Have people been taking what you say the wrong way? Has anyone misinterpreted your texts, emails or everyday communication and responded in an inappropriate manner? Are communication breakdowns causing you to spinout mentally and respond emotionally by feeling upset, frustrated or annoyed? Don’t worry you are not alone.

The third Mercury Retrograde cycle begins today and will last from October 4th until October 25th. When you think things are going swimmingly with your relationships and all is well in the universe, Mercury Retrograde likes to step in and show you who’s boss. Mercury will let you know you don’t have as much control as you think you do. People will also step in and challenge you in kinds of ways showing you their unsavory side as they initiate and participate in poor communication cycles like gossip, slander and conflict  that cause you to feel sad, angry or even paranoid. Don’t let yourself be sucked in. Stop the madness!

deck used: Aleister Crowley’s Thoth tarot

How does the Mercury Retrograde cycle affect you?

It’s different for every person and some people feel the effect of the Mercury Retrograde cycle more strongly than others, but if you have noticed some weaknesses with your communication with others, a proactive person might spend some time thinking about the nature of action, reaction, and overreaction. If you find yourself overreacting or even find that you are working out the shadow side of your personality with people who simply don’t deserve it, it is time to take a step back and rethink your communication strategy.

How can you have a better experience during the Mercury Retrograde cycle?

Disengage if someone tries to prove a point using poor communication. Refuse to participate in what I refer to as the “Mercury Retrograde Domino Effect” (MRDE). Your response is key with poor communication: if you don’t obsess, overreact or become paranoid about what is said you will not be able to pass that energy onto other members of your community.

Ignore snarky comments that are not in the spirit of fun and good humor. Enough said.

Keep emails and texts sparse and to the point. Also, double-check that people are receiving important correspondence. Electronic communication often fail during this cycle. So, if you have something important to communicate make sure the information is received.

Take responsibility for your actions. If you let the shadow side of your personality take over, don’t blame it on Mercury Retrograde, say you are sorry and move on.

Assume your friends and associates do not intend ill will. Be gentle with your communication. Nothing is irreparable.

Ground your energy. When you are caught up in communication that affects the head and the heart, it’s time to go within and focus on healthy routines that get you out of your mind and balance the body. Start an exercise routine. Focus on making regular meals. Walk in nature. Paint a picture. Slow down and bring some balance in.

The ultimate challenge is to go with the flow. Ride the wave, don’t try to control it.

If you want to learn more about how to navigate communication during the Mercury Retrograde cycle come find me at one of my Portland residencies and we will explore the topic in greater detail.

Sunday, October 5th and Sunday, October 12 from 1 till 4: Flutter

Mondays from 6 till 9: Night LIght Lounge

Tuesdays from 6 till 9: Corkscrew Wine Bar

Wednesdays from 6 till 9: What’s Upstairs


It’s time to take stock, folks. The Fall Equinox is like the red-headed stepchild of seasons, not as fancy as the Winter or Summer Solstice but a chance to take hold and create some real change for yourself in the next six months.

The Fall Equinox brings a special opportunity to address some important questions: What is working in your life? What or who do you need to say goodbye to? How can you slow down and create some balance? What are you grateful for? Who can you say thank you to? How can you de-clutter your life? How do you relax in this world? What dreams can you invoke into being? What do you want to take with you into to the next year? And what do you want to leave behind?

Tarot deck used: Dreaming Way tarot

Over the next week, I have some special tasks for you that will assist with creating a peaceful environment.

To restore balance to your world, pay attention to your physical body and your physical space.

To restore balance: you will need to slow way down this week. Sleep, friend, you need sleep. Make a special point to hang out at home not drinking (alcohol or caffeine), not being particularly social. Do the cleaning projects you’ve been putting off because you’ve had a fantastic summer socializing and having fun.

To restore order within: cut down on the excess. Do without this week: no sugar, no caffeine, no alcohol, no coffee, no gluten, no dairy. Get the rest you truly need. If only for a week, shoot for 8 to 10 hours of sleep. Simplify. It’s only for week, right? Focus on eating good quality food and drinking pure water. Go for daily walks. Do some yoga. You NEED this.

To restore order on a social level: invite meaningful interactions into your life and keep any energy depleting people at bay. You will want to thank the people who have helped you over the last six months. Is it possible that you owe some thanks to yourself? Who is going to help restore order and balance on a social level?

To restore order in your environment: you are going to have to clean. I’m serious! You are taking the week off from drinking and socializing, so, why don’t you put a little love and elbow grease into your home? Wash the floors and baseboards (you know your Grandmother told you this is important), clean out the cupboards, wash some delicate things because it’s now or never.

Some cleaning tasks that will restore order: Go through your closets and remove any and all clothes that either don’t fit, have stains that will never come out, or have been worn thread bare or are just faded to the point of no return.

Get rid of anything that has been collecting dust for well over a year, without appreciation. This energy is stagnant, so why not get rid of it? Throw it away, let someone else appreciate it, donate it, create a free box, but let the energy move.

Go through anything that you “collect”, media is perfect. Books, records, clothes, all of that stuff, get rid of anything that is shredded. If you can’t read a book without the binding falling off, or the record skips every song, say goodbye to it.

Now for the fun stuff: what do you want to bring into being? Now is the time to generate a list of what you want to manifest in the next six months. Be as specific as you can!

Curious about how you can make the most of this seasonal change? The significance of the Fall Equinox will be explored at all of my tarot residencies this week and how you can make this special time work for you!

Monday night from 6 till 9 at Night Light Lounge

Tuesday night form 6 till 9 at Corkscrew Wine Bar

Thursday night form 6 till 9 at What’s Upstairs

I hope to see you!