SAGITTARIUS - It is better to travel well than to arrive. ~ Buddha
AQUARIUS - If a man is not faithful to his own individuality, he cannot be loyal to anything. ~ Claude McKay
I believe the hints come from Leo. The archetypical Leo is at home on stage and in the spotlight. Leo thrives there—has to have it. Leo is ruled by the Sun. Leo must shine and be the center of his own solar system.
Life requires us to speak in public at times. It’s a fact of life. Whether it’s a job interview in front of an employment panel, a toast at a family member’s wedding, or a tribute at a funeral—we need to be able to make our ideas, feelings or capabilities known in front of many others in certain circumstances.
Leo, ruled by the Sun, tells us performing has something to do with fire—being stoked.
It is the ultimate act of self-love, trust, and a kind of self-confidence in the making to get up in front of everyone and just be you. But it takes practice, like any other skill.
1. Fast at least two hours a day from your most addictive Mercurial device, such as your computer or smart phone. See how long you can stretch your down time by the end of the cycle (Aug. 2-26).
2. Remove from your schedule any short trips that aren’t absolutely necessary. This may include some meetings, certain shopping, and—aw darn!—that guilt trip to visit your least favorite relative. I’m trying to say, in a nice way, quit running around so much.
3. Retreat at least an hour a day into quiet time. Do whatever feeds your soul: read, listen to music, meditate, take a nap—dream.
4. Review your last Solar Return or birthday year. If your birthday was less than six months ago, start with your birthday in 2010. How’s progress? What have been the themes, your accomplishments, your missed goals, surprises, and delights?
5. Revise something important to you that’s tangible. It could be your résumé, a sensitive letter you’re working on, an article or novel you’re writing, your will or trust—or maybe something as mundane as a delivery schedule for goods you get sent to your door on a regular basis. Mercury Retrograde is excellent for these kinds of things. Mercury rules some of the most mundane things we do, and they need periodic reviews and revisions. This is the time.
6. Revise something important to you that’s intangible. Do you need an attitude adjustment anywhere in your life? A face lift as in smiling more? Are you feeling as well as you want, and most of all, getting what you want out of life?
7. Check your books and checkbooks. Nearly every time I’ve found a significant error in my bank balance, it has been during Mercury Retrograde. It’s golden for going back over figures and finding any mistakes or missed entries.
8. Reinvent yourself. How do you want to be seen? You might want to wait to do the makeover until Mercury is direct, but the retrograde cycle is perfect for rethinking how you want to present yourself, particularly in communication forums like your favorite social networking sites. Do you need a new picture and to edit your profile? Reflect on whether you’ve changed and your profile hasn’t.9. Talk less. We all know people who talk our ears off. Some talk so much, they literally induce headaches. If you’re one of them, give it a rest. If you’re not, stay away from the talkers and talk even less yourself. Learn the beauty of silence and how a whisper can often convey more than a shout—and a few well-chosen words can speak volumes. Experiment with the subtler side of language.
10. Relax—be, don’t do. We are called human beings, not human doings. Give yourself the blessing of simply feeling who you are and your connection to everything and everyone around you.
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The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly--that is what each of us is here for. ~ Oscar Wilde
Better Selves = Better World