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Falling into the Abyss: A Guide to Neptune Retrograde

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On Friday, Neptune went retrograde. Neptune spends about 6 months of each year retrograde. The large planets’ retrograde cycles don’t necessarily affect us as acutely as smaller planets’. We feel these retrograde periods most around the periods during which the planets station in one direction or another. It can be similar to the movement of the Sun in and out of different houses. The messages and experiences that correspond with a certain house or sign appear most intensely during the couple of days at the beginning and end of the Sun’s transit through a sign and house. As is always true, different people experience retrograde periods in different ways, depending on where the planet and the signs it rules fall in your chart.

Neptune is a god of the sea. He is considered the higher octave of Venus–meaning that he is associated with many of the same themes as Venus, but in their spiritual/divine manifestations. Venus rules love and lovers. Neptune rules unconditional love, soul mates and twin souls. Venus is associated with abundance and creativity. Neptune is associated with calling and the creative work that connects people with the divine. He rules Pisces, the most spiritual sign, the infinite waters. He opens portals, bringing us into connection with all spirits and voices inside and outside of us. He rules dreams, delusions, illusions. He is connected with all things mind-altering–including meditation, contemplation, substances, kundalini yoga, etc. He rules intuition, psychic capacity, and psychosis. He knows no boundaries. Where Uranus breaks, Neptune blurs. He is fluid. He runs all over everything unless he is contained. Venus rules the heart. Neptune reaches for the soul. 

What can you expect during this time? Confusion. Chaos. Blurred boundaries. Deep connection to people’s energies and the spiritual world. Softening. Forgiveness. Healing. Smoothing over. Soothing. He is the Coco Butter for your soul that India Arie sings about. He is also the inability to discern. Or maybe, it’s not an inability to discern as much as it is the Universe offering a few extra moments for the truth to be revealed so that the best choice can be made at the right time–who knows? (That sentence is very Neptunian). 

A retrograde is the appearance that a planet is moving backwards through the sky. When a planet goes retrograde, astrologically, it represents a review, a reflection, an examination of the part of one’s life associated with the themes and characteristics associated with a planet. A Neptune Retrograde will bring reviews of one’s spirituality, spiritual, and creative practices. It will bring up a review of one’s relationship with the divine. It might be a time when one assesses one’s relationship with mind-altering substances. Perhaps it’s a time to reduce one’s use of these substances or consider how to use them safely and moderately for one’s psycho-spiritual development and/or healing. It’s a great time to meditate and listen to what the universe is trying to tell you. It’s a time to assess your relationship with water, bodies of water, salt water. It’s a time to engage in healing activities associated with the ocean and Neptune is also very sensitive, so people with strong Neptunes and/or Pisces in their chart will tend to be more sensitive physically and spiritually. This time might be a good time for taking a more ascetic approach. It might be a time for a more lush approach … who knows? Only you. You must listen to the messages being offered you. Oh … hey Neptune …

During Neptune’s Retrograde, connect to the depths of the ocean and emotion. You might feel everything just a little bit more over the next couple of days. Offer yourself some of that unconditional love and forgiveness. Most importantly, make sure to give a little extra love to the mermaids in your life. đź’›

If you want to learn more about the effects of Neptune or other celestial bodies on your chart or if you would like a general reading, please contact me for further information at HilaryB130@gmail.com.

Soul Technology: A Guide to the Gemini New Moon

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Today, the Moon rebirths herself in Gemini. This year’s New Moons have felt intense … this one feels no different. Today’s New Moon feels strong on communication and information gathering—something that often comes up with Gemini and its ruler, Mercury—communication conduit and technological Trickster. Gemini, as the Third House of the Zodiac, represents both how we gather information in our everyday lives and how we communicate the information we gather. The house of your chart inhabited by Gemini represents where these activities tend to occur. This placement can offer insight into or reminders of how you learned as a child in your unstructured play time. With the Moon in this sign, returning to or recalling this aspect of your life might offer you comfort and help you to move through a block that you didn’t even know was there.

This New Moon is calling us to be practical. Cut the bullshit. Know what you want. Communicate what you want—to yourself, to the universe, and to another person if that’s something you feel comfortable doing and to which you have access. This isn’t a great week to make major decisions. And yet, it’s also a good weekend to avoid stagnation. Much like the week of the Scorpio Full Moon, you could experience some brain fog or just general confusion/indecision under the Mercurial influence. That is just Gemini being Gemini. The twins … they don’t have to be either/or. They can be in conversation with each other and when they are, they possess endless possibilities.

This is a great week to gather information. Note everything that comes your way. Write it down if you can. Know your options. As a researcher by trade, I can vouch for the fact that when data is collected well, it speaks for itself. Collect the data. Sit with it. Write it out. Draw it out. Dance it out. Play it out. Sing it out. However you want to communicate it, however you feel it being communicated to you, let it come. Read it, look at it, listen to it over and over again. At the end of the weekend, as the Moon starts to grow and reveal her light, let it speak for itself. And then, speak for yourself.

Mercury rules technology, but this new moon is calling us to take a break from digital technology and tune in to soul technology. Digital technology offers data to be collected. But my sense is that isn’t the kind of data wanting to be collected in this lunation cycle. I have heard people say that we have knowledge at the tips of our fingertips—referring to the internet and the devices with which we access it. That statement is true—but this lunation is calling us to a different kind of knowledge, one that can’t be accessed from our devices. This knowledge isn’t at our fingertips, it is in our fingertips, because we hold knowledge of the entire universe in our bodies. The knowledge of all times is available in our spirits and hearts—many of which have been present in all times. This is the knowledge this New Moon wants us to access—the truth of and in our spirits and hearts. It’s a bit risky for Gemini, I’d say, to go this deep. But, then again, Mercury is the Trickster, so you never know what you’re going to get. And he is communicating with Sagittarius, the hunter who sometimes hunts for the hearts and minds of those willing to surrender to something greater. At the same time, Pluto (in Capricorn) and Venus (in Aries) are in a challenging aspect, meaning that we will be given opportunities to plough the depths of our own sense of self-worth, abundance, and love. Reach for bodily knowledge this week and this weekend. Reach for the knowledge and information that can only be accessed by sitting with yourself. Gemini is communication, but also divination and divination is simply communication with the divine—the divine inside of each of us as well as the divine that is bigger than all of us.

Use forms of personal communication you need in order to access this divine data. Talk with a trusted friend—even if that friend is you. Sing. Write. Make music. Dance. Speak. Make art. As Gemini represents the Third House of the Zodiac, look to your Third House to provide keys to the forms of communication that will help you to receive the information you need to make the important decisions you face right now, because right now, there are important decisions to make. You probably know the decisions you’ll face over the next couple of weeks if you’re not already facing them. Even if you don’t have a firm grasp on the particulars, you probably know which areas of your life they’ll inhabit. As I mentioned earlier, this isn’t necessarily the best week to make decisions. But whether it’s this week or in the next couple of weeks, make the decisions you have to make quickly—that’s the Gemini way. Move quickly. You will soon have all of the information you need. This is not the time to meander into Ninth House tactics (one of my fortes). Let the data speak. Don’t spend too much time contemplating. If something triggers you, move away from it. Don’t ask why. Don’t figure out how to move through it. Just move away. You’re being triggered by the things that are triggering you right now for a reason. Don’t be guilted into taking a path that doesn’t feel right – not by anyone, especially not by yourself and the cacophonous chorus in your head.

The seeds you plant during this New Moon will come to fruition at the corresponding Gemini Full Moon six months from now. Yet, the seeds you plant at this New Moon will also affect strongly your experience with the upcoming Full Moon in Sagittarius. Gemini and Sagittarius exist on the same axis. Gemini wants to move broadly and collect data. Sagittarius goes the distance, weaving all that data tightly into a single thread, one straight arrow moving toward your target of choice. The two signs are opposed, but they can work together if we let them. Let them. New Moon blessings. 🙏🏼

If you would like further information about  how this lunation affects you personally according to your chart, please contact me about a personal reading at HilaryB130@gmail.com or via social media at @HilaryB130.