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Shadow Work: Dealing with Your Dark Side

Most of us learn from a young age that there two sides to everything. We have yes and no, good and bad and light and dark. We see the “yes, good and light,” as the states we desire to achieve and the “no, bad and dark” as that which we should strive to avoid. As children, we live for the “good girl/boy” moments, the good grades and the things that make us smile: candy, cartoons and summer vacations. We avoid the green vegetables, books and the discipline of the learning environment. While the lighter things in life are certainly blessings, it is our darkness that enables us to grow. The test that we breezed through may quickly fade in our...

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10 Ways to Thrive During Mercury Retrograde!

Our favorite retrograde is back! Hope you made the most of your “up” time, because it's time to kick back and review the last few months.  During the three weeks of Mercury Retrograde the suns closest neighbor appears to move backward in the sky. This intensifies the energy of the planet and can cause communications, electronic mishaps and delays. The effects can be felt for a week before retrograde and a week after the planet goes direct. This happens three to four times a year.  This process is natural and normal. Like tides that go in and out and the air that we inhale and exhale, we need this time to recharge and refuel. Think of it as taking your...

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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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The Dark Woods of the Soul

There are currently five planets in retrograde. The dreaded Mercury retrograde started yesterday and will be with us for three more weeks. Most will stay retrograde through August and some of September, with Neptune lagging behind until November. So, how to proceed? Leaving the country won't help, and hiding under the covers is not recommended. Those pesky planets have a way of finding you wherever you go. The work of retrograde is shadow work. It is time to grab your lantern and head into the dark woods of your soul. This is not as scary as it sounds. If you are proactive, you will have a less stressful experience. Some general recommendations:  For everything you do have one or two...

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