Mercury went retrograde on August 30th and will remain so until September 22nd. What exactly does this mean? Literally Mercury is not moving backwards but because it is the planet closest to the sun’s its orbit is much shorter than the Earth’s. About 3 or 4 times a year Mercury speeds up and passes the Earth. If you were star gazing it would appear that this planet is moving backwards and ancient astrologers thought just that so coined it as Mercury retrograde. Knowing exactly what it means is not as important as knowing what it means for you. There is a belief that the planets and their movements effect us here on Earth. “As above so below” so to speak. When things are moving a bit different in space it causes us to feel different here on Earth. Consequently you will often here people bemoan the fact of Mercury being in retrograde and it can be blamed on a multitude of things such as electrical disturbances, problems with miscommunication and basically wreaking havoc on areas of our lives where we count on stability. This Mercury retrograde is in Virgo so it is calling on us to slow down and inspect our lives. What has worked in the past we should consider keeping? What has not they we should consider losing? Do we hear a calling of the soul that is guiding us to try something new whether in where we live, what we do, or the people we are with?
In addition on September 16th we have a full moon, known as the Harvest Moon, in the astrological sign Pisces. Pisces is all about our intuition and relying on our abilities that are outside our physical senses. A water sign, Pisces reminds us to be fluid and keep our options open. It also will be a lunar eclipse when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth into its shadow. This eclipse will be focusing on the truth. Whatever you have been avoiding may be revealed in this energy. You may feel angry, frustrated, or just out of sorts but all this is for the good if you recognize what this is trying to tell you. It is all about coming out of the shadow and facing the light.
What can we do to get through this time? Meditation for one. A great time to sit in quiet contemplation. If you are new to meditation try a guided meditation CD. Take a walk outside at night and allow yourself to be lightened by the full moon. Journaling is a powerful tool as well. If you find yourself feeling angry or frustrated put pen to paper and ask yourself Why am I angry? then without censoring just answer the question. Once you have done this take a moment to sit with it. Is there a truth here you have not acknowledged before? Is there a correction to made? Something to release?
We will be talking about all this on The Night Shift, Tuesday, 9/13 at 7:00 PM Eastern time. I also will be doing mini readings in the chat room to see if we can get some insights that way. Kick off these astrological events with me!