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Zodiacal Potpourri

by Miss Dee

                                    

    * Special note:  Mercury goes Retrograde on August 13, 2017.  It turns Direct on Sept. 4, 2017.  If you are unfamiliar with the Mercury Retrograde cycle, these two articles, Beggs n' Econ and Bumbled Articulation, will explain what Mercury Retrograde creates in a person's life and what needs to be learned.     

  What does this month hold in store for you? We invite you to visit the Forecast page to find out!

   

    Beggs n' Econ, Again!

     Here we are again, beginning another Mercury Retrograde cycle. Mercury, the planet that governs communication, will begin its Retrograde or bumbled, tongue-tied communication, backward feeling cycle August 13th. It will go Direct on September 4th.

     To refresh your memory, the Mercury Retrograde cycle is that time when the planet Mercury appears to move backwards in its orbit. It doesn't really shift and go in reverse, it only appears to move backwards or slow down as one of the other planets speeds past it.

     During this slow down cycle the majority of people have a difficult time communicating: getting our point across, listening, and remembering are challenging. Misunderstandings and changes to schedules are commonplace, tempers are short, people are irritable, most people experience a general nervousness, and keys or other items are temporarily misplaced.

     Because misunderstandings are so common during a Mercury Retrograde cycle and because we change our mind about some of our decisions, it is best to avoid making major purchases, signing contracts or making commitments during a Mercury Retrograde cycle.

     The above is the tedious side of a Mercury Retrograde cycle. But there are blessings to this three to four week cycle, blessings that we may not see until after Mercury goes Direct, in this case September 4th, 2017.

     #1. Most people are more introverted during the Mercury Retrograde cycle, which allows time for soul-searching hearts and minds for self-sabotaging emotions, habits or thoughts.

     #2. Most people mull over personal experiences, which allows time to come upon the truth of an experience to see the lesson being learned.

     #3. Most people review personal goals as well as the path to achieving them.

     #4. Most people enjoy the quiet time of the Mercury Retrograde cycle and finish projects.

...During August...

Aries: before summer's end, enjoy a day away with a picnic lunch that includes turkey salad on potato bread sandwiches, pasta salad, celery stalks, radishes, cherry tomatoes, pickles, olives and watermelon. During the Mercury Retrograde cycle, the majority of confusion and misunderstandings you experience will be over the recent changes in your life. These changes, while uncomfortable, have created beneficial outcomes.

Taurus: before summer's end, enjoy a day away with a picnic lunch that includes ham on rye bread sandwiches, potato salad, deviled eggs, celery stalks filled with peanut butter, olives, brownies, cashews, pears and orange juice. During the Mercury Retrograde cycle, you may be tempted to start back to school. Wait until September before committing to any schedule. Make certain all legal documents are legal.

Gemini: before summer's end, enjoy a day away with a picnic lunch that includes egg salad on wheat bread sandwiches, a fresh Waldorf salad, cheese cubes, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and apples. During the Mercury Retrograde cycle, the majority of confusion and misunderstandings you experience will be with your clients, customers, and/or employees so think first then count to 10 before you speak. Your reputation as well as your business's is under scrutiny.

Cancer: before summer's end, enjoy a day away with a picnic lunch that includes deviled eggs, fried chicken, potato salad, bell pepper and celery strips, molasses cookies, tangerines and lemonade. During the Mercury Retrograde cycle, the majority of confusion and misunderstandings you experience will be with your friends and acquaintances. Your goals may undergo some review but hold off until September to make any changes in this area.

Leo: before summer's end, enjoy a day away with a picnic lunch that includes fried chicken, macaroni salad, spinach dip and bread, brownies, orange juice and cantaloupe. During the Mercury Retrograde cycle, the confusion and misunderstandings that created those age-old nagging fears and anxieties will be cleared up before September. You will also discover the belief or thought that has been sabotaging your best efforts.

Virgo: before summer's end, enjoy a day away with a picnic lunch that includes turkey salad on potato bread sandwiches, 3-bean salad, cherry tomatoes, celery stalks filled with cream cheese, lemon bars, peaches and orange juice. During the Mercury Retrograde cycle, the majority of confusion and misunderstandings you experience will be with yourself as well as the first impression you give to others. You may portray yourself as something you are not.

Libra: before summer's end, enjoy a day away with a picnic lunch that includes chicken salad on pumpernickel bread sandwiches, fresh fruit salad, pasta salad, cheese cubes, grapes, mint cookies and iced tea. During the Mercury Retrograde cycle, the majority of confusion and misunderstandings you experience will be in the area of your finances. Checks may be temporarily lost or misplaced and payments may be taken from the wrong account.

Scorpio: before summer's end, enjoy a day away with a picnic lunch that includes turkey, ham and roast beef on sourdough bread sandwiches, macaroni salad, cold veggie salad, cherries, peach cobbler and peach nectar. During the Mercury Retrograde cycle, the majority of confusion and misunderstandings you experience will be with everyone you talk to but especially with your siblings. Think first then count to 10 before you speak.

Sagittarius: before summer's end, enjoy a day away with a picnic lunch that includes egg salad on wheat bread sandwiches, Cole slaw, cucumber salad, bell pepper and celery strips, pineapple slices and pumpkin cookies. During the Mercury Retrograde cycle, the majority of confusion and misunderstandings you experience will take place in your home but may filter into your career area. Evening walks would be especially beneficial.

Capricorn: before summer's end, enjoy a day away with a picnic lunch that includes fried chicken, potato salad, cherry tomatoes, carrot strips, radishes, celery stalks filled with cream cheese and lemonade. During the Mercury Retrograde cycle, the majority of confusion and misunderstandings you experience will be with your children or your lover. Think first then count to 10 before you speak because words can cut like a knife!

Aquarius: before summer's end, enjoy a day away with a picnic lunch that includes celery stalks filled with peanut butter, cheese cubes, chicken salad on rye bread sandwiches, 3-bean salad, bell pepper strips, thumbprint cookies and apple juice. During the Mercury Retrograde cycle, the majority of confusion and misunderstandings you experience may be with your co-workers. Scheduling your time seems futile. Take special care regarding your health, there may be confusion with test results.

Pisces: before summer's end, enjoy a day away with a picnic lunch that includes tuna salad on pumpernickel bread sandwiches, fresh Waldorf salad, hard boiled eggs, cherry tomatoes, sweet pickles, radishes, bell pepper and celery strips, date nut bars and orange juice. During the Mercury Retrograde cycle, the majority of confusion and misunderstandings you experience will be with your spouse. Tempers are short and disagreements are excessive. Count to 10 before you speak!

     

     Additional information on health issues of each sun sign, preferred gifts, beneficial foods, herbs and vitamins for each sun sign, characteristics, complimentary costumes, the moon's influence, the Mercury Retrograde cycle, compatible sun signs, and much, much more may be found in the books, The Best of Miss Dee, and Health, Astrology, and Spirituality, both by Miss Dee.  Please see the Books page.