Transiting Mercury goes Retrograde August 30 to October 22 2016

  • Astrological “Event”: Mercury goes Retrograde 
  • Date(s) August 30 to October 22 2016
  • Time Line: He enters his storm August 22 2016: Goes Retrograde August 30 until October 22: back in “storm” until October 31 2016: It’s best to keep all new projects on hold from ***August 25 to October 31*** if possible. 

What does it all mean? 

  • Mercury is the planet of communications, he is also a messenger and likes to do two things at once. He rules Gemini and Virgo. 
  • Retrograde motion means that from the earth’s perspective, it appears that the planet Mercury is going backwards. 
  • Our communications and organizational skills may not be up to par during this time. 
  • Messages can get misinterpreted or misplaced. 
  • We can miss appointments during this period, so check your date book frequently and place all scheduled appointments in your date book or phone in a place you will see them often. 
  • It’s not a good time to begin anything until after October 31, if it’s at all possible. Projects begun now are not likely to go as planned. If they do end up working out, there is likely to be stress and challenges and some changes regarding the original plan. However, as they say “forewarned is forearmed”, being aware is sometimes half the battle. 
  • Be prepared to redo things. 
  • It’s the perfect time to review, redecorate, renew….
  • It’s advisable that we check and double-check the fine print before signing on the”dotted line”.
  • Stick to hobbies already begun. 
  • Don’t be disappointed if things don’t go exactly as planned regarding our “down time”. 
  • Take extra care when sending out invitations to an event, make sure you have the date, time and place correct… or else you  may find you have to get them printed all over again. 
  • Be Prepared have more than one thing on the go at once, however, take care not to add more to your agenda then you can comfortably do, else run the risk of mixing up your “homework” or dates. 
  • Relationships might have to be re-assessed
  • Beginning August 25 2016 Write down any new creative ideas,note the time and re visit the list after October 31 2016. 
  • Mercury goes retrograde in Virgo... Virgo is ruled by Mercury… Folks who have Virgo strong in their natal charts may have a somewhat more “interesting time” with this retrograde than the rest of us. Some of Virgo’s strong points are “attention to detail” and “being of service to others” Some of Virgo’s challenging points are “worrying too much” and “being too critical”: It is suggested that under this Mercury Retrograde we take the time to think before speaking, writing or emailing. Our thoughts could get muddled in a “river of worry”, making it more difficult for us to see answers or possible solutions. It is best to keep in mind that nothing happens in five minutes, sometimes we just have to patient… Things don’t always come out the way we had planned… stay focused, don’t be too hard on yourself or on others and do what you can with what you’ve got… :) 

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Copyright: Greta McKenzie Astrology 8/26/2016





Transiting Moon in Gemini August 2016

The Moon and Astrology


In astrology, the moon is connected to our emotions and reactions… how we are feeling on a given day may well be influenced by the sign that is visiting the moon… Each sign stays with the moon for up to 2.5 days…. :) 

The Moon Void-of-Course: 

There are times throughout the month when the moon isn’t fully immersed in any sign… this is when we say the moon is Void of Course… and when this occurs, we may feel “foggy” and “unfocused” … We may not be sure how we are truly feeling about a situation or a person…. Therefore it is not recommended that we make long-term commitments or important decision’s while the moon is Void of Course…. However there are 4 signs in the zodiac which may prove positive during the Void-of-Course moon…  

Good for Void-Of-Course Moon: These v/c signs may prove to be quite productive times.

  • Cancer
  • Taurus
  • Sagittarius
  • Pisces…

Opportunity Periods  (Astrologer: Jim Shawvan):

There are other periods throughout the month that are known as opportunity periods, when it can prove to be a positive time for most people, however if you have challenging aspects happening within your own chart you may not be able to make use of opportunity periods. 

Thanks to Jim Shawvan present day astrologer, William Lilly 17th century astrologer and Llewellyn’s Daily Planetary Guide for opportunity periods.

Present Moon Sign/Phase/House:

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  • Date: August 24 2016
  • Moon Sign: Gemini: August 24 @ 7:40 pm (ET)  4:40pm (PT)
  • Moon Phase: 3/4
  • Void-of-Course: August 26 @ 8:30 pm (ET) 5:30 pm:(PTto 11:06 pm (ET) 8:06 pm (PT)
  • House(s) 9th house of, higher learning and travel, new experiences, publishing, advertising politics, religion and philosophy.
  • Opportunity Period: None

What does it all mean?

  • Gemini is an air sign and needs lots of stimuli. She is ruled by Mercury. 
  • The house connected to Gemini is the 3rd house of: day-to-day travel/affairs and siblings… we could find ourselves busy with multiple things going on, even if they are just in our own minds…😉 Dealings with family, especially siblings, are likely. Memories are shared and possible solutions to old problems can be found. However, wait until after the Mercury Retrograde before putting any new ideas or plans into motion. 
  • We may find we are trying to do multiple things at once, which may not go exactly as we may have planned. If you do find you have tons of ideas spinning around in your head, take pen to paper and jot them down… it will ease the “inside chatter” and you may find some of them useful later on. 
  • Could be lots of chit chatting going on, and some of us may have to make a concerted effort to listen instead of chat.
  • Caution is advised when doing up letters, emails and relaying messages, as much as we may think we have it right, it’s better to check one more time
  • In the 9th house: A Busy time for some folks, plans could be in the making for travel
  • A new study could be on the cards for some of us.. and it will likely be approached with enthusiasm. 
  • If it’s possible to go on vacation now, grab the chance, you might learn more than you could have ever imagined… :) 
  • It’s a good time to get those lists and notes made up… we can feel good about putting pen to paper now.
  • Boredom may be at our door step and we may feel more restless than usual. 
  • This moon sign will have more of an effect on those who have the following in their charts.
        • Sun in Gemini
        • Sun in Virgo
        • Moon in Gemini
        • Moon in the 3rd house
        • Moon in Sagittarius
        • Moon in the 9th house
        • Any aspects to the Moon, Mercury or Jupiter

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copyright: Greta McKenzie Astrology: August 24/2016

Astrology: How it affects our daily life: The Sun Moves into Virgo August 22 2016:

Virgo: Earth: Feminine: Mutable:

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The qualities of Virgo encourage her to be steady and sensible yet flexible when the need arises…

  • Virgo sees detail everywhere, all those little things that are so incredibly important to the smooth running of a home or a business, Virgo is onto them… However, because she craves perfection she can be overly critical not only of others but of herself too… this can push Virgo’s to work harder and longer then some of the other signs, but may also create upset as nothing may seem good enough… 

  • Happy to help and assist others, Virgo people are happiest when they feel needed and are kept busy, they have a fabulous down to earth, logical outlook on life and can put things in perspective for others… Great at trouble shooting..

  • Virgo’s love to keep lists and they need organization somewhere in their life to help them feel balanced.

  • Personal hygiene may be important to some Virgo’s. Other’s may have good intentions but may not always find the time to follow through. Looking after one’s self through diet and exercise may be high on the agenda. 

  • Virgo’s are advised to watch for a tendency to worry, especially over health issues, or for a tendency to make mountains out of mole hills.😉

  • Many Virgo’s can be found working in the health field. 
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Happy Birthday wishes go out to the following folk

& to all celebrating a Virgo Birthday…

Happy New Year…🙂

Jessica, Eva, Norm, Dayle, Cal, Dezi, Kenneth

On the cusp: (Leo/Virgo: Virgo/Libra)

David, Beanie, Joe 

August 9, 2016
Trying to Please Others
Living for Ourselves

by Madisyn Taylor

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We may not realize until we are adults that we are living our life to make our parents happy.


Most of us come to a point in our lives when we question why we are doing what we are doing, and many of us come to realize that we may be living our lives in an effort to make our parents happy. This realization can dawn when we are in our 20s, our 40s, or even later, depending upon how tight a hold our family of origin has on our psyche. We may feel shocked or depressed by this information, but we can trust that it is coming to us at this time because we are ready to find out what it would mean to live our lives for ourselves, following the call of our own soul, and refusing any longer to be beholden to someone else’s expectations.

One of the most common reasons we are so tied into making our parents, or others, happy, is that we were not properly mirrored when we were children. We were not honored as individuals in our own right, with a will and purpose of our own, to be determined by our own unfolding. As a result, we learned to look outside of ourselves for approval, support, and direction rather than look within. The good news is that the part of us that was not adequately nurtured is still there, inside us, like a seed that has not yet received the sunlight and moisture it needs to open and to allow its inner contents to unfurl. It is never too late to provide ourselves with what we need to awaken this inner being.

There are many ways to create a safe container for ourselves so that we can turn within and shine the light of awareness there. We may join a support group, go to therapy, or start a practice of journaling every day for half an hour. This experience of becoming is well worth the difficult work that may be required of us to get there. In whatever process we choose, we may feel worse before we feel better, but we will ultimately find out how to live our lives for ourselves and how to make ourselves happy.


From our inbox to you from DailyOm: on “Trying to please others”

From our inbox to you from DailyOm on: “Pure Thoughts”

uly 29, 2016
Pure Thoughts
Undistracted Energy

by Madisyn Taylor

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The longer we are able to hold a positive thought, The stronger that energy around us becomes.


If we make no effort at all, our thoughts usually scatter in a vast array of directions. They start and stop and move in surprising ways from one second to the next. If we try to follow our thoughts without controlling them, we will be amazed at how truly inconsistent they are. Yet, if we apply our minds to a specific task, especially one that interests us, they gather together and allow us to focus our attention, creating great power and energy. This is what is known as pure thought, because it is undistracted.

The law of attraction—like attracts like—influences all energy, including our thoughts, and this is what makes pure thought so potent. Our undistracted thoughts create a powerful magnet that draws similar energy into our vibrational field. As a result, the longer we are able to hold positive thoughts in our minds, the more powerful the positive energy around us becomes. We don’t need to focus on action and controlling so much when we are surrounded by energy that draws what we want toward us. We can simply respond to the opportunities that naturally come our way. When this is the essence of our experience, we can go with the flow, knowing that we will be okay.

If pure thought is a body, it is our emotions that supply the heart that can really bring it to life. Our thoughts and feelings exist in relation to one another, and they form a feedback loop through which they communicate and empower each other. When we hold a thought in our mind without being distracted, we have achieved pure thought. When we have a positive emotional response to that thought, we enable it to dance and move and breathe itself into existence.


The Moon and Astrology: How it affects our daily life: Transiting Full Moon in Aquarius: August 2016

SGC Admin: Just a reminder folks… the moon is full tonight (August 18/2016)…🙂 it’s a great time to write down your intentions to let go of things, people and situations this coming month…🙂 burn the list while focusing on it mentally & emotionally…

Present Moon Sign/Phase/House: Date: August 16 2016 to August 18 2016: Moon Sign: Aquarius at 7:52 am (ET) 4:52 am (PT) Moon Phase:2nd Void-off-Course: August 18 5:27 am (ET) 2:27 am (PT) to 12:34 …

Source: The Moon and Astrology: How it affects our daily life: Transiting Full Moon in Aquarius: August 2016