Ask Mystic: What Kind Of Psycho Moves Country On Impulse With Mercury Retrograde?

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Hi Mystic!

I’m a Sagittarius. I love to travel. I hate commitment. I’m usually up for an adventure over anything that resembles traditional work. So much so I created a business where I take other people away from their daily grind and swap it for fun, travel and healthy activities.

I am also Scorpio moon and rising and I am currently filled with dread.

I’m deeply into a double dose of Saturn transit. First Scorpio, now Sadge. I have not heeded its wisdom. Somehow I’m two years behind on tax paperwork, having never in my life missed a tax return before. Despite earning more than I ever have, I’m also more in debt.

A few weeks ago, on a whim (and the encouragement of some friends there), I booked a flight to Canada, leaving Boxing Day. Ever since I booked it I’ve been full of this icky feeling I can’t explain. I’ve never been not excited about traveling before. The only thing I can attribute it to is that I also have this other feeling, where I want to sequester myself somewhere and do my taxes, finish all the projects I’ve left undone over the past 5 years and not be on anyone else’s schedule but my own for a few weeks. I liken it to ‘cocoon’ time… Wanting to incubate in order to come out the other side a new up-levelled version of me.

Somehow flying across the globe to snowboard and couch surf feels low budget and a distraction from the work I know I need to do, and that I have been avoiding through ‘busyness’ and procrastination for a long time now.

Alongside this feeling, I am also filled with dread at the prospect of having to move this week. When I decided to move out I thought it would feel great to ‘purge’ a whole bunch of crap, let go of my op-shop furniture and streamline my life. This was all being done to minimise my cost of living so I could design my own ‘remote year’ working and traveling the world in 2017. Sounds like a fun, Sadge-friendly thing to do right?

So why am I filled with the same feeling of rising dread that I have about flying to Canada in 6 days about deleveraging crap and streamlining my possessions?!

The move was precipitated by my cushy government contract job ending this Friday so I can’t afford the rent on my current place anymore. The landlord also put up the rent two weeks before Xmas (knob), so regardless I can’t stay here. I’ve wanted to leave the city I live in for years. I tried this time last year but came back three months later when I got offered my current job.

I feel like I’ve fuqued up somehow on following my intuition and the Saturn transit rules of engagement as I fast approach unemployment (I’m also self employed so that’s being a bit dramatic, it’s really just a cash cow that’s being sacrificed!), homelessness and some random travel that’s going to cost a bucket load of money… I don’t know if it’s just fear of change and resistance to growth that’s scaring me or blatant disregard for my own wellbeing that’s making me feel ill?

Oh and I also got my car collected by a drunk driver last week and am waiting to hear if it is repairable or will be written off! I’m hoping for option b so I can splurge on my travels guilt-free…

I naively thought I could get a place to myself to do some work in Canada but it’s new year and everything is booked or millions of dollars so if I go, couch surfing it is!

I considered not going but there’s still that tiny part of me that’s hopeful that when I get my first fresh run on the ski hill it will all be worth it. All of the other parts of me are full of doubt!

Le sigh. Thanks for letting me vent. Is this the transition to the next level or a repeat to finally master the lesson this round?

Yours confusedly,

Scorpy Sadge

Dear Scorpy Sadge,

Wow – brilliant lucidity here with this dilemma. I always think that is a third of the battle won for you already. You have elegantly identified the situation. The usual Sagittarius Escape Route/the bolt is not appealing to you so much at this point as (1) it feels a bit old and (2) Saturn is making you think a couple of weeks holed up along doing your taxes could be HOT.  Seriously this is how Saturn transits happen. If you are not in Saturn mode or heavily Saturn by nature, you are unlikely to get it.

So okay, first of all congratulations on making your key gig doing something love. I see ALL this as the Saturn Uranus trine manifesting. This is a major theme of my Horoscopes from now on as it is THE signature theme of 2017 and it’s awesome. It’s also a radical upgrade from Saturn square Neptune, that THING that dominated late 2015 and 2016.  The Saturn-Uranus synergy is amazing as Saturn is all that solid structure integrity and pragmatic choices while Uranus says innovate, you can turn this shit around in a heart beat – just innovate. They are working together now. It is particularly thrilling for the big chunk of Gen X who were born with Saturn and Uranus in opposition. It’s like a revelation.

And Jupiter – the ruler of Sagittarius – is also amplifying it all by being in aspect to Saturn AND Uranus. So, without this being an actual consult and me not knowing all your astral vibe, this is what i think:  Saturn wants people to be passionate and into their work – Uranus pushes for freedom/innovation etc.  You’re not into the government gig or even that city – so BAM evicted and booted out of safe job/cocoon. First instinct – flee someplace cool. But not so swiftly says Saturn.

I think go and somehow score the $ to hole up someplace over there, ski AND sort your tax/scheme your next big Awesome innovative business evolution.  Or ground yourself and do Saturn Plan A first but with an absolutely fiery determination to streamline and stabilize then pursue that dream scheme. It’s definitely all Vibe pushing you toward self-actualization (having sorted your financials) and having a meaningful work practice.  Saturn evokes that and Uranus helps by making stagnation an actual impossibility.

But what does everyone else think?

 

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leogroover
leogroover

As a fello Scorp moon I say listen to your scopy voice and let it be your guide. It sounds like this is the first time such a huge tangled situation has presented for you.
Take it from an experienced de tangler untie one knot at a time – go slow, enjoy the ride. Doing the admin first will set you free. Take your tax paper work with you and learn how to combine work with pleasure. Its a vital life skill.

Pegasus
Pegasus

Sagittarius you called? Saturn is not happy about debt, it impinges on freedom. Wish i could read ALL of the letter and Myst’s reply but of course i get it…you are me from before Saturn messes up your fun and frolicking.. You either move body and soul to another country to create your own business and make shitloads of money, stay where you are and do the yakka til you are more independant and/or find yourself some investors, and still remember You Are Your Investment. You will be fine whatever choice you make. Twice in over 300 flights to elsewhere… Read more »

UniversaliMM Member
Universali

I love the ‘Ask Mystic’ posts! I reckon you’ve booked your tkts & have been booted out of your place so yeah.. go to Canada & enjoy the slopes on your restless Saggi legs.. but then do tax ASAP!! I find nothing more stressful than stuff like that. And the silly thing about avoiding it is all the extra energy you spend thinking about it/ losing sleep over it etc than just doing it! And if your car is written off defo throw the money at your debts.. you’ll feel so good for it.

motherofunicornsMM Member
motherofunicorns

As a spacey piscean who has been slogging away at taming paper clutter and getting filing up to date in order to get taxes up to date, i can safely say that all urges to reinvent admin and get shit together must really be obeyed. As much as i am being called to relocate out of the big smoke to a sleepy little subtropical valley by the coast, i feel like i am better off tackling it the responsible way. Getting all household admin and finances in order. Making mega project task lists to cross off. Having properly costed plans… Read more »

gemyogi
gemyogi

Listen to your gut — sounds like don’t go to Canada, or go there to do tax and scheme about your bus, do a big spreadsheet about financial and goals for the next couple of years.

Just my 2c

BLISS WITCHMM Member
BLISS WITCH

5 planets in Sag here, and Mars/Pluto conj in Scorpio. Do the tax. See if you can change your flight or take it as a loss. I always think Florence Scovel Shinn mantras like, “There is no loss in Divine Mind, therefore, I cannot lose anything which belongs to me. It will be restored or I will receive its equivalent.” Your instincts sound pretty loud and clear at the moment. I would heed them. Can you even ask for an extension on your move? Do you have until the end of the month? Who would even be moving into your… Read more »

BLISS WITCHMM Member
BLISS WITCH

Also. To me Sag = intuition.

If your intuition is telling you one thing even if it goes against what would suit you another time- go for it. Time to flake, even if flaking this time means staying in and doing your taxes.

virgo rising
virgo rising

You sound absolutely scattered…energies all over the place with no clear center point…and operating from that mode cannot bring clarity or resolution…only more confusion. You are clearly on overload…and as a sign of the times, your car being totalled is an indication that you are drawing negative energy your way since you are filled with doubt, uncertainty…and it seems some self destructive tendencies…there is a feeling of desperation in all of this. When in doubt do nothing, is one of the mantras that I live by. Somehow you have to find a way to trim the excess from the scenario,… Read more »

McFish
McFish

When in doubt do nothing. I agree. This works for me when things get out of hand. The last time I got terrible feelings about a trip abroad, it was an absolute disaster ending with an irreparably broken friendship. Instead of a week in the sun, there was unusual rain and wind. A total waste of money, exhausting and upsetting. I should have done nothing instead.

PorkchopMM Member
Porkchop

Maybe, like Mystic said in her #1 point, the usual Sag bolt/escape route is feeling a bit old. You can fly the coop but you still end up taking whatever is going on in your subconscious with you.

virgosunMM Member
virgosun

Honorary Sage here – Moon, Asc and SN. I’m feeling you. Will be finalising taxes and other paperwork this Xmas as well as getting my ducks in a row to possibly take off later next year and shed my skin once again, as I seem to every 7 – 10 years. I think it is the Virgo in me that needs me to be organised about it and have a back up plan and bolt hole in place in case it all goes to shizz.

Centaurus
Centaurus

Do Sagittarians actually take advice? Oh I know we seek out knowledge and different perspectives but I don’t know that we take it on very often and maybe we spin it til it looks more like our own advice to self or fits into our plans anyway? We’re not too shabby at justifying our reasoning is what I’m saying 🙂 That said, follow your own instinct and truth and own your choices. Mistakes are learning opportunities or bottomless pits we get stuck in. That too is a choice. Deferred gratification is something Saggi can do well to explore and for… Read more »

milleunanotteMM Member
milleunanotte

So much this, Centaurus. Dear me, i’d sometimes like to think, “Oh i’m not really Sag that much, i’ve just convinced myself i am, because it’s not so ‘cool’ to be Piscean.” Problem with that thinking being the multi-conjunct IS in Sag, with Ascendant and Moon, and it might be in 12th, but then that’s a key house for a Piscean. My brain is just trying to outrun or undo the Saturn Neptune square. I’m trying to tell myself as a Sage 12th houser/Rising and Piscean that i might well have deluded myself into believing that i trick myself into… Read more »

CentaurusMM Member
Centaurus

Hehe, my brain is trying to outrun or undo the Saturn Neptune square 😀 Well it ain’t felt cool to be Saggi lately! Unless you count the icy grip holding you under… that Saturn/Neptune square thing again and I’m doing a conjunct in my 10th. Super fun!!

Even though Saggi seems to get a free run at the cool stakes (could be an illusion or.. a myth – started by a Sagittarian lol) I think all signs have their own version of cool Mille.

Hope you weren’t ‘late’ for your meet up!

Happy holidays to you and yours lovely xx

Corrina
Corrina

If I wanted to conform to ~the way shit is~ … I’d buckle down and do all my tax crap.

If I decided I didn’t want to conform I’d find a way to disappear.

Mind you .. I have no significant Scorpio influences. If I did .. I’d let my Scorp stuff be my guide. I’d call it a deep visceral knowing. Go with that.

Calli GMM Member
Calli G

As long as the taxes and debt hang over your head, you’ll never be truly free. So I’d say surf that Saturn energy, and get them taken care of. Then you can focus on building the life you want in the places you want, without having to take past $$ issues into account.

AstroGeekMM Member
AstroGeek

Saggo. Scorp rising. Also moving in a few days into a smaller, less expensive pad to fund more frequent escapes and getaways…But already OVER the process of packing and purging. Also in some tax debt. Also been avoiding some of the nitty gritty details and wishing for a SERIOUS escape hatch. Whew! To echo Mystic and others, I’d say try very hard to find a place to stay for a few days in Canada and really sort your stuff out. Do a financial budget/assessment/overhaul and it will feel better (and more permanent) then the temporary lightness that comes from fluttering… Read more »

12th house virgo
12th house virgo

What kind of life are you trying to create for yourself here? If its a life of flitting carelessly from one thing to the next, it sounds like you’re right on track! If you are worried you are making a huge mistake, don’t worry too much. Mistakes have a way of sticking around until you sit down and deal with them. They can always move with you.

milleunanotteMM Member
milleunanotte

Oh god yes. Mistakes move with you.

I felt the sick feeling just reading this letter today. I know this feeling. I’m grinding through personal tasks left undone too long, and now have time to do them thoughtfully because it’s the end of year. “Too late, ” the Saturn bells chime, “too late.” It isn’t too late, but it will be if I don’t follow instincts and make use of this precious time.

But i like your idea of not worrying about a mistake…the blackly-humoured comment that it will stick until you fix 🙂

PiMM Member
Pi

saturnian guilt is easily assuaged by dealing with the things causing guilt. sort your tax, it will take like three days or something then it’s done. wherever you happen to be for that.

Are all saggitarians actually the same person? your way of thinking sounds identical to a sadge friend of mine. you’re not her, but you could be!

Scorpie
Scorpie

Ha. I don’t think there’s such a thing as not so typical Saggo.

For example – a Saggo friend’s recent facebook post was “serious travel envy” LOL

ArielMM Member
Ariel

If you will get a refund, cancel & hole up & do the Saturn hermit taxes thing. If not, go & enjoy the slopes & retain an openness to what could happen next. I’m also smack in the middle of my Saturn return (exact aspect began separating yesterday on the solstice) & going thru something similar. I am going to California in a week to pursue a dream of studying with legendary dancers & performance artists. I’m realising in the process that I don’t particularly want to return, & even that realisation is helping to open my mind a bit.… Read more »

ArielMM Member
Ariel

I just wanted to note that I’ve also been hit by a bunch of unexpected extra expenditures & even losses: my iPhone was stolen & I can’t afford to replace it; my prescription has changed & I will have to cover the cost of new lenses & glasses myself. But first I have paid off outstanding & urgent debts. Saturn is often about priorities & these things will have to wait. It’s pushing us to be truly independent, & you can do it 🙂

LiberatingVenusMM Member
LiberatingVenus

“I also got my car collected by a drunk driver last week and am waiting to hear if it is repairable or will be written off! I’m hoping for option b so I can splurge on my travels guilt-free…” I really hate to be Saturn here, but if you begin this letter complaining about how you are in debt then why not use the money you get from your totaled car to pay this off, then?? This story has all the markings of a Sadge on a Neptune transit. There’s the Saturn in there, too, for the guilt and moments… Read more »

kitsuneMM Member
kitsune

This is really solid advice and quite along the lines of what I’d recommend for a Saggo going through these transits as well. Saturn in Saggo is telling you that you can be a free spirit but not until you dot your i’s and cross your t’s. Interesting enough that this article is related to mercury retrograde as well. Mercury was just about to make contact with Pluto, and if Liberating Venus is right then it was about to make intellectual realization of the psychic and transformative undertones of this Saggo’s 2nd house. One might start to hurt pretty badly… Read more »

LiberatingVenusMM Member
LiberatingVenus

Thank you, and precisely re: TCOB first. If you have Pluto touring your Second House/hitting your Venus/aspecting your 2nd House ruler, you really cannot afford to keep financially fuqing around or you will wind up in a deep (black) hole from which it will be very difficult to escape – Pluto *was* ruler of The Underworld, yes? Empowerment vs. enslavement is the only way to do this energy, and debt = slavery, pure and simple. In Capricorn, Uncle Pluto is going to hold you to your obligations one way or the other – he will count every single pomegranate seed… Read more »

Secret Sagg
Secret Sagg

This advice is absolute genius.

kitsuneMM Member
kitsune

Do you do astro consulting yourself?

kriblackMM Member
kriblack

I have to agree. As a multi-Pisces, Saturn is like the family member I’ve always been incredulous by the fact we’re even related. But Saturn Square Neptune and Saturn currently conjunct my natal Neptune has made me embrace Saturn like he’s my conjoined twin. Two years back taxes unfiled, the lowest paying job I’ve had in ten years, five figure debt and at nearly forty to having to borrow money from my parents to make ends meet while I sort out this Neptunian spendy hole I dug myself. Filing my taxes, getting a debt repayment plan sorted and resigning myself… Read more »

Catherine
Catherine

Its a lot of change at once! How about going to Canada but house string or even dog/cat sitting, I ave friends who do this and get to stay in some really cool countries and amazing houses. Or volunteering in some way? But I also have a gut feeling that if you really ask for guidance from above you may fins there is a synchronistic/ notlookedfor serendipity moment where, if you trust, an offer will ping your way…you need to put the thought out there. That’s how Uranus has worked for me…also homeopathy is really helpful in time of change.… Read more »

leogroover
leogroover

Great advice on the homeopathy Katy. Saved me many times and note to self – get some in the new year.