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May The Force Be With You!

While the weather still feels like the longest summer, there are some important planetary events happening. You may have heard the term ‘Mercury retrograde’ when the planet of messages, decision making and communication seems to be going backwards. This means that you need to triple check everything to make sure you’ve been understood, but also try to accept when things don’t go according to plan. This stellar event occurs three times a year and lasts about 3 weeks –and the current one finishes this Sunday- whew! Better to leave a few days after until signing important documents and other wise making important.

Another one to watch out for is Mars retrograde. This only happens every two years, but lasts for two months. Mars is a symbol of activity, physical energy/force and war. It also rules metallic objects, so, during this time be careful driving, and if possible avoid having surgery until this period is over –June 29. Don’t begin a law suit or divorce – these are like battles, that won’t be easily won at the moment!

When it is retrograde, it signifies that things don’t move as fast as you wish, projects do not run smoothly – another good reason to let go, connect with the season of autumn. It is like a hinge between the much more outwardly active time of summer and the inner still time of winter coming up. A time to review your goals.

Personally I don’t think we should depend on the Roman calendar, rather go with the natural movement of the Earth, so that the date of the winter solstice – June 22 – is when winter really begins! This is a good time to air clothes and bedding before putting them away, or before using winter versions, especially if you suffer from allergies. As it is still Lung time according to TCM, it’s vital to strengthen your immune system. Clare still has a great special for this, running at the moment. Give her a call to find out how she can help you.

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