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18th/19th May – 11th/12th June 2015: Mercury Retrograde in Gemini

18th/19th May – 11th/12th June 2015: Mercury Retrograde in Gemini

a message from Sarah Varcas
To read more of Sarah’s insight, please visit her site, Awakenings, Intuitive Astrology for Heart and Soul

A Universe Born of Its Own Design

Mercury stations retrograde at 1:44 am on 19th May GMT, and remains in its own sign, Gemini, throughout its retrograde passage. Practically speaking, this is an inquisitive Mercury, seeking information and answers, reviewing events of the past three months, wondering about relationships and connections with others and generally taking stock and sorting through unfinished business. It efficiently clears the decks of outstanding matters, enabling positive progress in the months to come. Of course, that also means current misunderstandings will need to be addressed in the coming weeks whether we like it or not! It may be a hassle at the time, frustrating our desire for progress, but if we commit to sorting through the chaos and getting things back on track now we’ll make up what felt like lost time, in due course. If, however, we try to battle on, ignoring the increasingly obvious signs that something somewhere is going awry, we can be absolutely certain that once Mercury turns direct again we’ll wish we’d listened better to its warnings and done what was needed back then!

Mercury’s retrograde station occurs opposite The Great Attractor. This anomalous point in space is the ultimate in seduction, drawing us towards and beyond it whether we like it or not. The Great Attractor reminds us that in a world of infinite possibilities all things must both repel and attract each other at some point in their cycle of becoming. Just as children can be repulsed by foods they enjoy as adults, and the ‘love of our life’ can become our most ardent enemy when the tides of passion turn, the existence of polarity is central to the very nature of being. We must know the extremes to find the balance that allows wholeness, entertain possibilities that before seemed too outlandish to be true, discard what once meant the world to us and be prepared to release even the very facets of our nature that previously made us who we are. The Great Attractor is our portal to the future, born of the deepest contradictions which may paralyse us in the present.

We cannot resist The Great Attractor (hence its name!) but we can surrender to its intensity of extremes, allowing its contradictions and profound paradoxes to penetrate our every cell until we know them as the very tension which animates life itself. In its darkest depths we encounter fate, those things we simply cannot change, a certain quality of being we cannot escape. Mercury’s opposition to this point as it turns retrograde poses the question ‘What do we do when we can’t change a thing? What does it mean to live a life shaped by powers beyond our reckoning?’. Whilst the practice of astrology reveals the deeply creative role we have in the weaving of our life’s fabric, The Great Attractor reminds us we are still the tiniest pin prick on the surface of a relatively small planet in one of hundreds of solar systems swirling through infinite space! Sometimes, it reminds us, life just does what it does, unfolds as it must and we simply have to deal with it!

It may all sound rather negative and resigned: not what we want to hear. Which is precisely the point. The very fact we don’t want to hear it is why Mercury is shouting it loud and clear right now: there is still so much we simply don’t know. Infinite knowledge is not in our grasp. We are not the architects of this awesome universe but instead a small part of it. As much as we yearn for control, the heavens remind us now some things are simply beyond our authority and wasting time and energy trying to influence them may have caused us to take our eye off the ball in recent months.

Time now to get to grips with what is rather than what we think should be, especially when it comes to relationships. In the coming weeks Mercury highlights what we simply cannot control: responses received from others; decisions made by those we love which turn our world upside down; misunderstandings which seem to arise out of ‘thin air’ simply because you and I are two different people; dynamics sensed immediately upon meeting someone which bear no ‘rational’ explanation: ‘you creep me out’, ‘I like you’, ‘I want to get to know you better’, ‘I hope our paths never cross again’. All point to the unavoidable consequence of life doing what it does: the interplay of our energy with that of another, creating outcomes beyond our control. No matter how hard we try to elicit the result we want – tying ourselves in knots of avoidance and denial in the process – there are no guarantees. Life now calls for living truthfully in the present, not with guile to create an imagined future. Speak the truth. Say it as it is and make doing that our purpose, no matter the outcome.

Contrary to popular belief about power and powerlessness, recognising the limits of our own influence is profoundly liberating. In doing so we can simply stop trying to shape what refuses to be moulded by anything other than its own nature. There is a deep and nourishing peace at the heart of The Great Attractor when we simply allow it to draw us in and have its way. For its way is our way eventually. Through our very acceptance of what we cannot change we become a living, breathing reflection of the creator spirit, not resisting its expression but accepting it as a force of greater intelligence than the ‘little me’ who always thinks it knows best. Once aligned with fate as an active participant there is nothing we cannot be or do, for all that is asked of us is who and what we already are.

This current period of Mercury retrograde will reveal much about what we can change and what is simply the fundamental nature of life, of ourselves and other people. By its end we will know what is and isn’t up for debate. We may well feel resistant to this revelation, but resistance doesn’t mean we’re right and the universe needs to shape up and get with the programme! It means we’re being too small in our outlook, too confident of our power in a cosmos which unfurls constantly, revealing ever deeper recesses of infinite space. There is still SO MUCH for us to know. We are mere ‘new borns’ in the infinity of creation. Only in celebrating that fact can we be open enough to receive ever more profound revelations of truth when it is time. The burgeoning Age of Aquarius is not the destination, the culmination of aeons of development, it is merely a way-station on an endless journey of becoming, a revelation of a new way to live and love, a new mode of existence. In cosmic terms it is still a lower rung of a very long ladder stretching into endless space about which we know next to nothing. Being alive at the shift of ages can lead us to believe we have arrived. In fact we are still on the starting blocks, preparing for the off in a very long race.

The Great Attractor polarises all things, including ourselves. It offers the objective and subjective and bids us choose which perspective we prefer. Either way the opposite is also true. Behind all of this polarity lies the future, born of the creative tension of opposites and similarities interwoven throughout our lives. As Mercury travels retrograde in the coming weeks we have a chance to view those polarities, to encounter paradox and contradiction, different perspectives in the same space of one relationship and honour them for what they are: the fertile seeds of the future, not problems to be resolved into beige blandness of a uni-dimensional view.

If we’ve swept discord under the carpet, said ‘yes’ when we felt ‘no’, committed ourselves when our spirit yearned for freedom, now is the time to do the opposite and reveal the truth. But in doing so we must accept that the choices we make may have consequences we cannot control. Each decision carries its own power, unleashed when we make it, thrust forth to live a life all of its very own. This is how doing the ‘right’ thing can sometimes ‘backfire’ and doing the ‘wrong’ thing can get us exactly where we need to be. The power to choose is ours, then the roller- coaster begins, fuelled not only by our own desire, but also that of the universe: the force of becoming which propels our lives through time and space in ways we have yet to understand.

The future is born of each moment. We are its creators and its subjects, thrown hither and thither by influences beyond our control. Such is the paradox at the heart of the human condition: we have enormous creative power but may lack influence over our creation. This is The Great Attractor at work, offering the freedom of self determination with no guarantees. As Mercury retrogrades through Gemini their combined power invites us to claim our creative potential, exercise it with integrity and in doing so know that what will be will be. The most precious goal is simply to honour who we are in the moment and share ourselves honestly with life. The present moment is all we have and living it well is the best we can do. The future isn’t ours to shape but to embrace as it arises, secure in the knowledge that we rest in the arms of life itself, cradled in an infinite universe born of its own design.
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The Witches Correspondences for Wednesday, May 20th

ConjurerThe Witches Correspondences for Wednesday, May 20th

Wednesday (Wodin’s day)

Planet: Mercury

Colors: Yellow, Grey, Mixed Hues

Crystals: Citrine, Agates, Aventurine, Mica, Pumice, Quicksilver, Zinc

Aroma: Lavender, Eucalyptus, Mercury Oil, Jasmine, Sweetpea

Herb: Lavender

Dedicated to the Teutonic god Woden or Odin, an aspect of the “All-Father” god of knowledge wisdom enlightenment and combat, the parallel of Hermes. Wednesday is ruled by Mercury. Magical aspects: the conscious mind, study, travel, divination, and wisdom. This is the best day to engage in anything dealing with communication.

With Wednesday brings the beauty of luck, the satisfaction of psychic work, increased communication and the retail success that it brings. If you feel that lady luck has been rather mean with her glances recently, it might be worth asking for a little extra something on a Wednesday and await the returns.

This is the proper day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving communication, divination, writing, knowledge, business transactions, teaching, reason, skill, self-improvement, debt, fear, loss, intellectual pursuits, and flexibility.

Must Dos for Wednesdays

LibraryMust Dos for Wednesdays

Be bold and daring today! Expand your knowledge of the Craft by working with the planetary energies of Mercury on this multifaceted day of the week. Consider the Greco-Roman gods Mercury and Hermes and all of the many lessons they have for you. Embrace change and movement, and work on your communication techniques. Conjure up a little good luck for yourself with that Mercury dime spell. Call on Athena to inspire you to try magickal arts and crafts and to be more creative in your own spellwork and witchery.

Meditate on Odin and see what you can discover about him. I wonder what sort of fabulous and fascinating magickal wisdom you will uncover? Odin is a shaman, after all; he may appear in many guises and faces. I guarantee that he will make you laugh at yourself before he is through with you, but you will learn. It’s up to you what you do with that knowledge. Will you let it shapeshift into wisdom?

Wednesday is the wild and wily day of the week, so try to go with the flow; don’t fight the quirky energies of the day. Most importantly, follow your heart, and always keep a good sense of humor, because of Wednesdays you will really need it.

Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
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Get A Jump On Tomorrow, Your Horoscopes for Tuesday, May 19th



Your Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, May 19th

by Rick Levine


Today is the first full day of mischievous Mercury’s retrograde cycle, a time when the best of intentions go awry if we don’t have all our ducks in a row. The restless Gemini Moon joins up with Mercury to precipitate misunderstandings, making it crucial to think things through before saying something we later regret. Obstacles will fall away as another layer of reality begins to reveal itself.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Your mind is racing at a million miles a minute; the thoughts go flying by so fast that you can’t hold onto any one of them. Unbeknownst to you, more is going on than you realize. It’s not time to turn a dream into reality now. Mercury’s retrograde in your 3rd House of Information gives you a chance to let your thoughts and ideas come and go at their own pace without any need to make major decisions or initiate action just yet. Explore all your alternatives and take comfort in the fact that you don’t have to choose one today.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

Your most ingenious money-making schemes probably look better on paper now than they do once you try to put them into motion. But don’t throw the baby out with the bath water; there may be a real jewel buried among a pile of half-crazy ideas. Keep mulling the various possibilities around in your mind. Don’t get lazy and let one go because it’s not perfect. However, getting swept up in a feeling of urgency is your biggest threat to success. Time is on your side, so let the developmental process take its own organic course.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

You may experience moments of dread now when you start to believe that time has run out and you’ve missed a once-in-a-lifetime chance. You are tempted to bring others into your drama today as if they might have the answer to your current dilemma. But don’t fall victim to a momentary flash of panic; instead recognize the trap of Mercury retrograde as it turns up the intensity on your analytical process. Shift your focus from the most immediate tasks to the more long-range ones. Perspective is your friend in more ways than one.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Capturing the magic of your imagination these days is a challenge worth rising to as cerebral Mercury back steps through your 12th House of Spiritual Mystery. Schedule time to meditate, dance or listen to music so you can sink beneath the superficial noise in your head and into the creative waters of your subconscious. But you may not get tangible results overnight. Establish a daily practice of quieting your thoughts so you can reach the land of enchantment anytime you want. Dreams today, reality tomorrow.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

The danger of thinking about the future is expecting it to arrive in the present. Your mind is so active now that it’s difficult to shut off your imagination — and the fantasies look so wonderful that you want them to come true today. Consciously take a few steps back from your own mental machinations while Mercury is retrograde in your 11th House of Goals. There’s no need to forget about your aspirations; just acknowledge that it’s healthier to treat them as dreams now rather than plans. The ones worthy of manifesting will continue to gain momentum over the next few weeks.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You may be frustrated by your lack of progress at work, especially if you didn’t receive that promotion or raise you wanted. You’re inclined to share your emotions with one of your colleagues, but this open communication could backfire on you. Others might even see you as overly ambitious or self-indulgent if you reveal your feelings. Don’t close down your heart, but keep it protected from needless drama. Remove the disappointment by realizing Mercury’s retrograde is in your 10th House of Career, delaying the good news for a few weeks. Don’t throw in the towel; you still can reach your goals, but not on your original timetable.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You want to proudly announce your plans for the next chapter of your life. You might have dreams of climbing the tallest mountain or crossing the widest desert. Or, perhaps, you’re ready to crack the books and earn the degree you’ve always wanted. However, it’s too soon to talk about your ambitions; if you do, you could unintentionally dissipate the energy. Continue working on your big adventure behind the scenes. Seek support from others only after your facts are in order and your strategy is bulletproof.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You are entering a planetary power zone where your ideas carry extra weight, but the emphasis on your thoughts is not without possible pitfalls. Becoming caught in a cycle of doubt can spiral out of control unless you consciously intervene. Mercury is retrograding through your 8th House of Transformation, inviting you to reassess the efficacy of your deepest emotional patterns. Reinforce the behaviors that are working for you, but relinquish those that are not. You hold the potential for positive change in your own hands if you’re willing to let go of the past.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

It might seem as if someone is picking a fight with you, but you may be extra sensitive to other people’s words today. It’s likely that you could jump to a faulty conclusion or misinterpret a message as communicator Mercury dances backward through your 7th House of Partners. Don’t be overly concerned if you find yourself having the same conversation again and again as you try to untangle a misunderstanding. Naturally, it’s even better if you are extra cautious in all conversations now to avoid trouble before it happens. If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Your uncharacteristic inattention to details can cause your best-laid plans to go awry now. You might have too many commitments that spread your energy too thin. Or you could just be so eager to begin a project that you make fast assumptions instead of doing the research. Don’t let your ambition get the best of you while mental Mercury is retrograding through your 6th House of Service. Building your foundation on solid facts and meticulous follow-through takes your work to the next level.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Words come easily to you today, prompting you to express your heart in a romantic manner. But you have so many wonderful visions that it’s nearly impossible to pick just one and run with it. Consequently, you may get frustrated with your inability to share your emotions. Unfortunately, your angst could even close down the flow of positive feelings. However, Mercury’s retrograde in your 5th House of Play might reignite an old flame rather than firing up a new one. It’s not important whether you are moving ahead or backward now; shine your love light wherever you go.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Your hypersensitivity presents you with an irreconcilable dilemma today. You may know how someone close to you feels even before they tell you. It’s as if you can actually hear their thoughts when messenger Mercury is moving backward in your 4th House of Family. No matter how strong your psychic radar is now, it’s still crucial to check out your hunches instead of just assuming they are right. It’s a blessing to use your non-verbal antenna to tune into the emotional dynamics as long as you also initiate a conversation to validate the truth.

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Your Horoscopes for Monday, May 18th

Your Horoscopes for Monday, May 18th

by Rick Levine


Getting back to basics is required by the pragmatic Taurus New Moon at 12:13 am EDT, but keeping things simple now is no easy task. The Moon jumps into flighty Gemini at 5:27 am, tempting us to change direction mid-stream. But her opposition to authoritative Saturn a few hours later halts us in our tracks. This stop-start-stop rhythm is accentuated when trickster Mercury turns communication inside-out during its retrograde cycle that ends June 11.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Building your nest egg is at the top of your list as the solid Taurus New Moon highlights your 2nd House of Resources. The cosmic emphasis is on your personal finances for the month ahead, so take stock of your assets and put your accounts in order. However, the judgments you make about yourself impact your earning power more than you think. You can add value to your life by considering what you have to offer to others and how they perceive you. But a one-time fix isn’t the answer today; revisit your progress regularly in the days ahead to generate the prosperity you seek.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

You have a special opportunity to see yourself clearly today as the New Moon falls in your sensible sign. You have a rare chance to reevaluate how you process your emotions which can change your life for the better. But unless you act on your newly found self-awareness right away, you might slip back into old patterns. Maintaining strong protective defenses may no longer be appropriate. Your life will grow richer and more rewarding as you consciously share your vulnerabilities with those you can trust. Your heart is like other muscles; it gets stronger when you use it.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

It’s time to uncover any thoughts you have secreted away in your subconscious mind, for some of these hidden stories can now be told. The Taurus New Moon falls in your 12th House of Privacy, yet moving emotions out of denial and into a shared reality deepens the intimacy in your relationships. Mercury’s retrograde turn might tempt you to sidestep the intensity by intellectualizing your feelings; instead, seize the moment and open your heart to those you love.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Surrounding yourself with allies seems like a natural thing to do while the Taurus New Moon activates your 11th House of Community. Spending time with a group of like-minded people happily sets the social stage for the next few weeks. However, you still might doubt your decisions today, but don’t let that stop you from following through with your initial intentions. Trust your original instincts now, push through any fears and keep moving your energy outward. The world is a better place with you in it.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Although it’s your time to shine in the public eye, you may want to hide from the attention once you get it. Today’s Taurus New Moon occurs in your 10th House of Career, casting a spotlight on your professional life for weeks to come. But you might be afraid that you won’t be able to live up to everyone’s expectations once they see who you really are. A healthy amount of humility works as an asset, but your uncharacteristic self-doubt only gets in your way. Fortunately, you will stand up to the scrutiny as long as you are honest and open in you interactions with others.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You are pulled in opposite directions as you attempt to be practical and philosophical at the same time. The earthy Taurus New Moon encourages you to be dependable, yet its influence on your 9th House of Big Ideas destabilizes your plans. Meanwhile, mischievous Mercury’s retrograde turn makes it tougher to resolve the opposing forces. It takes practice to keep your feet on the ground while aspiring toward the heavens. Fortunately, you can soar to new heights as long as you give yourself extra time to honor both approaches.

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Astrology of Today – May 18, 2015



Astrology of Today – May 18, 2015


  • A New Moon occurs in the sign of Taurus at 12:13 AM. Mercury turns retrograde today.
  • The Moon is in Taurus until 5:27 AM.
  • The Moon is void from 12:13 AM until 5:27 AM.
  • The Moon is in Gemini from 5:27 AM forward (until Wednesday, May 20th, at 9:55 AM).
  • The Moon is waning, and is in its Balsamic phase until 12:13 AM / the Moon is waxing and in its New Moon phase from 12: 13 AM forward. Mercury is stationary retrograde today. (Mercury will be retrograde from May 18 to June 11 in the sign of Gemini).
  • A New Moon occurs at 12:13 AM in the sign of Taurus.

Mercury Shenanigans and Support

Mercury Shenanigans and Support

Author: Dana Mrkich
To read more of Dana’s insight, please visit her website, Dana Mrkich -Evolution Revolution

Mr Mercury doesn’t officially go Retrograde until early next week but he is already causing all kinds of electronic shenanigans with computers acting up, banking/eftpos facilities going down, phones acting strange and so on.

This is partly because we are in the Shadow period ie Mercury is traveling across the degrees he will soon seemingly ‘reverse’ over. It is also partly because he is doing all this in his home sign of Gemini which is related to Communications.
SO take extra care when emailing and texting people over the next few weeks, making sure before you press send that your message is going to the intended party! If you are writing something that is gossipy, have a think about how you would feel if the subject of your message read it – you might find yourself reconsidering sending that message and instead delete it.

With everyone’s increasing sensitivity, we can all feel thoughts and energy being sent our way even if we can’t put our finger on why we are feeling how we feel. So be mindful about what you are saying and thinking about others.

This is a great period in which to re-connect with people you haven’t seen or heard from in a while – and this will usually happen quite unexpectedly.
It is a fabulous time to go over conversations that may have happened in the past, where you need some closure or a re-negotiation of some deal or agreement.
It is an excellent time to review some project you had put on hold, brush off the dust and get back into it. Something might come back to you that you had given up hope on, or where the timing wasn’t right before.

Mercury is Retrograde 18 May-11 June, with the post-retrograde Shadow period lasting until 27 June.

Has Mercury paid you a visit already?


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To the Romans, this day was called Dies Mercurii, or “Mercury’s day” Mercury was a popular character in the Roman pantheon. A messenger of the gods, he presided over commerce, trade, and anything that required skill or dexterity. The Celts also worshiped Mercury and eventually equated him with the Norse god Odin (some spelling variations on this name include Wotan, Wodin, and Wodan). In Norse mythologies, Odin, like Mercury, is associated with poetry and music. Interestingly enough, both Odin and Mercury were regarded as psychopomps, or the leaders of souls, in their individual mythologies.

Odin, one of the main gods in Norse mythology, was constantly seeking wisdom. He traveled the world in disguise as a one-eyed man with a long gray beard, wearing an old, beat-up hat and carrying a staff or a spear (which brings to my mind images of Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings). In the Old English language, this day of Mercury evolved into Wodnes daeg, “Woden’s day,” or Wednesday.

Wednesday carries all of the planetary and magickal energies and associations of the witty and nimble god Mercury himself. Some of these mercurial traits included good communication skills, cleverness, intelligence, creativity, business sense, writing, artistic talent, trickiness, and thievery. And don’t forget all of those wise and enigmatic qualities associated with the Norse god Odin/Wodin, not to mention the goddess Athena’s contributions of music, the arts, handmade crafts, and writing. Wednesdays afford excellent opportunities for seeking wisdom, changing your circumstances, and improving your skills, be they in trade and commerce, music and art, or in communication and writing.

Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan