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In the Jewelry Workshop, I had a blast learning about all the crystals and designing my own bracelet.  Julie led a beautiful outdoor meditation which opened our channels of creativity and really let the "art" of jewelry design manifest. A lovely afternoon, indeed! ~ Genta R.

Mercury retrogrades in Virgo from August 20th (at 3:59pm EST) through September 12th (at 7:09pm EST).  The shadow period for Mercury retrograde begins on August 1st and lasts until September 27th.

Mercury, the planet which governs all forms of communication goes retrograde again from August 20th to September 12th.  This planetary transit happens about 3 times per year and lasts for about 3 1/2 weeks each period as the planet appears to move in a backward fashion across the galaxy.  Since the planet mercury is so close to the earth, we can feel the effects of this retrograde period energetically within our own bodies, minds and lives.

Mercury, the planet and the God in general rules mental processes, communication, commerce, trade, travel and electronics.  Mercury retrograde periods tend to enhance feelings of confusion which only enhances and breeds further miscommunication as events in our lives are in flux at this time and change is definitely in the air.  The main rule of thumb during a mercury retrograde period is to be patient, expect miscommunication and ask plenty of detailed questions during this time to avoid miscommunication as best as possible.  

During this retrograde period, Mercury will be in Virgo.  The energy of Mercury in Virgo is critical, analytical, discriminating, detailed, mentally organized and practical.  This time, individuals with their sun sign or rising sign in Virgo will be affected most, though everyone will feel its effects to varying degrees.  Virgo is a mutable sign, so other mutable signs including Gemini, Sagittarius and Pisces will also feel a heightened need for introspection during this transit. 

Many will feel naturally drawn to going inward at this time, which is an excellent idea and perfect opportunity to find inner healing and growth.  With Mercury in ‘earthy’ Virgo, this is a perfect time to contemplate our connection to the Earth, our environment and our place in this world.  Feel free to use this time as your own personal mental and spiritual ‘retreat’.   As we are all on a spiritual journey, this time is the perfect opportunity to re-evaluate your life’s path and go inward to connect to your Higher Self through meditation and refletion for learning, healing and guidance. 

Some basic rules of thumb one might choose to follow during a mercury retrograde are:

-Go inward and work on yourself
-Meditate often
-Embrace healing
-Heal past emotional wounds
-DO NOT reformat or upgrade your computer during a retrograde, the changes of a crash are very high during this time
-Back up your computer hard drive PRIOR to retrograde
-Avoid making major purchases during a retrograde (cars, appliances, houses, etc.)
-Do not finalize negotiations or sign contracts during a retrograde
-Don't hold an election during a retrograde
-Give yourself extra time when travelling
-Avoid starting projects during a retrograde
-Avoid launching websites during a retrograde
-Finish up old projects
-Clean house
-Review & reorganize yourself and your life's path
-Rethink, Re-define, Re-plan, Re-view, Re-organize, Re-evaluate, Renew, Repair

I personally endeavor to go with the flow and follow the natural way of the Universe, to be as efficient as possible with my own energy to maximize my potential in this life.  As this time of Mercury Retrograde in Virgo encourages us to go within, I encourage each of you to do just that.  Sit in silent reflection in the shade of a beautiful tree in nature.  Quiet the chaos of your mind as often as possible.  Listen to a guided meditation, take an inner journey to soothe your soul and calm the stress of the outside world.  This is your opportunity to find deep inner healing and growth.  Use this time wisely, my friends. 

"Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity."
-- Hippocrates

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