21 Day Mercury Retrograde Challenge!

 

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There is often a lot of talk about battening down the hatches, taking cover and being prepared for when the Mercury Retrograde cycle happens upon us. While I can appreciate the awareness that so many people have of this planetary cycle and its tri-yearly apparent backward motion, it seems poor Mercury has succumbed to a bit of bad press and the shit end of the pop-astrology stick. It really isn’t something to dread. Sometimes it delivers frustrating situations, yeah life does that, but really, it can be utilized as a great time to look at the things that are frustrating us and review the recent past. If you’re aware of it happening, you can consciously use the time to benefit you.

 

What is the challenge?

I’m going to actively engage with this Mercury Retrograde energy and give it space to breathe in my life. For the next 21 days I’m going to focus on what Mercury offers in the area of my life it’s kicking dirt up in, and I invite you to join me. You can post screen shots of your chart if you’re confused and I will, in turn, point you toward the house/s (areas of life) it is activating.

Over the next 21 days I will post information about Mercury; the myths that underpin it, what retrograde motion means, how this time can be used as positive resistance, the areas of life that Mercury governs and what it means to be in the air sign Aquarius. The challenge is to USE this energy. Have an active, conscious relationship with Mercury and find out what Mercury Retrograde really means for you.

 

How do I participate?
Join the event here on Facebook , post your questions, share your Mercury retrograde stories and challenge yourself to be consciously aware of this area of your life for the next 21 days. Mercury governs communication, information, conversations, coincidence, synchronicity and as well as things in motion. Mobilize your Mercury!

This is an open invitation. Invite your friends, partner, boss or make a Mercurial connection with someone you don’t know.

 

How do I know which area of life to focus on?

Depending on the time and location of your birth, Mercury will be trotting backwards in a certain area of your birth chart. This is where you can focus in and use the retrograde period to revisit issues of that area of life. If it occurs in your 9th house it can be a time for you to put a spark of adventure back into your life. If it occurs in your 5th house it’s time to get creative! If it occurs in your 12th house take this time to retreat from the world and focus on dreams and your inner landscape.

 

How do I find out where Mercury is in my chart?
You can plug in your deets here: www.astro.com and see where 1-17 degrees of Aquarius lies. On January 21st Mercury went retrograde at 17 degrees Aquarius and will “go direct” on February 11th at one degree Aquarius. This is the area of your chart that you want to focus on.

 

What is Mercury about?
Mercury is genderless and associated with the myth of Hermes, the wing-footed messenger of the Gods. It moves very quickly through the zodiac, faster than any other planet. In this, it dances every 88 days with each of the other planets, both in the (now) sky and around your own personal chart. It adapts to its environment before it’s off and moving again. Call it adaptability, mimicking, shape-shifting, impersonating or magic, Mercury’s energy is temporary, swift and light. It’s non-committal, cold and unemotional. It wants you to think about things and engage your child-like curiosity.

 

2016 Queer Astrology Calendar

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The 2016 East Van Queer Astrology Calendar has been a HUGE success!

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who participated and supported this project. Calendars are now for sale at Heartwood Community Cafe @ 317 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC…and on ETSY for out of province and international orders.

The calendar contains:

  • 49 BABES representing their sun-sign and the East Van queer community
  • Information on how to work with the Moon ~ Lunation Cycle rituals
  • Information on the Sun and Moon moving through signs and elements & how to apply this to your chart
  • Daily motions of the Moon – time specific to PST
  • Important retrograde/direct periods of the planets
  • Full moons / New Moons / Eclipses
  • The final  2 pages are my favorite! Each participant was asked to write one sentence that describes their experience of their sun-sign. No one can know you like you do…and the expressions on these 2 pages are just as dynamic as the images displayed each month.

 

 

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Arrows in the sky: Beginner’s Astrology

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WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

This 8 week course is an introduction to the basic building blocks of Astrology. It is designed for anybody who has a desire to learn Astrology, regardless of their current level of understanding. There will be a maximum of 10 people / class. Connect with others’ on Facebook.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

We will cover signs, houses, aspects (trines, squares, and oppositions, etc.) as well as a brief history of astrology. By the end of the course, you will have a solid knowledge base with which to read a birth chart, as well as a firm grasp on Astrological language. The classes are designed to be informative and interactive. You will work with your and each others’ charts as well as the charts of some famous people. Not only will the course help you learn to engage with the information in your own chart, it will also act as a platform from which you can launch into further Astrological education, if you so desire.

WHEN IS IT HAPPENING?

The course is from October 19th to December 7th. Classes will be held on Sunday evenings from 6-9 (including a break).

LOCATION AND ACCESS INFO

This event will take place on unceded and occupied Coast Salish territories. The course will be held in Hastings Sunrise.

The course is being held in my apartment and, regretfully, there is no wheelchair or scooter access to the building. The entrance to the building has 10 stairs, and there are 42 stairs (4 flights) leading to the apartment.

ASL interpretation is available if needed. If you require interpretation, please notify me by September 2nd.

There are cats who share the space so please consider this if you have allergies.

The building allows smoking, but smoking will not be permitted within the space. Please avoid wearing heavily scented products as the space is small.

This is sure to be an exciting journey and I look forward to sharing it with you!

Embodying Astrology

This is a call out for queer identified artists who are in the process of, or who have completed, a piece of autobiographical work, who are inspired to collaborate with an Astrologer on said piece.

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WHO CAN APPLY?

Queer identified artists who are in the process of creating, or have completed, a piece of autobiographical work. All artistic mediums welcome & no astrological knowledge is required on the artists’ behalf.

I am currently living in Vancouver BC. When/If the collaboration is presented (potentially at the Queer Astrology Cenference), the artist/s will be required to travel to present their work. Depending on duration & content, only one or two applicants can be selected at this time.

WHAT WILL THIS ENTAIL?

You will need to know your exact time, place and date of birth. The intention is for me (the Astrologer) to locate your experience (piece of work) in your own astrological landscape. I will look at your natal chart (birth chart), transits (the movement of the planets at the time of the events), as well as progressions (background cycles that inform our daily choices) that were occurring at the time of life your piece is set in. This will require several interviews, either in person or skype/phone, asking questions pertaining to your life and experiences. An open discourse will be required and applicants will need to be a~OK with their horoscope & transits being presented in a public space.

As this is a collaborative piece, there will be a merging of the artists’ work and the astrology present in the work. How this manifests will depend on the art itself and an exploration of the creative process, together. The intention is to merge the two disciplines into one piece; the embodiment of astrology.

 

APPLICATION

Send a synopsis of your work with the reason you would like to participate to arrowsintheskyastrology@gmail.com