written by Karin Ugander
Change of events? Unexpected twists and turns? Right now we are in a passage where you might be redirected by Spirit. In different phases and places we are more or less open to take another road. So what can we do to navigate in the best possible way? Let´s take a look at the stars and see what they have to say.
Mercury retrograde and time to reflect
A few times a year it looks as if Mercury is moving backwards in a retrograde motion. Every planet does this, but through time we have all learned that Mercury retrograde can be extra good to watch out for. Mercury influences a lot of things that we in our society is dependent upon. Things like communication, transportation, telephones, deliveries and all sorts of devices. When Mercury is going retrograde all of these things can be troublesome, delayed, misplaced and just simply messed up!
It is said that Mercury retrograde is not the best time to buy or sell things, especially if they are expensive or very important. Same thing with signing contracts. But, if you still need to do it during this period, check everything extra carefully and read the fine printed details.
There is a good side to Mercury retrograde as well. Mercury rules thinking, inventing and connecting things, both in our outer and inner worlds. During Mercury retrograde we all get a chance to re-do things. Rewrite, edit, go back in time, understand and connect things that we have missed.
Mercury (the Greek god Hermes) is a messenger of the Gods. He is also one of the few beings that can visit the underworld and still return back up alive again. This is very interesting because connecting with Mercury, especially during Mercury retrograde we can also go deep into new territory.
In the underworld, and in other worlds different from our ordinary reality, things are not necessarily working in the same way. It can be upside down, it can be a mirror world from ours and it can be very strange. But, if we take it slow and give ourselves time to relax, we might just find a new perspective, a new idea or even a new truth when we ascend back into the world again.
This Mercury retrograde is taking place in the sign of Aquarius. This is the third of the air signs. It is connected to thinking, planning, constructions of the mind, friends, groups and organisations. During this retrograde old friends and communities may come back to you. People from your past may return, if not in person then in your heart or mind. If and when they do, take your time and reflect for a while on your journey in life. Where you are now compared to where you were then. This could also be a great time for sending healing to yourself or a situation back in time.
Conflicts and unhealthy communication
During this particular Mercury retrograde it is important to be extra aware of the flow of communication on platforms and social media (Aquarius) . As a parent it can be good to check in with your children or teenagers that they are okey and that they are not involved in a difficult situation.
If you are a public person of any kind, or has an open social media account, you need to be prepared that things may get more turbulent than usual and that you may need to block and say no to unhealthy flows of communication.
To summarize this, we are all working through past relationships and situations. Some may be painful, some may be more of a sentimental nature. They may not be connected to a romantic relationship, they could just as well be connected to work, friends, groups and communities. My advice, is to let this energy flow through you, but don´t get caught in the web of things. If you feel the same way about reconnecting again after the Mercury retrograde is over, then do it. If you don´t, then bless what has been and everyone involved and move forward in life. Mercury retrograde is from 31st of January until the 20th of February
Spirit sets another course
Right now the Sun, Mercury (communication, connection) and Pallas Athene (wisdom, strategy) are joined together in the sign of Aquarius. There they make a good connection (big trine) to the north node (where we are supposed to go) in the sign of Gemini. Interestingly Gemini is one of the signs that Mercury rules. This constellation can help Spirit to step in, and redirect your life.
The Sun, Mercury and Pallas Athene also make a good aspect (sextile) to the south node (karma) and Juno. This can help us with letting go of the things that we don´t need to carry around anymore. Specially things connected to relationships (Juno) related to karma (south node) and past lives.
This is a good time for doing regression therapy, working on past lives, doing ceremonies for letting go and cutting the cords that binds and holds you back.
You may also not feel any of this heavy load and feel no need to break free. Perhaps you just wake up with a new sense of wonder and feeling a lot freer and more happy. If this is the case, then just spread your wings and fly on! The rest of us, We may need to help Spirit help us! towards a new direction and a happier and healthier life.
Now is one of the passages in life when consulting an Oracle can be of importance. Personally I work with many different tools for talking with spirit and looking at time, both past and present. My oracle tools work in different ways. They may say the same things, but in different ways and also in different rhythms. Some have wider windows to look through and a slower pace, some have smaller windows but a faster speed.
Stars and Numbers show patterns and cycles, they follow one kind of rhythm. They may not always be so clear when Spirit redirects your life on an instant moment. Immediate changes like that are usually more easy to see in the stars after the change has taken place.
Reading Tarot, Lenormand cards, bones or reading in coffee (or “reading the tea leaves” as you say in English), has another rhythm. My personal experience is that they are faster to tell unexpected fast changes and when Spirit is stepping in, taking charge over things. Best is, if you have the possibility to do both things. Both consult the stars and numbers, and also a traditional oracle.
Because things can change fast, I recommended that you do your readings with shorter intervals than usually. If you normally read the cards for yourself each quarter, you may want to change that to once a month. If you do it once a month, perhaps change it to every week or every day? If you are intuitive yourself, you will probably feel when the winds are changing.
If you are working as an Oracle reader of some kind, be prepared for more clients in need of readings, and be prepared for unexpected things showing up in your readings. A very happy part of this Oracle energy wave is that it is an excellent time to pick up and learn an oracle! Or dig in deeper into the mystery of the Oracle that you already use.
Symbols and signs in life
Spirit has a way of communicating things that are important. Signs, symbols and synchronicity can pop up in our dreams, on the daily walk or through other people. And it seems like the more we are aware and awake, the more this language of Spirit talks to us.
This energy with unexpected changes is with us for a while and will reach a peak in the beginning of July when the South node is conjunct Juno at 10 degrees in Sagittarius.
Robert Moss: Sidewalk Oracles. Playing with Signs, Symbols, and Synchronicity in everyday life. New World Library, 2015
Brightest Blessings, and may the Oracle be with You! / Karin Spirit Talker Turtle Red
Karin Ugander (Spirit Talker Turtle Red) is a spiritual channeler living in the south of Sweden. In Scandinavia she is known for the AstroNumerology and psychic readings she’s been doing for over 20 years. Together with her husband Niklas, she runs KaniSkolan, a school of astrology, numerology, tarot, StarCode Healing, and natural medicine. They are also the founders of Alven Inner Ring tradition, a Scandinavian mystery school with roots in shamanism and magick. Karin loves to create magickal oils, flower essences and sigils she combines in her “Karin Victoria” sigil candles and flower sprays. In her spare time she likes to travel, walk in the forest with her dog, and spend time by the ocean. Karin is a high priestess and graduate of the Temple of Witchcraft’s seminary program.