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Crafting your life – Mercury retrograde in Virgo


Just after the full moon , Mercury sidles up the Jupiter and they hang together for longer than usual. Why’s that? Uh oh! Mercury’s extended social call is because he’s slowing down to change (apparent) direction. Yep, unleash the crazy internet memes, it’s time for Mercury retrograde.

Personally, I love Mercury retrograde, and it’s not just because I have it natally.  Sure, it’s not business as usual, but it can be helpful. Look me, Mercury Rx girl stringing whole sentences together and successfully using the internet. Wowsers!

Mercury retrograde is an awesome opportunity to think deeper, consider something from another perspective, to change something that’s not working for you. Reflect, renegotiate, retreat, review. If you have something to do that it starts with re-, Mercury Rx is a great time to do it.

This Mercury retrograde is in Virgo, one of his favourite signs. (Gemini is Mercury’s other fave spot). Virgo is dead keen on analysis, discernment, and efficiency. There’s going to be a lot of internal dialogue sorting through events, experiences, emotions. Raw data is processed to become useful information.

Although the shadow period is already underway, it’s not until about a week before the retrograde station that Mercury noticeably slows down and the effects begin to be felt. Taking note of start of the shadow zone is a great reminder to back up your computer and finalise Mercury-sensitive matters.


Back to Mercury conjunct Jupiter, opposite Chiron in Pisces. It brings a healing vibe to the entire retrograde period, particularly in relation to the physical symptoms of mental stress. Not a quick fix, meal replacement, you’ll-never-believe-what-happens-next, snake oil type cure, but a meaningful cairn on your embodied spiritual journey.

It may involve making changes to how you care for your physical body. After all, what is more ritualised and habitual than our how we eat, treat, and honour ourselves each day?

What if you extended this conscious interaction between intent and action beyond your biological being to approach all aspects of life as rituals of service? What are you willing to sacrifice and surrender to achieve a sacred existence?

Could you scrub the bathtub mindfully as a joyful act of service to your household? Or try a completely new approach to domestic chores?

Could you celebrate your boorish colleague as another wonderful example of human individuality? Or give yourself permission to step away and re-center before the next encounter?

Could you attend that boring social event in the spirit that you were invited to attend? Or simply decline the invitation without guilt?

What do you clear away? How are you rewarded? Mercury retrograde is your chance to find out, without binding commitment. You are free to experiment.

Perhaps another scenario has arisen in your mind as you read these examples. Value the message that you have received. It is relevant to you now and deserving of your attention.

Every moment of every day you are crafting your life. Do you wield this power with care and intent?

Jupiter, wrapping up his year in Virgo on 10 September, wants you to bring it all together, and not miss the value of those tiny details. He’s thorough and willing to do all those thankless little things in service of the big picture. Seek the fractal patterns in your life.

Mercury brings your rational mind to this embodied spirituality and during the retrograde period helps you to think differently about your life. This is where the pressure is going to be, as you approach things in a new way, as an individual, from within.

Breathe in and expand to the full capacity of who you are. Breathe out and be of service to humanity right now.


10 August  – Mercury enters shadow zone (Virgo 14°49’)

30 August  – Mercury stations retrograde (Virgo 29°04’)

22 September  – Mercury stations direct  (Virgo 14°49’)

7 October – Mercury out of shadow zone (Virgo  29°04’)

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Aquarius Full Moon

Full moon Aquarius 25° 51′

18 August 2016, UTC 0926 | AEST 1926

The full moon brings light to the night sky, enlightens the darkness, and fully illuminates your consciousness. It is the manifestation of the new moon vision. It is potent time when you are open to receive something from outside the self.

Across the Leo – Aquarius axis, your ego awakens to the concerns of the human collective. There is a shift from being an active source of radiance to the impassive act of illumination. The boundary between the performer and the audience dissolves and a dialogue takes place. Who holds the real power?

With Uranus involved, you know it’s going to be zingy, likely to stir up the status quo, both in your personal life and for the collective. The urge to break free from the established way of doing things is heightened by the full moon so watch for revolutionary change, progressive reforms, and a defiant willingness to stand out from the crowd.

While exciting, Uranian awakening is rarely welcome because it is painful to let go of security, predictability, and control.  Be gentle with yourself if you experience a sudden, unexpected change of direction. Anchor heightened emotions in the body through rituals of self-care and self-love.Aquarius2

(If you could use a safe, non-judgemental space to explore an issue, ask for help. I offer transpersonal counselling, and there are many other supportive therapy options available, no matter how dire your situation.)


Thanks for all the feedback on my first-ever monthly horoscopes. As you love the sign-by-sign format, I’m going to include mini moon forecasts for each sign with both my new moon and full moon reports. I love to hear from you, so please, let me know what you think.

Aries – You don’t need to lose yourself to contribute to the group. Embracing and expressing your uniqueness endears you to your friends and community.

Taurus – A quirky solution to the tricky work/life balance comes out of nowhere but presents a valid solution to lingering anxieties. Don’t be afraid to give it a go.

Gemini – Often the most valuable learning comes from outside the classroom. A straightforward approach helps make those dreams a reality.

Cancer – You’re optimistic about money and willing to try new approaches to make more of it. Don’t let fear of the inevitable stop you.

Leo – Relationships don’t have to be conventional to be fulfilling. A long-distance romance could be perfect for you and your love. Technology can spice things up.

Virgo – How are you feeling about your daily routines and rituals of devotion? Does your current schedule alleviate your death anxiety? Breathe deeply; you’re doing great.

Libra – Journal your uncensored thoughts to bring clarity to relationship matters, whether you’re focused on your children or your friends. Burn the evidence.

Scorpio – Shaking up your morning routine will invigorate your outlook. You might even find that there’s a spring in your step on your way to work and on the way home.

Sagittarius – Creative new approaches to your spiritual beliefs and philosophy of life reboots your sibling relationships. Having fun is healthy.

Capricorn – If you’re seeking new solutions to financial issues, be sure to examine your deeper motivations rather than act on impulse.

Aquarius – You’re channelling formidable authority and persuasive power right now. Use this to negotiate positive outcomes in your community.

Pisces – It’s a great time to snuggle up to the skeletons in your closet. Spending time alone to meditate on your not-so-noble qualities prevents the Gods from striking you down.

One of the most beautiful things about astrology is being able to work with the cycles of the planets to live a life of cosmic harmony. That doesn’t mean everything always goes smoothly, but having that extra information helps make sense of challenging experiences. Gazing upon the full moon is a simple way of connecting with the wonder of being alive.

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Leo New Moon (2/3 August)

New Moon – Leo 10°57

Tuesday, 2 August 2016 at 20:44 UTC | Wednesday, 3 August 2016 at 06:44 AEST

The Leo new moon is calling you to show up and shine, to express yourself with warmth, generosity, and respect.

Where is the seed being planted for you this new moon?

Aries – 5th house – creativity, children, romance, pleasure
Taurus – 4th house – home, family, foundations, land
Gemini – 3rd house – your neighbourhood, local travel, siblings, communication
Cancer – 2nd house – resources, assets, income, supporters
Leo – 1st house – your health, vitality, appearance
Virgo – 12th house –hidden matters, secrets, the unconscious mind, unknown enemies
Libra – 11th house – friends, hopes, community
Scorpio – 10th house – career, awards, fame, worldly position
Sagittarius – 9th house – long-distance travel, higher learning, religion, philosophy
Capricorn – 8th house –fears/anxieties, partner’s money, debts, death, inheritance
Aquarius – 7th house – marriage, partnerships, identifiable opponents
Pisces – 6th house – health problems, employees, domestic chores, pets

Depending on what area of life this new moon activates and how personal it is to you (i.e. if it directly connects with your natal chart), you may like to ritualise the release of old reactive patterns of behaviour, acknowledge your independent self as a spiritual seed, before germinating your intention to shine like the star that you are.

You might also like to read your August horoscope for more inspiration.


A new approach to familiar battles

Mars changes sign from Scorpio to Sagittarius, just before the new moon, so you are likely to feel increased freedom to explore far horizons, both physical and metaphorical. Keep in mind though that Mars won’t cover new Sagittarian territory until after the next full moon (18 August). The warrior god’s campaign isn’t quite over.

Cast your mind back to March (where Mars was before retrograding back to Scorpio). There are going to be a few flashback / déjà vu moments. Keep in mind that much has changed since then – you’ve evolved, the people involved are different, the situation has developed – so bring your now-more-aware self to the encounter this time around.

We might be going over ‘old ground’ but with age and experience comes wisdom – at least, it does if you’re doing it right. And when Mars meets up with Saturn after the full moon, you’ll not be left wondering on this question.

The tussle between Saturn (in Sagittarius) and Neptune (in Pisces) continues. What unfolds this lunar month is important to this larger story as the Leo new moon connects with both these outer planets.

The new moon’s separating trine to retrograde Saturn, reinforces the themes of the dark lunar phase – learning from the previous cycle and letting go of the past. The last phase of the Mars retrograde story also reiterates the feeling of finality. Cast old threads into the fire for immolation, cleansing, and rebirth.

A seed cannot germinate without releasing itself from the pod (the last remnant of the parent plant) and reaching into new and unfamiliar territory.

The new moon’s quincunx to Neptune indicates some significant and unresolved tension in balancing the egoic self within the larger collective picture – and it is here that the new moon presents a more challenging dynamic.

Quincunxes occur between signs that have neither element nor mode in common. Leo is the fixed, fire sign. Pisces is the mutable, water sign. It’s a classic awkward date. Even if they did get together for coffee, they wouldn’t have much to talk about. While it’s relatively easy to go your separate ways in a clumsy social situation, a schism within the psyche is far from optimal.

What if you were to reject the separation of Self and Universe? What if you were to integrate these seemingly dichotomous elements of human experience?

(It sounds like a delicious cocktail, doesn’t it? As intoxicating as it is innovative. And requiring deft mixology skills.)

Efforts to integrate are already emerging in your consciousness but you’re not quite sure what to do with it yet, or even what it is. Neptune is notoriously resistant to definition, preferring to spill over and leak, uncontained.

Are you familiar with these Neptunian symptoms?

  1. The urge to escape (often via addictive behaviour) because it’s all got too hard
  2. Feeling acutely sensitive and overwhelmed by the harsh realities of the mundane world
  3. A deep longing to dissolve into the bliss of spiritual oneness
  4. All of the above.

Fear and grief are constantly present in our collective experience, and it is during the dark moon that we are closest to the shadow. If not contained and compartmentalised by the strength of your individual ego, you would be consumed by the horror.

The ego performs the essential psychic function of engaging with the mundane world in a personally meaningful way. Without a strong, conscious ego, we have no protective shield and would be overwhelmed by the tragedies that unfold daily on our home planet. It is the ego that says ‘Enough.’ and disconnects from the intravenous fear of 24-7 news cycle.

Sometimes ego is a dirty word, but, at its best, ego is the faithful servant of the Self.

Spiritual practice keeps the ego in check and enables it to serve your authenticity. Meditation, prayer, reflection, and rituals are bridges into the parts of ourselves that are often put to the side as we go about the business of daily life.

The new moon in Leo is an opportunity to recommit to your Self and everything that nourishes your vitality and emotional well-being. Acknowledge your need to express your unique self, celebrate the wonder of your multifaceted being, and fulfil your creative goals.

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August Horoscopes


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Aries – Rather uncharacteristically, for months, you’ve been in the doldrums. Thankfully, you’ve already begun to shake off the funk. August brings much-needed space and freedom for you to flex your muscles in true Aries style. Get creative with a new training regime to fully unleash your warrior magic.

Taurus – That’s enough time on the couch, Taurus. It’s time to get out and have some fun. Don’t just do what you’ve always done; try mixing the tried and true with some new activities. Be playful; get hands-on; surprise yourself. Play Pokemon Go with the kids. You might even notice a boost to your health.

Gemini – If you’ve been busier than usual lately, Gemini, you’ll appreciate the spotlight returning to your home life. Look at each area of your home with fresh eyes. Compare how you feel when you see your favourite trinkets with how you feel when you open the junk drawer.  A feng shui update will have wonderful effects on your well-being.

Cancer – Attention is firmly on your finances this month, Cancer. If your budget, loans, and contractual agreements aren’t compatible with your current lifestyle, you can expect some chaos. This isn’t something you should fear. Welcome it as an opportunity to set things up anew, aligned with who you are becoming, not who you used to be.

Leo – Oh, Leo, as if I need to remind you that it’s your time to shine. And of course, I really don’t need to encourage you to buy yourself a birthday treat. Spending money on yourself will pay double dividends: Look good on the outside and feel great on the inside. Toss that mane and roar!

Virgo – Time in seclusion is preparation for relaunch. Although you are focused being helpful, it is through tending to your own needs that you discover new ways to excel in coming weeks. While, initial symptoms may cause you some concern (especially at work), have faith in your natural ability to improve any situation.

Libra – Even for relationship-oriented Libra, there are abundant rewards from spending time alone. You’ve loved being out and about recently but your focus is beginning to shift inward. Rest and reflect on what nourishes your soul. Tend to the intricacies of your inner world. It’s not navel-gazing. It’s essential expansion of your cosmic self.

Scorpio – Although Scorpio is better equipped than most for resurrection and renewal, redefining who you are is hard work. The results that you are beginning to see aren’t just a figment of your vivid imagination. They are real. Enjoy the boost to your bank balance and to your self-esteem. You thoroughly deserve all the goodness that flows your way.

Sagittarius – Are you feeling newly energised? August is like a B12 shot in the arm when compared to the heavy-going of recent weeks. Do be careful not to overdo it though, especially if you’re prone to inflammation and injuries. Taking what you’ve learned in theory out into the world leads to further learning and, ultimately, success.

Capricorn – The review of your financial situation has been tough (even for you, tough-as-nails Capricorn) but necessary. Abundance energy has been gathering steam and August brings a noticeable milestone. Don’t rest on your laurels though. Max it out for the long-term and really capitalise on your hard-won achievements.

Aquarius – You’ve spent a lot of time alone pondering your place in the world and how you structure your relationships. In August, you’ll continue this process of investigation and take it to new depths. There’s plenty of psychic energy for you to draw upon, so don’t be afraid to quietly test your working hypothesis.

Pisces – It’s all about you, Pisces. Or rather, it’s all about you in relation to others. There’s a lot going on with your significant other/s and it’s also stirring the pot at home. Although it may seem unsettling, the upcoming rearrangements will lead to improvements. Don’t rush the process and you’ll find your patience is rewarded.

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Mysterious mannequin

DREAMER:  I dreamt that I was asleep in my room. I turned over and felt someone standing beside the bed.

It was a male figure. I nearly jumped out of bed in the dream (and in reality), then screamed when the figure fell on top of me and I pushed it off.

It was a mannequin.

I rushed to the door and opened it to see who had been in my room to leave it. 

It took me a few mins to realise that I had dreamed it. The mannequin reminded me of a sex-bot I read about in a book long ago.


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DREAMORPHEUS: Ooh, dreaming of sleeping while you’re sleeping. How very Inception. The boundaries between fantasy and reality are blurrier than our rational minds would care to admit. Dreaming opens us up the malleability of our worlds. I feel that this dream is an invitation for you to sort out what is real and what is fake/fantasy/imitation.

Mannequins are life-size dolls commonly used to fit and display clothing, but they’re also used scientifically for simulations and testing. No matter what they’re asked to do, a mannequin will never complain.

Interestingly, the word mannequin is derived from a Flemish word that means ‘little man’. As a woman, within you is a little man, your masculine aspect, known as the animus. This is the part of the psyche that guides you between the conscious and unconscious realms.

Encounters with the animus commonly prompt both the feeling of being under attack (the mannequin falls on you) and attraction (reminds you of a sex-bot). While a dummy makes an excellent stand-in for mundane tasks, your mannequin is without soul and cannot offer a full, embodied experience of life.

I’d encourage you to list your own personal associations for ‘mannequin’ and get a sense of what aspects of your life are seeking to be enlivened.


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Ex-boyfriend at my wedding

DREAMER  My ex-boyfriend came back from the past. When I saw him, I told him “I am married now”.  He said, “Yes, I know. I was at your wedding at the church.” And then he started showing me pictures he took at the church of our wedding day.

my future

DREAMOPHEUS  Firstly, congratulations on your marriage. Secondly, don’t panic about your ex coming back into your life.🙂

Weddings are a time of celebration with a focus on the future – the future life that the couple will create together. In contrast to this, you have someone ‘from the past’ showing you photos (which capture past moments).

Your wedding acts as powerful marker of time in the narrative of your life. There’s a sense that all your experiences (including those that involved your ex-boyfriend) helped bring you to that culminating moment.

Getting married is an initiation. A public ritual that celebrates your change in status. You are now at a life stage when you look back from a mature perspective and see things differently.

Who were you when you were dating your ex? In what ways have you grown since then? How do these past experiences inform your future? Where would you like to go from here?


Driving through a canyon

DREAMER:  I was with my husband and my daughter outside on the balcony of our house when I happened to glance down and see a young man standing at the downstairs window. I was a bit surprised as I had not been expecting any students (I host international students.) I go downstairs to investigate who he is and, when I enter the downstairs area, there are about eight or so other young men who are part of a group visiting Australia. I tell them that they can’t stay because I don’t have room for them and I hadn’t advertised the space so there is a mix up. Then I invited the young man who I had first seen at the window to join us for a drive to the mountains. He came in our personal car with my hubby and daughter and, on the way, I learned that the men were a visiting choral group.

My hubby was driving the car because I was looking at the landscape. We were in a canyon. It reminded me of being in Petra before you come to the narrow opening of the ancient city. We were driving in this narrow canyon and if you looked up all you could see was the fabulous rock face which appeared flood lit. Every now and then there would be a niche carved into the rock face and there was a fabulous massive statue of a famous writer, poet or philosopher. They were very awe inspiring but every time I commented for everyone to look, we had already passed them and nobody got to see them except me. The amazing thing about the statues was that there appeared to be a luminous phosphorescence on parts of their clothing which lit up as we drove past.

We end up in a Turkish museum/bazaar and we separate for some reason and I end up losing track of my family.


The narrow passage that leads to Petra. (Wikipedia)

DREAMORPHEUS:  What immediately strikes me about this dream is the contrast between the masculine and feminine elements (or day and night, for those that prefer non-gendered terminology). Part of you, represented by the young man, is a curious seeker, an explorer of foreign lands, expressing himself harmoniously (through song), perhaps a little naive and romantic. Another aspect of yourself, one you are very comfortable with, is the non-nonsense practical character who went downstairs to investigate and assertively sorted out the situation. Is your husband like this? I suspect that’s why he’s the one driving the car. You can depend on him – and this part of yourself – to keep the car on the road and not to be distracted by the wonders of the landscape.

We can expand the polarities present: masculine spirit / upstairs balcony / mountains vs feminine soul / downstairs / canyon. It’s interesting that the young man was standing near the window, a threshold between inside and out, used to view but not move between these spaces. But on the move you are! Out from the controlled and familiar comfort of your family home to a fascinating carved rock landscape – a place of ancient wisdom, steeped in stories and knowledge that spans the ages.

Like the Turkish bazaar you end up in, Petra was a major trading hub that accumulated wealth for its people. The wealth that you seek however, is not fiscal, but the timeless wisdom shared by writers, poets, and philosophers (depicted as statues in niches). This, for you, is true wealth and will satisfy the longings of the young choral singer within you.

Although you wish to share your joy and wonder, at this time, the marvels are for you alone. Notice the benefits of being passive – slowing down to see what others miss. Relax into your feminine being, knowing that the practicalities are well taken care of and just enjoy the experience. There is nothing here for you to do, other than soak up the enduring wonders of the Earth.  May your journey be enlightening.




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