I had the awful experience recently of being attacked as a shill and/or troll on a forum.
I posted an article about it a few days ago, but deleted it, because Mercury is still retrograde (to June 11th). And even though the "as above, so below" here is spot on, it's too sensitive to share, likely because it involves my Moon (Gemini).
It's likely the most confounding Mercury retro experience I've ever had.
In her newsletter, I noticed Melody Scott Zindell used the word dissonance to describe the current energies, a beehive of Gemini planets to the New Moon (June 15th). That's it exactly, a frenzy of confusion that leads to questioning everything.
This mistaken identity scenario on a forum hit close to home in a few ways, and there was the Gemini buzz with Mercury retrograde, all stinging my Moon. Then there's Neptune at that square angle to cast a glamor or to stir up doubt in general.
In the days since this happened, I've wondered about Neptune and how it affects how you're seen by others -- in this case, in a false light.
In her post on this wily Mercury Retrograde in Gemini, Melody writes, "The whole time Neptune is at 9 Pisces, so Mercury is squaring Neptune bringing more potential for challenges with communication, secrets and lies, confusion, miscommunication, distortions, deceits and generally not the best time for negotiations."
Cursing and 'Net Bullying
Because of the intensity I feel about what I shared -- and how it was received -- it hit me hard and I was spinning on it for a few days. My astro-friend Robert Phoenix had a similar thing happen, and he writes about it in, When Rogue Vermin Become Spiritual Teachers and Rebirth in the Season of the Ram.
Someone came on his radio show and pulled some chart trickery, then launched an attack "frothing and cursing." He writes, "There’s a reason why they call it cursing as I felt slightly paralyzed in the moments and days after the event."
Like Robert, I went into the forum open and got a nasty shock, not expecting to be torn apart verbally.
Being charitable here, I can see how they might've put together that impression from the bits and pieces of what I said (Gemini and Neptune-Pisces). But it's a false conclusion. And by any standard, they were hostile.
Sticks and Stones
It was the perfect astro-weather for false accusations that go viral and lead to a pelting with mean words.
I didn't make a graceful exit, and the whole experience was awkward, but that's life. Sometimes it's messy like that -- it's dissonant.
There's a lesson in there about boundaries, to do with sharing info (Gemini) -- sometimes unwitting TMI, especially under the intoxicating spell of Neptune, can get you into sticky situations.
I'm sure there will be more meaning to unwrap in the days to come, with Mercury retro to June 11th.
Solstice Fires of Purification - June 21st
In general, there's some strange currents in the psychosphere.
Melody mentioned "coming home" to yourself, and that's what's helped me banish the residual negativity of that experience.
The big light of the Sun at its peak (symbolically) drives away shadows and shadowy people. Here are two two articles I've done on this in the last few days.
- Simple Solstice Rituals, including Banishing Negativity
- Sunny Summer Solstice Quotes, like this one: "A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows."
-- St. Francis of Assisi
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