Originally published on AstroGeek and Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.
Effective date: 4/27-5/22/16 (Shadow period til 6/8/16)
“There’s solace a bit for submitting
To the fitfully cryptically true
What’s happened has happened
What’s coming is already on it’s way
With a role for me to play
I don’t understand
I’ll never understand
But I’ll try to understand
There’s nothing else I can do.” – Fiona Apple, “Red Red Red”
Cards: Justice and 8 of Pentacles
I was born during Mercury Retrograde, so an over active mind has been a staple of my existence. Add my Aquarian sun/moon/ascendant/Venus to that and I’m essentially a strange intergalactic being. So how do I fight through the alienation and over thinking? Fortunately, we have the answer to that question in the sign that Mercury is retrograding in (and the sun has just changed to) – TAURUS. In order to bypass the shit coming from Mercury Retrograde, use Taurean direct, honest, and plain speak. Or, you know, get ready for shades of this alienation to consume you. It is descending up on us… again… the most frequent and relentless of the planetary retrogrades; that of Mercury, the Messenger.
So what the hell happens during Mercury Retrograde? In short, all things related to communication begin to break down. Your ideas become cloudy, you say shit you don’t mean, you misunderstand others (flavored by your murky thinking), mechanical things break – essentially connections go haywire. It’s not a very pleasant energy, to say the least.Some people are obviously more adapted to it than others. Some people thrive during Mercury Retrograde because they have learned methods that help them communicate through their own alienation. Because of this, I personally find Mercury Retrograde to be an easier time for demented writers (you know we all are demented, right?). It is a good time to WORK. Not to finalize things- Hell no! But WORK because with this Jupiter Retrograde in VIRGO (the detail whore) and Mercury retrograde in TAURUS (the obsessive freak), you will be able to see all the faulty pieces of your plan. And remember, Mars is also in Retrograde going from Sagittarius to Scorpio. In this state, he projects the plotting serial killer energy. Scorpio is the psychic detective of the zodiac – deeply inspecting human psychology. Don’t forget! Scorpio must learn the lessons behind power in their lifetime, so expect challenges to dominance to increase during Mars Retrograde into Scorpio. These are tools, guys, not enemies. Use the Sun’s energy right now (in patient Taurus), and stay calm through the chaos that is ensuing. Get still. Get obsessive. Get detailed about your WORK.
The 8 of Pentacles card I pulled is a work order. You can turn this energy to your favor – just like anything else. Bend it to your will. With Saturn also being in retrograde, you can expect this Mercury retrograde period to be flavored with torture. Things you may have said months ago could suddenly come back to haunt you out of literally fucking nowhere. I pulled the Justice card to go with the “go to werk” message from 8 of Pentacles. This means you should expect unfinished business to walk up to you as you’re in line for coffee, or trying to peacefully cross the street, or when you are attempting to hide from all of humanity on a hike through the fucking wilderness – it will find you. It’s time to tie up all the loose ends and verbal contracts. Mercury is going to be testing our ability to remain consistent with what we have learned by throwing us shit back at us that we didn’t deal with appropriately in the past. I feel that Justice is also trying to tell me that we must constantly watch our speech for injustice / breaks. This is your mantra for the next few weeks: Taurean direct, honest, plain speak. Use it like Justice’s sword.
Mercury IS in Taurus, and Taurus has a heavy hand in finance. With the full moon in Scorpio descending upon us, and a beautiful grand earth trine coming during the Mercury Retrograde period, you can expect financial opportunities to emerge. Pluto joined the Retrograde party this past weekend, bringing our inner demons to the surface. With Mercury getting anxious in his retrograde state, expect people’s demons to come out in communication. Pair Mars in the party, and expect a lot of very loud outbursts. The Sun moving from Aries to Taurus (April 19) couldn’t have come at a better time. Keep your eyes on the big fiery orb, folks – meaning – keep yourself GROUNDED and focused on the things that are real in your life, say what’s on your mind, and try and channel all of this “bad” energy into Venus-like pursuits. Taurus is ruled by Venus. It’s time to transform your pain, and it’s time to structure your way to your fortune.
Lots of love, everyone. Be good to each other. I know all you want to do is shoot people until they bleed out slowly right now, but really, it’s all just a big misunderstanding! Isn’t it usually?