Mercury Retrograde, Magic thinking

I think I lost a day today already as Mercury stations turning Retrograde in Gemini where it is at its most powerful.

MERCURY turns Retrograde from 13 degrees Gemini @ 6:48 pm PDT/ 9:48 pm EDT and May 19 @ 1:48 am GMT back to 4 degrees on June 11th. 

Do mark where those degrees are in your natal chart. The Retrograde affects everyone differently event though it affects all of us. check which houses and aspects too.

The Presciption is: Don’t start, launch, buy, sell, or initiate anything during this time period unless it is unavoidable.

But Mercury Retrograde especially in Gemini can be very useful for breaking down old ways of thinking, and communications breakdowns which are a good thing. Things must break down to grow.

“Turn off your mind relax and float downstream” in the immortal words of John Lennon. Stop fearing Mercury Retrogrades.

The Moon is in Gemini May 18th, one of the pair of signs that Mercury rules, the other is Virgo highlighting this Super Mercury Retro. where we are deconstructing mind games.

It begins as a  sobering Mercury Retrograde as Moon opposes Saturn Retrograde in Sagittarius.

Review long-term educational, travel, writing, publishing and of course communications.

Moon conjuncts Mars so this is a hyper chatty, flirtatious, high energy but serious Retro.

You may also be feeling very wired and angtsy, Mars heightens the split personality energy.  Use it for selling, marketing, and meeting new people or clients who could turn out to be long-term clients/friends/lovers.

Moon squares Neptune a few minutes after the Retro. to make you feel lost at sea  without a GPS- be careful of liquids and computers and phones during this time period. Do tap into your dreams during the Mercury Retrograde.

Mercury is the TRICKSTER archetype, connected to coyote wisdom, the Fool, the sacred jester.

Watch your mind, become the watcher.

MEDITATE daily during the Retrograde

 Watch how the ego/mind plays tricks on itself. 

Mercury is The MAGICIAN in the Tarot.

These two archetypes the Fool= zero and the Magician emanate from the 1st Sephirot in the Tarot called Kether,  they represent the initial emanations from the Godhead.

The fool Tara Greene Astrology Tarot                  Magician Tarot Tara greene

Note the Mercury record label.  The Fool #0 & #22

This 60’s album has the masculine/feminine balance.                                    The Magician #1 in the Tarot

Hermes is Mercury’s name to the Greeks, he is the messenger God. Hermes/Mercury carried a magic wand called a Caduceus given to him by Apollo the Sun God. The Caduceus is a staff with two intertwining snakes on it topped by two wings. This magic rod is a symbol of the spinal column, the central conduit for Kundalini energy. The snakes cross on the chakras. The twin snakes represent complementary halves of the nervous system which Mercury rules. Snakes have since time immemorial symbolized wisdom, psychic powers, women’s menstrual cycles, the process of change, life and death, healing, the brain, our wiring.

Mercury is also a hermaphrodite. This issue of gender bending and transexuals is very much a Mercurial topic.

Mercury is duality in all of its aspects, yin/yang, polarity, balance. Normally  we largely operate in logical masculine analytical, Virgo left brain thinking. During Mercury Retrograde the intuitive, Feminine right-brained thinking is what gets turned on.

All planets during their Retrograde phases visit the Underworld, our unconscious to rest and renew. The God and Goddess also need to rest and renew..

As with all Retrogrades do all the Re things, relax, rewind, review, recalculate, etc etc. Rx the symbol of retrograde phase is the same as a Pharmacy. It is always Good Medicine.

HOW TO GET THROUGH IT WITH POISE

Do back up all computers, as information is likely to be lost, tampered with, misplaced, screwed up, and computer viruses run rampant during Mercury Retrogrades. As Mercury is in his own sign I predict this Retro could be a hair-puller but can be very good.

The symbol of Mercury Retrograding close to the New Moon symbolizes that we wipe the slate clean of old stale ideas, outworn attitudes, ways of communicating and mental images of your own identity and the world which need Re-energizing.. It is definitely time to change your mind and keep the change, a title of an old NLP book.

Do be careful about losing, dropping or damaging your cell phone or computer. Double and triple check everything use that Virgo influence to nit-pick over everything during the Retrograde.

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Tomorrow Never Knows- The Beatles 

Napoleon Brousseau “collect me” for New York Art show,

Napoleon Brousseau  and the Seed collective.net  www.seedcollective.net

Something I came across called ARTISTS WANTED, do you know about this?

check it out.

http://napoleonbrousseau.artistswanted.org/atts2012 – COLLECT ME

so you get to “Collect”  your favourite artists work. They are entered into a jury by popularity and the prize is your work shown in Times Square. sounds like fun!

GO and press “COLLECT  ME” for Napoelon  BROUSSEAU’S WORK, and I’ll tell you why, its not just that this is a brilliant art work. His work is not about vanity.  You get to collaborate and co-create  with this art . By using your cell phone you get to grow a virtual seedling into a very very artistic tree; there’s a Meat tree, an Ancestor Tree, etc.  with his art piece http://www.seedcollective.net  shown above. You get to download the image of the tree you created. But the best part, the icing on the cake, or tree in this case,  is that your interraction is  funded by various company’s to plant real trees.

Napoleon  already envisioned the Times square showing years ago, hence the photoshopped  pic.

So a vote for Napeoleon’s dream coming true ni Times square is a vote for you making your own dreams come true.

Do you have a vision board or a dream board? What goes around comes around.

How the heck do artists’ think of these things?

More about Napoleon.Yes that’s his real name, { very common French Canadian name from Quebec }  Napoleon’s  seed collective is an  art installation that plants trees. Yes and it has done so in China, Australia, New Orleans, Baltimore, Vermont, Toronto Canada and at the 2010 winter Olympics in Vancouver. and is headed to London and Paris in the near future.

The seedcollective was Napoleon’s brainchild sprouting from a seed of a former New Media project from 2001. Napoleon and his colleagues created the first cel phone driven art interface ever in the world, at the Canadian Film Center in Toronto at the Bell New Media  Lab, that prototype, called SWAMP was shown at Siggraph in Los Angeles in 2001. In 2005 the seedcollective was premiered at the SCOPE Art fair in New York.

Seventh Generation, the long-standing eco company from Vermont, backed Napoleon to help fund Replant New Orleans in 2006 using the seedcollective as the vehicle.  Seedcollective was a web enabled cel phone interactive interface at the time, also a world’s first. Hundreds of trees were planted in New Orleans as a result of users interactions with seed.

Seedcollective.net is currently being shown since January – April 22 Earth Day at the McMichael Art Gallery, in Kleinburg, Ontario, outside of Toronto. The McMichael is the home of the Group of Seven Canadian art collection,which recently toured  London England, seee review here

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/arts/painting-canada-tom-thomson-and-the-group-of-seven-dulwich-picture-gallery–review-7427192.html

check it out. Vote for Napoleon and the seedcollective its a fabulous art piece and so that he can see his dream come true and help some trees grow for EARTH DAY.

http://napoleonbrousseau.artistswanted.org/atts2012

Napoleon has many amazing new ideas for art projects, oneof which is based on WATER:

to contact Napoleon directly napoleonbrousseau@gmail.com