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Mercury Retrograde December 2016



Mercury, the planet of communication, ideas and quick thinking is entering its shadow period before it goes stationary retrograde on December 19, 2016. We have all heard about Mercury retrograde and many of us have fears around what a Mercury retrograde will bring to our life.

It’s true that Mercury retrograde can bring:

  • Miscommunication. You thought you were meeting each other at 10th and Elm but one of you waits at 12th and Elm instead.
  • Glitches in all of your electronic devices: cell phones, computers, tablets, electronic thermostats, traffic lights, etc.
  • Slower reflexes and thought processes.
  • Travel problems: delayed or canceled flights, outdated maps or GPS instructions and booking errors. Be especially careful with distracted driving. Best to turn your cell phone completely off while driving.
  • Talking about cell phones, best to limit multi-tasking while on your cell phone—your brain is working slower and will not process information as efficiently during Mercury retrograde. This could result in running red lights, kitchen mishaps and a general lack of awareness of what is around you.

Here are some ways to successfully navigate the Mercury retrograde period:

  • Practice mindfulness.
  • Think before you speak.
  • Repeat appointments, addresses and directions out loud to help your brain remember and process information.
  • Back up your computer and make sure that any important paper copies are stored in a safe place.
  • Take care of any neglected car maintenance before Mercury turns retrograde on December 19.
  • Make sure that your virus scan software is up-to-date and working.
  • Use the Mercury retrograde period to rethink your plans and goals.
  • Revise those plans and goals as necessary.
  • Realign yourself to your highest truth about yourself, your goals and your life path.

Because both Neptune and Uranus will be out of their retrograde periods when Mercury turns direct on January 8, 2017, you will be in a great position to confidently move forward with your revised plans at that time.




April 2016 Astrology Forecast Newsletter

It’s not only moving that creates new starting points. Sometimes all it takes is a subtle shift in perspective, an opening of the mind, an intentional pause and reset, or a new route to start to see new options and new possibilities.    Kristin Armstrong


March was a month of change due to a solar eclipse in Pisces and a lunar eclipse in Libra.  Our spiritual relationship to the world and our close personal relationships were targeted for change.  The cosmos asked us to release any stuck areas in our lives.  The equinox was a balance and decision-making point.  The first week in April is an action week.  Put things in motion now.  The energy changes next week.

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The rest of April is a time to slow down, take stock, revise, re-evaluate and re-structure.  It can seem like life is moving at a snail’s pace, especially after Mars turns retrograde on April 17.
Jupiter and Saturn were both in retrograde motion when the month began.  Mars turns retrograde on the 17th,  Pluto on the 18th and Mercury turns retrograde on the 28th.
Let’s take a look at how Mars retrograde and Pluto retrograde impact your life in April 2016.

Mars Retrograde from April 17, 2016 until June 29, 2016

Mars in your birth chart rules how you act, your energy, your drive, your determination and how you assert yourself.  Of course we need to continue our daily routine when Mars is retrograde, but certain activities are not favored when Mars is retrograde.
Actions to Avoid When Mars Is Retrograde
  • Refrain from starting new activities, including strenuous exercise programs.  If you must start something new, put extra effort into planning for the unexpected.  Others involved in new projects will tend to oppose your efforts.
  • Mars retrograde is not conducive to lawsuits and mediation matters.  Try to get things settled before April 17th or extended until after July 2nd when Mars is once again moving forward.  This is not a good time to have “that talk” with your significant other.
  • Postpone any elective surgery until after Mars goes direct.  If possible, be especially careful not to schedule surgery around the Scorpio full Moon on April 15.
  • Mars rules iron and machinery so it is not a good time to buy such items.  Make sure all mechanical items are in good repair before Mars turns retrograde.
Actions to Take When Mars Is Retrograde:
  • Conserve your energy.  Mars retrograde generates a lot of stress.  Stress overworks the adrenals and thyroid glands leading to a feeling of tiredness and depletion in your body.
  • Monitor your frustration level.  Frustrated, grouchy feelings are common when Mars is retrograde because of the lack of progress and movement.  Does it really matter if you get through the check-out lane in seven minutes instead of five minutes?
  • Do remain calm when others act aggressively toward you.  Confrontation is not advised at this time.  Retrograde Mars square retrograde Jupiter can turn small issues into out-of-control, dangerous situations.  You may be more accident prone—be careful and mindful.  Fires can quickly grow out of control; practice care when using fire.
  • Spend time planning how you will conquer that job or love search when Mars resumes direct motion.

Pluto Retrograde from April 18, 2016 until September 26, 2016

Most of the time Pluto retrograde won’t be noticed on a daily basis.  It is a transformative planet that works powerfully, but quietly, in the background.
Actions to Avoid when Pluto Is Retrograde:
  • Do not become overly suspicious of the motives of others.  Do not create trouble where there is none.
  • Control and power issues can be your downfall under Pluto retrograde.  Things to ponder and correct are:  “Why do I continually give my power away?”  Are you so defensive that you attract attacks from others?
Actions to Take When Pluto Is Retrograde:
  • Let go of unproductive attitudes such as rigid emotions, judgments and bias.
  • Determine what you really need.  What are your true values?  Is it acquiring more material asset; is it relationships; or is it peace of mind and a sense of knowing that you are making a difference?  You must be true to yourself—think it over.
  • Spend time assessing any control issues.  What makes you feel out of control?  How do you act when you feel out of control?  How are you trying to control others?  How does your defensive attitude cause others to react negatively or aggressively toward you?  Is it worth it to stay with a certain controlling person?
  • Pluto retrograde is a stellar time to gain greater control over your professional, financial and health concerns.
  • Think “regeneration” in all matters.  Regeneration could mean internal cleansings, detox regimens, meditation, tai chi, chi gung, yoga or finding the motivation to seek psychological help for ongoing issues that have kept you stuck.
  • Pluto’s retrograde journey is an optimum time to tackle chronic or major health problems.  Use Pluto’s ability to ferret out little known information and to find new medical research studies, etc.  If your belief pattern permits, it would be an excellent time to visit a medical intuitive.

Mercury Retrograde from April 28, 2016 through May 22, 2016

I discussed Mercury Retrograde in a prior post.  Some of the information is outdated, but much of it remains valid.

Use this pause in activity to shift your perspective, open your mind, reset your attitudes and priorities and to prepare for new options and possibilities.

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Jupiter Direct/Venus Direct

Both Jupiter and Venus turn stationary direct on November 18, 2010. Both planets turning stationary direct at the same time has only happened five times in the last 300 years. Jupiter turns direct at 23Pisces29 and Venus turns direct at 27Lib29.

We will first discuss Venus.

Venus went retrograde (in apparent backward movement) in Scorpio on October 8, 2010 and continued retrograde until it moved back into Libra. As mentioned above, Venus will be at 27Libra43 (Libra is the sign of relationships) on November 17, 2010, prior to going direct. During its retrograde motion I have had an unusual number of clients with certain relationship issues. Especially prevalent are those clients who have experienced an old love coming back into their life under Venus retrograde. Or, the opposite situation, where a relatively new love in someone’s life is questioning whether to go back to an old lover.

Venus rules feelings of love, attraction, beauty and values (thus also money and possessions), so her retrograde motion has affected all of these areas. Thus, a Venus retrograde period is a time of going back over our values and fine tuning what we value, what we are looking for in a relationship and how we are earning our money or acquiring our possessions. Anything relating to Venus will seem to be slowed down. A retrograde period is normally not a good time to boldly move forward with the things that the retrograde planet rules.

Once Venus goes direct, we will once again be able to move forward and make decisions in love matters, relationship matters, and money matters. We will have more clarity on what we really value.

In the case of Jupiter retrograde:

Jupiter went retrograde on July 23, 2010, at 3Aries24. It will finally go direct on November 18, 2010 at 23Pisces30. Jupiter direct in the sign of Aries stimulated us to think big and to follow through with action. Aries is a fiery, action-oriented sign and Jupiter rules expansive, positive energy.

Jupiter rules travel, mind expansion, college, metaphysics and spiritual pursuits. He is also one of the business planets. A positive Jupiter aspect is one of the best indicators of business activity and success.

Therefore, it is quite apparent that Jupiter retrograde has been a factor in the very slow recovery of the economy.

Jupiter direct after November 18, will bring a much needed boost to the struggling economy. We can all use a Jupiter direct boost to our finances and out optimism.

With both Jupiter direct and Venus direct after November 18, be prepared to bring your dreams out once again, brush them off and proceed forward. I predict the forward motion of both Venus and Jupiter will bring a big sigh of relief to all of us on many, many levels. Enjoy!

Pluto in Direct Motion

Pluto Retrograde and Puto Direct 

Pluto, despite its small size packs a tremendous punch astrologically! When Pluto is direct, its energy is active and the energy can be more easily absorbed into the cosmos. However, when Pluto (or any planet for that matter) goes retrograde the tremendous energy goes underground to a certain degree. Though the energy isn’t as visible, it remains in a smoldering manner. Indeed, the pent up energy of Pluto retrograde can be compared to that of a partially dormant volcano. This is especially true of Pluto because he rules things underground. The tremendous heat and pressure are there, but because there is no obvious eruption it is difficult to see what is going on.

On April 7, 2010 Pluto became retrograde at 5 degrees Capricorn and the energy went underground.

This banked energy was a major component of the extreme angst felt by many of us in the summer of 2010. Retrograde Pluto teamed up with Uranus, the planet of freedom and sudden change in a tense square and also squared Saturn (also retrograde at 29 degrees Virgo) the planet of restriction, all summer. In addition Saturn was in opposition (a 180 degree aspect) to Uranus. These planetary aspects created a virtual cauldron of potent energy. The tension built and built and was set off in a big way by the lunar eclipse of June 26 and the solar eclipse on July 11, 2010.  We felt the need to transform (Pluto) everything and everyone around us.  Simultaneously, we had the extreme desire to break loose and free ourselves (Uranus) from the restrictions that we keenly felt (Saturn).

Now, we are in a period when many of the formerly retrograde planets are going direct. It is time to take everything off of hold and to boldly move forward with our plans and hopes and dreams. It is very important in working with this planetary energy to mentally, emotionally and spiritually let go of the past. Failure to do so can limit our results in moving forward. Holding on to past traumas and hurts is like carrying a very heavy bag of burdens with you everywhere you go. Give yourself the gift of freedom that is part of the cosmic gift inherent in Pluto/s change of direction to its direct motion.

Though this has been an incredibly difficult summer for many of us, the one thing that I have noticed in my 30+ years of experience in astrology is that all of the planets have a gift hidden within their lessons. The lessons have been hard, but the rewards can also be great.  It is a truism in astrological counseling that if we do the hard work of flowing in tune with the cosmic forces, our lives can be exponetically enriched and our tomorrows can be fulfilling and full of love.

My wish for you is that you have the courage to prune your life of unneeded people, places and things so that the love and light can flow in. Pluto has shown you the darkness, it is now time to let your sun shine away the shadows. My prayer is that you will learn the lessons inherent in Pluto retrograde as it becomes direct and that you will emerge stronger and wiser ready for a loving, bright tomorrow.