I’ve been having the most stunning time in Sardinia under what has so far been a relatively calm and tranquil Mercury retrograde. For a change!
Most nights I would look up at the sky and see the Moon conjunct Venus – so so beautiful.
This Mercury retrograde is due to end on Sunday 14th May, and included the eclipse along with the second New Moon in Aries. Many of you have been feeling the subtle yet titanic shift of energy during this time.
I made a Mars-like decision to explore Sardinia, and life does not get more Mars-like than renting a car in Italy! A New Moon in Aries on 2nd May was meant to inspire you to take action. And did you?
I certainly did. I morphed from in a sleepy dreamy time in the beautiful seaside town on Alghero to go drive round the Costa Smeralda, the Costa Serena, and the Golfo d’Arancio – all sublimely beautiful. It did me the world of good!
Sardinia has truly been one of the most beautiful places I have ever ever visited. I landed in a quiet yet lively small town called Cannigione, from where the boats go to the Archipelago della Maddalena, a set of seven exquisite islands off the coast. I had had visions of these islands come up time and time again while in meditation some months back.
Cannigione is one of those towns you find hard to leave, and so I am still here as I write this.
Recover a sense of adventure
No coincidence then that this Mercury retrograde is in the fixed earth sign of Taurus, ruled by Venus. For once, on this trip, I stopped booking accommodation in advance, and doing so meant that I often found far better accommodation there and then. Literally.
We have these last few years, lost our sense of adventure. No, everything does not need to be booked in advance or planned meticulously for! I parked my car in this beautiful village, and, for the low cost of $55 a night, got myself a single room en suite with balcony overlooking the harbour. I may never leave!
I ring down to reception every morning saying “resto ancora sta sera” – “I’m staying another night” – and get the tranquil “va bene, va bene” response. I have not been to Italy in over five years and have so missed its quiet elegance.
What has been really interesting about the astocartography of this place is how soothing and nurturing it has been to be close to a Moon line – the Moon trines my Midheaven here and also bi undeciles my IC (home and roots).
What does your soul crave?
A bi undecile signifies insight and discipline, so it is no coincidence that I set up my AirBnb listing back in Ireland effortlessly here.
And so, as this Mercury retrograde comes to a close, ask yourself – how did you re-evaluate what you value? On the 14th May, Mercury will be conjunct Jupiter and also the North Node, all in Taurus. So, there is still a theme around values and beliefs. The North Node is all about what our soul is longing to move towards – ask yourself, what does your soul crave?
Mine craves more time in Italy, which is the purpose of renting my house on Airbnb. It takes an hour to set up and you can just rent some rooms in your house to start with, as I have done. The income from this can give you the freedom to travel and explore. Are you tempted?! For Mercury is conjunct Jupiter and Jupiter also squares Pluto. Time to finally write that book maybe or let yourself move forward in another rewarding way?
My Neptune moves to my fifth house here and you can read more about Neptune lines in my previous blog about Neptune, so creativity is effortlessly highlighted, as is the need to be close to the sea. Here, the sea is the most stunning emerald-green and azure blue I have ever seen. My relocated North Node moves to my fourth house, hence a sense of feeling effortlessly at home, as was the case in Tuscany all those years ago.
So, ask yourself as this Mercury retrograde comes to a close – following the prompt Liz Gilbert asked us all to consider in a beautiful webinar in January: what if you let go of the need to leave a legacy and have a purpose and simply decided? What is the most interesting thing I can do this year? And then go do that. See where your curiosity and imagination and sense of adventure takes you.
You might love it. Your life might change beyond your wildest dreams. I came to Sardinia during Mercury retrograde with no expectations and nothing booked and fell utterly in love with the whole island.
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