New Moon with a Mercury Retro on Top

Written by Sherrie Locke on 10 Caban/Noj, May 17, 2015.

I haven’t posted in a while, partially due to the fact that I am (almost) in the middle of my Path of the Plummed Serpent, partly due to the fact that I myself have been indulging in the transformative energies at hand. I bet you have been having a time with the energies too (hopefully a good time).

Here we are, already in the middle of May. This is the last full lunar phase before we change elements on the Solstice in June. This feature of Mercury going into the core of the retrograde at the same time the moon is moving into the next cycle is super interesting. It is giving us one last round of review before we enter the next element on the coming Solstice, which for us here in the Northern hemisphere is an exit from the element of AIR, the element of RIGHT INTENT and entering into the element of FIRE which is the element of RIGHT ACTION. For those of you in the Southern hemisphere, you will be exiting the element of WATER the place of RIGHT FAITH/EMOTIONS and entering the element of EARTH the place of RIGHT RECEIVING.

You might ask WHY I am explaining all this the month prior to this event, well, there is a purpose. There are approximately 3 lunar phases in each element, the first is the entry segment, the second is the full energy of that element, the third is the energy preparing us for the next element. What have the last two lunar phases shown you about yourself and others? Where do further changes need to occur to optimize your run through the next element. I am most certain the Universe (You) is showing this to you. If you cannot yet see it, don’t worry, this Mercury retro will bring it up for you to view, review and revamp.

The good news, as always, is… you don’t have to make these changes all at once. The more you willingly make the changes the faster you will transform and be on a totally different platform to achieve the goals in your life. Cleansed, purified, streamlined and ready to rock. The more we willingly let go of control of the way it manifests the bigger and better it can and will manifest. It’s all about holding that space and vision with PASSION.

If you have done your internal work properly you have overcome your internal obstacles and the path opens up ahead of you and all you have to do at that point is say YES and walk through the door into your newest manifestation. It’s as simple as that.
Blog photo-2*side note: when what you have been asking for arrives, you must honor it by letting it change you and your life. If you say no, now is not the time, you may never have the chance again, so be prepared for a huge shift and willing to say yes to the changes when they occur.

Technical details:

This New Moon Occurs at 12:13 AM on the East coast of the US, 9:13 PM on the US West coast, May 18, 2015. Mercury is stationary at the time I am posting this article and will go retrograde at 9:49 PM on the East coast and 6:49 PM on the Pacific coast of the US, about 19 hours after the New Moon.

As always, stay on your prime directive, after all this is a New Moon even with the review cycle it will present. Remember, we are preparing for another elemental cycle, if you set it up right it will carry you to the manifestation of your dreams.

Blessed Be,
S.L.2015

Here Comes the Eclipse Cycle

Written by Sherrie Locke on 8 Jaguar, October 2014.

We have already entered the last Mercury Retrograde cycle of 2014 and are gearing up for the second half of the annual eclipse cycle. The Full Moon in Aries (in Western astrology) kicks it off with a Total Lunar Eclipse on October 8th for most of the globe.

Blood moon eclipse

Just before this eclipse cycle, Mercury, the planet of communications and connections, went retro last Saturday on October 4. This year the eclipse cycle may seem a bit more intense due to the planetary overlying energies and the squeeze to let go of what no longer serves us, to let go of what is not us.

Many years ago, one of my original teachers said, “Eclipses are like light a switch: on, off, on, off. If you track them (for years) you will see how this plays out in your life.” Eclipses change us. The lunar eclipse changes the way we feel internally, the solar eclipses change the way the world sees us. So the first eclipse is all about the IN-ternal, the second (solar eclipse) in this cycle rearranges things EX-ternally and changes people’s perceptions of us.

Sometimes there are variances, like three eclipses in a row (over 6 weeks). This eclipse cycle is not like that, but it doesn’t make it any less intense. It’s rather a blessing that Mercury will retro back into Libra (in Western astrology) for the event, which will make it a bit easier than the eclipse cycle occurring during Mercury retro in Scorpio! Whew. There will, however, be ‘tips’ to and fro as the scales of Libra attempt to balance. This will manifest in the communication/expression parts of our lives. Better to say nothing than to come off as a dictator. Watch your words.

It really is a time to sit in your core. I have been feeling this for a bit. Meditation is key (read my previous post). Meditation makes the intense energy much easier to deal with.

If you have, or are dealing with a health issue, certain symptoms may come up from last December/January. This can be a turning point, so make it a good one. Also, sometimes things break, get broken (beyond repair) or lost (permanently) during cycles like these. So if any of that is happening to you, or does happen during this cycle, just remind yourself, it’s time for something new, an upgrade perhaps.

We had two T-squares today (Monday, October 6) to deal with as we head into a highly pressurized Lunar Eclipse on Wednesday which will be visible in most of North and South America and Asia. You may feel squeezed during these next few days. Remain calm, it’s your choice ‘how’ you will deal with it. Stay out of criticism all the way around, meaning no criticizing yourself or others.

This eclipse is a ‘once in a lifetime’ event (with all these planetary ‘condiments’) we have had nothing like this for 84 years and it won’t repeat for us again in this lifetime.

Make it a good one, transformation is good! As we say here, learn to surf.

Blessings and hang in there!
~SL, 2014

Mercury Retrograde and Other “Perceived” Setbacks

Written by Sherrie Locke on 4 Corn, June 2014

Three times a year, just like clockwork, we have Mercury, the planet of communication, appearing to move backwards in the sky. It’s not really moving backwards. It is traveling the edges of its elliptical orbit and, just like the hubcap on a car, creates the illusion of moving in the opposite direction of the vehicle.

Mercury retrograde is a time to take it easy, according to Western astrology and astrologers.

During these times we are given a period of re-view, re-assessment, re-thinking (hopefully not too much), a chance for re-dos.

The pitfall: if we are not conscious and mindful, we may feel that we are justified in telling others what to do or how to feel, or may even fall into the pit of finger pointing and blame. Watch yourself. Be mindful.

What is repeating in your life and behavior, what you are repeating toward yourself and others, is showing you where you may need to affect change. You are not put here to change others.

This is not a time for you to express your will on others, but a time to be introspective as to why you are doing (or not doing) these “things.” This is a time when you can change your behavior.

The Mercury retrograde we are in as I write this article is particularly powerful, as it will most certainly affect your future and the future of all your relations based on how you treat yourself and others at this juncture. So if you have people in your life you truly care about, you might want to consider your words and actions during this time, as you have the power to potentially destroy these relationships permanently by being an ass.

Nobody wants to be told what they need to do, especially by someone who is not living their life or walking in their shoes and only sees or has a small view of the bigger picture but possibly a “large” opinion. Mind your own business unless you are asked for assistance or see someone’s life in danger.

During Mercury retrgrade, be prepared for missed deadlines and miscommunications.

This is a time when everyone is in upheaval, so a kind word and a hug without forcing your will or judgement on someone else at a time in their life when they are already stressed may be the breakthrough or breakdown point in a relationship. Love or a hug may prove to be something they need the most. It could even save a life. Do remember, this all reflects back on you.

Other than Mercury retrograde, there are other times when our patience and perseverance will be tested, such as during an illness, during a communication breakdown or a misunderstanding. As I have stated many times, be kind, be mindful and be present. Do you wish to be treated as you are treating others?

Being mindful and present is a necessity, and meditation is key (read my posts on mediation). Just consider that every word that falls from your lips has the power to create or destroy. Being mindful saves you a lot of cleanup. and in these times if you “let it fly” without being mindful, you just might lose someone for a lifetime. What do you value? Being right or being aced out permanently?

On the flip side short and sweet, plans can cave in during these times but can also lead to something profound, a side route you did not see coming. So be open to surprises and portals opening, long standing things and for projects suddenly getting a boot forward (likely to move again after the retro) to move to completion.

Hold a vision, but don’t be too picky about how it manifests. Have fun, take things in stride, take care of your own issues before you dose another with them — and try to be loving and considerate. It will save your relationships and make any “perceived setbacks” so much easier to weather for everyone.

Be Love, Be Kind and most of all, Be Mindful.

In LVX,
SL 2014