Balsamic Moon Phase: release; dream; mystical
Moon in Leo
Aspect of the Aeon Sophia (Wisdom): Bhairavi, Godddess Who Fortifies the Heart
Aspect of the Aeon Thelete (Will): Kathe, God of the South
Skill: find a happier trail (a mindset, outlook, or opportunity that makes things better)
True Alignments: secure, practice, cognitive resonance as opposed to cognitive dissonance (ability to see and understand), attentive, one's own style, reconnecting with the body, grounding through tasks like cleaning, spiritual revolution, spreading a message of goodwill, receptive, detail-oriented, archetypes
Catalysts for Change: patronizing, not caring, noisy, things that disturb our peace, caught in a "web," frozen in time/paralyzed by the past, repeating the same cycle/behavior/mistake, hard-headed, weary, things that are unwarranted, greed, disruption of the body's natural rhythms and harmonics, difficulty maintaining attention, perfectionism (especially with appearances), bogged down or boggling
Ready for some masterful handiwork? Well, welcome to Mercury retrograde..
Today, Mercury does the thing that people intensely dread: it stations retrograde or appears to move backward in the sky. When it does this, interpersonal communications, telecommunications, travel, commutes, electronics, hardware and software, and overall progress often experience disruption.
Ultimately, the purpose of Mercury retrograde is to refine, revise, and rework something important. The things that go awry, sideways, or haywire enable other options, possibilities, and potentials to make things better. Mercury retrograde wants to make things better. If we can view it this way, working with the energy instead of against it, Mercury retrograde can be experienced differently.
The degrees of the zodiac where Mercury stations retrograde and where it will station direct once again tell us the story of the message Mercury is delivering as it "goes back." We can pinpoint what is trying to be improved, revised, rectified, refined, reworked, or even reborn.
Mercury stations retrograde at 9:04 am ET/1:04 pm UT today at 30 Virgo and the energetic of "having an urgent task to complete, a man does not look to any distractions."
Mercury will station direct at 1:32 am ET/5:32 am UT on September 22, 2016 at 15 Virgo and the energetic of "a fine lace ornamental handkerchief."
Between now and September 22, all kinds of things will be "crafted," designed, and worked. This includes tangible things like projects or (creative) pursuits, but also includes intangible things like shifts (improvements) in our focus, attention, beliefs, attitude, outlook, and alignment with our own paths.
What mindset would you like to craft between now and then?
The other energetics in effect today may provide insight:
1- FIRST STEPS to claiming or reclaiming something(s) important to our heart's desires are supported with the Sun discharging the energetic of "a girl takes her first dancing instruction." Small steps and starting from the beginning (perhaps even going back to the perspective of a novice or beginner) work best. It may be hard at the beginning, before the "muscles" of our psyches are conditioned, but if we will it, it will happen. One day, it will perform or "show out" or manifest. That day may be September 22.
2- RALLYING AND RISING with the grassroots wave of liberty that is wafting up occurs today as the Earth discharges "a girl blowing a bugle." This energetic has been a key factor in The Awakening that has been in full force since April 18, 2015 (New Moon in Aries 2015 - the "music of the spheres" - The Shift). The Call to Renaissance -- the Call of the Inner Hero -- resounds in the ethers today.
3- THE LASTING EFFECT comes today courtesy of Venus at "a butterfly preserved and made perfect with a dart through it," and Mars discharging "the pyramids and the sphinx." I see this interplay as an enhancement to the long-term sustainability and benefit of what is reworked or revised during Mercury's retrograde. (Empaths: Let's go with what I tell wise owl Anna, who does not like this butterfly Sabian symbol -- the butterfly had already finished its cycle of life before the dart went through it. The dart enables it to be set in place. The dart does not kill it. There is no need for sacrifice.) Things that develop today have all of the support possible to be long-standing and admirable.
As the Universe doles out some masterful handiwork to us, we remember the wisdom of the day Mercury stations retrograde or direct:
Have patience. Repeat or restate if misunderstandings or miscommunications occur. Recognize that electronics may respond to the electromagnetics by failing or having interruptions. Understand that plans may be disrupted. Take extra care while driving. And most importantly, recognize that on the Magic Carpet Ride of 2016, disruptions and detours are just more sights to be seen and more adventures to be had.
Remember that the purpose of Mercury retrograde is to make things better. Let's engage a Happy Trail with Mercury today.