The Retrogrades – April 29, ’16

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It’s Retrograde time, with five planets traveling back over previously covered areas in your experience. Mercury (communication/info) and Mars (action) are the two personal planets whose Retrograde motion will most dramatically affect your daily life re: your thinking and your energy.

Delays, schedule changes and detours are the effects at hand, so be mindful to practice flexibility, while keeping your intention focused on your desired outcome. The more spacious you are in your approach to daily life, the more it will serve you.

This Mercury Retrograde is in Taurus – and Taurus dislikes drama, clutter, complications and being rushed, so slow it down…

Impeccable self-care, a positive attitude, patience and faith are all antidotes for stress, fear and frustration.

Mercury Retro (April 28-May 22) and Mars Retro (April 17-June 29) are times when you are advised NOT to make dates for major life changes or make major purchases.

This energy invites you into a process that I have broken down into four parts:

1. Review – What’s working, what’s not working? Take inventory and get clear. Where do you want to go, specifically or generally (ex, a new career or more peace)?

2. Reconsider – Be willing to look at your beliefs, attitudes, ideas and decisions with an open mind. How do these align with what you want to create in your life? What needs to change?

3. Revise – Make needed changes. If the changes seem too massive or overwhelming, do the next right thing. Make the first change – or plan how to make the first change and when to do it. There is ALWAYS something you can do now.

4. Recreate – This can range from remodeling your space (moving the furniture, literally) to any new expression of you or your life. A new fitness program, a new savings account specifically for pleasure, or whatever calls to you.

I can’t stress how important it is to have a destination – a direction or something to move toward, otherwise, you’re in resistance to change — or you’re focused on trying to keep things the same (which is still resistance to change :)).

Get get your Mercury Retrograde Report if you don’t already have it so you know how best to work with the energy.

Mars Retrograde energy is felt when you can’t move in the same old ways and have things work. It’s time to move in a more instinctual way, guided by intuition rather than traditional, linear (mental) ways.

If you persist in operating from old, outdated methods you will experience obstacles that can create frustration, so be willing to go within and allow yourself to “feel” into how to move forward. Remember, this is not the time to begin a new job or launch new projects (if you can help it) unless you are prepared to “swim upstream.” It’s so much easier to go with the flow!

Also, this is a time when you could have a fling or encounter with a lover from your past (Mars is “yang” energy).  Just so you know!

**** We still have MAJOR Moon Void of Course periods this week***,which can derail intended outcomes and productivity – and are optimal times to access your creativity, spiritual pursuits, routines or leisure activities. Be aware and pay attention.

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