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MERCURY IN RETROGRADE SURVIVAL GUIDE
MIR = November 6th
Mercury rules communication and during MIR your computers will misbehave, travel plans will get delayed or cancelled, traffic will be ridiculous, or the email expressing how hungover you are from partying the previous night will accidentally be sent to your boss.  Led Zeppelin sang it best, it’s a “Communication Breakdown”.  Write important things down because you WILL forget them!     Don’t partake in any important discussions during MIR as things will be misunderstood and arguments will be on high.  What you really mean to say will get jumbled by the time it leaves your lips!  With that said, it’s probably not the best time to say  the two magic words “I do”!   Retrograde = Review - Redo - Revaluate - Research -Reread -Recheck -Rethink!   You might feel your mind is foggy and find yourself not being able to “think straight”.  You could feel clumsy, off-balanced, or just “out of it”.  If you find yourself dropping your keys 3x before getting them into the lock, you may be feeling the affects of MIR.   Do NOT make any important decisions or plans during MIR, such as planning to get married on a whim in Vegas.  You may think you have all your rhinestone studded bathing suits in a row and found a deal on round-trip tickets for $99, only to find out your grandparents 50th wedding anniversary is the the same weekend!    Does Mercury really stop and move backwards?
No.  However, from our view from Earth it kind of looks that way due to the speed difference between the two planets.   Should I just stay inside the house during Mercury Retrograde ?
No.  As long as you are aware of the affects of MIR, you are fully armed to walk outside and have some fun. Just don’t sign anything, plan anything, commit to anything, or talk about anything important.  :)  How do I know when Mercury is retrograde?
Normally MIR is 3x a year.  I suggest purchasing a calendar that clearly indicates when MIR is occurring so you are always in-the-know!  How long does a retrograde of Mercury last?
MIR last for about three weeks.  However, you may begin to feel the affects a few days before as Mercury appears to slow down (shadow period) and a few weeks after when Mercury appears to speed back up (release period).  The feeling is similar to when you step off the Gravitron or a 7 day cruise!  What are the best crystals or stones to keep me balanced during MIR?
Keep these crystals close by during MIR and you’ll notice a difference: Lepidolite, Citrine, Hematite, Ametrine, Smoky Quartz, and Moss Agate  2012 MIR Schedule
Mer R Mar 11 2012  23:50  06°Ar48’ R  Mer D Apr  4  2012  02:12  23°Pi52’ D   Mer R Jul 14 2012  18:17  12°Le32’ R  Mer D Aug 7 2012  21:41  01°Le26’ D   Mer R Nov  6  2012  15:04  04°Sg18’ R  Mer D Nov 26 2012  14:48  18°Sc11’ D   Blessings,
Kris  Copyright Dark Moon Tarot

MERCURY IN RETROGRADE SURVIVAL GUIDE

MIR = November 6th

Mercury rules communication and during MIR your computers will misbehave, travel plans will get delayed or cancelled, traffic will be ridiculous, or the email expressing how hungover you are from partying the previous night will accidentally be sent to your boss.  Led Zeppelin sang it best, it’s a “Communication Breakdown”.
 
Write important things down because you WILL forget them!  
 
Don’t partake in any important discussions during MIR as things will be misunderstood and arguments will be on high.  What you really mean to say will get jumbled by the time it leaves your lips!  With that said, it’s probably not the best time to say  the two magic words “I do”!
 
Retrograde = Review - Redo - Revaluate - Research -Reread -Recheck -Rethink!
 
You might feel your mind is foggy and find yourself not being able to “think straight”.  You could feel clumsy, off-balanced, or just “out of it”.  If you find yourself dropping your keys 3x before getting them into the lock, you may be feeling the affects of MIR.
 
Do NOT make any important decisions or plans during MIR, such as planning to get married on a whim in Vegas.  You may think you have all your rhinestone studded bathing suits in a row and found a deal on round-trip tickets for $99, only to find out your grandparents 50th wedding anniversary is the the same weekend!  
 
Does Mercury really stop and move backwards?

No.  However, from our view from Earth it kind of looks that way due to the speed difference between the two planets. 
 
Should I just stay inside the house during Mercury Retrograde ?

No.  As long as you are aware of the affects of MIR, you are fully armed to walk outside and have some fun. Just don’t sign anything, plan anything, commit to anything, or talk about anything important.  :)
 
How do I know when Mercury is retrograde?

Normally MIR is 3x a year.  I suggest purchasing a calendar that clearly indicates when MIR is occurring so you are always in-the-know!
 
How long does a retrograde of Mercury last?

MIR last for about three weeks.  However, you may begin to feel the affects a few days before as Mercury appears to slow down (shadow period) and a few weeks after when Mercury appears to speed back up (release period).  The feeling is similar to when you step off the Gravitron or a 7 day cruise!
 
What are the best crystals or stones to keep me balanced during MIR?

Keep these crystals close by during MIR and you’ll notice a difference: Lepidolite, Citrine, Hematite, Ametrine, Smoky Quartz, and Moss Agate
 
2012 MIR Schedule

Mer R Mar 11 2012  23:50  06°Ar48’ R 
Mer D Apr  4  2012  02:12  23°Pi52’ D
 
Mer R Jul 14 2012  18:17  12°Le32’ R 
Mer D Aug 7 2012  21:41  01°Le26’ D
 
Mer R Nov  6  2012  15:04  04°Sg18’ R 
Mer D Nov 26 2012  14:48  18°Sc11’ D
 
Blessings,

Kris
 
Copyright Dark Moon Tarot

Thinking of scheduling a surgery, tattoo or body piercing? Check the astrology before you reserve a date!

People have forgotten how much of an important role astrology plays in our daily life. For hundreds of years, people used to look to the cosmos for answers & guidance. Phases of the Moon and different transits can greatly affect the healing times and successes of anything from major surguries to tattoos. Since learning about the powerful effect of astrology on the human body, I’ve made an effort to always check to see what’s going on in the sky before I make an appointment to get inked. Not everyone believes in astrology but I wrote this for those who do have an interest in the subject. Forewarned is always forearmed!

THE MOON

One of the worst times to have any surgery or invasive medical procedure is around a Full Moon or when the Moon is at it’s perigee. The lunar perigee is when the Moon is positioned closest to Earth.

You should always schedule major procedures (if possible) 3-5 days before or after the Moon is Full or when the Moon is at it’s apogee, which means when it’s farthest away from Earth. While the Moon is Full, it’s believed that the gravitational pull is ever-so-slightly stronger so people can be prone to bleeding more than they usually would. Swelling complications will often arise while the Moon is at perigee or while the Moon is Full. Scheduling surgeries around a New Moon is the best time because the fluid levels in our bodies are the most stable. The tides of the ocean fluctuate much more during a Full Moon and when the Moon is at perigee. The way our body bleeds and the way fluids are directed & dispersed will also be effected like the tides are by the Moon. I’ve noticed when I’ve had tattoos done closer to a Full Moon & lunar perigee they tend to bleed more and and I feel much more sensitive to pain. Now I always schedule them around a New Moon/lunar apogee.

You should also avoid having surgery or undergoing any procedures 3-5 days before or after any eclipses! Eclipses can be chaotic…just avoid it!

RETROGRADES

You should always avoid having any type of medical, surgical or cosmetic body modification procedure done while Mercury or Mars is retrograde.

The planet Mars rules surgeons and it’s believed that when Mars is retrograde, it can cause surgeons to not be at their best! Some say Mars retrograde can cause surgeons to have a shaky hand & a foggy mind. Mercury retrograde causes miscommunications, technological failures/errors and can make it hard to think straight or concentrate. It’s not hard to see why one may want to avoid any surgeries or body modification procedures during a Mercury or Mars retrograde!

TRANSITS & OTHER ASTROLOGICAL INFORMATION TO CONSIDER

As Hippocrates once said: “Touch not with iron that part of the body ruled by the sign the Moon is transiting.” You should never schedule any body modification procedures or surgeries while the part of the body effected by a procedure is ruled by the sign in which the Moon is transiting. For example: Aries rules the head, so getting a nose piercing or scheduling a facelift while the Moon is in Aries should be avoided.

Here is a list of which zodiac sign rules which body parts for future reference:
-Aries: Head
-Taurus: Throat
-Gemini: Lungs, nervous system, arms & hands
-Cancer: Breasts & stomach
-Leo: Upper Spine & heart
-Virgo: Intestines
-Libra: Lower Back & kidneys
-Scorpio: Reproductive organs, generative system & lower spine (I’ve also read multiple times that you should avoid any medical procedures, regardless of what part of the body they will effect while the Moon is in Scorpio)
-Sagittarius: Hips & thighs
-Capricorn: Skin, teeth, bones & knees
-Aquarius: Circulation, the bodies electrical forces, the nervous system
-Pisces: Feet

The best times for surgeries/body modification procedures are when the Moon is in a fixed sign such as Leo, Taurus or Aquarius. When done while the Moon is in a fixed sign, surgeries and body modification procedures usually go as planned with little to no complications.

You should also avoid scheduling any medical procedures while the Moon is void of course. While the Moon is void of course, unexpected complications, errors and delays usually pop up which is why it’s a bad time to schedule surgeries or even to make travel plans.

IN CONCLUSION

The effect of astrology on the physical body is debatable but countless people have reported similar complications around the Full Moon/lunar perigee and during certain retrogrades. I’ve personally felt & observed the effects that different phases of the Moon have on my body which is why I now take every precaution when scheduling medical procedures. An excellent guide you can buy that lists/explains daily astrological transits, alignments & retrogrades is Jim Maynard’s Pocket Astrologer. You can order it online and find it in most New Age book stores. I also want to mention, there are more personal things to take into account that are based on each individual’s astrological chart when scheduling medical procedures but for simplicity’s sake I’ve left that stuff out. A lot of what I’ve left out will vary greatly from person to person.

Peace, Love & Magick

Kelly

(c)Dark Moon Tarot 2012

THE MAGICKAL & HEALING PROPERTIES OF SUGILITE

Sugilite is one of my favorite stones because of it’s powerful healing energy. It’s a relatively new stone that was discovered in 1944 by a geologist in Japan.

Magickal Uses:

Sugilite is an excellent stone to hold during past life regressions as it helps you to retrieve the knowledge & wisdom that you may have gained in previous lives. Sugilite is also a very protective stone. It will protect you from negative/incorrect energies & magick. 

Placing a piece of sugilite under your pillow will assist you in astral travel and lucid dreaming. 

Use sugilite to add power to spells that involve financial or legal matters. If your spell involves finding a new apartment or job, make sure to work with sugilite! I’ve found that my spells manifest faster when I’ve incorporated sugilite into the spell.

Healing Properties:

Sugilite helps to balance the mind, body & spirit. Sugilite encourages forgiveness, self-control, optimism & it brings “peace of mind” to all those who keep it close. Carry or wear sugilite to eliminate fear, hostility, depression and pessimism. If you have trouble trusting people, sugilite will help you open your heart to others.

Place a piece of sugilite on your third eye chakra during meditation to help you to become more receptive to psychic information. 

If you have a situation in your life that you don’t know how to handle, meditate with a piece of sugilite on your third eye chakra. I’ve had many brilliant epiphanies and creative solutions come to me while meditating with sugilite! 

Chakra: Third Eye

Zodiac: Aquarius, Pisces, Sagittarius

Planetary Associations: Jupiter

Color: Violet-pink, Purple

Peace, Love & Magick

Kelly

The pieces of sugilite in the photo above are from my personal collection.

THE MAGICKAL & HEALING PROPERTIES OF SUGILITE

Sugilite is one of my favorite stones because of it’s powerful healing energy. It’s a relatively new stone that was discovered in 1944 by a geologist in Japan.


Magickal Uses:

Sugilite is an excellent stone to hold during past life regressions as it helps you to retrieve the knowledge & wisdom that you may have gained in previous lives. Sugilite is also a very protective stone. It will protect you from negative/incorrect energies & magick.

Placing a piece of sugilite under your pillow will assist you in astral travel and lucid dreaming.

Use sugilite to add power to spells that involve financial or legal matters. If your spell involves finding a new apartment or job, make sure to work with sugilite! I’ve found that my spells manifest faster when I’ve incorporated sugilite into the spell.

Healing Properties:

Sugilite helps to balance the mind, body & spirit. Sugilite encourages forgiveness, self-control, optimism & it brings “peace of mind” to all those who keep it close. Carry or wear sugilite to eliminate fear, hostility, depression and pessimism. If you have trouble trusting people, sugilite will help you open your heart to others.

Place a piece of sugilite on your third eye chakra during meditation to help you to become more receptive to psychic information.

If you have a situation in your life that you don’t know how to handle, meditate with a piece of sugilite on your third eye chakra. I’ve had many brilliant epiphanies and creative solutions come to me while meditating with sugilite!

Chakra: Third Eye

Zodiac: Aquarius, Pisces, Sagittarius

Planetary Associations: Jupiter

Color: Violet-pink, Purple

Peace, Love & Magick

Kelly

The pieces of sugilite in the photo above are from my personal collection.