Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Waxing Crescent Moon phase in Libra - Mercury Retrograde

I'm one with the Goddess
and open to Her Wisdom."

5th Day of the 9th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Artemis
Lunar Tree Cycle of Coll/Hazel
25th Day of the Celtic Tree
Month of Tinne.Holly
5th Day of the Cycle of Lugnasadh -
Days of Lugh
Moon Phase: waxing Crescent
Moon rises: 10:57AM EDST
Moon sets: 10:31PM EDST
Moon enters the Cardinal Air
Sign of Libra at 6:04AM EDST
Blodeuwedd's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation: The lessons
of illness
Sun in Leo
Sunrise: 6:18AM EDST
Sunset: 8:3PM EDST
Solar Question for the Day: "Are you
doing too much and which areas can
be pruned?"
Lughnasadh (Gwyl Awst) Quarter
of the Year
August 3rd, 2011

Crescent Moon - The Moon entered its Crescent phase last night (Aug. 2nd) at 10:35PM EDEST. The waxing Crescent Moon rises midmorning and sets after sunset. She is the first visible sliver of Moon seen in the western sky in the late afternoon and early evening. The Crescent Moon is SPROUT. The seed has broken through the earth and reaches up as she ventures from the dark moist earth she has know. Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, and opportunity. It is the time in a lunar cycle when you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal(s) for this lunar cycle.  Those who are born in a Crescent Moon phase feel they must break from the past to create their own destiny.

Moon in Libra - The Moon in Libra opens our sociability, brings a friendly egalitarian vibe and encourages us to connect. This transit concerns cooperation, harmony, focus on relationships, find artistic pursuits. Moon in Libra highlights the magick of the dance of inter-relatedness - friendly, romantic and searching for a way to connect.  Libra asks us to treat those around us as equals and make sure our politics and art, our love making and our networks integrate. Moon in Libra is the best time to work magick involving artistic work, justice, court cases, partnerships and unions, mental stimulation, and karmic, spiritual or emotional balance. Healing rituals for ailments of the lower back or kidneys are also done during this period of time. Those born born under a Libra Moon sign are peacemakers, but need to remember to keep themselves in the equation. They see the beauty and seek fairness, help us understand one another.

Mercury Retrograde -[From this website: Mercury turns retrograde late in the evening on August 2nd, 2011. I don’t get too excited about Mercury retrograde periods but this event takes place with the rest of the planets stressed beyond belief so it merits special attention.

Mercury itself turns retrograde in Virgo, in tight opposition to Neptune in Pisces. Where there can be misunderstandings with Mercury retrograde, with Neptune involved the misunderstanding may be created deliberately. Another word for that is LIE or you can use, ”misrepresent”, “mislead”, “trick”, etc.

We also have a terrifically harsh grand cross to contend with; it is as bad as we have seen this summer. It involves, Mars, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto, all squared off. None of these are characters you’d want to bet against.

On August 2nd and 3rd, just as Mercury turns retrograde, the Moon is also involved in the grand cross so we’ve got pressure, pain, anger, sensitivity, confusion… I think you get the idea. This is not something to play with with, that’s for sure.

Now I am talking about these first couple days (August 2nd and 3rd)as being the most intense, not the entire Mercury retrograde period. Tension will ease as days pass but the essential ingredients will still be lying around and if you feel wary, you’ve probably got cause.

As for a bright spot, the Sun and Venus are conjunct Leo on these days and very well aspected. This gives creative types all kinds of juice.

As for how to handle this, the usual Mercury retrograde advice applies. Don’t sign if you don’t have too, don’t shop if you don’t have to. Expect communication / transportation delays.

Because Neptune is involved, I’d also advise you don’t take any wooden nickles and beware slick talkers offering deals you know damned well are too good to be true.

And from this website:  ---  ..."our creativity, self-expression, playfulness, and primary child-like needs to be appreciated, heard, and honored will be highlighted. Mercury will  be backtracking until August 26th, so advices that all of you planning some summer travels should double check your desires, and make sure your self-worth is fully fed so that you may generously flaunt your gorgeous expressive heart for all to behold. With Mercury retrograde Techie difficulties happen, travel plans remind you that planning is not a guarantee that things will happen the way you want them, and communication fizzles, Verdarluz tells us to expect frustrations with tech gear and bring compassion to our interpersonal connections…very important to not forget right speech!"   

And is yet another view: 

Astrology and Mercury Retrograde August 2011 in Virgo and Leo - What Is Mercury Retrograde?

by Robert Wilkinson

Mercury goes retrograde at 2 Virgo on August 2, 8:50 pm PDT, 11:50 pm EDT, 4:50 am Greenwich August 3. Over the next few days we'll examine the meaning of this phenomenon and how we can make best use of these recurring periods.

Usually, Mercury goes retrograde 3 times each year, but this year, like last year, we have a 4th Mercury retrograde period, making this a somewhat unusual time. When Mercury is retrograde, it seems to throw people and situations into a whirlwind of over, under, sideways and down. But does it really? Just what is Mercury retrograde? In the next few weeks we'll discover many things about how Mercury Retrograde in Virgo and Leo affects us.

Mercury retrograde is one of the most misunderstood parts of astrology. Many have heard about it, but don't know what it really is. I've given an introduction about the general meaning of the phenomenon known as Mercury Retrograde in the article, Mercury Retrograde - A New Look at the Guide of Souls. It was written to assist readers to pierce through many of the superstitions and suppositions concerning this repeating phenomenon, and how it works in our lives.

There's too much to recap here, so if you're not familiar with the technical elements and basic meanings of this Mercurial phenomenon happening 3 times a year, please read that article so you can understand better what this coming period is about, and how best to approach its challenges and potentialities.

I'll be composing more about what the coming retrograde period is about in future articles. For now, I'll just mention that we'll get new insights about our work, health, effective service, and ability to discriminate what's important and what's not, as well as our creativity, enthusiasms, ability to play, and our heart's natural expression. We'll get a new look at all of these so that we can become more joyous and free in our interactions, which will heavily influence our lives and how we're living from late October through late November.

Since Mercury is ahead of all the other inner planets, it's natural "herald" function will be prominent, showing us things to come when the other planets move through early Virgo. This period we'll review (mostly) Leo things in our lives, so keep an eye to the house where this retrograde falls since that's where returns, reviews, new insights, and new understanding of past things will be found. More on that to come in another article.

In Virgo, we rework the method. In Leo, we rework our buy-in to those things in our lives that stimulate our hearts. Sometimes it's a period of returns and/or rediscoveries; other times it's a period of looking back to change some things so that we can "get it right" when Mercury again goes direct. In any case, we can understand the challenges and opportunities by looking at the sign(s) and house(s) where the retrograde is happening.

As noted in the article before this one, this Mercury retrograde will feature a Cardinal T-square of some major importance. During the days that T-square is exact around August 8-12, Mercury retrograde will be making a very important septile to Mars, marking a major point of change for everyone. The themes are curbing recklessness and letting the past feed the future. I'll elaborate on all of this in the next article in this series.

Throughout the retrograde period, we'll get many insights, returns, and renewals. It's already begun for me!! Mercury retrograde is always good for looking back to see what we didn't in earlier times. However, also remember that there also may be delays, misunderstandings can occur and/or be resolved, and that much may come in roundabout or even apparently contradictory ways.

So the coming weeks will give us a new look at recent Leonine developments, as well as herald important developments that will show up between late August through mid-September. By the time Mercury and Venus again closely conjunct in early Sagittarius trine Uranus, our Leo heart energies will be stabilized in a new humor, intensity, and playfulness.

So finish getting your affairs in order as soon as possible and continue adjusting to the different pace symbolized by Mercury slowing down very quickly during the past week. Get ready to take an unusual view, do your research, rehearsals, and examine peripherals since they may be more important than we initially thought. More on all of this, plus how it affects individual signs, in future articles.
Copyright © 2011 Robert Wilkinson

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