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Professional astrologer Stefanie James explores various aspects of astrology from the basics and up to intermediate and advanced subjects and techniques.

Typical areas of discussion will be various modern, psychological and traditional astrological techniques, current astro-weather, notable points in history, interviews, and natal chart analysis including the charts of listeners.

Stefanie is a Professional Astrologer with an international client base, Reiki Master, published writer and former Horoscope Columnist for ELLE Magazine.

Aug 4, 2023

Cerebral Mercury has entered his shadow period in preparation of his retrograde motion in his Virgo on 23/24 August (depending where on Earth you are).

During this time there is a magical Grand Earth Trine forming in the skies, comprising of Mercury–Mars in Virgo, Jupiter–Uranus in Taurus and Pluto in Capricorn!

The whole period is triggered into action by a secretly seething Moon in Scorpio opposite a rather discombobulated Uranus in Taurus, forming a temperamental T-Square apexing at righteous Lilith in Leo and the fastidious Sun in Virgo...

Another thing to observe is the crossover between Venus and Mercury retrograde periods; both highlighting areas we need to identify what we truly value, followed up with a tricky decision which could prompt a complete change of direction.

Under these volatile planetary conditions our manifesting ability could mimic the Midas touch.

During this period it would be wise of us all to be careful what we wish for.

...btw, apologies for the quality of the recording. Unfortunately I had some Mercury retro gremlins (I know it’s not that time just yet, but somehow these things seem to magically coincide).

What are your Sun and Rising signs and has this resonated with you at all?


Pre-shadow 08°00’ Virgo on 3/4 August
Retrograde 21°51’ Virgo on 23/24 August at 19.59 (UTC)
Cazimi 13°36 06 September at 11.09 (UTC)
Direct 08°00’ 15 September 20.21 (UTC)
Leaves shadow 21°51’ Virgo 29/30 September

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00:00:14 About Mercury Rx in Virgo + Dates | 00:01:33 Mercury Rx visual explanation | 00:02:52 Why it’s different this time | 00:08:09 Shadow period | 00:08:32 Aries Sun and Rising | 00:14:27 Taurus Sun and Rising | 00:20:34 Gemini Sun and Rising | 00:25:54 Cancer Sun and Rising | 00:30:35 Leo Sun and Rising | 00:34:13 Virgo Sun and Rising | 00:40:56 Libra Sun and Rising | 00:45:48 Scorpio Sun and Rising | 00:51:29 Sagittarius Sun and Rising | 00:57:57 Capricorn Sun and Rising | 01:03:32 Aquarius Sun and Rising | 01:09:05 Pisces Sun and Rising | 01:15:07 Patreon/Prize Draw | 01:16:59 End


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