Welcome to Mercury Retrograde!

 

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Mercury stationed direct December 3rd and turned retrograde December 4th at the very end of Sagittarius- just before it entered into Capricorn. Mercury wasn’t ready to solidify the lessons learned while transiting Sagittarius. Mercury will take the next month to rewind, reflect, and relearn. January 11th 2018 is when these lessons will be solidified; Mercury will enter Capricorn and finally turn ideas into reality.

Mercury retrograde is known for disruptions in travel, communication mistakes, scheduling difficulties, technology malfunctions and the past coming back to ‘haunt’ us. All of these things are more likely during Mercury Retrograde, but that’s not all there is to it.

Think about what this means- Mercury, the actual planet in the sky, looks as if it is moving backward in its orbit. In reality, it’s not moving backward, it just looks like it is. Take this into account when analyzing how it affects us- there may be scheduling errors, problems with travel, technology issues, communication not going as planned, etc. All of this is due to perceiving the situations incorrectly (perceiving that the planet is moving backward but it’s really not). How can we remedy this? Be patient, take your time, avoid making huge decisions especially regarding signing contracts- things are foggy, and with careful planning mistakes can be avoided, but it’s better to wait until the fog lifts.

You don’t have to hide under a rock until December 23rd and the retrograde is over. Mercury retrograde can be an amazing time for reflection and reworking things you’ve put to the side. It’s also a great time to focus on your dreams, writing down and thinking about what they might be trying to tell you. It’s a time for silence and reflection.

This specific Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius will be in a trine to Uranus. Uranus can create even more difficulties surrounding technology on a mundane level, but on a personal development level, it can show great strides in communicating with ourselves. Uranus can create an electric environment, and with Mercury turning your thoughts inward, it creates a lot of mental energy that will need to be harnessed effectively. Writing down random thoughts, creating a log for your dreams upon waking, making lists of what needs to be done, etc. are all ways you can harness this energy. Don’t let this intense energy turn into nervous energy- skip the paranoia and worry and trust yourself and the universe to provide. Trust that you can get through whatever is thrown your way and the worries will fade. New ideas will be sparked; you can take past situations and see them in a completely different light, aiding in healing past wounds. Inspiration will strike if you’re letting yourself be open to it.

What does this mean for you and where should you focus?

Aries; This Mercury retrograde is about expanding your mind and your energy. You’ll want to reflect on where you want to go from where you currently reside, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Talk to yourself about your views on life and decide if they are helping or hindering your path. Decide what you want your path to be and write down steps to bring yourself toward manifesting those desires.

Taurus; You might feel yourself in uncomfortable territory with this Mercury Retrograde because it’s asking you to look deeply inside yourself and how you relate to others on a level beyond the surface. You might want to avoid the past, or you might not want to let it go, but you’re being asked to stare straight into the abyss and confront what you see. If you’ve been holding onto past hurts or any sort of bitterness, reflect on why you can’t loosen your grip. The theme is to understand and then to let go.

Gemini; Other people may seem less than transparent with you but look at yourself and decide if you are being completely open and honest. Reflect on how you wish others would treat you and if you are allowing that energy into your life, or if you are showing it yourself to others. This Mercury Retrograde season wants you to reflect on your relationships with others, both currently and in the past, and figure out how you can do things more positively and from the heart.

Cancer; What do you do on a daily basis that nourishes your body and soul? Mercury demands you look inside yourself and ask if you’re treating yourself with love and respect. Create a plan for adding in positivity to your daily life. You’ve likely already been thinking about this and brewing up some ideas on how to create a better life for yourself mentally and physically.

Leo; Uranus teaming up with Mercury Retrograde this season is likely to spawn a massive amount of creativity for you! Write down all your ideas, even ones that might seem silly, and hold them close to you. These are very potent times for self-evaluation. Reflect on what you feel confident about, what you want to bring into the world, fun relationships with others and how you can bring about the most light. Reflect on your inner child and if you are feeding them or hindering their expression. If you are hindering your inner child use this Mercury Retrograde to get to know them and relearn how to play.

Virgo; Thinking about your childhood (maybe even your own children) is likely to pop up this Mercury retrograde. Your home needs to be a cozy environment for you to thrive during this season. Observe how your environment affects your mood. You are a prime candidate for dream mapping this month. You can use this as one technique to heal childhood traumas and painful memories from your past. Your family and home will be the number one source of comfort this month.

Libra; This season is about taking a look at how you communicate with others and how important words can be. Think things through before impulsively jumping in. You should also look at how you talk to yourself and whether it brings about positive or negative results. Writing down, speaking, or reading new ideas will continuously spark new ones. Observe whether you are afraid of sharing your voice with others and take steps to be more confident, if you lack confidence, in sharing your ideas.

Scorpio; A more serious tone is needed for this Mercury Retrograde, asking you to reflect on what you call your own and decide if it’s a healthy attachment or one creating discord. Ask yourself if you’re living by your truest values, in fact, ask yourself what those values are! Write them down, explore them, hone in on what needs to be done to live according to your soul. Are you relying too much on material things or feel like you’re missing a part of yourself? Dive into these feelings- you will find out what is missing and what you can do to bring peace back into your life.

Sagittarius; Internally, you’ll need to take a look at yourself and decide if you are being authentically you. How are you denying yourself, how are you rewarding yourself, how are you presenting yourself to others? If you’ve felt lost, now is the time to find yourself. Take a step back from life if it is too chaotic to spend time with yourself to think.

Capricorn; This Mercury retrograde will be extra foggy for you, possibly making you uncomfortable with what comes up. What have you been hiding from yourself and others? Have you been denying yourself or others crucial parts of your life? Secrets will bubble up either during or right after Mercury Retrograde, either outwardly or internally, and you’ll be forced to deal with what you’ve repressed. Do you have resentments you need to let go of? Stare into the abyss (Taurus will be staring at it with you) and don’t run from what you see. Think about compassion, for yourself and others, and decide how you can incorporate it in your life.

Aquarius; You’ll be pleased with Uranus connecting with this Mercury Retrograde because it means extra insights into your hopes, dreams, and plans for the future. It can provide new ways of looking at friendships and how they either bring about positivity or negativity to your life. Ask yourself what you want your future to look like and if the people or situations you surround yourself with help or hinder that dream.

Pisces; The way others see you might weigh heavily on your mind during this season. Are you presenting yourself in a way you’re proud of? Are you obsessing too much about success or lack of it? Think about how you judge yourself and others depending on their ‘status’ or perceived success. Spend time reshaping your views on success, jobs, the future, and reputation into a more positive and compassionate approach. Write down your plans for the future and how you can take steps to get there without harming your own sense of self or others.

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Venus into Sagittarius Horoscopes

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Yesterday, December 1st, Venus entered into Sagittarius! She’s now transiting through Sagittarius, gifting each of us a new way to observe how we love and what we love. What does this mean for each sign?

Aries, Venus is hitting your house of expansion. It’s time to explore! Travel, expand your mind, focus on higher learning, discover new things that excite you. Venus is feeling very happy here and wants to bring you on an adventure.

Taurus, Venus is delving deep inside you. It’s time to take a deeper look at yourself- take your time navigating your inner world. Avoid ignoring issues you know need to be explored. You can make great strides if you listen to your heart.

Gemini, Venus feels quite at home in your 7th house of relationships. This is a great time to focus on your relationship and do extra romantic things. If single, it’s an optimistic time of new budding romances.

Cancer, you are focusing on your body and health while Venus is transiting Sagittarius. You may be extra focused on becoming more healthy, and if you aren’t, you should take steps to care for yourself on a day to day basis. Perhaps start a yoga routine, eat some extra leafy vegetables, and drink more water. That’s just a start!

Leo, you’re feeling extra sassy and flirty now! You might have a boost in creativity and desires to go out and let a little loose. Have some fun, connect with your inner child.

Virgo, your home life is extra important. You might want to redecorate or clean up a bit around the house. Add something special to your home that makes it more beautiful. Now is a great time to cozy up with yourself or your loved ones and simply appreciate what you have.

Libra, Venus might make you more chatty than normal. Talk to your siblings or neighbors, find some friends, talk about what you love and what they love. Share gratitude for what you have in your life. Write and read! Something might be revealed to you that you’ve been trying to figure out for awhile now.

Scorpio, now is a time to truly love and take care of yourself. Think about your values and what is most important to you. If you stay true to yourself, this time will be filled with cozy feelings. If you have been straying from your true self, you need to reevaluate and start listening to and loving yourself for who you truly are.

Sagittarius, Venus in your 1st means it’s time to let your personality shine through! Being yourself won’t be hard and you’ll likely feel confident this month, sharing beauty with those around you.

Capricorn, this time is about looking inside yourself. Meditating can be helpful, but Sagittarius in your 12th will illuminate how you treat love and beauty in your life and demand you take steps to harvest true love in your life.

Aquarius, you want to spend more time with your friends and so you should! You find a sense of loving connection when with those you love. Write down hopes and wishes and steps to manifest those into your life!

Pisces, you might be focused on how others view you or your career. This is a good time to map out what you want to do with your life, or how you want to put your mark on the world. You’ll be feeling optimistic about the future.

A quick look at Eris

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Eris recently caught my eye and after doing hours of research I realized that not many people write about this dwarf planet. Many don’t bother to look at Eris in their charts, but for those who have Eris conjuncting a personal planet or making a tight aspect to important parts of their chart, they might come up frustrated in their search for meaning.

Though Eris hasn’t been studied extensively and there are many different theories on how it plays out in our charts, it’s worth taking a look at.

Eris is known as being rather treacherous. She belongs with Mercury, painting herself as a trickster in the arena of archetypes, but also connects with Mars and Aries as she demands action. She is known to cause discord and chaos. I do not believe Eris is intrinsically bad. Just like Pluto can cause major destruction, it’s well known that that destruction is making way for better and brighter things in our lives. It’s clearing out what we either didn’t know needed to be cleared or were to scared to scared to clean out ourselves. Eris follows this same rule but in a different twist. She desires transformation in the way one approaches and thinks, and she often does it in a unique and poetic way. Being creative about teaching one harsh lessons can seem cruel, but we must let her abide by her personal flavor. You can’t take the trick out of the trickster, you can just learn what they’re trying to teach you.

Essentially, Eris is brash and unapologetic, but she is not cruel. She uses clever tactics in order to force you to think deeply about what she’s telling you. She works in metaphors and symbols, urging you to delve in rather than ignore. If she is ignored, dire consequences are to be had. The more you push her out, the harder she will strike. The earlier you acknowledge and the more flexible you are in adhering to what she’s teaching, the lighter the ‘sentence’ will be.

Take a look at your chart- planets in TIGHT aspect to Eris and the house Eris resides in shows where you likely learn most of your harsh lessons through difficult ordeals that may seem simply ‘unfair.’ These ordeals may be very shocking, seem cruel, or have you saying ‘why me?’ Perhaps on a lighter side they may be ironic or even humorous. Eris in a house can shed light on where you’ve been forced to change your mind and be more flexible. It’s possible that you will have to morph your ways relating to the house/planet for the rest of your life- hopefully with it being easier and easier as time goes on.

Mars, Reporting for Duty

 

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Mars can be seen as an active force the sun uses to bring about its desires. The Sun decides something and Mars works to achieve whatever that ‘something’ is. Mars and the Sun need to work together in our charts in order for us to be successful in our endeavors. Keep in mind that success is subjective.

Our charts can hinder this energy exchange between our Sun and Mars or it can allow it to flow easily. Take a look at the aspects in your chart between your Sun and your Mars. Easy aspects, such as a trine or a sextile, can show free flowing energy exchanges. The houses can point to where the energy is likely to focus around.

‘Difficult’ aspects, such as a square or an opposition can hinder this energy exchange. They can make it difficult for both planets to agree with each other. Mars might rebel against the Sun’s orders- this is because Mars has a different agenda than the Sun. An opposition can be remedied easier than a square because both agree on certain terms and they need to come to a happy medium, no one side of the teeter-totter gets more pull, and both sides are equal, creating harmony. A square needs to be sorted out more carefully. This sorting can be done through checking other aspects your Sun and Mars have and finding commonalities. Be creative with the houses and signs they hold and figure out how they can work together.

If Mars and the Sun don’t hold any aspects, problems arise by both operating independently. You may feel torn on what actions to take. Mars might be in overdrive and ignore the wishes of the Sun, driving through projects but not feeling like have much success or feeling like your actions don’t actually represent who you are. Sun might go into overdrive, ignoring the wishes Mars, lowering desire and passion, finding you have little drive to carry out tasks. When brought to your attention, you can see the wishes of both planets and give them both the attention they need, and in turn, they will work together, allowing you to thrive.

Conjunctions of the Sun and Mars create a ton of energy, mental and/or physical, and can be used for an infinite amount of energy working toward goals. It can also burn out quickly if other planets aren’t given proper attention. Mars teamed with the sun in a conjunction often overpowers the rest of the chart, so make sure to nurture your other planets and let them in on the plan so you don’t fizzle out.

When Mars and the Sun are working together, we will feel clean energy on our life path. When they are not working together, or working together in the wrong direction, we will feel sapped of energy despite great efforts. Listen to your energy levels- Mars will tell you if you’re on the right path or not. What energizes you? What sparks your passion? What makes you feel tired and weak? Follow your energy.

Progressed Retrograde Mars

 

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Looking beyond our natal chart and into secondary progressions can be eye-opening. It can show us things we didn’t catch during real-time transits. Progressed planets are SO important when furthering your astrological studies and delving into your own psychological development.

Any major change in a progressed chart is life-altering. It isn’t a simple moon transiting mars for a couple days event, it’s a matter of years, and even sometimes, a lifetime. Retrograde plants in a progressed chart are crucial time stamps for mapping out our personal development. Retrograde planets in general point at internal functions.

Before Mars turns retrograde, it stations. This period of time doesn’t last very long in real-time, but in the symbolic realm of secondary progressions, it lasts years. If you have a retrograde mars in your progressed chart, go back and check when it was stationary and revving up (if you can even use revving in relation to a retrograde motion, ha!) to hit retrograde. When mars is stationary in your progressed chart, it is a beautiful time of swirling energy. It’s a powerful time when all types of energies swirl around in your consciousness and allow you to use them to their full potential, bridging between the past, present and future. They connect, break apart, throw ideas at you- an overwhelming yet exciting time to collect. Take those years to serve your higher self, work with the energies you want and leave the ones no longer serving you, because when retrograde hits, you will delve deep inside yourself.

When finally hitting retrograde, you’re officially in it for the long-haul. Mars will likely stay retrograde for the rest of your life, or at least the majority of your life, depending on how old you were when it first turned. This is nothing to fear, but instead, something to embrace. Mars retrograde in a progressed chart shows an individual deeply invested in their personal energy, someone who reflects on their actions and their life. When used positively, it breeds mystics, astrologers, healers, and lovers. This internalized mars energy is incredibly potent, it has the power to manifest in ways others may think impossible. Life gave these natives a tool for bringing new beauty into the world.

Mars retrograde, whether in a natal or progressed chart needs to be aware of the positives as well as the negatives. The sign Mars is in can dictate the type of energy felt and therefor the type of actions manifested and internalized. When Mars is in a fire sign, this energy can be aggressive if not nurtured in the correct way. When retrograde fire, it can turn to self-hatred and self-aggression. If nurtured in the correct way, fire retrograde can create immediate manifestations. If has the potential to inspire and spread like wildfire. It has the ability to bring light and excitement to their lives and others’ lives. Air and earth mars signs, when retrograde, are slightly easier to deal with as they are less reactive than the fire element. Air can say exactly what needs to be said to inspire change, they can use communication and action to truly change the world. Earth Mars retrograde has a never ending supply of endurance, they can use their energy to create things that will last. Water Mars retrograde can be difficult if the emotional energy turns depressive or too caught up in the past. Mars retrograde naturally deals with the past, it re-works things it’s tried before until success. The positive potential for water mars retrograde shows a deep love and unconditional nurturing of themselves and others. They are introspective and intuitive and can use those skills to heal those around them.

Mars retrograde in the progressed chart shows a lifetime of dedication to harnessing potential energies and breathing life into them.

Moon square Pluto

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Free flowing ideas on Moon square Pluto:

I have many ‘difficult’ aspects in my chart, and Moon square my Pluto is one of them. When you add the nurturing and emotional nature of the moon with the death, intensity and regeneration of Pluto, you get a lot of emotional transformations. Lots of upheaval. It’s an every day struggle to balance my mind, emotions, and the undercurrents of the unconscious with each other. Giving up the struggle would cause a downward spiral into the dark abyss, meaning, attention is necessary. For those with this placement- you are truly blessed with a bittersweet predicament. Bitter will come first- you will be thrown obstacles consistently through out your life involving emotional areas. You will fall to the depths and then use your hidden power to rise up when you feel all is lost. Then comes the sweet- this placement, when overcoming hardships, feels stronger than ever before (and they are!). They can take the punches and roll through them victorious. They are the warriors of human emotion, passion, and depth. It’s a bumpy road and the road won’t stop until one has learned the lesson. And in this case, it’s all or nothing. Learning to be one with your emotions and the dark side of life is not an easy task. It gets exhausting and many people tend to give up after awhile and live unfulfilled emotional lives, or even kill themselves. But the ones who trek through will keep building their reserves of power and can spread these reserves to help others in need. Developing compassion is the goal for this combination. Once found and integrated, this person can change the world with their experience and help soothe the wounds of the world. Nowhere is too deep for them to travel, nothing too dark, they will go where no one else is willing to go in order to accomplish great good.

To add, I wrote this excerpt awhile ago and happened upon it again which inspired me to publish it to this blog. I want to say that working with this aspect, as well as any other aspect, takes a more in depth look at your chart. What energies flavor your Moon and Pluto, what signs/houses are they in? What other aspects do they make? What sign rules the house cusp they reside inside of? Take all these things and mesh them into a plan toward healing and bringing out the best side of this combination. And, of course, my advice on everything, meditate! Take time to listen to silence, and the answers will arise.

Mars in Aries

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Those with their Mars in Aries are feisty individuals. They have extremely high energy levels, like most fire signs, and need to have an outlet for this since Mars is the planet of action! Mars is at home in Aries- it feels alive here, and Aries loves to use Mars to its advantage. Together, they create an individual who is passionate about ACTION. They are driven- sometimes embarking on new projects without fully planning them out or thinking realistically about them. They may miss small details because they are so impulsive, leaving either picking up the pieces later on…or more likely, quickly forgetting about it and moving on to the next thing. They may have quick tempers but they forget their anger as quickly as is comes. Sometimes they say and do things in the heat of the moment that they regret later but they chalk it up to living in the moment and try to not let it bother them- and it usually doesn’t. They speak what’s on their mind when it’s on their mind. Mars in Aries need to be true to themselves and that means baring it all. They hate lazy people and find them quite boring. They are not known for being patient. Long lines and slow-walkers frustrate them. They find speedy and adequate more impressive than slow and pristine. They are very active individuals and usually like to work out, play sports, hike, swim, or do any type of activity that involves being on their feet. If they are not getting adequate exercise, they tend to get annoyed easily with everyone and everything, so it is important to stay active. Many Mars in Aries like the feeling of leading the way. They are natural born leaders and so being in a leadership position makes them feel good about themselves, like they are fulfilling their role in life. Having others frolicking along behind them, or even beside them, keep them in high spirits and they feel much adoration for those who can keep up with them. If you can’t keep up with them…they will not stop nor look back. That brings us to relationships regarding Mars in Aries…it’s no surprise that these people tend to hop from one person to another- they passionately fall for someone as quickly as they leave them. Relationships do tend to be hot and steamy, but tend to result in lots of fights that Mars in Aries picks because they are bored. The sexual power of Mars in Aries is quite intense and overwhelming. They need a partner that doesn’t need anything special to get turned on and is in the mood when they’re in the mood. They need immediate results as they are not keen on delayed gratification. A partner who is lively, ambitious, sexual, active will keep a Mars in Aries person’s interest. They love to chase, whether they ‘have’ the person or not, so things need to constantly stay interesting. Sex is important. Emotions are important in long-term relationships, but they’d rather not talk about them much and just acknowledge that they are there. Sensitive people should avoid trying to be serious with Mars in Aries as they tend to be a little aggressive and persistent. They aren’t good at sugar-coating and find it in disingenuous to do so anyway. They are huge into individuality and will defend themselves vehemently to take the path they decide to take. They are really just children at heart and love to play and have a good time. If you can offer a Mars in Aries a good time, add some feisty undertones, and keep them on their toes…they will be in complete awe of you.