Mercury Retrograde in Virgo – Artisan

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

“Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.” T. S. Eliot

Effective Dates: August 13th- September 5th, 2017 (In Shadow til September 20th)

Well, you know, that’s how the universe functions – in a state of utter and total shitting on you. But hey, aren’t you suppose to use the master’s tools against him? And in this case, use the chaos of Mercury Retrograde to our advantage… SO, prepare – get your shit in order before this retrograde. That means plans B, C, and D, because you are going to be a hot mess, emo bundle of self-doubt. Prepare for an adventure into realms you feared stepping into because well, you are fragile.

I mean, we all kinda are. This Leo season is attempting to instill a sort of pride in us, but we are all running around like Chicken Little, or Jon Snow, talking about how the world is ending and how everything is looking at petty childish squabble instead or preparation for doom (we can thank Uranus being Retrograde for that one). The trick here is to figure out how to use the knowledge that the world is a shit pile to strike a fire inside of you that makes you act with confidence. Who gives a fuck what others think if they are just a part of the problem? This retrograde is going to make that difficult – but as everything that makes things difficult, use it as a barbell to train some confidence in you, no matter how terrifying the enemy.

You’re going to have to be ready for second guessing becoming second nature. Depending on what house this retrograde is wrecking havoc in with your natal chart, you’re going to be going through a maddening mental review. There is somewhere that you have been weak, that you haven’t served yourself and have allowed that portion of your life to atrophy in some way. A place where you should be a learned scholar but have settled into old patterns once again… Mercury Rx always paves the way for a rewind and re-do, and you desperately need one in this portion of your life. Don’t let all of your hard work go to waste because you were too lazy to pull together all the details.

We all know you know. You know exactly where your talents lie, but you lie to yourself that somehow you aren’t smart enough, pretty enough, or whatever the hell to polish your talents. The thing is, during Mercury retrograde, you will have an opportunity at creativity like never before. You can breathe life into something that is musty and stuck, oiling the gears and the creative fire of life. There is a Total Solar Eclipse in Leo happening while this retrograde is awakening us in new ways, meaning there is no shortage of light being cast on you. Now, you are either going to sulk in shame and guilt, nervous anxiety and typical Christian self-flagellation or are you going to utilize your resources and not fuck up this second chance at awakening into a new level of your craft?

Mercury Retrograde in Taurus – Tongue Tied

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

“Men are born with two eyes, but with one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.” – Charles Caleb Colton

Effective Dates: April 10th- May 4th 2017 (In Shadow May 5-21st)

Well, remember what we told you about Mercury in Aries? Yeah, well you avoided some shit, and now Mercury is backtracking through for a review. Like an editor who wont publish you without your following some certain guidelines, Mercury is going to show you exactly where you failed to speak your mind with the force of properly articulated arguments. Yeah, all those impassioned screaming fests and quick tempered snap backs are coming to bite you in the ass… And all those passive aggressive jabs are about to get a taste of towering confrontation. This transit wants you to double back and make those confrontations you chickened out of because Aries isn’t a goddamn coward. What? Did cowardice have your tongue?

With a Full Moon in Libra coming at us a after this retrograde begins, we will be called to become diplomats – conflict resolving in a time when all we want to do is deck the fucker in the face.  Keep your cool, Heretics, even though keeping your cool will be an absolute impossibility during this transit.  I recommend an intense meditation practice during these weeks, and with that intense meditation an intense contemplation.  Why are you flying off the handle now?  Should you have dealt with these issues when you had the chance – instead of running from them? Would that have kept you from exploding like a fucking volcano from the slightest provocation?

The thing is, you blinded yourself.  You chose not to see certain things or at the very least painted them in some sort of positive light so that you could continue on living in your life. Unfortunately, when you plug a leak it doesn’t vanish – it eventually gets bigger.Now we are about to have 5 planets in retrograde and the cosmic powers that be want you to realize that you can never truly gloss things over.  Mercury retrograding from Taurus into Aries will be a gradual build of anger.  At first, you will feel perturbed that you have to deal with this shit AGAIN, but the annoyances will continue building.  Unresolved shit will continue to tower over you until you want to decimate everything for the sake of quelling your anger.  

Ah, but these issues have always been there, Heretics! The anger should actually be directed at YOU not at them, for they showed their true colors the first time and you decided to take the “high road.”  Boundaries and tough love are necessary, and when Mercury loops backwards into Aries, the tough words will not be able to be stopped.  I recommend you resolve your issues ASAP with people so that you don’t rain blood all over them during this transit. Sure, raining blood on them will resolve the issue once and for all, but then you’ll have to deal with the fact that you’ve burned bridges for good. Learn your lesson the first time, because the second time is never as nice, and the third time makes you seem like a goddamn fool.

Expect a lot of hotheadedness from everyone around you – snappy come backs and general war mood during the entirety of this transit. People will speak their mind for once but it wont be pretty. It’s not going to be an easy transit for those with thin skin, so build yourself some defenses or find an emotional outlet for all the slights. Shit will go awry seemingly out of nowhere, and with Uranus/Eris combo not too far away from Mercury when he enters Aries again, the chaos of Mercury retrograde will become magnified. So fix all your leaks. There are those that don’t necessarily have your best interests in mind, and there is no way you will be able to ignore this anymore. You are going to need to take action to take your power back, whether it is on your terms or Mercury’s terms.     


Mercury in Aries – Telling it Like it Is

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

“It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.”
 – Noel Coward

Effective Dates: March 14th- April 1st

“Did he really fucking say that?”  Oh yes.  Oh yes he did.  This transit is all about saying the shit you never thought you’d say, because, you know, it’s the truth.  Mercury in Aries is a blunt one, and people that have it as their natal placement essentially participate in the act of word vomit at every turn.  There are two individuals I know in my life with prominent Mercury in Aries and both of them use it in two different ways.  One friend, let’s call him JM,  tells the dirtiest jokes known to man.  He is the person that will take it to that point and then push it beyond just to see where his boundaries are.  And then he laughs his ass off.  The thing is, you never know what the hell JM is going to say!  But you always know it’s going to be the truth – regardless of how dirty or disturbing or uncomfortable it is.  And he’ll say it with his cute little playful Aries smile and twinkle in his eye, so how the hell can you even be upset?  You could be at a wedding sitting with a bunch of fancy pants guests and he will make three obscene sexual jokes before even formally introducing himself.

So my advice for these 2 weeks of Mercury in Aries?  Be like JM.  You’ll run into the same people you have run into 1,000 times but this time you are going to want to really say that thing – that thing that might piss them the fuck off but will bring perspective.  It will bring true reality and might shake their fucking world but it will shift things in the proper direction.  It’s a long way down, folks, but Aries knows that people just build pretty castles around their worlds and words so that you can’t see the grime that is underneath.  The grime is about to be exposed, Heretics, and not just by you but everyone involved on this planet.  We try and cover up reality when we should be talking about the raw, beating heart of it.  And now things are about to be exposed (I can almost hear the joke JM would make here). There is no way around it with this transit, especially because Mercury will be conjuncting Uranus/Eris at some point and the revolutionary inside of you is going to burst forth and set some shit on fire in your life.  You wont let your boss talk to you like that anymore.  You wont let the idiot on the corner cat call you for the 4th time this week without blood on your hands.  But reign it in a bit, Heretics, and say it with a playful smile and twinkle in your eye, like JM.  The things you say will be harsh and people will not be able to swallow them easily (another JM joke here), but if you say it dripping in honey and fun then it will seep through people’s mental membranes.  Fights will be extremely common during this transit, so please please remember this piece of advice.  Honey.

So there is another person I know with Mercury in Aries; let’s call her Brenda.  So Brenda is quite a hilarious person but she exhibits the unconscious portion of Mercury in Aries to the T.  You’ll visit her and she will immediately put you into a time vortex where word vomit just keeps coming and coming (insert JM joke here).  You think 5 minutes of talking has gone by but it’s already 2 fucking am and you are drooling from all of the wine and weed she has fed you and you need to get some goddamn sleep and you don’t know where the hell the last 6 hours of your life went.  You could be sitting there clearly reading something or very much giving her the grey rock “mhm,” “yes Brenda,” “ok Brenda,” and she’ll still be talking.  About what?  Seriously, nothing in particular, and all the things you wanted to do have gone out the fucking window.  This is an issue with Mercury in Aries energy.  You could just do and say shit just to take up space, just so that something is there and boredom doesn’t set in.  Don’t be like Brenda.  Make your verbal outbursts mean something, and shatter people’s fucking brains with real, blunt truth instead of numbing it with attention deficit disorder.  You must keep a conscious mental balance throughout this transit or you will become incredibly lost and incredibly angry.


Mercury in Pisces – Speaker for the Dead

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
 – Kahlil Gibran

Effective dates: February 25th- March 13th, 2017

This is a magick as fuck Mercury, Heretics.  Although it will bring a lot of depression and angst with it (
fucking Emo Pisces), we will also get to experience the wonderment that is the Piscean other realm.  Here we will be given a chance to meld that fantasy of ourselves with the reality of ourselves, talk to ancestors of past, receive messages in dreams, and make fucking fantastic art. This is definitely going to be a writer’s Mercury – a story-teller Hermes exploding through the layers of earth’s crust, making his way out of god damn Hades and telling the people exactly what he saw.  Pisces is a mutable sign, and therefore the world in her realm is constantly shifting.  It is clay ready for us to mold it into whatever it is that we need.

Isn’t it horrible when someone is making you sit inside and work when it’s so damn beautiful outside?  We just want to play.  And we also just want to sink into the depths of our bedroom sheets and delve into dream land.  It doesn’t matter what form this play takes, we want to wrap ourselves up in it and hide away from the responsibilities of the world.  Unfortunately, if we do this, we will fail to use this transit for exactly what it is good for: manifesting.

This is also a realm where the veil is so thin that revelation comes like swift lightening, and past experiences are able to integrate and their place in the grand picture becomes extremely apparent.  This Mercury transit will remind all of us that we are a part of one tribe, and in this we will be consciously connected to one goal.   There will be as many approaches to this goal as there are conscious beings on this planet, but not every part of a bicycle has the same function.  Remember that there are certain violent acts of nature that bring about much nourishment (like a Volcano creating an island – the earth needs to bleed in order to create).  Pisces knows what it is to suffer, and knows suffering’s place in this realm.

This suffering is waters of baptism, Heretics.  I don’t like it as much as you do.  I have been struggling through heaps of anxiety, depression to the point where I don’t want to get out of bed.  But I must.  You must, and when you do, you will get a bizarre need to create.  Go with it, no matter what shape this creation takes.  You are receiving messages from the beyond right now, and when we are in the realm of divinity it feels like our bodies are about to shatter and we want to sink into the beyond.  This is what some occultists call “the abyss.”  It is literally crushing like a black hole.  How do you get out of the abyss?  Well.  You surrender.  Yes, this is the lesson of the Pisces Eclipse coming up on the exact day of this Mercury ingress into Pisces; surrender.

It is like Kali Ma wielding her bloody blade – a force of nature far too powerful for you to stop.  These Pisces transits are meant to humble you, to show you that you are a vessel for greater energies that you must allow to flow through you – or else you will suffer immensely.  You must speak what you see.  You must create with your pain, because there are messages that desperately want to come through.  So we just got out of an Aquarius transit, meaning we should be coming into this ingress with lots of fucking ideas crackling in our head.  What has the shadow work of this winter taught you?  The cold days are almost over, and our incubation is almost at an end.  The season is coming where we must get these thoughts into action – where the shedding of our old skin through the dark months is met with lightness of being once spring erupts through the soil.