Flavor of mercury retrograde November 16 – December 6: Fire and water

Mercury retrograde is actually not something to write in your date book in the hope that you will be reminded to catch all the mistakes, misspellings and mishaps before they wreak havoc. It’s not about avoidance. It’s a reminder that we humans need time to contemplate, to consider, to reflect and remember. Otherwise our mind overtakes our soul and we slip head first into a kind of oblivion of distraction, stress and confusion; states of being that are not desirable or necessary.

Mercury will square Neptune and Mars (which will be conjunct each other) as well as conjunct Jupiter and the Sun which it always does when retrograde.

It seems to me that this period is ‘introducing’ a new level of confusion which lasts into January at least as Jupiter will also, then square Neptune. We can practice with courage and persistence our ability to hold steady in the face of the chaos we all seem to be feeling: To slow down when we start to panic and consider what is really real. When Neptune gets involved there is a lot of confusion and delusion but there is also transcendence which isn’t so much about being above it all as being spacious and allowing for the inevitability of change. When Mars is involved we often feel impelled to act but Mars works best in Pisces when actions are based on true feeling which can only be known when we are relaxed and allow things to show themselves.

The most important day of any Mercury retrograde period is the conjunction with the Sun which happens on November 27th at 5 degrees of Sagittarius, quite near the Jupiter Mars square. This conglomeration is active from November 26th – November 28th. Do not get carried off on a river of misinformation and meaningless details. Rather listen to the voice of reason and/or truth that can only be heard in stillness. Then, if you must, take action.  

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

Mercury retrograde November 16th (8:33 PM EST)

Mercury square Neptune: At the time of the retrograde (November 16th) but this aspect is not exact which might be a good thing! A little less confusion.

Mercury square Mars: November 26 (3:06 AM EST)

Sun conjunct Mercury: November 27th (04:15 AM EST)

Mercury conjunct Jupiter: November 27th (5:27 PM EST)

Mercury direct December 6th (04:22 PM EST)

Mercury enters the shadow of the retrograde period (setting up the issues) around October 29th and leaves the shadow, thereby indicating a release of the issues after December 25th

Warm regards,


Resonate with being aligned with Mercury Retrograde and make the best of this energy!

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How to wind wool mercury retrograde style…

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This Mercury retrograde update your internal GPS…

Yes, Mercury is retrograde just as most people in the northern hemisphere’s are departing for a summer vacation.   Aficionado’s will know that Mercury retrograde loves to mess with travels plans.  It’s a time when you can expect delays, lose your ticket, and get hassled at border crossing.  The location of the  party you were invited to  is not exactly showing up in your GPS or it is taking you in an unending loop.  You can get lost or at least feel lost.

How do you react when travel does not go according to plan? Do you manage the unexpected glitches with inner calm or panic? Do you look for the new opportunity or become a victim?  It can be a challenge because we are out of our comfort zone of home and being delayed or lost can trigger feelings of uncertainty that morphs into anxiety.  Not exactly a great vacation state of mind.

Mercury retrograde invites you to double check all travel plans, update your car GPS, or get a map, and have some back up plans.  Make sure your passport is up-to-date, your insurance and drivers license is where its suppose to be, check all the little pockets in your luggage before putting it away,  and make sure everyone you are travelling with is familiar with the plan (or find out for yourself) .   When the unexpected occurs, try to remain positive and look for the silver lining.  Maybe, the universe sent you down the wrong road to avoid an accident.

Under these circumstances, I like to play the synchronicity game to make the best of Mercury retrograde energy. Either I will reflect on the question “What is the message the universe is trying to send me?” or I will pose a question – any question (i.e. “What is my next best career move?”) .  I then look to the subsequent ensuing events as answers to my questions.  Either way it is an opportunity for inner reflection.   When travel goes offtrack – at least I am sure I am on the road less traveled.

with love and light


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Scrubbing the “To Do” List clean

Looking at the gold of Mercury retrograde, I love the aspect of addressing unfinished business.  For me that translates into dozens of “To Do” lists.  I have so many that some have fallen of the edge of my table, are still filed under last April or May or are completely missing in action.  I love having the lists for the euphoria of being able to cross something off.  However, if at the end of the day the 10 things I wanted to complete are still on the list, I feel a little defeated.

This Mercury retrograde seems to be anticipating me!  Since the shadow of this Mercury retrograde started up, I have consciously said NO to several new things; resisted going to the sales at the fabric stores, and at least consolidated my projects list.  I have found myself not haphazardly putting stuff away from my crafting world but organizing each item’s placement in my world.  I emptied the bottom drawer of my 1990’s wide drawer filing cabinet and filled it with the numerous small sewing projects (Tea cozies, wall hangings, bags etc) and went the distance to take a picture of each one to create an actual file and list of projects – the ultimate to do list.   The net result is that i can now see my office floor and while my shelves are not yet sporting a minimalist look…they look organized!

It is enough of a shift that i actually feel a huge space opening of inner freedom and a stream of motivation to tackle the remaining lists!   Mercury retrograde begins on Wednesday July 25th and Julie and I will be doing the alignment session that day.  I am looking forward to the expansive energy the session will bring to everyone in the group and how my to do lists will be helped!

How are you anticipating and using the positive energy of Mercury Retrograde?

With love and light

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