five years ago we tore it down. In its place now stands a double-wide trailer complete with steps and a deck we built ourselves. There is even a bathroom that uses water from the stream running down the mountain. It’s beautiful.

Four years ago something began eating the steps and the deck, an unwelcome surprise. My nephew pulled in late one night and discovered the culprits – porcupines. We’d unknowingly built them a banquet of treated wood. They were ecstatic and aggressive and voracious.

Now, we could shoot them but there were lots of them, they were multiplying, and for sure they’d show up to continue the feast. We tried everything. We ended up in a compromise – an electric barrier surrounding all wooden structures attached to the cabin. It doesn’t hurt them but keeps them away from our steps.

It’s not that these critters had just arrived; they’d been there for years. We only noticed them when they threatened to destroy something we had just built, something new and better.

The stuff coming up now in your life, whether emotions or situations, is not new. You are stretching, growing wings, becoming a newer, lovelier version. These things, whatever they are, don’t support this new you. They were fine before, when Agape was not on the radar. Oh, you felt them – little jabs at your self esteem, dings at your self worth and reductions of your self value – but they were par for the course and passed quickly, soon forgotten. You barely noticed them.

Today, they seem to be center stage with a neon sign announcing their arrival. You can’t miss them. You will have to do something about them, to prevent them from destroying this new you.

For a long time they’ve comfortably travelled the same path you did – much like the porcupines. Today you are on the path to Agape. They remain doggedly on their route to self-doubt. In order to prevent a disruption in your journey you’ll have to dig deep – create such a well worn emotional path that it’s the first place your feelings drop into.

The other path exists and is eagerly travelled by “not good enough”, “have to”, “too slow”, “not ______(fill in the blank with your favorite)”. You can still see it, but it’s not your chosen route. This new, shiny, upgraded path has been reinforced and is deeply lined with truth. It’s a stronger road and becomes more-so with use. Plaques line its walls, saying things like: “You are perfect where you stand.” “I love you without exception.” “Under any condition and in every instance you are loved.”

At first it feels weird to walk there, and a little uncomfortable. Persevere, it’s a faster trip and the accommodations are better.

It took a long time for the porcupines to find our steps and destroy them. We were caught off guard and unprepared. You don’t have to be.

Create a well worn path of self acceptance. When you somehow fall onto that old familiar self defeating road, make a quick exit. Remember where you are going. The old road won’t take you there.

You are every inch the being of perfection you may have expected to instantly morph into about a year ago. Self hatred blinds you to this truth. Love yourself and watch you show up. She’ll be everything you dream of. He’ll be all you imagine. You’ll see.

You are the one you are waiting for.

See you tomorrow.
~Sophia

Link to original article

Click for video: Meet Yourself in the Mirror

[Laura again: First of all, do click through to the video. What an amazing poem! Also, I felt called to offer some information about porcupine wisdom, because it just seems so perfect, as always! From http://animalspirits.com :

Porcupine’s Wisdom Includes:

Innocence

Trust in Spirit

Renewed sense of wonder

Creating your own path

Protection of boundaries

Defense when threatened

Allowing others their path

Non-interference ]

My Own Take on this Mercury Retrograde, Beginning February 6, 2014

Several people have asked me for a gloss on Ann’s and others’ articles about this potent Mercury Retrograde period, which began on February 6, 2014 at 4:44 p.m. East Coast time and officially runs through February 27th, not counting the Shadow Periods on either end. I encourage people to read or reread my earlier general tips for surviving and even thriving in Mercury Retrograde, but due to the requests for more clarity and guidance about this particular one, I will share some additional observations here.

First of all, I have a lot of Mercury in my chart. Tons. Mercury rules my Gemini Sun and my Virgo Ascendant, and I’ve got lots of key planets in Gemini, which means that I needed to learn how to turn Mercury Retrograde periods to my own advantage, or else face extreme inconvenience and even disaster for 9-12 weeks per year. Been there, done that … for awhile. No thanks! After some rough go rounds, I opted for learning how to thrive during the Rx periods, and the article linked above shares some of the most transferable ways to do that.

When examining this particular Merc Rx, the biggest factor appears to be Neptune, which rules addictions, illusions, mystical experiences, the ocean, and the sign of Pisces. Since Mercury Retrograde periods tend to build upon previous Merc Rx’s, they provide opportunities to review and revise where we found ourselves in the past few Mercury Retrograde periods. If you can’t remember those details, have a look at this chart and your calendar. Perhaps it will jog some memories. This first Merc Rx of 2014 — occurring in dreamy Neptune — will support (read: “push”) you to reevaluate areas of life in which you’ve allowed yourself to be fooled by illusions, sucked into addictions (relationships, substances, habits), or “forced” to invite inappropriate boundaries.

Anytime we find ourselves bamboozled, it’s tempting to blame the other person, the government, “the cabal” or whomever we feel perpetrated the deception. This Mercury Retrograde period will call us out as individuals who willingly participated in the lies. As individuals and as a society, we will need to accept our own responsibility in the dance of illusion, addiction and legerdemain, or else actively relegate ourselves to delusions that will — at best — prevent full satisfaction in life and — at worst — potentially result in the extermination of the human race. Yes, the stakes are high right now, and this first quarter of 2014 raises them even more.

I often recommend the website http://narcissismfree.com, both for the articles and the valuable ebooks. Kaleah does a great job explaining the sticky web of lies and illusion used by narcissists to ensnare their “victims,” and we live in an incredibly narcissistic society. I appreciate Kaleah’s work because she empowers people to see beyond the script, beyond what magicians and the Faery Realm call the “Glamour” — specters and projections that bear little resemblance to reality. In fact, the narcissistic web and “Glamour” often present the exact opposite of reality, making the ugly appear beautiful, the weak impenetrable, and the vampire generous. Throughout and following this Mercury Retrograde in Neptune, humanity will suffer exponentially greater pain for failing to pierce the Glamour. Those who do dismantle the projections will likely feel initial shock replaced by more freedom, exhilaration and possibility than they’ve ever felt before.

On a global level, I find it interesting that the Olympics fall smack dab in Mercury Retrograde. Whatever dastardly false flag plans anyone has for those Games will likely face the wrath of Murphy’s Law; however, any grand illusion presented might initially gain a worldwide following. That belief should be short lived, though, and the global backlash against what eventually reveals itself as obvious trickery might amuse a different kind of spectator. I would suggest a 30-day unplugging challenge during this Merc Rx and Shadow period. If you own a tell-LIE-vision, turn the lying thing off! If you listen to talk radio, turn it off. Ditto most Hollywood films. Without those three bastions of mass illusion for 30 days, you’ll go a long way towards reclaiming your mind.

If you know you have an active addiction to something else, then now might be a great time to review how you got into that set of circumstances in the first place. Consider upgrading any addictions you know you have. If you want to quit smoking, transmute that compulsion into exercise and/or meditation. Until humans fully heal, addictive holes remain, so it’s usually much easier to replace an addiction with a better quality habit than just trying to eliminate it.

If you, like me, like to utilize the predominant energies to amplify intentions, then get creative! Nebulous Neptune blurs boundaries, which can really help with brainstorming. If you’ve set aside a creative project, then the current energies support a fresh look and revision. If something seemingly immovable in your life or in this world upsets you, then the current energies offer optimal times for what I call Houdini-ing your way out. In order to escape illusions, it helps to know how one creates illusions. You can reverse engineer magick and Glamour as much as scientists reverse engineer technology. Deconstruct, revise, and rebuild. During Mercury Retrograde, think “re-.” Neptune gives you the most potent areas for the re-‘s: addictions, illusions, deceptions, and all things murky or lost at sea.

Haha, I just typed “see” instead of “sea,” and both meanings hold true for this period. Practice seeing with your inner eye, and you’ll find intuition expands.

[WordPress just told me I finished the initial post at 888 words, which emphasizes the infinite potential of this period, doubles the 4:44 start time of the Mercury Retrograde, and, according to Doreen Virtue:

“888 — A phase of your life is about to end, and this is a sign to give you forewarning to prepare. This number sequence may mean you are winding up an emotional career or relationship phase. It also means there is light at the end of the tunnel. In addition it means, The crops are ripe. Don’t wait to pick and enjoy them. In other words, don’t procrastinate in making your move or enjoying the fruits of your labor.”

Wise words.]

TODAY, February 6, 2014: Mercury turns to go RX within one degree of Neptune at 3° Pisces

laurabruno:

Great information about this Mercury Retrograde (click here), which “happened” just a few minutes ago. I will end up referencing this post whenever I finish the portal door I purposely began today. Oddly enough, I had been “told” to address it as 444, and just minutes I before addressed it, I “randomly” saw Ann’s post here noting the 4:44 timing of Merc Rx. I rushed downstairs and penned the 444 on the door at exactly 4:44. Potent intentions. This door is meant to undo and revise an already set agenda, so I view this as powerful support from the Universe. 444 also indicates that the angels love you very much and are cheering you on with their support. Wow. Still kind of reeling a little at the synchronicity of all of this — big even for synchronous me. ;)

Originally posted on Exopermaculture:

Screenshot 2014-02-06 12.08.32Today, exactly at 4:44 pm, EST, transit Mercury, from Earth’s point of view, appears to turn, to “go retrograde.” Now that would not be such a big deal, and frankly, I normally don’t pay much attention to this phenomenon, since Mercury moves backwards for three weeks three times a year. So it’s not that rare. And I pretty much know what to expect: the mind turns inward, to go back over stuff that it may have taken for granted for too long. Travel plans may be interrupted, or switched, or confused. Likewise, communication of all kinds. Don’t sign important documents, since they may need to change.

On the other hand, I date my beginning as a professional astrologer to a day when Mercury was moving backward in the sky. I didn’t pick the date of this inception because of that; in fact, I didn’t notice it until another astrologer told…

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Zoe Hind ~ Astrology 15-21 July 2013

I always find Zoe Hind’s forecasts soothing, even when she’s talking about major squares and revolutions. I know a lot of people have been struggling this week — especially feeling old emotions and patterns they thought they’d left behind long ago. It’s like life has cycled back to some of the least pleasant times in everyone’s lives in order to give an opportunity to see how far we’ve come. Without realizing that life’s doing a recycle right now, though, the resurgence of past issues for review can feel like failure. Please know this is just the energy right now. We can use it to change what we’re transmitting and receiving, or we can go down the self-pity and self-judgment spiral. We decide. Zoe gives some great insights and tips for making the most of these energies.

Mercury Retrograde and the June Special

Just a little reminder that Mercury went Retrograde on June 26, 2013 and will remain Rx until July 20th. With all the intense astrological alignments in the past year, Merc Rx seems to pale in comparison; however, those of you struggling with communications, delays, mix-ups and technological snafu’s might want to read a little refresher here.

That older post gives tips for utilizing the positive aspects of Mercury Retrograde in order to finish up old business or creative projects, release that which no longer serves and go inside yourself rather than focusing on “the new.” In light of this enhanced inner and releasing energy through July 20, I wanted to remind everyone that June’s Special ends tomorrow (the 30th) at 11:59 p.m. East Coast US time. The Shadow Work Tarot fits especially well with the energies and alignments of this particular Merc Rx. Wishing you each a transformational and freeing next few weeks!

JUNE 2013 SPECIAL

With all the public revelations happening right now, I’m getting a strong sense we need much more Shadow Work in our world, hence the focus on just one Special this month.

Shadow Work Tarot to Heal Karmic Ties
(can also be used by Healers, Counselors, Coaches and Lightworkers to discover how you can best help others to empower themselves through Shadow Work)

This one-hour phone or in-person reading features my interpretation of a special Tarot spread, combined with my ability to tune in to multiple past lives and the patterns they create. I’ve offered Shadow Work Tarot specials before, but this one can be a little different. It can be used on the personal level, but it can also be for healers, Lightworkers, counselors, or spiritual workers to find ways of helping others bring their Shadow into the Light. Different people have different gifts and skills, so this reading can highlight where best to focus your efforts as a healer in order to affect not only your own life but also the world via ripple effect. The cards never lie, and they help us to get in touch with Archetypes that structure our reality. Using the Major Arcana to understand our Shadow –including those lifetimes for which we may still be punishing ourselves or others — allows us to integrate that Shadow and ultimately release it into the Light.

You may purchase it at any time on or before June 30. 2013, but you do not need to schedule it prior to the 30th. That said, given the energies on this planet right now, my guides suggest sooner rather than later, as the more people address their Shadow side, the more active Lightworkers we have holding a positive vibration for the coming transitions. $111 for the hour. Please contact me to sign up.

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