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Friday, April 7, 2017

Mercury Retrograde and A Full Moon in Libra

Mercury is getting ready to join the retrograde party that is currently hosted by Saturn in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Libra and Venus in Pisces.  Mercury stations retrograde in 4 degrees of Taurus on April 9, 2017 but re-enters the sign of Aries on April 20, 2017 and stations direct in 24 degrees of Aries on May 3, 2017.  For those of us who believe in the shadow period of Mercury retrograde (and I am definitely in that camp), the coast is finally clear on May 21, 2017 when Mercury clears it retrograde shadow in 4 degrees of Taurus.

This is going to be one rather complicated Mercury retrograde. When Mercury is retrograde in Taurus, we will find ourselves questioning the people, ideas and material things that provide us with a sense of security.  But when it is retrograde in Aries, our focus will shift to our past actions as we review any impulsive actions or angry words that have transpired in the recent past.  Personally, I think that the most frustrating complication of this Mercury retrograde may be that it coincides with Venus retrograde in Pisces until April 15th.  It will seriously impact communications in relationships, so if you are trying to resolve some issues, you may not be lying when you say your partner doesn’t understand you!  Feelings of being misunderstand could indeed prevail.

If you are curious as to how this Venus retrograde transit is impacting you, please consider purchasing my Venus Retrograde special for only $25.  It is still in effect for the next week or so.  Just email me at to request it.

We won’t have much time to adjust to Mercury retrograde before a full moon in 21 degrees of Libra enters the astrological picture on April 11, 2017.  This full moon is activating a cardinal grand cross involving the sun and Uranus in Aries, moon in Libra, Vesta (the asteroid associated with dedication and a need to withdraw for recharging purposes) in Cancer, Juno (the “marriage” asteroid) in Capricorn and Pluto in Capricorn. The last time we had a cardinal grand cross in play was during the solar eclipse in 8 degrees of Pisces on February 26, 2017.  Any unresolved issues from that eclipse may resurface during this full moon.

With all of this cardinal action in play, heightened stress will be a major theme of the full moon.  With Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Aries involved, the recent Jupiter/Uranus opposition of early March will be caught in the crossfire.  This aspect is waning and will be over by the end of April when we hopefully have a new sense of normality. The main issue with this aspect involved a real push/pull experience as we felt compelled to work with others while simultaneously feeling rebellious towards anyone who infringed on our personal freedom.  Jupiter in Libra has been taking some hits recently.  On April 4, 2017, Mars in Taurus inconjuncted it, inspiring me to tweet:
Uranus in Aries is also a pretty heavy hitter and the literal wild card in this full moon lineup.  It conjuncts the Aries sun and opposes the full moon in Libra, as it holds major potential for surprising challenges and flying off the handle.  It will have a jarring, nervous energy that should wake us up with a sense of restlessness while its squares to Vesta in Cancer and Juno in Capricorn will challenge our sense of emotional security.

But we do get some planetary assistance from Chiron, especially with the Venus retrograde during the full moon.  Chiron is in 26 degrees of Pisces, a mere one degree away from Venus in 27 degrees of Pisces.  This aspect reinforces the message that healing can occur when we trust, surrender and release our need for control.  This is important to remember because full moons are all about endings.  Why not use this opportunity to heal and release a situation that is no longer serving our highest good?

On a personal level, this full moon is conjunct my Libra ascendant and Neptune in Libra in the 1st house.  I suspect that my emotional and psychic sensitivity will be off the charts.  I know that it can manifest as compassion and empathy, which is beneficial for my work, but I will also need to watch out for the flip side of the Neptune influence: delusion, fantasies running amok and escapist desires.

If you are curious as to how these astrological changes are impacting you or seeking more spiritual insight into your life, please consider getting an astrological reading. An astrological reading can provide valuable insight and tools.  If you are not quite ready for a full blown natal interpretation or a solar return forecast, I also offer a basic astrological reading that will offer insight into your astrological DNA and the major themes in your life and delving into any pressing issues, one question astrological readings and composite couple readings that offer insight into the purpose of a relationship. And I offer shorter transit readings for three and six months. If you purchase a three or six month transit reading, I will .even take a peek at the eclipses of 2017. We recently experienced the February eclipses, but the August eclipses promise to be heavy hitters.  You can learn more about my menu of astrological services, including the opportunity to provide a donation in the amount of your choice to demonstrate your support for my blog and daily astrological insights on Twitter at:

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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 still channeling that Virgo north node 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. If this appeals to you, please feel free to contact me by email at or call me at 617-304-2205.

I also began seeing clients on Sunday afternoons in Coolidge Corner, Brookline for Reiki treatments on February 5, 2017.  I actually signed the paperwork on the office sublet on January 27th, the day of the new moon in Aquarius, and when I opened for business on February 5th, Venus was in Aries in my 6th house.  Talk about working that entrepreneurial spirit!   You can learn more about my expanded practice, including the hours and address at:

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