Travel and Event
Sept. 29th - Oct. 1st
San Francisco, CA
The Prelude: Loving the Life You Have?
Okay, this has been a very, ummmmm, interesting summer. I have been getting WTF calls about it since late May. Seriously. At this point, I am starting to feel like Mark Marin.
Same deal, different barrio. So much so, in early June my husband
prophetically proclaimed this to the "The Summer of Suckage." And for
good reason. Between the economy tanking, the government failing on
every conceivable level, so many beloved souls passing to the other
side, and the 24 hour news cycle drones with their relentless commitment
to fear, this has certainly been a summer to remember. And some
days it has been quite a stretch to find the grace in it
one level, this is all normal life stuff, just cranked up to a much,
much higher volume: busted cars and computers, blown-out friendships and
flip-flops, freak accidents and funky accounting, lost jobs and loved
ones, wicked summer colds and complications, indecision and dogmatic
positioning. But on another level, we are living in a
particularly crucial moment in time, requiring us to keep our
hearts and minds open. Until Mercury went retrograde on August 2nd, I spent most of the summer telling people the intensity was not a Mercury retrograde. Though it was damn near everything else: the eclipses (a rare three between June 1st and July 1st),
it was the Summer Solstice, it was a particularly nasty set of
circumstances between three of the big transformers (Saturn, Uranus and
Pluto). Then it was Lamas and Ramadan, the Sun moved into Leo, and all
the while the Moon kept throwing predictably unpredictable curve balls.
Mercury Retrogrades in Leo:
Our New Fierce Urgency of Now
now we are here, in it, and technically most of the way through.
And I finally have the clarity to say a few, albeit belated words. First
and foremost, this one is in the sign of Leo. Normally, when direct,
Mercury in Leo is awesome. It is, above all, generous and kind-hearted,
especially towards anything remotely small and cute, particularly
children and animals. It is cheerful and optimistic, ambitious and
confident. Mercury in Leo has strong leadership skills and can carry
responsibility - often effortlessly - without fear or martyrdom. It is
courageous, and has strong intuition, which makes it good at games requiring intellect and strategies, such as bridge or chess. Or politics. It is artistic and creative, and a real big fan of pleasure in all forms and functions.
Retrograde in Leo will take that cheerful and optimistic thing well
past the point of reason, often disregarding overwhelming evidence that
it may have cause for concern. It is arrogant, rude, prejudiced,
conceited, stubborn, adept at giving orders, and dogmatically
positioned. It will be exceedingly fixed and fixated, often on all the
wrong things for all the wrong reasons. A common manifestation is
allowing passions to override all rules, rationales, and logic. Another
common experience is a misguided, unwarranted sense of loyalty to anyone
or anything: God, King or country. Is this ringing a bell yet?
And God help you if you try to introduce facts, or any aspect of the
reality-based community. Nothing will put a target on your back faster,
thus turning you into a kitty's favorite scratching post. Or snack. So pick your battles.
Strength and Discretion:
Loving with the Heart of a Lion
In closing, if
you remember nothing else, remember this. Though Mercury in Leo may
love you truly and madly, deeply and dearly, when retrograde and on the
opposite side of an issue, its expression may sometimes be confusing, at
best. Retrograde Mercury in Leo does not have polite, civil
discussions. It has riotous street brawls that leave little untouched.
So if you truly believe heavy, politically charged conversations need to
happen right now, think it through. And if you must speak, choose your
words carefully. Make sure your actions and your words are congruous,
and that you are consistently sending the same message. And try to stay
focused on the most important thing: love. Leo is, after all, one of the
most loving and demonstrative signs of the zodiac. And summer is an
awesomely good time to be that. Even a sucky summer, such as this. A
little more love will make it less so. As always, it helps to looks to the stars for guidance. And if you have any trouble, call me. We'll figure it out.