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29 Apr 2016

Mercury retrograde in Taurus

Mercury, the messenger, takes a pause.

Mercury retrograde in Taurus asks us to cultivate security through re-assessment.

Mercury rules communications (speech, messages, writing), networking, information, technology, short travel, and learning. Whilst retrograde, we have the opportunity to re-everything; reflect, redo, re-plan, re-order, rethink. Check mistakes, plan for a new direction, make preparations.

It supports an inward and contemplative time. Past memories, events, or conversations, are brought to the surface to reconsider. We are better able to view things differently, to find indirect or hidden routes to a solution, and to understand subconscious thoughts better.

This year, Mercury retrogrades through the Earth signs. So, practical and tangible matters need sorting out; income, finances, house, daily routines, health, possessions.

In Taurus, the emphasis is on tangible security, material goods, and our values.

Take a look at money matters. It will be an excellent time to renegotiate contracts, refinance, find a better mortgage deal, check that any regular payments are properly in place, or tidy up the accounts.

Take a look at what you own. Go through and simplify your possessions. Sell, recycle, mend, or donate. Keep only what adds real value to your living.

In Taurus, our communications might take on a stubborn quality. We might find ourselves digging our heels in with an idea, or others doing so. On a more beneficial level, we can find ourselves more willing to put in the steady hard work to achieve results. It also lends a grounded energy, to help us make necessary decisions.

Mercury Taurus is a deliberate thinker and we can all learn this ability to slow down and give people or a project our full and considered attention.

Ultimately, Taurus wants to see physical manifestations. This can be anything from; starting to write letters by hand again, moving your savings to an account with better interest, ridding yourself of house clutter, convincing someone to finally sign that contract, or getting around to the repairs on your car.

All practical matters that help us feel better connected and more grounded in our lives. Earth signs are the foundation, and without a sturdy and solid footing, everything else wobbles in uncertainty.


A relationship to Pluto tells us to listen to our intuition, learn from the past, and to watch out for lies. It'll be a good time to uncover secrets, expose shady deals, or work from behind the scenes to finally resolve an old issue regarding money.

A soft relationship to Chiron suggests we might have the chance to heal something - an old argument perhaps.

A favourable relationship to the North Node suggests a fated event, or decision, is to come.

The House in which Mercury retrogrades is where you need to do the work, so that in a few weeks, when Mercury turns direct, you can move forward in that area clearer and lighter.

Groovy peace to you.


For a fuller meaning, check for your Sun Sign as well as your Ascendant (Rising sign).


Aries:
Personal possessions and personal values.
You might have some news for a woman in your life.
You might change your mind about your finances or what you value.
An issue around hospitals or recuperation might be resolved.

Taurus:
Self image and self-care.
A woman in a behind-the-scenes position might have some news for you.
You might change your mind about how you project your personality.
An issue within a group or friendship might be resolved.

Gemini:
Retreat and self-recuperation.
A woman from a group might have some news for you.
You might change your mind about many things! Don't make firm decisions yet.
An issue affecting your career or reputation might be resolved.

Cancer:
Friends, groups and our hopes.
A woman in authority might have some news for you.
You might change your mind about a friendship, group membership, or collaboration.
An issue affecting your direction in life or personal philosophy might be resolved.

Leo:
Career, reputation and our place in the world.
A woman from a foreign country or concerning foreign affairs might have some news for you.
You might change your mind about career or responsibilities.
An issue affecting shared resources or sexuality might be resolved.

Virgo:
Ideals, exploration, education.
A woman you thought was an enemy, or is somehow 'hidden', might have some news for you.
You might change your mind about travel, vocational course, or your philosophy/religion.
An issue affecting your partner might be resolved.

Libra:
Debts, owed monies, and shared resources.
A woman in a one-to-one partnership might have some news for you.
You might change your mind about a debt, shared resource, or a deep commitment.
An issue affecting your daily living might be resolved.

Scorpio:
Relationships and one-on-one partnerships.
A female colleague might have some news for you.
You might change your mind about a partner.
An issue affecting your creativity or children might be resolved.

Sagittarius:
Work, service, health, daily routine.
A woman in a romantic, leisure, or creative capacity, might have some news for you.
You might change your mind about a colleague, your job, or your routines.
An issue affecting your family or home might be resolved.

Capricorn:
Self-expression, creativity, children, and romance.
A female relative might have some news for you.
You might change your mind about a creative project or a love affair.
An issue affecting your communications or travel might be resolved.

Aquarius:
Home and family.
A sister or female neighbour might have some news for you.
You might change your mind about a relative or your house.
An issue affecting your income or possessions might be resolved.

Pisces:
General communications, immediate environment, neighbours and siblings.
A woman might have some news for you regarding your income.
You might change your mind often in quick communications.
An issue affecting your self-image might be resolved.

23 Apr 2016

Scorpio Full Moon

Today we are under the moon of transformation, purging, revelations, and self-empowerment.

To call this one an intense Full Moon would be an understatement.

Mars moved through Scorpio during January-March, and we dealt with something intense. Issues or events around; secrets, jealousy, passion, trust, obsessions, manipulations, sexuality, shared resources, power struggles, money issues, compulsions, or enemies.

Mars is now retrograde, in Sagittarius, but back in Scorpio in late May, where we have to re-examine or re-experience those issues again.




This Scorpio Full Moon sits between the two Mars Scorpio visits, so it seems to me a chance for clarity before we head back down into the depths. Full Moon's are illuminators. - revealing all that is hidden, striving for clarity, as well as the culmination of an experience or project.

What it does, is provide an opportunity for us to see ourselves, a situation, person, or challenge, as clearly as possible (if we are willing to look into the glare!), as we embark on the Mars retrograde time for re-strategizing.

No moon reveals more than the Scorpio one. Scorpio digs deep and hates to not be in the know. If secrets have been kept from you, they might now be revealed. Likewise if it's been you keeping secrets. If the motivation was noble, hold them closer, if less than noble, watch out.

It's a perfect time to uncover what's really been going on with a situation.



A Full Moon means the Sun sits opposite. With the Sun in Taurus, we are asked to balance intense emotional needs with earthy pragmatism.

Taurus wants peace, and achieves security through tangible resources, whilst Scorpio isn't afraid to look into the shadows and achieves security through emotional power. Taurus wants beauty and to enjoy simple earthly pleasures, whilst Scorpio wants depth and meaning or to escape with addictions or obsessions.

Taurus is happy with steady progress and putting in the necessary hard work, whilst Scorpio enjoys dramatic transformation and being resourceful.

During the Full Moon you will find yourself pulled between the two opposing forces.

You will face the issue of what you want to keep a hold of and what needs to be released. Scorpio has no time for anything less than meaningful, and Taurus has little time for anything without real-time value. The superficial will go, one way or another.



For a fuller meaning, check for your Sun Sign as well as your Ascendant (Rising sign).



Aries: Personal possessions and personal values versus other peoples’ money and shared resources

Taurus: Self image and self care versus relationships and one-on-one partnerships

Gemini: Retreat and self-recuperation versus work, service, health, daily routine

Cancer: Friends, groups and our hopes versus self-expression, creativity, children and romance

Leo: Career, reputation and our place in the world versus home and family

Virgo: Ideals, exploration, education versus general communications, immediate environment, neighbours and siblings

Libra: Other peoples’ money and shared resources versus personal possessions and personal values

Scorpio: Relationships and one-on-one partnerships versus self image and self care

Sagittarius: Work, service, health, daily routine versus retreat and self-recuperation

Capricorn: Self-expression, creativity, children and romance versus friends, groups and our hopes

Aquarius: Home and family versus career, reputation and our place in the world

Pisces: General communications, immediate environment, neighbours and siblings versus Ideals, exploration, education.

13 Apr 2016

Mars turns Retrograde

Not so long ago, Mars - the planet of action, war, will, and desire - entered Sagittarius - a fiery, idealistic, sky-reaching, quest-orientated sign.

Yet from the 17th April, until late June, Mars goes retrograde. This happens every 2 years and it's a pause in your actions and a reassessment of your approach to a situation.

If you have been embroiled in a fight of any kind, this is a time to regroup. You were headed down one course of action but now need to reassess and find a new course, or readjust the one you're on.

A 'fight' can mean an actual war with someone, but it can also refer to a big challenge you've been butting heads with for some time.

For many of us, we're slow to anger, or repress our anger, or simply try for a 'higher' emotion. However, sometimes in life it's anger that saves our skin. Anger has the ability to rile up a force of survival in a way most other emotions just can't manage.

It means that if we are at threat - physically, emotionally, psychologically - without anger we end up taking more hardship than we need to.

Mars retrograde does slow energy down, and this can be frustrating if you just want to keep pushing forward on a project. However, pushing will only cause more frustrations.

Mars in Sagittarius wants the highest ideal to prevail. Yet perhaps your chosen course of action hasn't really been helping. In this time of pause, you can reconsider and re-plan. It's like during a war when the troops retreat to re-strategize. Or during a sport's game when the teams huddle.

Perhaps you've been too hot-headed and not thinking logically, or not angry enough and taking too much of the burden. Or you've been pushing against a particular challenge as an uphill struggle. Another option is Mars Sagittarius becoming too idealistic and wanting to believe that the fight is unnecessary. Whatever the case, a fresh approach is required.

While Mars retrogrades in Sagittarius, it's time to re-consider whether our aim has been true. That is, make sure your fight has been honest and justified. Re-examine whether your ideologies, philosophies, beliefs, and the cause you champion, still ring true. It's a time when you might find or re-find a new awareness of cultural or political issues, or re-consider old beliefs that you've held.

By May 29th, Mars will be retrograding back into Scorpio, and that's when things get really interesting.

As Mars already passed it's way through Scorpio, a retrograde back in means that we'll find ourselves revisiting the issues from back then. Think back to some unsettling issues that you were dealing with between January 4th and March 5th.

Scorpio is; the hidden, enemies, secrets, deep passion, jealousy, possessiveness, vindictiveness, resourcefulness, intense drive, sexuality, power-struggles, faithfulness, manipulation, suspicion, complexity, fearlessness.

If you had to experience or work through any situation that involved one of those issues, whether in yourself or from an external source, be prepared for looking back into the face of that again.

However, in retrograde, it's more about re-minding yourself. That is, if you've become complacent, too idealist/optimistic, or arrogant, you're reminded of what the 'fight' was (and still is), what the conditions were, and how you are to remain vigilant and on top of your game.

During this pause, consider what your previous approach has been: whether you have been fighting hard, stepping away from the fight, or sticking your head in the sand.

* A sign of too much anger is irritability (heart palpitations, stomach ulcer).
* A sign of not enough, or misdirected, anger is resentment (headaches, cramps).
* A sign of denying anger is feelings of powerlessness or depression (fatigue).



Whatever you've been doing,
consider doing it differently.
To achieve different results!






For a fuller meaning, read for your Sun Sign and your Ascendant (Rising sign).


Aries:
You've been re-examining beliefs and your perspective on life. You've been frustrated with and had the opportunity to assert yourself about legal matters or the opportunities available to you.
Find a new way to deal with shared resources. Pay off debts, make sure insurances are up to date.

Taurus:
You've been re-examining shared resources. You've been frustrated with and had the opportunity to assert yourself about shared property or accounts, or deep commitments.
Find a new way to deal with intimate partnerships. Find the true discontent, or stand up for yourself in unfulfilling relationships.

Gemini:
You've been re-examining your intimate partnerships. You've been frustrated with and had the opportunity to assert yourself within your closest relationships.
Find a new way to deal with your daily routine, work colleagues, health. Take back control of your fitness regime or diet, re-arrange your daily habits.

Cancer:
You've been re-examining mundane tasks that need doing, your work, your health. You've been frustrated with and had the opportunity to assert yourself about your daily routine
Find a new way to deal with your creative needs, self-expression, romantic affairs, or your children. Find the true source of inner frustration so that creativity is channelled, spend time having fun especially with children.

Leo:
You've been re-examining your creative expressions, and pleasure activities. You've been frustrated about and had the opportunity to assert yourself with creative projects or children.
Find a new way to deal with issues with your home or with family. Make repairs on your house, face issues with relatives.

Virgo:
You've been re-examining issues with family or your home. You've been frustrated with and had the opportunity to assert yourself about relatives or house issues.
Find a new way to deal with communications and networks. Catch up on reading, learning, or lapsed correspondences.

Libra:
You've been re-examining communications, networks, and learning. You've been frustrated about and had the opportunity to assert yourself with getting your message out.
Find a new way to deal with your possessions, finances, or values. Take back control of your financial situation.

Scorpio:
You've been re-examining your possessions, finances, or values. You've been frustrated with and had the opportunity to assert yourself about the things you own.
Find a new way to deal with your self-image. Re-discover or uncover courage and self-assertiveness. Find new ways of putting yourself out there!

Sagittarius:
You've been re-examining your self-image and the way you put yourself out there. You've been frustrated with and had the opportunity to assert yourself about your lack of assertiveness or presence.
Find a new way to deal with self-care and the past. Take back control of your addictions, obsessions, or any tendency to lose yourself.

Capricorn:
You've been re-examining self-care, the past or addictions. You've been frustrated with and had the opportunity to assert yourself about lack of time for your own needs.
Find a new way to deal with friendships and group memberships. Take back control of your place or contribution to the group or friendships, or decide to step away.

Aquarius:
You've been re-examining friendships and group memberships. You've been frustrated with and had the opportunity to assert yourself about the quality and gain from alliances with others.
Find a new way to deal with your place in the world. Take back control of your business, or ask for the raise or promotion you feel that you deserve.

Pisces:
You've been re-examining your career or your place in the world. You've been frustrated about and had the opportunity to assert yourself over business decisions or lack of recognition.
Find a new way to approach your personal beliefs or life perspective. Take back control of legal matters, your education, or direction in life.