By Jasmine, SkinOwl Director of Brand Collaborations
Here we go ladies and gentlemen, spring has SPRUNG, and we have some major shifts coming with it. The first big blessing is that mercury will soon be going direct! We have been experiencing Mercury retrograde since March 5 which may have been the source of some miscommunications, some technological errors and delays or some full-on fogginess. Mercury is the planet that rules all things communication. This could translate into multiple areas of our lives. Maybe you’ve been having a harder time giving yourself the hype you deserve, or others for that matter – maybe you’ve been having a hard time nailing down appointments and losing track of plans and previous engagements – maybe you’ve had a hard time expressing yourself – or maybe…. Instagram shuts down….. that was a fun day. It just doesn’t get more Mercury retrograde than an entire social media platform shutting down for 24 hours.
What I’m saying is that we live in an extremely technologically advanced world and most of our communication is exchanged by way of the internet *eh em, like you reading this today, hello!* So, if you have seen some challenges in terms of emails sending, and texts not being received, and phone calls dropping at crucial moments, know that you can attribute that to something much bigger than “WHY ME??”.
I see mercury retrogrades as a blessing, we have something much bigger, much more powerful asking us to take a step back and release the reigns of control. Do what you can, let go of what you cannot do, and enjoy the down time in between. Let’s face it, March was a month of downtime, but we are headed into Spring with a new pep in our step. The rain in sunny Southern California has finally let up some, and we are seeing the effects of nature’s rain remedy. Get ready, because this new season is coming in full force and there is a fire under our butts asking us to put things into motion. Where winter asks us to slow down and reflect, Spring asks us to get up and move.
As we head out of Mercury Retrograde on March 28th, you will notice that things will start to run a little more smoothly. There is a shadow period, so be patient, but know that you will be supported and encouraged to start writing out that to-do list and tackle each task like a BOSS. We also just had a Super Full Moon in Libra, which to me is a gentle reminder, that no matter how hard you are ready to hit the ground running, try not to burn out. Find the balancing act of push and pull.
Okay okay, so we’re heading into Aries season now, the 1st house of the Zodiac wheel, the leader, the initiator, the winner. Aries is ruled by Mars, and is a fire sign. Aries sometimes does, before thinking and there is no doubt in my mind that this month will push us all to step outside our comfort zone, to seek a thrill, to accomplish something we never have and to be charming and enthusiastic the whole way through. This is about the time we start making notes on our social calendar, we start bustling with new ideas at work, and we run instead of walk with all the things spark joy.
Here is my warning – Aries loves to start projects, and has a hard time following through. Sometimes that’s a good thing, we have to experiment with what works and what doesn’t.. but sometimes, we become little kids and see something shiny and get distracted and let great things fall away because our attention drifted. By all means, let yourself explore, just leave a little trail behind you so you can come back to this in the later months and see what fun projects you started and where you can pick back up on your genius, later down the line ;)
Here are a couple of my heading-into-Spring tips !
Get your spring cleaning on!
There’s a reason this is a thing. Winter becomes a time of hoarding. We collect things because we don’t want to face the winters wrath and leave the house. Our homes become cluttered and we become flustered. This is a new season, we dont need to carry as much with us as we did in the winter, let yourself shed the layers of “stuff” around your home. Make way for all the new that is about to pour into your life!
Build a fire!
Aries is a fire sign, and to me this means it is time to create some fire. It is very easy to get stuck in a winter routine, cold and stiff and stale. Well now is the time to shake that all off. Get moving again, spend time outside, bring in BRIGHT colors to your world and start warming up your internal fire. It may be small now, but it will start to build up strong as we head into the warmer months of the year. This is the time to start collecting the right kinds of fuel for the metaphorical internal fire to last, and if you’re called to it, maybe make an actual fire, go camping and sit by the fire as you enjoy the season changing and the days getting longer and nights getting warmer!
Looking for more Zodiac goodness? Check out this post about Pisces.