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My next guest is someone I’ve connected with through a writing workshop we’re taking together… while I don’t yet know her very well, I get the sense that she’s bold and compassionate, and that the article she shares below is just a tiny taste of what she has to say in the world.
Please welcome the AWESOME Sue Kearney!
Yes, dear one, we’re in another Mercury retrograde.
Just the facts: This Mercury retrograde (Rx) is in Leo, started July 15th, turns direct August 8th (back to its normal pace by August 20th).
We’ve been here before. Because Mercury, ruler of all things related to communication and technology, often heaps broken devices, dead batteries, lost files on us during its retrograde periods, we tend to think that things gone haywire are all a retrograde is about.
There’s a juicy positive side to these retrogrades as well.
When a planet goes retrograde — which means it appears to be stopping and then moving backward in its path — is the time when we want to focus on the re- words: rethinking, revising, reviewing, redoing, restarting, reorganizing, reconnecting and (ta-da!) reflecting.
This particular Mercury Rx, in the sign of Leo, kindles our inner fire, our passionate creativity. Sink down, lean into, your inner authority. Connect your mind to your heart, your thinking process to your inner fire and joy. Acknowledge yourself and appreciate yourself for what you’re good at, what you love about yourself, and express it—in your words, in your actions, in your art. Leo is passionate and creative, making this a particularly good time to reconnect to your inspired creative endeavors.
Mercury retrogrades occur every three months or so, giving us a chance to reflect on what we’ve learned during the months previous. A chance to process the information we’ve received, and reflect on what we’ve learned. An opportunity to tap into our inner dialogue.
Going forward, you can leverage these retrogrades by being aware of them before they’re coming. The week before, as Mercury is slowing down, look for a heightened awareness of issues involving communication, listening, speaking, buying, selling, transportation, short trips, shipping, signing contracts.
During a Mercury Rx, think about curtailing negotiations and big purchases in favor of reflecting and planning what’s calling to be expressed, getting more in touch with your inner life. Connect with old friends, and old clients, and rekindle relationships.
If you are a Gemini or a Virgo, or have Gemini or Virgo rising, Mercury Rxs may have big impact for you, because Mercury is your ruling planet, so these times of review and reflection are important opportunities for you.
But wait! There’s more!
Uranus—the planet that represents our higher mind, our ideas, insights, intuition, is also in retrograde!
The facts: Uranus is retrograde in Aries July 13–December 13
If we think of Mercury as our everyday mind (all that technology and communication), we can think of Uranus as our soul-level mind. Big-picture, life-path stuff. Uranus is also knows as the planet of surprise. Hold on to your hat, gorgeous!
What a combination! We get to dwell in the deep awareness of both our everyday mind (Mercury) and our higher mind (Uranus) at the same time. We get to sink into the questions:
• How do we want to free ourselves?
• Where can we be more expressive?
• What unique creations are calling to be brought forth?
One way this is manifesting for me is in a new guerrilla art project. I’m making beautiful—and completely anonymous—pastel and acrylic signs and tear-off sheets full of loving affirmations and just leaving them in unexpected places (taking pictures as I do). I’m still in stealth mode (guerrilla art, remember?) so I can’t show you any images yet. Once I have placed all the ones I have created I will be sharing the adventures in a blogpost. If you sign up for my newsletter, you’ll get notified of the article when it goes up. Why not jump in? You can always unsubscribe if it doesn’t make you smile and touch your heart.
How are you feeling this? What creations are being called forth from your pen, or brush, or cauldron? Please share your own story in the comments.
Sue Kearney is Chief Inspiration Officer at Magnolias West, a coaching, branding and web design practice. She is a dancer, DJ, artist, gardener, cook, and a maker of kombucha, sauerkraut and herbal medicines. Sue is a student of astrology, tarot, and a practitioner and facilitator of women’s spirituality.
Sue coaches women in business who want to reconnect with and fully express their juicy audacity without losing what makes them successful. She offers a Self-Love Coaching program designed to help bring back the magic in all areas of life, as well as a Brand Refresher Review, where women in business can fully and beautifully unmask the brand that reflects the heart and soul of their business. Contact Sue at Magnolias West. You can also read and comment on her blog, and follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.