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“The greatest distance between two people is Misunderstanding…”

A Return to Mindfulness and Patience

Yep! The Winged Messenger/Trickster Hermes/Loki is playing in the pre-shadow beginning December 1, 2016 in Sagittarius (Faith/Optimism) swiftly moving into Capricorn (Tests/Lessons)  when it officially retrogrades on December 19, 2016 until it moves direct back in Sagittarius on January 8, 2017 1:43 am  PST

Mercury Retrograde is a time to be mindful and accountable for our words and communication…it is a discipline that warrants strategic practice into action in a world where frenetic lifestyles seem the norm. It is just as important to listen with not only our head and heart but with ears that can also hear what is not being said. It is attention to detail, the reading between the lines and more importantly respect. Respect means to look again or to see again to re-spect a situation. Mercury must have been in retrograde when the tortoise decided to take on the challenge of the hare and have a race to the finish line. This is a great allegory: haste makes waste.

When our thoughts become pots of tea constantly pouring into the Buddhist’s cup… overflowing it because the young monk’s mind was overflowing with thoughts too.

The Hare was comfortable in the ostentatious belief that he would inevitably win the race but the clever tortoise knew that in taking its time it would eventually get there however slow the progress. Does it matter who reaches the finish line first?

As it is said: it is about the journey not the destination.

When Mercury is retrograde, we tend to notice more issues in the areas of communication, in the way we interact with others and in our surroundings and neighborhood. It may also show up in our travel, the way we get around and in our interaction with other people.

Many people are familiar with the words: “Mercury in retrograde”. It is a period of time that occurs several times a year when the planet Mercury appears to be moving backwards due to the speed of its orbit from Earth perspective. So the planet that rules both Gemini (Communication) and Virgo (Organization) seems to play tricks with these Sun signs more overtly…as well as all things associated with Communications such as dialogue… thinking processes…Technology that is used to communicate will often disrupt the usual…You will hear people say: “What’s wrong with my phone this never happens!”…”I’ve been using this device for years and this has never happened!” It can affect anything from a television to an automobile (Mercury is the winged messenger associated with traveling and any form of transportation). People usually experience unusual last minute delays for travel changes and trip planning. The Sun, Moon or Rising Virgo or Gemini will be more affected.

So…if you place the prefix re
before any word…you’ll understand what Mercury retrograde is all about. (I already have had to make six corrections during this typing). So maybe your car won’t break down and maybe your neighbors will…if it happens to break down it is usually due to an oversight on one’s part…or the mechanic. Mercury is all about thinking…so if we are practicing mindfulness we should be able to avoid some of the repercussions of forgetfulness. Things tend to go missing more so when mercury is in retrograde…My friend nearly lost her gloves three times today…So we retrace when we misplace…Rather than simply be lost in space…People actually find things long forgotten when mercury is retrograde…Something that went missing in the previous Mercury retrograde suddenly appears…disappointment missing an appointment.

Another friend realized that the parking meter had expired 45 minutes prior to her realization…However there was no ticket…Which is usually the case…The oversight of the meter reader resulted in my friends not discovering a ticket.

Big purchases such as houses and the signing of important documents…legal bindings…are to be avoided due to someone missing an important factor…misunderstanding a word…or not able to honour the agreement. If you are willing to review re read repeat reassess…if you must…proceed with caution.

I think Mercury retrograde is a wonderful practice of mindfulness…Rethinking what we might otherwise not say…Repeating prayers and mantras…Refinishing unfinished projects…And this is where unfinished business comes into play…Old friends appear from the past…I don’t mean someone you met last month at the cafe….Sometimes people you’ve completely forgotten about appear in a conversation or right before your eyes.

My friend eventually misplaced one of her gloves…However upon arriving back at home the following day she discovered her purple leather glove poised in a waving gesture…and giggling to herself said: oh Mercury in retrograde…

Remember that this retrograde cycle ushers in the holiday season so be extra-mindful of trip planning and travel with a knapsack of compassion, lovingkindness and peace…

Live by the Sun
Love by the Moon…and Think with Mercury 😉

© Richard Barrett 2016
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New Moon in Sagittarius

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Artist: Josephine Wall

November 29, 2016  4:18 am  PST

In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.  ~ Blaise Pascal

The Sun and Moon are once again in union with the aspiration and optimism of Sagittarius.  The New Moon can feel like a very dark place this time of year with the colder weather ushering us inside our warm homes (those of us who are blessed to have homes) and inside our body temples. Mercury (Communication) is about to enter its retrograde shadow on December 1, 2016 until it stations retrograde on December 19, 2016 until January 8, 2016 which I will post about tomorrow.
After all the intense, transformative energies of Scorpio played out in very mysterious and profound ways…we begin to feel the discipline of Saturn with its constricting rings which can test our limits and especially our faith in the sign Sagittarius. The energy seems to be shifting toward faith, goodwill and kindness. These Holy Days are celebrated in a mosaic of faith and worship of the Light in all of its radiance and glory. Sagittarius is the Sage. We seek value and meaning in the season of peace, love and joy.  This holyday season open up your heart because it is the greatest gift that anyone can give or receive.
There is a wonderful story called The Gift Of The Magi: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gift_of_the_Magi  about two lovers who do not have the finances to purchase extravagant gifts for one another. In an ironic twist they make sacrifices to obtain the desired gifts but the gifts are rendered useless. It is a great story to remind ourselves of the magi within us and to follow our own shining star to the place wherein dwells our own divinity.
Sagittarius wants to express its restless energy and propel the wheel of evolution into a more expansive, multi-cultural society of inter-faith with optimism and openess.  It is a time of learning new ways to grow in personal and interpersonal ways. Now is the time to sow the seeds of our faith in ourselves and in others.  It is a time to remember the Teacher within. A time to remember the many healers and mentors in our lives. The archer aims steady allowing the arrow of ambition to make its mark.Sagittarius is also affiliated with the planet Jupiter which is the largest in our Solar System. Due to its size, it has been associated with joy, opportunity, expansiveness, abundance and luck. It had the potential to be another Sun in our Solar System. It is also associated with faith. When the Sun is in Sagittarius, a lot of people celebrate the Season of the Light Bringers of Faith in December. Astronomically and Astrologically we are reminded of that faith when the light of the Sun is reborn at Winter’s Solstice. The Sun appears to standstill as it sets on the southwest horizon marking the shortest day of the year while the Earth’s axis begins its journey toward longer days of warmth and light.In the Nativity story the Three Magi use both astronomy and astrology to mark the date, time and place of  the birth of the Christ Child. They traveled afar being from foreign lands bearing gifts of the Sage. Here we are reminded of the torch bearers of the Light and the archetypes of Sagittarius (travelers, foreigner, wisdom seeker, keeper of the faith and opportunist). Hanukkah begins on December 24, 2016 with the lighting of the Menorah which is another tradition of ushering the Light into the Dark time of the year.

 

Express your enthusiasm with the gratitude of the abundance that we may receive…and remember to share your blessings…whether as a Random Act of Kindness…an encouraging word…a gentle touch…a warm embrace…just aim from the heart and shoot for the stars! However you celebrate the holyday season may it be filled with Light, Laughter and Love.

Live By the Sun

Love by the Moon

(c) Richard Barrett 2016

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