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


Mercury Rx – The Trickster Sheds New Light on Old Illusions

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Mercury went retrograde, for the third time this year, on Saturday, October 4th. This means that between now and October 26th, we will do well to approach our lives in terms of re’s. You can open the dictionary to the page where you first find a word beginning with the letters r-e, and find good instruction for how to best navigate this time. Reap, reconsider, reconstruct, recreate, redeem, redefine, redistribute, refinance, refine, regenerate, and so on.

What you don’t hear as much about is the fact that this is a beautiful time for reconnecting with people, places and things that once seemed lost to us. Memories resurface; old friends reappear; long-forgotten journal entries are read through new eyes that reveal deeper insight into the real meaning beneath the thoughts that made their way to the page, so long ago. Time also takes on a different quality. Nothing is as straight-forward as it once seemed. We begin to realize that time is not linear, at all. Rather it circles and cycles around and through us. We never do something once, we act it out with different people, in different situations, at different ages, until we know the subject matter of our lives inside and out.

If we play our proverbial cards right, Mercury’s retrograde phase can be a magical and enchanting time of seeing behind the curtain, to what the wizard that is our subconscious has really been up to. If we are willing to look we can see far beyond what things appeared to be, at first glance, on our rush through these busy, hustle bustle days that make up our lives. In order to see clearly, we must step back, shift our perspective and open not only our eyes, but our mind. This is how insights come. This is how we become wiser. This is how we evolve, moving from merely going through the motions of surviving to stepping into a place of mastery; in which we can thrive.

The spiritual path is not about gaining and obtaining. It is about releasing and relinquishing those things we once used to define us. Becoming spiritually enlightened requires letting go of who we thought we were so we can be more of who we really are.

 


Mercury’s Gone Retrograde and So Have I

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This picture was taken by a friend at a Friday night hoop jam at a retreat in Hawaii. I had just gotten into a good hoop flow as she was snapping a few shots. Suddenly, the hoop launched from my hand and flew across the floor! It happens. All the time. Pretty much any time we pick up the hoop we hoopers know that sooner or later it will either fall or be flung from our hand, just about the time we felt like we were getting somewhere.

Life is the same way, sometimes. You roll along feeling like you know what you are doing and where you are going and then seemingly out of the blue your brain plays a little trick on you and the thing you were so sure you’d done correctly; exactly the way you’d done it before, doesn’t work. I did an astrology chart for a friend about the time Mercury went retrograde and as we started talking, realized the chart was incorrect. I was able to quickly pull up a correct version from an online resource, so all was not lost. As it turned out though, we hadn’t really needed the chart. Whereas in the past this whole thing would have mortified me, today, I trust that there is a reason and do my best to honor what is happening. Later, a little concerned that my software program had malfunctioned, I realized that the only malfunction was created by my not having entered her information into my astrology software exactly right, which is why it rendered the wrong chart…

This particular Mercury retrograde phase has demonstrated in my experience in some interesting ways. Yesterday I was to meet a friend for a quick errand, squeezing it in between other commitments. I input the address into my GPS just to be sure I didn’t waste any time. I ended up about three miles away from our meeting place. “You have arrived at your destination!” announced the lady in my phone… No, I haven’t. A quick call to my friend revealed that I had left the word Plaza out of the GPS search… I got where I needed to be but with less time than we’d hoped for. Next, I rushed home for a Skype call and got a phone call saying she couldn’t get Skype to work. We fiddled with it for fifteen minutes until finally, SUCCESS! We were off and running.

On the other hand, I set up an online account, I’ve been meaning to create for a while now, that allows me to share pictures with friends and family easily and privately; found some important papers I’d misplaced; retrieved a case containing some very expensive headphones, that had absentmindedly been put into the waste basket and buried by papers; and I made some upgrades to my websites.

When glitchy things happen we are being shown that:
1. We have an opportunity to do things differently
2. We’re not paying close enough attention to what we are doing
3. We’re moving faster than is wise right now

Mercury’s retrograde phase is the time to pick up loose ends that we dropped at some earlier time, reconnect with people from our past, clean up our files and records (just in time for filing income tax returns) and rest. As we slow down it is so much easier to see what matters to us and what we are ready to release from our lives. This is not the time to start something brand new but it might be perfect for reconstituting something that had value for us in the past and would bring joy to our life today if we pick it up and dust it off.

Mercury’s current retrograde cycle began on February 6 and will end of February 28th. You can make the most of this time by redoing, reconsidering, refining, recycling, reviewing, reuniting, remembering, revealing, reconstructing, redirecting, recapitulating, restoring, refinancing, replacing and recreating. If you play your cosmic cards right, by the end of the month your life could be running smooth and shining like a new penny.

Love,
Jodi


Mercury's Direct In Virgo

After spending the last three weeks retrograde – some people swear it feels more like three months – Mercury has changed directions to move forward, once again, in Virgo. We can look forward to fresh insights, now, about some of the subjects that have surfaced since the first part of September. Mercury is all about communication, networks, systems, analysis, organization and the tools and vehicles that make these things possible. In Virgo, we may now come to new realizations about diet, health, hygiene and better ways to take care of the little details that make a big difference that so easily fall through the cracks.

Mercury in Virgo offers opportunities to see through the big picture, which can obscure the heart of the matter or source of the issue, to the essence of what we need to know to make informed decisions. The current talk about vaccines and government mandates to require people to be vaccinated makes me wonder what it is they aren’t telling us. The stage is set for much more information to come to light on this and many similar subjects.

The potentials are ripe for breaking through to fresh approaches to health and human services, both personally and globally. We, the people, ultimately, choose the direction we go from here.

Virgo is the sign of grounded, practical action that promotes order and well-being. Virgo rules the assimilation system in the body–that which we have taken in or taken on, whether it be a meal or a piece of information, requires time to be digested before we can receive its nourishment or understand what it means for us. Only when assimilation and integration occur do we experience the integrity that allows us to understand what is appropriate rather than taking action based on fear or the well-meaning opinions of others.

As Mercury moves back through Virgo and into the early degrees of Libra I encourage you to give yourself the gift of some unscheduled time–it’s so good for you! This is also an excellent time for considering what you can do to become a healthier you. Enjoy!


Yes, Mercury Is Still Retrograde

Everywhere I turn people are talking about Mercury’s current retrograde phase. Yes, it is still retrograde. It went retrograde on September 7th and will station direct on September 29th.

Writers understand that a piece of writing is not finished until it has been edited. Writing and editing are completely different functions. While writing can be done in a flow of creative inspiration, editing requires an eye for detail, an objectivity that serves the overall piece, and a willingness to relinquish those sometimes brilliant words and passages that don’t serve the higher objective.

Mercury’s retrograde cycle essentially presents us with an opportunity for editing our lives. Every three months or so, The Messenger changes direction and shines a light on the recent or even distant past. This is a great time for finishing things, getting organized, getting caught up and letting go of some of those things that no longer serve a useful purpose.

If you are attempting to make something new happen now, keep in mind that set-backs reveal areas in which communication was not clear or something needs to be repaired or addressed. Patience and several deep breaths work wonders should it be necessary to back up a few steps in order to get something right.

While Mercury is retrograde, progress happens by going backward. This is an excellent time to reconsider, revise, revamp, restore, refresh, research, realize, revisit, renew and relinquish. I love making a list of re- words that remind me of what an empowering period this is, if I choose to make the most of it. I’d love to hear some of your favorites.

Remember, retreat, relax and enjoy your favorite forms of recreation!


Mercury's Gone Retrograde and the Moon is on the Wane

I took this picture as we were taking off from Salt Lake City, last weekend. In order to get the shot of the mountains and the amazing clouds, I was forced to include the wing of the plane in the picture. And now that I look at it, I kind of like it.

I was in Salt Lake City for the 4th Annual MonaVie International Convention. The convention was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life. Dallin Larsen, cofounder and CEO is a true and inspiring leader with a vision that has captured the hearts and minds of people from many different walks of life. The plane was full of happy, if exhausted, MonaVie Distributors, many of whom are my good friends. We’d all shared an amazing few days and were on our way back home to the Bay Area.

A few days later, on September 24th, Mercury went retrograde in the sign of Libra. I found myself making a series of silly mistakes, like losing my cell phone in the house (I’d absentmindedly put it in a drawer when I was putting some papers away), realizing at the last moment that I’d forgotten a lunch date with a friend, and arriving at another friend’s house to work on a project having completely forgotten to bring the supplies…

While Mercury is retrograde, often things are not as we would like them to be. Most of us prefer a little more predictability, and that things go smoothly so we can get them done and move on to the next thing. 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; miss our exit, so we arrive late; try so hard to keep up our normal pace that we end up working against ourselves until we get that it is time to slow down or maybe even stop for a little time out.

With Mercury in retrograde motion for the next three weeks 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. This is the time to reconsider our priorities, reconnect with old friends, take a moment to review what is and isn’t working and update our priorities.

With the moon waning until it is new in Libra on September 29th, we are doubly primed for letting go of anything that isn’t working for us or isn’t enhancing our experience in some way. This is a great weekend for clearing clutter, organizing your desk or office, finally framing those pictures that you know would look great on your wall and replacing your summer clothes with the heavier things you’ll be wearing this fall.

So, Mercury’s gone retrograde and the moon is on the wane… sounds like the title of a country music song, doesn’t it? I still don’t know whether those clouds were moving in or out. Nothing changes faster than the weather. It serves as a wonderful reminder that if we allow ourselves to be in the moment we, too, can move through or beyond any storm. I love that I was able to capture that rich moment in time in a way that allows me to revisit it and be blessed, again, by all that it represents.

*Mercury goes direct, again, on October 15th.