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Friday, August 11, 2017

Mercury Retrogrades in Between Eclipses

Change is coming our way, as the recent lunar eclipse in Aquarius on August 7th demonstrated. It literally could have manifested as a two-edged sword for many people, inspiring me to tweet on that day:

I don’t know about you, but I am definitely trying to embrace the concept of change being productive and good, and working on eliminating the fairly common fear of change that most of us harbor. So on the following day I tweeted:
It could be that the eclipse in my 4th house forced me to reexamine some old beliefs that were no longer serving me and is helping me to welcome change because when you are in the thick of eclipse season, you simply can’t avoid it.  Yes, it was conjunct my Mars, but I am proud to report that I didn’t explode at anyone, no one close to me died, and there was no visible damage in my home.

But the week between eclipses is always an awkward time as we tend to feel like we are teetering on the edge waiting for the next shoe to drop.  A lunar eclipse tends to be more emotional on a personal level with some sense of closure while a solar eclipse takes it to a more public level with the sense that sweeping changes and new beginnings are possible.

And adding to the cliff-hanging vibe of the week between eclipses, we have Mercury stationing retrograde in 11 degrees of Virgo on August 12, 2017.  It will station direct on September 5, 2017 in 28 degrees of Leo, which is the exact degree of the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. Somehow I don’t think this is an astrological coincidence; it simply seems to reinforce the theme that this American Eclipse, as it is being called, will bring major changes and a very active news cycle.  But for those of us who believe in the concept of Mercury Retrograde’s shadow, we began to feel the effects on July 25th and we won’t be entirely free from its grasp until September 20, 2017.  That is the day when Mercury clears the shadow of its retrograde station in 11 degrees of Virgo.

When Mercury stations retrograde, it will be opposing retrograde Neptune in 13 degrees of Pisces. It is common knowledge and a good rule of thumb to follow that one should avoid making important decisions and plans, purchasing electronic devices or cars, signing contracts or accepting a new job while Mercury is retrograde. When retrograde Mercury is opposing retrograde Neptune and they are both in mutable signs, the potential for distrust, fear, deception and suspicion in relationships is amplified.  It can be difficult to discern what is real and what is a literal smokescreen of deception with this aspect. But Mercury in Virgo, one of its home signs, does make it easier to review and analyze during this particular Mercury retrograde if that is any comfort.

Venus in Cancer is actually making some pretty interesting aspects these days which will definitely make this Mercury Retrograde quite memorable.  On August 12th before Mercury stations retrograde, it forms a trine with Neptune in Pisces.  This can provide some much needed compassion and empathy if we are mindful not to over idealize our partners.  On August 15, 2017, Venus in Cancer forms an opposition to Pluto in Capricorn, which can feature an inability to compromise, taking a heavy toll on relationships, finances and values.  And on August 17, 2017, Venus in 19 degrees of Cancer will square Jupiter in 19 degrees of Libra.  Even though this is a square aspect, we may be able to enjoy it because Jupiter will inflate our sense of optimism.  We could really wind up partying a bit too much.  Venus will be entering my 10th house that day conjunct my midheaven, so I am looking forward to it.

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 by 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 August 2017 eclipses. The August eclipses promise to be heavy hitters because they will occur in the signs of nodes, Leo and Aquarius.   

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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 am also offering Reiki treatments in the Coolidge Corner section of Brookline on Sunday afternoons.

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