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?

Juno Retrograde – Escort

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

“All women sell sex; most of them just don’t take cash (nor do they each sell to more than one ‘client’ at a time).” – 
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Effective Dates: May 10th- August 27th 2017 (In Shadow til October 10th 2017)

 I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I create drama in my own relationship. I am so use to hostility, from a very young age, that living without it makes me feel naked and on edge. If I’m not constantly fighting, then I don’t feel like things are “normal,” and that in itself is incredibly troubling. The only way to deal with bad cycles like this is to turn on your heal and face it head on, and that is exactly what Juno in Rx is going to do – turn the fuck around and actually LOOK. Juno Retrograde forces us to review our ideas about what commitment means, why we have the power struggles that we do in our relationships, and about sacrifice and loyalty in partnership. Essentially, what does it mean to be good to your partner? There is an art to this, and one can never become an artist without attention to detail.

We don’t usually have full clarity on something until it is gone, and then after it’s gone we need to go through a time of anguish before realizing it took two to tango and that no relationship ending is the fault of just one individual. At some point, we need to be humbled, and that’s not a fun fucking process at all. No one wants to be made to feel like shit when the other person clearly treated them like shit as well, and no one wants to think they weren’t all they could be in a relationship. But fuck, we keep things hanging on when they should end, and we end some things abruptly because of our own fear and insecurities. Our timing is fucking horrible. We introduce old toxic behaviors because we have become habituated to them. And we don’t apologize. We don’t do the “shadow work” required. We don’t look at our own projections; we don’t humble ourselves, and isn’t that one of the tenants of love? To humble thyself  – to show thyself raw and true?

It’s hard to move on. Even when you are the one who is ready to make peace, the other may not be. We need to learn to keep that peace within ourselves so we can move on to our new partnerships and friendships with a clear heart and mind. If we introduce the toxicity of the past, the insecurities, fragility, and the old habits of our past partner that we carbon copy onto our new, then we kill the love before it has a chance to thrive. We then just mimic a relationship without really having a relationship. The key to the thing is right in it’s name – RELATE. One must communicate, mirror, and process. But I get it, it’s hard to do this if you are not with someone who is willing to give you loyalty. If you do not have commitment and loyalty, it is hard to dive into the well of your heart and purge your demons. That whole process is a bit terrifying for people, and thus commitment sounds like the worst word in the world. But the thing is, when you have safe structures around you – only then can you let the poison of the past out. How can you heal when you are afraid of abandonment? So Juno asks, why do you invite people into your life who cannot truly be there for you? Why do you commit to the people that you commit to? What are you trying to re-live?

Our cycles in relationships will be examined like crazy right now – especially after a rough Venus in Retrograde season is just about over. This is the perfect time to work past  your old relationship trauma, to make peace, to destroy the patterns so that they do not destroy what is precious to you right now, and to realize that your habituated behaviors come out even when you don’t think they do. If you expect your partner to deal with your purging, you must also help them deal with their’s. A commitment goes both ways, so question why you are not willing to go all out for them if they are for you (or vice versa if they are the one who isn’t reaching across the isle). Why are you spinning in one place, forever trapped in the habits of the past? What is it you really need to work through? What insecurity is really driving those fights that you and your partner continuously have? It’s time to nip it in the bud before it rots the whole plant.  It’s time for some honesty. It’s time to be humble and to be true. Because you love them… don’t you?

 

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.     

 

Pluto Retrograde – The Empty

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

“The universe is transformation; life is opinion.” – Marcus Aurelius

Effective Dates: April 20th- September 29th 2017

I’m going to be talking big themes here, because the outer planets care very little for our personal lives – especially Pluto way out there straddling oblivion.  What we call “Pluto” doesn’t give a fuck about your paradigm.  He doesn’t give a damn about your opinions or your beliefs or any other way you decorate reality.  We all cling to mass consensus, hoping that the greater society will pull us away from this primal energy; this creeping understanding of our own mortality and the immense, crushing power of the universe.  We know we cannot control it, but we sure as hell attempt to.  And if that fails, we desperately try and hide it from view.  We allow ourselves to be lulled into thinking that if we follow society’s prescribed formula that we will be safe from this looming, savage monster.   We become numb to the terror that is fed to us each day – hoping that we can become desensitized to death, violence, suffering, and inevitable transformation.  They bombard the televisions with blood and misery 24/7, and our watered down modern religions echo their sentiments with veiled ideas of peace and light all the while cradling heavy themes of this undercurrent of undiscriminating violence.

The Moon. These images of terror are an undercurrent in our reality. They call it “the underworld” because it always sits just under the conscious mind, threatening to emerge like zombie hands – grasping at your attempts to escape and swallowing you into a pit of despair time and time again. Ominous much? Well, Pluto is ominous as fuck. He is the elephant in the room. He is that dread that creeps over your shoulder no matter how pleasant a situation may be. He reminds you that you are mortal, that you will rot on the very earth on which you stand, and that this very moment, like all moments, is absolutely temporary. We try and capture experiences on camera, on paper with ink, or any myriad of ways, and hope that somehow we can last forever. We think passing on our memory to others by doing “good” and “epic” or even “notorious” deeds may accomplish this, but even Hitler/Alexander the Great/Gandhi/Aristotle will one day fade to nothing. The primordial chaos creates, but so too must it destroy to learn from it’s own personal karma (Kali Ma).

The Fountain. The universe, like the sun (as above so below), beats like a heart. Expand, contract, birth, re-birth, and then an explosion – the death, the return to void. Eventually, the universe will return to itself, possibly to start the cycle of creation all over again. Each moment we are dying and being renewed by the infinite well of the universe – the thing that we call “primordial chaos.” Chaos feels terrifying because it is completely, and utterly, uncontrollable. Our attempts to control it, to encapsulate it and dissect it, are met with fierce resistance. What we don’t realize is that these very attempts to control chaos are reflections for the chaos on itself. We, creation, are a lucid mirror for the primordial chaos. In Astrology, Pluto in your chart shows you how you will reckon with this force – how you will reflect the universe onto itself and how you will come to realize what the true reality is. Pluto is judgement – apocalypse in the true sense of the word, an “unveiling.” This is why the We are the veil itself, Heretics, and to see what we truly are, we must suspend our ego. The only way to do this is through death, after a life of intense reflection. Pluto is our preparation for the underworld, and only through passing it’s karmic lessons for us this lifetime will we be able to vanish into the chaos in peace. Chaos must reckon with itself, and we are it’s vehicle for doing so.     

Strength. Crowley calls the Strength card “Lust” and it has been referred to as “The Power” in a lot of tarot decks. It is commonly depicted as a delicate woman overpowering a massive lion. This is a metaphor for learning to live with our own beast nature in a “civilized” society. Venus retrograde in Aries couples with this Pluto Retrograde, Heretics, meaning we have our weapon of choice – our wild nature come to make itself known again. We waste too much energy trying to suppress our animal instincts when we can be using them to our advantage. Your animal side is what tells you when you have opportunity, when you have danger, when you can smell the love and lust or even hate off another’s skin. Our beast nature is Pluto, and we must exercise it, not exorcise it, for exorcising it would destroy us in the process. This transit seems to be all about getting in touch with the dirt of the world and learning to flow with it, like a wild river, and drawing from it’s power instead of blocking it out.  The primordial chaos is an integral part of us that we can never separate from, no matter how hard we try to tie bows around it’s neck and dictate manners to it. Without this ravishing wildness, the universe couldn’t create and thus couldn’t actually see itself for what it truly is.

Harness this energy, Heretics, and remember that an infinite power resides inside of you that no one can exorcise, no matter how much they blind you with hypnotism and propaganda. Do not forget your power. Do not forget your origins. Do not forget the millions of years of instinct that got us all to this point. This is our preparation for taking back our world, and we must not fear – we must not falter – do not attempt to smother your passion just because it is something society deems invaluable – for if we cannot harness our inner chaos, we cannot move mountains and crush the faulty systems in place in society like Pluto in Capricorn demands.          

Saturn Retrograde in Sagittarius – The Forge

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

 

People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.” – Thomas Szasz

Effective Dates: April 6th-August 26th 2017

  We need a hero, Heretics.  We need a hero who will gallop into the fray, impale the enemy with a gleaming lance, and raise our banners of rebellion once more.  That hero inside of you will be forged and tempered during Saturn in Saggo Rx time, creating the perfect set of trials for you to go through that will craft you into a sturdy, viscous weapon ready for Saturn in Capricorn (on it’s way and bringing me and Helios’ Saturn returns with it!).  This Saturn wants to make sure you have the bravery it is going to take to dismantle the fucking system once Saturn decides to move into Capricorn.  Saturn in Saggo has attempted to enlighten us.  This is the “awakening” period we have all been clamoring about.  We are literally living smack dab in the middle of it, and each and every one of you is having epiphanies about your path + have been pushed and pulled toward your tribe and your true purpose.  The real question, though, is if you are going to be brave enough to get through the final retrograde of Saturn in Saggo.  Are you going to be a daring Knight, ready to merge your dark and light side into a complete warrior of spirit, or are you going to crumble under lack of faith in both yourself and your fellow human beings?

They have been blinding us, Heretics.  They have been feeding our communities drugs, they have been looping our minds with media, they have been suppressing our issues with empty comedy and propaganda at every turn.  Why?  Because they know if we were to wake up there would be blood to pay.  “It’s not so funny when the rabbit has the gun,” a Sagittarius friend of mine said this morning.  They have been suppressing our ability to see who we really are, what we are really capable of, and have placed us in a machine with a prescribed job and no real satisfaction in sight.  Why do you think escapism is such a huge issue with human beings?  Because we are traumatized from living in a world where we have forgotten our path, forgotten our connection to nature, forgotten that we are also beasts of the land (which Sagittarius never forgets).

Curiously, we don’t question the new values placed before us because now we are birthed into a system outside of our natural rhythms.  Fluorescent bulbs and the gleam from metal tools immediately blind us upon our entry, beginning our culturally induced schizophrenia.  This eerie emotion that exists in our hearts, that keeps us from ever feeling truly at home in our existence, is the denial of our instincts.  They do not fit into the axioms we are given, so we suppress them and they come out in violent, screaming ways.  These are post-industrial times, and like factory farmed pigs living in sick symbiosis with our brutal masters, we are unsure if we can survive in the “cruel, cruel world” without their guidance.  Who will feed us if not industry?  Who will tell us who we are, instruct us what to do with our time, teach us how to love, or educate us about the world?  We don’t need their fucking guidance.  Their guidance is false, and goes against all of our instincts.  Does your life feel “right” to you, or is their a craving deep in your soul for something more real, vaster, all encompassing?  Surely living by the skin of our teeth and toiling at a job that is essentially meaningless isn’t what we have been placed on this earth to do!  Why do we continuously accept the systems and pain through them?  Why do we never realize that the ambiguous essence of our idea of  “Truth” shows it is no longer self-evident?

What Saturn in Sagittarius is attempting to teach is that there is only one thing we should follow – and that is the divine guidance.  The divine guidance is written in our very DNA and it tells us, via our instincts, that something is very fucking wrong here.  It is time to refine yourself, to bring yourself to spiritual awareness and follow your path at all costs.  We cannot keep getting sucked back into the loops they have created for us.  We must come together – rally the troops and bring this machine down.  We must build the weapons we need to set the spirits free.  And then, in Saturn in Capricorn, we learn how to take down the system, brick by brick, and begin devising what is truly needed in Saturn in Aquarius.

This Saturn in Saggo transit was meant to bring a wave of enlightenment back into the masses, and we are more aware than we have ever been about the corruption that has engulfed our world.  Our job during this retrograde is to figure out our own shit, work tirelessly to get on the path we know we have been avoiding at all costs (because we know how fucking hard it is), and emerge ready to give this revolution the momentum it is desperately craving.  We have the fuel – it’s time to build the mechanism – and then once Saturn goes direct – to trigger that fucking mechanism and watch the fireworks as wisdom floods into the minds of the populace.  Remember, people will be inspired to follow their path if you live your life like a shining beacon of hope.  This is how you truly forge a revolution of spirit.  This is how you set souls free – by setting yourself free, by believing in your path and having that unshakable Sagittarius spirit.  Do not shy away from  your duty, Heretics, for Saturn always finds a way to punish you for not doing what you are suppose to do.  He is the King of Karma, after all.  And, in the end, everyone always pays what they are due – don’t rack up your spiritual debt too high.     

 

Venus Retrograde in Aries – Babylon

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

“53. For thy sake shall I stride through the flames of Hell, though my tongue be bitten through.

54. Let me behold thee naked and lusting after me, calling upon my name.
55. Let me receive all thy manhood within my Cup, climax upon climax, joy upon joy.
56. Yea, we shall conquer death and Hell together.
57. And the earth is mine. ” – “Liber 49, The Book of Babalon”, channeled by Jack Parsons

Effective dates:  March 4, 2017 – April 15, 2017 (In Shadow April 15th – May 19th 2017)

Mmm, secrets.  There is nothing that tears lovers a part more than secrets.  They are destructive.  Explosive.  There’s nothing like them, and there’s hardly anything more powerful.  The secrets of the universe control our fate.  The secrets of the state control our lives.  The secrets of our lovers control our hearts and minds.  Aye, but this Venus in Retrograde is armed with liberation.  She wants you displeased.  She wants you so torn down that you literally have nowhere else to go but her arms. And then, Heretics, only then will she give you the gift.  The gift of secrets revealed. She will come down with fiery passion.  You will meet her somewhere that you’ve been a million times before, but this time she will be like a burning flame in it’s center.  She may be a young man with blood red hair and the grace of a swan, or an old, elegant woman with a ruby red glass of wine and plenty of time to spare.  She may be a red alert on your phone, or perhaps a red banner streaming on the bottom of a newscast.  She will catch your attention, however she chooses to manifest, and you will know her presence.  And there the secrets will spill forth like water quenching a cup.

During this transit, Venus will move from Evening Star to Morning Star (March 27 exact date of the switch over).  Who else do we call the Morning Star?  Oh, that’s right; Lucifer.  Venus retrograde lasts 40 days and 40 nights, just like the Temptation of Christ by the devil in the desert.  And she will tempt and test you at every turn…  But first it will offer you opportunity.  Opportunity to break free of your confines, of your stagnation, of your mistakes – in both love and finance.  She is giving you one last chance to fucking prove yourself, Heretics.  Aries season is upon us and we have a Uranus/Eris conjunct during this retrograde, meaning expect the unexpected.  Even from yourself.  Until Venus turns into the Morning Star, you will have plenty of opportunity to use this retrograde to your advantage.

And how the fuck do you do that?  Well, Venus in Aries blesses the bold.  She also rules instincts – especially when it comes to love and money.  A person with a natal Venus in Aries knows when they aren’t wanted, and they know when the energy flow of the relationship is trickling.  Because Venus also rules over money, this retrograde will allow you to inspect all of the financial decisions you have been making – giving you a chance to redeem yourself if you have the audacity.  She is asking for a warrior, and a warrior doesn’t back down from a challenge.  This is a Ride or Die bitch, so if you jump on this bandwagon and into the work – be it of the heart or of the coin – without hesitation and over-thinking (Aries hates that), she will bestow you with the very things your soul desires.  But, it comes with a price (just like any deal with the devil).

Once she turns into her hell on heels Morning Star version, if you did the work, you will be tempted to drop all of that work for something else that you truly desire…  But, just like Jesus, it wont be the thing that your soul craves. It may be what your fleshcraves, or your pride, or your piece of mind, but it will, in the end, cripple you spiritually.  You can perhaps use this time as a mirror.  Sometimes temptations can jar us out of bad situations.  They make us think – why were we tempted in the first place?  Is there something that is not stable in our lives?  Are we in relationships we don’t really want to be in, or are we merely being prompted to confront an issue in our relationship that will solidify our bond further once addressed? These are great contemplations for this time.

Venus Retrogrades are usually a time for zombie romances – meaning ex’s, both scorned and wanted will be making appearances. You’ll be forced to review these relationships and why they failed (a lesson you still for some fucking reason need to learn)- and sometimes you might fail yourself and get trapped back in these energies.  Keep in mind when they visit; they are the dead coming to relive their past because that’s what the dead fucking do.  These people are merely back to check your fortitude.  Remember – 40 days and 40 nights of temptation in the desert, meaning there will be mirages.  Venus is in detriment when she is in Aries, because the loving moral compass of a planet becomes a wild, debauchery driven fiend ready to jump on the first hot thing that comes along.  You’ll have to fight this as well, because temptations will be behind every corner.  Remember, think with your gut, not your loins and ego, and you’ll make it through this maze of mirrors, Heretics, and when it’s over you’ll realize you have instinctively found some strange shortcut to an oasis.

Jupiter in Libra this year is attempting to help us find our soul mates –in love, business, and friendship. Jupiter is currently retrograding, and Venus will be joining him, shaking up and reviewing the partnerships you have been making and ending since September.  When the planets go into retrograde, the gods turn their backs.  They give you a chance to prove yourself – your faith and courage – in the face of having zero guidance from the divine – only punishment and reward when you hit your mark.  It is up to you now to decide if your decisions were based on your true path or were horrible fucking mistakes that could cost you miles on your road.  Has your deep, romantic relationship been a false alarm meant to test if you can tell the difference – are there secrets deep down you didn’t even know about that are rotting your heart?  Is your business partnership leaking holes like a dam about to give way; secrets rotting your financial life…?  Venus will bestow you with those secrets only if you are bold enough to look.  How do you know if you should look?  And where you should look?  Think with your gut.  Aries demands it.

Some positives?  If you were shy about your creative pursuits before, you definitely wont be now.  You will want to show the world what you can do.  This is an immense time for creative types – especially the introverted kind.  Make art like fucking crazy, because this is your time to get noticed and this is your time to innovate like you have never innovated before.  You will be rethinking any creative projects you have been doing – reviewing and mixing in a little bit of chaos.  Retrogrades are always good for artists, and this retrograde is no different.  Warning though- keep an eye on all your financial transactions during this time because money seems to vanish as if out of nowhere.  This can also mean that money can appear out of fucking nowhere as well.  Set your intentions, and don’t get burnt too bad, Heretics.

 

Sappho Retrograde – Beatnik

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by
 madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at
 dawn looking for an angry fix,
angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient
heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the
machinery of night . . .
— Allen Ginsberg, “Howl”

Effective Dates-March 25th- July 4th 2017 (In Shadow til September 15 2017)

Put on your shades, light yourself a joint, and get in the fucking car.  Sappho is about to go retrograde in Sagittarius, and she is itching to be a wandering poet with a spiritual bent.  This makes this a very Sufi transit where you will want to give up everything for your higher vision and a higher love.  Here is the thing; this Sappho is the street poet who will type you up a poem for $5 and then move on to the next city because she is on a motherfuckin’ creative journey.  She knows that in order to write she must experience life and actually choose a path with her creativity – that she must be fully expressing herself at every turn.  She finds strength in her vulnerability, but she is still tough as nails.  In Sagitarrius, she is a motivator.  Her poetry has a rhyme and a reason, and she wants to get you fired the fuck up with her words.  You will want to actually connect to people – and sometimes this means moving away from your community into a community that understands you more.  On the negative side, it could also mean aimless wandering and going absolutely fucking nowhere until you end up back home with momma.

I kind of view Sappho as our lesbian counterpart to very much gender neutral Mercury.  When Mercury goes retrograde, it is actually a wonderful time for artists (especially writers).  The same thing applies to Sappho.  When she swings back in reverse, especially through a sign like Saggo, your creativity is set on fucking fire.  All that angst going on right now (fucking Pisces season) will be collected the next couple of weeks, and when Sappho goes retrograde on the 25th, you will know exactly what to say about the shit you have been going through.  Sagittarius is incredibly good at a few things;  higher thinking, philosophical musings, mouthing off facts/opinions, and running away.  This transit will make you want to run the fuck away from all of the hard feelings that will be coursing through your veins, but you need to dig your heels down and channel that shit into something useful – something expressive – something that makes people fucking think.

There are some really annoying bad aspects of Saggo – and that includes psuedo-intellectualism along with a music festival kid’s idea of spiritualism.  This transit will make little white girls feel like they need to get dreads, wear a shirt that says “gypsy” on it, and hop in an RV with a failed musician named Sam with a briefcase full of crystals to sell at bus depots.  Here’s the thing, kiddies, this is incredibly in-genuine spiritualism, and the glorification of nomadic life by young people who have no idea what that actually entails is quite scary.  You need to be strong to be on a journey like that – you need to be prepared – and your spiritualism needs to come from something other than a Jack Kerouac book and a few doses of DMT.  An artist’s duty is to be able to express the culture of their time, and Sappho in retrograde makes it a point that you review all of the shit you have gone through so that you can see how you must transform it in order to bring the community together in a deep and real way.

You can dress up like a wandering poet all you’d like, but if you aren’t actually doing the art – if you aren’t actually digging into the deepest corners of your happiness and despair to bring something real out – you are never going to reach illumination.  It is easy to think that wandering on some pilgrimage to literally nowhere will bring you enlightenment, but this is far from true.  In the end, Sappho was a philosopher/artist who brought like minded individuals into her community so that they could connect through art and love making, but this can get out of hand and taken advantage of.

This energy is needed in our communities more than ever right now.  Instead of running off thinking some other land is going to erase all your bad feels and instantly enlighten, remember this, “Wherever you go, there you are.”  So unless you are running toward something in particular (a real spiritual pilgrimage or Walkabout with spiritual mentors), and not from yourself, use this energy for higher thinking and not dashing.  But you must know that no matter how far you run, you can’t run from yourself, you can’t run from your head, so get that shit out of your head and onto some paper – or canvas – or into musical vibrations.  The world needs your higher thinking to be expressed, out loud, where everyone can hear it.  “Happiness is only real when shared,” Christopher McCandless said, and the same goes with pain.  You must acknowledge all that is inside of you, and let it be spoken, so that you may connect to those around you on a soul level.  Now that is the true spirit of Sagittarius – to connect at a divine level,not to run off and pretend you are a “gypsy princess” when you don’t even know how to pitch a proper tent.