WELCOME WANDERS OF THE ASTRAL PLAIN!
Mercury is Retrograde, we had a New Moon in Taurus a fertile new moon for planting and projects. Currently, the Sun is opposing Saturn. This is a sobering and somewhat difficult aspect which we may feel over the next few days, calling on us to take responsibility for our needs and desires and perhaps shedding light on where it is difficult to provide support for those things. Saturn in astrology is a sort of father-figure and as you know there are many different ways to embody that role. Try to be the friendly, supportive kind of dad to yourself over the next few days. Juno and Jupiter are joined in Leo asking you to partner with something or someone in a way which will promote growth and expansion of, in particular, self-expression, creativity and fun. More astrological trees and weather under the card for the week THE HIGH PRIESTESS!
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mercury retro in the sign of the twins, everyone wins, hat pins, shark fins, big grins, music dins, hit the bins, cookie tins, jupiter and juno handshake, give and take, what is at stake, real or fake, birthday cake, dinner to make, for heaven's sake, listen to your intuition, release your inhibitions, gone fishing, gossip dishing, wishing, what's missing, french kissing, stars above, peace dove, lots of love,
II HIGH PRIESTESS
I have a stack of old photos I keep in the back of my closet in a ziplock bag. Similar to the memories they elucidate, they aren’t easy to access. Sometimes I dig out and look at the ones of me at age 7 or me at age 10 and I try to imagine talking to that person as if I didn’t know her, as if we just happened to be sitting next to each other on a bus or in a waiting room. Joan Didion wrote that it is a good idea “to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be,” otherwise we end up haunted by the parts of ourselves we’ve determined to forget. I find that the youngest versions of myself are easiest to embrace, “she’s just a child, she doesn’t know any better.” But my adult shadows are harder to look squarely in the face. I mention all this because we are now in the throws of a Gemini Mercury Retrograde.
Mercury Retrogrades often deliver messages from our past and in Gemini this tendency is underscored. Old friends, lovers, siblings we haven’t spoken to, siblings we didn’t know we had, may surface during this time to provide you with information you can use when Mercury once again goes direct. This is similar to the practice I described above of speaking to old versions of yourself, except in this case it may be less intentional and involve surprise or synchronous encounters. Be wary of brushing these encounters aside without some consideration. It can be difficult to look at former versions of yourself or be reminded of past regrets.
In high school I kept two paintings my brother had made over my bed. When he was home from college once he politely but insistently asked me to take them down. “Why?” I asked, “I like them.” He squirmed uncomfortably for a minute before he made a verbal reply, “I just don’t like being reminded…I would never make anything like that now.” Growing up I frequently observed my brother sweep away his own trail by throwing out evidence of his former interests or artwork. I, on the other hand, had an almost masochistic relationship with my evolution. I kept practically everything I had ever made, especially the ugly, incomplete or unsuccessful things, I think because I wanted to be sure of my own progress, I wanted a record. Whether we acknowledge this evolution or not, whether we have tangible evidence or not, we are our own archives. We don’t erase our former selves we transform them.
Change, growth, evolution, transformation is often an intuitive process. We don’t always know where we are headed or who we are becoming when the desire or impetus for change strikes. The card this week, The High Priestess emphasizes the intuitive process. During Retrograde periods, such as this one, technology cannot be relied upon and often verbal communication leaves many gaps in understanding creating a need to rely more heavily on your intuition. Retrogrades are a time for turning in and tuning in to your own frequency, for familiarizing yourself with the quiet core of strength within yourself which is ultimately there to guide you to the next stone, foothold or open door.
The theme this week is words to repeat or words you repeat in succession, otherwise known as epizeuxes. When you repeat a word over and over it shows you another side of itself or collectively the words form a ring around a feeling or an idea allowing you to grasp it more concretely. Think twice, it’s alright… Mercury is in retrograde in Gemini!