Mars Retrograde in Sagittarius April 17-June 29: Rediscovering Purpose

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On April 17, at 5:15 am PST, Mars will station retrograde in Sagittarius, and begin its journey backwards through the first part of Sagittarius and the last 7° of Scorpio. For the next two months, the planet associated with our sense of passion, desire, sexual energy and initiating projects or ideas into action, will appear to backtrack through its orbit to where it was in mid-February – likely causing us to re-evaluate the path we have been on since then and to figure out how to re-direct our internal GPS so we may be more on track with our purpose.

Mars is associated with the things we want and crave most in life. The things we are willing to fight for and in some cases to die for; Mars is sexual, masculine and driven. It is the tension that pushes us to grow, to be courageous and to keep going when it feels like you are running on empty. With Mars stationing retrograde in Sagittarius, it is likely we will find ourselves questioning what it is that we truly want in life and where it is that we want to go.

What is it that you crave? What are you willing to fight for?

Sagittarius is a fiery sign that loves adventure, both the physical and intellectual kinds. It is associated with belief and religion and discovering the truths of life. Mars retrograde in Sagittarius may trigger a period of crisis where you find yourself scrutinizing your beliefs, thoughts and the way in which you do things. As Mars re-enters Scorpio, there may be a sense of internal imbalance, anxiety and uncertainty. There is a need to find meaning and purpose in the lives we have created for ourselves. We may find ourselves struggling with issues related to sexuality and/or allowing ourselves to openly desire that which we find ourselves being drawn to. It is easy for our personal truth to get buried over time, beneath layers of societal pressures, negative self-talk, financial burdens and fear. It may be less easy to uncover this truth, but the reward is the opportunity to be the real you.

About 7° away from Mars in Sagittarius is Saturn, suggesting that this period of review may have us changing the way in which we apply our knowledge and the way in which we relate to authority figures. What is it that you know? How do you use this knowledge?  And, is that really what you want to be doing with it? Additionally both Saturn and Mars form a trine to Venus in Aries, in the house associated with “I am”, re-emphasizing the importance of focusing on the self, on you, and what it is that makes you, you. Embrace your flaws, the things you do not do perfectly, and embrace your talents and skills that you’ve mastered. It really doesn’t matter what people think, especially when the source is pure, unbridled passion.

The moon and Jupiter in Virgo form a square to both Mars and Saturn suggesting that this need to find meaning and re-direct our lives toward purpose and passion may send us into a state of emotional extremes. There may be a need to change the way in which we regularly respond to emotionally stimulating events, or the way in which we express our emotions in general.  However, Neptune making an opposition to the moon and Jupiter encourages us to channel these mood swings creatively and reminds us to pay attention to our dreams and the messages our subconscious may be trying to deliver.

Meanwhile, Mercury in Taurus forms a square to Pluto in Capricorn, suggesting that changes taking place in regard to social status, reputation or career may be impacting and shifting finances. Mercury in Taurus, tends to bring about discussions revolving around security and money. This is an ideal time to re-organize your budget and to reconsider your relationship with money, especially since these issues related to security and finances will likely be re-visited when Mercury stations retrograde on April 28.

The next few months are likely to feel like quite a journey. Hold tight and try to make the most of it. Travelling and exploring new worlds and ways of being can  be incredibly enlightening and empowering during this time, but it can be just as enlightening and empowering to explore the inner world of you. Get in touch with yourself!  If you find yourself really struggling, try using some deep breathing techniques or meditation to help be present in your body. Affirmations can also help encourage the development of positive thoughts and help in guiding you to manifest the world you envision around you.

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Lunar Eclipse in Libra : Examining Me and We

 

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On March 8, the Sun and Moon aligned to create the total solar eclipse in Pisces. Visible over parts of the Pacific and Indonesia, this magical celestial alignment sent us into the eclipse zone, a fast paced period of time between eclipses, full of opportunity, a feeling of awakening or revelation and a sense of spiritual growth.

Eclipses tend to come packed with an energetic punch and it is common to undergo some sort of metamorphosis while in the eclipse zone. Entering the eclipse zone as a caterpillar, with the sensation that something is changing and shifting within us, and leaving it as a butterfly. Though we may be unsure of the exact process – of how this transformation we have undergone has happened – or what it even means, we have been jolted into a new phase of being.

On March 23, at 5:00 am PST, we will experience the final eclipse in this pair, a lunar eclipse in Libra. Unlike the solar eclipse that took place a few weeks ago, that went mostly unseen by the human eye, the lunar eclipse will be visible to most of Asia, Australia and parts of North and South America. With the Libra Moon in the 7th house, opposing the Sun and Mercury in the 1st house, we are feeling the tension between our independence – the person you are – and our relationships, and the person you become, when me becomes we. The moon in Libra is diplomatic, balance seeking and appreciative of the simple things. It is romantic and harmonious, but can also feel rather detached and objective. There may be a need to justify the way we are feeling, to make a list of pros and cons in regard to situations that may have recently arisen, or to find the ability to see the “other side” to a story.

Eclipses tend to bring certain aspects of life that have not yet surfaced to a quick boil. The Moon is associated with our emotional identity, and in the 7th house is very concerned with how we relate to others. With the Moon here, it may be difficult to understand or recognize others feelings, without our own emotions clouding the situation. There is a need to own ones emotions and emotional responsibilities within a relationship, really tap into what it is you are feeling and where that feeling came from. Is there a difference between what you actually feel and what you have been taught to feel in response to a situation? Eclipses are ideal times to examine our habits and patterns and their sources, in this case – our habits and relationship patterns. What unhealthy habits or patterns do you bring to your relationships and friendships? Are these patterns that you have fallen into on your own – or are these inherited patterns that you have learned and witnessed perhaps as a child? Are your responses reflective of the person that you are? Or are they simply just habits, words and minds acting on autopilot, repeating the same story that we have seen play out many times, leading to the same predictable outcome?

The Sun conjunct Mercury in Aries in the first house, says we are becoming aware of something about ourselves and it is time to discuss this information with those around us, as well as implement it into our lives and act upon it. The Sun in the first house is proud and optimistic, but can struggle with finding a balance between humility and sense of pride. It is comfortable to be proud, to feel right, worthy and inferior – humility is much less comfortable. It is not easy to admit we are not good at something, to recognize our flaws, to note that we were wrong or perhaps simply “don’t know”. But this humility is a necessary stepping stone, one that can’t be avoided no matter how hard one tries. Sometimes in order to be right, one must first realize that they have been wrong. Additionally, it is important to recognize that being “right” once, or before, doesn’t always lead to the same outcome. Life is full of opportunities. The opportunities to acknowledge, to grow and move forward, exists just the same as the opportunity to remain in denial, to find yourself repeating the same mistake over and over again, and the opportunity for stagnancy.

With Mars in Sagittarius, conjunct the Midheaven, there is the ability to develop wisdom and strength beyond the physical situations taking place; to understand the necessity of whatever tragedy or conflict occurs on the surface, and to even find peace and meaning from it. There is also the tendency to speak one’s mind, perhaps with less of a filter than usual. Whether this results in positive or negative consequences will likely depend on your honesty and integrity regarding the situation. Be true to yourself, stand up for your beliefs and your dreams but don’t forget to consider those close to you who will also be coming from a similar place.

Saturn in Sagittarius and Jupiter retrograde in Virgo meet up again to form an exact square, emphasizing the connection between our careers/social status and our relationships. It may be necessary to examine our boundaries in regard to one’s career, and the amount of energy and discipline it requires to maintain one’s social status. How do these boundaries influence your relationships and what you are able to both get out and put into them? How do your relationships influence the limits you set for yourself professionally and socially? Minor tweaks here and there can lead to big improvements. It can be hard to find a balance between career obligations and relationship responsibilities – but with a little compromise – it is possible and it is also much more rewarding then constantly feeling like you are on a see-saw.

As the lunar eclipse peaks and passes, we will likely go through a relatively uncomfortable period of adjustment, just as a butterfly must adjust to its new found wings. Whatever has been brought into your awareness, whatever inner spark has been lit – pay attention to it; let it push you to improve, to grow and to be the person that you aspire to be.

 

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Pisces Total Solar Eclipse : A Window of Opportunity, March 8, 2016

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Less than a week after ringing in the 2016 New Year, Mercury stationed retrograde in the 1st degree of Aquarius and made its way back through the latter half of Capricorn. The beginning of the year, a time normally associated with resolutions, consciously changing our habits and taking responsibility for ourselves and the way in which we live, became a time of pause, review, reflection and distraction.  It is common to enter the New Year with a positive, ambitious mindset; that you will finally take charge of the changes you want to make and quit the habits that must be broken. However, with the fog, interferences, unpredictability and backwards tug of Mercury retrograde – it is likely many of our resolutions and goals have spent more time on the back burner than they have guiding us to make the positive changes we had intended. It isn’t that these ideas, plans or thoughts have escaped us – in fact, there is a good chance that these ideas continue to brew and simmer beneath the surface, giving us a little kick in the butt every now and then to remind us to get back on track – but they have not been our driving force.

For more on Mercury retrograde, check out Reclaiming Your Power.

 It is easy to give into the obstacles life throws at you, to give up on pursuing dreams and fall into the trap of “making ends meet”, or managing struggle after struggle. It can be much more difficult to take responsibility, to confront your inner demons and to realize that maybe the reason you’re floundering is because you have yet to take responsibility. Maybe the reason you have not been able to save money, is because you continue to spend it unwisely. Or the reason your relationships are not fulfilling, is because you, yourself, have failed to acknowledge your own needs; and the reason you have not lost weight – because you have not changed your diet or begun exercising. It is easy to blame life and others for the actions we are too scared or lazy to take – but, that is not likely to get us very far on the road to accomplishing our goals and happiness. So, why settle for defeat, when you could just as easily choose success?

We are about to enter a time of great possibilities and revelation. The perfect combination of celestial energies to breathe life into our dreams and intentions, and help us to implement the changes we must make in order to better cope and thrive, both emotionally and physically, will soon be upon us. An alignment of planets in Pisces, including a total solar eclipse, forming aspects to Jupiter and Saturn, will soon provide us with the gifts of opportunity, insight and manifestation.

On March 8, at about 5:57 pm PST, shortly after the Sun and Moon disappear below the horizon, the total solar eclipse will peak over the Pacific Ocean and parts of Indonesia. Eclipses typically occur in pairs, a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse, separated by two weeks. These two weeks, the eclipse zone, tend to present us with opportunities, tools and clues, as well as a time of rapidly accelerated growth and bringing to light issues that we have kept in the dark, either consciously or unconsciously. They are windows of chance and the ideal time to integrate new habits and end toxic patterns.

Pisces represents the last phase in a cycle, the metamorphosis that occurs when the leaves of autumn fall and the flowers of spring sneak up on us.  Pisces is a compassionate, creative sign. Ruled by Jupiter and Neptune, it is associated with dreams, intuition and the ability to manifest and heal. Pisces is the bridge to the other side of consciousness, the thin veil that separates the thoughts we think and emotions we feel, from the physical world that we experience in front of us.

This eclipse in Pisces represents a kind of spiritual culmination. In the New Year, we move forward in time, according to our calendar year. With this new moon/solar eclipse, we are given the chance to move forward spiritually, according to our souls calling.

With the eclipse making a conjunction to Chiron, and Mercury and Neptune close by in Pisces, in the 6th house, there may be an overwhelming sensation of everything happening all at once. The Sun and Moon, both representing different facets of our identity, our ego and emotional identity, merging together in the house associated with our daily tasks, health, work and the way in which we refine our skills – suggests an inner alignment or awakening between our thoughts and heart; there is a need to practice what you preach, and for the way you view yourself, to align with the person that you actually are. With honest self-examination and an objective perspective, awareness will develop and likely direct our attention back to plans and life changes that we may have pushed to the side in the past. It is time to consciously refine our daily routines, improve our ability to cope, take responsibility for our health and make our lives a more accommodating environment for our successes to grow.

Jupiter conjunct the Ascendant in Virgo is opposite all the action in Pisces. Jupiter is associated with luck, gifts and opportunities. It is expansive and benevolent and with its energy tied into the equation there is even more support in manifesting that which our intent is focused. However, misguided intent is still intent, so it is important to pay attention to your thoughts and be responsible for the world you envision, especially since Jupiter in Virgo can feel anxious and critical. Positive thoughts will lead to positive changes, while negative thoughts will likely only bring about more distraction. Own your personal power, aim your arrows high and as always, be gentle with yourself and those around you.

Saturn midway through Sagittarius in the 3rd house forms a square to both Jupiter and the stellium in Pisces, adding a sense of order and helping us to know there is purpose in all that we have been experiencing.

The acceleration of the eclipse zone is likely to be felt throughout the next few weeks, until March 23, when the Moon and Sun create the lunar penumbral eclipse, bringing an end to this round of eclipses.

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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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Venus in the Mix: Venus Conjunct Pluto , February 5, 2016

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Mercury and Pluto made the last of their conjunctions on Saturday, January 30.

Whatever changes we may have found ourselves thrust into over the past few weeks are likely to be evolving, as we either fight the flow of the currents, or embrace the journey we are on.

As the energies of the past few weeks begin to morph, the theme of change continues to be ever present, as Venus meets up to form a conjunction with Pluto on February 5. The energy of Venus, planet of love, pleasure, values, finances and beauty, merges with that of Pluto, planet of abrupt change, power and transformation.

Unlike Mercury, which is concerned with awareness and things of more of an abstract nature, Venus is associated with that in the tangible world, that which we can see and feel. It is likely that the merging of Venus and Pluto will bring the changes of the Mercury Pluto conjunction, that have taken place over the last few weeks, into our lives in a more physical way. What has changed or is in the process of changing in your physical world?  Whether we find ourselves with new financial burdens, learning to live or work differently than we are used to, expressing ourselves differently in relationships or even something as simple as getting a new haircut – the inner morphing triggered by the Mercury Pluto conjunction is seeping though to the world around us. It is time for things to play out, to live this change.

As mentioned in Leo Full Moon/Mercury Conjunct Pluto: Here Comes Change,

“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.”

Venus aims for comfort and pleasure, so there is a good chance that regardless of how uncomfortable these new ways of being may feel, there will also be an element of safety and balance helping to pull you through to the other side. In fact, Venus presents the opportunity to view these changes as a positive thing, something that will ultimately make you feel good; align you with your goals, and embrace your values.

As Venus rules romance as well, Venus Pluto aspects have the tendency to put a lot of emphasis on relationships (especially of the heart). This may feel like a moment of extremes, power struggles vs. devotion. Pay attention to what you are feeling and where your thoughts go.  From a realized feeling of intense dedication or commitment to a loved one, to an all-or-nothing ultimatum, to dramatically claiming to remain single forever – there is a possessiveness over that which we love and brings us comfort, there is a need to regain a sense of control or to at least to feel in control through all the change and shifting we are undergoing. You may find, however, that in letting go of certain issues, rather than trying to dominate them, you are able to better achieve balance and maintain your personal sense of power.

As Pluto strips away the superficial layers, helping us to shed that which no longer serves us and to really own our individual evolutionary journey, it is important to remember that kindness and gratitude go a long way.

On February 6th, the moon will join in on all the fun in Capricorn. The quick moving luminary will aspect Pluto, Venus and Mercury all within 24 hours, and then move on to Aquarius where it will join the Sun.  With this, our emotions are fused with all that is happening. First, facing the change in its meeting with Pluto, then seeing the bright side with Venus, and finally analyzing and beginning to really soak it all in with Mercury. Use this time to connect with yourself. Drawing, meditation, free-writing, or getting out in nature may offer a sense of grounding and light.

It is easy to be overwhelmed when your mind is trying to absorb so much at once, when there is much to address and responsibilities feel burdensome – give yourself space to feel and to process, but most importantly try to be gentle with yourself and with others.

The specific affects of planetary transits differ based on where planets are located in one’s natal chart and where the current planets are transiting. The above is a general forecast based off a chart designed for the aspect discussed.  If you would like more personalized advice, or have questions or feedback of any kind, please fill out the form below.

 

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.

 

[Lets Talk: Astrological transits like Mercury retrograde affect everyone differently depending on one’s natal chart. If you would like to discuss your chart or how this transit may specifically present itself in your life, please email me. I would love to hear from you and am always looking for new perspectives!]

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.