Weirdo Book Reviews: The Book Of Retrogrades by John McCormick

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L: Cover of “The Book Of Retrogrades” by John McCormick. R: Photo by Nom Pourflickr.

 

“What does it mean if I have Mercury/Venus/Mars retrograde in my birth chart?” is a fairly common question among people trying to learn astrology. I’ve been asked to answer this question by several readers in the past, and since I aim to please I will oblige. Since Mercury is still retrograde in Virgo, I’ll stick with last month’s theme of killing two birds with one stone and also do a book review/recommendation: this time it’s John McCormick’s The Book Of Retrogrades.

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Real Time Astrology: July 2016

 

Each month this year seems to have been wildly different than the preceding one. June 2016 was peak intensity and a tough act to follow. Not all was bad news, but even the good news seemed to be of the “making lemonade out of lemons” variety. For most, it was nonstop stress and worry and confusion. July 2016 will start off edgy, but I will say that it will end up much better than it begins, so enjoy the simple pleasures of the season while you can.

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Fires Reignite As The Mars Retrograde Ends June 29th, 2016

 

The long wait is over. Hot blooded warrior planet Mars will be ending its retrograde period on Wednesday, June 29th at 6:38 PM CST, stationing direct at 23 degrees Scorpio. It’s been a long drag, this retrograde. Energy levels in the dumps, anger repressed and erupting in unhealthy, even destructive ways. The high octane nature of Mars isn’t happy when forced to slow down and introspect, and it’s shown since Mars went retrograde April 17th.

 

Now, the action can get moving once again. With Mars stationing direct, a valve has been turned, releasing pressure and allowing for movement where it has been blocked. It’d be a mistake to think this will unilaterally bring relief, however. People will experience this in myriad ways, but generally speaking the aggression that has been bottled up since April will find expression, for good or ill. It’s important to know that while you may be eager to get a move on, others may see you as stepping on toes in the process. While many are going to be breathing deep sighs of relief after Mars turns direct, many others are going to feel like being direct with the anger and/or resentment they endured during the retrograde. Good times for some, filthy moods for others. As always, the less stable in our societies might feel like acting out their reignited agitations.

 

Its a good time to reexamine the meaning of the retrograde. From the original post on Mars retrograde:

 

“How much do we have to put up with, endure, before we fight back? How much are we willing to tolerate? Where do we draw the lines and begin to say no? What course of action do we take when the lines are crossed? Mars retrograde in Scorpio and Sagittarius brings out indignation and righteous rage, and you know what? There’s nothing wrong with being angry. Anger serves a purpose. It is not unlike a fever acting as a warning sign that something terribly wrong is taking place and needs to be corrected. The Mars retrograde period this year will serve as the fever requesting our prompt attention. There is a hell of a lot wrong in this world, on every level, and there seems to be very little room to escape the sickness. We shouldn’t have to. The fight needs to start somewhere to restore holistic well being. Mars retrograde first has to work backwards, reminding us of where the anger and outrage really stems from originally.

 

After Mars stations direct on June 29th, and especially after Mars clears its retrograde shadow August 22nd, we will regain momentum and move forward once again in our lives with purpose and our hard won soul knowledge. Things that do not pan out during the retrograde period can see new life (maybe in a new vessel) once Mars goes direct. I’d like to say global events will simmer down after Mars turns direct as well, but we’ll have to see where we’re at once there. Hopefully the Mars retrograde will keep the worst of battle plans from really getting off the ground, but that won’t keep the powers that be from trying.”

 

Check the house of your natal chart where Mars is turning direct for a more personal understanding of how this might play out in your life. Read here for help finding transits in your chart.

 

Mars will remain at 23 degrees Scorpio until July 12th, really honing in on the lessons of its retrograde. What have you learned about the warrior within you? Within us?

 

 

Mercury In Gemini Gets The Word Out!

 

Time to spill the tea! Mercury entered its home sign (or domicile) Gemini tonight, Sunday June 12th at 6:22 PM CST. Mercury will remain in its happy place until Wednesday, June 29th when it enters Cancer at 6:24 PM CST. The winged messenger planet of all things communication and information and data hasn’t done us many favors so far this year; in June, while on its own turf, a valve has been opened to allow the words to flow.

 

Mercury in Gemini isn’t just eager to throw the mental shackles off and get our synapses cracking, it has a lot of important messages to deliver and the savvy readers of Viva Combusta! will want to take advantage of this time. A lot of confusion and vague fears are circulating through the psychosphere this month, [Read more…]

R.I.P Muhammad Ali – Still The Greatest

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Yet again a hero to many has passed away this year. Death seems to have made a pact with 2016 to only take those who meant so much to us, those who stood for something. Yesterday, June 3rd, it was announced that Muhammad Ali died. The fact that he had [Read more…]

Real Time Astrology: June 2016

 

This June, the quicker you accept that you as a person and we as a collective are losing grips on reality, the better. The astrology in June is constant high weirdness, strange sensations, unexpected twists. [Read more…]

Real Time Astrology: Full Moon in Sagittarius May 21, 2016

Monica Vitti in "Modesty Blaise"

Monica Vitti in Modesty Blaise.

 

“It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt!” is a saying that springs to mind with the Full Moon at 1 degree of Sagittarius on Saturday, May 21st at 4:14 PM CST. This is the first of two Sagittarius Full Moons in a row, with the second one occuring at the anaretic 29th degree on June 20th. (There will be a separate writeup for that one.) This May Full Moon at 1 degree Sadge will of course oppose the Sun at 1 degree Gemini. More importantly, though, [Read more…]