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How This Mercury Retrograde In Capricorn Will Affect Us Energetically

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The planet Mercury is in its retrograde phase from December 19th/20th until January 8th/9th 2017. This is an astronomical/astrological phenomenon that occurs roughly every four months for over a three week period.

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From our perspective on Earth, it looks as if Mercury is going backwards because of the relationship between both Earth’s and Mercury’s orbit around the Sun. Accordingly, astrologers observe and interpret retrograde planets in a different way compared to when they appear to be forward moving. Retrogrades are recognized as a time when we are reworking how we orientate ourselves with the themes and energies of that specific planet in a specific sign.

Mercury started its pre-retrograde phase on December 1st/2nd; therefore certain things that have been put in place or events that have occurred, between then and the 19th, will influence the following three weeks of the retrograde itself. This is an insightful time, as we need to pay careful attention to what the universe is trying to show us in order to help us proceed forward once the retrograde has ended.

Changes, Errors, Delays, Insights, Revisitation, and Transformation

Mercury rules over all types of communication, whether it is writing, speaking, reading, social media interactions, communication technology, or any other method of transmitting information. It also rules commuting and driving, as well as moving parts, such as those found in cars. During Mercury retrograde periods, there are more noticeable errors, disruptions, breakdowns, and complications with all of these things, in different variations for everyone. This is what Mercury Retrograde has become famous for.

merc-rx-glyph-embossed-smallerIt is a great time for revisiting, redoing, and reconnecting with people, projects, and circumstances from the past. Some people have anxiety close to when it starts. It is generally not a good time for starting anything new, though this is not the case in every instance, as there are other factors and variables that need to be considered.

As mentioned above, there is also a deeper and more meaningful purpose to each Mercury retrograde. It is an opportunity to reflect and gain insight in response to any challenging circumstances we may face. Mercury retrograde is also a time when our intuition can be heightened. The more we tune in, then, the fewer complications should arise that try to shift our attention.

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Traditionally, Mercury is the planet of alchemy. During its retrograde periods, circumstances that are occuring help us make necessary changes and, in some cases, transformations serving our personal evolution. For each individual, different Mercury retrograde periods will be more significant than others in this regard.

Mercury Retrograde Mostly in Capricorn, Also in Sagittarius

This is the 4th of a series of Mercury Retrograding in Earth signs that will last until September 2017. The Earth element is associated with practicality, resourcefulness, dependability, foundation, and material/financial resources.

cap-glyph-embossThis is also the 2nd edition of it being in Capricorn in this ‘Earth series,’ as it also occurred in this sign between January 5th and 25th, 2016. Capricorn is the realm of responsibilities, plans, ambition, career, social status, physical and social structures, strategy, management, and control. Capricorn is also a very goal-oriented sign. Throughout this Mercury retrograde, we are making the necessary changes and adjustments, as well as receiving insight and gaining awareness, into these areas of our lives.

Mercury will also be returning to Sagittarius during its retrograde on January 4th/5th. As a result, some of the effects of the retrograde, such as challenges with doing anything analytical, will be amplified. We may find it easy to overlook details during this time. On a more positive note, this can be a period in which we revisit our hopes, wishes, and beliefs, and make necessary adjustments to help us in our Capricornian goals and ambitions.

The cusp of Sagittarius and Capricorn is also the cusp of the 3rd and 4th quarter of the zodiac. This is where the Sun is located when the seasons shift, from Fall to Winter in the Northern Hemisphere during the Winter Solstice. This part of the zodiac symbolizes a transition, as it is where the Sun is reborn. Since Mercury retrograde will be occurring over this cusp, we can expect this symbolism of rebirth to play out in some way.

Uranus, Jupiter, and Saturn in the Mix

The planets Saturn, Uranus, and Jupiter will all be interacting with each other during this period. Uranus in Aries is in a tough opposition with Jupiter in Libra, while Saturn in Sagittarius is in a harmonious aspect with them all.

merc-rx-cap-2016-2017-editedUranus here wants to seek freedom and independence, while Jupiter, in the opposite sign, is about expanding in partnerships and relationships or being considerate, fair, and diplomatic. Saturn in Sagittarius is helping these two energies work together, which could manifest as the need to look at everything realistically from a ‘higher perspective.’

Saturn trine Uranus can also suggest a time when we can be putting serious effort or discipline toward anything innovative, or it may be a time when we can easily balance or have a good flow between things conventional and unconventional. There can be a connection between this and the expansiveness in our relationship/partnerships, or in our efforts to find equality and common ground.

The Journey of Mercury Retrograde – Significant Dates

For each interpretation below, the earlier dates pertain more to those in the Western part of the world, like the Americas, Western Europe, and Africa, and the later dates to those in Eastern parts of the world, such as Eastern Europe, Asia, and Oceania. In some cases, certain people may notice some of these effects during the days just outside of the written duration.

December 19th/20th – Mercury begins its retrograde process. Many people experience the more typical retrograde complications during this period. Avoid taking on any major mental tasks during this time. It is best to take it easy mentally and possibly even meditate to help you tune in to this shift in energy. It is also a good idea to pay attention to what comes up on this day, as it can indicate what themes will be coming up over the next three weeks.

December 24th-26th – The Uranus-Jupiter-Saturn energy mentioned above lasts a few weeks, but it is strongest during this period. Venus will also be involved in a harmonious aspect. Social gatherings during this time could be expansive. They could involve discussions and actions where there can be an easy flow between things that are traditional and things that are unconventional, innovative, and futuristic. It is important to look at different sides and to embrace the new while staying realistic and considerate.

December 25th-27th – Mercury sextile Neptune, Sun trine North Node, Mars conjunct South Node and semi-square Uranus, Jupiter opposite Uranus. This can be a period when we experience a reoccurrence or revisitation of some our past actions that are not serving us anymore. It could be related to delusional or deceptive behaviour, escapism, fantasizing, self-sacrifice, self-sabotage, or avoiding responsibilities. Some people may experience conflict, rebellion, and negatively impulsive actions in some way. However things play out, it is important to consider what is sustainable and balanced in order to create a better future.

December 28th/29th – Mercury conjunct Sun and sextile Mars, Saturn square Chiron exact. This is one of the more significant times of retrograde, when we can receive the most insights. This day also has the potential to be more chaotic as well. We may have to face limitations related to our wounds, and at the same time, reflect on how we can assert ourselves in the future to move beyond them. There may be a connection between what occurs during this period and what occurred in early-mid December near or on the Full Moon. Pay attention to what the Universe is trying to tell you.  

December 29th/30th – Uranus goes stationary direct. After being retrograde since July 29th/30th, Uranus will start to move forward again. Some people may have thoughts of or act on doing something new, exciting, unique or perhaps wanting to separate, liberate, or rebel from an inhibiting situation or others. If it does affect you in this way, it could be a sign of things that will develop over the next 7 months.

December 30th/31st – Mercury trine North Node, Sun sextile Neptune. This is a good day to really think about the future and how you can best apply yourself in a way that aligns with your spirituality and purpose. Collaborating and/or cooperating with others by communicating and sharing ideas may also be helpful in this regard.

December 31st/Jan 1st – Mars conjunct Neptune In Pisces. Although this transit isn’t directly connected to Mercury, for some people any potential negative manifestations can be connected to any life lessons occurring during this time. Neptune and Pisces are associated with alcohol and narcotics and Mars has to with aggression and assertion, so it’s interesting to see this energy combination occurring exactly on New Year’s eve. This can be a period of overly asserting yourself in this way, but it can also be a great time to partake in celebrations that are visually stimulating, magical, or spiritual. Sexual relationships may also be magical for some and undiscerning for others. 

January 3rd/4th – Mercury sextile Venus. This is a good day for harmonious interactions with others, especially if it is with someone from our past or we are revisiting something related to the past. In many cases it can be about meeting an old friend or lover you haven’t seen in a while. This can also be a time when these interactions provide insights and allow us to see things in a new light.

January 4th/5th – Mercury re-enters Sagittarius. This can be a period in which we revisit our hopes, wishes, and beliefs, and make necessary adjustments to help us in our Capricornian goals and ambitions. We may also notice some of the negative effects of Mercury retrograde amplified during this time, such as overlooking details and experiencing challenges with analytical tasks.

January 6th/7th – Sun conjunct Pluto in Capricorn. Themes around power and control can come up today. It can be about how you or others apply yourselves in this way. Some people may experience some of the transformative effects of Mercury retrograde mentioned earlier in the article. Alternatively, we may obsess about our ambitions.

January 8th/9th – Mercury goes stationary direct near the Galactic Center. This is when Mercury changes motions from retrograde to forward moving, but it is a slow process and Mercury will appear to be still for the following few days. During this period and/or over the following week, things start to become clearer and disruptions begin to dissipate. This is the time to starting thinking about how to proceed forward based on what you have learned over the previous weeks. For some of those on the spiritually conscious path, there may be a shift in consciousness with the potential to tap into some divine information that may have even started a few days leading up to this date.

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Why Vegan and not Vegetarian? Vietnamese Monk Thich Nhat Hanh Answers The Question

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Vietnamese Monk Thich Nhat Hanh explains why he chooses not to consume any meat or dairy products, and points towards the overwhelmingly cruel food industry.

  • Reflect On:

    What gives us the right to torture animals, steal their babies, abuse them simply for our consumption? Where is our compassion, morality and empathy? Have we been made and brainwashed to believe that it's ok?

The most heartbreaking thing to see and to witness is an innocent benevolent being getting tortured and suffering. This is the realty of eating animal products today. Billions of animals are raised for slaughter every single year, and the overwhelmingly large majority of them go through horrific and terrifying experiences. It’s hard to imagine how anybody could eat or wear the clothes of diseased animals knowing what they went through. It’s also hard to believe that anybody who does eat or purchase products that have used animals in their manufacturing process would do that kind of “labour” themselves.

The truth is that many people still don’t know what these beings are going through. It’s absolutely heartbreaking, immoral, and unethical. Morality, empathy, and love are all emotions that need to return to planet Earth, and as long as we have multiple industries exploiting animals, that can’t happen.

If you’re unaware of what these animals are going through on a daily basis, a recent PETA investigation on two of the world’s top cashmere exporters revealed extreme cruelty, including the violent killing of cashmere goats. You can read more about it and see some footage of that here, if you’re interested.

You can view more examples of graphic footage in the trailer of “The Buddha Bowl,” a documentary in the making featuring personalities and some of the most influential and renowned spiritual leaders from all over the world sharing their perspectives on veganism. These include viewpoints from Buddha himself and from spiritual leaders from the past and present, totalling about 30 interviews on animal rights, environmental issues and health.

One of the people in that documentary is Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who is recognized as a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist. The video below is not part of the documentary listed above, but from an interview taken a few years ago at a conference.

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Are We Even Designed To Eat Meat?

There is no doubt our world is becoming more awake, aware, and compassionate. Millions of people around the world have transitioned towards a plant-based diet. This represents the kind of compassion and empathy our world needs more of, and this diet can do nothing but benefit human health, the planet, and the animals.

It’s no secret that eating meat and animal products is destroying the Earth, as clearing land for animal grazing and slaughter is one of the leading causes of deforestation, and factory farms are an environmental disaster.

More people are also starting to become aware of plant-based diets and their health benefits.

A recent study conducted by researchers in California and France found that meat protein is associated with a very sharp increased risk of heart disease, while protein from nuts and seeds is actually beneficial for the human heart. The study is titled “Patterns of plant and animal protein intake are strongly associated with cardiovascular mortality: The Adventist Health Study-2 cohort,”

It’s one of many studies that’ve emerged over the years showing the benefits of plant-based diets and their ability to reverse diseases. On the other hand, many studies published have shown how the consumption of meat has the exact opposite effect.

Below is a clip from a recent CETV episode where CE founder Joe Martino and I go into the discussion a little deeper, with a specific focus on plant-based protein compared to meat protein. If interested, you can watch the full episode here by signing up for your free trial. CETV is a platform that we created to combat the censorship we’ve experienced over the past couple of years.

I also go into this type of discussion, if you’re interested in reading about it, in an article I recently published: “Another Study Suggests Humans Are Not Designed To Eat Meat.”

The Takeaway

Human beings are born with compassion and empathy. What we are doing to animals on our planet today, and how many continue to ignore it and be unaffected by it, is simply as a result of mass brainwashing and marketing by big food corporations. The truth is that we’ve been taught to ignore it, we’ve been taught to believe that it’s OK and it’s our right to do this to others who share the planet with us. No child would ever stand for such a thing unless they were taught to do so. It’s the same thing as racism, we are not born with it, we are taught it. I urge all those who are reading this to do their research into where the vast majority of our food and clothes are coming from, watch what these animals are going through, look into their eyes and and feel what they are feeling.

The ability to feel and understand the emotions of others, animal or human, is a HUGE and VITAL step towards creating a better world and a better overall human experience.

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Marianne Williamson Admits “The System Is More Corrupt Than I Knew”

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Marianne Williamson stated in an interview on Fox and Friends that she did not realize the political system was as corrupt as it is.

  • Reflect On:

    This is an important revelation of how leaders often don't quite see the full truth of our system at hand. Through them and their experience, we can learn a lot about what is truly going on. Is it time to let go of the systems we have?

About a week ago Marianne Williamson told the New Yorker, I know this sounds naïve, but I didn’t think the left was so mean. I didn’t think the left lied like this.” In a segment I did on CETV, I discussed the fact that Williamson is doing a great job of bringing a bit more of a conscious conversation into the mix here, which is very important, but seems to not quite understand what politics is really about and how things function in our world.

In my article about this statement I stated:

Some have suggested that Marianne already knows these truths, and she may, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she is only uncovering these things now. I say this as I belong to a group that communicates regularly that contains many high profile conscious industry leaders like Williamson and other big authors, speakers etc. Many of them are great with spirituality but seem to struggle to see how politics truly functions. I have witnessed this first hand and this is why I’m so passionate about what I do as I feel bringing together both personal transformation and hard truth is imperative.

Some felt that my analysis was off and that Williamson is just ‘playing naive,’ but to me, this did not feel true nor did it seem to be the case. While some might view this as an unimportant detail, it’s very important as for society to truly begin to shift we must not only personally transform but also realize the true nature of the world we live in.

As outlined in the CE Protocol, the formula I built to help awaken and shift the masses, the very first step is Breaking The Illusion about our programmed reality and understand what’s truly going on. From there, personal transformation becomes key.

Williamson Admits She Was Unaware

Here we are a week later and Williamson has stated what I observed in my previous segment, she did not quite realize how corrupt our political system truly is. In an interview on Fox and Friends Williamson stated:

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“I would say that I feel that I’ve learned that the system is even more corrupt than I knew and people are even more wonderful than I hoped,

I want to state this isn’t about picking on anyone as much as it is about understanding the importance behind seeing the full picture of the change that needs to take place here. For 10 years now I have built CE to include both personal transformation and truth seeking for the reason that either one of those topics on their own doesn’t create the change we all know is possible in our hearts.

I’ve seen many ‘spiritual leaders’ still deeply support the dysfunctional nature of our systems because they believe there is truth to them when in reality they belong to a consciousness we are shifting away from.

Our political system is built and exists within a system designed for a very limited state of consciousness, some call this 3D consciousness. The goal isn’t to shift our political system, it’s to let it go. Collectively we are shifting and the new state of consciousness emerging doesn’t support the political system at hand. Hence why the chaos around it is increasing, because it’s acting as a mirror for us to see how it doesn’t resonate with our emerging consciousness.

It’s like trying to install Windows on a Mac or vice versa, the systems aren’t designed for the operating system. Humanity is faced with a challenge of ‘letting go of the old,’ not trying to fix the old.

In a brand new segment of The CE Show I did on YouTube and CETV, I discuss Marianne’s latest comments and what I feel we all must realize as we move forward in this journey of shifting ourselves and our world.

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The Takeaway

I feel that we have become addicted to the systems of a state of consciousness that we are moving away from. The choice is up to us, we stop resisting and holding onto things of the old, move through the process of watching these old systems fall away, or we continue to fight tooth and nail under the belief that we must hold up the old systems, and suffer along the way.

Ask yourself within, do you truly feel that this is about changing our current political system to be more open and evolved? Or is it about letting go of the rigidity of our current systems and creating new ones that are birthed from a  new state of consciousness, not one that is centuries old…

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Consciousness

Full Moon In Pisces: Navigating Ideals

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We are having a Full Moon in Pisces which will be exact at 4:33am Universal Time on September 14th 2019. It will appear the fullest on the night of the 13th for most of the world and on the night of the 14th for the Far East, Australia, and New Zealand.

This is the peak of the Lunar cycle which began two weeks prior with a New Moon in Virgo. The energies of it build up as the Moon increases its light and are strongest in the days before and after. However, it will still be a part of the backdrop over the following two weeks.

Full Moon’s are a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Moon in Pisces and Sun in Virgo. It can reflect either a conflict or integration of both signs. We can feel this opposition happening individually within us and/or we can also experience it play out around us with some people (or circumstances) expressing the Virgo side and others expressing the Pisces side.

Pisces is associated with sensitivity, compassion, creativity, and oneness. It is spiritually conductive, mystical, energy oriented, dreamy, flowy, imaginative, idealistic, and empathic. Negatively, it can be delusional, lazy, intoxicated, deceptive, confused/confusing, elusive, flaky, and lack critical thinking. Pisces energy is the least compatible with the mundane world and is associated with escapism in its many forms.

Virgo is about productivity, duties, service, physical health, cleanliness, and purity. It is organized, conscientious, skillful, diligent, efficient, analytical, detailed, and practical. Negatively, Virgo energy can also be overly critical, too cautious, fault-finding, irritable, discriminating, and overly perfectionist.

Full Moon Aligned with Neptune in T-Square with Jupiter and Mars

This Full Moon is close to Neptune which has many of the same qualities of Pisces that were mentioned above. It is viewed as a modern ruler of that sign and it amplifies its energies even more so during this period. Neptune is also associated with glamour, romance, and addiction. It has a dissolving, flooding, and watery energy that doesn’t comprehend boundaries.

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Neptune is completing its last of three squares with Jupiter in Sagittarius which will be exact on September 21st and will be strong into the following week. It began last January and peaked again this past June. At best, this can be an expansive period in a spiritual, creative, or compassionate way.

However, it can also be a time of confusion or lack of discernment around beliefs, ideologies, education, and teachers. It can also be a time in which we become aware of us being like that previously. We can be more excessive when it comes to how we express Piscean/Neptunian energies mentioned above.

At the time of the Full Moon, Mars in Virgo is also involved in this configuration along with the opposition of the Sun and Moon, forming a T-square aspect. This can be good for asserting ourselves towards our ideals or with a different Jupiter-Neptune approach (mentioned above). However this can also make our actions scattered, less assertive/direct, and make it harder to apply ourselves with practicality.

Full Moon Sextile Pluto Near Saturn and South Node, Saturn Going Direct

This Full Moon is in a tight sextile with Pluto which is near Saturn and the South Node. This could trigger some of the themes of the previous Lunar Eclipse (that is still reflecting this period) in a more harmonious way. Purging aspects of our past that are getting in the way of us moving forward. This can help to facilitate empowerment through some sort of release or transformation.

Saturn will be finishing its retrograde on September 18th and will move towards its final conjunction with the South Node which will peak at the end of the month and early October. This energy was also strong in mid Spring and part of it in early Summer.

Saturnian themes get amplified and we can be dealing with limitations, obstacles, restrictions, or perhaps issues around boundaries. We may feel a need to make changes around responsibilities, commitments, career, and structures in our lives. Similarly to the last Lunar Eclipse, there can be a sort of ending playing out around how an area of our lives is being expressed.

Full Moon Opposing Mercury and Venus Conjunction As They Change Signs

At the time of this Full Moon, Mercury and Venus are in a conjunction at the very end of Virgo, (Mercury’s sign). They will then be moving into Libra (Venus’ sign) in the hours following with the Full Moon triggering after it begins to wane.

This can be a time of heightened interactions, catching up with friends and other relationships. While it is in Virgo it could lean more towards its themes connected to work, service, fault finding, etc. For some people there can be a feeling of some sort of urgency.

After this conjunction moves into Libra, especially a day after the Full Moon,  it becomes more pleasant, social, and creative. Our interactions can be more harmonious, diplomatic, and less critical. We can more easily see both sides to something, find balance, and a great time to discuss relationship matters.

As a result of both of these planets transitioning near the same time, some people may experience some sort of significant shift in other areas of their lives within a few days following the Full Moon.

Things To Consider During This Period

How can you better balance the mundane aspects of life with your ideals, creativity, or spirituality? How have your beliefs been impacted this year and what is the conclusion to your experiences? Is it possible that you may have been confused about some aspects of newly or previously acquired perspectives?

What themes are coming up for you now that have been playing out since last April? What do you need to release? What changes do you need to make when it comes to your work, responsibilities, commitments, structures, or boundaries?
These are just some examples of what could come up during this period; however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out. If you wish to do any sort of intentional release connected to what has come up at this Full Moon, it is best to do so anytime after the peak of the Full Moon when it begins to wane until the next New Moon in two weeks. The exact moment of this Full Moon is on September 14th at 4:33am Universal Time. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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