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Retrogrades: Mercury

Retrogrades: Mercury
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Yup we are in the first “official” mercury retrograde of 2017, we will have 2 more this year, so let’s dive in, shall we ;D
Retrogrades: when the planetary forces are moving backward or are reversed.
Translation: Things are gonna get a little wonkyfied.
Mercury Represents: 
Communication, Technology, Transportation, Travel, Intellect, Trickery, Business.
Ruler of the signs Gemini & Virgo
Mercury retrograde:
Mercury retrogrades three times per average year for anywhere from 3-5 weeks each time.
When the planet of Rational Thinking, Communications, Equipment, and Business Transactions, stops operating normally, it leads to all sorts of annoying events.
This is a good time to take stock of where you stand and come to terms with reality- no rose-colored glasses …no Fluff… just the facts.
It’s a time to lay low, process and digest the information that you have on hand rather than adventure out into unknown & undiscovered territory.
Visualize and perceive things from your internal point of view and don’t start anything new until after the last retrograde shadow zone is passed. When the planet of “business” is going in reverse, it is also a good time to finish up old business (i.e., pay bills, clean out the closet, etc.)
*Also for the Mercury ruled out there,
 I’m talkin to you Gemini and you Virgo …don’t be surprised if you feel a little off and your normal clear mind & eloquence desert you.
Keep calm, all storms pass!
Actually, you know what, go dance in that rain!!!!!!
The Three phases(remember a retrograde is like an Oreo cookie- 1st shadow zone, retrograde, finale):
March 27th, 2017, Mercury enters shadow zone :
During this phase, you will get an idea of the communication, business, travel and technology issues that will be of concern during the retrograde phase.
 
#2  The Actual Retrograde=  the planet during its retrograde phase “revisits” that issue or event, which may also entail delaying the resolution or realization of action.
April 9th, 2017, Mercury The Retrograde:
Areas of life that were a major focus during the 1st shadowzone now come to the forefront for our working out-through-against.
May 21st, 2017, Mercury retrograde finale/ 2nd shadowzone:
This completes the final phase of the first Mercury retrograde of 2017. Your communication, business, travel, and technology issues that were in focus during Mercury retrograde can now be finalized & will be brought to a close (like it or lump it).  
 
Advantages, Opportunities & how this helps us:
A Mercury Retrograde teaches us the value of silence, rest and unplugging from our technology-saturated lives.
There is so much noise in our society!
Sometimes it’s nice to just enjoy Rain on a roof, a walk in the woods or a steamy mug of hot tea in PEACE!
Well, this is what Mercury Retrograde brings you, the excuse to shut up, sit down, and take a load off!!!!
Computers, laptops, phones, tablets, and technology tends to fritz up. Arguments, disputes, misunderstandings, problems, and mistakes go on the rise.
No new business, don’t sign any contracts, buy new items or start new projects.
Transportation in all of its forms will have a plethora of hiccups and mistakes,
Communication becomes twice as difficult
(lots of miscommunication and misunderstandings! If you have any altercations during this time, just forgive everybody involved and move on!!! Because I guarantee that nobody meant for things to go sideways and they probably couldn’t get the right words to express themselves properly to come out. If possible wait to talk things out with any loved ones or anyone important to you),
Because instead of actually COMMUNICATING,
we are REACTING-
from our needs, our hurts, from our buttons being pushed, or the way that we take care of others and neglect the crap out of ourselves. Some astrologers like to call this acting from our shadow, in reference to our shadow selves- emotional id- etc.
Also now is the worst time to do anything untoward!
Just stick to being aboveboard and honest, Communication is gonna fuzz up anyways so why make it worse?
It is a great time, however, to plan, research, and prepare for things that will come later.
 
These are things that can help mitigate its influences:
Preparation and allowances for hiccups and technical difficulties in the above-mentioned areas, wait the 5 weeks till this is over to chat about anything important,
REMEMBER: things generally have nothing to do with YOU,
so take NOTHING personally right now,
Mountains are mountains and molehills are molehills- keep them separated by strong defining lines.
Crystals:
Blue calcite– Speak what you need to say, cuts through  Mercury retrograde garble, allows you to truly listen to the other person, filters garble
Blue lace agate-helps you actually find the words and say what you want to say without the  Mercury retrograde garble
Sodalite– clears out mental fuzz (which is synonymous with Mercury retrograde)
Green calcite-happy harmonious communication-overcomes trust barriers
Prehnite– compassion for others and healing oneself along with moving past trust issues
Peridot-calms tempers(which will flair with all of the miscommunication)
Dragon quartz– motivation (gets you over the sluggishness and fogginess of Mercury retrograde )
Or if you wish to use this time to your advantage: 
Slowing down, talking less, unplugging from tech overload, relax & read a book. Just kick back as much as possible right now!!!
Enjoy the break!!!
Crystals:
Rose quartz-who doesn’t need some self-care after all the person to person BS of  Mercury retrograde
Prehnite-lots of healing work after  Mercury retrograde
Sodalite-calms a mind full of anxiety and fog
Amethyst-clears up depression and helps with sleep & intuition
Citrine– keeps you sunny and positive, keeps others negativity at bay, shuts down an overactive inner critic
Moonstone-tunes you into your intuition so as you can navigate some of those major road bumps ahead.
 
Mercury Retrograde dates for 2017:
January 1st
April 9th
August 13th
December 3rd
*Updated for re-publication dates*
Mercury retrograde dates for 2018:
March 23 to April 15
July 26 to August 19
November 17 to December 6
Here is what you can do to counteract it:
You really cant, so sit down and enjoy the ride!
****But don’t just take my word for it, get out there and research it!****
      ~Alicia Anspaugh-Mccullough, DMNAS

Solar Eclipses & You

                         

Solar Eclipses & You

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A little bit of background info,
solar and lunar eclipses always arrive in pairs one for the new moon and one for the full moon respectively.

And since we just had our penumbral lunar eclipse on February 11th, we have a following Solar Eclipse on the February 26th.

So how does a solar eclipse affect you exactly????
I mean, if you don’t look directly at it (blindness and burnt retinas, same as lookin into a welding torch flame) lol.
In truth, any eclipse is a major event in our skies, as they bring change and the unexpected in very dramatic ways.
But the Solar eclipse specialty is to bring up the upheavals, changes, and unexpected truths in a way that starts out small, but increases in importance over time.
Solar eclipses specialize in subtlety, the iron claw in the velvet glove if you will.
Bonus though, its a great time to pull all of your crystals out and Charge the heck out of them 😀

Scientifically, this is what happens:
A solar eclipse happens when the moon comes between the Sun and the Earth, there by cutting off the Sun’s light. So the Moon is actually covering up the Sun from our point of view.

Astrologically, this is what happens:
A solar eclipse means change, Unlike lunar eclipses, the changes are generally less apparent less quickly. Things unfold in a more subtle way. Also keep in mind that the effects of a solar eclipse can be seen for up to one year after the event occurs (yikes!!!!).
The subtleties of the initial manifestations of a solar eclipse are due to,
a solar eclipse being a New Moon times three!!!
Triple the power, triple the energy, and since New moons are times of releasing and new beginnings, triple the release and triple the new beginnings.
Opportunities during a Solar eclipse?
Solar eclipse is like a triple new moon comma what you want to do this over the time between now and the solar eclipse write down anything you want to get rid of out of your life or conversely anything you want to bring into your life.

When a New Moon (beginning of the lunar cycle)appears, the Moon reflects no visible light from the sun, but with every night that goes by in the lunar cycle, the light that the Moon reflects gets stronger until it becomes a Full Moon (btw, a lunar eclipse would be a Full Moon x 3, fun fact ) which is the peak of the lunar cycle. And so it follows, astrologically solar eclipses (New moon times three) act in same way, beginning with less obviousness and getting stronger in its effects as time goes by.
This has been nicknamed the “slow burn” effect.

Fun fact:
The year that holds eclipses in your sun sign, your rising sign or your moon sign will be very vital to you. Solar eclipses denote change, so whatever it touches in a natal chart – Be it a planet, a house, an angle, or some other point – will experience that change. FYI, The February 26th solar eclipse will be in pisces, and August 21 Solar Eclipse will be in Leo this year.

Here are some ideas of what happens when a solar eclipse conjuncts your top three:

*Sun,
a growing awareness of your own individual personality and talents over the year, a new way of seeing yourself, new expectations for your life in general, or a new sense of self-esteem & life purpose.

*Rising sign,
a growing personal awareness over the course of the year, a new way of being “you” in the world, or a new phase of living your life.

* Moon,
a growing awareness of your emotional needs over the year, a new way of making sure that your emotional needs are met, or it could manifest as a growing focus on matters regarding your mother or parenting in general.

How to utilize this opportunity?
Use the triple-powered new moon energy to release anything that no longer serves you, or to bring a lot of energy into anything that you are wanting to start.
So grab a piece of paper and a pen and write a few things from each column down (Release and start) and you can either meditate on them during the eclipse or you can burn the paper that the items are on releasing them to the universe for further action.

Solar eclipses for 2017:
February 26
August 21

****But don’t just take my word for it , get out there and research it!****

~Alicia Anspaugh-Mccullough, DMNAS

Retrogrades: Jupiter

 

Retrogrades: Jupiter

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When a retrograde happens,
the planetary forces are moving backward or are reversed.
So things tend to get a little backward and mucked up.
When the planet named for the ruler of the Roman gods is in retrograde, you know its time to slow down.

Jupiter Represents : Luck, expansion, opportunity, travel, wisdom. Ruler of the sign Sagittarius
Jupiter retrograde:
Jupiter takes around 12 years to do a complete revolution around the sun, is retrograde for about 4 months each year.
When Jupiter goes retrograde it is good to review our visions, ideals, and belief systems in life.
When the planet of Opportunity is retracing its steps, it is time to start checking back with opportunities that did not pan out initially.
The planet of wisdom revisiting the part of the Heavens it just passed through suggests finding wisdom by reviewing the past events in your life.
When Jupiter is Retrograde, expansion or growth in your life stops abruptly.
All sorts of external energies are sucked away from you, so that you need to look into your internal self for survival.
You need to put in much more energy and commitment than normally warranted for your projects.
There will be things that you have been clinging to that will be removed and you will need to continue your journey without them, but ultimately it is for your benefit.

*Now, everyone thinks of a Retrograde as only one phase, but there are actually three phases:

#1 First Shadow zone = The planet introduces itself by bringing up some issue or creating an event in life.
2/6/2017 Jupiter first shadow zone:
From now until when Jupiter stations retrograde is called the first shadow period. During this phase you will get an idea of the personal growth and happiness issues that may be of concern during the retrograde phase

#2 Second Shadow zone or Retrograde= the planet during its retrograde phase “revisits” that issue or event, which may also entail delaying the resolution or realization of action.
6/9/2017 Jupiter second shadow zone/retrograde:
This second shadow period lasts until Jupiter leaves the retrograde zone on 9 September 2017. Areas of life that were a major focus during the Jupiter retrograde phase can now be worked on

#3 Retrograde finale= Having returned to direct motion, the planet again advances , which causes the final resolution or fruition of what was brought up in phase 1.
9/9/2017 Jupiter retrograde finale:
This completes the final phase of Jupiter retrograde 2017. The outlook is extremely positive after that questionable shadow direct phase.

These are things to expect:
A stopping of all forward motion, new business going at a sluggish pace, travel plans going awry, unexpected luck and twist of fortune for the better, hindrances in new business, travel, forward motion, wisdom,luck.

This is how you can use it your advantage:
Instead of the Jupiterian “go, go, go”- try slow, slow, slow. Use this time to work on and finish old business left undone, clear up loose ends, check on opportunities/projects/friendships that didn’t bear any fruit originally. Examine your internal workings, belief systems, goals, life track. Give your life a review and make sure that you are going in the correct direction.

These are the opportunities that you will have during this retrograde:
Figure out your next life step, figuring out just how resourceful you can be, figuring how patient and content you can be.
This is what you can learn from it:
Lessons that Jupiter retrograde can teach us…. Slowing down isn’t stopping. There are many times when your inner guidance is a heck of a lot more valuable then luck. Effective & efficient time management (can’t do something new, finish up the old)

This is what it does to help us:
This retrograde teaches us the value of looking over our own inner landscape and finishing things that have been left undone. It teaches us to rely on our own innate wisdom, instead of just running ahead regardless of the consequences all the while relying on our luck to carry us through any trouble or bumps in the road.

These are things that can help mitigate its influences:
Preparation and allowances for hiccups and difficulties in the above mentioned areas
Sunstone, Aventurine, Citrine, Pyrite
Or if you wish to use this time to your advantage:
Slowing down, meditating, inward reflection,
Sodalite, Selenite, Tiger eye, Clear quartz, Amethyst, White howlite

Here is what you can do to counteract it:
You really cant, so sit down and enjoy the ride!

****But don’t just take my word for it , get out there and research it!****

~Alicia Anspaugh-Mccullough, DMNAS

Comets, Influence & Myth

 

Comets, Influence & Myth

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Since Comet 45P swung by us this past weekend, I decided it was a great time to do a short article and answer a few questions on the subject.
Comets are generally not a very well touched on the subject in astrology, so information is a little hard to come by.

Often times in the old days (ancient Egypt, ancient Rome, the Renaissance), comets presaged Wars, death, slaughter, the deaths of extremely important historical figures, hurricanes, tsunamis, plagues, etc.

Some examples:
A comet was going by when Julius Ceasar was assassinated, and Halley’s comet was flying our friendly skies when the black death hit.

These days we have a little bit more of an enlightened point of view on them.
Many astrologers feel that when a comet passes by it is an indicator of the birth of someone of great importance,

(the negative astrological viewpoint on comets was partially influenced by the issues of far-flung past record keeping and historical tracking-the record keeping back then SUCKED!).
Case in point, a comet went by when Theodore Roosevelt was born.

There are different schools of thought on the ways to interpret the astrological significance of the different comets that visit our solar system.
Some astrologers feel that it’s important to know which astrological sign the comet is passing through or what planet it is conjunct with or what color it is, it’s also important to know which direction the comet is pointed.
Comets are also heavily associated with sacrifice, Especially for those who have a comet around the time of their birth.

Mythological fun fact:
It is from the Greek myth of Menippe and Metioche , Daughters of Orion the Hunter that the term meteorite originate.
These two girls were told by the oracle of Apollo in their lands time of great plague that they were to sacrifice themselves for the plagues to end. Well, Hades and Persephone took great pity them and changed them into comets and meteorites.

Like Chiron, comets are from the distant boundary of our solar system.

Therefore it has been suggested that comets symbolize Frozen issues:

things that ignite and grab our attention,
things that swim up from our unconscious mind.
Also symbolizing the birth of new ideas and life.
Just as when the comet flies by our sun it releases gases & dust as the sun heats it up and burns off its frozen core, so too does this represent ideas & emotions being heated up and released.
Thereby giving birth to all kinds of new and interesting conditions.
Historically comets have a huge role in catalyzing Innovations.
We saw their influence in some of Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison’s works.
Either way, Comets symbolize great change for our world, whether, through innovation, wars, disease, societal mindset reset, plagues, the fall of great leaders, etc.

The Chinese call a comet, the broom star.
They also generally associated comets with bad luck.
But, keep in mind, a brooms purpose is to CLEAN.
We use them for cleaning and sweeping away the old to bring in the new.
Also, the Chinese name for comets is hui xin which directly translates into wisdom.
So not only do comets sweep away the old and bring in the new, cleaning up our lives in the process, they also bring wisdom.
So now that you’ve heard all that back and forth on the astrological significance of the comet, Track the events of the world and decide for yourself.
I feel that they imply great change, revolutionary change at times.
Also this year we’re going to have quite a few comets passing by us, I will be interested to see how 2017 progresses.

****But don’t just take my word for it , get out there and research it!****

~Alicia Anspaugh-Mccullough, DMNAS

Lunar Eclipses & You

Lunar Eclipses & You
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So you might be wondering how a Lunar eclipse could effect you, well if the other celestial bodies have such an effect on our day to day lives, one would think that our bright and beloved satellite’s influence would surpass them all.
Our lovely lady Moon has inspired songs,plays,poems,books,television, movies and long before any of that she made men stare up and wonder, spinning myths & fairy tales about her mysteriously silent beauty.
Lady moon has always been known to have an effect on earths tides, on a womans “Moon time”, and ofcourse everybody knows it’s gonna be a crazy night if its a Full moon.
So what happens when she is Eclipsed??
Well scientifically speaking, during a Lunar Eclipse the Earth is exactly between the sun and the moon (known as an opposition between the sun and the moon) and we can see earths shadow giving the moon a new coat of paint. Lady moon becomes robed in reds, browns, and deep grays.
Now, what happens astrologically???
During a Lunar Eclipse, we become very well acquainted with our shadow selves. Anger, fear, jealousy, etc…..we all have them and they are part of what makes us who we are, but we get a very real look at ourselves during a Lunar Eclipse.
 So it’s the perfect time to be honest with ourselves about our darker sides. After all,  the only way to truly master one’s dark side is to integrate it. Most days we ignore our shadow self, and if we ignore a part of ourselves too much (especially one so intense) it comes crashing down on us like a tidal wave. It is also a change to the natural cycle of the moon, usually, it goes from New moon to full moon with all of the stages in between, Lunar eclipses switch up that process a little. It allows us to make large spiritual evolutionary jumps and get ahead of any process that we are in the process of.
A Lunar Eclipse is the perfect time for some self-analysis, self-acceptance, and self-embracing. And that’s how our lovely lady moon effects you in all of the colors of her eclipse 😉
Lunar Eclipses for 2017:
Penumbral-February 10-11
Partial-August 7
* The penumbra (from the Latin paene “almost, nearly”) is the region in which only a portion of the light source is obscured by the occluding body.
We will not see a total Lunar eclipse until January 31st of 2018.
****But don’t just take my word for it, get out there and research it!****
      ~Alicia Anspaugh-Mccullough, DMNAS

Eastern New Year 2017

I would like to chat ,briefly, about The Eastern New Year.
You may be wondering why I call it the Eastern New Year, and why it happens to be happening on January 28th instead of January 1st.

I refer to it as the Eastern New Year because it is celebrated throughout most of the east, and most of the east uses a lunar calendar (The Lunar calendar has 354 days, follows the phases of the moon and some of the first lunar calendars have been dated as far back as 32000 years) which puts their New year on a different date then ours . Here in the states, we use a solar calendar (A solar calendar is a calendar whose dates indicate the position of Earth on its revolution around the Sun or, equivalently, the apparent position of the sun moving on the celestial sphere).

As we leave 2016, we are leaving the year of the fire monkey, a year of extremely aggressive & outgoing change ( as some of you may have noticed, some more than others) ,with a special focus on the area of career – the Oriental sign of the monkey is the yang half of the House of career (There are 6 houses in eastern astrology, and each relates to a specific pair of signs that are always right next to each other on the zodiac wheel. Each house is divided into a yin sign half and a yang sign half). Monkey being the Yang half, means that it is followed by its partner sign of rooster- the yin half.

Now we’re really going to dive into how the Eastern zodiac relates to you in relation to this upcoming year of the fire rooster.
As we enter 2017 , we are entering the year of the fire rooster.
( In eastern astrology, A person’s characteristics are decided by their birth year’s zodiac sign and element. 12 signs and 5 elements. And so it follows that the animal sign year is augmented by whichever element it falls on)

Now there are 5 types of rooster years and their corresponding signs:
Types Years Traits
*Wood Rooster – 1945 & 2005 – Energetic, overconfident, tender, and unstable
*Fire Rooster- 1957 & 2017 – Trustworthy, with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work
*Earth Rooster- 1909 & 1969 – Lovely, generous, trustworthy, and popular with their friends
*Metal Rooster-1921 & 1981 – Determined, brave, perseverance, and hardworking
*Water Rooster- 1933 & 1993 – Smart, quick-witted, tenderhearted, and compassionate

One thing to keep in mind,
According to eastern astrology, the year of one’s birth sign is the most unlucky year for them in the 12-year cycle. In the year of your sign, fortune in all aspects of your life will go a bit sour for you. Therefore, Roosters should be more careful in 2017.
But this is also the year that will be seeing all of you Monkeys out there, come out of any sour luck and be back to your exuberant selves, right around the spring equinox.
People born in this year have some basic traits, which are:
This eastern sign corresponds to the western sign of Virgo. These two signs share many similarities, chiefly among these are –
1 the need to be of service,
2 the need to be productive,
3 the need for appreciation for all that they do (they dont need a parade, just a solid thank you is all it takes sometimes)
4 The need for order, some routine and structure in their lives,
5 the need to find their place in a pecking order.
The roosters of the world need to have pride in both themselves and the people in their lives, they can be a bit too conscious of what others think at times, they need to remember that their opinion is the only opinion that truly counts in their lives. They are also wonderfully blunt (but this can also be seen as being mean without understanding the nature of the creature), which can be a little hard to take unless tempered with love and kindness.
There is quite a bit more to say on the Rooster, but for the purpose of keeping this article somewhat short, we will move on

These are some things to expect in the year of the fire rooster:
Career shifts(subtle), Being a little more self conscious, having a more internal focus, more focus on health related issues, a great time to go back to school, less cooperation, more misunderstandings ( can be combated by much more talking and truly listening)

These are a few ways that you can use the year of the fire rooster to your advantage:
Wonderful year for a career re-think and shift,
Great year to focus on your health and dropping any negative habits,
Great year to pick up that writing project that you have been putting off,
Great year to renew an instinct to help other people,
Fantastic year to exercise more self discipline and also to take up meditation.
Good year for self betterment.

These are things that can help mitigate any negative influences and boost the positive influences:
Be aware of this years energy, and then plan for any “technical difficulties” related to those energies.

This is how to make 2017 one of your best years:
Make the decision to be conscientious and aware of this signs energies and use it to your benefit.

I encourage you to look into the eastern zodiac for yourself, it is a rich and wonderful subject. It is also a great tool for interpersonal relationship & self harmony.

****But don’t just take my word for it , get out there and research it!****

~Alicia Anspaugh-Mccullough, DMNAS