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3 Steps to Moving Forward When Mercury is Going Backward

As we march to the end of a challenging astrological year, we find ourselves right in the middle of our final Mercury Retrograde. The good news: Our favorite bi-directional planet will be direct before Christmas. This retrograde has a strong Neptunian influence. So we have Mercury which is about communication and Neptune which, well… if daydreaming had a planet, Neptune would be it. Think of a time when you were listening to a lecture on a very important subject and your mind drifted off to chores at home, and who was going to ask you to the prom and how you should get your hair done…. Then the teacher calls out, “POP QUIZ!” To add to the stress, we are...

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Saturn Direct: Control and Boundaries

As Fall approaches, we are breathing easier as the dust of the summer's energies continues to wane. Beautiful, ringed Saturn is direct as of September 6th. Saturn is the planet of control and boundaries. During its retrograde, we look at our how we feel about control.Do you need everything lined up, neat and tidy? Do you want to be in charge of every aspect of your life, and maybe a few other people's? Do you hate being controlled or manipulated and feel like you are suffocating?What about your relationship with boundaries? Do you set strong boundaries and insist that others respect them? Do you fail to set boundaries and feel victimized by all of the trespassers? Do you regularly cross...

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Responding With Love

Each day does not come with a schedule of  unplanned events or blueprint of the energies or moods you will encounter. It can be easy to fall into despair when all of those around you are angry or sad. It is easy to feel like a victim when unfortunate events and communications breakdowns seem to bombard you without letting up.  When you pull away, it may feel selfish and unloving to you, yet sometimes it is necessary. A little "me" time can leave you feeling refreshed and help you to respond to people with a bit more love and compassion.  When you can't physically, pull away, train yourself to do so emotionally. This is not the same as not caring,...

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Holding On to Your Power

These days, life can feel out of control. You may feel like a puppet of the Universe, unable to do anything to change your life for the better. Many feel this way and while some will work through their issues, others will seek to empower themselves by disempowering others.  In reality, no one can take your power. But they can convinced you to give it away.  How do they do this? By making you want to give it away.  The Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz did this quite expertly with the apple tree spirits. The trees didn't want to give away their fruit. But the Scarecrow baited them into throwing them at the hungry travelers. Hence, they gave away,...

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