Photo by wise owl Kevin

Photo by wise owl Kevin

Saturday, June 7 - Sunday, June 8, 2014

First Quarter Moon Phase: step out; take action

Moon in Libra

Ruling Mahavidya: Bagalamukhi (The Paralyzer, The Storm-Calmer)

Skill: be like the turtle and slow down

Negative Imprint: arguments, conflict, jealousy

Positive Imprint: hopes, dreams, healing

Mercury stations retrograde (or appears to move backward in the sky) today and will remain retrograde until July 1.  Things tend to go a little crazy on the day a planet stations retrograde.  With Mercury, travel, communications, and electronics can cause us difficulties. 

Interpersonal communications are the primary focus for this Mercury retrograde, as the Sabian symbol for the degree of the retrograde is "a cat arguing with a mouse."  In addition to this, the Sun is located at the degree of "two Chinese men speaking Chinese in a Western crowd."  So there is ample energy in play for misunderstandings and problems communicating what we intend.  Be slow and clear when communicating and understand that you may not be understood at first.  It may take a couple of tries to get your thought across.  Keeping this in mind will help alleviate frustration and conflict.  The symbol of "a cat arguing with a mouse" tells us that people will tend to be more aggressive and stubborn.  Power struggles may develop.  Road rage and temper tantrums certainly increases on the day Mercury stations retrograde.  The turtle is pictured above to remind us that we slow down to navigate the energy that comes with a planet moving retrograde.

A sub-theme of Saturday's energy involves looking into the future with a hope or a wish.  The hope or wish may seem very far out of reach.  The universe is limitless and our power to re-create our lives is limitless.  It is a good day to dream a big dream.

Sunday's energy presents something for us to tap into.  Information, messages, and insight become available to change conditions that need to be changed.  We "move off" of something and "move on" to something new.  There is a tremendous push to get rid of or release anything that has been weighing us down.  If you are holding on tightly to something for comfort or safety, loosen your grip and allow some air to enter.  Sunday is one of the best days for healing for the whole year.

Remember to slow down - be the turtle.