Mercury, the planet of communication, is retrograde until October 18th. Introspection and self-examination are the requirements of Mercury retrograde, no matter what sign it’s in. Please use this opportunity to consciously clear up and re-direct your thoughts and energies to what your soul and heart really want you to be and do. As with all Mercury retrogrades, plans and communications will take you on an Alice in Wonderland journey. This being a very intense, often confusing, emotional one, please remember to remain centered and grounded, no matter what. Since Mercury rules communication, transportation, and contracts, when it’s retrograde, all manner of mistakes and misunderstandings can (and will!) occur. If you can, hold off on buying (or leasing) any big ticket items. It’s also a good idea to triple check any and all plans you make. This is an excellent time for research, as those things that are usually hidden from view, show themselves more easily during a Mercury retrograde period. Wait until Mercury goes direct before making any big decisions.
For all of us:
“I love you, my sister and brother, whoever you are– whether you worship in your church, kneel in your temple or pray in your mosque. You and I are all children of one faith, for the diverse paths of religion are fingers of the loving hand of one Supreme Being, a hand extended to all, offering completeness of spirit to all, eager to receive all.” Khalil Gibran
And for now and forever:
“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make, makes you. Choose wisely.” Roy T. Bennett
THE EMPEROR (March 21 – April 20) Sit back and reflect on your recent achievements. Enjoy the rest as you acknowledge and congratulate yourself for coming through an intense time. You’ve been true to your vision, so continue believing in yourself and following your inner guidance—you’re discovering and claiming rich, new personal territory.
THE EMPRESS (April 21 – May 20) Change is your dance partner now, so analyzing your situation, “waiting until”, or living in theory no longer works for you. You’re between a rock and a hard place and you can’t go back to the past or divert your energy and attention with distractions—you must dance to the music that’s being played. Yes, there are obstacles, but they’re really the speed bumps you need to slow down and observe what’s taking place.
THE LOVERS (May 21 – June 20) Your ruling planet, Mercury, is retrograde right now, so your current challenges are actually opportunities in disguise. By consciously dealing with these challenges, you’ll discover that you’re not powerless and ineffective. You’ll also discover just how deserving you are of the deep spiritual and emotional life that’s being offered you. Keep your own counsel and continue on your path. By year’s end, you’ll have something wonderful to celebrate!
THE CHARIOT (June 21 – July 20) Slow your pace—you’ll make better progress if you just focus on the task at hand. You’re doing all you can to achieve success, so keep your eyes on the prize, and let your intuition guide your pace and your footsteps. Help from unexpected sources will help you on your quest.
THE SUN (July 21 – August 22) This is a very fertile time for you. As you clear away the rubble of the past you’re being led to the circumstances that’ll help you fulfill your hopes, wishes, and dreams. During this part of the journey, it’s important to pay attention to the wisdom of those who’ve gone before you. Heed their advice and experience; they’ll serve you well.
THE HERMIT (August 23 – September 22) Your ruling planet, Mercury, is retrograde right now, so the old adage, “Let go and let God,” has infinite value for you. Follow this simple, powerful advice and you’ll witness and participate in all manner of joy and wealth. As you more deeply know and appreciate who you are and what makes you tick, you’ll also allow yourself to easily embrace what works and to effortlessly release what doesn’t.
JUSTICE (September 23 – October 22) Mercury is retrograde in your sign, so please pay attention to what’s actually happening around you. Are you comfortable with the drama of this Astrological phenomena swirling around you? Whether the answer is “yes” or “no”, isn’t important– just being aware and taking appropriate action is. Be your own action hero and courageously take the path that’s most beneficial for you.
THE MAGICIAN (October 23 – November 21) This is a life altering time for you. Very little is in your control right now, so don’t fall into the trap of resigning yourself to the Fates. Despite how things may appear, this is the time to take decisive inner action and consciously engage one of your more powerful gifts– your will. Doing so will shift your perspective and the outcome.
THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE (November 22 – December 21) This is a good time to sort through your belief systems and discover the difference between what is your own truth and what is social and familial conditioning. By so doing, you’ll clearly see and be able to move forward based on what’s uniquely true for you.
THE WORLD (December 22 – January 19) At times, it seems as though you’re engaged in an uphill struggle, but your efforts are paying off. Continue letting your actions speak for themselves and enjoy the well-deserved rewards. Influential people will step forward and offer help.
THE STAR (January 20 – February 19) During this time of reflection, re-examine your game plan– your goals, your efforts to bring them to fruition, what’s worked, and what hasn’t. Allow your ego to take a back seat and be honest with yourself. What you’ll discover will enable you to powerfully focus your energy and achieve the success that is so close at hand.
THE MOON (February 20 – March 20) The pressure you feel to release your hold on the past and let go of the belief systems of others is real and important– pay heed to it because you’re in the process of discovering the power of your own individual uniqueness. Be more analytical and less emotional as you make the decisions that will build the framework of your new life.