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

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CONSCIOUS REMINDER: “Use These Crystals To Help You Through The Upcoming Mercury Retrograde”

Summer is almost here! But this summer does not mean good news for everyone. For those who have been living under a rock, Mercury has influence over communication and technology.

So, when it goes to retrograde, it starts affecting all these sectors of our lives. Mercury retrogrades are common — going 3 to 4 times every year. This time, the retrograde takes place July 7 – July 31. This means there will be a lot of chances in passion and problematic responses.

Keep a check on yourself. And if you really want to stay protected, go for these crystals:

1. Amethyst

With the feminine energy of Amethyst, you can activate your creative forces. You can finally communicate your needs and start activating your passionate side. Writing and painting will become your way of dealing with the retrograde. Express yourself through your art.

Using it: Start with your creative projects. Meditate with an amethyst crystal in order to open up your third eye. Write down all your themes. Start planning.

2. Danburite

Mercury retrogrades bring a lot of stress. After all, technology and communication are important parts of our life and when these take a hit, we invite more stress. But Danburite makes it all so easy for us. It relieves our mind from this tendency to speed up in this fast-paced world and controls your worries.

Using it: It acts like the deep breathing remedy when you have a panic attack. It cancels out any misunderstanding and the vibration levels will bring peace in our mind. Let peace fall over you during this period with this crystal.

3. Smoky Quartz

Summertime is great for vacations but the retrograde just had to come during this time! Smoky quartz brings you luck and safety, generally which is associated with travelling. It can also help by grounding you — something necessary during Mercury Retrograde.

Using It: Keep it like a pendant when you are going somewhere for travelling. Use it for grounding purposes too.

4. Amazonite

Communication will get really difficult during this retrograde. How to get a cure? Well, you can bring in your stronger game in communication with the Amazonite stone. It will clear up your mental processes and help you express things better. It will also help you improvise when you are having discussions.

Using it: Meditate with this stone if you are going for a serious conversation with a partner or a boss. Keep it with you during the conversation. You will see how smoothly it goes.

 

~via ConsciousReminder.com

CONSCIOUS REMINDER: “9/9 New Moon Gateway — Stepping Into The Future”

“With the opening of this gateway, we will step into the light and into immense transformation. Life, as we know it, will change completely as there is no more going back. We are now stepping into the future.”

~Conscious Reminder

 

Falling on the ninth day of the ninth month, this Virgo New Moon of 2018 will be located at approximately 17 degrees in Virgo. At the same time, it will interact with its ruling planet Mercury as well as the Sun, both of which are also in Virgo.

Extra attention should be paid to cleansing in this period as Virgo represents a clean heart, mind and spirit. The spark of divinity, called the Christ consciousness, that resides within all of us is represented by Virgo.

Particular and meticulous, a Virgo is always ready to help other people. But on the other hand, a Virgo can sometimes be overwhelmed as they are quick to criticise, judge and think too much.

By interacting with Pluto which is in retrograde and located in Capricorn, the Moon will help us find the divine spark within our material selves. With all its power, Pluto will guide us to rapid change.

It is essential that we let go of whatever is preventing that change and this would be made easier through the interaction of Pluto and the Moon. You can let go without feeling much pain and confusion. Pluto will teach you that your past is part of who you are, but sometimes it is necessary to cast it away that which holds you back if you wish to move forward.

In this period, Uranus is located in Taurus thereby creating a trine with the Earth which is in power during the New Moon. This signifies a time of staying grounded and yet manifesting dreams into reality. Paradise is coming to Earth.

Pluto is in sextile with Jupiter which is now located in Scorpio and this will enhance our abilities and help us master our skills. The New Moon has opened up a gateway to a world of new possibilities.

Squaring with Neptune, this interaction of the Moon can go either way based on whether you have entered a higher realm of spirituality. If that is the case, you will be rewarded with inspiration and creativeness. You can put your abilities to good use in rebuilding the planet. Even your intuition is enhanced.

For those who have not reached this stage, they will need some guidance and wisdom to understand the muddle in their minds. Due to the opening of the gateways, those who are unprepared will not be able to understand or utilize the powerful energy coming through.

At the same time as the New Moon, Venus will transition from light-hearted Libra to profound Scorpio. Ruling our relationships, Venus when combined with Scorpio ensures that we cast aside whatever is false and disloyal. This is a time to think about what is truly important to us because artificial and false things do not actually help us with anything.

Lastly, the 9-9 gateway opens during this New Moon thereby completing all these interactions and connections. In numerological terms, 9 has great value and it brings the powers of all the other numbers within itself.

It is the end of all things which is why all of Mother’s numerology is filled with 9 as that is the beginning and end of all things. This gateway indicates that the time of hurt and struggle is at an end. The ego no longer controls us and slowly light is taking over the dark.

With the opening of this gateway, we will step into the light and into immense transformation. Life, as we know it, will change completely as there is no more going back. We are now stepping into the future.

 

~via ConsciousReminder.com

CONSCIOUS REMINDER: “September Astrology By Dates — This Is How The Energies Will Affect You”

1st to 7th September

The first week of September will have you finding yourself drudging over everything to get whatever work you have pending over some time, so you will not be particularly out of energy. You might feel some anxiety about how things will go and so on, but the solution is to hold the fort and make detailed plans about everything instead of getting worked up and losing yourself in the process. There is energy inside of you. You might also hear something you were not expecting or have an experience of some kind but they are all part of the cosmic learning process.

8th to 15th September

You might feel a fair amount of pressure during this time and may feel like you cannot do things because of this pressure but if you sit down and evaluate, you will find that you have created some of the pressure on yourself by yourself to try not to get hung up on the things that do not matter because they are inconsequential in regard to the big picture. Stay true to yourself and make sure you hold on to your self esteem. Things have a way of working out in the end.

9th September

The Sunday of the new moon is a good time to let go of everything you have been holding on to for a while and start anew. It is difficult to do this when we centre our lives around these things but one has to recognise that these things only upset us in the long run and it would be wrong to let them hurt us.

16th to 23rd September

You may feel a little less confident than you do usually and things may seem to make no sense but you have to keep holding on to your belief structure and making sure that you do not let this get to you in any way. It is the time of change and since change is in fact the only constant, do not fight it because it is actually useless. Change is the only way the human race can move forward so do not try to resist it in any way. There might be some health issues during this time so you have to be sure to take care of yourself to the best of your abilities.

22nd September

Saturday, fall equinox. It is the time one must take off to sit and think about everything that they have learnt in a while from different aspects in their lives, and how they have changed us as a person. It is actually a wonderful time to let go of things, as this whole month is about and make sure we have space for change and new things that will touch our lives.

24th September

Monday of full moon. New things and changes, along with everything a new moon stands for. Things will be conducive and welcoming to change, so as I mentioned above, do not try to resist it.

24th to 30th September

As the end of the month approaches, you will find yourself looking back at all the changes that have taken place in your life and think of them in a fond way, with a state of mind that induces a feeling of nostalgia. This feeling may grip you a little too intensely so it would not be a bad idea to take a little time off and take all this in and think about the growth that you have gone through and how change has fit right into your life and personality.

 

~via ConsciousReminder.com

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