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Friday, May 20, 2016

Full Moon in Sagittarius Collides with Retrograde Mars and Mercury Direct

The Sun enters Gemini on May 20th and it wastes no time forming a major aspect in the form of a full moon in Sagittarius on May 21st.  The newly minted Sun in Gemini’s curiosity opposing the Sagittarian moon’s quest for truth promises to be a combustible combination.  The full moon in Sagittarius also conjuncts retrograde Mars in Sagittarius, which can boost our confidence, conviction and courage while simultaneously triggering passionate exchanges, especially if you happen to be a Sagittarius or have a moon in Gemini.  My moon in Gemini is quaking already.  Mercury is still retrograde until May 22nd, so this could potentially manifest as internal angst and strife.

There is no doubt that the mind is being energized during this full moon in Sagittarius. Sagittarius is the ultimate truth seeker and will leave no stone unturned in its quest for the truth.  A major theme of Sagittarius is the big picture, a visionary view of the future and clearing out old belief systems.  This is a pretty tall order to fill and is further complicated by its conjunction to retrograde Mars in Sagittarius. This is a powerful aspect that could reveal some deceptive intentions and practices by others that pack a hurtful punch.  

Full moons are also associated with endings and are acknowledged as a time of full disclosure.  On one hand, we want to embrace the vision and new big picture that can emerge as a result of this full moon, while on the other hand we also need to be mindful about taking action on it during a Mars retrograde.  Mars only retrogrades about every two years, so it really is a big deal and I am not exaggerating its importance.  It’s a lot feistier and less passive aggressive than it was in Libra back in 2014.  This year’s Mars retrograde occurs in two signs -Sagittarius and Scorpio.  Mars will station direct in 23 degrees of Scorpion on June 29th, marking 2016 as a year when Mars spends 8 months in these two signs.  And one of the most noted qualities of Sagittarius is its tendency to speak and act first before thinking.  This just fuels the volatility potential of this full moon even further. 

I strongly encourage everyone to pay attention to their dreams at this time because they may provide some answers and much needed guidance due to Neptune’s influence. Neptune in Pisces will be squaring that Sagittarius moon on May 22nd when Mercury stations direct. Neptune loves to dissolve, so the veils of illusion could very well be shattered at this time as deception could be revealed.

Mercury will station direct in 14 degrees of Taurus on May 22nd, which will herald a collective sigh of relief around the world.  I don’t know about you, but I think the general consensus is that this has been one tough Mercury retrograde.  It was accompanied by Saturn, Pluto, Mars and Jupiter also retrograde.  Thankfully, Jupiter stationed direct on May 9, 2016.  I am a staunch believer in the shadow period of Mercury retrograde, which means that Mercury is not fully out of the retrograde influence until June 7, 2016 in 23 degrees of Taurus, but there is definitely light at the end of the tunnel. 

Speaking of light at the end of the tunnel, once Mercury has stationed direct, it will form a Grand Earth Trine with Jupiter in 13 degrees of Virgo and Pluto in 17 degrees of Capricorn.  This aspect can pave the way for constructive communication and plans for future endeavors.  It also holds the potential to attract others who can assist you in your journey.  I’m sure we could all use some help from like-minded individuals who could become part of our new tribe.

On a personal level, when Mercury stations direct at the end of my 7th house it will be still opposing my Saturn and Sun in Scorpio.  Is it any wonder that I have felt like I have literally had to reexamine the structure and purpose of my life recently? What else can one do when Mercury and a galaxy of other planets are retrograde?  Mercury will move into my 8th house on May 28th and will oppose my Venus in the 2nd house in early June.  More fun times, but at least Mercury will be out of its shadow by then. 

The north node in Virgo 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 and can also be described as a spa for the soul to boot!   Reiki is the most profound treatment for stress relief because it concentrates on CALMING your body. 

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For my clients who can’t fit Friday into their schedule for a treatment or have difficulty traveling, I have also recently begun doing distance Reiki sessions for them.  I have a conversation with them about what they hope to achieve from a session, we set up a time for the session to take place when they will be in a state to receive healing energy and I follow up with a telephone conversation to discuss their experience and my perception of their blockages.  I have also incorporated a new technique with my distance Reiki treatments since I don’t always have a photo of my client.  I use a teddy bear so that I can scan and focus the healing energy where it is needed.  Talk about regrouping and revising during a Mercury retrograde! If this appeals to you, please feel free to contact me by email at or call me at 617-304-2205. Additionally, I see clients at my home in Newton, Massachusetts and am generally available on weekends and evenings for your convenience.

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