Mercury Retrograde Approaches! April 9 – May 2nd + “the shadow” now.

planet-chalk-drawing-Mercury-Venus-EarthMercury Retrograde approaches! As of last Saturday, Mercury is in the “shadow period” where he’s traveling through the zodiac degrees he will go over backward in his retrograde April 9 – May 2.

Don’t be fooled, though, just because Mercury is in the shadows doesn’t mean it’s easy breezy. It’s back to the drawing board!

Mercury Retrograde is hinting how he might distract from your normal to revert to another (better) direction.

So, am I backing up my computer this time – oh yeah.. I had a weird dying down for no apparent reason just yesterday.

Am I taking seriously some old conversations I had with myself about the direction I wanted to go in my business (and didn’t)? Yep – because that’s Mercury Retrograde too, specifically Mercury Retrograde going through my 10th house of career and ambition.

When you pay attention, AND you do something about it consciously, astrology gets eerily literal.

You must find a healthy relationship to any retrograde, but especially the doomed Mercury one that somehow got a bad “helpless to it” wrap.

Your mindset will create your reality. The cosmos are just ingredients playing the archetypal soup stirring in your mind and expressed through your body.

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” – Henry Ford

Speak astrology, with me, eh?

Step 1: Identify Your Mercury Retrograde With This Formula

Figure out how the Mercury Retrograde might hit your personal life. Use this formula:


A x B + C = Mercury Retrograde

Also, if you know where 24 Aries – 4 Taurus are in houses of your chart, then add the archetypes to that. (Email me if you’ve already had a session with me, and I’ll happily pass the info over).


A = Qualities of Mercury (pick ones that resonate)

  1. Communications
  2. Connection
  3. Thought / Mentality
  4. Neighbors
  5. Siblings
  6. Day-to-day concerns
  7. Little pieces
  8. Many things / multiplicities
  9. Neurotransmitters
  10. Communication networks in body
  11. Intestines / Gut-Feelings
  12. Moving parts
  13. Transitions
  14. Fast
  15. Detailed
  16. Process-oriented


B = Land of “re’s

  1. Redo
  2. Revise
  3. Revisit
  4. Reworks
  5. Reunion
  6. Re-energerize
  7. Re-live
  8. Rewind
  9. Revert
  10. Rethink
  11. Refresh
  12. Renew

C = Aries & A Touch of Taurus (this specific Retrograde)

  1. Initiatives
  2. Seed ideas
  3. Beginnings
  4. Athleticism
  5. Power
  6. Youthfulness
  7. Vitality
  8. Excitement
  9. Fearlessness
  10. Impulses
  11. Sexuality
  12. Aggression
    (and now the Taurus archetypes below)
  13. Values
  14. Self-Worth
  15. Confidence
  16. Money
  17. Stability
  18. Simple pleasures
  19. Sense of Taste
  20. Beauty
  21. Stubbornness
  22. Slow
  23. Fine Arts


Step 2 – Live Mercury Retrograde With Positive Mindfulness

You DO HAVE control with Mercury Retrograde, and it’s from your positive mindfulness.

As with any planetary energy at any time, you need to give outlets for the energies to express themselves. Sometimes life will happen to you, no matter how much you make plans and have intentions. But for the most part, you’re in control.

Yep, you have a responsibility for how well this goes. And that all has to do with your emotions to it.

Will you dismiss life hiccups because of planet orbiting 48 million miles away from Earth? Or, will recognize your feet on the ground and make something of your life as it happens to you, even if it’s far from ideal?

I’m talking from years of experimenting with this supposedly-dreaded planetary occurrence.

Here’s the essence of how you work with Mercury Retrograde. Over time, you’ll find your peace with Mercury too:


  • Make several outlets.
    Mercury likes multiplicities, changing directions, and then coming back to put it together again.
    Take what you learned from Step 1, and plan to work on something old, something worth revisiting, and/or something broken in different ways. Also, work on unrelated projects that may have no relationship to each other if they’re resonating.
  • Schedule conservatively.
    Missteps do happen, things take longer to figure out, technology flickers, and others less informed than you are frazzled and take longer to concentrate during Mercury Retrograde.
    Just plan extra time to do the normal things and also to work on those outlets.
  • Commit to Mercury Retrograde’s value.
    Walk the walk. You can’t believe everything happens for a reason or that you regret nothing because all experiences made you who are you today… and then flip and complain when things are annoying and not going your way in the present moment.
    So you know what, commit to understanding the process, even if it’s double backflips, and learn from them.
    Engage in your life as if your total Being was helping your life unfold in this exact way to help you grow, evolve, and become the person you need to be before you die. Because, I think that’s very likely the case. You consider that for yourself.



Day Guides: March 20 – 26, 2017

Tuesday: Enjoy sharp focus and renewed inner energy. A great day to work on your body and exercise, plan better meals, appreciate your impulsive side that just loves to love life. You’ll get a lot checked off your lists today if you stay disciplined, and that shouldn’t be difficult considering this Moon in Capricorn and the Sun at the beginning of Aries. Go back to Mars in Taurus suggestions on carving out things of value and long-term worth because this is super productive for that. ::high five::! Accomplishment-20pix Productivity-20pix

Wednesday: From 9:20am – 10:28pm EDT, Moon is Void. Yeah, that’s all day. Let your mind wander and draw out the stacking list of inspirations. Work on This Week’s Mercury Retrograde Prep. Make a list of how you can use this weekend’s awesome Spring Cleaning energy. Put away loose papers that remind you of work and clutter your mind. Let your mind relax. Nap if you want – Moon in Aquarius might make sleeping difficult tonight. The rest of the week is super zippy – trust you’ll get things done then. Purge-20pix Low Profile-20pix Journal-20pix Creativity-20pix

Thursday & Friday: Energy is high, visions wild, and the desire to connect and network your ideas to people… your friends to other awesome friends is hitting hard. Ride the wave and blast through your work with the key of “why” you do what you do to motivate you. Too, pay attention (and make note through this week’s considerations) to Mercury Retrograde hints – he perfects aspects to Pluto and Jupiter these days, putting mental stress on things not working and even more how you want to transform and re-balance your day-to-day frameworks. Social-20pix Purge-20pix Productivity-20pix Fun-20pix Creativity-20pix Adventure-20pix

Saturday & Sunday: Epitome of Spring Cleaning here. Moon is in Pisces, just before the Aries New Moon Monday. The early Aries energy is especially firey, aggressive, and yearns to be young. The Moon habitually collects and sorts, sweeping up the past, your history, and safety nets of objects that help keep you being the person you remember being. Thing is – you likely have changed. Time to Spring Clean your mind as well as your objects. Yes, you can be dramatic about it. Demand to stay young at heart by tapping into your wisdom of what’s useful and healthily nostalgic vs. dependent and clingy. Oh, and getting the dust from under the carpet couldn’t hurt too. You deserve a fresh perspective – you’ve worked so hard this year. Take advantage of this cosmic moment… and on a weekend – wow, thank you! Low Profile-20pix Love-20pix Journal-20pix Purge-20pix Creativity-20pix

Monday: New Moon tonight 10:57pm Eastern time. Venus is so close to the sun that they are combust – but in a favorable closeness that is said to be fortunate “in the sun’s beams.” This is to say, your prayers, hopes, and inspirations of self-worth, your value in the world, and money all are favored to start anew. I know Venus is retrograde, but I have a feeling that this energy can manifest as old relationships, old opportunities, old money, and womanly aid can assist in these intentions. Don’t expect something to happen in a month, though. Really these Moon Cycles take 40 months. This is just the beginning. Take time and send an offering that helps you be in service to your greater potential and the collective. Done sincerely, it always works better and the rewards are some much greater for the heart. Productivity-20pix Journal-20pix Adventure-20pixLove-20pix

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