Mercury Retrograde Manual

temperenceThe second Mercury retrograde of the year will begin on Saturday, June 7th and will end on Tuesday, July 1st. Like the previous one this past February and the one coming up in October, this Mercury retrograde begins when Mercury, the mental planet of logic and communication, is in an emotional (water) sign. As it makes its way backwards, it leaves the emotional water sign and reenters a mental (air) sign.

What does all of this mean for us? That this Mercury retrograde will be intensely focused on our consciously examining what unconscious and subconscious programs or behavior patterns are running our lives. In other words, we’ll get to sift and sort through the reasons we think what we think and do what we do. In doing so, we can use this planetary transit as an opportunity to become clear about what influences we want and don’t want affecting our lives. In so doing, we can take our personal power back from these old emotion based programs, thus affording us the chance to consciously choose to live our best lives.

And of course, the usual cautions do apply– try to avoid getting overly emotional or all worked up over little and big things. As with all Mercury Retrogrades, plans and communications screw-ups can take you on a wild and confusing ride. Since Mercury rules communication, transportation and contracts, when it’s retrograde, all manner of mistakes and misunderstandings can occur. If you can, hold off on buying (or leasing) any big ticket items. It’s also a good idea to triple check any and all plans you make. This is an excellent time for research, as those things that are usually hidden from view, show themselves more easily during a Mercury Retrograde period.  Wait until Mercury goes direct on July 1st before making any big decisions.

Blood Moon Rising

temperenceOn April 15th, we’ll all be experiencing the effects of a lunar phenomenon called a ‘Blood Moon.’ The name alone sounds ominous and that it’s also a Full Moon eclipse (and tax day in the U.S.!)– well, sounds like there’s a horror movie in this somewhere.

Actually, there isn’t. Sometimes a Blood Moon occurs during a lunar eclipse when the Moon passes behind the Earth’s shadow. The atmosphere around the edge of the Moon glows red because large amounts of atmosphere will scatter away blue/green light and let red light go straight through. During a lunar eclipse, the Moon passes fully into the shadow of the Earth and is no longer being illuminated by the Sun. When the red light passing through the Earth’s atmosphere does reach the Moon, it shines on it, and highlights the red glow, thus creating the illusion that the Moon has turned red.

In recent years, this lunar phenomenon has been touted as a biblical warning that dire events will befall Israel and/or other countries. That may or may not happen. The important thing to keep in mind is that it’s an eclipse, and eclipses are intense. So are Full Moons (not to mention the tension of filing income taxes!). And these planetary energy events are world-wide occurrences, so it’s possible that dire events may befall a lot of people and countries. Since energy is neutral though, it’s also possible that some really great things will happen for us, too.

Solar eclipses bring new beginnings into our lives. Lunar eclipses take old, outmoded energy away from us. Let’s use this powerful planetary occurrence to release whatever burdens we’ve been carrying and prepare to welcome the new that will come into our lives on the next solar New Moon on April 29th. Make a list of everything you want to leave your life and tear it into tiny pieces and throw it away on April 15th. Also, make a list of the new that you want to come into your life and read it every day, including and beyond, April 29th. You’ll be amazed at how wonderful life will become as you begin to reflect the fabulous newness that you’re now actively attracting.

A Special 1-Day Tarot Master Class

929Sunday April 6th 10-6pm
$98 prepay by March 30th or $108 thereafter

“When?”
“How soon?”
“How long?”

These are the most often asked questions during a consultation.

Determining the timing of events during a consultation is a subtle art in itself– learn how to “just know” or “feel” the answers to your timing questions.

Very often, your first impressions of a Tarot card are the primary colors on it. These colors aren’t randomly chosen– their symbology is as important a part of the answer as the suit and number of the card. Learn the significance of primary colors and how to interpret them in the Tarot.

The numbers on the cards in a Tarot consultation reflect life experiences and stages of development. They direct your attention to previously hidden information that can significantly deepen the meaning of the answers you’re seeking.This Master Class will focus on:


Dynamic Tarot Spreads:
*  Timing Skills

*  Timing of Events During a Tarot Consultation

* The Significance of Primary Colors in the Tarot

* Unveiling the Mysteries of the Numbers & Symbols
in the Tarot

Learn More…

To Register call 413-528-2595

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Great Barrington, MA 01230

 

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Mercury Has Gone Direct!

temperenceShortly after nine o’clock this morning, Mercury, that capricious planet of communication, roadways, merchants and machinery, stopped its backward motion and began to position itself for forward movement. How do I feel about it? “Oh, thank God!” expresses my feelings adequately.

Though it was a relatively smooth retrograde period for me, (with the exception of the pick-up truck that ran a red light, ripped my car’s front bumper off and spun my car around like an old-fashioned spinning top), I was glad and relieved to see it end.

I put the down time to good use. I wrote, planned, researched and resolved some of the projects and issues that needed the kind of focus and commitment that only a retrograde Mercury can provide. And I have a deeper appreciation for my newly restored chariot. The rental car was nice, but when my auto lease is up, I’m going to get the 2014 model of the car I drive now.

How about you? How did you experience the three weeks of review time that Mercury retrograde provides?

Mercury Retrograde Fiddles

temperenceToday is the day. At about 4:44pm EST today, February 6th, most of us will be dancing to the off-key tune of Mercury Retrograde. I say most of us because most people were born when the planet, Mercury, was going direct. To those relatively few who were born while Mercury was retrograde, the tune is quite melodious. They can more easily understand and be understood by their world.

The retrograde begins in the early degrees of Pisces and then retreats into the sign of Aquarius, where it will stay until it goes direct again on February 28th. Pisces governs the unconscious and what is hidden from view. As Mercury moves backwards through the sign, it’ll be digging up old and often suppressed memories, habits and thought processes. Aquarius governs brilliant flashes of knowledge and Divine insight. When Mercury moves back into Aquarius, it will shed a bright and uncompromising light on all that was once previously hidden from your consciousness.

This is a good time to examine and get clear about how old, outmoded beliefs, neuroses and things that go ‘bump’ in the night of our unconscious are operating without our knowledge. Once discovered, in the light of the conscious mind, we can keep what we want and banish the rest.

And of course, the usual cautions do apply– try to avoid getting overly emotional or all worked up over little and big things. As with all Mercury Retrogrades, plans and communications screw-ups can take you on a wild and confusing ride. Since Mercury rules communication, transportation and contracts, when it’s retrograde, all manner of mistakes and misunderstandings can occur. If you can, hold off on buying (or leasing) any big ticket items. It’s also a good idea to triple check any and all plans you make. This is an excellent time for research, as those things that are usually hidden from view, show themselves more easily during a Mercury Retrograde period.  Wait until Mercury goes direct on the 28th before making any big decisions.

2014 — a ‘7’ Universal Year

temperenceNumerologically, the numbers, 2014, add up to the number ‘7.’ ‘7’ is the number of the Spiritual Path. It’s the most personal number because it’s the number of the seeker, the mystic, the person who must find and follow their own personal truth in order to achieve healthy balance between the physical, emotional and spiritual selves.

In ‘7’ years, your motivations and actions will be Divinely guided, requiring you to go within and become more introspective in order to make the connections and receive the information you need in order to move forward.

Whatever challenges or questions that arise will be directly linked to those areas within you that need to experience profound soul growth. Whatever gifts or help that arrive indicate where your spiritual account is in the black and you’re being paid dividends.

If your Life Path number is ‘7,’ this is an especially profound year for you. The entire year is a vision quest– a search for meaning, guidance, and renewal– as you seek your own unique personal path and life expression. It’s an excellent year to align yourself with a spiritual teacher or guide so that you’ll have someone to help you decipher the ‘signs’ that you encounter on your journey to yourself.

Consider me that teacher/guide and feel free to contact me for consultations, clarification and guidance.

I’m interviewed in FORBES magazine…

Fifty Shades of Effort

2013-10-28-Sheilaacaption-thumbWriters and entrepreneurs Tom Lowery and Cheryl Conner have written an informative and powerful article in FORBES magazine about what it takes to be a writer in today’s ever evolving publishing climate. Through interviewing several writers—I’m one of them—they reveal the inner workings of a writer’s driving force.

Writing is 5% talent and 95% hard work, and as award winning writer and publisher, Winslow Eliot, reminds us, it’s also highly competitive. Tom interviewed a number of writers for Huffington Post and discovered that “most writers – even those who write full time for a living – face a plethora of demons that cause them considerable grief.”

So why do we continue to write? Read the article and learn what fires our literary passion–

Mercury Has Gone Direct!

temperenceWhew! We made it—Mercury, the planet of communication, has ceased its retrograde motion and gone direct!

It was a difficult three weeks because not only was Mercury retrograde, necessitating that all thought processes be introspective—it was also retrograde in the deeply contemplative sign of Scorpio. What a great (and mandatory) opportunity for a profoundly reflective review of your goals, your relationships and your values.

I hope you made good use of the opportunity because now that its turned direct, Mercury—still in Scorpio—will demand that you honor your transformational retrograde experience and live your life from a position of strength, courage and commitment to what is of true value to yourself and your life path. The key phrase for living in the aftermath of this past retrograde is “Know Thyself and Go For It!

I’m quoted in Huffington Post…

2013-10-28-Sheilaacaption-thumb… by renowned writer and entrepreneur,  Tom Lowery in an article called

19 Tips to Keep Your Writing Career in High Gear.

If you’ve ever experienced writer’s block or wondered how to promote and sell your work, these tips from six professional writers will help you take command of your career. Tom Lowery is an expert in many areas– entrepreneur, writer, corporate training specialist and a founding editor of Vox Universe. He writes about life, people, business, interpersonal relationships and more on his personal blog: Thinking Out Loud.

One-Day Tarot Intensive – Sunday, November 3, 2013 from 10 to 6 pm

“How can she know that about me!?”
“Why does the Empress card indicate my success?”
“Does the 9 of Cups card really mean my wishes will come true?”

7 ChariotHave you ever had a tarot card reading and wondered how a deck of cards could reveal so much about you? Have you wanted to learn how to read for yourself, or for someone else? You can! In this one day intensive, you’ll become comfortable handling and interpreting tarot cards. I’ll teach you the most important aspects of reading the tarot, as you build a solid foundation for genuinely connecting with the wisdom contained within the cards and in yourself.

One of the best parts of offering this intensive for me is watching you grow from ‘not knowing’ or ‘knowing only a little’ to your realizing by the end of the day how much you actually already know, and how powerfully you know it!

9 HermitThis is a day of transformation not only with regard to learning the tarot cards – but learning about yourself.

When: Sunday, November 3 from 10–6 pm
Where
: At Crystal Essence, Railroad Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230
How: To register, call Crystal Essence at 413 528-2595