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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A Power Packed Mercury Retrograde Starts August 12th… are you ready for this?

August 12, 2017 – September 05, 2017 28
Shadow from: Jul. 25  – Shadow till:  Sep. 19

This may be the most power packed Mercury retrograde we have had for a long time! At least for the western world. . . It’s all about the ‘Great American Eclipse’ on August 21st. Mercury, like the trickster it is will trip the eclipse switch especially when it goes direct on September 5th. And Mars, the god of war, gets right in there as well. We always need to remember that Mars is also the god of vitality and all sorts of breakthroughs that give rise to new life. You will be able to read more about the eclipse from me at my website but you can also simply search it out on the web. Every astrologer has a perspective on it! For now we’ll just say that a solar eclipse is when the life giving qualities of the sun are obscured by our all-too-human qualities of reactivity (the Moon). The entire world has been watching these energies playing themselves out on the big stage of the USA politics of the moment, not to mention North Korea.

Mercury comes along and pops up where you least expect, reminding us that it’s impossible to try and outwit circumstance. It only leads to lying, cheating and stealing, which most of us do not have appetite for. Awareness and a willingness to deal with the present acts like magic in the hands of the Trickster. I believe many of us common folk will have the opportunity during this retrograde period and beyond to choose between sleight of hand and willingness to stay awake even or especially when we are not sure where we are going. Out of this can come great art, new business ideas, and best of all, love. Most likely we will see the fruits of our efforts after Mercury goes direct. Surprise yourself. Sometimes things that seem doomed can take us to new and amazing realities. Especially when Mercury is retrograde.

Days to pay attention to Mercury are:

  • August 26: Sun conjunct Mercury: Be reflective.
  • August 31st: Mercury retrogrades back into Leo and activates the eclipse degree: Practice awareness and presence.
  • August 3: Mercury conjunct Mars: Respond not react.

Warm regards,


PS – join our healing session so to help resonate with the best of Mercury retrograde.  Mini long distance session on August 12th by Carolyn Winter.  A full repatterning with me as proxy and Carolyn doing the session in a live broadcast on August 16th at 6:00pm.  Join us!

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Mercury retrograde – Another chance to slow down and reflect

Mercury retrograde is always a reminder to listen, learn, clean up and sort. In the practical, earthy sign of Taurus this is even more so. Much of the retrograde will, however be in Aries, a more confrontive sign than Taurus. Before and after the actual time when Mercury goes direct (April 25th – May 12th) Mercury will be conjunct Uranus, planet of revolution and revelation. The combination of Taurus and Aries here makes me think that we should be paying attention to protecting and caring for the things we deem as valuable because there will be many unexpected changes once it goes direct on May 3rd.



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When is Mercury Retrograde in 2017?

Bracken House - London

Bracken House – London (Photo credit: Remko van Dokkum)

When is Mercury Retrograde in 2017?

When is it Retrograde in 2017?  Mercury is retrograde 3 times in 2017.   Make a note and plan around these dates!:

April 09, 2017 – May 3, 2017
Shadow from: Mar. 28  May. 21

August 12, 2017 – September 05, 2017 28
Shadow from: Jul. 25  – Shadow till:  Sep. 19

December 03, 2017 – December 23rd 2017
Shadow from: November 15   –  January 11  2018

If you would like to boost your energy throughout these retrograde periods join Julie and I for our Aligned for Mercury Retrograde Healing Sessions.  We use Resonance Repatterning to help all participants align with the energy and make the most of it.


Does Mercury Retrograde make you anxious?  Repatterning can help. Read our latest blog post.

The energy for all your efforts will flow more smoothly during these times if, where possible you postpone taking new initiatives,  launching new projects, taking major trips, signing contracts or buying big things.  Sometimes of course this is not possible in which case you want to be aware of all the details, do your research and make sure you aren’t acting out of fear or desperation. An astrologer can give you specific details of how this influence will play out in your life.

Generally, it’s a great time to take stock and put things in order.  Remember, to every cycle there is a beginning middle and an end.  To make a smooth transition from one period to the next it is helpful to appreciate where we have been, name our regrets, and revise our plans before moving forward.  Often after a busy period of launching a new project, working extended hours, and pushing the envelope on life, our environment suffers.  Your desk may be a mess, you’ve put off routine maintenance tasks or have not had time to get things fixed.  A Mercury retrograde period can make for a very elegant transition period.  Cleaning out closets and drawers, organizing your home and office, getting things fixed or repaired are all great Mercury retrograde activities. It’s an excellent time to edit your life.

So before starting the next year, use these dates to plot and strategically arrange important events such as  major purchases and significant business initiatives. Use the retrograde periods to actively plan, evaluate, and put life back in order.

Your questions, comments and insights are welcomed.

With love and light,

Carolyn & Julie

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