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Friday, December 18, 2015

Mercury Enters its Retrograde Shadow Period and Triggers the Uranus Pluto Square

Mercury is poised to enter its “shadow period” before its official retrograde commences on January 5, 2016 in 1 degree of Aquarius.  But most of this Mercury retrograde will be concentrated on the sign of Capricorn.  Mercury will enter the shadow on December 19, 2015 in 14 degrees of Capricorn and will continue transiting the sign of Capricorn before it stations retrograde on January 5th in 1 degree of Aquarius.  Mercury will station direct in 14 degrees of Capricorn on January 25, 2016 and will officially leave the “shadow period” on February 14, 2016. In 1 degree of Aquarius. So, Valentine’s Day should be really special in 2016, and the potential for mixed messages will be eliminated.

When Mercury enters its retrograde shadow on December 19th it will also be conjuncting Pluto in 14 degrees of Capricorn.  Communication could get really intense on this day.  On the following day, December 20th, Mercury will be squaring Uranus in 16 degrees of Aries.  This aspect is ripe with potential for surprises and shocking revelations.  Major decisions may need to be made and there are definitely more changes coming.  We may find ourselves open to new ideas that alter the course of our future and we may find ourselves speaking our truth even more forcefully than usual. Mercury aspecting both Pluto and Uranus on two consecutive days will definitely trigger the shock waves that reverberated from the seven exact Uranus Pluto squares that ran their course from 2012 through 2015.  Although we won’t experience any more exact Uranus Pluto squares, the weekend of December 19-20th will come pretty to close to bringing back that roller coaster feeling of conflict between structure and change.  And it will resurface again during the first week of February 2016. This could be an anxious, mentally exhausting weekend.  

How will people experience Mercury’s shadow retrograde?  Be mindful that when Mercury enters the shadow period, the very things we associate with Mercury retrograde- delays in communications and transportation, avoiding signing contracts or accepting new jobs, and purchase of electronic goods are fraught with potential to go astray.  I hope that everyone has purchased all of their electronic gifts by now.  Mercury retrograde is all about the RE: reschedule, rethink, reevaluate, research, and rewrite.  If you have any planets in 14-29 degrees of Capricorn, your career may take a hit from this Mercury retrograde.  And if you have any planets in 0-1 degree of Aquarius, you may also feel this one in terms of unconventional ideas surfacing. 

Personally, I will be experiencing this Mercury transit in a big way.  Mercury in Capricorn will be exactly conjunct my natal Chiron in the 4th house on December 27, 2015 and again on February 8, 2016 as it prepares to leaves the shadow period.  The perks of this transit can manifest in an increase of my intuitive understanding (which is great for my business), sudden awareness of new ideas for healing, and being open to embracing new ways of solving old problems.  But the flip side is that I could become hypersensitive and feel wounded by what it is communicated.

And when Mercury officially enters it retrograde period on January 5, 2016 in 1 degree of Aquarius, it will be squaring my natal Mercury in Scorpio.  WHAT FUN!  How is that one going to play out for me?  It will probably be a day of frustrations when I am going in too many different directions, trying to be the ultimate multi-tasker with too many choices facing me.  I may wind up in a very argumentative mood that day.  Beware to anyone who tries to cross me that day.  But I get to experience it again on February 14th.  Let’s hope that I learn my lessons well in January so that I don’t feel like my life is taking on a Groundhog Day atmosphere in February!

The north node moved into Virgo recently, which has an underlying theme of service to others.  In that spirit of pursuing my path as a healer, I am channeling that north node and Jupiter in Virgo energy by offering my Reiki services. If you are in the Boston area, please consider getting a Reiki treatment at Acupuncture for Everyone in Copley Square to destress, revitalize and remove blockages to healing.  It’s a perfect way to start your weekend off.  Reiki is the most profound treatment for stress relief because it concentrates on CALMING your body. 

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I am also offering my holiday Reiki special again this year of three Reiki treatments for $50.  It will run through December 2015 and makes a great gift for your loved ones.  Who couldn’t use a little calm, relaxation and sense of peacefulness?  If you are in the Boston area and interested in purchasing a package, please feel free to contact me at or call me at 617-304-2205.

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