''The elf-queene, with hir joly compaignie, Daunced ful ofte in many a grene mede.” Geoffrey Chaucer "The Wife of Bath’s Tale"


With Mercury going retrograde July 26, set intentions now, by placing Attention on what's most important.  Attention is creative  and intense focus magnifies our goals so choose wisely.  Invest your focus power where it counts, this is twofold, attention creates reality as well as revealing where we waste our creative power/ability.  What we resist persists so focus on wonderful things, peace, good health and love.  Take care of your body, mind and spirit, and reap the rewards.


When things don't work out,  take a look elsewhere.  Often it's because of resistance that keeps us stuck,  so look for those emotional issues/transparent beliefs, then instead of trying to dynamite it to smithereens, thank it for it's service, integrate and go free.  Remember, it's just energy and handle appropriately. It's your party.


In case you'd like to try this, decide your present reality is just what you  wanted!  Taking the resistance off allows the energy to move on.


With 6-7 planets retrograde and  Mercury in the pre-retrograde shadow phase some are wondering what hit them!  Knowing it's the stars doesn't help much so try to hang on.  Don't make big decisions until after the Autumnal Equinox - or later!  I'm a natural recluse but still means tighten the reins, activate Ninja mode (practice invisibility), nest in etc.  In spite of all that, I've already been smacked sideways so watch out, take care, metaphorically if not literally,  hide under the bed, pray/invoke protection/shielding to ride this out.


Eckhart Tolle
"No matter what happens, I will create no more pain for myself,
 I will create no more problems".


Change is inevitable and most wish positive change, but with the planets retrograde/eclipses things may go south w/o notice. Join me while I practice my best 'be like the bamboo' flexibility aka nonresistance!  I'm the first to admit I stay on the go, mission driven, Miss Fix-it, multipurpose gitter-done, never give up personality (annoying I'm sure to laid back genres), but that seems to be my lot in life.  That said, I'm ever grateful for Eckhart Tolle and others sharing how to practice Presence - experiencing/acceptance that allows life to change/move on.   Thank you.


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Mercury Retrograde 2018. Mercury enters the retrograde zone on July 7, 2018 at 11°31′ Leo. Now until Mercury stationary retrograde is called the first shadow period. During this time you will get an idea of the thinking, communication or transport issues that will arise during the retrograde phase.

Mercury Retrograde July 2018 ~ Roaring Mail

We have a Mercury retrograde commencing July 26 2018 in Leo. The traditional advice is “Don’t travel, Don’t sign contracts. Don’t marry. Don’t touch electrics!” However, the whole Mercury retrograde cycle actually lasts eight weeks and happens three times, sometimes even four times in a year! That’s a long time to hide under the duvet and a real waste of a truly magical time.


To all of us that prefer to direct our own paths, letting go of our negative beliefs and convictions isn't easy!  We seek to protect ourself from pain, afraid of losing control, money, position, love etc, including all the ego driven identities we possess.  Along the way we've lost touch with faith and trust, which the lack of often creates the very blocks in our way.  One way out of all of this is to get present, cease thinking until our  consciousness reboots!  Try it. 


Is it just here at The Cottage or has time speeded up again?   Seems even more so since the Solstice in June, when I began exploring off the beaten path real estate online.  Nothing right for me so far but fun to see what's out there. The perception time going faster puts a bit of pressure on completing projects/making changes, even when aware of the planets currently retrograde.  


In case you're wondering, the planetary aspects are dicey right now and Mercury Retrograde pre-shadow begins July 11. . . . . sigh.  Lay low, hang on, stay put and reserve commitments and agreements until all the above is history.


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Bamboo is flexible, bending with the wind but never breaking, capable of adapting to any circumstance. It suggests resilience, meaning that we have the ability to bounce back even from the most difficult times.