Shhh… listen….did you hear it? Mercury is whispering

Mercury is retrograde March 22 – April 15th
The Shadow begins March 8 and ends May 3rd 2018

Mercury retrograde in Aires reminds us to be aware of reactivity. Aries is awesome and positive when it’s about activity but in reaction it has a belligerent side for sure.

Mercury is communication so we need to be aware of what we say and we can learn a lot about how and who people are when we listen to their reactions during this period.

The journey of this retrograde period involves squares to Mars and Saturn in Capricorn suggesting that by making a genuine effort in aid of discipline (not punishment) we could learn something that will make us stronger and more able to defend what really needs defending in a way that is mindful and strong rather than reactive. Easier said than done if you’re a hot headed kind of person but well worth the effort. The alternative is to be frustrated and at the mercy of circumstance.

Mercury goes direct on the same day as the New Moon which suggests we will all be ready to get going after April 15th: Full steam ahead. This indicates that we can happily take our time if need be, leading up to that day.

The most important day of any Mercury retro period is the conjunction with the Sun which happens on April Fool’s day, the 1st. Possibly the greatest fools will be the ones who don’t take a moment or more to listen. There is always a whisper on the wind when Mercury conjuncts the Sun, something we need to hear even if we aren’t sure what it means at first.

You can read more about Mercury’s aspects at Insights for the Month. Here are the significant dates.

Mercury retrograde March 22nd.

Sun conjunct Mercury April 1st  

Mercury square Mars April 4th

Mercury square Saturn April 5th

Mercury direct April 15th (Same as the New Moon)

Warm regards,



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Welcome to Merry Mercury Retrograde December

Mercury will be very busy this time around, putting its retrograde stamp on the Saturn, Uranus trine of 2017, as well as connecting with Venus, Chiron and some asteroids, not to mention the Sun which is always involved in these things.

The actual station on December 3rd is at 29 degrees of Sagittarius: The last degree before Capricorn. It will have been close to Saturn and trining Uranus since late November.  

29 degrees of any sign suggest a threshold; a line separating before from after. Mercury gets up to the line and then doesn’t cross it. Although Saturn will most definitely cross that same line on December 19th. So here we are, wanting things to be different, expecting things to happen when in fact, it’s not quite time. And one of Mercury’s favorite lessons is that if you force the time you might just make a mess. This Mercury retrograde period encourages us, more than most, to finish what we started. Granted it’s December and most people are grandly distracted by seasonal expectations. Maybe what you haven’t finished is your list for Santa or gifts for the kiddies. But maybe it’s something deeper than that. Maybe you’re not sure what kind of vision if any you have that allows you to go forward into 2018 which promises to be at least as chaotic as 2017. And what would it mean if you didn’t? Lucky for us we have three weeks to ponder, sort and figure things out.

The most important day of any Mercury retro period is the conjunction with the Sun which happens December 12th right around the time it will conjunct Venus, trine Uranus and square Chiron. This suggests a great time full of creative talent and brilliant ideas as well as some foolish or simply delightful risk-takings but there is also the shadow of the suffering of others. We know how to have a good time. But what about those who cannot afford or are not in a location where they are safe enough to do that?

Sagittarius is a complicated sign. On one hand it loves to party and is also very creative. On the other hand it can be very depressed and gloomy. This is not necessarily an indication of pathology but rather a human dilemma. Ours to discover, endure and/or work with during this Mercury retrograde period.  

You can read more about Mercury’s aspects at Insights for the Month. 


Warm regards,



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Red Sky in the Morning – Sailors Take Warning

Beautiful sunrise in Toronto today. The forecast should improve with Mercury going direct tomorrow morning around 7:30am

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My Mercury Retrograde Shopping Trip

One thing not to do during Mercury retrograde is to buy a new large ticket item. However, the rule bends when it is on sale. As Julie says, Mercury retrograde is the king of a good bargain. That bit of sage advice plus the latest Fabricland flyer for their end of summer 75% off (almost) everything in the store left me weak at the knees and shopping on my holiday. I found GREAT deals!!! Indigo linen, the pale green designer eyelet that coordinates with a skirt I made last year, breezy cottons for skirts in beautiful colors of peach and cream – each for no more than $4-$6/meter (normally $20). I grabbed one more coordinating fabric in a deeper peach shade to go with the skirt and headed to the cutting table

As the clerk went to measure out a bolt of my fabric, I asked for confirmation on the width and the final price. I did that for each one… except that last piece, the one I grabbed at the last moment as it coordinated so well. The bill came to a higher amount than I expected considering it was all so reduced in price. It was only when I got home that I found the red-herring. The last piece of fabric I selected and did not check on the price was a whopping $22/meter. I had bought 2 meters to be sure,  but I was not expecting to sew a $44 garment when all the rest were well under $20. I could only smile. The laws of Mercury retrograde prevailed. I got great deals BUT it is no excuse to slack off! Check the fine print if not the price of EVERYTHING ….before the sale is final!



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