Blood Moon / Mercury Retrograde and your Flute Playing

Greetings and welcome to a new Flute Friday/Sunday!

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I had a different topic originally selected for today’s post, but the energy of Friday’s Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse/Mercury Retrograde reminded me that everybody’s lives might be a hot mess this weekend. Perhaps an explanation from your favorite flute astrologer about how the eclipse will make its way into your flute playing for the next 6 months might be a bit more appropriate today. (Remember: The energy of a full moon can last up to 6 weeks, but the energy of an eclipse can last up to 6 months!) If you are interested in learning more about your flute horoscope, please check out my monthly column, “Dr. G’s Flute Horoscopes,” published in The Flute View . August Flute Horoscopes will be coming out next week. Check them out to discover what August 2018 has in store for your flute playing!

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Cancer (June 21-July 22) – July 27th is a big day as Mercury goes retrograde in your 2nd house of income in conjunction with an eclipse in your 8th house of finances, banking, and loans. Be extra careful with your money at the end of the month. Mercury retrograde can stir up some trouble if you are not careful, requiring you to spend a lot of time ironing out financial difficulties. If you have applied for a loan or are currently paying off a loan (educational or otherwise), take a few minutes to make sure your documents have been filled out correctly and payments are coming or going properly from your accounts. Look out for unexpected changes in your income or savings and try to remain calm if things go a bit haywire.

Leo (July 23-August 22) – On July 27th Mercury will be going retrograde in your 1st house and, on the same day, an eclipse occurs in your 7th house of relationships. Take a step back and reflect on how you treat yourself and others and what you value both personally and interpersonally. Do you enjoy playing the flute? Do you believe that the music you make is a reflection of who you are? If not, how can you bring more of yourself into your flute playing? Do you enjoy the groups that you play with? Do you have a good relationship with the musicians in your ensemble? Do you communicate well with your colleagues? How can you improve these relationships? Think about these question at the end of the month and envision new approaches to old problems.

Virgo (August 23-September 22) – On July 27th, our friend Mercury goes retrograde in your 12th house while, on the very same day, an eclipse occurs in your 6th house of the daily health and work routines. These two energies will stir things up both in your daily schedule as well as in the practice room. Virgos are natural perfectionists and like to plan everything out. Unfortunately, Mercury and the Moon do not care about your plans. There are greater concerns that will come up during this time. You might find that your auditions mid-month have landed you a spot in a new group where the repertoire is a bit challenging. This will require you to reprioritize your practice time to devote more of your attention to cleaning up your runs and sharpening your intonation for group rehearsals. If you plan ahead and narrow down the repertoire you would like to perform before Mercury goes retrograde, you will have enough time to practice everything. You might have to reschedule your life to make sure you have enough time for everything. Make sure you have a good idea of your most important goals and create as much flexibility in your daily life as possible for surprise snafus.

Libra (September 23-October 22) – Mercury goes retrograde on July 27th in your 11th house of groups and communities while, on the very same day, an eclipse occurs in your 5th house of children, joy, games, and fun. As you audition for a new group, you may start reconsidering your commitments to the other performing groups you currently perform with. Do they challenge you? Do they interest you? Are they valuable to you? If you are accepted into a new group, you may need to leave a current group. Be prepared. At the same time, you will be presented with new opportunities to teach beginning flute students and host flute sectionals at local schools. This will not only bring you a sense of joy, but you will be a wonderful leader for these younger flutists.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21) – Mercury goes retrograde in your 10th house of careers on July 27th while, at the same time, an eclipse occurs in your 4th house of home and family. This is quite interesting. While you are reviewing your career direction and considering new shifts to your current track (possibly as an outcome of that audition you accepted earlier in the month), you may be offered a job that requires you to relocate to another part of the city, state, or country. You will have some soul searching to do if that is the case. Consider carefully how important this new opportunity is for you and the impact that it will have on your family if you decide to move. Book a trip with your family to this new place to get a sense of the surroundings. The Universe is encouraging you to take this opportunity but remember not to sign anything on the dotted line until Mercury is direct next month.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) – The dreaded Mercury retrograde begins on July 27th in your 9th house of travel, accompanied by a lunar eclipse in your 3rd house of communications. This suggests that there will be major travel delays and miscommunications surrounding travel plans. You may become frustrated by these hiccups and say something to your travel companions that you do not mean. Remember to take it easy and expect the unexpected. Leave extra early for the airport and always bring a portable cell phone charger.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19) – Mercury will be going retrograde on July 27th in your 8th house of banking and finance while a lunar eclipse occurs on the same day in your 2nd house of income. Meet with your accountant during this time. These two energies are very dangerous for your financial situation. Make sure all of your expenses are hitting your accounts correctly. Monitor your bank statements. Put your money safely in the bank with automatic transfers. Check your credit score. Make sure your loans are being paid back properly. Be extra careful when it comes to the money coming in from your job and the money going out for expenses. You may be enjoying a number of wonderful new financial opportunities, but make sure that your credits and debits are reflected accurately.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18) – That pesky Mercury retrograde will begin on July 27th in your 7th house of relationships and will be followed by a Full Moon lunar eclipse in your sign on the same day. There comes a number of times in your life when you must revaluate your relationships with others and ask yourself if the friends and colleagues you surround yourself with are truly in line with who you are, what you value, and where you want to be in the world. It is during times like this that you uncover who your true friends are and where the toxic influences in your life exists. You may need to cut ties with toxic people in order to lift yourself up to a higher vibration. This Universe will help give you the courage to do just that.

Pisces (February 19-March 20) – Mercury goes retrograde on July 27th in your 6th house of the daily health and work routine while, on the very same day, a Full Moon lunar eclipse occurs in your 12th house of behind the scenes projects. You will need to shift a few things around in your daily work schedule to squeeze in more quality time in the practice room. Reprioritize your schedule. Is there anything you currently do that does not really serve you? Can you limit your Netflix and Chill nights to the weekends? Revise your schedule so that you are most productive on projects that need your attention at the moment.

Aries (March 21-April 19) – Mercury goes retrograde in your 5th house of creativity on July 27th, and you may find yourself making a number of revisions to a creative project. Review your work with some of your flute students and ask for honest feedback. What is easy? What is difficult? What is fun and what is boring? Sometimes simple reactions can yield significant changes. The Full Moon lunar eclipse on July 27th in your 11th house of groups and communities may have you reconsidering some of the ensembles that you currently perform with. This is a great time to start your own flute choir or chamber ensemble. If the groups you are connected with do not inspire you, create some inspiration of your own.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) – Mercury goes retrograde in your 4th house of home and family on July 27th, accompanied by a lunar eclipse in your 10th house of careers. Your space and environment are directly tied to your career. During this retrograde, you will be experimenting with updates to your workspace, teaching space, and rehearsal space that will bring you better focus. These changes will refresh work projects that may have been a bit stagnant recently (You might be surprised how a simple change of furniture can spark a newfound sense of productivity). Perhaps you need a separate space for your teaching and your rehearsing. Maybe you are interested in moving your studio practice to an offsite location or at a local music store. Mercury retrograde will help you make these changes which will also help you attract new opportunities in your career.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) – The Mercury retrograde begins on July 27th in your 3rd house of communications, accompanied by a lunar eclipse in your 9th house of travel. The planet of communication is literally moving backwards in the realm of communication. This means that you will likely have a number of miscommunications with, well, everyone. Be very careful with your word choices in any emails or blog posts. Try to avoid commenting on YouTube videos or online forums as your words may be twisted in the wrong direction. Avoid arguments with other members of your flute section. Mercury is messing with the way that others are hearing you. While this is going on, you will also be exploring new adventures in travel (or you may be so frustrated with Mercury retrograde that you are searching for a vacation escape). Put your focus on travel during this time. Do you have any exciting destinations that you have always wanted to visit? Are there summer music festivals that you would really like to attend? Go ahead and book these tickets now and enjoy the show!

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Have Friday’s eclipse and mercury retrograde already made their way into your flute playing? How have you addressed some of the issues that may have popped up over the weekend? Please comment below.


Happy Fluting!



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