Mercury is Retrograde April 28th

roseThis Mercury Retrograde comes on the heels of Mars’ retrograde which began on April 17th. Although they don’t exactly aspect each other Mercury is making its station on the 28th exactly opposite the degree of the Mars station at the end of June. It is a kind of opposition by association.

Mercury retrograde is often a time when we are called to reflect and consider (con = with, sider = star) things from a different perspective; one that is less about our assumptions and more about what the world is actually showing us. Never is this stronger than when Mercury is retrograde in an earth sign such as Taurus.

Mars retrograde asks us to be strategic about our actions. To consider what truly motivates us and how we might act based on our true motivations rather than our primal instinctive reactions.

The opposition of Taurus (where Mercury is) and Scorpio (where Mars will be when it goes direct) is always about trust and sharing. When parents try to teach their children to share what they really want them to do is to give. They want their kids to be generous. but every little child who clutches a toy to his or her breast knows that there is no reason in the world to give up something if you aren’t going to get something else. When Taurus and Scorpio look across the cosmos at each other this is the issue. What are you willing to give so that you can get? Or we might say, How is it that loss can create gain? Or What will I have to lose to get what I want?

This is one of the themes of this Mercury retrograde.

The other major one is that it will be making a (not quite exact) grand trine in earth with Jupiter in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn. As well as a conjunction with Venus. This suggests that if we build it, s/he will come. Given that it’s retrograde we would do well to look at the structure underlying the things we want to build. No rushing. Retrograde motion is always an encouragement to slow down. Smell the roses. Check twice, cut once!

Julie Simmons

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Flavor of Mercury Retro January 2016

This Mercury Retrograde period starts in Aquarius but will retrograde back to Capricorn, issuing in a year of Mercury retrograde in earth signs.  Each one will be a time to slow down and look at what we are trying to make or un-make. It has a very ‘real world’ feel to it: Not happening in the mind alone. The general Mercury Retrograde theory is that we should be reflective at this time. In this case we should be reflective about what we are making our world into: And how. Most definitely we should think twice and hammer once.

Mercury retrogrades back into Capricorn on the 8th. Bringing in the ‘real world’ theme.

On the 14th it will conjunct the Sun which is the most important day of a retrograde period because it is when, if you listen, you will hear what you need to hear regarding your issues. It will also trine Jupiter on the same day suggesting a really viable means of accomplishing the task. 

Square Uranus on the 20th which adds a bit of chaos to the retrograde period.

Conjunct Pluto on the 22nd suggesting that this is a ‘for real’ time and don’t pretend otherwise!

Mercury will go direct on the 25th and do these things again once more; which will be the ‘proof’ of what we learned during the retrograde.


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How To Save Your Big Event Or Decision From A Mercury Retrograde Disaster

MP900385196[1]Out of all the things not to do during a Mercury retrograde period, some decisions, actions or events are inevitable. Life goes on and we must deal with the cards we given. A little Mercury retrograde awareness will serve you well as you do your best.

1. SELECTING A WEDDING DATE – If at all possible, find a date before or after the retrograde period. Period.

However, a natal chart done for you and your beloved to find out exactly how this particular Mercury retrograde will influence your big day if you happen to choose one during that period could make a Mercury retrograde wedding date redeemable. Perhaps one or both of you were born during MRx. A wedding date in that period may feel most aligned for you. Perhaps the circumstances that have brought you together, need some resolution that a MRx energy can bring.

I often wonder if people who marry, divorce and then remarry each other again are cleaning up unfinished business somehow related to when they first married.

If your courtship has lingered well past the 3 year mark, a Mercury retrograde wedding date may be consider taking care of unfinished business.
2. LAUNCHING A NEW BUSINESS OR BUSINESS INITIATIVE. Still not recommended, but I realize between lawyers, investors and other players you may not be able to avoid it. In these cases, spend extra time and the money needed to review contracts in depth. It is always good to have a second pair of eyes look at all the legaleze. If related meetings or signing etc are delayed, be relaxed and flexible about it, and consider the delay a sign for you to investigate something further.

An aquaintance once rushed to a new opportunity for her business during MRx only to find hidden fees. While the product was fantastic it was too late to re-price it and her time was not adequately compensated.

3. BUYING A HOUSE – your real estate agent knows exactly what you are looking for and she calls you with the most perfect house fresh on the market the day Mercury is retrograde. Tempting isn’t it? Be aware that if purchased, the house may not be everything that it seems to be. Bring yourself back to reality by watching the movie “The Money Pit”, then have a friend who does not appreciate your fine taste examine the property with you and ask the hard questions.

Make up a good rationalization why you have to purchase this property now and see if it stands the test of all the Mercury retrograde no no’s. Be sure to have a home inspection. Ask a lot of questions. If something doesn’t feel right follow your intuition.

In all cases, Mercury is good for delays so take advantage of this and stretch the decision making or launching period to when Mercury is direct. Everyone will benefit from the additional time to reflect. If the ‘deal’ falls apart as a result it very likely did not have the energy you expected in the first place. Consider yourself saved.

This year with Mercury being retrograde in an abundance of earth signs, make sure that these big decisions are grounded, and have stability. Energetically you could benefit by having your natal chart updated. Get repatterned to clear your resonance with the limitations indicated in your chart and strengthen your energy for all the advantages.

With light and love

Carolyn Winter
Holographic Coach

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Mercury is Direct today at 9:57am Eastern


Mercury is now direct here IN Toronto as of 9:57am here in Toronto.    How did you experience the retrograde energy of the past few weeks?  Time to share the stories.

This time around experiences of my own highlighted the benefit of being aligned.

First of all my favorite kitchen appliance was out of commission and needed to be replaced – a food processor.  I have have not bought one in 30 years!   Thankfully they are way down in price and an inexpensive one for $79 was on sale for $40 at my local Canadian Tire.  Online they indicated 7 were available in my local store. It seemed like a great deal and given Julie’s advice that Mercury Retrograde is good for a sale it seemed to transcend the DON’T BUY APPLIANCE rule.   I raced to the store to find none on the shelf.  Hmmm.  The part time student staff did their best and could not understand why inventory indicated there were 7 but none were on the shelf.  I was patient (an AMR quality) and proceeded to leave when the information person at the front desk asked how I made out.   She went the distance and discovered they were close by – still on the truck.  So she gave me a rain check and said to call back.  Next day I called and a sales staff said yes now they are in the warehouse ….how many did i want?  (I think one is enough! LOL).  He then asked cautiously when was I coming.  “In 20 minutes” I replied.   He gave me the aisle number.   When i arrived.. I did not immediately find it but the sales clerk did… there was now just ONE LEFT!    It was mine.   I spotted 2 other shoppers with the same model under their arms.   The delay and second trip seemed all worth the trouble to be able to get my appliance at a great price.    So far it is working better than the old one.

Next, my kitchen over-head light became problematic.  Recently, light bulbs burn out quickly and this time it was stuck.  The glass cover impossible to remove.   The  superintendent  started to fix this when he paused and asked  would you like a new overhead unit?  You would have to wait 2 days before they arrive.  I gladly agreed feeling once again that the Mercury retrograde delay was well worth it AND IT WAS!!!!  I have a new lamp that keeps out the flies.  I love it.

My last notable experience happened while hosting the online training sessions I do with Resonance Repatterning teacher Ardis Ozborn.  We are healers at heart so to pull off this live video conferenced class with 9 participants from around the world  is always a technological wonder for me.    The 3 hour class was underway when the instructor’s video screen froze , went dark and then off line.    Worse when I phoned her there was a recorded message that the internet/phone system was down for  a small geographical area.

The instructor did manage to contact me via cell phone and we made a plan for the first part of the class.  We stayed calm and by  break time 40 minutes later, she was back online.    In the end we did an additional hour of class time later in the week that proved to be invaluable to the class learning.  In every problem there is an opportunity!

How was this Mercury retrograde period for you?  Comments welcomed!

Carolyn Winter


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