Mercury Retrograde in Pisces: Tales from The Omniverse

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“All you need is faith, trust and a little bit of pixie dust” Peter Pan

Mercury entered Pisces on February 11th, for its annual tour through the 12 sign of the zodiac.  Usually its a 14 day jaunt through a sign, but for 2019  Mercury will be settling into Pisces for just over 2 months,  thanks to its upcoming retrograde.

2019 will see the Mercury retrograde’s occurring predominantly in Water signs, with Pisces being the first expression of these transits. The Water element gives the Mercury retrogrades of 2019 a more emotive and internal quality, which differs from recent years.

Mercury being in its fall in Pisces means clarity and logic are 2 things which fall to the wayside, when Mercury transit’s the last sign of the zodiac.  Mercury desires clarity, it loves operating from a space of understanding and rational to help negotiate day-to-day life. Instead Mercury will be navigating a blurred and muddy territory, for a more creative or lucid atmosphere. This is not Mercury’s natural inclination, or something it enjoys doing, but when in Pisces, its made to work within the Piscean realm.

Pisces is a sign of expansive knowing and unknowing.  Of which the space for change, mutation and contradiction is strong, and at times overwhelming. Pisces is intuitive and unstructured, in the way Mercury likes structure, rational and pace.  Pisces is all about communicating in non-traditional ways; dream interpretation, poetry, music or visceral awareness. These two have an Oil and Water effect when they meet. Our job is to allow them to express, rather than try to repress, their attempts for refining the process by throwing away the normal protocols.

Neptune being involved adds to the destabilizing effects on Mercury.  Neptune blurs the edges more, operating from the subconscious, or unseen realms.   Mercury will cross and station direct on Neptune (19 Feb,  25th March – 3 April). Meaning mercury will be subject to strange bendings as he chases Alice down the Rabbit hole creating an almost parallel universe of messages, inspirations and whispers due to this Neptunian influence. Helping to create a dynamic and memorable Mercury Retrograde.

Jupiter squares Mercury during this retrograde phase. (23 Feb, 16 March, 12 April as Jupiter stations retrograde). Neptune helps create the vision, Jupiter then steps in to expand it. Jupiter is giving the big picture view to an idea or vision that was seeded, via the Neptune conjunctions. One planet is inspiring the mercurial, then the other planet is expanding the mercurial with faith, optimism and a big picture approach. This is very dynamic and mysterious transit, but what can be procured from it, is limitless, especially considering that Jupiter also rules Pisces.

Understand that messages don’t have to come through in a clear and logical way. Messages that are hidden, half developed or fractals of ideas  ARE ready to be formed and developed, ARE more powerful and liberating. This is what this transit is really speaking too. It’s a great time for exploration and (un)conscious raising. Why ? Because Pisces energy is not afraid to blur boundaries and try untested ideas with faith and optimism, whist trying its best to reconcile the oppositions for cohesion.

This March retrograde occurs within 2 days of Uranus’ ingress into Taurus and Chiron having just shifting in Aries. Mercury Retro in Pisces adds another important layer to the shifting sands and allows an opportunity to dig deeper into feeling into what these larger   Astrological shifts may mean for you.

Through the Houses

Pisces / Pisces Rising – Finally people might begin to understand some of the wonderful traits you weave through out being, and into life, which you don’t always reveal. Be yourself and use your intuition to remove those who are not aligned for your highest and best. Intuition its super strong right now. Don’t placate those whose don’t jive with this energy, they would never respect or understand your multifaceted talents, so why go there ? Be connected and enjoy those who do ! You might find you yourself more  articulate during this retrograde.

Aries / Aries Rising – Your dreams and subconscious will be activated, clearing out all the debris post Uranus in Aries. This will allow you to see where you stand after 8 years of fighting for your  freedom and innovative new goals within your life. What lies beneath will be fighting for attention to come to the surface this retro. recognised it, Clear it ! This is your first month with out Uranus in your sign in 8 years. It IS a new dawn.  Your subconscious will be purging.

Taurus / Taurus Rising – Friends and your wider community will be harder to pin down or there may be issues with commitment around locking in agendas, or perhaps that’s just the general vibe your feeling. Any signs of people being dis-ingenious could be worth noting.  Monitor it, by April it will be clear to you, if they should remain on the invite list.  Groups or activities around the piscean themes would be good to explore. Water based activities, flotation tanks, meditation, beach walks or any activity that allows you to bring your shadow / unconscious in closer contact to your consciousness.

Gemini / Gemini Rising – If anyone was born to ride this wave of contradiction and change in your career and around public image, its you Gemini. Don’t get caught up in the logic or the reasoning, just know things will change and evolve and go with it. Any career or work related to Art, Creativity and Writing is strong right now ! Delve into it. Social Climbing can come later when Mercury is direct, because there might be promises they can’t  be live up too.

Cancer / Cancer Rising – A great time to do any study or learning around any of the higher arts or any teachings that activates your desire to learn ! Courses, teachers, resources might come to your aid, that really take the education side of this subject next level. Travel plans during this retrograde, might get a bit sticky. Just go with it, and make sure you check all the admin every step of the way. Don’t assume its all in order with regards to travel plans. It will make an ass out of you and me.

Leo / Leo Rising – Do not go into any debt, shared money or investments at this time, you don’t have the full facts or picture. The devil is in the details and this month, all details are skewed and changeable. Reading about UFO’s or any other unexplained paranormal or esoteric (i.e.: Hidden) facts or situations are far more fruitful than business at this time. Just enjoy the carpet ride and do big business invests once we are into April.

Virgo / Virgo Rising – Relations both Personal and Professional are unclear and all over the shop as your ruler is operating completely out of its bounds.  It is frustrating, but its great for any creative hobbies or connections. Let people reveal themselves before you commit to anything one or anything. By April it will be clear.

Libra / Libra Rising – Day to Day routines and Work Situations might not go as smoothly as one would like, but distract from the chaos by appreciating the originality of the chaos and absurdity , I’m sure there would be plenty of tales to come from a Mercury Retrograde as whack as this. Just let it play out. Bringing reading, music or something creative into your routine for pleasure might help balance the scales and create some good (positive) escapism.

Scorpio / Scorpio Rising – Scorpio is perhaps in the best position this retrograde, occurring in your house of creativity, it is a great opportunity for any creative hobby or venture. Conceptual and doing phase, not ideal for a launching phase. The only catch for you, don’t get swept away with any knight in shinning armour activity. Chances are, they aren’t what they first appear, and looks are very deceiving this retrograde.

Sagittarius / Sagittarius Rising – Your home, family and ancestry is where you will have the opportunity to see and let go of any skeletons in the closet. This retrograde might see some surface, ready to be released. Any “Great” real estate deals or offers might be too good to be true. Wait and follow-up in April, when its easier to analyse the details rather than getting caught up in the big picture dreams.

Capricorn / Capricorn Rising – Communications might be a bit to scattered for your liking, take it all with a grain of salt and put any precious communication or thought into writing with creative flare and vision. Others might drive you mad with the chopping and changing of their word, but you have the power to channel into a creative writing or using internet based publishing for great results. Expect tech issues.

Aquarius / Aquarius Rising – Be careful around money and any promises for get rich quick schemes. It’s much better served, investing in yourself, to get rid of any clutter or doubt about your self and self-worth. Subconscious de-clutter being the first stop. Untangling the knots between earned money and self-worth, another possible area of entanglement to clear during this retrograde.

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2018 Yearly Forecast – Turning Pro

 

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2018 is a year which sets the tone and introduces  a new  3 and 8 year cycle, taking a markedly different approach and vibe to the previous 2 years. As we enter 2018, Saturn has just entered Capricorn for a 3 year stay creating a steady backbone to the hard work, volatility, inwards reflections and disruptions that will begin to reveal themselves in 2018.

The unlikely duo of Taurus and Uranus will finally meet up again after 84 years. They will beginning  to reveal how they might tango, this time around; set against a back drop of overlapping  planetary retrogrades. This is a much slower and more self-reflective changing of pace.

The past 2 years have had a distinctive Fire flavour to them, creating dynamic change and disruption in signs that feed off such change. Yang energy is now turning inwards in 2018, turning it into a Yin year, doubly reflected with 2018 also being an Earth Dog Chinese Year.

2018 is a year where the major outer planets all move from Fire into Earth signs. Stabilising Saturn into Capricorn  and Disruptive Uranus in to Taurus. Like the Australian Bush, for 10s of thousands of years in some would say; in a reliable yet unpredictable way, it regenerated and re-germinates through fire activating the seeds and plants. We now astrologically enter a phase, for these burnt seeds to germinate after being activated over the past 2 fire years. Its time for the earth to swallow them allowing them to grow.

2018 these seeds now take root, nourished by the earth, but like anything that is born out of fire, the path may not always be straight forward. Earth can smother and it can restrict, but it can also keep seeds secure and grounded as these seeds try to take root over the next 3 years.  As these freshly earthed seeds  begin to take form its time to ask yourself;  What is it that you would like to seed and grow over the next 3 years ? What seeds have the past 2 years of fire cracked open ?

When Jupiter moves from Scorpio (water)  into Sagittarius (fire) in November 2018, we get that little fire, warming the earth, helping the germination, as Jupiter enters the sign of its rulership for 2019, helping to us to get to the next phase. The sands are shifting and its a great time to work with these shifts. 2018  is the beginning of a major paradigm shift. Both at a  macro and micro level.  Personal Plans or developments are a 3 year investment, minimum;  as we build to 2020.  These goals and desires are supported. This is why the energy is coming together now, to be worked with and moulded like clay, or seeded.

 Below are the main transits of the year and what they foreshadow for the year ahead, they are to be worked with and kneaded and nurtured. Over time,  the scale to which you can build becoming limitless. The only catch, is you gotta turn pro and do the work ! 

2018 – The Major Transits

Saturn in Capricorn  

(All of 2018)

Saturn entered Capricorn in December 2017, Capricorn is Saturn’s ruler and its a 27 year cycle which sees the karmic master coming home. Its coming home to rework the Capricorn area of your birth chart, making it a stronger platform for your personal growth and development. Saturn works by destroying things that aren’t working to create strong structures for you to build from. Saturn is slow and steady and this will be most reliable aspect of 2018. Saturn will give you gravity to withstand any changes, it rewards hard work over longer periods of time.

2018 is the 1st year / phase of a 3 year cycle. Saturn slows things down so don’t be making plans to harvest anything seeded this year until at least 2020. Saturn dares you to think big and think long-term. There is no short-term vision with Saturn in Capricorn, it is teaching us to do the work, do it properly and give credit where credit is due. It’s a pretty straightforward and simple energy, but its slow and restrictive which not everyone likes the flavour of. Things take time.

Saturn in Capricorn is the secure and safe earth that protects the seeds for the future. This is the back bone of the year, don’t fight it, there is too much going on that signifies that Saturn in Capricorn has got this for you. Unfortunately  there is no way around. The only way is through, and there in lies the catch.

The Malefics 

(March – May & August – September) 

The Malefics in Astrology are the planets dubbed unlucky or those bringing mis-fortune. Thankfully Astrology has progressed a lot since this term was thrown around, however, it is interesting to note that Mars, Saturn & Pluto (all planets associated with mis-fortune and hostility) are all in Capricorn for most of  2018, due to the Mars retrograde. Capricorn is the sign that Mars & Saturn are exulted/enhanced  or super charged by being in. Capricorn makes these planets empowered, you will be asked to use it !

This doesn’t mean you are going to have a bad year and have mis-fortune fall upon you. What it does mean is that there maybe areas of stress around you or some form of anxiety; if you don’t answer there call to empower yourself, or work hard with any problem solving at hand.  There maybe pressure or external forces making things feel harder than what they should be. This isn’t a sign of defeat or failure, this is a call to rise up and meet the challenge head on ! It’s a call to climb above when any issues or tensions arise.

Mars is the giver of Fire & Power, Saturn is the planet of Responsibility & Accountability, Pluto is the planet of transformation & regeneration . These planets will be keying off each other on and off for a lot of 2018. So don’t blow it off, don’t feel defeated because you wanted an easy ride, step up and take the challenge, if you do, you will be rewarded.  Where you have Capricorn in your birth chart is where these planets will be effecting you personal life.

Don’t by into others hostility, aggression or any form of negative connection if it transpires. Take the higher road and keep plugging away up that mountain. Never stoop to conquer, no matter how much you might be called to. It will be a challenge to handle this energy with grace, but Capricorn does bring grace to these planets.  Just check that you aren’t keying off others who are re-acting rather than working with the energy at hand. Always ask, what am I reacting to ? Where is this hostility coming from ?, acknowledge it and move on, don’t take the bait if it’s coming from muddles or external forces.

17 March – 16 May 2018 is when Mars, Saturn & Pluto all be in Capricorn together, with April being where most of the heat lies, with Mars conjuncting Saturn, then Pluto.

August – September Mars will return to Capricorn due to its Retrograde. August and September might bring back to finally complete or finally reconcile any issues from March – May. Once Mars clears its retrograde from 15th October onwards the dust will begin to settle and the Spartan warrior will be back on track and become high functioning again.

Uranus in Taurus 

(15th  May – 7th November 2018, then back for 8 years in 2019)

Uranus the planet of Surprise, Innovation, Rebellion, Shock and Change will be entering Taurus a fixed earth sign in May. Returning after 84 years, Uranus enters Taurus from 15th May – November 2018, giving us a taste of what its 8 year transit is going to look like.

Taurus is very slow and predictable, it isn’t one for change and is very happy with its comforts. Uranus coming to the party for 8 years will see Taurus having to negotiate and reconcile how it deals with and works with change, especially when its uninvited.

Uranus will be looking to shake up, revolutionise and change things that are Taurean. Money, Currency, Commodities, Food, The Body, are all areas looking to be revolutionised. The last time Uranus was in Taurus (1934 – 1942), the Great Depression occurred as well as the outbreak of WW2, to give an indication of its potency.

2018 will give us an insight into what Uranus in Taurus may create as a global change agent. It will retrograde back into Aries end of 2018, before settling back into Taurus in 2019. Globally things such as crypto or alternative currencies, changes in commodities and values, lab grown meats, alternative foods becoming more mainstream, 3D printing, alternative food sources, break through in food production  and how we nourish our bodies would be the logical areas to be looking at with Uranus in Taurus.

Looking at which House Taurus sits in your birth chart is a great way to look at how it might affect you personally. If you have your Sun or Moon in Taurus, expect the unexpected and be ready to have unexpected changes to areas that you have become too comfortable in being in. Exactly the type of thing that will displease a Taurus the most. Keeping in mind the more you try to hold on to a stagnant area of your life, the harder the transition will be. Uranus, does have its rewards, it innovates to make life better and more streamlined. Taurus’s challenge will be to not be stubborn about  it, learning to go with the unexpected flow.

Mercury Retrogrades 

(Dates Below) 

This year, sees all Mercury Retrograde in Fire Signs. 2017 saw the Retrogrades in Fire Signs but spilling back over into its neighbouring sign. 2018, will see Mercury retrograde all contained within the fire sign (with the Sagittarius retro being the only exception) . These are the only major transits of Fire signs, until November 2018.

Interestingly the  retrogrades do also spill over into other key transits making them a potent player in the introduction of other transits. They are crossing paths with other planets trying to work there magic.

Mercury Retrogrades during these other planetary shifts might make the experience more internal, creating  a more heightened and  personal commentary during these key moments of energetic shifts of 2018. Its less happening around you, more happening with in you.   These Mercury retrogrades are trying to advance your story, with passionate inner dialogue.  This is powerful self talk.

March 23rd – April 15th : Mercury Retrograde in Aries (connects in with Mars in Capricorn April 5th – Personal power)

July 26th – August 19th : Mercury Retrograde in Leo (connects in with a total lunar eclipse in Aquarius conjunct Mars &  the South Node – personal talents & personal power, the need to be brave)

November 17th – December 7th : Mercury Retro in Sagittarius (connects in with Venus Retrograde & Jupiter’s ingress into Sagittarius by conjunction on 28th of November  – where you want to expand & where you meet Luck & Opportunity)

Mars Retrograde

26th June – 27th August 2018 in Aquarius & Capricorn

Mars retrogrades every 2 years, and Mars retrogrades, like all retrogrades offer opportunities to pause and turn inwards. As Mars is to do with personal power, movement and traction, Mars Retrogrades can be very frustrating times. There can be a real feeling that momentum is lost and that there is a loss of traction or movement.  This leads to frustration and a need to vent, which is a potential pit fall of Mars Retrogrades. Once again like Saturn’s transit, patience is required. This is not a time to push forward, or be the aggressor in a situation.

Mars will be retrograde in Aquarius and Capricorn. Mars Retrograde will also be next to the Full Moon Eclipse in Aquarius on July 28th. Having a Mars Retrograde next to a Lunar Eclipse and the South Node,  signals deep changes to do with personal power, emotional cleansing and the use of your natural talents, talents that don’t necessarily progress you in the way they currently function (South Node). This is  heavy reworking of internal structures.  It’s the opportunity to do some sacred personal shapeshifting. The results  won’t reveal themselves immediately. Patience is once again the key. Its part of the 3 year progress.

Mars Retrograde is a personal reworking of your power, strength and how you wield it.  It won’t be immediate but its a very powerful reconfiguration. Mars having its systems upgraded will be more noticeable once it goes direct from October 2018, and moving into 2019.

Those who have Mars retrograde natally in their birth chart, this retrograde will see  a time of great movement and action. Why ? because it taps into an aspect in their chart that only gets activated every 2 years. Active retrogrades will activate a natal one if people have it in there chart. It unlocks the energy, allowing those who have it in there chart to really push forward. For those who have Mars Retrograde in your birth chart, it is a time to really take flight and be successful forage ahead in things that empower you.

Mars will go direct at 28 degrees Capricorn. The degree where Mars has most power in the sign it favours. Once this Mars retrograde is over, Mars will be ready to pick up and charge forward with great vigour and strength. Mars, post training is a spartan warrior ready to conquer. The next time Mars Retrogrades in Aquarius will be 2050.

Venus Retrograde 

(yes this really is the year of the retrograde)

5th October – 16th November 2018 in Scorpio & Libra

Venus Retrograde, like Mars retrograde, is a turning inwards to re-evaluate your ideals around the planetary theme. This time it is your Venusian ideals. Venus retrogrades looks at relationships, relationships with self, with others, your looks and style, as well as physical (purchased) aesthetics.

Venus retrogrades are traditionally bad times to invest in art, or alter your appearance in any way that can’t be changed back. Why ? because your judgement has been skewed, or you will change your mind post retro phase.

It is also a time to not go chasing after relationships that pop back up or re-enter your life (as it is a thing that DOES happen when Venus is Retrograde). Any relationships that do re-enter, tread carefully.   Venus retrogrades are closing chapters, re-evalutaing and times of taking stock, its about rebalancing and closure, not powering forward to conquer.

It is a good time to pamper and be kind to yourself, prioritising your feelings and looking at what is important for you when it comes to relationships with others as well as yourself. Its all playing into this Saturnian idea of consolidating for the future.

Its good to look at past retrogrades in particular for Venus retrogrades as they repeat every 8 years in the same signs. This retrograde cycle is a evolving or a continuation of themes from previous cycles.  Its also good to look at how your relationships with self and others has progressed since this time, are you happy with it ?  What themes during the previous transits do you think are relevant to you from that time to now ?

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Jupiter in Sagittarius 

9th November 2018 for 1 year

Closing the year off, feeling like things have been nothing but hard work and no fun, Jupiter the great Benific, a king of the gods, enters the sign of its rulership, Sagittarius for a year.

After spending most of 2018 in the watery depths of Scorpio, Jupiter will spend most of the year dealing with expansion of things we like to keep under the surface. Scorpio is all about under/otherworldly expressions of the human experience. Jupiter in Scorpio adds to this serious, slow moving and earth / water tone which once again encourages hardwork and patience. This restrictive and muddy current will shift once Jupiter returns home to Sagittarius in November 2018.

Jupiter loves to be the optimist, expand and inflate ideas and situations, which is the completely opposite energy to what Saturn in Capricorn & Jupiter in Scorpio can feel like. So as 2018 closes  we have 3 major planets in there signs of rulership (Jupiter in Sagittarius, Saturn in Capricorn & Neptune in Pisces), this sets a very empowering and more optimistic tone for year 2 of the 3 year plan. Planets in the sign of their rulership mean they work at full capacity, they are supporting you at there highest function; but only if you are supporting yourself at your highest capacity.

Jupiter in Sagittarius will be a beautiful reward for all the sacrifices and hard work. Its a repeat or hark back to 12 years earlier. What was happening in 2006 ? what stroke of luck or magic back then really propelled you forward ?  This is the energy that will be coming to into play as we enter 2019.

2018 is our introduction to a new and self determined future, its going to be a slow and measured time. However there can be no greater reward than that of Jupiter the King of the Gods and the great benific coming home in to Sagitarius to really sprout the optimism as we draw to the end of 2018, looking back to see how far we have come.

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Neptunian Musing ….

The Neptunian Haze

Neptune is your Muse’ an astrologer once told me … ‘Neptune will give you what you want’.

I didn’t know much about Neptune when this wonderful line was given to me, But the two things I did know was  1). drug and alcohol addiction is common signifier for those with a strong and badly functioning Neptune. 2) When it rains on Neptune, it rains diamonds.  These two things alone made me realise the scope and room to play as well as the highs and lows of this mystical planet. I felt like I would need an a-ha moment to fully understand Neptune and I left scratching my head deciding to dig deeper into this Neptunian unknown.

Neptune is the ruler of Pisces, the 12 sign, the 12th house. The hidden. the mystical. Allegedly the house of undoing and redoing.  The hazy, foggy, blurred energy that is Neptune and exploring  how it manifests by permeating it uncontainable energy was going to give me what I wanted seemed contradictory to how I operated or wanted to at least.

Neptune is like a drug on both its high and low sides (or good and bad) with the difference being self creation and connecting with the divine, rather than ingesting something to create this personal mystical, creative, spiritual world or journey. Mind over matter if you will.

Learning to see the ways Neptune can operate was interesting and opened my mind to the possibility of real magick being at play in the world. Quite the achievement for someone whose grounded and intellectual processing stops them from drifting to far off shore.

Neptune when it is functioning well and is nurtured, is spiritual soul mating, its manifesting magick, its house magick, its mystisim, its spiritual retreat, visionary, its creative, its music, its dance, its film and television, its poetry, its writing. It is creative thought and art. Neptune is the Artist. Neptune is the Musician, Neptune is the Mystic, Neptune is your Soul Mate.

Neptune when its down – low rent – or not working as freely as it would like to is unclear, its blurry, its foggy, its unrevealed. It uses things like drugs and alcohol to procure the above experiences. It uses false idols to create this mystical experience of creation. Low functioning Neptune, will not allow you to see the truth of your situation and blinds you from seeing what is really in front of you. Blocked intuition, vision and when the rose tinted glasses come flying off you begin to recognise your in the throws of a bad Neptune transit.

Knowing your natal Neptune and its aspects allows you to see where this magick naturally takes place for you. Knowing where Neptune is transiting in your birth chart will give you a head start in knowing where the fog might be setting in and where things will be slightly unclear and at the very least not fully revealed.

The good news is that Neptune is in Pisces its natural ruler for the next 9 years, and its super potent right now especially with regards to creating your high end neptunian dreams. Perfect time for manifesting. You will notice you will be attracting more Pisceans into the transiting area of your life, (I shit you not !) It is also a really bad time to be delusional around Neptunian ideals. This whole new wave of young women discovering the esoteric and spirituality is a very good reflection of this as we enter our 4th year of the Neptune in Pisces transit. Now is a great time to keep a dream diary and to start exploring communication via creation. Any form of creation.

The houses are a great way to see how Neptune is affecting your life. Are you doing high level soul mating with your 7th house of one on one relationships ? Are you being delusional about finances with your 2nd house transit of money and self worth ? Is your creative world taking flight and buzzing with your 5th house of creativity or are you just getting too high lamenting all the grand plans that are on offer that your inspired to do but haven’t quite taken the first step ?

Neptune can never be controlled or contained but it can be managed or at least directed, Neptune can allow you to muse, Neptune says aim high with Soul Mates – they ARE out there don’t give up. With Neptune there is a fine line between the divine and the delusional – a VERY fine line. Knowing how to ride Continue reading