Mercury’s Retrograde on Steroids, Delaying Arrival of the New Year

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This crazy year grinds to a close with Mercury, The Trickster, in charge of Communication, Intelligence, Networks and  Information, in the retrograde phase of its cycle. Next year, of course, will start with Mercury still following his own tracks, to see what might have been left undone or gone unnoticed, the first time around, in the early weeks of December. When the world was still reeling from one of the most contentious and unfathomable elections I’ve ever seen, I’m pretty sure there was plenty that slid through the cracks. Shock makes it difficult to concentrate. The mind struggles to grasp anything other than the unfathomable event that it doesn’t know how to categorize, much less accept as the new status quo.

Mercury traveled deep enough into Capricorn, sign of Government, Corporations, and External Authority, to touch base with Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, overseer of Power, Transformation, Sex and Death. Pluto can show Mercury how to get deep; go dark; become serious. Mercury is in charge of the News. Negative Pluto manipulates the News to make it a powerful tool for controlling the masses. Positive Pluto shows Mercury where it lost integrity by having glossed over or downplaying something important because it may have been more expedient in serving an unconscious agenda. The Pluto activation sent Mercury to retrace his steps, looking for cues and clues and missed opportunities to get the whole picture.

One week into the New Year, Mercury is back in Sagittarius, sign of Truth, Beliefs, Foreigners, and Other Cultures, for a few days, at the exact spot the Sun was in when Mercury did its about-face. Now, the Sun, representing the Heart, Life Force and Consciousness, meets Pluto, shedding Light on the Dark Lord’s public and secret agendas.

Mercury turns direct on January 8th, to cover the late degrees of Sagittarius and first half of Capricorn for the third and final time of this retrograde phase. It is not until, the first new moon of 2017, on January 28th, the Aquarius New Moon, that Mercury comes out of the shadow of this retrograde cycle and reaches new territory. Ironically, this time, the new territory is one more activation from Pluto. Heaven only knows how this will all unfold.

Though a new calendar year starts each year, on January 1st, energetically, 2017 is going to take a few weeks to really shift into the fresh promise of its Number 1 numerology. So, I encourage you to make a plan that is flexible enough to morph, as your thinking about your desires for 2017 inevitably will.

January 28th is also Chinese New Year.  This one will be the year of the Fire Rooster. 2016 was the year of the Fire Monkey and we all know how dynamic that has been. Still, Roosters are a little less volatile than monkeys, so there is that. We’re not done with the fire yet, but with any luck we have learned enough to be able to use it skillfully, for cooking up something great, rather than continue to play with it and get burned. The fire and chaos of 2016 enabled us to release and purify old patterns, people places and things that no longer serve the greater good in our lives. May we use the fires of 2017 to light up a world that is weary of the death and destruction and create something extraordinary for ourselves and everyone we meet. One person at a time, things change. One creative idea at a time, minds change. One bright light at a time, the darkness gives way to the dark.

And on this sad day of learning of the passing of yet another of our beloveds, Carrie Fisher, may we all remember how precious this life is and the difference one person can and does make. Let’s not waste a moment!

With Love and Gratitude for all of you and all of it,

Jodi


The Rainbow Bridge Chiron

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The beveled edges of our glass table tops create prisms so the sun shining through living room window ignites rainbows that make their graceful way across floors and walls and doors.

Like a lot of people, I’ve had a thing about rainbows for as long as I can remember. The magic and promise they hold lifts my spirits, even on the dreariest of days. While living in Hawaii a few years ago, rainbow sightings became a daily occurrence and after a while the day just didn’t seem complete until I’d made that rainbow connection.

In astrology, Chiron is called the Rainbow Bridge between Saturn, the purveyor of conventional wisdom, practical, traditional methods and down to earth discipline, and Uranus, the instigator of cutting-edge ideas, future-focused insights and quantum leaps of consciousness. Chiron bridges the conscious and the super-conscious mind allowing us to use what we know to expand into something beyond that which was previously possible. Chiron is known as the Wounded Healer. Everyone has some area of their life in which a pattern was initiated very early on, that left them feeling vulnerable and insecure. At age 50/51, Chiron circles back to its natal position in our birth chart, the Chiron Return, and those old wounds are revisited. At this point, we are able to see and understand the nature of our affliction/vulnerabilty/insecurity and realize its gifts that allowed us to function as a personal rainbow bridge of hope and understanding for others struggling with similar challenges.

Aquarius, co-ruled by Saturn and Uranus which Chiron bridges, is the sign of revolution and technology. One example of something that occurred during the time Chiron moved through Aquarius (2006-2011) was the iPhone’s release to the mass market, which revolutionized the way Western culture functions and communicates. Since 2011, Chiron has been traveling through Pisces, opening us to greater spiritual knowing, unveiling long-held secrets that challenge our belief systems, shining a light on our addictive habits and dissolving the boundaries that keep us separate. Currently, Chiron in Pisces is in a beautiful relationship to both Jupiter in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn, creating an environment in which to release any illusions around the ‘need to control’, heal our psychic wounds of the past and find a way to nurture our disheartened spirits through unconditional Love. I am seeing and feeling the mantra We Are One, more and more the past few years. As the song says, We are the world, We are the children, We are the ones to make a better day…

Rainbows speak directly to our soul with a cosmic thumbs up and as a divine reminder that there is a way to the other side of whatever challenge we are experiencing, the storm is over, anything is possible and all truly is well.


A New Day Is Dawning


Though I have never been sure what ‘crystal blue persuasion’ means I’ve loved this song since the first time I heard it in 1969. It still holds up as one of my all-time favorites. In 1969 I was fourteen years old, growing up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, dreaming of living in California, away from the long, bitter-cold winters and the people who really didn’t understand me. By the fall of 1974 I was living in Northern California. It turned out most of the people I’ve met here don’t understand me either, but the sun does shine most of the time… And, over time, I connected with an ever-evolving, core group of people who are kindred spirits; sweet friends with whom I can always converse in the language of consciousness and celebrate life’s magic and mysteries.

Today, January 1st, we arrive at the gateway to this brand new year, the year that holds tremendous promise for birthing a new day for anyone ready to embrace the tranformative waves of change. Astrologically speaking, we have been in a bit of an energetic portal with Mercury turning retrograde in early December in Capricorn, traveling back through the late degrees of Sagittarius and now having resumed forward movement will offer us one more chance to tie up the loose ends we may have missed, finally tell the truth about something we couldn’t admit to until now or correct something that has never felt right. On December 20th/21st we had the Gemini Lunar Eclipse at the very last (known as the critical) degree of Gemini, further amplifying the need and desire to say what is on our minds and in our hearts. January 4th is the first new moon of the year–this one is the Capricorn Solar Eclipse. Capricorn is the sign of manifestation, discipline and giving structure and order to our lives. The energy mounts as we approach an eclipse and only after the fact that we begin to realize what it has all been about. We are starting this year in an energetic atmosphere that is swirling, surging and capable of shaking out anything that is no longer relevant to our lives. Speaking our truth and letting go allows life to flow in ways we could never have seen when we were shut down and holding on.

May 2011 be filled with words that are music to your ears, sights that make your heart sing, people that speak your language and time for enjoying every lovely moment!

Love,
Jodi


Bye-Bye, Business As Usual

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(Originally posted in the July 2009 Light In Motion II Newsletter)

Change is an everyday part of life. Those who refuse to change eventually discover that the world is not the same no matter how they try to make it so.

Embracing change and choosing those changes you prefer gives you a say in how things will be, going forward.

Pluto, the evolutionary planet of transformation, investment, banking, covert deals and hidden agendas, is moving very slowly through Capricorn, (business, government, professionals and authority figures of all kinds). Capricorn natives generally prefer to own only the best and highest quality that money can buy and are often willing to go without until they can afford to have what they want. The world is transforming its relationship to all the things and people born under Capricorn’s rule, purging out the toxic residue of what has been “business as usual” and creating fresh potentials for regeneration and evolution.

On July 7th, there was a Lunar eclipse in Capricorn, which acts as a cosmic power-booster in a sign. Unexpected events are likely for those who are Capricorn, Cancer. Aries or Libra in the weeks and months to come. Shocking news headlines are likely to continue. Who needs movies when life is serving up drama like this?

The climate is ripe for creating new business opportunities that would not have been possible even six months ago. If you have a business, look at ways to do upgrades, remodel, retool, consider other applications for what you do and, above all, purge out anything that is not working. If it is not working for you now, it will not work better next year.

Especially if your business is transformational in nature, people will be looking for your services. I recommend doing what you can to see that your website and marketing tools are current and that your information is easy for anyone searching for what you do, to find.


Pluto, Pisces, Aquarius and More Aquarius

04160821Currently, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, the North Node, Chiron and Neptune are all in Aquarius. The Sun is approaching Uranus in Pisces. And Pluto is just getting started in Capricorn. If there were ever a time when extraordinary things were likely, this is it. Over half of the planets of the zodiac are in the signs ruled by the impersonal, anti-grounded signs ruled by the outer planets. True, Capricorn will bring us back to Earth, but Pluto is moving through early Capricorn like a cosmic roto-rooter unearthing all manner of unhealthy government and business practice and procedure. The good news is that Pluto is about transformation. Skeletons and secrets that were buried or kept in vaults or behind boardroom doors are being uncovered and will now be changed in ways that allow for evolution, rather than continuing to poison the ground water from which we all drink.

This ongoing, major line-up of energies in Aquarius, the sign of humanity, invention, technology, revolution, genius and the one who walks to the beat of his/her own drum is opening and offering all manner of fresh opportunity. It may take a while before they become apparent, but rest assured, in this energetic climate, opportunities abound. I like to think of that famously Aquarian drum as the heart. What better beat could there be for keeping pace and passing the time of our lives?

This time is ripe with fresh potentials that were never before possible. If you have been paddling upstream trying to get somewhere you were before, you might want to consider turning your canoe around. We are in the middle of the rapids and there is no going back to where we were even one short year ago.

The evolutionary wheel has turned and the revolution has begun. Things will continue to change. If we choose to make changes based on our vision of what is possible rather than by of our fear of the unknown we will see that we are far from powerless. We are, in fact, powerful beyond measure. What if you let the beauty of what you love be your point of focus?


Mercury's Gone Retrograde and the Moon is on the Wane, Again…

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While Mercury is retrograde, often things are not as we would like them to be. When The Trickster is moving backward (from Earth’s perspective) life can seem to be a bit like driving the car looking only in the rear view mirror. It is easy to crash into things that are right in front of us or miss our exit, so we arrive late. We try so hard to keep up our normal pace that we end up working against ourselves until we realize that it is time to slow down or maybe even stop for a little time out.

With Mercury in retrograde motion, first in Aquarius and then backing into the late degrees of Capricorn, we can make the most of this time by cleaning up loose ends and either completing or deleting projects that have languished, unfinished, for far too long. Review, reconsider, relax, relinquish, rest, restore, reclaim, recreate, respond, restructure, refinance, realize, renovate, reorganize and realize renewal. Aquarius rules friendship, goals, networks, technology and inventive, innovative ideas. Capricorn’s concerns are business, government, creating structure and the physical manifestation of potentials.

With the moon waning until the New Moon in Aquarius on January 26th, we are doubly primed for letting go of anything that isn’t working for us or enhancing our experience in some way, in our businesses, groups, friendships and the technologies we employ. This is a great time for clearing clutter, including the unused and unnecessary files on your computer, rethinking your social and business relationships, and reconnecting with the old friends you have been meaning to get in touch with. .

So, Mercury’s gone retrograde and the moon is on the wane… sounds like the title of a country music song, doesn’t it? Actually, it’s just life playing itself backward for a while so we have a chance to catch up..

*Mercury goes direct, again, on February 1, 2009.