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Astral Sigils!

Hi witchies! So i was SUPER inspired by shipping-the-gods when they made their awesome astral sigils so I really wanted to make my own. They should all have captions but from the beginning it’s Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and the Sun. You can use these sigils to focus the planet’s energy or even the deity’s energy if you associate with them! Have fun and be safe!

Bonus: Moon Sigil

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  • Sun:Our inner and outer glow
  • Moon:The person we become when we need our mother
  • Mercury:The chatterbox in the mind
  • Venus:Senses, the music of the heart
  • Mars:Directed energy, impulse, surges
  • Jupiter:The voice of celebration, encouragement, the treasure map
  • Saturn:The critical parent voice
  • Neptune:What we seek for redemption
  • Uranus:Light bulb 'eureka' moments
  • Pluto:The soul's manuscript

We’ve been receiving non-stop asks about the retrogrades, so I figured I’d go ahead and make a post about them in order to have all of the information in one place. 

Q: What is a retrograde?
A: 

  • A retrograde is when a planet appears to be moving backward. The planets aren’t actually moving any different than they normally would; it only seems that way because the position of the planets effects how we see them from Earth. 
  • Astrologically, when a planet is in retrograde it means that it’s effects are thrown askew. As in, whatever it is that a planet controls will be off balance and can effect us in a negative way. For example, Mercury controls communication and thinking, so when Mercury is in retrograde those aspects of us aren’t functioning as they normally would and could cause us to say/do things we normally wouldn’t. 
  • When a planet is in retrograde during your birth, i.e when you have a retrograde planet in your natal chart, it means that the things that planet controls are turned inward. For example, a person with Mercury in retrograde in their natal chart might have troubles with communicating, and organizing and expressing their thoughts. 

Go here to find out in you have a planet in retrograde in your natal chart. You’ll see a little chart, look under ‘Zodiac in degrees’. It’ll list a placement, what sign you have in that placement, and the degree your sign in that placement is in. If you have a planet in retrograde, there will be an ‘R’ next to the degree. 

Q: Who will a retrograde effect? 
A: A retrograde will effect everyone. However, you will experiences amplified effects if: 

  • you have the same sun sign as the one the planet in retrograde rules (example: Mercury is in retrograde, and your Sun sign is in Gemini)
  • you have the sign that the planet rules in the planet’s placement (example: Mercury is in retrograde, and your Mercury sign is in Gemini)
  • you have the planet as your dominant planet (example: Mercury is in retrograde, and your dominant planet is Mercury) 
  • you have the planet in retrograde in your natal chart (example: Mercury is in retrograde, and Mercury is in retrograde in your natal chart) 
  • you have the sign the planet is retrograding in as your Sun sign or the sign of the planet in retrograde (example: Mercury is in retrograde in Libra, and your Sun sign or Mercury sign is Libra) 

Go here to find out your sun sign and what sign you have in the planets. 

Q: What does it mean when a planet is retrograding in a sign? 
A: The dates that a planet is in retrograde will, of course, always match up with a sign. That sign is what the planet is retrograding in. For example, Mercury is in retrograde May 8 - June 11, which is within the Gemini range, so Mercury is retrograded in Gemini. 

Q: How does the sign the planet is retrograded in effect people? 
A: The energy of the planet in retrograde will be influenced by the energy of the sign it’s retrograded it. This means that we will feel the planet in retrogrades effects more in the way that the sign it’s retrograded in would. For example, if Mercury is retrograded in Gemini, we will likely want to focus more on our communications, while if Mercury is retrograded in Virgo, we will likely want to focus more on our thoughts. 

Q: What retrogrades?
A: All of the planets (excluding Earth), many small satellites and moons, comets, asteroids, and meteoroids. Not all of these apply to astrology, though. There will only be information about the planets throughout this post. 

Q: How often do the planets retrograde? / When was the last retrograde date and when is the next retrograde date? 
A: 

  • Mercury goes into retrograde every 3 months, and the retrograde lasts 2 weeks. (Most recent date: May 18, 2015 - June 11, 2015. Next date: September 18, 2015 - October 9, 2015.) 
  • Venus goes into retrograde every 20 months, and the retrograde lasts about 40 days. (Most recent date: December 21, 2013 - January 31, 2014. Next date: July 25, 2015 - September 6, 2015.) 
  • Mars goes into retrograde every 2 years, and the retrograde lasts about 2 months. (Most recent date: March 1, 2014 - May 20, 2014. Next date: April 17, 2016 - June 29, 2016.) 
  • Jupiter goes into retrograde every 9 months, and the retrograde lasts about 4 months (Most recent date: December 9, 2014 - April 8, 2015. Next date: January 7, 2016 - May 9, 2016.) 
  • Saturn goes into retrograde every 12 ½ months, and the retrograde lasts 4 ½ months. (Most recent date: March 14, 2015 - August 1, 2015. Next date: March 25, 2016 - August 13, 2016.) 
  • Uranus goes into retrograde once a year, and the retrograde lasts 5 months. (Most recent date: July 22, 2014 - December 21, 2014. Next date: July 26, 2015 - December 25, 2015.) 
  • Neptune goes into retrograde once a year, and the retrograde lasts 160 days. (Most recent date: June 12, 2015 - November 18, 2015. Next date: June 13, 2016 - November 19, 2016.) 
  • Pluto goes into retrograde once a year, and the retrograde lasts 160 days. (Most recent date: April 16, 2015 - September 24, 2015. Next date: April 18, 2016 - September 26, 2016.) 

Q: How will the *planet* retrograde effect people? 
A: 

  • Mercury rules communication and thinking. During the time of the retrograde, communication on all fronts will be unusually strained or difficult. Misunderstandings are likely to happen as people are unable to express what they want as clearly as they normally would. You may feel like you’re constantly being misinterpreted and frustration will build when you can’t seem to put your thoughts in order. It is advised that you don’t make any sort of substantial agreements, decisions, or changes in your life during the time of the retrograde. 
  • Venus rules partnerships and aesthetics. During the time of the retrograde, you will find yourself questioning who/what you truly value and what you consider to be beautiful. You may feel the urge to try to fill the feeling of discomfort with a new partnership of some kind. Impulsive buys are likely during this time, as you will be confused about your general taste in things. While pre-existing partnerships aren’t typically majorly effected, it’s unadvised to take a major step within your partnership during this time. 
  • Mars rules aggression and impulsivity. During the time of the retrograde, you will question the moves you make, and the motives behind them. Strong emotions may come up as you consider why you feel and act as you do, and it’ll be necessary for you to have a way to relax if you begin to feel overwhelmed. Our instincts are also effected during this time, and you may notice yourself and others responding to a situation in a way that they normally wouldn’t. It is advised that you try to avoid conflicts and situations where you’re uncomfortable during this time. 
  • Jupiter rules prosperity and expansion. During the time of the retrograde, you may find that your optimism and outlook on life lean more towards the negative side. Your motivation may be drained, and plans are likely to move slowly or halt altogether. You will find yourself questioning your position and where you’re headed in life. This is a time of reflection and growth within yourself, and it’s important that you try to view things in a positive light. It is unadvised that you attempt to make any sort of drastic changes centering around yourself during this time. 
  • Saturn rules practicality and limitations. During the time of the retrograde, you will feel the urge to test any sort of self-made boundaries. You will want to avoid responsibility and restrictions. You will seemingly suddenly want to take new risks and experience different things. You may notice people are you being more spontaneous and trying things that are out of their comfort zone. It’s advised that you do not make new commitments or decisions, especially financially, and instead use this time to rebuild and strengthen past ones during this time. 
  • Uranus rules individuality and inventiveness. During the time of the retrograde, you will feel the desire to expand yourself, especially where knowledge is concerned. You will find yourself seeking out information and answers to anything and everything that pops up in your mind. You may feel a compulsion to break down things around you, so that you can build them up bigger and better. This time offers a good opportunity to assimilate life and study it, but it is advised that you avoid making any hasty decisions or judgements during this time. 
  • Neptune rules idealism and compassion. During the time of the retrograde, your emotions will become heightened and more focused. Your perception and intuition will be stronger, and you will be able to understand things with more ease. It is important to listen to your inner thoughts during this time, as you may feel vague and uncomfortable dissatisfaction if you don’t. This is a good time to examine things you may be confused about. It is advised that you attempt to avoid negative energy as much as possible during this time, since your emotions will be more acute. 
  • Pluto rules transformation and power. During the time of the retrograde, you will find yourself evaluating the deepest areas of who you are. You will find yourself paying attention to and confronting the negative parts of yourself that you try to ignore. You will be able to recognize what you want and what you’re motivated by. This retrograde is a good chance to try to improve yourself internally, and it is advised that you focus on that rather than dwell on your flaws. 

And that concludes this post :-) I believe I addressed all of the most common questions and most important information. If you’ve read through this post and are still confused about something, feel free to send an ask. Also, let me know if you see any errors/misinformation in this post. Thank you for reading! 

Mercury
Mercury is the non stop chatter in your head. It’s the ‘roommates’ in your mind that offer their opinions and voice even if you didn’t ask. But you did ask? Because Mercury is the instrument of question. And yet Mercury is not just the ‘voice’, but also the person that hears it. Are you confused yet? Yep Mercury will do that - he’s not known as the ‘cosmic trickster’ for nothing! This is why Mercury rules journalists and sales men

Mercury in Aries - Zealous, Black and white thinker, Reactive
Mercury in Taurus - Deliberate, Creative, Melodic
Mercury in Gemini - Curious, Clever, Inconsistent
Mercury in Cancer - Lyrical, Retentive, Nostalgic
Mercury in Leo - Booming, Optimistic, Excitable
Mercury in Virgo - Witty, Intricate, Systematic
Mercury in Libra - Impartial, Idealistic, Perceptive
Mercury in Scorpio - Intrigued, Obsessive, Intelligent 
Mercury in Sagittarius - Liberal, Knowledgeable, Expanding
Mercury in Capricorn - Precise, Methodical, Wise
Mercury in Aquarius - Inventive, Puzzling, Fascinated
Mercury in Pisces - Poetic, Confused, Vague 

Cherry

Mercury and handwriting

As always there were exceptions but I did find some similarities in regards to Mercury and handwriting. Apologies if I didn’t use your handwriting, you all sent in so many and everyone has v pretty handwritings. I did my best to analyse them, some Mercury placements had really prominent characteristics

Mercury in Aries: probably the most childish (and I don’t mean that in a bad way), round letters

Mercury in Taurus: quite big tall letters, tightly packed together

Mercury in Gemini: very neat and easy to read, my guess you guys have very organised neat notes

Mercury in Cancer: very decorative and curly, especially capital letters are very fancy

Mercury in Leo: well of course Leos gotta stand out, typical girly neat handwritings, don’t really take up a lot of space

Mercury in Virgo: letters aren’t tall, big gaps between words

Mercury in Libra: your typical neat handwriting, letters tall and tightly packed together

Mercury in Scorpio: fancy handwriting all the way, all these little curls so pretty, most likely to write in cursive

Mercury in Sagittarius: very sharp, small and tall letters, handwriting looks kinda rigid

Mercury in Capricorn: by far looks the most ‘grown up’, kinda squiggly and most times than not the letters look sharp (kinda similar to Sag Mercury except that Cap Mercury has big handwritings)

Mercury in Aquarius: sorry guys but the most likely to be messy (funnily enough all Aqua Mercury ppl had the most similar handwritings), squiggly, looks like you wrote it in a hurry

Mercury in Pisces: such small handwritings, you guys kinda write like you’re really shy

Solar System Symbols.

The symbols for the planets, dwarf planet Pluto, Moon and Sun (along with the symbols for the zodiac constellations) were developed for use in both astronomy and astrology.

The astronomical symbol for the Sun is a shield with a circle inside. Some believe this inner circle, or “boss” represents a central sun spot.

The symbol for Mercury represents the head and winged cap of Mercury, god of commerce and communication, surmounting his caduceus (staff).

The symbol for Venus is designated as the female symbol, thought to be the stylized representation of the hand mirror of this goddess of love.

The symbol for Earth shows a globe bisected by meridian lines into four quarters.

The symbol for the Moon is a crescent.

The symbol for Mars represents the shield and spear of the god of war, Mars; it is also the male or masculine symbol.

The symbol for Jupiter is said to represent a hieroglyph of the eagle, Jove’s bird, or to be the initial letter of Zeus with a line drawn through it to indicate its abbreviation.

The symbol for Saturn is thought to be an ancient scythe or sickel, as Saturn was the god of seed-sowing and also of time.

The symbol for Uranus is represented by combined devices indicating the Sun plus the spear of Mars, as Uranus was the personification of heaven in Greek mythology, dominated by the light of the Sun and the power of Mars.

The symbol for Neptune is the trident (long three-pronged fork or weapon) of Neptune, god of the sea.

The symbol for dwarf planet Pluto is a monogram made up of P and L in Pluto (and also the initials of Percival Lowell, who predicted its discovery).

How the signs are inspirational:

you could probably check your sun, moon, rising, mercury, venus, AND mars signs if you wanted to :)

Aries: the way you aren’t afraid to let people know when they aren’t treating you correctly - you can stand up for yourself. it’s something that everyone wishes they could do and you guys are so lucky and amazing that you can do that.

Taurus: you’re so patient and hardworking, even if it takes a long time, you know they can accomplish what you want to and in the end you always do. i wish i had that patience to be able to dedicate myself to doing something. it’s amazing.

Gemini: the way you work with words is so powerful. you write instinctively and you speak instinctively which makes you so relatable and it stirs real emotions in people. your words are so powerful and you could really use them to change the world.

Cancer: you’re so kind and caring and you have this ability to put others before yourself and people are so grateful for it, i can assure you. people are always wishing they could help people more and i don’t think they realise that if they followed your steps, they could. you really help the world.

Leo: you’re so proud of yourself and oh my gosh you really should be. i know that if anyone tells you you take too much pride in yourself you’ll knock em out and you do that. make sure everyone knows you have pride in yourself. everyone wants to have pride in themselves, you guys are so strong that you do.

Virgo: you’re so organised and you are so good at keeping on top of things which is something that everyone wishes they could do. it causes other people so much stress to not be organised and everyone really needs to be more like you in this aspect so that we can all be happier.

Libra: you’re so harmonious (did i spell that right?) and you have this way of keeping everything in balance and being the glue that holds things together. you’re not afraid to sit on the fence and not be involved in dramas which is such a good trait that i’m certain heaps of people wish they had.

Scorpio: you’re so independent and you never let yourself become too dependent on people. this makes you such a strong person alone whereas a lot of us feel the need to have other people with us to be strong and i really hope you understand how amazing that makes you.

Sagittarius: you take risks that sure, occasionally aren’t that great, but more often than not they provide you with amazing opportunities. so many people let fear get the better of them when taking risks and therefore miss out on so many great things - i hope you make the best of all your amazing opportunities.

Capricorn: you’re so hard working and you never let people get you down about what you want to do. i really hope you know how much you can achieve and that you know how much your achievements inspire others because they really really do.

Aquarius: you don’t feel the need to conform for society which is so brave and strong and amazing. you do things for yourself rather than others and i really hope you understand how inspirational that is because so many people are trying to live to the conditions that society has laid out for them and so many of them wish they didn’t have to live by those rules - like you.

Pisces: you are so imaginative and a real dreamer. you are so compassionate with others and you let your emotions take control in a way that really lets you demonstrate how much you want change. i hope you realise how much your actions inspire people to change the world.

i really love you guys and you better not doubt that because you’re actually so amazing xx

Mercury Sign and gendered communication

Todays linguistic lecture was about linguistic variation of gender and how it isn’t necessarily tied to someone’s actual sex or gender identity, that the way we speak can have a gender of itself and I thought that correlated perfectly with having Mercury in a “feminine sign” vs a “masculine sign”. This is what I learned:

Mercury in feminine sign (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn, Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces):
rapport talk - supportive and collaborative in conversation, are interrupted more frequently, minimal responses (yeah, mhm, sure,…), claim the floor less often, indirect and hesitant speech, talk more in private settings rather than public ones

Mercury in masculine sign (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, Gemini, Libra, Aquarius):
report talk - conflict-oriented, topic control in conversation, frequently interrupt, initiate topics, talk more in public settings rather than private ones, claim the floor more often