The Practical Couch Potato

On 6 May, at 18:26 GMT (not BST), Mercury enters Taurus where he remains for about two weeks.

During this time, slow down, take it easy, find pleasure in your speech.

When Mercury was in Aries, we learned that the damage caused by words hurled in anger continues long after we’ve forgotten what was said. Research has shown that anger, like joy, is highly contagious –they both provide a hard-to-resist adrenalin rush. 

Think before you speak is always good advice and when Mercury is in Taurus, you might even want to think twice. Not only is this one of the best ways to avoid unnecessary arguments but it also allows you to get more in touch with yourself. It’s even a good way to make your everyday life more stable and secure and in this fast-paced, stressful world, who wouldn’t benefit from more of that?

You would adjust your conduct and even direct the course of your spirit according to hour and seasons.

Kahlil Gibran – The Prophet
The practical couch potato

Practical tips for getting in touch with Taurus:

  • Take a walk outdoors – even 20 minutes is enough. Focus on the sounds and sights around you. Feel your feet in contact with the ground.
  • Make time to cuddle with someone or something that you love – your partner, dog or cat, and even your teddy bear.
  • Practice ‘mindful eating. Chew slowly. Savour the flavours and textures. Enjoy every minute of your meal or snack.
  • Even if your day is all bounce and go, with careful planning you can still schedule time for a rest or even a nap. Sometimes, it’s good – even practical – to be a couch potato.

Verbal Impatience aka/just plain rude speech

Wednesday  (at 6:02 GMT), Mercury moves into Aries where he remains until mid-May.

When Mercury was in Pisces, communication flowed easily, albeit not so well understood. Now, communication will flow even more easily and everyone will know exactly what it is that was meant to be conveyed.

Key concepts for this period include verbal impatience, quick thinking, and just plain rude speech.

Don’t forget that words hurled in anger hurt – and stick.

You may or may not have meant what you said in the heat of the moment, but long after you’ve moved on, the other person will remember exactly what it is that you’ve said. 

heat of the moment
  • What does this situation teach you about yourself?
  • What does that mean about you?
  • What do you choose to do with this information?


Since 5 March, Mercury has been travelling backwards (retrograde) through Pisces.

Finally, today, at 14:00 GMT, he turns direct! 

Time to celebrate. 


Not just any old celebration, but a celebration that honours that which connects you and yours with the whole human race.  Who knows what joy and happiness – renewed sense of faith and community spirit – it might bring!

However lost and lonely you might feel from time to time if only you pause a moment and look around, you can always find someone with whom you share some important belief and/or value. 

Pisces is about unity rather than division and now is the perfect time to give the former (rather than the later), an honest try.

  • What’s missing?
  • What do you want to create?
  • What matters most?


Mercury retrogrades have a bad reputation and not always justifiably. 

The truth of the matter is that although Mercury does rule connections and communications of all sorts, there’s no reason to blame him when your train is late or if you hit the send button on that email that, it later turns out, you probably ought never to have written.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. 

At the moment, Mercury is fluttering about backward at the end of Pisces and I, for one, think this is a good thing. This is because we all have another chance to turn an impossible goal, project, or dream into reality.

impossible dream becomes reality

To make the best of this time, you must be perfectly clear about what it is that you really desire – because, well, the chances are that you just might get it.

“Ordinary people believe only in the possible. Extraordinary people visualize not what is possible or probable, but rather what is impossible. And by visualizing the impossible, they begin to see it as possible. 

Cheri Carter-Scott

Never tell a lie…

With Mercury now moving into Pisces (where it remains until April), communications of all sorts flow easily. But that doesn’t mean that they’ll be properly understood. Indeed, it’s probable that they won’t be and for a most intriguing reason.

With this influence, there is a tendency to think or feel one thing but to say something completely different. 

Saying one thing but thinking something different

The best way to find out what’s really going on is to pay close attention – not to the words, but to the bigger picture. 

  • Watch body language – indeed all nonverbal cues.
  • If someone is fidgeting whilst they talk and/or refuses to make and hold eye contact, there’s a good reason.
  • Similarly, if someone is vague in their answers, press for details. If they are not forthcoming, that tells you something right there.
  • Likewise, if someone is trying too hard to fill in the blanks, you ought to be suspicious.
  • Feigning indifference or boredom also is a clue. 

When all else fails, trust your gut instinct.

If something inside you says that something is wrong, then it probably is and even if it isn’t, there’s no harm in being on your guard.

Cement your plans

Since the beginning of January,  Mercury has been in Capricorn and you’ve had a good chance to put your ideas to the test.

Now, with Mercury moving in Aquarius (where it remains until mid-February), you have the chance to cement those ideas into concrete plans and to position them correctly.


The key to making the best of this period is to ensure that your plans are both rational and organized. They should benefit not just yourself but others as well. Indeed, the more socially progressive your plans, the greater likelihood of their happy fruition.

Avoid, however, the impulse to push your agenda too hard. During this period, taking on board the constructive comments of others can only strengthen your cause.

By contrast, taking a rigid approach (i.e. my way or no way) will not help. Indeed, such an attitude could cause your plans to spin out of your control.

In other words, communicate wisely.

Want to brush up on your presentation skills?

Consider coaching.

Tough Talk

Chances are that during November and December 2018 you had any number of fantastic ideas.

With Mercury in Sagittarius it was, after all, a period of possibility and promise.

But now, Mercury is moving into Capricorn (5 – 24 January 2019) and it is time to put those ideas to the test with the dedication and discipline that they deserve.

Don’t be surprised when this proves more difficult than you’d imagined. The reality is that some of those ideas were never going to work and now you will be forced to severely modify or even abandon them.

In this regard, expect 12-13 January to be particularly challenging.

TOugh talk

The good news is, however, that whilst Mercury is in Capricorn, you have the opportunity to gain valuable insight about what works and what doesn’t and most importantly, why.

Time for some tough talk with self and others:

  • If you could do this again, what would you do differently?
  • How can you make the most of this experience?
  • Where do you go from here?

The theatre of opportunity

  • What might you gain if you go for it?

  • What might you lose if you don’t?

  • What more do you need to decide?

me and ju in sg

From 12 December (23:44 GMT) until Mercury is back in Sagittarius having dipped  into Scorpio for awhile. However, unlike back in October when Mercury first entered Sagittarius, he’s now fast applying for a conjunction with Jupiter.

The by-word during this period is propaganda.

This is a heady mix of promise, talent and possibility. It also includes a high dose of fantasy and theatre. If ever there was a time for propaganda to catch and spread like wildfire, it’s when Mercury and Jupiter come together. Jupiter expands all it touches and Mercury’s ambivalence regarding ‘truth’ is well-documented.

When Mercury first entered Sagittarius (8th November), the advice was that honesty is the best policy and all that glitters is not gold. This remains valid but now there’s an added twist.

Watch out!

There’s good chance that someone is deliberately trying to misrepresent an opportunity and the temptation to grab it will be hard to resist not the least because the anticipated rewards appear so great.

This is not to suggest that genuine opportunities can’t come along during this time. It is, however, to suggest that rather than just reading the small print yourself to ensure that what you’ve been told will be what you’ll get, you may want to hire a good lawyer to do it for you.

Reclaim what’s yours

  • If you could wipe the slate clean, what would you do differently?

  • What will happen if you do?

  • What will happen if you don’t?

ME stationsYou may recall that a few weeks ago, on 29 October, Mercury entered Sagittarius where during his 8-week stay in that sign, the advice was that honesty is the best policy.

But on 17 November, Mercury turned retrograde – in essence he appears to be back-pedalling through the sky. During the three weeks he is retrograde, the advice was that you would do well to reconsider your plans.

Now, on 6th December Mercury will turn direct again and carry on through Sagittarius but before he does, he slips back into Scorpio one last time. Whenever any planet (moving backwards or forwards) changes zodiac signs, you can expect a few readjustments. This time, as is sometimes the case, when Mercury changes signs he ‘stations’ – which means that it appears that for a few days Mercury stands still in the sky. This puts the sign and degree of his station into intense focus.

The advice is that during the period of this Mercury station (4-9 December 2018), you are in the unique position of being able to reclaim something that ‘belongs’ to you regardless how or why you initially lost it. During this period, take back your power and feel perfectly at home in doing so. The only warning here is that you must always remember that power and leadership should be embraced with honest humility and gratitude.

This is not a time for ego-plays.

There’s a fine line between playing the boss and being the boss (and accepting the responsibilities that go with that). What does the line look like for you?

Upon reconsideration


  • What do you make of it?

  • What part of the situation have you not yet explored?

  • How else could you handle this?

ME in RE

On 17 November, Mercury turns retrograde for nearly three weeks.

But contrary to popular belief, this doesn’t mean that everything regarding communication and transport will, necessarily, go wrong.

What it does mean is if you’re traveling, it pays to re-check your connections and when you’ve drafted an email, it pays to reread it before sending.

Equally, it means that, from time to time, it pays to rethink where you’ve been and where you’re headed because, as you know, everything is not always as it might appear.

  • This period of Mercury retrograde is perfect to reconsider whether the resources upon which you plan to rely are still available.
  • You may wish to review whether your plans have grown too large, too unwieldy, to be effectively realised.
  • You might also think about whether there is some angle to your plans that you’ve not fully explored.

Finally, it’s worth reconsidering whether, in order to meet your agenda, you’re unfairly using up the time and energy of others.  Equally, you might reconsider whether your time and energy is being unfairly used by someone else.