Flavor of Mercury retrograde Sep 27 – Oct 23, 2021

Mercury will be retrograde in the airy sign of Libra. Mercury retrograde periods always invite reflection, consideration, observation and active listening. This is especially true for Libra which is the sign of contracted relationships and legalities of all sorts. If you want to avoid the pitfalls of this retrograde period, pay attention to these things.

This retrograde specifically points toward the depths of loss and change that Planet Earth is experiencing which shows up in the square with Pluto. As well we see amazing possibilities going forward if we can figure out how to listen to one another which we see in the grand trine to Jupiter and the Moon.

One of the great accomplishments of civilization is to live more or less peacefully among strangers. We follow the rules. We wait in line. We do our best (which clearly isn’t perfect) to foster a civil society. Many things which we have taken for granted for quite some time seem threatened. Shadows hang over some of our most basic social structures: health care and education for example. Mercury retrograde is a good time to observe and learn about the world as well as yourself in this world. What story line arises in your mind when you come out of denial and distraction and notice the shadows?

Julie Simmons

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Aligning My Sewing “To Do” List with Mercury Retrograde…

This week, I am pushing the envelope on Mercury retrograde sewing projects and trying to outfox the Trickster Planet.

One of my creative goals is to sew a wardrobe a season ahead. (Do not be in awe… people who know me are laughing!) I should be completing summer stuff. Instead I am still in more or less a planning stage. Planning is always good when Mercury IS retrograde (starting May 29th this time around). With my luck i will be launching projects during Mercury retrograde(not a great idea) . Instead, I would rather be in Mercury’s graces to finish up projects already started.

So this week I promised myself to at least cut out 3 or 4 garments and have them in the pile of things to work on whilst Mercury is retrograde. Hopefully this will provide some sewing novelty to my to do list, as I also tackle the long standing projects. These are the projects that are likely stuck because they were originally launched during a Mercury retrograde. So hopefully my sewing plans are synching up how energy flows with the Trickster planet lurking about.

However, the fact that I am officially in the season ahead time slot for these projects is quite satisfying. Amazing when you consider that I have fabric inventory for various seasons that have graced my closets for 5 years or more! Somehow, I believe this ‘caught-up’ status of my “To Do” list is a side benefit of doing these Aligned for Mercury retrograde sessions with Astrologer Julie Simmons every year.

Wish me luck!

With love and light
Carolyn Winter
Holographic Coach

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Flavor of Mercury retrograde May 29th – June 22, 2021

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“Mercury’s second retrograde of 2021 in air signs reminds us that we are not done with issues of misinformation and distraction. We are all well advised during this time to pause and listen to the noise in our own minds before jumping into the fray.  The most intense period is around the station starting on May 22, when Mercury squares Neptune for the first time, which is close to the actual station on the 29th when Mercury is also conjunct Venus, which will square Neptune as well, adding to the theme of confusion. (I realize this is a rather long sentence but that is the nature of all these things happening so close to each other: A run-on astrological sentence, you might say.) The Sun will conjunct Mercury (the middle of the retrograde period) on June 10 and square Neptune on the 13th. By the time Mercury goes direct on the 22nd the Sun and Venus will be gone from Gemini but it will square Neptune one more time on the 6th of July. Put all this together and it seems that between May 22 and July 6th we will feel this influence warning us to remain still in the fast moving rapids of information, gossip, news and all manner of distraction (you know which ones are your favorites).

Think of it as an extended sit in a meditation retreat. The desire to scratch an itch is but a little thing, yet it disturbs the flow of breath and being that stillness offers. Maybe it’s like being at the ocean at the moment when a big wave is about to break and you can’t get away from it. The best strategy is to dive deep and let it break over you where you can’t feel it even as you know you will come up for air once it is finished.

Warm regards,


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Flavor of Mercury retrograde January – February 2021

Our first Mercury retrograde of 2021 is in Aquarius, an air sign. All the Mercury retrogrades this year are in air. Some of you may be aware of the Jupiter Saturn conjunction in Aquarius on the solstice, another indication of an airy year. Air is about our ability to think rationally, to reason. It’s about communication, which requires as much listening as it does talking (especially during a retrograde). This airy Mercury offers the promise of a bit of perspective which this world sorely needs. There are pitfalls as well. Aquarius can be kind of fixed or rigid and stubbornly attached to a particular way of thinking. During this retrograde we might take a good look at where we focus our attention. Just being observant could be enough to shift a whole range of behaviors that need to change. It is more of a time to plan and consider than to make things happen. The future will come.

As Mercury journeys through its retrograde period it will conjunct the Sun, square Mars and conjunct Jupiter between February 9th and 16th. This will be the most intense period and suggests that if we can deal with our frustrations we may well learn something that could make us wiser and inspire us toward a better future. 

Warm regards, 


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