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MERCURY RETROGRADE WITHOUT TEARS:
UPCOMING WORKSHOP, TELECLASS AND BOOKWas this December extra stressful for you? Did you experience any or all of the following:
Most people experience some or all of this during Mercury's retrograde periods, and never know what hit them. So many of my friends and clients suffered from this kind of discombobulation during the last Mercury Retrograde period (Nov. 30th to Dec. 20th) that I saw a glaring need for some information and coaching to help you sail through those times when Mercury is up to mischief. There ARE ways to minimize the negative effects and actually THRIVE while this is going on.
Therefore, since Mercury turns retrograde again on March 19th (and stays that way until April 12th) I'm offering a one-hour teleclass, to be repeated three times during late February and early March. These classes are conducted via telephone -- you call in from the comfort of your home or office -- and I'm offering this series at no charge, so you only pay your regular long distance rates to your phone company.
You'll be notified as soon as I have positive dates, but if you think you might like to attend the class, let me know right away! Your preferences could influence the schedule, and your needs will certainly define the content!
We'll talk about what "Mercury retrograde" IS, how it manifests in our lives (bring your stories if you've got 'em!), how to plan for it (3 different styles for different personality types), and what to do when chaos reigns despite our best efforts.
I'm also offering this material in a workshop (under the title "The Power of Attention") at EarthSpirit's Feast of Lights in Northampton, MA on Saturday, January 29th. So for those of you who will be attending the festival, I look forward to seeing you there!
Please understand: I'm counting on your feedback to help me turn these classes into an e-book* that will help thousands (dare I say millions?) of people DANCE through Mercury's retrograde periods stress-free! So y'all please come!
* An e-book, for those of you who don't know, is just a book in electronic format, such as a PDF file. It's easy for me to put together, easy for you to download, and saves paper. (Though it's also easy to print, if you prefer to read it that way -- most e-books are short and to the point.)
Two subscribers reported Mercury-retro experiences. Here's what they had to say:
Erin wrote me right in the middle of the December retro period:
"So, is mercury retrograde right now or something? Cause I'm having the worst series of miscommunications and technological failures and flub-ups that I have had in years. Or is this just me and my bad karma right now?"
When I responded that it was, indeed, Mercury and not her personal karma, she very sensibly subscribed to Transit Alert so that, in her words, "maybe I won't get blind-sided by this again." Sometime after Mercury turned direct, she sent in the following report:
"I don't think I have ever been quite so SMACKED by a mercury retrograde....just about everything whacked me upside the head for that period of time. But, the most interesting thing about it was the end of the story. I told you I was trying to write a paper during that week...well, I spent the entire week getting nowhere with the paper. Finally, after waking up on Monday morning hours after mercury turned direct I had an epiphany about the paper and realized that I needed to completely change my approach to the subject...(the paper was a draft of my senior essay, btw)...so I called my TA, told her my realization and asked if a beefy outline would be ok. She told me that she was delighted that I had had this realization, and that she had been hoping that I would eventually turn the paper in precisely this direction. Call it whatever you want, but Monday I literally floated through drafting and compiling the outline and it was virtually done by dinner time. It was like the flood gates opened..."
Here's what happened to Dianne during the August retro period:
"I have a kind of funny M-retro story. As I understand it sometimes mechanical things have problems during this time. This is the story of my attempting to do a simple chore as cutting the lawn this week.
"I started Monday night around 6 thinking that the expansive 1 acre of lawn that I have needed to be mowed. But first the dog needed his walk and while out in the woods with him, I was either guided to or distracted to build a fire pit for sacred fires. So...that took about an hour of hauling rocks...then on to the mowing. About 1/2 hour into the job it began to thunder and rain...so off I went to put the tractor away leaving a combination of mowed and unmowed stripes in the lawn.
"Tuesday around the same time the grass was now dry enough to cut...and trying to get every edge done, I managed to catch the 30' of the dogs lead (metal) tightly around the 3 sets of blades in the tractor. Good to know that this is a big tractor with a history of giving me mechanical challenges.
"In an effort to avoid the $150 service call to fix the problem, I first found some ancient tin snips. With all my might I managed to trim back some of the lead...but could not untangle. And, you can imagine me lying on the ground trying to get under the tractor!
"Next I borrowed another tool...of unknown name, from a friend who claimed that her husband was able to cut this material at their house. He must have been Hercules because I couldn't make a dent.
"So now I'm smartening up and take the metal lead to the local hardware store in search of a tool that I can use to do the cutting. 3 women were 'manning' the hardware store and we found a girl size, but powerful set of bolt cutters that did the trick. Yippee a potential solution. And back under the tractor I went. Except that even running the blasted machine up on a rock wall didn't get it up high enough for me to get to where I needed.
"I finally gave up and called the service center. I thought about starting my conversation with the service scheduler with 'don't laugh' but didn't. And then she chuckled and said she thought this was the funniest service call she'd ever heard. She's new and doesn't know the history of me and the tractor from hell.
"Moral of the story: no grass cutting during M-retro."
Thanks for sharing your stories, Erin and Dianne!
Here again is the link to express interest in the teleclass. If it doesn't work for you, just send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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