The Real Purpose Of This Mars Retrograde/Eclipse Zone

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One Simple Mars Retro Mission Statement

Garish and dystopian geopolitics aside, the real purpose of this Mars Retrograde/Eclipse Zone can be reduced right down into one simple mission statement.

Until August 28*, Mars Retrograde compels all of us to identity, confront and eliminate long-standing dysfunctional dynamics. It is applying in both our business and personal lives. Of course, these dynamics are likely infiltrated into everything.

This is about patterns and scenarios that are now so established they may just seem like ‘the norm.’  Or be indistinguishable from the structure itself.  As in when you look at a tree and it takes a while to realise that a strangler vine makes up a huge part of the trunk.

Mars Retrograde is always a reclamation mission. In Aquarius for the longest time since the early Seventies, the action planet operates with a sci-fi dimension of extreme objectivity. The theatrical atmosphere of Mercury in Leo enhances this energy.  How long is that for?  The whole of the Eclipse Zone.

Under such stars, situations seem to arise to illustrate the dysfunctional dynamic. It is almost as if the whole saga – prequel and all – were illuminated by stage lighting and acted out before you.

Mars Retrograde in Aquarius Awareness Driven Action

Mars Retrograde in Aquarius awareness driven action can seem ruthless and stark. That is especially the case when you’ve been doing some dynamic SO long, it feels like safe-home-base.

This is the mission-central sensibility underlying the Horoscopes from now on.  This is so even if it does not say “Mars Retrograde/Eclipse Zone/Mercury Retrograde/Uranus Square Nodes upcoming” every time.

Everyone has their own strategies but i just got some of those gigantic stickies that you throw on the wall. On them, I have scrawled the three principle targets of this Mars Retrograde/Eclipse Zone.  I’ve encoded the dysfunctional dynamics for tact and included planetary glyphs and runes.

And for real, i was not seeing them so clearly as i am today before now. I don’t think i was even seeing them as distinct dynamics at all. Or if i was, I was  looking over them – seeing without seeing, if you know what i mean.

Thoughts?

*Or until October 9 if you observe the Mars Retrograde shadow-zone, which i recommend.

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so_danceMM Member
so_dance

So, I’m having a great time at the moment. Lots of people are coming back from my past and each is bringing a really positive experience. I’ve been able to forgive someone who caused me lots of emotional pain and anger for 23 years (without them knowing; teenage angst that wouldn’t fuq off). I am able to reconnect to people who deserve my gratitude. Friendships are much more fulfilling, and I found out that people actually respected my individuality when I was young and trying (not very successfully), to fit in; apparently the ‘cool’ kids have been living vicariously through… Read more »

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so_dance

I’m guessing the rubbish stuff I have needed to dump has been self loathing, self sabotage and all that kind of yuk…

Michelle
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Yoooo. So I have been feeling strangely in-tune to astrological events more frequently as of late. I believe after I entered my Saturn return-zone in December, things were going too well. When Mars went retrograde, I felt deprived of that Martian energy–especially since my Natal Capricorn stellium was activated with Mars entering Capricorn during spring–.. Now that its going into retrograde and back into Capricorn, it seems as though that energy was dwelling and that retrograde is going to come back in a very steadfast manner. Cancer season always has me in a sort of depressive and anxious mood; and… Read more »

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Oh Gosh, I’m on day 5 of 8 of having my older brother staying with me for his vacation. I knew it was going to be one of those ‘practice all that you have learned in the real storm’ kind of weeks and truly it has been. Feeling and recalibrating with all the old patterns of family dynamics. He is a very loud mirror for me – towards all the work I’ve done to grow out of where I have come from. And has given me inspiration (without knowing it) and self recognition that I truly have made progress. Even… Read more »

RubentMM Member
Rubent

And then the pop – like a pimple had been forming all week and then Pop *pfftsploosh* Went with my brother to go visit my mom who lives a couple hours away from me. He and I went out the night before and got home late. When I woke up around 9:30 he was still up. Which meant he had been drinking this whole time. His behaviour changes are very subtle, but palpable – like a tense joviality – when he’s sober he’s kinda quiet, shruggy and introverted. He asked if I would be okay driving – which confirmed my… Read more »

so_danceMM Member
so_dance

Wow! One! Dealing with addicts is never easy, well done for trying

sphinxMM Member
sphinx

Trans Mars opposite my Sun currently, and conjunct my Lilith. Happy note: I have had more energy!
The idea of confronting dysfunctional dynamics is a bit grim as this Mars is in my 8th House of other people’s money. Currently I am needing to deal with fam re my parent’s finances as they slide deeper into dementia. It’s time consuming and unenjoyable.
Personality differences aside the inherent dysfunction of my natal Mars/3rd might not help me in managing this energy. Gonna try to control my motor mouth..

DivineDMM Member
DivineD

I’ve got a somewhat similar family issue at the moment, I am trying to speak the truth (keep my ‘word’ impeccable) with politeness and firmness, and every time something from the dysfunctional past is dragged up, that is not relevant to the situation today, I just say, that is from X years ago, today what we are talking about and needing to resolve is ABC. Just shutting down irrelevant emotional patterns that the family are trying to hold on to. And if they wont, I disengage from the conversation and, for a space of time, keep my conversations/emails strictly to… Read more »

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sphinx

Lol, I am reading you loud and clear!! My relationships with my sibs are actually more formal than with strangers at this stage. Everything’s a trigger and the repercussions of poor behaviour is potentially life changing. Ignorance, suspicion and fear is slowly being replaced by structured interactions after some very upsetting hysterical incidents. And “impeccable” is such Don Juan word, 🙂 I am going to keep working on being impeccable again. I found a copy of Journey to Ixtlan at an Airbnb the other day – it’s still so powerful! Hope you come out the other side of this like… Read more »

dark starMM Member
dark star

Re this: the uppers and downers of alcohol and coffee and sugar stopped working for me. Might be my strangler vines. Maybe I can microdose them?

UraniaMuseMM Member
UraniaMuse

Dear Mystic, Loving your finely attuned transmission of the aquarian mars – leo polarity. It is so refreshing to feel met & mirrored by your eloquent writing. It strike chords of truth about such layered waves of dynamics, both static and harmonic, playing out in my personal life and professional life. Warning! captioned astro-jargon mouthful: {With the transiting Mars on my natal Psyche conjunct Black Moon Lilith in Aquarius opp Nth node in Leo on my Venus combust Persephone and then with a Hecate return and Lilith asteroid in Leo}…Yeah…..ummm….. So how DOES such a Leo Packed 5th House transmute… Read more »

sphinxMM Member
sphinx

I am feeling clearer and with more energy, but I reckon it could destabilise and turn on me any minute :-/ . I will try to harness the creativity as you suggest!

redondo.bleachMM Member
redondo.bleach

I have natal Mars in Aqua. How does this figure in?

Libra Moon Conjunct PlutoMM Member
Libra Moon Conjunct Pluto

Very sobering, in a way. This and the Saturn in Cap vibe definitely make for detached, bottom line decisions and changes.

redondo.bleachMM Member
redondo.bleach

very sobering.. I’m a month sober! I just keep feeling this grand objectivity and it’s a huge bummer. But the good part is you can objectively see what needs fixing or changing and objectively craft a new way of operating. Hopefully to be enjoyed when this passes… not a whole lotta fun right now.

ZoeMM Member
Zoe

Hey redondo.bleach, seven months sober here. It was absolutely not fun a month in. It gets so much better. Solidarity x

Wish Upon a Star
Wish Upon a Star

O M G this makes so much sense and very timely advice. Was feeling miserable, I mean very disparing. Everything came to a crux after a social gathering when a little voice inside me said you have to make a lot of changes. Stop being the same person you were after all the dark stuff happened. You have healed massively but you are still acting the same way and putting up with dip shits almost out of habit or maybe nostalgia. Serendipity. Then I read this piece and as I went to the kitchen to get nurofen my dad in… Read more »

PiMM Member
Pi

Thanks for writing this. I get every sentence Xx

Wish Upon a Star
Wish Upon a Star

Thanks for the acknowledgment it only deepens my resolve. I’m very big on listening to my intuition. But this little voice inside me was very subtle and I was on the verge of dismissing it, then Serendipity happened. I am becoming aware of the subtleness and layers of intuition. I am Gemini sun but identify more with my Taurus Moon and Rising Pisces. Recently went thru a phase of feeling yummy in my Taurusness. Now I realise my Pisces needs space, gentleness, love, acknowledgement and healing. Its her time now. Gee I get much out of this blog it is… Read more »

sphinxMM Member
sphinx

That’s sweet.

Wish Upon a Star
Wish Upon a Star

Thanks x

SilversMM Member
Silvers

Mystic,
What’s on the stickies?
Do you mean eg the chart pos of your personal Mars Retro with Eclipse Zones and potential Uranus Zap predictions? Square dynamics? Can’t piece it together. Sounds like a satisfying system, whatever it is. I’d like to craft one.

Clavdia CMM Member
Clavdia C

Same question. What’s on the stickies? I gotta know!

redondo.bleachMM Member
redondo.bleach

I want to know too!

babysinclairMM Member
babysinclair

Accurate as usual! Mars has been on and around my natal Mars for almost 2 months now…first squaring my sun, then squaring my Pluto, then it squared my Pluto again exactly last week. It’s been quite exhausting but luckily I was able to detach from my ego so I could access my Saturn-mars sextile to take productive action and actually get some sleep. That alone was a valuable experience to see how my natal sun/Pluto-mars square behaves under the microscope. Aquarius is my 5th house and my first realization is that even tho my husband and I have been “trying”… Read more »

dark starMM Member
dark star

I highly recommend communicating with your spirit baby(ies). Read a cool book about it this spring.

babysinclairMM Member
babysinclair

OMG!!!!!!!! That’s genius!!!! Will look into it. Thanks dark star!

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I have been peeling off activities and people for the past, oh….. 2 weeks? Maybe 2 months? And I have recognised who and where, and what, has been bogging me down for ever. The last 14 years or so to be exact. I’m on a list of elimination that will take a while to toss, but I’m getting me and my time back. Most importantly of all, I’ve recognised where I’ve been compromising myself and relationships with family members. I’m on a path of decisive change and I’m liking it.

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Though I am Virgo rising (8°) Mars is retro in my 5th. I am forced to review my dynamics in “crushes, passion and self expression and creativity”. I am trying to enter in a chorus: I had only done this once during high school, for a year. I also might try horse riding during holidays (again something I did in high school) The chorus thing is not a big deal: if it works ok, if not I’ll be fine. I guess this is the “acqua” detachment vibe with it? Also Pluto is in my 5th and it’s retro, so I… Read more »

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Workplace disfunction. Family business. Not mine although mine is messed up. Passive Agressive, Ego Tripping Stoner and the Attention Whore. It’s pure theatre and the Overly Anxious Rescuer workmate is revelling in it. I am being triggered frequently and I have no choice, at the moment, other than to play nice by stuffing my self righteousness into a jar so I don’t shoot myself in the foot as I have done many times in the past. All the while I am devastated that I could not save 4 day old baby animal last week and wondering how the hell I… Read more »

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MYSTIC, just re-read and understood the July Monthly. You know i’m a subscriber for your writing style, living advice and the art work, also the daily email as it is personalised with first name. Gobsmacked at the advice, that is worth a year subscription as i only ever skim them. reading them in an altered state of consciousness just blew me away about asteroid Psyche ‘Turn to Jupiter in my soul sector’. My darling goddaughter used to say i was her soul mother. The to stop reading tabloids to keep pure and clean (spritiually i guess you mean) as reading… Read more »

Stella PolarisMM Member
Stella Polaris

Yes…I went to see a colleague at work today re something and saw the email criticisng me on their screen.
Sigh

sphinxMM Member
sphinx

That’s a true bummer, ouch.

Stella PolarisMM Member
Stella Polaris

Yes and no. Yes for the obvious hurt that comes from criticism (what’s not to love?) but no because it’s better to know The.Truth.According.To.Them, and strategise accordingly. Week of annual leave next week.

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Divine intervention. Was in LA for work Friday and had a wild hare to try and get into the Broad Museum (not an easy task). Strolled right in and soon was in front of a Barbara Krueger piece. Nothing many women wouldn’t see and feel a ripple of recognition on personal and societal levels. Nothing all of us haven’t seen multiple versions of since the 90s. But this was different. Almost as if I WAS stopped there just to see it and FEEL this. My stomach lurched, my heart raced and I felt like I might throw up. It was… Read more »

melcMM Member
melc

Wow! Love it!

joolzMM Member
joolz

Thanks for the validation Melc – I am grateful for any positive vibes right now!

dark starMM Member
dark star

Journaling is my #1 ally. Anything that’s triggering me on the daily gets written out then reprogrammed. I’ll be happy when this is done, over the men of the past factor. They are men of the past for a reason

babysinclairMM Member
babysinclair

Same here dark star!

dark starMM Member
dark star

🙂
I forgot to also mention standing in grass!

SamMM Member
Sam

I’m an Aries, in the middle of a messy divorce from an Aries…that I’ve been with for 25 years….OH THE FEELS! taking it all in stride, staying grounded and trying to keep everything in love and light so I can get the hell on with my life! 😉 Btw, how do I change my icon? Seriously it looks like a snarky poop emoji! lol!

birdMM Member
bird

Lol! Snarky Poop Emoji perfectly describes the demeanor of so many people in my life right now. Especially the strangler vines being ripped from my trunk.

Go to the gravatar website, and you can link a photo or image with the email address associated with your account. https://en.gravatar.com/

birdMM Member
bird

Oh crap. I forgot to say that I’m really sorry to hear about your divorce. Love and light is important, but work your way through the dark muck too so it doesn’t bite you in the bottom. Give those feels plenty of expression. I hope you have support. xox

SamMM Member
Sam

working that muck like a lotus flower! <3

PegasusMM Member
Pegasus

You are sure an Aries. The grass fire of fire signs.
Fast sometimes uncontainable and direct.
It is said Leo is the hearth fire, warms the cockles of your heart, Saggo’s the electric fire that can go from
tree to tree.

SamMM Member
Sam

fabulous!! thank you!!!

SamMM Member
Sam

yea!!! this is so much better! Thank you!!!

melcMM Member
melc

Ha ha! Hilarious icon! Sorry, can’t help there. Just wanted to say congratulations and all the best. I got divorced 3 years ago. Felt the same way. I’m an Aries too.

SamMM Member
Sam

thank you!!! closing in on year 3 of this process!!! Serenity now! 😉

ElectroMM Member
Electro

Mars is hanging out right in that spot that is the missing leg of my t-square. I traveled to my Pluto line in between the Gemini new moon and the Mars retro and it’s sparked something fierce. In my early 20’s, Pluto crossed my moon and it was like a bump into the wrong lane at the fork in the road. My life didn’t necessarily turn out bad, but it was a ‘red shoes in the fire’ time period BUT seriously if you’re Pluto Libra with NN Libra do you have a choice other than relationship? Sorry for all the… Read more »

JokermanMM Member
Jokerman

Mars transiting to make a temporary GX will make you Capt Dynamite. You’ll accrue friends and enemies with equi-alacrity.

Pi
Pi

I am a pluto and NN libra (moon sq nodes). I’ve managed to avoid relationships lol. they turn out like a psychotherapy session, figured that my choices were so bad i needed to go on the bench until I figured it out better. Cut to 7 years later, I’m probably super awesome now (ahem) but can’t actually deal with meeting people and all the explaining who I am. *eyeroll* should date a yummy scorpio or something. no explaining necessary

PegasusMM Member
Pegasus

Hey, never complain never explain? Your family biz is for you and us with Myst who get it, never criticise and are big time compassion. Others don’t want to know. Many of theirs are barmy as well. Keep mystery, it’s the only thing worth exploring someone said. The best thing about men i have found is their silence. It means they are listening. Invent a persona, reinvent yourself. ‘I,m one soul in 100 thousand bodies Each body and soul is no-one but me I pretend to be someone else so that i can enjoy watching all of me RUMI. For… Read more »

Veronica
Veronica

Love your musings Pegs, always xx

redondo.bleachMM Member
redondo.bleach

Crazy! It’s at the very top of my T Square.

PiMM Member
Pi

Oh, I know what you mean.

Aqua-cap-GeminiMM Member
Aqua-cap-Gemini

Yesterday, I started seeing strange doppelgangers of people I once knew, or people who have since died, just walking around the streets. I started to feel like I’d slipped into a gap between dimensions. I get home and my 15yr old cat is missing. She has been slowly losing weight unable to eat properly, and slowly losing her marbles. Her last few weeks have been either sitting half in the kitchen sink, sitting on or in the toilet or sitting on the bathroom window sill. Her incessant howling, was once upon a time chatty and delightful. I started making my… Read more »

msrod1029MM Member
msrod1029

Exactly. Very intense….

Aqua-cap-GeminiMM Member
Aqua-cap-Gemini

Totes. Can’t help but have this nagging feeling

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PiMM Member
Pi

Oh Ashton. You’re still so gosh darn cute/hot. Hot cute. Cute. Hot. I can never decide. It’s a boundary I’m happy to leave blurry.

Aqua-cap-GeminiMM Member
Aqua-cap-Gemini

Ho-Cu ? Cu-Ho?

PegasusMM Member
Pegasus

‘Astral Intensity’? OMG my beloved Libran goddaughter Pysche (named coz her mother was tripping when she was conceived), was diagnosed with cancer of breast & liver., aged 42. 21 days later dies in her sleep after just 5 days in hospital. GULP! Have lost my voice, it is a squeak, can’t talk. This is a sign of being rendered ‘speechless’. She was a homeopath who NEVER went to medicos, ever, until she was so exhausted with her right side hurting that she was obliged. Gave birth in December, so leaves a 7 month Saggi boy. She was glowing a month… Read more »

birdMM Member
bird

Oh Pegs, I’m so sorry. That is just so sad. Sending peace and love to you and that little baby Saggi. xox

dark starMM Member
dark star

<3

JokermanMM Member
Jokerman

What a grief. Too sad. So young and a bubs missing mum.

PegasusMM Member
Pegasus

Thanx for the sympatico Jokerman, am very concerned for little Saggi. Alas i’m too advanced to kidnap him.
Very interesting family…her 21 yo son has a 3 year old, her 19 yo daughter has a 1 year old, so Saggi’s uncles are 1 & 3. Three boys so they will be a close family…..I HOPE.
If things step to go awry, shall step in as Mary Poppins.
Do i ever feel like listening to 60’s Dylan today much ever immediately right now.

flashfireMM Member
flashfire

I don’t know what to offer but Metta prayers, peace and love to you and yours and the little Archer in particular. ♥️

PegasusMM Member
Pegasus

His uncle is called Archer, his older sister’s son!

GemyogiMM Member
Gemyogi

Sorry, Pegs. What a shame. I lost my hippy environment warrior aunt to cancer too unfortunately… she was too young but at least reached 60. Still miss her. She had surgery, chemo, a Gawler centre stay, and health food and meditation ‘treatments’.

PegasusMM Member
Pegasus

Thanx Gemmi. Fuqing hate cancer, have wanted to cure it since i was nine years old and read saw pictures in Medical books that i used to pore over instead of ballet practise. Doctors rooms back in the old days used to be huge wit polished wood floors.
Feel i little of ‘survivor’s guilt’.
Three weeks ago asked ‘why not me instead of her’.
Always tell those you like and love in every text or face to face that you love them. Psyche taught me that.
Blessings Girl x

PiMM Member
Pi

I am sorry for your loss, pegs. Love. Xxx

PegasusMM Member
Pegasus

Pressed the wrong face Pi, too fast on the draw.
Thank you darling, feeling quite weirded.
Doctor said no medical reason why my voice has gone. So Louise Hay is right…speechless from trauma.
Bless Lou Lou, she was 70 % right with her intuitions
or deeper knowledge, however she came to her conclusions. LuvU2 Pi.x

PiMM Member
Pi

If it helps. When I was interstate and my father had to go under for a few days in ICU. It wasn’t looking good. I phoned my mother to let her know. (Long divorced, but friends – it’s an Aquarian thing.) She was in a meeting and within 2 hours her voice went completely. Could barely whisper. I guess it lasted, well, a few weeks. Couple.
More hugs for you, lovely Pegasus. Wings for everyone now. Xxoo

ElectroMM Member
Electro

How devastating. So sorry. <3

msrod1029MM Member
msrod1029

Oh peace, dear ones!

libraladyMM Member
libralady

so sorry for your loss. baby saggi was sent to cushion the grief

PegasusMM Member
Pegasus

Libra Lady. BOOM. Turns out she knew a month or two before bubs was born and that’s why she wanted to stay home not go for treatment.
All responses so appreciated, she was my ‘daughter’ as i never made babies.
As a fellow Libran you KNEW!
The pieces of the puzzle are all moving into place of understanding.
Mystic has the Best people here.

dizzarinaMM Member
dizzarina

My most heartfelt condolences. How awful.

Veronica
Veronica

Oh Pegs, so so sad to hear, esp. the little one. My condolences

milleunanotteMM Member
milleunanotte

Pegasus, this is so sad. Her name, her conception, her story of health then losing it, and her final decision are so intense. You must be so shaken up! All the connections and ages of the family leave a sense of bystander awe. How it must be for you having been part of that, and now continuing to be in this new loss! I can only offer love and hugs to you…omgoddess they are so lucky to have you xxxx

milleunanotteMM Member
milleunanotte

And the baby one…wishing prayers and clean sorrows in the dark grief to come

flowerchild
flowerchild

Oh, Pegasus! You must feel devastated. So sad, and the little one left behind now, too.. sending condolences your way. Grief is a bugger, too, there’s just no way around it except through… 🙁

AlouettaMM Member
Alouetta

Awful. Lost a friend of mine to cancer last year who also put off traditional medical approaches. It’s hard not to think ‘if only’, but impossible to know if the outcome would have been different. Much love to you and your family.

ChrysalisMM Member
Chrysalis

So sorry for your loss, Pegs. It seems so senseless in one so young. Thinking of you and her little one xxx

sphinxMM Member
sphinx

I am so sorry Pegs, what a beautiful name, what a sad story. In a way being rendered speechless seems somehow respectful and appropriate to the gravity of it all? Blessings on your and your friends, xx.

flowerchild
flowerchild

I’m Aqua Sun and I’ve just thrown my back out, likely herniated disc, or S.I. joint separation, on a level that I haven’t since I had a similar injury in 2002. Mars retro?

PegasusMM Member
Pegasus

Well…Lou Lou Hayes would say ‘not enough people supporting you’ either physically emotionally or even spiritually.
Seems often that peoples who get dicky backs do too much without realising it. Not easy to ask for help is it?
Once i video’d myself at work, then ran it on fast forward. It explained why my Chiro was rich.

flowerchild
flowerchild

Thanks for your wise words, Pegasus, especially to offer them to me at your time of grief. It is true, I have virtually no support in my life. I take responsibility, too, at this point in my life and kind of throw my hands up, because I just don’t know how to get help for myself, never learned to, and may not properly ever learn to. I do make attempts but it doesn’t always work out well… deep patterns and all that… thanks again, and wishing you well!

VirgoStellium
VirgoStellium

Threw my back out for the first time ever, 2 years ago. It’s been a disaster since then. What works for me – picked up yoga, core work (strengthen the core), trying to pace myself and not over-extend (hard when you are a Cap Sun with a Virgo Stellium), learn to read my body’s cues (this makes me stiff, that soothes), and most importantly learning to say NO. (You have the right to not do something, and you do not need to give an explanation). I read Dr John Sarno’s book ‘Healing back pain’ twice and the first time it… Read more »

Lux Interior Is My Co-PilotMM Member
Lux Interior Is My Co-Pilot

OHHH this resonates. I realised a part of my consciouness was so ingrained, I didn’t realise it was OPTIONAL

LadyLehMM Member
LadyLeh

Ditto!!!

msrod1029MM Member
msrod1029

Holy cow!!
YESSSSS!!!!
Thank you MM
Xo

msrod1029MM Member
msrod1029

Seeing without seeing….

PegasusMM Member
Pegasus

Sometimes one sees more with one’s eyes closed.