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~ Stick # 64 ~

Two good friends were in business together;
The richer gave the poorer a larger share.
Such virtue did not go unrewarded, and very soon
Both became ministers under the great king.

TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATION

Working together with others is your best hope for advancement and profit. Form close friendships, and affairs will be settled quickly. Great chances are very close, and you will soon receive pleasing news. Investments will most likely prosper, and you will recover from most illnesses quickly.

REFLECTION
Quiet acts of kindness may seem insignificant, but in fact, they make you into the sort of person that kings and emperors would like as a friend. Nothing is too small to count. Cultivate kindness and compassion in your life. Discover how this will bring you a better fortune, because it will make you a better person.


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Each day I sit down, take up the cup of sticks and ask the same question, “What does the Keen community need to know or hear today?”  I shake the cup until a stick (or 2 or 3…) falls out.  I then post the stick number and the meanings for you to get what you can out of them.

The sticks themselves are a form of I-Ching.  There are a total of 64 sticks in the set that I use* with a poem and small interpretation/story to go along with each stick.   The poems, meanings and reflections are meant to be read and (as a good friend of mine once said) marinated in.  In our culture, we’ve grown accustomed to getting instant gratification.  In other words, we’re used to everything being given to us with little or no work on our parts.  These readings are the exact opposite of that type of attitude.

Chinese Fortune sticks are meant to make us slow down and reflect on what is being said.  As each sticks’ meaning can be profoundly personal to each person who reads them, it’s more important for you to read them rather than have someone give you a watered down version.  These readings are meant to sing to a level of your consciousness and bring you a measure of peace, or at least enlightenment.

The best way to get the most you can out of these readings is to approach them with an open mind.  Before sitting down to read that morning’s reading, make some quiet time for yourself.  Sit still for a moment and clear your mind.  Silence the chatter in your head and take a few deep breaths, letting them out slowly.  Once you feel yourself slow down a little (or a lot), read through the reading of the day.  Go over it a few times if you feel the need.  Then take a moment, sit back and think about what that reading means for you.  Some will be very straightforward; others require a bit more thinking.  Either way, let the reading from the sticks guide you that day on the decisions or experiences you have.  These aren’t meant to tell you what to think, but rather to help you look at things in a different way or to allow you to access truths you already have.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me!!


* written by Zhao Xiaomin & Martin Palmer
~ Stick # 58 ~

One state stood above the other six
And sought to conquer the whole of the land.
But one man united the six together,
And resisted the aggression of the seventh.

TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATION
This is a very promising fortune, but your fate ultimately lies with your own ability to make decisions and take the initiative. You should strive to be firm and assertive in order to overcome your problems. Although you may be suffering from illness now, it is not likely to have serious consequences. Now is a very good time to form close personal relationships.

REFLECTION
The brutal triumph of the Chin Emperor in 221 BC has left a deep scar on the Chinese psyche. The Chin kingdom defeated the other kingdoms and crushed all resistance. Thus this poem, which says what might have been, warns you to resist the growth of threatening forces by cooperating with others in the same situation. To allow division and disagreement to stand in the way of united opposition would be to leave yourself vulnerable to attack and takeover.



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Each day I sit down, take up the cup of sticks and ask the same question, “What does the Keen community need to know or hear today?”  I shake the cup until a stick (or 2 or 3…) falls out.  I then post the stick number and the meanings for you to get what you can out of them.

The sticks themselves are a form of I-Ching.  There are a total of 64 sticks in the set that I use* with a poem and small interpretation/story to go along with each stick.   The poems, meanings and reflections are meant to be read and (as a good friend of mine once said) marinated in.  In our culture, we’ve grown accustomed to getting instant gratification.  In other words, we’re used to everything being given to us with little or no work on our parts.  These readings are the exact opposite of that type of attitude.

Chinese Fortune sticks are meant to make us slow down and reflect on what is being said.  As each sticks’ meaning can be profoundly personal to each person who reads them, it’s more important for you to read them rather than have someone give you a watered down version.  These readings are meant to sing to a level of your consciousness and bring you a measure of peace, or at least enlightenment.

The best way to get the most you can out of these readings is to approach them with an open mind.  Before sitting down to read that morning’s reading, make some quiet time for yourself.  Sit still for a moment and clear your mind.  Silence the chatter in your head and take a few deep breaths, letting them out slowly.  Once you feel yourself slow down a little (or a lot), read through the reading of the day.  Go over it a few times if you feel the need.  Then take a moment, sit back and think about what that reading means for you.  Some will be very straightforward; others require a bit more thinking.  Either way, let the reading from the sticks guide you that day on the decisions or experiences you have.  These aren’t meant to tell you what to think, but rather to help you look at things in a different way or to allow you to access truths you already have.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me!!


* written by Zhao Xiaomin & Martin Palmer
~ Stick # 36 ~

You are ill and caught up in problems, but be calm.
Many benefits and riches are waiting for you still.
A clever monkey can loose himself from a golden chain,
And roam about freely in his mountain home.

TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATION
Like the monkey the fortune describes, you will be able to free yourself from your current problems, provided you are cunning. Once these problems are over, very little will be beyond your reach. People close to you may have an uncertain time for a while, but your own prosperity is virtually assured. Look for the lost (be they people or objects) far away from where you are now.

REFLECTION
The image of the monkey on a golden chain is a favorite one in China, used to express a conundrum. The pet monkey has all it needs by way of food, drink, and luxury - hence the gold chain. But it does not have freedom. The sage Chuang Tzu was once asked to become a minister in the Emperor's court. He refused, saying he would feel like the sacrificed bull, which is well-fed but destined for destruction. He wanted to remain free. Are you trapped in a world of goods that is like a golden chain around your neck?



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Each day I sit down, take up the cup of sticks and ask the same question, “What does the Keen community need to know or hear today?”  I shake the cup until a stick (or 2 or 3…) falls out.  I then post the stick number and the meanings for you to get what you can out of them.

The sticks themselves are a form of I-Ching.  There are a total of 64 sticks in the set that I use* with a poem and small interpretation/story to go along with each stick.   The poems, meanings and reflections are meant to be read and (as a good friend of mine once said) marinated in.  In our culture, we’ve grown accustomed to getting instant gratification.  In other words, we’re used to everything being given to us with little or no work on our parts.  These readings are the exact opposite of that type of attitude.

Chinese Fortune sticks are meant to make us slow down and reflect on what is being said.  As each sticks’ meaning can be profoundly personal to each person who reads them, it’s more important for you to read them rather than have someone give you a watered down version.  These readings are meant to sing to a level of your consciousness and bring you a measure of peace, or at least enlightenment.

The best way to get the most you can out of these readings is to approach them with an open mind.  Before sitting down to read that morning’s reading, make some quiet time for yourself.  Sit still for a moment and clear your mind.  Silence the chatter in your head and take a few deep breaths, letting them out slowly.  Once you feel yourself slow down a little (or a lot), read through the reading of the day.  Go over it a few times if you feel the need.  Then take a moment, sit back and think about what that reading means for you.  Some will be very straightforward; others require a bit more thinking.  Either way, let the reading from the sticks guide you that day on the decisions or experiences you have.  These aren’t meant to tell you what to think, but rather to help you look at things in a different way or to allow you to access truths you already have.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me!!


* written by Zhao Xiaomin & Martin Palmer
~ Stick # 56 ~

The hidden dagger in water becomes a dragon,
Soaring far into the sky over thousands of miles.
A story like this can mean nothing but good.
You will rise higher as the result of an ordeal.

TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATION

While a significant test is approaching in your life, you will gain enormously if you succeed in it. This is a very opportune time to put any plans into action. Although you will encounter difficulties, remember that persistence is the best solution - splendid opportunities await you, and you can persevere despite your troubles. Events may take some time to turn to your advantage, but eventual success and a happy life are most likely.

REFLECTION
Whatever is troubling you now will (if handled well) become a source of great joy and success for you. The dagger symbolizes the danger or problems you currently face. The dragon symbolizes the ability to rise above your present circumstances and emerge triumphant.



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Each day I sit down, take up the cup of sticks and ask the same question, “What does the Keen community need to know or hear today?”  I shake the cup until a stick (or 2 or 3…) falls out.  I then post the stick number and the meanings for you to get what you can out of them.

The sticks themselves are a form of I-Ching.  There are a total of 64 sticks in the set that I use* with a poem and small interpretation/story to go along with each stick.   The poems, meanings and reflections are meant to be read and (as a good friend of mine once said) marinated in.  In our culture, we’ve grown accustomed to getting instant gratification.  In other words, we’re used to everything being given to us with little or no work on our parts.  These readings are the exact opposite of that type of attitude.

Chinese Fortune sticks are meant to make us slow down and reflect on what is being said.  As each sticks’ meaning can be profoundly personal to each person who reads them, it’s more important for you to read them rather than have someone give you a watered down version.  These readings are meant to sing to a level of your consciousness and bring you a measure of peace, or at least enlightenment.

The best way to get the most you can out of these readings is to approach them with an open mind.  Before sitting down to read that morning’s reading, make some quiet time for yourself.  Sit still for a moment and clear your mind.  Silence the chatter in your head and take a few deep breaths, letting them out slowly.  Once you feel yourself slow down a little (or a lot), read through the reading of the day.  Go over it a few times if you feel the need.  Then take a moment, sit back and think about what that reading means for you.  Some will be very straightforward; others require a bit more thinking.  Either way, let the reading from the sticks guide you that day on the decisions or experiences you have.  These aren’t meant to tell you what to think, but rather to help you look at things in a different way or to allow you to access truths you already have.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me!!


* written by Zhao Xiaomin & Martin Palmer
~ Stick # 37 ~

A great scholar knows the laws of Nature,
Seeing that as you sow, so shall you also reap.
There is no use praying to Heaven for your sins.
You will only find redemption in righteous living.

TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATION
Words are of no use without deeds to accompany them. You should try to settle the problems you have now, and (as always) kind deeds are the best way to assure a good fortune. Wealth and status are beyond your reach at the moment, but personal relationships are more favored by fate. Sickness will only pass if you seek some medical assistance.

REFLECTION
This poem seems to echo the words of Jesus. Not only did He say you reap what you sow, but He also said that those who simply prayed would not enter Heaven; only those who cared for the sick, the poor, those in prison, for example, would get there. This poem says the same. Forget religious practices and rituals, meditation or crystal gazing. Unless you live a life of service to others, how can you expect Heaven's favors?



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Each day I sit down, take up the cup of sticks and ask the same question, “What does the Keen community need to know or hear today?”  I shake the cup until a stick (or 2 or 3…) falls out.  I then post the stick number and the meanings for you to get what you can out of them.

The sticks themselves are a form of I-Ching.  There are a total of 64 sticks in the set that I use* with a poem and small interpretation/story to go along with each stick.   The poems, meanings and reflections are meant to be read and (as a good friend of mine once said) marinated in.  In our culture, we’ve grown accustomed to getting instant gratification.  In other words, we’re used to everything being given to us with little or no work on our parts.  These readings are the exact opposite of that type of attitude.

Chinese Fortune sticks are meant to make us slow down and reflect on what is being said.  As each sticks’ meaning can be profoundly personal to each person who reads them, it’s more important for you to read them rather than have someone give you a watered down version.  These readings are meant to sing to a level of your consciousness and bring you a measure of peace, or at least enlightenment.

The best way to get the most you can out of these readings is to approach them with an open mind.  Before sitting down to read that morning’s reading, make some quiet time for yourself.  Sit still for a moment and clear your mind.  Silence the chatter in your head and take a few deep breaths, letting them out slowly.  Once you feel yourself slow down a little (or a lot), read through the reading of the day.  Go over it a few times if you feel the need.  Then take a moment, sit back and think about what that reading means for you.  Some will be very straightforward; others require a bit more thinking.  Either way, let the reading from the sticks guide you that day on the decisions or experiences you have.  These aren’t meant to tell you what to think, but rather to help you look at things in a different way or to allow you to access truths you already have.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me!!


* written by Zhao Xiaomin & Martin Palmer
~ Stick # 57 ~

Close your ears to rumour and scandal;
Your lot is a harvest of food and fine clothes.
Put all sorrow and woe out of your mind,
Place your trust in me and joy will be yours.

TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATION

This fortune is like a mother's lullaby to her baby. Just as a devoted mother cradles and protects her child, so you are protected by fate. Everything is well looked after at the moment, so you should have very few worries. It is wise to stay where you are and avoid travel, as your current situation is well-favored by fortune. Also, it would probably be a good idea to make long-term investments.

REFLECTION

Think not of what others say, but remain true to the child within. Have faith. Trust those around you who have your best interests at heart. Ignore those who try to provoke you or who offer suspect advice. Listen to your conscience and your heart, and find the right way forward.



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Each day I sit down, take up the cup of sticks and ask the same question, “What does the Keen community need to know or hear today?”  I shake the cup until a stick (or 2 or 3…) falls out.  I then post the stick number and the meanings for you to get what you can out of them.

The sticks themselves are a form of I-Ching.  There are a total of 64 sticks in the set that I use* with a poem and small interpretation/story to go along with each stick.   The poems, meanings and reflections are meant to be read and (as a good friend of mine once said) marinated in.  In our culture, we’ve grown accustomed to getting instant gratification.  In other words, we’re used to everything being given to us with little or no work on our parts.  These readings are the exact opposite of that type of attitude.

Chinese Fortune sticks are meant to make us slow down and reflect on what is being said.  As each sticks’ meaning can be profoundly personal to each person who reads them, it’s more important for you to read them rather than have someone give you a watered down version.  These readings are meant to sing to a level of your consciousness and bring you a measure of peace, or at least enlightenment.

The best way to get the most you can out of these readings is to approach them with an open mind.  Before sitting down to read that morning’s reading, make some quiet time for yourself.  Sit still for a moment and clear your mind.  Silence the chatter in your head and take a few deep breaths, letting them out slowly.  Once you feel yourself slow down a little (or a lot), read through the reading of the day.  Go over it a few times if you feel the need.  Then take a moment, sit back and think about what that reading means for you.  Some will be very straightforward; others require a bit more thinking.  Either way, let the reading from the sticks guide you that day on the decisions or experiences you have.  These aren’t meant to tell you what to think, but rather to help you look at things in a different way or to allow you to access truths you already have.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me!!


* written by Zhao Xiaomin & Martin Palmer
~ Stick # 28 ~

The scholar made a pledge on the bridge,
Saying 'I shall not cross here again,
Unless I come in a horse-drawn carriage.'
Fortune blessed him; he crossed the bridge again.

TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATION
You cannot achieve all your goals immediately. Be patient: wealth and status take both effort and time to achieve, but eventually the trappings of prosperity will be yours. You should work on personal relationships before committing yourself permanently to them. While business problems will soon be resolved, your health may be bad for some time.

REFLECTION
A scholar in China had many opportunities for success once he passed the Imperial exams, for honor and lucrative appointments lay that way. But to achieve this he had to devote himself to study every day and for many years. It was usually worth it. Take time - you must work for what you want, not just assume it is yours by right.



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Each day I sit down, take up the cup of sticks and ask the same question, “What does the Keen community need to know or hear today?”  I shake the cup until a stick (or 2 or 3…) falls out.  I then post the stick number and the meanings for you to get what you can out of them.

The sticks themselves are a form of I-Ching.  There are a total of 64 sticks in the set that I use* with a poem and small interpretation/story to go along with each stick.   The poems, meanings and reflections are meant to be read and (as a good friend of mine once said) marinated in.  In our culture, we’ve grown accustomed to getting instant gratification.  In other words, we’re used to everything being given to us with little or no work on our parts.  These readings are the exact opposite of that type of attitude.

Chinese Fortune sticks are meant to make us slow down and reflect on what is being said.  As each sticks’ meaning can be profoundly personal to each person who reads them, it’s more important for you to read them rather than have someone give you a watered down version.  These readings are meant to sing to a level of your consciousness and bring you a measure of peace, or at least enlightenment.

The best way to get the most you can out of these readings is to approach them with an open mind.  Before sitting down to read that morning’s reading, make some quiet time for yourself.  Sit still for a moment and clear your mind.  Silence the chatter in your head and take a few deep breaths, letting them out slowly.  Once you feel yourself slow down a little (or a lot), read through the reading of the day.  Go over it a few times if you feel the need.  Then take a moment, sit back and think about what that reading means for you.  Some will be very straightforward; others require a bit more thinking.  Either way, let the reading from the sticks guide you that day on the decisions or experiences you have.  These aren’t meant to tell you what to think, but rather to help you look at things in a different way or to allow you to access truths you already have.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me!!


* written by Zhao Xiaomin & Martin Palmer
Now, in the spirit of communication, here's the next part of Robert Wilkinson's Mercury Retrograde series for this particular round of fun. So grab your garnets, dust mops and unfinished projects and get to finishing!  Take time, slow down your communications and think about the things that are being said, both to and by you.  Use this period of time - don't let it use you.

Take care of yourself.  Be good to yourself.  Be patient with yourself.

Thank you all for allowing me to be a part of your journey.


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Mercury Retrograde in Leo in July-August 2018 – Concentrating on the Inner to Be More at Ease in the World

by Robert Wilkinson

Today we take a look at important Sabian Symbols, aspects, and other important factors in play the next three weeks as Mercury is retrograde in Leo.

This Mercury retrograde begins 10:03 pm PDT July 25, 6:03 am BST July 26. The retrograde moves from 24 Leo back to 12 Leo, with the Inferior conjunction of Mercury and the Sun occurring at 17 Leo on August 8-9. As this retrograde begins in the third decan of Leo, it deals with the individual, mental, and spiritual levels of life, and has a sub-influence of Aries.

The Sabian Symbol for Mercury’s Stationary Retrograde Degree

The Sabian Symbol for the 24th degree of Leo is “An untidy, unkempt man.” In the Astrology of Personality, where Rudhyar uses the original Dr. Jones' class notes on the symbols, 24 Leo is said to be a symbol of “Spiritual emphasis at the expense of outer refinement,” “interior focalization of energies,” “self-abnegation,” and “character.”

In the Astrological Mandala, he says this degree involves “an interior focalization of energy and consciousness at the expense of all forms of outward activity and care,” showing the training we need in “intense concentration” if we want to have transcendent experiences and any sense of “God consciousness.” He states we must “learn self-discipline” if we want to reach the goal of “true Yoga.”

He says this is a technique to reach an envisioned goal, with the “means” being “total concentration.” He says it falls in the span of “Interpretation,” and it’s the technical degree of the emotional-cultural level of the scene of Release in the Act of Stabilization.

According to Dr. Jones, creator of the Sabian Symbols, the degree is one of ”the complete self-obsession which human individuality may exhibit” in terms of “an insensitiveness to every exaction or reward of the world.” He speaks of “the values of an inner refining of self and a need to use and exalt rather than hoard the physical and psychological possessions.”

He tells us “paradoxically enough the bringing of reality to center is a development and sharing of its potentialities,” and offers us the keyword of IMPERTURBABILITY. He states that when operating in a positive manner, this degree is "an ease of outer accomplishment thanks to the inner intensification and increasing sensibility.”

So we’ll be using our retrograde Mercury function to send and/or receive impressions and ideas related to previous things, people, and experiences which forced us to go inward, focusing intensely on the inner rather than the outer. Some may return to a prior state of not worrying about superficial things and appearances, or remember times when they had to focus inward and concentrate on the essence rather than the form. We may get glimpses or roundabout signals about past times we turned away from outer things and found forms of release emotionally and socially, whether letting go or demonstrating our inner nature.

This retrograde will slow things down so we can take a new look at recent developments so we can find a new approach to issues of inner or outer space. As with all Mercury retrogrades, some projects may have to be postponed, or a new way found to make something be more relevant to our current life. This can give us insights into why we need to get a new angle of seeing things, going inward rather than keep going in unfulfilling directions. All of us will get glimpses of how our past experiences and choices since the last Mercury retrograde have led us to a new view of Leo-related things in our past.

Short Term Future Triggers

During this Mercury retrograde period, pay attention to the roundabout signs and signals you’re receiving about past and present times you need(ed) to turn your concentration and focus inward. These lessons will be illuminated when the Sun crosses this degree between 2:50 pm PDT August 15 and 3:50 pm PDT the next day. The themes of 24 Leo will remain in in focus through the time Mercury re-crosses this degree around Sept 1-2, when it finishes its 2nd forward motion shadow transit.

It should be a great time to see things we didn’t understand before, or perhaps reclaim something from the past. Here we take a look back and reconsider or renew some prior value. We can find a new angle of perspective on what we need to coordinate our lives to express our Soul, and revise and/or renew some things from the past. I gave you a lot about the themes of this retrograde period in prior articles in this series, so please check them out when you’re done here. Links at the bottom of this post.

As with all Mercury retrogrades, we can use this time to take a look back at whatever in the past has recently begun. This one in Leo helps us re-shape our way of expressing Leo energy in the house where that sign is active in our chart.

Behind the Scenes in this Aries Retrograde

While in Leo, Mercury is ruled by the Sun in Leo. This sign gives Mercury confidence, sticking power, and creativity, and an ability to create a style that is natural and authentic, if a bit egocentric.

There will be a small shift when the Sun enters the Sagittarius decan of Leo on August 2, and again when it enters the Aries decan on August 12. The major shift will be when Mercury is direct and still in Leo when the Sun enters Virgo on Aug 22-23, at which time the Sun and Mercury will be in “Mutual Reception,” a very powerful self-reinforcing “closed loop” of energies that reinforce each other. Mercury will move from being VERY fiery to more naturally earthy at that time.

Aspects

This should be an extraordinary retrograde period since there is a mixed bag of favorable and unfavorable aspects going on at the beginning of this retrograde, which will make the same aspects retrograde as it has when direct up to this point. Of note is that Mercury makes very few aspects at this time, showing a biquintile to Mercury, a quindecile to Venus, a binovile to Jupiter, and a quadraelftile to Saturn.

Once Mercury starts moving retrograde and making aspects, there will be quite a few important ones that will mirror recent ones it made while in forward motion. It begins its station with a binovile to Jupiter, followed by a quadranovile to Mars. Then in early August Mercury makes a triseptile to Neptune at the same time as a quincunx to Pluto, and then shortly after a quincunx to Neptune at the same time as a triseptile to Pluto. We also see a novile, then semisquare, and then a septile with Venus during that week, along with a sesquisquare to Saturn and a binovile to Uranus.

This will be an intense “expansion through sacrifice” period, marking several forks in the road of destiny related to what we want to express and what we want to release. After it goes direct in mid-August, it will make all the outer planet aspects again. That will be the third time it’s made some of these aspects!

For the inner planets, forming or barely partile separating aspects at this Mercury station shows the Moon trine Venus, pentelftile the Sun, vigintile Mars, sextile Jupiter, tredecile Urnaus, sextile Neptune, and conjunct Pluto; Venus is semisquare the Sun, sesquisquare Mars, sesquisquare Uranus, opposed Neptune, and trine Pluto; and the Sun opposes Mars, quincunx Saturn, and square Uranus. Outer planet aspects include Mars binovile Jupiter, semi-sextile Saturn, and square Uranus; Jupiter septile Saturn, trine Neptune, and bielftile Pluto; Saturn trine Uranus and quintile Neptune; and Uranus semisquare Neptune and biseptile Pluto.

As you can see, the friction is strong with Venus, Mars, and Uranus creating a “Hammer of Thor,” as well as 3 points of a Rhombus Diamond. That “cutting, grinding, and polishing” energy will be most evident for those with planets near 1-5 Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius, as well as 16-20 Pisces, Gemini, Virgo, and Sagittarius. With the Sun forming a powerful Fixed T-square with the void in early Scorpio, be a builder, see the symbolic dimension and meaning to things, and be patient as these are “jagged edge” types of energies.

The strong Earth trines between Moon/Pluto and Venus opens very favorable energies in the middle degrees of the Earth and Water signs, so make the most of it! The quincunx from the Sun to Saturn will force major adjustments in how we’re using Saturn in our lives, with maximum productivity in returning to source and skillfully navigating intense and sometimes crowded interactions with others.

The Moon at 16 Capricorn conjunct Pluto at 20 indicates a VERY intense and purifying Mercury retrograde period! It indicates a time when we have to get to the core of things, and be willing to “exercise” with others in ways that further group consciousness and cooperation. The trines mentioned above throw a favorable void into Taurus, so remember that the old answers and knowledge cannot confirm your new conditions, and once you’ve purified your mind and rooted out musty dark corners of thinking, then a new surge of higher experience can pour out. Some will find themselves in ecstacy if these trines configure in their charts!

So the Moon is on a degree of training for some group activity, putting the focus on cooperation. When in doubt, exercise! The Sun is on a degree of demonstrating our ability to “conquer our animal nature” to get the attention of our peers. Look at the social patterns of behavior, and show good taste as you strut your stuff! So the Light is about proving our skill, the Moon is about doing cooperative exercises with others, Mars is showing us “the power of our spiritual ancestry,” Jupiter shows the need to build lines of communication, and Saturn is showing us the need to get outside our comfort zone if we want to see who is really into what our group work is all about.

Remember, because of the RX quality, it may a) take a roundabout way to get there, b) require a delay before we understand what these things are about, or c) we’ll see how we’ve begun parts of our training and preparation, and now have to connect the dots or renew something we neglected.

In future Mercury retrograde articles, we’ll explore Mercury Retrograde in the various houses so you can figure out where it will affect your chart, as well as the coming Inferior Conjunction and what it means, and what we can expect during the weeks in August and September after it goes direct August 18-19.

A New Look At Mercury Retrograde

If you want to know what we can expect from Mercury retrograde in Leo, as well as all the other signs and houses, if you haven't already gotten your copy, please consider getting my award-winning 2nd edition of A New Look At Mercury Retrograde.

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Here's the Createspace link to the page where you can purchase a paperback edition of A New Look at Mercury Retrograde, and here’s the link to where you can order your ebook copy of A New Look at Mercury Retrograde.

Previous articles in this series:

Mercury Retrograde in Leo in July-August 2018 - What it Means for Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

Mercury Retrograde – Time For A New Look at the Guide of Souls

Mercury Retrograde in July-August 2018 – An Overview

The Guide of Souls in July 2018 - Mercury Slowing Down, Preparing to go Retrograde at 24 Leo

Mercury Has Now Entered its Shadow Zone at 12 Leo

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