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…
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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.
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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matter how often you have been told no, been hampered by rules and regulations, denied your right to be, you have not withdrawn or withered.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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
The Witch of the Wharf is a published writer, regular columnist for The Wharf newspaper and blogger