Productive Mercury Retrograde Nostalgia

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Mercury Retrograde

During Mercury Retrograde, nostalgia can be productive.

This is especially the case when Mercury is Retrograde in Taurus.

It’s a time when doing a retrospective stock take of your stuff will elicit the most radical insights. What you wore. How you spent. The things you lusted over.

So here is a Taurus-style question for you to ponder. Trust me, this will help you fast-grok the retro-Mercury. It could even provide an enormous psych insight into your current fiscal paradigm.

Try it and tell me I’m wrong.

Here is the question: What is the very first thing you actually saved up for???? 

Mercury Retro is done with by June so make the most of it by obeying the usual precautions. That would be no putting your cute signature on a contract nor big tech purchases.  But besides that, set some time aside to think about your very early attitudes toward money.  Recalling the first object you desired SO much that you were willing to defer instant gratification and store $$ away will be a psychological gold-mine during this Mercury Retrograde. 

 Mine was a pair of these:

Mercury Retrograde

Regardless of what Sun Sign you are or your own personal astrological blueprint, try some Mercury Retrograde nostalgia. There is always an insight to be gained from a psychic stocktake of some sort. Thoughts?

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scorpion_tongue
scorpion_tongue

First purchase records! Blondie, Pat Benatar, The Cars, The Cure etc…

Über Virgo
Über Virgo

The Cars! I loved that album.

Ms Motown
Ms Motown

What a great question to pose. The first thing I remember purchasing with my own money was a digital clock radio. What does THAT say about my current financial/creative quandries?? Music and time are both very important? Also bought several secondhand Sweet cassettes from my tight-as-a-fishes-ass elder brother. And somewhere in that timezone is my first illicit listen to Dark Side of the Moon on cassette on my parents “car stereo” in the late 70s. It was both weird and wonderful. I totally LURVE that the Leo Socialite’s first independent purchase was a trip to the hairdresser for a proper… Read more »

fallen angel
fallen angel

Hmm. But after that, most of my savings have gone to travel. And cars. And shoes.

A theme apparently.

fallen angel
fallen angel

Love this question. The first thing I ever saved up for was to get a pair of elaborate hair combs as a gift for my mum, they weren’t THAT fancy but I was about 6 and it was the first money I ever had, and I always felt bad that I could never GIVE presents during occasions. I still remember them sitting underneath a glass case in a tiny market shop. My mum regardless of her being older, didn’t cut her hair and left it in dark waves, it was v feminine considering it was a time when being in… Read more »

Molly
Molly

It was a book called “Atlas of the Unexplained”. It was a big hardback that would have been quite expensive, but it was on the remainder table for $7. It took me what seemed like forever to save the $7 (I don’t really know if it was weeks or months) and then wait for a trip to that store. When I finally bought it, I realized that I actually had some extra money left over, so I bought some candy, too. It was a book about all kinds of weird mysteries of the world. I wanted it because it had… Read more »

Taurass
Taurass

Hello??? You saved and your first big purchase was shoes….! Erm I thought you didnt have a shoe fetish…??? 🙂

scorpalicious robot
scorpalicious robot

MUSIC. I used to get $2 a day lunch money back in the late 70’s. Both parents worked, as soon as they disappeared in the morning, i made my own sandwiches and saved my lunch money to buy vinyl. My insight is that music was and still is a huge part of my life. I would still gladly sacrifice lunch for a stack of cd’s, although these days i don’t have to. 🙂 And I have tickets to see Brian Eno at the Opera House – the Keynote address to Luminous Festival which he is curating and the finale (Pure… Read more »

nat
nat

robots I love the image of your being canny & making your own lunch so as to use your cash for something else! I wonder if your parents actually noticed the disappearing bread and the growing collection of vinyl, but chose to say nothing? Hope Eno at the OH is wonderful.

Anonymous
Anonymous

HAHA… well, my mum never noticed the disappearing bread as i wasn’t a very big eater but she definitely noticed the growing collection of vinyl. I fessed up – what else could i say? I thought my lunch money was goneskies for sure but not so. Maybe my folks realised how much it meant to me. Then a few years later towards the end of high school i told my dad that prices had gone up at the canteen and got an increase in lunch money….haha. By that stage i was saving up for health supplements and vitamins. I’m a… Read more »

scorpalicious robot
scorpalicious robot

umm, that was me above. Didn’t realise i hadn’t logged in.

Anonymous
Anonymous

o i love underworld robot – listen to them daily on the train – saw them once but don’t ask because I don’t remember except that my face hurt the next day from smiling…

scorpalicious robot
scorpalicious robot

nothing like a bit of face hurting from smiling. 🙂

Anonymous
Anonymous

o scorp i just discovered lee scratch perry and adrian sherwood are also playing at the same festival – even if you’re not so into the genre of reggae / dancehall / ska / toasting / whatever he is def worth a look – THE master well the one who’s still alive anyhow of jamaican music from 60’s to now. I’ve seen him several times and he is one crazy mofo – and I’m considering a plane ride across the country if he’s not coming here. And adrian sherwood is genius – on u sound system – African headcharge (the… Read more »

scorpalicious robot
scorpalicious robot

i appreciate the tip but reggae / dancehall / ska is not really my cup of genre. I don’t mind some of the electro beats of reggae but when the vocals kick in my interest vanishes instantly. My ears are extremely fussy and sensitive little creatures. I guess my fave genre is ambient/electronica/trance and indie rock with a sprinkling of metal and a dash of alt-country. Cannot stand R nB or Rap (Crap??? tee hee) and hip-hop!!! eeeuuwww

Anonymous
Anonymous

o it;s nothing like any of those SR he’s the originator of all that sound – the essence at it’s most raw and wild dirty jamaican not at all that crap cheese R&B or urban hip hop – it’s mad jungle beats but I get that you may not be into it – he’s more of an experience to be had if anything – he is INSANE – preaches confronting political stuff and last time I saw him there was also some voodoo and bone shaking thrown in for good measure – the crowd were filled with a sense of… Read more »

scorpalicious robot
scorpalicious robot

I know it;s not like anything i mentioned, i was just stating what my musical taste. I don’t “mind” adrian sherwood but it’s still not my cup of tea. If i heard it in a bar i wouldn’t walk out but i would not actively seek it out either. Everyone resonates to different genres i suppose. Viva la difference! I know LSP’s a bit of an enigma, i’ve heard that name my whole life but there’s just not enough hours in a day, days in a week to explore every genre or legend within the genre. I have enough trouble… Read more »

scorpalicious robot
scorpalicious robot

can’t even string a sentence together!! This Merc Retro has really gotten to me. My mind feels like a stagnant swamp and not the crystal clear swimming pool i like it to be.

Über Virgo
Über Virgo

Robots, I got here late, but want to ask the rockwiz question – What was your first album purchase?

Hope Brian Eno is good. Don’t know his work so well, but loved the David Bowie ‘Low’ album. Loved it!

scorpalicious robot
scorpalicious robot

Ubes… good question! You must be a fan of Rock Quiz? Does a cassette count? It was The Boomtown Rats – Fine Art of Surfacing. I still have the cassette so it must have been the first. Or maybe i’m just sentimental because i thought Bob Geldof was the bees kness (still do!!) I still have the entire Boomtown Rats vinyl collection. Okay, sadly, the first vinyl was Ripper ’76 – one of those compilation albums. http://tinyurl.com/cdfcc2 and on that weblink there’s an ad for the Brian Eno Luminous festival – So it’s like a past and present visual. Too… Read more »

scorpalicious robot
scorpalicious robot

Do’h well of course you’re a rockwiz fan, you did mention it. I haven’t had my coffee yet and it’s merc retro. Gotta get outta da house!

Über Virgo
Über Virgo

I can’t for the life of me remember. My bros had a lot of music, so I listened to theirs and almost wore out the Saturday Night Fever cassette and Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. Had no money til my teens, so it could have been INXS Shabooh Shoobah.

Hey, my firewall or antispyware blocks those tinyurl links.

Leonine Librarian
Leonine Librarian

Somewhere in between buying a doll that could wee and the cashmere jacket, I do remember buying singles…I think the first one was the beegee’s Saturday night fever (which my taurean sister borrowed and let melt into an unplayable shape)… I do remember singing while still at Primary school ‘Fox on the Run’, over and over… must of driven my mother mad. Oh and my Arian mum would encourage us to make the choice of making our own lunch on tuckshop days and saving the money…although she used to also pay us the money she would of spent taking us… Read more »

Über Virgo
Über Virgo

I remember those Ripper albums with the raunchy covers. God I loved the seventies and watching Countdown every Sunday night. Even when ABBA’s Mamma Mia was no.1 for like a million weeks. My brothers had adolescent crushes on Anna & Frida & Suzi Quartro.

scorpalicious robot
scorpalicious robot

aaah yes Countdown – never missed a single episode. Even “I” had a crush on Suzi Quartro! 70’s definitely my fave era too.

LL, what would you rather have had – the money or the carnival? I use to love going to the Easter Show!! Back in those days the bags were $2!!

Leonine Librarian
Leonine Librarian

SR sometimes carnival, sometimes money. There used to be howling westerly winds whip through the rides…sometimes that heightened the whole thing and I loved it…other times I was happy to be bought off. No real recollection of what turned me on or off about it… Also the little QLD country carnival I would go to was lightyears away from the Sydney show… I did go to the Brissie Ekka as a young adult with my bio sister when we first met, and bought up heaps of show bags…very strange being lead around all the things that meant a lot to… Read more »

little fish
little fish

age 7 a pair of ‘golden thongs’ (yellow and white rubber actually..when mum found out put them in the bin) I had sold a million raffle tix to save up!!
excruciatin job at Woolies Sat morning from begin of high school

age 13 levi’s …in the bin again

19 at art school…british racing green cords with orange halter ..taken from line when wet and in the bin. (also black fishnets hidden in bottom drawer)

24 Finally, Charley Brown white cotton wedding dress with pintucks. She couldn’t touch that one!!

Triple Cancer Chick
Triple Cancer Chick

I saved up for a multi coloured italian jumper. Beautiful soft wool. Very eighties pattern.

Last week I spent a largish amount of money on knits. Only knits. All australian and new zealand they all feel fantastic and are beautiful colours….

Anonymous
Anonymous

YES! wool? mmmm nothing is better. Makes me laugh when people wander round in polar fleece which is made of old drink bottles and complain of cold – get a big wooly sheep up ya maaaate.

Blossom
Blossom

Wish I could sweetie, but I’m allergic. Polar fleece is my pseudo sheep! Not as wholesomely sustainable, but at least it’s recycled. Love knitting cotton tho.

Anonymous
Anonymous

OMG I cannot even begin to grasp that – allergic to wool? That must be the hardest thing to avoid – what did you do before polar fleece was dreamed up? Don’t you get cold? MMM cotton is dreamy – I have a love of cotton too. How did you find out? Did you know since birth? That’s almost harder than wheat to avoid I’m sure… I’m horrified that such a thing could happen to a person. WOOL? Is it the scaly fibres or the lanolin? SO many questions buzzing round my head lol… I will cease and desist with… Read more »

Blossom
Blossom

No probs with the Qs. I grew up in the east of England, without heating, so you get used to the cold. Makes you hardy. It’s a standing joke that visitors get off the train in Cambridge, are hit by the wind, and get on the next train back to London! Scots always wondered that I found their climes warm! Mum and bro were hypersensitive and allergic to most things so we didn’t have much contact with wool. On the rare occasions when I came into contact with it skin errupted in fierce itchy rash, so learned quickly to avoid… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous

interesting – they are such scaly little fibres – if you spin you know all about that – and god that’s a talent, spinning. We had to spin at school in fibres class and it was not my forte! we were using those weird spinning top things though not a wheel. Had to stand on a chair and wave arm up and down. So much effort for such a below average result lol. I had the same thing with nylon fibres as you and wool – I broke out in a rash and had to wear gloves to touch it.… Read more »

Blossom
Blossom

I learned with a drop spindle too, but on kids hols. Never learned anything remotely useful at school. Virgo rising makes me a perfectionist so got good at making a thin and even thread. Love drop spindles as you can take them everywhere. When I was a medeval herbalist I always had one tucked in my girdle 😉 Although Mum knitted when we were very young, her hands got worse, so by the time I was 10 or so I was doing all her knitting and sewing. She would choose the wool and I would knit her jumpers. In fact… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous

That’s what they’re called – drop spindles – people in sth america walk along beside their animals and spin off their backs – I love that weird textile fact :o) Is that a “past life” herbalism reference blossom? or do you practice herbalism now? I had a rebirthing once – the only one I’ve ever had actually – a man from cornwall which is where some of my ancestors come from visited the place I lived and I thought ok if anyone can do this thing it’ll be someone from where my ancestors are from. He had the best accent… Read more »

Blossom
Blossom

Wow, what amazing visions. Cornwall is a mystical place, so I’m not surprised at your roots. Nope, not a past life as such. I used to take part in medeval recreations of domestic tudor life in a moated manor house. Complete with ghosts, which I heard but didn’t see. Apart from speaking fairly modern English, and talking to visitors, most of us lived as closely as we could to what is known of life at the time. Stillroom was run by a GP who was also a herbalist so we were the on-site medical centre for around 300 participants and… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous

OH I LOVE THAT BLOSSOM – what a job – I love a job where you get to dress up or be around wacky stuff. What great memories you must have.

Blossom
Blossom

Mmm, that and the ferret. Whilst there I was pursued by an american with pet ferret in tow. Nothing wrong with the ferret!! Years later, at a civil war re-enactment outside my office, I recognised ferret man. Weird. Funny how you forget things …

Still got all the outfits. Great for dressing up when I want to be all wenchy!

xox rockstar libran publicist xox
xox rockstar libran publicist xox

was the multi-colour sweater Missoni?
what ever it is if you kept it its so IN again!

if yr in OZ my great friends have THE BEST knitwear label Jac&Jack. They’ve elevated Merino Wool & Cashmere to an art form. http://www.jacandjack.com. Investment dressing.

BTW knitting is a fab way to give up smoking. Helped finalize the divorce from my ex boyfriend Peter Stuyvesant!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

o yes re the knitting and the first love smoking – i was muttering “what do people who don’t smoke do with their hands?” and the answer was “they have hobbies” so I went and got some knitting needles and it really helped.

I was imagining Jenny Kee – is that her name? and I have checked out that site – thank you – I LOVE wool and those dresses are the shizzle. That one is bookmarked for later.

Uber Virgo
Uber Virgo

I saved to be able to buy some nice clothes, rather than wear freaking hand me downs – from my brothers! My Catholic parents were happy to raise me as a cross dresser. I guess they were hedging that it would keep males away from me. It worked.

Next I saved to get as far away from them as possible. (See the Saturn post) In other words I saved for individuation.

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

“In other words I saved for individuation.”

Must be that Aries Moon Ub.

Brilliant…

Savannah
Savannah

When I was 8 I saved $8 or so bought my Mum an egg beater for Christmas (I wish I could remember her Leonine reaction). Purchased Jungle Book & The Sweet on vinyl for myself lol. I think that was the last time I actually saved any amount of cash. Last year I came into some money, frittered only a small portion on my first ever Oroton purse and bag. Purchased myself a car & my two boys some nice gifts that I would normally not be able to afford and kept the rest. I sat on it for months… Read more »

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

Interesting Savannah, I’ve been completely in and out of debt twice in the last decade due to a settlement for my back injury and a $50,000 win at the casino. Like you, purchased a car and it was used, not brand new. Gave my girls a bit. Went to Europe, Hawaii….took a year off from the world and just did as I danged well pleased. Now I work very hard physically but so grateful I have a purpose and most of all, my health. Sure your Mum was very pleased about the egg beater. How precious. My Mom a Leo… Read more »

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

Can’t think of one thing. I asked my Mom even (about if I ever saved for anything) she said “you were very privileged”…Sniff, Sniff…She was joking but really do not remember saving for anything in younger years and hey, that is so not a good lesson for kids!

My grandaughter has a piggy bank collection we started for her several years back. One particularly lovely. From Paris on the Eiffel Tower, blue and white. One from Mexico. Noticed all the quarters I’d put in the bank were gone. My daughter must have needed them. I forgive her…

xox rockstar libran publicist xox
xox rockstar libran publicist xox

Father would match half of any saved input – so in this order :

– Lightening Bolt skateboard , fibreglass deck, i.e certain deathtrap
– Minnow dinghy, a small yacht kids have as 1st sail boat
– Malvern Star bicycle, to replace ‘deadly treadly’, swiftly traded for BMX
– Dark room, as in where one develops film / prints photos

considering am in process of buying house, perhaps fiscal lesson might be consider some man contributing half payment?
LOL:-)

Anonymous
Anonymous

did you read swallows and amazons?

xox rockstar libran publicist xox
xox rockstar libran publicist xox

no I didnt….do tell?

Blossom
Blossom

Arthur Ransome. Kids messing about in boats in the Lake District. No adults. Or Coot Club – same thing on the Norfolk Broads. Off to do same with nephew and neices tomorrow on the Broads. You get hidden by the reeds, lots of small creeks between the Broads, wind often dies suddenly so plenty of potential for drama and excitement. Last year nephew capsized his boat – in 2ft of water. Mast got stuck in the mud. V. funny. If you like boats and visit the UK be sure to visit the Hunter Fleet at Ludham. 1930s boats. Beautiful things… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous

love boats blossom – old wooden ones – like a good dirge too – my peeps were tall ship sailors I suspect it courses through ones veins down thru the ages.

xox rockstar libran publicist xox
xox rockstar libran publicist xox

Blossom my dyslexia always sees you as Cherry Blossom….what a great story! My fist sailing lesson was in Melbourne, land locked in the man made Albert Park Lake, which is also shallow. A family friend tethered the boat & attached by rope no one could get too far. Or need to swim as it was murky & thigh deep. The Australian Grand Prix track is now the perimeter of the lake. Much later we sailed both bigs boats & small competitively, although the fights with father (when were 2 up) are legendary. Mother recalls once I swam 2 kms back… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous

yea it was the minnow that made me ask – kids in boats having adventures – you strike me as the adventurous type x

xox rockstar libran publicist xox
xox rockstar libran publicist xox

Anon…am not shy of adventure LOL!! Way back when Pluto headed into Sag I traded skateboards for snowboards, & discovered the freedom / fun as a 15 year old was possible when 30! At the time I was running one of the most prestigious design empires in the country, a concept that was my idea & that I started & ran for the then owner – working 60 hour weeks with little down time with much professional time hanging around, well, wankers. Ditching my highly paid high profile job was immediately inspired by the call of the Alp – the… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous

o seldom do I tune out honey – yours are some of the posts I read – guaranteed to be frivolous and light of heart.

mons
mons

A book. It was called The Muddle Headed Wombat. I still spend all my spare money on books.

taurean alchemist
taurean alchemist

I’ve only ever saved up for one thing in my entire life – a ticket back to London to be with DLE… my father had sent me back home to Australia (I had to use my first class ticket before it expired) and I was determined to get back to where I truly believed I belonged. I got a job with my mother’s cousin in the marketing department of a skilled labour recruitment company (so I was basically dealing with CUBs all the time) and lived on crackers and tea for six months, saving every dollar I could. I loved… Read more »

The Leo Socialite
The Leo Socialite

Lol to get my hair professionally shampooed and blowdried as my parents thought it ridiculous to go to the hair salon. They were cut their own hair at home people. So i saved and saved and saved. Once in i was hooked. And so at the age of 14, i haggled a deal with the hairdresser whereby i would run errands, walk her dog, answer the phone, wash towels, sweep the floor and more or less do anything in order to have proper hair care. I didn’t want to be a hairdresser. I just wanted good hair and the confidence… Read more »

NNB
NNB

hilarious – a barbie beauty salon – complete with pump action bubble bath, combs and other pink grooming accessories – I always hated that they were pink and Ken was never allowed in the bathroom – he got to drive the camper and swim in the swimming pool but never had a bath. I hated ken, thought he was a dick. My mum caught me using barbie to beat him up once. She didn’t stop me either just laughed and walked away. The Walls of the salon were covered in beautiful vines with flowers blossoming and it had a lovely… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous

oh libra sun and it was 1975ish

davidl
davidl

hey there… there’s a message for you on the Von thread, missed you too..

Anonymous
Anonymous

o i’m not so good at the disciplined approach and have been waylaid by relaxation due to too much work but even so have had some unusual situations – todays astro seems to have helped – will be there to discuss in next few days – have to get over oos symptoms spine is fried – fyi I only go there at night so there’s less chance of being outed as a lunatic :o)

C
C

Mystic – you are amazing!

I just bought a new set of speakers after realising that they were the missing piece of my home environment…

And now I read this and remember that speakers were also the first thing I saved up for!

Wow. You just get it right again and again!

unpredictable pisces
unpredictable pisces

happily (or strangely) money always seemed to come easily…i’m an instant gratification fish – in one hand, out the other. does a lay-by count as saving up? otherwise it’s overseas travel…

plutonicfemme
plutonicfemme

B52s album. yes, the rock lobster thang.

Stress Princess
Stress Princess

Oh dear, I’m so dreadfully boring with this one.

All I could remember was saving up for savings. Just wanted to see the numbers get bigger and bigger, even as a wee little tyke.

Then, when my older brother spent his hard-saved dollars on a telescope, I gloated that i was richer than him because I still had my savings. Sweet savings. I’m still a saver – err, and I’m a Cap. Could you tell?? 😛

Lainie
Lainie

Oh, this is so easy – I had to buy my own Barbie doll, as my parents didn’t approve of them. I started saving when I was maybe four years old, ironing handkerchiefs for a nickel each. This was 1961-ish, and I remember that the doll was something like $3.59. Fortunately, in those days most girls only had one Barbie and not 25.

And a few years later, my first record purchase was Herman’s Hermits.

Taurus rising, Capricorn moon, Scorpio sun.

Leonine Librarian
Leonine Librarian

I’d say the three significant deliberate savings I’ve had are

1) Baby doll that you could feed and it would wee too (7)
2) Cashmere black bolero style cardigan that I bought with my first pay cheque, had it for years (15)
3) Money to travel to the US (35)

davidl
davidl

Tiger running shoes, it was 1974 I think ? and everyone used to run in Dunlop Volleys, remember ? Anyway saw these in a weird little chinese import shop which also was pretty unusual in 74, all stripes and bright colours. I used to get the best looks from other joggers and compared to Volleys they were amazing.
I understand that the’re the ants pants now, cool wise ?

unpredictable pisces
unpredictable pisces

yer they are – very ahead of trend, the only way to be, once its even half mentioned by more than 50 people, it’s over…

weathergirl
weathergirl

Don’t much remember what I “saved” for, but I do remember my first independent purchase: an argyle sweater vest, early 80’s, in crisp pink and green preppy style. So South Node Libra — wanted to look like everyone else — and satisfy junior high social politics. I looked ridiculous in it. As much I respect and admire the careful, neat Virgoan preppy look, I’m a Sagg rising and have no chance of pulling off “preppy”. Wind-blown and comfortably casual, with nothing needing pressed (or straight!) seams will do. In fact, a good pair of curvy bootleg jeans and unpressed mens’… Read more »

nat
nat

That IS a fascinating question Mystic, thank you. I’ve always worked to earn money and saved up for everything, never had handouts of any kind. Us kids were pretty much free labour on the farm but even when we moved into town we had lists of chores, some of which we were paid for. What did I save up for? My first purchasing memory is buying a white paper bag of mixed lollies at the corner shop – with at least some of the 3 for one cent ones, plus a few mint leaves, and I usually invested the 4… Read more »

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