Masters at Manifesting and Navigating the Retrograde Planets
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Masters at Manifesting
and Navigating the Retrograde Planets

We've all been experiencing the intensity and transition of having four planets retrograde over the past couple of months and the last few weeks have been especially difficult for a lot of people. Many folks have passed over, relationships are turbulent, careers are shifting, and our energy is low. We've all experienced some form of loss either within our immediate circle or within the global community.
Many of us are re-visiting old patterns, themes, and issues one more time - like it or not- and we know what's no longer working. We also recognize how uncomfortable change can be. Frankly this scares the heck out of most of us and creates fear and anxiety that can stop us from moving forward.  
Times of great transition require that we let go of those things that no longer serve us and make a bold new choice. We may have no idea what the future holds, but our past offers us this insight...we must do things differently. 

Perhaps it's not quite time to totally begin anew but it is time to finish up the ways of old and lay the foundation for a new way of living. Admitting your truth (to yourself) is the first step. Trusting Spirit is the second step. Taking guided action sets the plan in motion.
Many of us keep asking for a sign repeatedly, thinking we’re not observant. Trust me, it’s been given. My guess is, you might not like it and therefore say to Spirit “Oh no, that can’t be it, that’s too difficult and might bring me emotional distress. Send me an easier choice.” If we resist change and ignore not only our inner calling, but the spiritual signs being offered, Spirit will step in and create scenarios that help change occur. These scenarios can be big, uncomfortable, and undeniable.

What I know to be true is we're masters at manifesting. Most of us tend to think of manifesting as creating specific material items, the perfect job, or a romantic relationship in our lives, and more often than not, we think we’re awful at it. Reality is we create both the positive and the negative and we tend to focus on negative things a lot more often than positive ones. Care to guess what shows up?
Our negative and fearful feelings are powerful and by focusing on them so intently (by all the worry, negative conversations and negative self-talk) we create scenarios that bring about that which we fear.  If instead, we can refocus our attention on the present moment, and find things to be grateful for (however small), we can help minimize our fears and allow Spirit to calm our thoughts and guide us. A little bit of positive thought totally cancels negativity.
Begin with a positive idea of something you’d like to have in your life, (say a new car) and feel the positive feelings of joy and excitement of having already received it (driving it on a summer’s day, the new car smell when you open the door, shiny new wheels, people admiring the style and color). Dwell there. Even if it’s only for a few seconds. Each time you do, you’ll move yourself towards actually experiencing it.

I believe this retrograde period is a wonderful time to re-create our dreams, re-visit our plans, review our feelings, and re-examine our truth. Let these bubble up and inform you. Be with them. Then be fully present to all that is and your future will pull you forward, step by step as you listen to the calling of your heart.
Spiritual growth and walking the spiritual path doesn’t mean we don’t experience pain, heartache, or turbulent times. We’re human. It's part of our journey. Our personal path offers us incredible opportunities that bring us into a deep state of appreciation and compassion for our fellow travelers and a stronger connection with the Divine. I like to think of this as coming in small to God’s place and resting humbly in his presence.
Be brave. Listen to your truth. You’ve so got this.


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Mercury joins Mars, Pluto, Saturn & Jupiter in Retrograde April 28th

My friend Christina Caudill of Radiant Astrology posted this article today about Mercury retrograde. You can use the link above, or read the article below.

Article by Christina Caudill @ Radiant Astrology

Mercury will slow to station retrograde on Thursday, April 28 at 23 degrees Taurus as it reverses through the zodiac until it turns direct on May 22 at 14 degrees Taurus.

This Mercury retrograde in Taurus takes us on a journey of creation alchemy.  We’ll become intimate with our inner muse and instinctive desires for the purpose of transforming our lives to be in alignment with our core values.

Mercury is the planet that symbolizes communication, journeys and learning.  It’s normally associated with quickness, but in the fixed Earth sign of Taurus it’s more deliberate and thoughtful.

Taurus in Earth puts an emphasis on the physical world – computers, phones, keys, shoes, cars and our physical bodies – especially the throat – are likely to be affected by Mercury rx in Taurus.  Normal patterns are interrupted or these things break or get damaged, so take extra care of your physical body, items and environment.

Taurus is concerned with survival, self-sufficiency and self-worth.  It’s rooted, stable and grounded.  There’s a sense of withdrawal and limitation with Taurus so taking small, considered steps is key.

Mercury in Taurus can procrastinate, be lazy and downright stubborn.  But what it wants is substance.  Fortunately, this isn’t one of those wild and frantic Mercury rx periods, so we’ll be more able to take time to consider before making important decisions.

As with all retrogrades, our efforts are best spent in activities of “re-doing” such as reviewing, revising, re-evaluating.    

Withdrawing into ourselves to re-asses what we truly value and how we can more fully align with those values is the key lesson for this Taurus Mercury retrograde.  

Venus, the ruling Earth Goddess

Venus rules this Taurus Mercury retrograde so we may find ourselves reviewing our self-worth, money, possessions and sensuality.

She’ll join both Mercury rx and the Sun in Taurus on Friday, April 29 and for most of May we’ll have an Earth Grand trine bringing us back to our practical and organic Earthly nature.

Venus in her rulership of Taurus wants peace and luxury in the comfort of her own home. Her taste is refined, cultivated and of exceptional quality.  She’s stable, tactile and sensual.  

Retrogrades are a call to the past and soften the barriers between our conscious and subconscious minds, calling in our creative muse. Perhaps during this Mercury retrograde, you’ll re-visit a talent for painting, writing, pottery, singing or another creative pursuit and take the time needed to develop it with quality and devotion.

Mercury retrograde cycle – Alchemy of Reflection and Experimentation

As Mercury stations direct on Thursday, April 28 marking the start of the retrograde cycle, the lesson is one of withdrawal and reflection.  

This is a time to “bring home the knowledge of experience” and reflect on where we currently stand in terms of our survival needs, values and self-worth.   
May 9 is Mercury’s inferior conjunction with the Sun and the “climax” of the retrograde period.  Think of this as Mercury’s reaching a symbolic “full moon phase” of this cycle.

The intention then shifts to experimentation, risk and adventure.  At this point, we’ll be emerging from contemplation and acting on our intuitive insights and instinctive desires.  

The alchemy will have created a deeper sense of personal truth and self-worth within us that needs expression in the world.

Meanwhile, in other retrogrades…

Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto are all currently retrograde and with Mercury, that makes 5 planets retrograde at one time, intensifying our internal stirrings.  It’s quite an about-face from the All Planets Direct we experienced at the start of 2016.  

The call to the past is strong.  Connections to our ancestral lineage and the ancient wisdom passed down through generations is seeping through the collective consciousness.

There perhaps is no better symbol of this effect than the image of Harriet Tubman as the new face on the US currency (Taurus = money).  Her eyes speak to the courage and foresight of past generations and that which is truly valuable and timeless.

This Mercury retrograde, take the slow, scenic route and appreciate the view.  Slow down and be deliberate with your decisions and choice of words.  The time will come to re-emerge from the alchemy with a renewed voice and sense of value.

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