January 5th, Mercury goes retrograde in the sign of Aquarius and then reverts to the sign of Capricorn on the 9th until the 25th. This will be making big city trouble in small town environments - problems that you never thought would affect you do. All of those group ideals and assumed agreements will start to fall apart because of flaws in the communication. Humans may not be your favorite species during Mercury Retrograde, but you can overcome and counter the chaos that will be generated between Jan 5th and 25th.
You see, Mercury Retrograde is a blessing. If you embrace that this astrological aspect serves a deeper purpose other than just being an annoyance and setback. Mercury Rx shows you where your plan is faulty before it becomes irreparable. Retrograde gives you the opportunity to fix what is about to break. That check engine light is not going to repair itself and if you ignore it during retrograde you could need a new engine before the month is up. If you catch it right away during retrograde then you may just find the oil leak before it burns out your engine.
This month, with Mercury Rx in Aquarius and Capricorn you can remedy this by making sure everyone knows their roles and accountability in every situation. Don’t assume anyone will jump in where needed because they will be dealing with their own broken ideals. You will uncover where there are holes in your plan and where instructions need to be clarified - but don’t take it personally.
Take an active role in your energy in January and surround yourself with things that will smooth out crisis’ and help people feel heard. The Wicked Good Sprays of Road Opener, Keep Calm and Karma Kleaner are going to be helpful in any environment where many people gather or work together.
Van Van oil and candle will be your best friend in keeping the energy flowing in a positive direction and you may as well get the new Mercury Retrograde Spell Box, make copies of the Mercury Retrograde symbol and prayer and then put it in your cork bag, car, desk, under your couch or where people gather.
Don’t forget to take care of your own accountability and don’t get sucked into the minutia of your grievances and forget you need to relate to the whole world. Your frustrations will run the risk of trumping your common sense so keeping the Happiness Candle, votive or oil handy will help you get out of circular thinking and back to relating to the whole world.
This first time I had a well-earned hangover I was given the advice to drink water, eat carbs and fill up on protein. The only thing missing from that advice is take a nap about an hour after you wake up. I don’t often engage in earning a drunken night hangover anymore but I have found that there are many other ways to earn that drawn out, plastic, exhausted feeling that we classify as a hangover.
There are late night hangovers, crying hangovers, headache hangovers, worked-too-many-hours hangover, sugar-binge hangovers and magical hangovers. Yup, magical hangovers are a real thing and not only I have had them, you probably have too.
In DIY Akashic Wisdom, Patty and I call them Spiritual Hangovers and they are what you get after an amazing, magical experience and you have to engage in the world again in all its imperfections and messiness. Spiritual hangovers are the point where you realize how much in your life you have to change to have the magic you generate fully manifest. It is the kick-in-the-pants reality none of us like and many of us avoid or deny.
But this is a sweet hangover because it means life can get better if you put in the work and take the steps that are scary and uncomfortable. You know a good, transformative spell is never comfortable. We cannot create profound change from the comfort of your illusions because your illusions (aka fears) will stop the magic from manifesting. Discomfort is that alchemical catalyst that promotes the transformation you are looking for.
Know that once you step back into the big scary world you will give yourself a choice, do you carry your magic forward and do the work it takes to manifest the next thing, or do you step back into your uncomfortable comfort zone?
The best things for a spiritual hangover is the same thing you would do for any hangover; nurture yourself. Hydrate because you might have to cry and grieve for the changes you need to make. Eat the bread of life to fill up all of your empty spots with energy that will carry your through the transformation. Look for and surround yourself with quality substance (or people) that you can lean on and use in this journey as you will be experiencing new and uncomfortable ideas. Take rest breaks in your growth to let all parts of you catch up.
Having a magical aftercare kit will help this process: Stones to support your journey, candles to ease the transition into digestible bites, oils to keep your energy vibrating in this new way and affirmations to remind your brain of this new ideal you are manifesting.
Try this combo the next time you have a big change:
Stability Blessed Herbal Candle, Road Opener Hoo Doo Oil, a quartz crystal to keep your energy up and an affirmation (that you create) that represents your new ideal.
You will learn much on your magical journey as long as you keep walking it.
Did you get your pillows out into the middle of the floor, put on your meditation CD and yoga pants and light the candle? If you did, it sounds like a wonderful start to your meditation. If you are like me, you would have thought about the process and shook your head thinking, “I have 45 other things I need to do!” Honestly, I give up before I every get started because traditional meditation does not bring me joy.
They come out of the woodwork this month, all the Halloween Witches that just love October and witchy the trappings that make you feel magical. Kind of like Sunday Christians. Being a Halloween Witch is a good start, but let me give you 13 things that you can do all year long to earn that Witches Union Card and master your magical self.