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Cosmic Retrograde Challenge

With Mercury going retrograde next Monday on October 21, 2013 and a new series of eclipses starting this Friday October 18, 2013 in Aries, and then on Sunday November 3, 2013 in Scorpio ( woohoo!  practically on my birthday, which is  the day when we have an exact Saturn Sun conjunction – good times !), I have become inspired to initiate a fun and powerful challenge. In the process of purging and letting go, I have spent much more time going through my closets and drawers ( literally and spiritually). I have discovered so many items that I long forgot that I had. I rediscovered this amazing Sugilite necklace I purchased at least 15 years ago. I really cannot recall how long it has been, but I remember the wonderful salesperson who introduced me to this rare and beautiful gemstone/crystal. I started wearing it again to relieve headaches and other physical ailments about a month ago ( around September 15th). My psychic abilities have been off the charts and I feel more ” like me” when I wear it. It dawned on me that there must be a subtle but viable rhythm to this event.

Rob Lavinsky, – CC-BY-SA-3.0 [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


This experience has gotten me thinking more and more about alchemy, parallel realities and all things quantum.  Two bloggers in particular : Shree and Barbara, have gotten me ruminating more on the power of alchemy. Shree takes Alchemy classes and Barbara just blogged about Alchemy in her most recent ( and might I add, brilliant!) post.  I also recently finished  reading The Alchemist, yearning to wrap my brain and soul around this mysterious process. I have been wondering how my 2013 self is reconnecting with this “old” Sugilite ? I have also been playing around with probabilities and possibilities by making a decision and then doing the opposite to see what happens. This reminds me of what happens in the dream world where you set a direction and almost immediately, people and places and outcomes morph.

Here’s the challenge:

1- Find an item you never use or never wear but you feel very drawn to. It could be an article of clothing like a hat or jeans, or a CD that you haven’t played in years. Hang up a poster or picture that is hiding in a closet. Prepare a few meals from an old favorite cookbook that’s been neglected. Reread an old novel. Wear that old hat. Play that album. Wear an old scent that you are fond of. Watch several episodes of an old television series. Find something old that still resonates for you NOW.

2- Wear the item or use the object or perform the activity repeatedly for  a minimum of one week ; three weeks would be ideal.

3- Observe your thoughts and feelings to assess any significant changes.

4-Then journal or meditate on your experiences to gain more clarity.

5- Finally, blog about what you have discovered. free domain

This exercise is perfect for both the pending mercury retrograde in Scorpio and the Aries/ Scorpio eclipses.  Aries , the dominant cleansing fire energy and Scorpio , transformation through excavation and regeneration, are so strongly in play for the next month or more. Blending old and new during this very powerful time can be exhilarating and quite healing! Throw logic out the door and come play with me. I hoping to get at least 6 people to sign up to this challenge, but would be thrilled to get 60 or more!

Sign up in the comments section below and let me know when you are going to post, starting with Tuesday October 22, 2013.

 Any date through the end of November is fine!

To learn more about Sugilite, view this informative wordpress post :

Alchemy :

Barbara’s latest post

 article on alchemy –

sugilite image courtesy of Rob Lavinsky, – CC-BY-SA-3.0 [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

1930 fashion image courtesy of –

Let’s build some mysteries together and work some alchemical magic.

Take the challenge and play cosmic dress up with me!