Mercury Is Now Retrograde

From now until September 13th take the time to tune into your intuition 🙇🏽 and be alert for signs and symbols ⚛.

Delays may arise🚦🚗, so it’s a good idea to factor in extra time and place caveats around deadlines.

Note what is coming up for you.

What message(s) 🌬 are you being given?

What needs re-work, re-vision or re-visiting?

This is a powerful time for meditation 🙏🏽and creative insights ✍🏽

Taking time out to rest 😴 can restore calm and lessen frustration.

With Mercury conjunct Venus and Jupiter today and forming an opposition with Chiron there could be lessons around use of words in relation to money 💸 and relationships 💏

Remember that simply moving the ‘s’ can make words your sword!! ⚔

Are you using your words for good or are they causing pain? 

I.e. Are your words keeping you stuck in repeating negative patterns, are you engaging in negative self-talk or are you excessively critical of others?

💖 Use them wisely 💖

For more detail on Mercury Retrograde in Vigo during 2016, click here 👍🏻

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September’s New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Virgo – Time for Practical Solutions?

As Mercury brings unconscious behaviour_situations to light, what practical solutions will you put in place.png

August’s New Moon (also a Solar Eclipse) falls on September 1st, which is the first day of Spring for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere and of Autumn for those of you in the Northern Hemisphere.

A Powerful New Moon and a New Season.


New Moon’s offer us the chance to set intentions for something new within our lives.

Whereas, Solar Eclipses tend to be experienced as external events, which illuminate an area of our life; bringing previously hidden/unacknowledged behaviours or circumstances to light.

For example, through events and/or people.


What will this Eclipse bring forth for you to acknowledge and in which area of your life is it falling?

Look for where 9 degrees and 21 seconds falls within your natal chart and check the house (area of life) in order to ascertain this.

If you need further help with this activity, my E-Book “Introductory Tips for Astrological Self Awareness” can help. You can claim your free copy here.


Bernadette Brady in her work on the Saros Cycles tells us that the energy of this particular eclipse is about truth; about getting real and seeing a situation for what it truly is.

If we choose to work with what has been highlighted it can be a productive time.


With all the Virgo energy in play at this New Moon health or healing could well play a part.

Virgo (also being a realistic sign) offers the chance to get practical with problem solving and you may find that others can help with something that may otherwise be a struggle.


The Sabian Symbol for this Eclipse/New Moon is: Virgo 10: “Two Heads Looking Out And Beyond The Shadows”

This speaks of ‘Two Heads often being better than One” when it comes to seeking a solution.


The Moon’s T Square with Neptune and the Saturn/Mars conjunction indicates that it may be important to get clear on what it is that you’re trying to achieve; to remain true to your own path. Therefore, avoiding the tendency to be swayed by others, lost in brain fog and getting nowhere.


Strengthening your intuition and connecting to your heart can often increase faith, clarity and ‘an instinctive knowing’ of which path is the right one for you; leading to focus and confidence in moving forwards.

Too much mind energy can cause procrastination and fear, so be mindful of needless worrying.

Mercury (still in his introspective phase of the retrograde) is ruler of this Moon and is currently on Virgo 29: “A Man Is Gaining Secret Knowledge From An Ancient Scroll He Is Reading”.

This symbol intimates that there is no rush.

Take some time out in reflection; to meditate, consult the signs/oracles/experts of choice; to research and perhaps look to the way of the Ancients if this is correct for you.

Is it time to step back and to do some more checking?

Are you gaining insight into previously hidden behaviour/patterns?


This is the point of Mercury Retrograde; not to simply frustrate nor delay us, but to offer us the chance to see what was hereto missed.

To re-visit, re-do and to tie up all loose ends, so that we can continue from a stronger, more informed position.


The opposition to Neptune hints at heightened intuition and this along with the trine to Pluto is a further reminder that it is important to remain in your power at this time, so as not to be swayed by others or to fall prey to confusion, imagined worries and/or doubt.


The Moon’s degree raises a point about tolerance and relinquishing the need to be right (which can be a Virgo tendency). Is it really worth the argument?

If we’ve never walked in someone else’s shoes then we cannot possibly know what is right for them.


Stay true to your own heart, your own path and keep the faith. We cannot know where it will lead, but it’s important to remember that life has our back.

It is the fear that arises from our own minds that can keep us held back or held in chains when we fear ‘the shadows’.


Remember to look for planets in your personal birth chart that fall around 9 degrees; especially of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces).

If you find any, then this Eclipse may affect you to a stronger degree and the actions that you take now could be life-changing.


It can also be enlightening to check your children’s charts (if you are a parent).


The New Moon/Eclipse will fall on September 1st at 07:03pm here in Brisbane (AEST).


Remember that New Moons are a great time to meditate, set intentions, plant the seeds of new beginnings and to cleanse your crystals.


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Mercury’s Earthy Focus During 2016

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During 2016, Mercury’s retrograde focus has been on the Earth signs, which makes for a year when we have been likely reassessing the current structures of our lives and dealing with the practicalities.

Organisation, attending to the mundane, healthful eating and exercise regimes, Mercury Retrograde 2016de-cluttering of one’s home, office and/or car, day to day routine and the status of one’s bank account could all be featuring strongly this year.

It is a year of re-assessing our reality and for getting ‘our house in order’ so to speak.


Mercury Retrograde in Virgo

We have now entered the lead up period to Mercury’s third retrograde cycle of 2016, which will take place in the Earthy sign of Virgo.

Are you being pulled to re-address some of the finer detail within your life? What is requiring greater organisation?

Virgo is a sign greatly aligned with analysis and refinement, so this is a fabulous period to re-visit anything that needs to be re-tuned or re-worked; be it at home, in the office, a subject for study or in relation to your health and body.

Mercury’s Retrograde periods are synonymous with delays and with Virgo being a stickler for the detail, it will be wise to add a little fat into any deadlines that you’re working on, as now is a strong time for finding mistakes.

Revisiting the Past

As Mercury is ruler of communication, you may find that you are revisiting the past in some way.

Dreaming of old friends, being reconnected with old work colleagues or heading down memory lane can all feature strongly now; sometimes in relation to something karmic that needs to be cleared up.

Turning Inward/Going Within

You may also find that you are feeling more withdrawn than is usual, as the mind can become more subdued/inward during a Mercury Retrograde and it can be a good time for meditation and connecting more readily with our subconscious mind.

Many writers have Mercury Retrograde within their birth charts so connecting with your innate self-expression through journaling/poetry or creative writing may prove fruitful at this time.

Be on the look out for signs and symbols, as your ability to pick up on them could be stronger at this time.

Potential for Miscommunication and Delay

Delays, mix ups and mishaps may arise and it is important to double-check information at this time and to be clear with your words and your instructions.

Rest assured that if you aren’t, Mercury will point it out for you so that you can learn from whatever confusion has occurred and hone your communication accordingly.

Mercury is a teacher, after all and he is adept at bringing subconscious patterns to light during his retrograde phase.

What do you need to work on in relation to the way that you communicate?

‘Communication’ covers anything that connects us to others; including short journeys, so journeys, cars, the mail service, emails, computers and telephones can all feature at this time.

It is advisable to back-up computers, re-read anything written, plan ahead and check the small print.

Potential for Increased Anxiety and Criticism

Virgo is also a sign that loves to work and to feel purposeful.

With 3 planets in Virgo along with the North Node and The Sun at the time of the retrograde be prepared for an increase in busyness, self-analysis and mind chatter.

Virgo seeks perfection so be mindful of a tendency to over-criticise others at this time and be especially kind to yourself, as self-criticism and negative self talk can increase anxiety levels.

If this is affecting you, spending plenty of time in nature can help. Sitting on a large area of grass surrounded by trees and gazing at the green colours can bring about calm as can hugging a tree.

Meditation can help to restore frayed nerves and settle those worried thoughts as can Lavender Essential Oil and Crowea Bush Flower Essence

Where Will This Mercury Retrograde Affect You?

To understand where this energy is playing out within your life, look for 14 to 29 degrees of Virgo within your personal birth chart. Which house is it in?

Also look for 14 to 29 degrees of the other Earth Signs (Taurus and Capricorn), as this will indicate where you have been called to get more practical, organised and grounded in reality this year.

Also look for any natal planets around these degrees that will come into contact with Mercury during his retrograde journey.

If you’d like a free copy of my E-Book ‘Introductory Tips for Astrological Self Awareness’ to help you to explore this, you can click here.


An understanding of the different phases of the Mercury Retrograde Phase can help you make the best of this time.

Click here for a break down of this particular Mercury Retrograde Phase. You may wish to print it out and use it for reference.

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Mercury Retrograde in Virgo 2016 – Timeline

An understanding of the different phases of the Mercury Retrograde Phase can help you make the best of this time.

You may wish to print out this guide and use it for reference.

Mercury Retrograde 2016 Virgo Image
Shadow Period (August 10th to 30th August):

Mercury (travelling direct (in forward motion) passed 14 degrees and 49 seconds of Virgo on 10th August 2016.

This is the point at which Mercury’s backward journey will eventually cease and it is termed the ‘shadow period’.

This lead up (from now until Mercury turns retrograde) can give insight as to what is going to require a revisit of your attention over the coming weeks.

The Sabian Symbol for this degree is Virgo 15: “A Fine Lace Ornamental Handkerchief”, which once again raises the suggestion of ‘attention to detail’. What final details now need to be put into place?

Are you making the time for self care despite all the hard work?

If not, you could find yourself feeling sensitive or uptight now.

Remember to keep things in balance and remember that great, intricate work takes time. There is no rush.
This could be a great time to indulge yourself with Yoga or a nature walk.


As Mercury begins to slow down in preparation to retrograde you may start to feel a turning inward of your mind and may find external communication more challenging.

The first half of the Mercury Retrograde phase is ideally spent as a period of review and paying attention to one’s heightened intuition.


Mercury turns Retrograde (August 30th) signalling ‘Time to Reflect and to Relinquish the Past’:

Mercury will turn retrograde at 29 degrees and 4 seconds of Virgo on 30th August at 11:04pm (AEST).

This is a good time to meditate and to attune to the energy, as it can be felt strongly at this time.

What will it mean for you?

Between now and September 13th, be prepared for some frustration.

What delays are you now experiencing?

What needs Revisiting/Rework?

What is arising around you and within you and requiring your attention?

Mercury’s Retrograde frequently brings a slowing of forward motion and can halt certain projects altogether so beware of “Pushing your Rock Uphill” during this phase and remain flexible.

Contemplation around what needs to be relinquished from your life may prove a great use of your time during this phase, as the Sabian Symbol for Mercury’s Retrograde point is: Virgo 30 “Having An Urgent Task To Complete, A Man Doesn’t Look To Any Distractions”.

This indicates the need for increased focus and a letting go of surplus activity.

What goal(s) are you working on? What can you let go of to ensure that this is achieved?

What lessons can be learnt?

Perhaps the following strategies can help to keep you on track:

  • Writing a To Do list
  • Setting and Adhering to Deadlines
  • Unsubscribing from Surplus Emails
  • Saying “No” to distractions
  • Reconnecting with your “Why” (i.e. Why am I doing this?)
  • Removing all ‘bad’ food from the cupboards if your goal is a health one

Contemplate/Research and Prepare for the New (September 13th to September 22nd):

Now is a great time for research, refinement, the gathering of resources and laying the foundations for what is to come.

Explore options, test waters and remain flexible in relation to any new ideas that you now have.

Despite a sense of urgency, Trust and Surrender are necessary at this time.

Remember to rest, reflect and recharge despite any impatience that you may be feeling.

Allow those ideas and plans to percolate.

Keep balanced and be aware of that Virgo tendency to anxiety and overwork that may creep in.

Remember to tune in, meditate and align yourself with Cosmic timing so that you can navigate this period with more ease and flow.


Mercury turns Direct signalling Action (22nd September to 28th October):

Mercury will once again turn Direct on 22nd September when he reaches 14 degrees and 49 seconds of Virgo signalling a period of action.

If you have prepared well then now is the time to act on instinct and to implement those required changes.

This can be a highly productive and creative period when you can finally implement all the plans that have been brewing since Mercury first turned retrograde.

How easy that it is for you to action those changes is dependent on how tuned in you have been with the Mercury Retrograde cycle.



Fruition (October 28th to December 19th):

This is the period when your projects, ideas and actions mature; bringing forth the full implications of what occurred during the ‘Action’ phase.

The mind is once again aligned with the practical, with social responsibilities and forethought will be once again at the helm of any actions.

This phase marks the ‘completion’ period of the current Mercury retrograde.