An Astrological Breather

If you’re still recovering from last week’s astrological Hellapalooza, and if you are I don’t blame you, you’ve got a little breather this week before Mercury goes retrograde next weekend. That comes with its own brand of irritation, depending on your patience level and where it hits your chart, but won’t be anything like Pluto’s flip and the fortunate but potentially explosive trine of Jupiter and Uranus last Thursday.

We begin with a series of aspects to today’s Sagittarius Moon, which push the wishy-washy to the side and bring decisiveness and assertion to the forefront. Internal work and dreaminess can be great sometimes, when we need to take a big step forward in our development. But the time between the Fall Equinox and Samhain/All Saint’s Day calls for releasing that stuff that began to boil to the surface last week, and will keep being stirred up until the middle part of October.

Since Mercury can bring about communication difficulties, changes in thinking, or even returns to our past in some significant way, this week will be able saying what you really mean and meaning what you say. It requires bravery and honesty when it comes to your thoughts and ideas. What is asking to be looked at now? What requires more of your attention at this time of your wonderful life?

Capricorn: Weekly (Starting on September 29)

Be careful how much you share with friends about your intimate life this week. On Saturday, Mercury will turn retrograde in your social networking sector. This may cause a few trouble spots in communication between you and your pals. It’s possible you’ll second-guess an intimate situation between you and someone close. Now is not the time to use a friend as a sounding board. Secrets may not be kept, leaving you to regret what you reveal.

Career & Finance

Monday’s progress may be slow (or even nonexistent), but you can definitely make up for lost time on Tuesday and Wednesday. The stars send extra energy your way now, and the groundwork you’ve laid really pays off. Moreover, people around you are getting on board and are ready to contribute their resources. On Thursday and Friday, think beyond the short term and make some projections; the sooner you make necessary adjustments, the better. And this weekend, your instincts play an important role. Pay attention to your initial reaction.

Love & Relationships

Start the week with a dose of sugar. As you’ve been told time and again, you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Through Wednesday, everything should be coming up daisies, but keep your wits about you. Be wary of new schemes. Don’t do anything radical, and let your conscience be your guide. The weekend is a good time to go with your instincts — sing when you have the urge, dance when you feel like it. There’s nothing like a burst of unfettered creativity to help add juice to your love life when you’re feeling drained.

Cancer: Weekly (Starting on September 29)

You might notice that communication between you and your lover is unraveling. If there are any major decisions you need to make together, this won’t be the ideal week move forward. On Saturday, Mercury will turn retrograde in your true love sector. Anything and everything that has to do with romance will be up for review and revision. If you’re single, it’s possible that over the coming weeks an old flame will come back into your world. That doesn’t mean you should give it a second chance. Wait until after October 25 to make that call.

Career & Finance

Be extra clear in your communications on Monday, and check back to make sure you’re being understood — this will prevent a snafu or two. On Tuesday and Wednesday, don’t put off until tomorrow what you can at least begin dealing with today. Even one action step is a good start. Emotional responses in the workplace are inevitable, but expressing them to one and all isn’t fruitful on Thursday and Friday. A confidante can help you develop a more effective approach. This weekend, you might fumble a couple of minor matters, but you’ve got a firm grip on the important, big-picture stuff.

Love & Relationships

This week is a good time to dig into your inner reserves of strength. On Monday and Tuesday, you feel self-conscious and withdrawn — trust these instincts and study those around you. You may be emotional while others seem aloof. Keep your cool and respond intellectually. Stay flexible. Pay attention. The weekend is for relaxation and reflection. Take a long walk and notice the details on tree limbs, the texture of the ground, the details on high corners of buildings. Use your powers of observation and intuition to explore solutions to problems that have seemed unsolvable.

Everyone proceed with Caution. It’s Mercury Retrograde June 7th - July 1st. ⚠

What happens? Anything that you try to do positive will back fire. During the retrograde period the world seems to go haywire with miscommunications of all types.

  • Electronics mess up
  • Don’t Accept or Start a Job
  • Don’t Buy a Car
  • Avoid Unnecessary Travel
  • Don’t Sign Documents
  • Don’t argue with people you love

What is Mercury Retrograde you ask?

All of the planets move in the same direction around the Sun, each with a different rate of speed.  Mercury’s orbit is 88 days long; therefore approximately 4 orbits of Mercury around the Sun equals 1 Earth year.

Mercury appears to slow down, then stop, (stationary retrograde) and then move slowly backwards for several weeks (retrograde).  Eventually, it appears to stop again and reverse direction (stationary direct) moving slowly forward once again (direct). Eventually Mercury appears to return to its normal orbital speed.(Mercury isn’t really going backwards, it’s just hanging out by the sun, but from Earth, that makes it look like it’s in reverse) There are three Mercury Retrograde periods each year, each lasting approximately 3 weeks.

As Mercury rules communication, clear thinking, truth & travel, during the time of retrograde it is advised that you don’t make any new beginnings or projects etc. This time period is perfect for:

❤ Reviewing and revising plans

Evaluate how well you’ve achieved your goals and what things you’d still love to bring into your life.Mercury Retrograde marks a period of Mercury “slowing down,” which means our requests and longings can find more potent expression into the universe. This is a terrific time to ponder intentions.

❤  Finish up any old, lingering projects.

You might not want to submit, release, or publish them during this time, but old projects can benefit from a fresh look. Mercury also helps with creativity, making Mercury Retrograde an ideal time to edit or revise.

❤ Rejuvenate your living space!

Clean out your closet, organize your wardrobe, get rid of clutter, even do a little Feng Shui to your home. That Retrograde energy amplifies your ability to process through old things.

❤ Relax & take care of yourself

Enjoy some solitude or time away. Read a book, take a walk in nature, have plenty of sleep, stay hydrated & do a lot of stretching. This especially applies during Mercury retrograde. Even book a spa day. Go on Treat yourself!!

Back up data

Have patience with your electronics. They’re trying their best. If your phones, computer, email, cell phone or internet act up, take a deep breath and ask yourself if you really need to push things right now. Pushing usually makes things worse, especially during a Mercury Retrograde.

So even though to many people the Mercury Retrograde is something they dread, make this the perfect time to just kick back and relax from everything. Use the Retrograde to your advantage!! 


Mercury, the communications minister goes retrograde in Gemini on the 7/6. As Mercury appears further away in distance, our thoughts are pulled further away and flail in air space without us. Much meta analysis has been done on the affect of Mercury retrograde and thought tangling, missing spots, misinformation and noticeably slowed mental processes. During this period of absent mindedness, we can frequently miss appointments, lose our cheques and notes, struggle to focus and lack in productivity. Mercury’s retrograde offers a time of reflection and a break from the electricity of its usual hyperactivity and restlessness. Mercury rx suggests periods of heightened inner awareness. Meditation, journal writing, reworking old plans, and reviewing past work are favored. Minor breaks in the mechanical aspects of communication can re-connect us to other means of communication; such as losing internet connection and having to find a different way to express ourselves. Rather than directing thoughts outward to conversation we can direct the mind’s inner universe and slip into the spaces between our thoughts.

I think I speak for everybody when I say we hate being spoken for, but I think we can all appreciate a quiet break from the messenger’s wings scratching at our brains. Mercury knows without a retrograde we would no doubt over think ourselves to death.

5 Ways This Fall Is Going to Rock Your World

’m a big fan of lists. They’re easy to read, present data in a simple-to-understand way, and just look cool. Right? So as we skid toward the Labor Day weekend, the official end of summer, I’m already thinking of fall, and 5 ways this particular fall season is going to seriously rock your world:

1. I’m teaching a new online course called How to Slay Obstacles and Get Past Your Stuckness, beginning on September 10th.

How It Rocks Your World: If you want to enter this new season with a vengeance, and learn some serious tools to move past perceived blocks, this is where you need to be.

2.  Pluto’s going direct on September 20th. On paper, it may not sound like much. But this furthest out planet has the strongest gravitational pull, and is associated with everything from the underworld and darkness to transformation of all kinds.

How It Rocks Your World: Have a major makeover in mind? Pluto can help. Want to trade your stale old job for something spanking new? Look to Pluto. This planet’s direct motion in the sign of Capricorn will help all things requiring structure to move forward.

3. Mercury’s going retrograde in Scorpio. From October 4th through 25th, the communication planet will seem to move backwards in the sky, creating issues with technology and social media.

How It Rocks Your World: In Scorpio, this planet can help you you look within, and use this time to review what’s working in your emotional life, and what may need to shift. It also allows you to see more deeply into yourself and other people, even if their motivations may not always be pure.

4. Jupiter’s going retrograde. On December 8th, this planet of luck and creativity begins its backward movement in the sign of Leo (until early April 2015).

How It Rocks Your World: Examining how you may need to tweak your image, stand up for yourself, allow your light to be seen and appreciated, or just taking credit for your achievements are all highlighted under this aspect. Use these months to plan your red carpet debut, after the first week in April.

5. Uranus is going direct! On December 21st, the winter solstice, this wacky planet of genius and sudden inspiration begins to move forward again, bringing some major energy to the holiday season.

How It Rocks Your World: When Uranus changes direction, it jars loose all your great ideas, your crazy, “couldn’t possibly work scenarios, and inner genius. Even if you don’t follow up on all of these, you’ll be overflowing with excellence. Since it’s in Aries, you’ll also have a lot of energy to make stuff happen!

"She needs to stop explaining and start doing": Imogen Binnie talks to Dan Fishback about Nevada




Imogen Binnie is the author of our latest pick, Nevada, and is also a musician and popular blogger. Dan Fishback is a playwright and musician who Emily first met in Hebrew school at Temple Emanuel. In this interview, they discuss being “queer famous,” Barthes, the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, which character in the book is most like Imogen (spoiler alert: not Maria!) theory vs. praxis, and which book Imogen would like to gay-marry. 


I’m kind of obsessed with you, so let’s start there.  How are you dealing with being queer famous?

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Mercury is retrograding tomorrow so back up computer files, don’t catch any public transport or leave earlier at least for a few days, don’t worry if you cant get through your essays or you are forgetting things more. Communication goes haywire - Mercury’s crystal blurs and becomes filled with missing spots, misinformation and mental processes are noticeably slowed. Avoid unnecessary travel or conflict. Rather than directing thoughts outward to conversation we can direct the mind’s inner universe and slip into the spaces between our thoughts.