The Mercury retrograde train is just a station away. You’re waiting at the platform, minding your own business, expecting it to be on time.
But the Mercury retrograde train is rarely on time. Expect delays, glitches and miscommunications. Like it or not, you’re gettin’ on for a 3-week stint, July 14-August 7, 2012. Once aboard, you settle in with your iPad-but it’s lost its charge. You decide to check your calendar, but it’s been wiped out. You get a call on your cell but the connection’s so bad that you can’t understand a word. Then the train comes to a dead stop. You’re gonna miss your meeting. You’re gonna be late for your date.
All you can do, dude, is chill.
The journey begins in bigger-than-life, fiery Leo, known for its flair but not for its patience. Leo is shiny and bright and charismatic. But during this Mercury retrograde, if you come on too strong, speak out-of-turn, push your ideas on others or blunder onto center stage, you won’t win any popularity contests. Leo is the Star, but it can also turn into the Buffoon. Wait before you speak, and don’t boast. Think things through before you claim them to be true. Instead, rethink. Revise and refine your approach. Take your time and polish it up till it shines. Then you’ll have a much better change at making the best impression on that special someone or your boss.
When Mercury bursts into direct motion on August 7, make sure that you’ve recharged. If so, then you’re ready to take charge. Those ideas that you’ve been reworking all come together. It will have been worth the wait.
So climb aboard! And keep your window open. The review is mighty fine.
With a wink & a grin,
Today I had lunch with a friend of mine whose husband has cancer. He was diagnosed 3 years ago and is now in pain much of the time. Last year he entered his second Saturn return http://joycevanhorn.wordpress.com/2009/06/20/the-second-saturn-return-passage-to-wisdom which is earmarked by major events, both personal and professional, into life’s final chapter.
I was struck by my friend’s courage and love. In the face of challenge and the very real possibility of loss, she has the courage to face whatever may come with faith and openness. Very recently, friends, clients and community offered their support to her family. Part of her grace is the willingness to receive–to set aside pride and accept what others wish to give.
As Warrior Mars soars into meaningful action in Sagittarius until 12/7/10, ask yourself what it is that you must confront. What is the challenge to your balance? Where are your fears stored and how to you pray to them to show you the light? Mars likes to win. It needs to act. If you do nothing, you lose. Take the warrior’s stance and hit the open road. There is no map that to show you the way, so blunder well and wildly. Keep an eye out for signs, omens and synchronicities , because information-bearing Mercury, also in Sag through 11/30/10, is leaving you clues and cues along the way. Learn as you go; there’s no better way to be prepared.
Sagittarius represents hope. It wants you to make a direct bull’s eye in the direction of your desires. Coupled with Mars, it encourages you to get messy and make good mistakes. Otherwise, there is a danger of collapsing into rhetoric, chasing your philosophical tail and wandering aimlessly off the trail.
Your blood is coursing now. You smell both danger and opportunity in the air. In Chinese, crisis translates into both opportunity and danger http://www.living-chinese-symbols.com/chinese-symbol-crisis.html Whuffle it up and get a move on. There are adventures to be had. Get started now!
See you on the road!
I was returning to my cabin at Mountain Home Ranch http://mountainhomeranch.com in the wee hours, breathing in sharp winter, I was startled to a stop by the night sky. Hail and rain had polished each facet of it to a crystal brilliantine. As my breath made an awestruck comment, I thanked the cosmos for its beauty, its wisdom and for guiding me into my work as an Evolutionary Astrologer.
I never believed, as a child, that I could be whatever I wanted. Rather, I got the message that I’d better get used to being whatever “they” wanted me to be. I was born in 1952, so the world was still dominated by the notion that men were smarter than women. Although I’ve had a couple of meaningful careers as actress and radio announcer, the belief that I would “never make it” gnawed at my self-confidence.
I’ve been a professional astrologer since 1984, although I wasn’t sure of what I was doing for the first couple of years. Like artists, however, astrologers have often bought into the myth that you’ll starve if you do what you love.
For years I struggled. I heard the echo of someone else’s reality urging me to quit this nonsense and get a “real job.” At some point, even when things were tough and the phone never seemed to ring, I realized that I was simply too old to change my evil ways. What I loved best and knew how to do best was astrology.
That’s when I realized that I’d been buying into an outdated concept, encouraged by my father and other authority figures. Perhaps they meant well, but they were dead wrong. I’d been giving my power away.
I run two Steven Forrest Evolutionary Astrology Apprenticeship Retreats http://www.gossamerrings.com/forrest.php in Calistoga, California twice yearly. I’ve never run one alone, however, until this last retreat. I simply couldn’t think about failure. It wasn’t an option. I could only think of it with love: the people, the place, the astrological system.
I discovered what power is for me: I set boundaries so that I could be in my heart. I learned to love the word “no” when I spoke from my heart, so that I could open up more fully, to be more vulnerable. I wasn’t always steady on my feet, but I moved forward with a courage I didn’t know that I had. And, as Jerry Garcia once sang, “We had a real good time.”
My power purrs, has long, lean muscles, and a throaty growl when threatened. I use it wisely and with great respect.
Your dreams can thrive. They can be realized. You are worthy, man or woman, of achieving what you most want. Just imagine. It can come true.
Love and laughter,
Mercury goes direct in Capricorn on Friday, 1/15/10 at 8:51 AM PST. Your ideas, research, ruminations and revisions now can bear fruit. As you harness the energy of determined, goal-setting Capricorn, your dreams have the chance to become manifest.
Here it is again…like taxes and death–Mercury goes retrograde. Everyone groans and shudders in horror, hoping that flights aren’t canceled or delayed, that their computer doesn’t have a breakdown or there won’t be a communication glitch with their sweetheart or co-worker. Mercury sure does get a bad rap when it takes a powder from business-as-usual.
But whether you like it or not, it goes retro 3 times a year, 3 weeks at a time. And when the cosmic traffic cop isn’t doing his normal job directing the flow of information, he’s chillin’. We should be, too.
During Mercury retrograde it’s time to slow down. To rethink, revise, reinvent, and recreate. Off-duty Mercury is a reminder to stop initiating and begin looking backwards at what we’ve already accomplished. Refine and redefine. Relax. I figure Mercury must be French, because it’s a requirement in that country to take time off. Once it goes direct, it’s back in action, and you can “direct” your actions by initiating what you’ve been reflecting on during the retrograde phase: buy that new car or computer, have that important talk, sign the contract. If you’ve done your retrograde work, this can be a very rich and rewarding time.
If you want to know how Mercury retrograde can help you, get in touch and make an date for an Evolutionary Astrology reading. Meanwhile, following are the retro dates for 2010.
Mercury retrograde times for the rest of 2010:
8/20 (at 19 degrees Virgo, 4 minutes-9/12 (at 5 degrees Virgo 22 minutes)
12/10 (at 5 degrees Capricorn, 56 minutes)-12/29/10 (19 degrees Sagittarius 37 minutes)
Recently I did a reading for Glen, whose catastrophe of a relationship had just detonated. It had been tempestuous from the start, punctuated by Jenna’s coldness, extreme mood swings and unsubstantiated accusations. Her exaggerated jealousy had alienated Glen from his friends. Even his grown children saw little of him.
Her demands on Glen were relentless: she wanted more time, money, energy and love. Marriage came up with abrasive regularity. Worn down, Glen finally agreed and bought her a DeBeers engagement ring. it wasn’t good enough for Jenna and she exchanged it for a more expensive one. She went on a $10,000 shopping spree at Barney’s and he paid the bill. Glen missed a doctor’s appointment because his fiancee had taken his new BMW 750i Sedan out for a spin.
Glen was in an active Mercury time. When we’re engaged with Mercury, omens, signs and synchronicities flood our lives. Why? Because Mercury is the Messenger. Mercury directs information flow, sometimes in weird ways, giving us clues and hints, answers to the questions that we seek.
And Glen’s life was overflowing with them. Jenna complained that he hadn’t replied to her emails–but he had mysteriously never received them. While waiting in a Starbucks line, he noticed a man reading “Why Is It Always About You?” a self-help book about narcissism. Days before before they split up, Glen dreamt that he was trapped in an iceberg surrounded by wilting roses with thorns the size of crocodile teeth. He woke up in a cold sweat. If he had paid attention to these Mercury prompts, he might have saved himself a world of trouble.
After the break up, he heard from a friend he hadn’t spoken to in years. She invited him to dinner with she and her husband that weekend—another Mercury clue . Glen accepted. Venus, the planet of relationships, was also giving him the high sign to accept this sorely needed support.
Next time you’re uncertain of what step to take next, turn to Mercury. Look for clues. They’re swarming about you constantly, and not just during a Mercury time. Stop, listen, look and learn. It doesn’t take detective work. Just be curious and alert. Have an open mind. As you surf the seas of information, pay attention. Then it’s a pretty safe bet that you won’t get swept away.
Want to know what signs to look for so that you can point yourself in the right direction? Check in with your Mercury and the rest of the cosmos with me in an Evolutionary Astrology reading.