If you’ve been feeling out of sorts, like life has been a trial of late, you can blame the planet Mercury. For the past month the planet nearest the sun has been in retrograde which according to stargazers means the areas of life it rules are hampered.
Mercury is the planet that governs communication so when it’s standing still all hell breaks loose. One only has to look at the recent posturing by North Korea and the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey to see the mark of Mercury Retrograde.
After four long weeks of chaos, Tuesday finally saw the planet move out of retrograde and into prograde. Hopefully, we should all start to feel the effects of this transition. Life should move a little smoother, we should all sleep a little lighter, and start to feel a little easier with the world around us.
To see what the Universe has in store for you during this next planetary phase take 30 to 60 seconds to look over the six images. Then close your eyes and relax. One image will stand out for you, emerge in your mind’s eye. This is the one that has a special meaning for you, a message from Mercury prograde. Read and take note of what it has to say. It is written in the stars…
Top Row Left
You have a journey ahead of you. There is a path that you are meant to take. Don’t worry that you may miss it or that you may take the wrong turn. Your guides have great Sat-Nav so will ensure you are in the right place at the right time. The journey will take you much further away where you will encounter new people, enjoy new experiences. Your emotions will be mixed. At times along to way you may feel scared, excited, hopeful or uncertain but trust you are being watched over and protected. Your past life has come to an end, a new one is beginning. It is divinely blessed and brimming with success.
Top Row Middle
No matter how often you have been told no, been hampered by rules and regulations, denied your right to be, you have not withdrawn or withered. In fact, it’s the very opposite, you’ve grown stronger in purpose and conviction. Your spirit unbroken. Your guides want you to know they are with you through ever challenge, by your side, encouraging you to be rise above it all, to be free. Your perseverance has paid off. You are now at a stage where you have all the power, you hold all the cards. Don’t pick at the salad bar when you can feast on the grand buffet. Whether others judge or admire, find it shocking or inspiring, that is about them not you. It is your time to fly.
Top Row Right
Sometimes there is a need to focus on the new, seek out wild paths, develop untapped resources and explore fresh possibilities. The thrill of hope, inspiration and optimism can be an exciting draw. Being open to new possibilities can be healthy, keep us feeling young at heart. However, at this time you are being asked to question what is the motivation behind your current desire for a new adventure. If fear, boredom or lack of commitment is the real reason then you are being urged to stop and look clearly at what you already have in your life. Now is not the time to step away from what you are cultivating, even if it seems to have lost its sparkle or run out of energy. Success is just a breath away.
Bottom Row Left
Instinct can tell you when something is not as it seems, such as when a person’s words do not match their intentions. You don’t have to think about how you know, you just know. Instinct is a natural part of your body’s wisdom and when combined with the heart’s intuition can be a powerful driving force to living your life to its full potential. At this time, you are being advised to listen and to trust your instinct. Do not dismiss feelings or hunches as merely judgment rather than the truth presenting itself to you. Perhaps you are sensing that a relationship is not healthy for you, despite a long history and no particular change. You may have a gut feeling that a project at work is wrong for the business. Listen and respond to your instinct and life will flow more easily.
Bottom Row Middle
Now is the time to leap. Do not hesitate. Do not fear. You don’t need to have all the answers to know that everything is going to work out perfectly. You simply have to trust. This is not a time for small tentative steps. You need to be brave. Be bold. Be definite. A big gesture is required. Take a running leap, with your eyes wide open – you don’t want to miss anything! Don’t worry about whether or not you’ll seem foolish or if you are ready. Know that you are in harmony with the universe. It is your “I can” moment which your guides advise only come along a handful of times in a lifetime. You don’t want to miss this opportunity, to look back with regret. Take a deep breath – and go for it!
Bottom Row Right
Life can sometimes get a little overwhelming, especially when energy reserves are low. You are being given permission to step back from your outer world, to find retreat in your inner one. Your guides advise now is not a time to keep taking in more information, or to push yourself to have more experiences, meet new people or take new risks. That will all happen again soon. For now, create time and space. Tap into your inner world where you will find the peace and clarity you are currently seeking. The answers lie within the stillness. Do not worry about taking time out from the world. Do not fear you are turning your back on life. This inner work will reveal something special, something that needs to be drawn from the unconscious and brought to the surface. Silence is golden.
For thousands of years, crystals have been used as a source of healing, as amulets for protection, and as a tool to help connect to the vibrations of The Universe.
These minerals have been growing within the Earth, formed over millions of years, shaped by volcanic heat and waters, and charged with natural elemental powers.
In many cultures it is believed these natural wonders each contain a specific healing, personal empowerment or protection vibration that when tapped can have a profound effect on our physical and mental wellbeing; the crystal’s energy balancing and realigning atoms within our own bodily makeup.
It is said that whatever you need - whether you’re aware of the need or not - the right crystal guide will have a way of finding you.
Take 30 to 60 seconds to look over the six images of crystals. Then close your eyes and relax. One image will stand out for you, emerge in your mind’s eye. This is the one that has a special meaning for you, a message from your crystal guides. Read and take note of what they have to say.
Rose Quartz (Top row left)
If Rose Quartz has drawn you to its vibration today you are being reminded to be as kind to yourself as you are to others. Forgive yourself for past mistakes and let go of old hang-ups and feelings of anger, jealousy and resentment. Accept and love who you are and remember if others cannot embrace this it’s their own inadequacies, not yours. This crystal wants to empower you, to help you find your mojo. It magnifies creativity and imagination so if you’re wanting to write that book, start that new business venture, or even create that new life this vibration is saying this is a great time to do so. Step into this period of harmony and watch the magic happen.
Blue Lace Agate (Top row middle)
What are you not saying to someone that they need to hear? This is the question being asked of you by Blue Lace Agate. Your intuition, gut instinct, is telling you what you need to do and what you need to say, but something is stopping you. Is it a fear of being judged? Maybe, you’re frightened that you might upset someone dear? The gentle vibration of Blue Lace Agate urges you to express the feelings that are in your heart honestly. No matter how hard the situation may seem, this vibration is saying if you speak the truth with kindness, you will receive a favourable outcome. Peace can only come when you allow yourself to freely express what is within.
Carnelian (Top row right)
This is not a time to back down or to settle for second best. If Carnelian has spoken to you, drawn you to its vibration, life is about to get very interesting indeed. This bad boy means business. He’ll shake you up and kick in to touch any feelings of apathy or insecurities that may have recently crept into your world. He’s like your very own Mr Motivator, arming you with courage, drive, ambition, heaps of vitality, and a “get real and focused” attitude to push you to achieve not just what you need but what you want. With this highly-charged vibration driving you forward towards new opportunities that Porsche Spyder 218 you’ve been secretly Googling might just turn from a dream into a reality.
Amethyst (Bottom row left)
Are you partying a little too hard? Spending more with the turf accountant? Has the one glass of wine after work turned into a bottle? Another Krispy Kreme won’t hurt, will it? There is something that you are doing to excess that has drawn you to Amethyst’s soothing vibration. In Ancient Greek Amethystos means not to be intoxicated and Amethyst is in your world right now to help guide you away from any form of addiction or extreme behaviour. This purple crystal is here to remind you that you do not need to reward yourself with excesses of any kind to feel good. Embrace this beautiful vibration and you’ll start to find more physical, mental and emotional balance – and a newfound confidence to say “no”.
Tiger’s Eye (Bottom row middle)
If you have been challenged to look into Tiger’s Eye then you are being warned there is somebody in your orbit that is causing problems behind your back. To your face this person is your friend but Tiger’s Eye vibration is calling them out as false and untrue. They are not to be trusted and they mean to bring you down. Don’t worry though to be forewarned is to be forearmed. Tiger’s Eye is offering you protection from malice or unseen threats. To know whether a person is the real deal and is reliable Tiger’s Eye is asking you to tap into his protective vibration and trust your feelings. It will soon become clear just who or what is the unknown enemy.
Sunstone (Bottom row right)
You are being given permission to enjoy yourself, to do something for pleasure not business if Sunstone has caught your eye. This sparkling vibration is encouraging you to live in the present, to seize the day and to remind you that this life is no dress rehearsal. When is the last time you actually did something for yourself without feeling guilty? Sunstone wants to see you having a little more fun, add a dash more pizazz to your life. Book a random day off work and take yourself off to a spa or play a round of golf. Read that book you’ve been meaning to for the past six months, or visit that Tate Modern exhibition. You’ve always wanted to travel on the Orient Express so, Sunstone is saying, go on and treat yourself.
Mackenzie Crook shot to fame playing self-important paper salesman Gareth Keenan in the BBC comedy The Office alongside its creator Ricky Gervais.
Since then, the actor has gone on to star in several of the Pirates Of The Caribbean blockbusters in which he plays Ragetti, a pirate with an ill-fitting wooden eye, has performed in numerous theatre productions for which he has received critical success, written an award-nominated children’s book and has scripted, starred and directed in the Bafta-winning comedy Detectorists . Oh, and he’s also appeared in HBO’s mega hit Game of Thrones.
The actor’s latest venture sees him taking on the role of vampire hunter Larousse in the star-studded British comedy horror movie Eat Locals, directed by Jason Flemyng, which opens in cinemas September 1.
We love a man who can make us laugh so it was with a light heart we laid out the crystals to see find out more about the marvellous Mr Crook.
Scratch The Surface
He’s built up a sizeable bank balance by playing nerd-like and haphazard characters but Mackenzie is no fool. The Tarot suggests this is one smart cookie who when presented with an opportunity grasps it with both hands and makes it his own.
Our guides say the 45-year-old has never had a career plan but simply knew from an early age he wanted to be an entertainer. He feels comfortable in this world which at times can make him a little lazy; he’s of the belief “what’s for you won’t go by you”.
Our Witch Twitch says for the most part this is true but the star must be careful not to become too complacent or else this Crook will be robbed of his future success.
Our guides show Mackenzie is at one with Spirit animal totem Raccoon. Extremely courageous and remarkably ferocious for one so small, Raccoon will defend itself, rather than flee, when it feels threatened.
With this little chap as a guide, Mackenzie knows instinctively when to let things slide and when to stand up for himself. In Native American folklore, mask-wearing Raccoon is seen as a trickster, not a malicious one, but a light-hearted mischief maker which helps to shape Mackenzie’s character.
Running with Raccoon fills Mackenzie with a love of exploration. The actor has a natural curiosity. He’s interested in the wonders of the world and the marvels of minutia.
He’s keen to constantly explore new realms, and to take part in new pastimes. Our Witch Twitch says Raccoon reminds Mackenzie that he can always change who and what he is to what he wants to be.
Love & Relationships
The Tarot suggests despite having many acquaintances Mackenzie likes to keep his inner circle small that way he can spend quality time with those people who truly have meaning for him.
The crystals show family is extremely important to The Office star; he likes nothing better than getting the Crook Clan together for an afternoon shindig.
Our guides say he has a strong affection for his parents, which has grown since having his own children. The star will always choose his family over his wants and desires – even if they’re presented to him on a plate.
Where love is concerned, the Tarot suggests Mackenzie puts his heart and soul into relationships – and he expects it to be returned. He’s a great partner but he does need to be adored.
We’re guessing his wife of 16 years Lindsay knows how to handle these demands. It’s what keeps this relationship going strong. Our Witch Twitch warns Mackenzie to curb jealous tendencies that may rear from time to time; they will only push away those he loves.
Over the next couple of months, there may be some tricky times for the 45-year-old funnyman.
Our guides suggest it may be connected with some form of words, maybe on a contract or a new project like a script or manuscript. Mackenzie is advised to remain objective and to keep a clear head. As long as he has truth on his side all is well.
The Tarot indicates that a move into film directing is well starred. It will come after the star has created a couple more small screen outings, projects he writes as well as directs. He must remain confident. He has the ability to achieve great success. Why swim in a pond when you have an ocean in which to play?
He is advised to carry or wear a piece of carnelian. This will help raise the actor’s positive vibration as well as boosting his self-esteem. Our Witch Twitch says Mackenzie should have no regrets.
The Witch of the Wharf is a published writer, regular columnist for The Wharf newspaper and blogger