FIONA EDGAR: “Neptune Retrograde Will Bring Us A Deception-Filled Summer”

“It’s important to read through the lines and rely on intuition rather than the words of others around us or the media. During this period it’s vital that we allow ourselves to know and fully experience the truth, no matter how ugly it is, than to be comforted by lies.”

~Fiona Edgar

 

Neptune starts its retrograde journey tomorrow on June 21st — the summer solstice — at 18° Pisces and will appear to travel backward through the skies until the 27th of November, where it will turn direct at 15°. The retrograde is an optical illusion but its energetic effects are very real and affect us profoundly on a spiritual level.

The chart for the retrograde features a square between Jupiter and Neptune which increases the risk of confusion, illusion and deception and making important decisions may feel difficult. On the positive side, Saturn in sextile to Neptune will help us to see the truth and we’ll be rewarded for acting accordingly and not buying into any fantasies. Neptune retrograde acts as a doorway to real spiritual and emotional progress as long as we use self-awareness and remain open to identifying and working on our flaws, rather than pretending that they don’t exist or blaming others for our problems. Above anything else, remaining moral and doing the right thing will bring us the best results, even though it may seem like the more challenging option.

During this transit we’re being given the opportunity to see our lives more clearly, letting go of any fantasies and illusions and to live in truth, bringing healing to our relationships and any wounds from the past that have continued to cause confusion. This is a good time to conquer any addictions such as smoking, alcohol and drugs and dissolve the more negative Neptunian traits such as embellishing the truth or playing the victim.

Some of the lessons of this retrograde may involve dealing with situations that call for us to use discernment and we should avoid starting relationships or getting tangled up in situations that are based on lies or deception as these will cause loss and pain later on. It’s important to read through the lines and rely on intuition rather than the words of others around us or the media. During this period it’s vital that we allow ourselves to know and fully experience the truth, no matter how ugly it is, than to be comforted by lies. Regular meditation is a tool that will help us over the next few months as it’s much easier to live with honor and truth when we’re in touch with our own spirits. It’s almost impossible to fool someone who has developed their intuition so we should make working on this a priority.

The energies of this transit will help us to focus and make better choices and it’s a good time to take a look back at our lives and identify any situations where we created karma due to making the wrong decisions that had a negative impact on other people, or by doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. When we find ourselves in the same repeating situation with different people, maybe it’s time to figure out why we’re allowing them into our lives, or how we can change the cycle and hack reality. This is something that can easily be identified by our birth charts.

Working with the highest frequencies of Neptune retrograde will allow us to gain a more clear understanding of our hopes and dreams for the future and the universe will support us in making those dreams a reality. We may find the tools to build something that once seemed impossible and we may have an epiphany about issues that have been bothering us for the last few months.

 

~via Conscious Reminder

SARA COUGHLIN: “Uranus Has Another Trick Up Its Sleeve And Yes — That Trick Is A Retrograde”

Take a deep breath, stargazers. Now that August has arrived, we’re in the home stretch of summer 2018, aka the summer of retrogrades.

Before we’re out of the woods, however, Uranus would like to join the fun. The planet of sudden change, revolution, and upheaval begins its annual retrograde on Tuesday, August 7.

This isn’t Uranus’ first attempt to stir the pot this year. Back in May, this planet moved into Taurus which, as astrologer Kimberly Peta Dewhirst told Refinery29 at the time, kicked off a new astrological era of change, particularly around how we use money and care for the Earth.

Where that process will take place over the next seven years, Uranus’ retrograde only lasts five months — and, while Uranus in Taurus is expected to exert changes on an external, global scale, Uranus retrograde will incite changes within us.

Retrogrades have a way of urging us to focus on our inner lives. Think about how Mars retrograde tests our tempers or Jupiter retrograde interrogates our approach to learning.

Viewed from this angle, planetary retrogrades are just regularly scheduled lessons we have to learn in order to make personal progress. Uranus retrogrades are no exception. Specifically, they’re thought to show us how we might adapt to the ever-shifting world around us — if we let them, that is.

As astrologer Jamie King writes, these periods tend to arrive in time to help us either adjust our outlook to fit a recent development or prepare for future growth. In case you haven’t been reading your horoscope, this summer’s eclipse season (two occurred last month and there’s one more to come on August 11) is likely to set off plenty of changes in our lives, professional andpersonal. So, yes, we’d consider this year’s Uranus retrograde to be extremely well-timed.

That said, you probably won’t feel this retrograde’s influence in the same way that you’re feeling, say, the current Mercury retrograde. Uranus’ distance from Earth makes its effects on our personal lives pretty subtle, if not downright sneaky.

You might find yourself coming around on a plan you initially resisted or you might learn something new that leads you to view a change at work in a whole new light. These shifts in your mindset will occur gradually and may seem minor at first, but they’re likely to lead to bigger, even major, progress.

For the record, when we say “progress,” we simply mean forward movement — Uranus likes to affect great change, but it’s less concerned with who benefits from it. With luck, you’ll receive the cues of this retrograde and learn to roll with the good and the bad that comes your way in the next five months.

 

~via Refinery29.com

BECCA MARTIN: “This Is How You’ll Ruin Your Life In 2017 — Based On Your Zodiac Sign”

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I debated whether to post this due to its ‘negative’ perspective… so I turned it into ‘funny’… 🙂

 

Aries

(March 21st to April 19th) 

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You’ll ruin your life by settling for mediocre.  You need a life that holds new adventure for you every day.  You shouldn’t settle for less than that because it will only leave you feeling bored and empty inside when you’re full of life.  Your positive attitude and outlook on life are a couple of your best features, don’t let that go to waste.

 Taurus

(April 20th to May 21st)

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You’ll ruin your life by allowing stress and anxiety to overcome you.  Instead of getting yourself worked up over things that are not in your control just breathe, focus on the things you can control and work on adjusting your mindset about the things you can’t control.  Know that some way things will work out because the universe is on your side if you believe it.

Gemini

(May 22nd to June 21st)

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You’ll ruin your life by worrying about what other people think and say about you.  Staying true to yourself is high on your list of things to do this year and I urge you to stick with it.  Don’t let the fear of what others may think about you ruin your life because truth be told they probably aren’t thinking about you anyway (they’re too worried about what others are thinking about them, tbh).  Just keep living a life that makes you happy and comfortable, and don’t let anyone else’s opinion change who you are.

 Cancer

(June 21st to July 22nd)

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You’ll ruin your life by overcommitting yourself this year.  You like to do things at your own pace, which sometimes is very quickly and sometimes very slowly.  Don’t overcommit yourself to things you don’t really want to do just because you feel obligated, that will only put your happiness on the back burner.

Leo

(July 23rd to August 22nd)

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You’ll ruin your life by overthinking.  You need to feel valued and important to the people in your life and you will kill that by thinking you’re not good enough.  Don’t let your brain talk you out of just how wonderful you truly are because you think someone might not value your friendship as much anymore.  Here’s the unpopular truth about it that (if it’s actually the case) people change and you outgrow some people.  It’s hard and it sucks, but sometimes we can’t control it and some people just don’t fit into your life anymore.  It’s hard, but focus on the people who you know do love and value you.

Virgo

(August 23rd to September 22nd)

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You’ll ruin your life by bottling up your emotions.  Seriously.  Don’t keep all the stress inside you, you need to shed it and get it off your chest.  I’m not saying you have to complain to every person about what’s going on in your life, but find healthy ways to let it out.  Maybe try a yoga class or take a hot bath after a long day, eat some dark chocolate or watch your favorite movie.  Find something that works for you to ultimately help you feel less weighed down with stress and worry.

Libra

(September 23rd to October 22nd)

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You’ll ruin your life by looking for acceptance from people who you don’t even truly care about.  The people in your life already accept you for you and you’re at peace with that, which is what’s ultimately important.  Don’t look for acceptance from people who will never give it to you because you don’t need those people anyway.

Scorpio

(October 23rd to November 22nd)

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You’ll ruin your life by surrounding yourself with people who can’t offer you much or judge you.  You’re an open person and you need to be surrounded by people who accept you for that.  You need to be surrounded by people you can bounce ideas off of.  You need to be true to yourself and be around non-judgmental people who allow you to share all you have to offer with them.

 Sagittarius

(November 23rd to December 21st)

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You’ll ruin your life by trying to be someone you’re not.  You need a life of freedom and people who accept you to be whoever you want to be.  You shouldn’t try to conform or change for anyone because that will just end up making you miserable when you deserve to be happy.  The people who are in your life are there because they love you and accept you so stay true that.  Don’t change who you are based on other people’s expectations.

Capricorn

(December 22nd to January 20th)

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You’ll ruin your life by not giving it 100 percent.  You want big things but most big things require risks.  Take the risks.  What you really want is a life where everything you put in the world comes back and helps you make something of yourself.  And that’s totally possible.  Keep working hard after what you want and do kind things for others in the universe. Give it everything you’ve got and you won’t be disappointed — no more holding back.

Aquarius

(January 21st to February 18th)

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You’ll ruin your life by always answering to someone.  You do best on your own, free to do what you please.  By restricting yourself and constantly having to answer to someone is slowly ruining your life.  Don’t let that happen anymore.  Have a conversation if needed or let whatever is holding you back go and live your most authentic life.

 Pisces

(February 19th to March 20th)

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You’ll ruin your life by not appreciating the love you have in front of you.  If you’re single you’ll ruin it by not feeling complete because you don’t have another half in front of you, but you are still surrounded by so much love.  Don’t overlook that.  If you’re in a relationship appreciate all the little things your significant other does for you and if you feel the relationship is becoming comfortable find new ways to spice it up.  You thrive in a life where you have love close to you all the time and truth be told, there is love in everything in life.  There’s love in every emotion, happy or sad, excited or angry, it’s in every single thing in the world, don’t overlook it and you will live your best life.

 

 

~via thoughtcatalog.com