Sagittarius Full Moon & Mercury Direct: Searching the Soul

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On Friday, May 20, the Sun begins its journey through Gemini, leaving Venus and Mercury retrograde in Taurus. With the Sun leaving the calm, earthy sign of the bull and entering the flighty, energetic realm of the twins, we may notice a change in the way in which we process information, leaving the sensual, physical ways of Taurus, [ think: touch, closeness, dependability] for the mentally agile ways of Gemini, [think: stimulating conversation, intellect, new ideas]. The shift in Solar energy is just the beginning of several celestial events peaking this weekend, as we experience the Sagittarius full moon on Saturday and Mercury stationing direct on Sunday!

Sagittarius Full Moon

The full moon is exact at 2:15 pm PST on Saturday the 21st of May in the very first degree of Sagittarius and forms a conjunction to Mars retrograde, in the second degree of Sagittarius, still a few degrees away from its re-entrance to Scorpio. Meanwhile, just a few degrees away from the Sun, is Venus, still in Taurus, but close enough to join in on the energy of the opposition straddling the 3rd and 9th houses. The 3rd, associated with our perceived environment, communication, our siblings and our neighbors; the 9th associated with traveling, education, setting goals and spiritual attainment.

As the moon and mars meet up for their conjunction, there may be a feeling of emotionally moving backwards or feeling confused about recent “emotionally” or passion fueled decisions. The moon being so close to Mars retrograde in Sagittarius, can feel a bit emotionally repressed. There may be a feeling of not being able to get what you want, leading to borderline childish reactions. Try to be considerate. Considerate of others, but also considerate of yourself; of your behavior and how your actions influence your perception of your environment.

The Sun in Gemini, merging its energy with that of Venus a few degrees away in Taurus, will likely have us aligning ourselves with our values, or experience a sense of feeling “defined” by what you have. This can lead to feelings of selfishness or selflessness, there may be a need to re-evaluate what it means to “own” or “have” something in contrast to what it means to know or to feel something.

Full moons have the tendency to bring to light issues that have remained unnoticed or unacknowledged. With the combination of Mars retrograde and the moon, particularly in the sign of Sagittarius, there is an element of emotional truth that we may be trying to come to terms with. We will likely find ourselves doing some soul searching and may even find we scratch the surface of some rather uncomfortable stuff. Try not to let yourself get too overwhelmed, as this phase of the moon passes, so too will the emotional intensity. The key is not to judge oneself, but to search curiously within, to see what you find.

It is likely that newly aroused passion or realized goals beg to be set and pursued. Inspiration demands to be channeled, but there is also a sense of being held back and feeling as though something in the equation isn’t quite right yet. With over a month left of Mars retrograde, it may be awhile before our plans for pursuing these burning urges start to play out in the intended way, where we don’t find ourselves taking one step forward and two steps back. For now, it may be best to nourish that spark. Allow the passion and desire that is likely beginning to emerge, into your life, and soak it up. Marinate in it, until you have absorbed so much of that it has actually become a part of you.

Mercury Direct

Early Sunday morning, Mercury will station direct in Taurus and enter its storm phase, the last part of the retrograde cycle. During this time Mercury slowly begins to pick up speed, regaining momentum over the next few weeks, until it is back to its zippy little self. Things feel more forward moving, but the inconveniences of the retrograde are not over just yet. During the storm period, errors or issues related to plans or commitments made during the retrograde tend to reveal themselves. Mercury stationing direct tends to bring to light truths that may have been lurking beneath the surface in weeks prior. As the slow, staggered flow of information that we have likely found ourselves fumbling through begins to smooth out, both our thoughts and our lives’ will begin to feel more fluid.

Over the last 3 weeks, as Mercury retraced its path through Taurus [on top of all the usual retrograde inconveniences] it is likely that we have been dealing with issues related to our sense of security, our finances, and our values; as well as our place among our social networks and the groups that we belong to. For some, Mercury’s retrograde through Taurus may felt stripping, as we are forced to move on from that which we have deemed safe and comfortable. For others, it may have felt eye-opening, as we gained new respect and perspective on our finances and earnings. Some, may have had a less intense experience, and just had to fumble through the usual inconvenient ways of Mercury retrograde, but it is safe to say, the last few weeks have definitely felt off. As with all astrological events, the specific impacts and affects the transit will have on individuals differs depending on where planets are located in one’s birth chart, for more details and personalized information, email Starface Astrology!

As Mercury stations direct in the 12th house, associated with our deepest thoughts and secrets, and forms a trine to Jupiter in the 4th house, associated with ones’ home and roots, there may be an element of needing to address things at home, or to search for the solutions or answers to current problems in the ways of the past. In addition to forming a trine to Jupiter, Mercury also forms a trine to Pluto in the 8th house, suggesting we are very aware of the internal shifts and changes taking place within each of us. Also suggesting we may continue to deal with authority issues, even if it is personally, inside our own mind.

Mercury in Taurus is reliable, loyal, musical and peaceful. However, it can also be unwilling to cooperate, become set in unhealthy overindulging ways and be uncompromisingly stubborn. In the 12th house, Mercury in Taurus can describe a sort of mental perseverance able to conquer all, but it can also describe the opposite; a mental breakdown, a sort of all-encompassing withdrawal from the outside world.

It can be difficult to thrive and move forward after periods of change, especially after having one’s safety net removed, or security blanket taken away. Life feels unsteady, heart and mind feel unsure, so instead of moving forward or even moving backwards, paralysis sets in and stagnancy replaces production. It is an easy hole to fall into, but the truth is, despite the discomfort, it’s really not necessary to end up in a downward spiral. The power to choose your outcome is in your hands, your thoughts and your intention.

Saturn in Sagittarius, just above the descendant reminds us of the importance of setting routine, learning discipline and acting with integrity, especially when relating and interacting with others. In order to make peace with the changes we are implementing into our lives, we must be real, real with ourselves and real with others. Growth comes with experience, with acknowledging mistakes made and learning to do things differently. Healing cannot be rushed any more than one can rush a spiritual awakening. Claiming to have conquered your inner demons and to have changed for the approval of others, rather than for oneself, (or before you actually have) is likely to create frustration and confusion for everyone involved. At the same time, it is necessary to understand that one’s path is not everyone else’s and safe  space must be given for each to develop their own sense of boundaries and direction.

With the moon and Mars still occupying Sagittarius, we may notice our emotions still feeling off, our mode of expression turned inward. Though Mercury has stationed direct, there is still some funk to work through during the storm phase. We may find ourselves stuck picking up the pieces of a financial disaster, a relationship, or simply trying to figure out what it means to feel peace of mind – which can be exacerbated by Mars retrograde. It is important during this time to focus and listen to yourself, to really pay attention to your thoughts and where they are directing you. Acting on autopilot, doing as you normally do – will lead you to the same conclusion.  Whereas the goal of the retrograde is to break the cycle, to grow and to reach a new level of awareness. Beneath the inconvenient, mentally taxing ways of Mercury retrograde is opportunity, a second chance.

Take it.

 

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Mercury and the Moon : Leaving Space for Reflection

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On Saturday February 13th, Mercury will reach the 1st° of Aquarius, completing the first retrograde cycle of 2016. Mercury stationed direct January 25th and has been in its last part of its retrograde cycle, referred to as either the storm period or post-shadow period, ever since. During this time Mercury slowly begins to pick up speed, regaining momentum over the next few weeks, until it is back to its zippy little self. It is also during the storm period that errors or issues related to plans or commitments made during the retrograde, tend to reveal themselves. Mercury stationing direct tends to bring to light truths that may have been lurking beneath the surface in weeks prior. The slow, staggered flow of information that we likely found ourselves fumbling through has smoothed out, leaving things feeling more fluid than before. We are growing, molding and adjusting to the changes we have found ourselves going through, and with Mercury back to normal speed, reproaching Aquarius, we may soon find ourselves rebelling against our ways of the past in order to forge in new habits and be the change we are aiming to be.

Be sure to check out Reclaiming Your Power, for more on Mercury retrograde and Here Comes Change, for more on Mercury stationing direct.

Mercury in Aquarius can be light and quirky, but it can also stir up quite a bit of trouble. With Mercury’s presence here, in the 2nd house, our thoughts relating to our self-esteem, financial security and that which we own -our physical possessions as well as our actions, or lack thereof, and emotions – will likely filter in through a different light. There may be a feeling of detachment, shifts in confidence, or a desire to break the rules and come up with a set of your own.

Creative solutions and ideas are woven through the air and easy to tap into with a bit of focus and intuition. This is a time to create and invent, to let your originality flow. Additionally, there is an increased ability to problem solve, especially among groups. Mercury in Aquarius reminds us that as we each travel our own journey and create our own stories, we must not forget the great strength that arises when we come together and the great power of collective inspiration.

However, before Mercury enters Aquarius, it will make its final aspect in both Capricorn and its storm period, to the Moon. The planets form a square in the 2nd and 4th houses, in the last degrees of Capricorn and Aries. With the Moon in Aries, emotions run high; it is easy for discussions to become heated and for anxious stress to wreak havoc within. There also may be a lack of sensitivity in the air, as well as a sense of impulsiveness and arrogance. With this awareness, it would be wise to aim for objectivity if you find yourself in some sort of emotionally defensive predicament or dealing with someone else who might be, before responding or reacting. Leaving space for others to feel as they do will likely influence them to do the same for you. Coming from a place of understanding feels much different than coming from a place of thinking you know best.

The energy of Mercury in Capricorn has a much cooler tone than that of the Moon in Aries. Mercury in Capricorn wants to plan and come up with solutions; it wants to turn thoughts into reality. It does not want to stress or be concerned with the heaviness of emotions, there is far too much that must be done in the physical world; mountains to climb, money to make and goals to accomplish. Thus, we feel the square of the Moon and Mercury; the inconvenient pull between intense emotions that boil beneath the surface, or may be rather explosive for some, and that of simply needing to be productive and continuing to focus on that which we have our mind set.

With both being quick inner planets, the effects of this aspect are brief. However, with Mercury ingressing Aquarius we are propelled into a new phase of our journey and reflection. What has changed since the beginning of January? How have you handled and processed this change? As Mercury enters the same degree it stationed retrograde in, we may find ourselves consciously processing all that we have invited into our lives, or removed from our lives over the last month or so. Sometimes it is difficult to see change while it is in process, but as Mercury resumes its normal orbit, as time continues to pass, our views on this period of time will deepen. That which didn’t make sense, but felt right, will start to make sense. That which shifted the ground beneath your feet, will have strengthened your ability to balance. And the pain which may have left you devastated will heal you, and transform you in ways you had never envisioned.

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Leo Full Moon; Mercury Stations Direct, Conjuncts Pluto: Here Comes Change

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On Thursday, January 21st, Mercury, currently retrograde, began its conjunction with Pluto, planet of transformation, rebirth and regeneration. What might normally be a relatively quick and subtle aspect is exacerbated and lengthened as Mercury retrograde backtracks past Pluto in the 15th° of Capricorn to the 14th°, where it stations direct. At this point in the retrograde cycle, Mercury is moving at its slowest speed. Once stationed direct, it appears to come to a stop and then reverses direction, passing by Pluto once more and entering the storm period of the cycle. Because Mercury is retrograde and moving so slowly during this time, its transit with Pluto will be felt, emphasized and at work longer than usual.

However, before Mercury stations direct, a midst the conjunctions with Pluto, the energies are pulled to focus on the Moon, as we experience the Leo full moon, exact Sunday, January 24th at 5:46 PM PST. This adding a sense of drama and flair to the air, as well as the potential for a lighter, playful energy to our Sunday evening, before the heaviness ensues and Mercury stations direct. Leo adds a creative element to this transforming time. The Full Moon, hitting the 12th and 6th houses in the full moon chart suggests this is a good time to establish creative routine, find release. Leo, ruled by the Sun, is a bold sign, it is expressive and strong. This full moon reminds us of our part in creating our destiny in the world around us. As we engage with our environment, we have the choice as to how we greet our day, how we seize our day and how we react or respond to situations. Through this time of transformation, where many feel as though the world is shifting beneath their feet, it is important to remember the role our personal creativity plays in the life we manifest for ourselves. The Leo full moon is here to remind us of this power, the power we do have, when it may not feel like there is much power to be had.

During this time some deep changes are being urged and in a sense forced into our lives – pushing us all a little further on our personal evolutionary journeys. Adding to this already intense Plutonian energy that will fuel the next week or so, Mercury stations direct in the 8th house of Pluto co-ruled Scorpio on Monday, January 25th at 1:50 PM PST. This is a time of change, like it or not. Whether in regard to relationships, finances, career, matters at home, or how we present ourselves – the universe has bigger plans for us, and it is likely that beneath the stress and distractions of life, we also have bigger plans for ourselves. Pluto has the tendency to remove the unnecessary, the glitz and glamour and show you what needs addressing. Mercury’s slow visit here, implying the need to really think about what we are getting ourselves into, to really learn and dive into the details of the matter, but also implying a change in our awareness, and the need to expand our minds beyond their current limitations. Pluto, acting as a molding force.

Pluto aspects have the tendency to feel difficult and heavy, bringing about the growing pains of life as we mature emotionally and spiritually. The chance for crises and confusion is just as likely as the opportunity to achieve resolution, and to eventually find comfort in the changes taking place. Aim for patience with yourself and with others, especially over the next few weeks. You truly do not know the battles others are fighting, as you fight your own. Compassion and understanding go a long way, both personally and socially.

Furthermore, Mercury stationing direct and entering its storm phase brings up issues, commitments, conversations and plans we have made or encountered over the last few weeks, since Mercury stationed retrograde on January 5th. As Mercury made its way back through Capricorn, it is likely miscommunications, delays and revisions were common – especially in the work environment and and in regard to achieving goals. These set backs causing us to examine the structures of our lives; our homes, routines, money, authority and in some cases our bodies. For more on Mercury’s retrograde through Capricorn, check out Reclaiming Your Power. This retrograde through the earth sign Capricorn associated with the material world, has been more tangible than Mercury’s retrogrades of 2015 through the air signs. Though the specific effects of the retrograde differ person to person, based on where it is currently transiting ones natal chart, as well as where and how prevalent Mercury and its associated signs and houses are in one’s natal chart – the overall inconveniences, technological malfunctions, and miscommunications are easily felt by all during these times, as well as being re-visited by ideas and people from our past.

As Mercury reaches the 14th° of Capricorn, where it stations direct, the inconveniences and typical Mercury retrograde anomalies will reach a peak, and then slowly begin to subside as Mercury completes its storm phase, and regains its speed. During retrogrades, it is generally not advised to make any commitments, sign new agreements or begin new impulsive projects, and it is during Mercury’s storm period that the unseen fine print, or overlooked details regarding these new endeavors tend to present themselves. The completion of the storm period, and this retrograde cycle ends on February 15th in the 1st° of Aquarius. Life stops feeling so backwards, and though we are still wobbly and unsure of this new metamorphosis we have undergone, though the fog is still thick and difficult to navigate through, with both feet on the ground, we feel as though we can move forward more easily with a greater sense of purpose and power.

 

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Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn January 5 – January 25 : Reclaiming Your Power

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On January 5th at 5:06 am PST Mercury will station retrograde for the first time in 2016. Staggering in the 1° Aquarius, the planet ruling our communication and awareness will begin its journey backwards through the last half of Capricorn. During this time we are likely to find ourselves revisiting themes from the last few weeks. Capricorn is an ambitious sign associated with career, tackling great obstacles, navigation of the material world and structure. Capricorn energy is passionate, it is the foundation and drive that leads to the successful completion of tasks. However, with Mercury retrograde here; we are likely to feel stuck in one way or another and may find ourselves re-designing our goals and re-organizing the structure of our lives.

With Mercury retrograde in Capricorn we can expect the unexpected. We will likely experience miscommunications and delays, particularly in our work environments or in regard to reaching goals or deadlines. It is important to realize that these obstacles are here to serve us, to help refine whatever it is we are in the process of perfecting or learning. Try to have patience with yourself and with those around you. Practicing deep mindful breathing can be especially helpful.

For those of you less familiar with the details surrounding the phenomenon that is Mercury retrograde, here is an excerpt from an older Starface Astrology blog:

(For those of you who want to continue reading about this particular retrograde chart, skip down past the indented text.)

Mercury retrograde is an Earthly “optical illusion” where Mercury appears to be moving backwards, for 3 weeks, 3 times a year. During these times, one may notice “things” of a mercurial nature tend to go a bit awry.

As Mercury rules communication, we may find issues arise in all the many forms we use to communicate today, as well as with all those we communicate with. Mercury retrograde will affect everyone differently, however those who have strong Virgo, Gemini energy or highly aspected Mercury in their charts, may notice these periods of time to feel particularly frustrating. [With Mercury retrograde in Capricorn, those with highly aspected Capricorn or Saturn (or currently in the midst of a Saturn return) will also feel the tug a bit more.]

As Mercury slows to station retrograde, our logic and abilities to reason may slow down with it. Most will notice their thoughts become sluggish, while at the same time creating a scatterbrained effect. It is common for listening and staying focused for extended periods of time to prove more difficult than usual; and to find that in the midst of a conversation you lose your train of thought. This often accompanied by the thought/feeling that “nothing is going right or according to plan.”

As legal agreements and contracts also fall under Mercury’s ruling, it is best not to sign or commit to anything new during these times. Retrogrades are ideal for re-visiting ideas, jobs, or relationships from the past, but attempting to begin or commit to new endeavors during these periods can backfire and is not recommended. With the constant change and the rather peculiar way of Mercury retrograde, it can be hard to predict what the outcome of situations will be. There is the tendency for whatever was agreed upon in said contract to change once Mercury goes direct.

However, in today’s world, it is difficult to stop from functioning and living in a “forward” motion. Many people find themselves in situations or careers where they must sign agreements or initiate new projects, life happens and deadlines are set, waiting until Mercury goes direct is not an option. It would be wise to be extremely cautious when/if you do find yourself in these situations, that all facts are thoroughly discussed and all fine print is carefully gone over (and over and over again). Though there are many inconveniences of its nature, (re-doing things over again being one of them) Mercury retrogrades can serve as a time for slowing down and really taking a good look at what is happening in our lives and how we can redirect things and make them better. There is no reason for fear or withdrawal from life, (though you may feel a bit more introverted during these times) but there is the need for heightened awareness, clear intentions, patience and preparation.

When Mercury is retrograde, it is a good time to expect the unexpected. Delayed flights, traffic jams at odd hours, computer/electronic malfunctions and miscommunications are often a very obvious part of the experience. Preparation is key to avoiding and overcoming such obstacles during this time. Some ways one can prepare are: allowing for more time to get from point A to point B, making copies of important documents, backing up computer files and double checking details you wouldn’t normally think twice about. When Mercury is retrograde, plans seem to never quite be set, life feels wobbly and uncertain. Leaving room for error and time for backtracking is helpful, while being uptight and trying to “fight” against the current will likely prove a waste of energy. Though we may consider these things to be inconvenient to our daily lives, they serve to help guide us. Underneath the mental fog and distractions is opportunity. Practice going with the flow.

While Mercury is retracing its path, there is increased mental ability to use retrospect in a positive way. To reassess the way we have done something, to revisit old ideas and thoughts- things that we didn’t commit to at the time but find new reason to appreciate now. There is support for reconnecting with old friends, rekindling old flames as well as the likely hood that current relationships will be under scrutiny and review. It is common for old relationship issues that have been brushed aside to rear their head, and it is likely that with the flux in communication, it will be difficult to deliver the message so both in conversation are on the same page. It may be necessary to confirm that your message is heard and comprehended by the other party in the way in which you intended, and to make sure that you are hearing and understanding others correctly too. It is important to note, that this is really not the time to take drastic measures. Do not do anything that you cannot undo – if necessary.

 

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Mercury stationing retrograde is just one of the many aspects that form the celestial equation for the day and pattern for the month.  Though usually inconvenient and sometimes even burdensome, the addition of the other events taking place simultaneously deliver a rather intense message; suggesting that beyond the set backs and revisions, this period of reassessment is part of our journey to reclaiming our own personal power and mastering responsibility.

Both Mars and Pluto fuel the sky with great Scorpion energy. Mars, who recently entered Scorpio forms a square with Mercury just as it stations retrograde, and the Sun makes a conjunction to Pluto in the 1st house in the very degree that Mercury will station direct in on January 25th. The implications of this chart are deep and transforming. There is great emphasis on personal power and our sense of authority. Do we find we often play the role of the victim and give power away?  Is our need for control excessive?  We may find ourselves in situations where we feel challenged by authority figures or must demand respect, on the contrary we may find ourselves in positions where we must act as leaders or change the way in which we lead. Whether it be to lead a group or to simply lead ourselves onto the right path – it is time to reclaim our personal fire. By owning our power we will find ourselves achieving goals and attracting that which we truly desire.

This will be done, however, in the fashion of Mercury retrograde, which emphasizes the communication – or miscommunication –  factor and suggests we should be open to different methods of communicating with others than what may come naturally to us. Be open to change. A little flexibility will go a long way.

The energies of the past few months have been tense and it seems that we are likely to see this tension stick around awhile longer. But, if we can stick to our goals regardless of the setbacks we find ourselves up against, with dedication yet flexibility, we can utilize this energetically transforming time and truly learn the meaning of success.

 

Venus and Mars Conjunction, Ingress Libra: Embracing Wholeness

On Thursday, November 12, Mars transitions from Virgo into Libra. Following closely behind Venus, who shifted into Libra on November 8 – the ingress of both of these inner planets from earthy Virgo to airy Libra suggests a lightening and brightening of the energies, a coming together of what may have felt like fragmented pieces.

For the last 4 months there has been lots of attention focused on Venus energies. Venus brings with it a feminine flare and is associated with our values, money, beauty and the things we love most. However, since the beginning of the year, there has been an interesting dynamic between Venus and Mars taking place, a series of 3 exact conjunctions spanning from the end of February through the first week of November, right before Venus changed signs.

The merging of strong, assertive Mars, and Venus who has been busy helping us reevaluate our relationships and values, may have presented itself in many different ways. One of the ways it may have manifested, is as the need to assert oneself over goals, possessions or positions that are considered important. Whether it be work, school or pursuing any passion or intent – there is a need to identify this desire, to embrace it and to stand up to it and for it. For every action, there is a consequence, and to not stand by one’s goals or dreams, to ignore one’s soul purpose is essentially a slow suicide.

Similarly, it may have presented itself in such a way that one’s regularly passive aggressive personality, or one’s rather controlling and highly assertive personality flip flop. It is likely that it has become easier to incorporate a little bit of the opposite energy into our way of being.

At its core, what the merging of Venus and Mars bring to the table is the merging of our inner masculine and feminine energies – helping us to embrace both sides, to find balance and to acknowledge the yin and yang within. Though most of us identify ourselves as either man or woman, we are all born with both male and female sex hormones and we all possess some of what we consider to be traits of the opposite gender. We live in a world where we are told things are black and white, but the truth is not so. The lines are blurring, there are no need for labels – their meanings have outgrown their stigmas. It is possible for a woman to be powerful, strong and lead just the same as it is possible for a man to be kind-hearted, warm, and more domestic. We can be as we are and love every part of it, every part of ourselves. The more we embrace this, acknowledge and recognize our rhythm, the more we are able to find balance and find our wholeness. However, this evolutionary cycle which finished in critical Virgo may have felt more like a battlefield than a pleasant awakening. And for some of us, there may still be some post-war cleaning up to do.

With Mars moving into Libra, the painful self-scrutiny we are likely to have felt while it was in Virgo, will transcend. It is no longer necessary to pick ourselves or each other apart, to dwell or worry on that which is out of our control. Mars in Libra encourages us to take action and to do whatever is necessary to create harmony in our lives. It is easy to get carried away in the negativity that is so prevalent in our society, but it is important to notice and appreciate the beauty and love that allows for a sense of positive contrast.

The hate which runs deep within the blood of many allows us to appreciate the beauty and purity of those who love even deeper. One makes a mistake and learns what not to do the “next time”. The darkness of space allows us to recognize the magnificence and wonder of our luminaries. A loved elderly passes, a new life is birthed. There is a balance between the good and bad, the happy and sad, the ups and downs. A balance so intertwined with our life and all life that it is hard to distinguish ourselves from it. With Mars in Libra, we are embracing this exchange of energy, this give and take.

Though Mars is typically known for stirring up trouble, in Libra, Mars is a problem solver, balance seeker and mediator. There is a deep urge for equality and fairness. Mars in Libra wants to make things beautiful, to make art and to make music – a nice change in pace to the anxious, duty-fulfilling ways of Mars in Virgo.

Also in the chart for Mars’ ingress to Libra, we find Mercury about to make a conjunction to the Sun in Scorpio, and the Moon about to make a conjunction to Saturn in Sagittarius. With the Sun and Mercury in Scorpio, we will likely find ourselves in conversations of a Scorpio nature, where we are talking about life and death, serious situations, acting sarcastically or even perverted. The dark, sexual energy of Scorpio dominating our communication. At the same time, with the Moon approaching conjunction with Saturn in Sagittarius, there is a sense of responsibility and being limited by emotional burdens. Stick to your word, even if every bone in your body is telling you to do otherwise. Impulsive actions will likely cause setbacks or unexpected consequences. Be honest with yourself and strive for sincerity in all that you do.

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Mercury Retrograde in Libra 9/17/15 – 10/09/15: Re-Calibrating the Scales

On Thursday, September 17th, Mercury stations retrograde in Libra for the next 3 weeks, bringing with it the tendency for “things” of a mercurial nature to behave unpredictably. For those who are sensitive to the change in energies, it is likely you have already felt this shift, since Mercury entered its shadow period on August 28th. As Mercury slows to station retrograde, logic becomes harder to access and life feels fuzzy. However, in addition to Mercury stationing retrograde this week, we are still in the midst of the eclipse zone, caught between last weeks Solar Eclipse in Virgo, and the  September 27th Lunar Eclipse in Aries. The energy of the eclipse zone is very different from that of Mercury retrograde. During the period between eclipses, there is a feeling of acceleration through life. It is a time to really integrate change and has the potential to lock in new habits while eliminating others. With Mercury stationing retrograde during this time, we are likely to feel a sense of time warp. We also may find ourselves feeling a bit more emotionally erratic than usual. Pay attention to what you are feeling. Reflection is the goal here, as it is not the best time to act on one’s emotions.

As Mercury traces its path backwards through Venus ruled Libra, it is likely we will again be forced to deal with and re-consider issues pertaining to Venus’ recent retrograde.  Many of us have found ourselves making adjustments to our relationships and / or work life, we have been reviewing our values and our relationships with people and things we treasure most. Perhaps you’ve decided to pursue dreams that involve changing careers, maybe even going back to school. Maybe you’ve finally acknowledged a call from within to express your creativity. Maybe you have been struggling with imbalance in relationships – exerting more energy than your friends or partners – and have therefore decided to spend more time on you. Either way, getting to this point or realization has not necessarily been a walk in the park, and with Mercury retrograde triggering these issues in Libra – we may find we are not quite done processing and re-designing our new plan.

Libra is the sign associated with the Scales of Justice. Libra is gracious, fair, and has the uncanny ability to see things from multiple angles. There is a sense of serenity and great beauty associated with Libra.  There is a need to create and project balance and aesthetics into the world. Venus retrograde had us re-aligning our heart with our souls intention, and now Mercury retrograde is here to help us re-align our mind with our heart and soul. The process of getting things into alignment can be tricky, as those of you familiar with Mercury retrograde can attest to. For those of you less familiar with the details surrounding Mercury retrograde, here is an excerpt from an older Starface Astrology blog:

Mercury retrograde is an Earthly “optical illusion” where Mercury appears to be moving backwards, for 3 weeks, 3 times a year. During these times, one may notice “things” of a mercurial nature tend to go a bit awry.

As Mercury rules communication, we may find issues arise in all the many forms we use to communicate today, as well as with all those we communicate with. Mercury retrograde will affect everyone differently, however those who have strong Virgo, Gemini energy or highly aspected Mercury in their charts, may notice these periods of time to feel particularly frustrating. [Additionally, with Mercury in Libra, those with strong Libra, Taurus or highly aspected Venus are likely to be more sensitive to this retrograde.]

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As Mercury slows to station retrograde, our logic and abilities to reason may slow down with it. Most will notice their thoughts become sluggish, while at the same time creating a scatterbrained effect. It is common for listening and staying focused for extended periods of time to prove more difficult than usual; and to find that in the midst of a conversation you lose your train of thought. This often accompanied by the thought/feeling that “nothing is going right or according to plan.”

As legal agreements and contracts also fall under Mercury’s ruling, it is best not to sign or commit to anything new during these times. Retrogrades are ideal for re-visiting ideas, jobs, or relationships from the past, but attempting to begin or commit to new endeavors during these periods can backfire and is not recommended. With the constant change and the rather peculiar way of Mercury retrograde, it can be hard to predict what the outcome of situations will be. There is the tendency for whatever was agreed upon in said contract to change once Mercury goes direct.

However, in today’s world, it is difficult to stop from functioning and living in a “forward” motion. Many people find themselves in situations or careers where they must sign agreements or initiate new projects, life happens and deadlines are set, waiting until Mercury goes direct is not an option. It would be wise to be extremely cautious when/if you do find yourself in these situations, that all facts are thoroughly discussed and all fine print is carefully gone over (and over and over again). Though there are many inconveniences of its nature, (re-doing things over again being one of them) Mercury retrogrades can serve as a time for slowing down and really taking a good look at what is happening in our lives and how we can redirect things and make them better. There is no reason for fear or withdrawal from life, (though you may feel a bit more introverted during these times) but there is the need for heightened awareness, clear intentions, patience and preparation.

When Mercury is retrograde, it is a good time to expect the unexpected. Delayed flights, traffic jams at odd hours, computer/electronic malfunctions and miscommunications are often a very obvious part of the experience. Preparation is key to avoiding and overcoming such obstacles during this time. Some ways one can prepare are: allowing for more time to get from point A to point B, making copies of important documents, backing up computer files and double checking details you wouldn’t normally think twice about. When Mercury is retrograde, plans seem to never quite be set, life feels wobbly and uncertain. Leaving room for error and time for backtracking is helpful, while being uptight and trying to “fight” against the current will likely prove a waste of energy. Though we may consider these things to be inconvenient to our daily lives, they serve to help guide us. Underneath the mental fog and distractions is opportunity. Practice going with the flow.

While Mercury is retracing its path, there is increased mental ability to use retrospect in a positive way. To reassess the way we have done something, to revisit old ideas and thoughts- things that we didn’t commit to at the time but find new reason to appreciate now. There is support for reconnecting with old friends, rekindling old flames as well as the likely hood that current relationships will be under scrutiny and review. It is common for old relationship issues that have been brushed aside to rear their head, and it is likely that with the flux in communication, it will be difficult to deliver the message so both in conversation are on the same page. It may be necessary to confirm that your message is heard and comprehended by the other party in the way in which you intended, and to make sure that you are hearing and understanding others correctly too. It is important to note, that this is really not the time to take drastic measures. Do not do anything that you cannot undo – if necessary.

In addition to the usual quirks of Mercury retrograde, as Mercury backtracks through Libra it will continue to highlight our relationships. Any unresolved issues that are still lingering around since Venus stationed direct will require our attention. There is a need to achieve balance, to relieve unnecessary stress and find peace. However, with Mercury retrograde in diplomatic Libra, we may find our ability to play fair under strain. Continuing to address issues that have been causing us stress and occupying much of our attention over the last 2 months gets old, and patience may be wearing thin.

Some may find they are tired of acting diplomatically and trying to remain even keeled. In this case, it may be time to re-evaluate how you’ve been handling your emotions in regard to this situation. Have you allowed your needs to go unmet? Emotional outbursts and strong feelings of anger, may indicate you have not been honestly or effectively communicating your needs. Re-consider your methods and revise your message. On the other hand, the Libran ability to see things from more than one perspective may allow others to awaken to the fact that perhaps they’ve been the one taking their partners, friends, etc. for granted. Maybe you are typically angry and argumentative, but feeling rather empathetic and understanding. This may serve as a time for you to better see where your partner is coming from, in turn helping you to realize that maybe the scales are not as balanced as you thought. Remember, it is necessary to own up to one’s actions and habits in order for the scales to balance evenly. The sooner we take responsibility for ourselves, the easier it will be to successfully navigate this retrograde.

In addition to Mercury stationing retrograde and the eclipses, the opposition between Neptune and Jupiter will be exact, further blurring the lines of reality.  Make sure to double check everything and to read the fine print. If something feels too good to be true, investigate deeper. This is not a time to over look facts and minor details.

Saturn makes its official journey into Sagittarius, after re-visiting the last bit of Scorpio over the last 3 months.  Despite the fog that is likely to fill our heads over the next 3 weeks while Mercury is retrograde, Saturn in Sagittarius is driven and focused.  Saturn requires we work hard, but provides us with the discipline and boundaries necessary to achieve whatever we put our mind to. Keep your head up and your eyes on the prize.

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