Time to slow down and ressess

Happy New Moon! Falling in the sign of Taurus, the May 18 new moon highlights issues around food, comfort, love and money. Interestingly, Mercury is at a standstill today as he prepares to go retrograde for the next three weeks, but don’t panic: it’s a great time to revisit old ideas or delve deeper into your needs and desires. Something that passed you by might even come back into your life, a sort of second chance. The key to success over the coming month is slow down, revise and research … don’t push things through before they’re fully cooked.

On a cautionary note, Mercury retrogrades often disrupt movement and communication, so allow more time for traveling over this period, avoid buying electronics or installing software and be sure to double-check important documents (hidden details may come to light in the following weeks).

Sabian Symbols, where every degree of the zodiac (all 360 of them) is connected to an image, often contain interesting insights. Following is an excerpt from Lynda Hill’s book: The new Moon is occurring at 27 degrees of Taurus: AN OLD INDIAN WOMAN SELLING BEADS AND TRINKETS  ‘An Old Indian Woman’ is ‘Selling Beads and Trinkets’. She probably spends a great deal of her time selling these small products of her culture for very little reward. The modern world often shows little regard and doesn’t respect the crafts and skills that are well respected within her tribe. Meaning: Do not underestimate yourself or restrict yourself to what you think others believe you are capable of. Everybody has talents and abilities, including you.

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Mercury retrogrades

meditating at sunriseMercury, the planet of communication and travel, is coming to a standstill today (February 7), at least from our perspective, as he shifts into a month-long retrograde phase. It’s well known, at least amongst astrologers, that Mercury retrogrades can feel like an exercise in frustration (and patience!), but insights gained over these slower, more reflective periods can be invaluable, even if we can’t see it at the time.

Delays and hiccups often prove to be fortuitous as they give us an opportunity to reassess and improve our plans. Pivotal people from our past often pop back onto the scene under Mercury retrogrades or forgotten dreams bubble up to the surface. If we’ve taken a wrong turn, retrograde periods can help to get us back on track.

Adding an interesting edge to this particular retrograde (they occur roughly three times a year) is Mercury’s mystical rendezvous with dreamy Neptune. Occurring in the sign of Pisces, this super-sensitized aspect is perfect for strengthening our connection to the spiritual world; think meditation, dream interpretation, artistic or musical expression, spiritual healing work, psychic development or communion with nature. Slow down, soak it all up and enjoy!