Taming the trickster planet transit is easy!

The mere mention of the two words “Mercury Retrograde” is enough to get even the toughest person into a tailspin. Visions of computer malfunctions, lost documents, and flight delays are sure to come into your mind, and start your heart racing.

“Is Mercury always in retrograde?” is what people often say. It might feel as if this infamous astrological cycle comes to haunt you more than you’d like, but truly, it’s only 3 or 4 times a year.

Mercury Retrograde is like clockwork.

Mercury Retrograde cycles occur every 88 days for 21 days…. You can plan for them. And it’s recommended that you do.

Mark your calendar! Mercury is coming!

The best way to prepare for Mercury Retrograde is to plan ahead. If you have the dates on your calendar, you’ll know not to schedule anything where you’re you’re taking on too much, or starting any new projects.

Since Mercury is our fastest moving planet in the zodiac, these backward moving retrograde cycles are designed to get you to s.l.o.w. down instead of forging ahead at lightening speed.

What are the Mercury Retrograde dates in 2023?

Dec 29, 2022 – Jan 18 in Capricorn

Apr 21 – May 14 in Taurus

Aug 23 – Sept 15 in Virgo

Dec 13 – Jan 18, 2024 in Capricorn / Sagittarius

5 Tips To Thrive During Mercury Retrograde

Since Mercury governs communication and travel, it’s best to take care of most of your purchasing and planning ahead of time.

Batten down the hatches!

Before Mercury Retrograde begins you can make sure to back up your data, and make any necessary plans or purchases of big items (especially electronics). Sign contracts BEFORE our winged messenger starts its backwards journey. OR, you can wait until after the retrograde cycle ends, and you’ll have a renewed perspective.

Don’t freak out!

Shizz happens! It’s part of life. Whatever miscommunication or malfunction that seems to be happening is simply showing you what needs clarification or repair.  With patience and process, you can work through anything and your life will be flowing better than ever before! When something goes wrong, remember…chill the heck out.

Let go, and move on.

During a retrograde, things from your past will resurface, either in your consciousness or circumstances. This is the Universe offering you an opportunity to release unprocessed emotions from your psyche. When someone or something is causing you grief, it is a wonderful opportunity to forgive and forget once and for all.

Lighten up, silly!

The trickster planet is reminding you to have a sense of humor! When things go wrong, instead of stressing and fretting, laugh and remind yourself not to take things too seriously. It’s a wonderful, light energy to carry you through the whole year!

Be kind. Rewind.

The key to staying happy, prosperous and productive during Mercury Retrograde is to go back and complete unfinished business instead of forging ahead at full speed. Use the “RE” words as a guide:

  • Release your past
  • Reclaim your power
  • Regenerate your spirit
  • Revive your passions
  • Reflect on what matters
  • Reconnect with old friends
  • Remind yourself to have fun
  • Revise your self image
  • Re-evaluate your self-worth
  • Re-affirm your self-esteem
  • Re-prioritize your goals
  • Repair your appliances
  • Redecorate your home
  • Rearrange your furniture
  • Refresh your wardrobe
  • Regain balance
  • Recharge your batteries
  • Reinvigorate your body
  • Reboot your energy
  • Relieve your mind of worries
  • Remember to breathe
  • Re-focus your intentions
  • Rebel from the status quo
  • Rebuke negative thinking
  • Reprogram your mind
  • Recite affirmations
  • Realign with Source
  • Receive infinite blessings
  • Relax often
  • Recreate daily
  • Recover from stress
  • Refuel your batteries
  • Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.
  • Rejoice in the moment
  • Realize how awesome you are!

It’s also a potent time to reprogram your subconscious.

Find out how to re-train your brain for happiness here >>

And please, re-circulate this to your friends!

Happy Mercury Retrograde!

How to thrive during mercury retrograde
Mercury Retrograde Be Kind Rewind

Do you see Angel Number 888 frequently?

This is a divine message for you!

Numbers are a special way that your angels and spirit guides can communicate with you! If you understand the meaning of these numbers, you can communicate with your angels and guides easily through the meaning of the numbers. When you see a repeated number pattern, it is your angels and guides getting you to pay attention.

What is the meaning of Angel Number 888?

Divine Trilogy

Whenever you see a triple number (such as 999, 444, or 111), it has exponential power. 3 is the number that reminds you of your ability to co-create with the divine – as in the divine trinity. Therefore a number repeated three times is a wake up call to your manifesting powers.

Abundance in Action

8 is the number associated with Abundance and Prosperity. If you look at the sacred geometry of this number, it is the symbol for infinity, reminding you that you have unlimited resources.

In the number 8, there are two perfect circles stacked on top of one another. The top sphere of the eight is your connection to the spiritual realm, perfect whole and complete. The bottom sphere of the eight is your fullness in the material world.

What is the symbolism of Repeated Number 888?

This sacred symbol is a reminder that you are a spiritual being having a physical experience. When you are trusting and tapping into your infinite resources in the spiritual realm, you can also have prosperity, fulfillment and abundance in the material world.

Passion and Power

Angel Number 555
8 is a number of POWER. Many people are afraid of their power, because they associate power with being domineering, authoritarian, greedy, or overbearing. Yet, true power is allowing the greatness of the divine to flow through you. You can be a channel for something greater than yourself. When you open yourself up to your spiritual gifts, you will receive blessings and abundance that will bring joy and benefit others as well.

Your passions will always guide you toward your purpose. When you see repeated 8s in your life (such as 88, 888 or 8888) it is a reminder for you to connect to your passions and express your inner gifts with gusto!

Summing up Angel Number 888

To best interpret Angel Numbers, add the SUM of the numbers, as well as interpreting the individual numbers:

8+8+8 = 24,    2+4 = 6

Adding 8+8+8, you get the sum total of 24, which is further reduced to the number 6. The numbers 2, 4, 6 and 8 are all activated! Therefore the number 888 contains all our single digit even numbers. The even numbers represent BALANCE between heaven and earth, your heart and mind, the spiritual and material realms, work and play as well as HARMONY IN RELATIONSHIPS.

When you are truly expressing your divine gifts with confidence, you are in your power, and your relationships improve, as well as your bank account and quality of life.

How do I work with the energy of Angel Number 888?

When you see 888, this is a strong reminder from the Universe to stand your ground for what you believe in, follow your heart to fulfill your purpose, and radiantly share your gifts with the world. Then you will receive spiritual, emotional and material rewards.

Angel Number 888 also reminds you to RELAX because when you are doing what you are born to do, you always RECEIVE immeasurable support from the Universe.

This is a positive sign that you are on your path, so KEEP GOING!

Do you see 888? If so, leave a comment below!

Angel Number 888


July 23 to August 22

Your Astrological Sign, Zodiac Sign, Star Sign, and Sun Sign are all names for the same thing. They represent the constellation on which the Sun appears to travel at the time of your birth.

Knowing your Sun Sign is akin to having an owner’s manual. There are characteristics that are hard-wired into your sign that shape the way you relate to the world. When you understand your true nature, you can fully express your purpose.


Though not technically a planet, the Sun is considered so in astrology. It is known as one of the luminaries (the other being our Moon). The Sun is our brightest star as seen from the earth. It is essential for warmth, growth, and life itself. The Sun is a positive masculine force – radiating its light and power. The Sun associates with your will, ego, self-esteem, and creative life force.


Fixed signs are born in the second month of a season. Their role is to stabilize and concentrate the energy that was initiated by the cardinal signs.

Fire signs have a spark and sparkle. They are bursting with enthusiasm.

People are drawn to their light. They ignite passion and inspiration. Fire is inherently free-wielding. By nature, fire is hard to contain. Therefore, fire signs tend to need freedom and independence. You can always find a fire sign on the move.



Leos shine like the Sun. The Sun is a bright star that illuminates our days. Without the Sun, there would be no life on this planet. Its warmth, light, and heat bring joy for us all to bask in.

Likewise, Leos radiate joy and enthusiasm. Their vibrant life force gives them a flair for drama, art, and design. On Earth, our world revolves around the Sun. Leos often love to be the center of attention.

Yet, that isn’t always egotism. Leos are often gregarious and generous. Their role is to bring joy, light, and love
to the world through creative expression.

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What happens when Mercury is retrograde?

Welcome to the Kara’s Cures digital show, where we explore The Cutting Edge of Wellness. I’m Kara Sunland. So what do the stars say about 2023, and what happens when Mercury is retrograde?

As it is at this taping right now, joining us now is internationally-known astrologist and happiness coach Kari Samuels. Welcome, Kari. Thank you so much, Cara. It’s wonderful to be here. You know, I think Mercury in retrograde has actually become somewhat mainstream. I now see USA Today reporting it.

I’ve seen it in newspapers. We joke about it here in The Newsroom that when things aren’t working properly, or we’re reporting all these flights being grounded, that, oh, it must be Mercury and retrograde, and in fact, it is right now as we’ve just experienced all these crazy flight delays

But what exactly does it mean when Mercury is in retrograde? Mercury is the planet that rules communication, transportation, and Commerce. Retrograde means that it appears to be moving backward. a planet can never move backward, but from the Earth’s perspective, which is where we live, it looks like it’s moving backward.

Interview with Kari

So when the planet of communication and transportation is in this retrograde, appearing to be moving backward motion things associated with it also can appear to be moving backward or going haywire.

But what’s important to remember about this is that this is actually to help us fix these things. When all these things go haywire, when Mercury is retrograde, it’s because we’re meant to take a step back and correct course.

We’re supposed to look and see what went wrong, so many people get worried. You know, they hear Mercury and retrograde to go, oh no, everything will be horrible. You actually say that that’s not how we should be handling it from an astrologist’s perspective, yeah, and from a nature perspective, when people were observing the planets back in ancient times when they were looking at planets, they didn’t have internet. They didn’t have electricity.

They didn’t have phones to distract them, so they looked up at the stars. Astrology was created to help us be in tune with the cycles of nature and the cycles of the universe, so we’re not anymore. That’s when things go Haywire because we’re meant to take a step back and slow down, and that’s what the Mercury retrograde cycle is about taking a step back, slowing down, and re-examine our communication re-examine our transportation, re-examine how we connect with each other.

What happens when Mercury is retrograde?

And we’re forced to do it during Mercury retrograde because things go wrong, but things don’t have to go wrong if we do this intentionally, okay, so Mercury and retrograde it’s happening now? We’re coming out of it soon, right? Did you tell me about January 18th? Yes, you have an amazing memory, so we’ve been in this cycle for 2023 so far. It started on December 29th of 2022, and it’s a three-week-ish cycle, usually a little longer.

That happens around every four months, and so we begin this year with Mercury retrograde, and we actually end the year with Mercury retrograde, but so far, all of 2023 has been in this cycle, and I think we all feel that as well, so basically when it’s happening the rules of thumb are we need to leave room for flexibility we need to slow down we need to catch our breath yes all the r e words are applicable during any retrograde actually every single planet is going retrograde this year at some point, actually.

We just came out of Mars retrograde, which actually may have caused more chaos than Mercury retrograde. It just happens less often, so it’s not as Infamous, but all the RE words review, revise, and repair are three big ones, so that’s why things break down during Mercury retrograde. It’s not like it’s random. It’s not like communication breaks down arbitrarily or appliances break arbitrarily.

Interview with Kari

We were meant to look at them but so much in life was like, I’ll look at this later, I’ll get to it later, I’ll get to that pile of papers later, I’ll get to fix that later and so during these retrograde times, we have to, we’re forced to, but if we do these things proactively if we say let’s leave this space in our calendar to let’s just I always Mark Mercury retrograde on my calendar so if I’m doing a product launch or anything like that I usually don’t during that time I use that time to fix things on my website to re-record something or to go through those piles of paper that build up.

So if you do that proactively and mark it on your calendar ahead of time, which I suggest people do, then you won’t be surprised by the trickster energy of Mercury retrograde. For those who are doubters or, say, you have to believe her, I mean, you like to make the Mystic more mainstream so that we can understand this, okay, so I’m wondering.

I remember doing a report about Walt Disney. He never opened a park without consulting an astrologist. He wanted the dates to be correct for the opening. There’s one of the famous investors. Oh gosh, I think it’s. I’ll think about it. Was it Rockefeller, or was it, oh, JP Morgan? I’m sorry, but one of the famous investors JP Morgan, said I remember doing this report that millionaires don’t use astrology billionaires do.

What happens when Mercury is retrograde?

Yet in modern times, we kind of tend to look at it like, maybe the younger generation, I think, all the social media says what your sun sign is people are much it’s becoming back, but for those who are just not paying attention, how does astrology work for mainstream people why should we look at this as well.

I actually think you don’t even need to believe in astrology to take three weeks every four months to do that because it’s really good. Everything in nature helps us be in tune with rhythms and Cycles, so astrology is like weather forecasting. It’s telling you these are the cycles of nature, so the Ancients used to study astrology with astronomy and all of their arts and all of their Sciences because it’s really about getting in tune with nature.

In the modern world, we tend to live as if every day is a Monday in summer. We are not in tune with any cycle. We just live every day going, and it’s not good for us. Even trees rest even everything is in a cycle of nature, so astrology it’s misinterpreted as this fortune telling. I don’t believe in fortune-telling. Astrology forecasts are like weather forecasts, and so to me, it’s like would you plan a summer beach vacation in winter in Minnesota, right?

Interview with Kari

But that’s what people essentially do without looking at the cycles of nature. Or not looking at astrology which is this thousands-year-old tool that people have been using to be in touch with cycles and rhythms. So you’re missing out if you’re just trying to plan something without looking at what cycle we’re in. This is literally like weather forecasting, except its not the weather that is about storms. It’s more celestial storms and more energies and what’s going on.

Right. And I think, you know, from a scientific perspective, people say, well, if the tides are affected by the planets, if the animals are affected by the planets, if the plants are affected by the plants, why wouldn’t humans at some level, so I think it makes sense to look at this certainly wherever your belief is.

But I think it’s interesting you brought up the history. It’s true. I was reading about 400 years ago, if you were lucky enough to go to college, which meant you were probably a wealthy man, you would have had to study astrology. It was part of getting the right degree. I also studied the sister science numerology, which is modern numerology and thousands of years old, like Pythagoras. Like all the ancient scientists and philosophers, he had a mystery school like the Pythagorean theorem. They studied astrology because it’s like studying Natural Sciences.

What happens when Mercury is retrograde?

You mentioned the moon and our tides the moon because it’s hard to think, okay, so these are millions of miles away. How do they affect us? How do planets affect us? The moon governs our tides. Right. We are made of 60 percent water. The iron in our blood is literally from an exploded star, so we are made of Stardust, and they’ve recently done a scientific study that proves that Jupiter and Venus, Venus is the planet closest to Earth and Jupiter is the largest planet, affect our climate this is a scientific study we’re in a solar system.

The sun is literally the source of all life. It’s millions of miles away, but we’re in this system where we have this gravitational pull. So again, planets don’t do things to us. They don’t make us do things, but we’re connected, and we feel disconnected because we lost touch with our natural rhythms and with this Attunement to Nature and our cycles. So again, you don’t need to believe in astrology and trust me. Astrology will happen whether you believe in it or not.

This Mercury retrograde will happen to you whether you believe in it or not if you’re not paying attention to what these energies are trying to show you, so this is about communication and transportation. The world has shown us that this definitely happened. Flights were delayed, and there were communication issues. But what happened with that is we had to say what went wrong, yeah, and so I love that you want to make this practice of what we would do due to this information.

Interview with Kari

We often hear that when Mercury is retrograde, we should not sign contracts or make large purchases. Is that also true? Yes, and the reason being is that Mercury is the planet that governs our mind. Mercury and all the planets are named after mythological gods. These gods believed in this at the time because they each represented a certain quality, a certain aspect of human life. Mercury’s communication and transportation are how you think your communication is how you connect with others.

That’s why it’s also associated with transportation. So during these times in our life where we’re picking up information all the time, lots of information that we don’t process, and so during these retrograde times of mercury which is 20 of the year, it’s an 80 20 rule 80 of the time Mercury is whizzing along in this seemingly it’s always in a forward motion, but 20 of the time it’s this retreating this going back.

So you don’t sign a contract because your mind will be picking up on pieces of information you had previously overlooked, okay? Hence, it’s a time to review, as you said, so I mean if you have to sign something if you have to do it, then what? Well, again, this is if nothing needs to be a superstitious endeavor, so if you have to do it, you want to make sure you’re checking all the facts you’re researching. Research is another re word you’re researching.

What happens when Mercury is retrograde?

You’re reviewing everything in detail. You know that you’re thorough, that you haven’t missed anything, and that you looked at everything that you need to look at, so if you need to have surgery, things do break down too. So you need to buy something else, but make sure you do your research and that you’re dotting your eyes and crossing your t’s. That way, sometimes, if you do something during Mercury retrograde, you’ll have to go back and do it later because you may have missed something, and that’s okay again.

Nothing’s about being superstitious, and nothing is about, oh no, I’ve cursed the universe loves you. Yeah, this is all to help you do the best you can. So let’s switch to this year, 2023. You’re also a numerologist, so what can you tell us about 2023? Well, it’s sort of a retrograde year like the whole year is about tuning in, and more than tuning in, it’s about expressing who you are more authentic.

I looked at every aspect of the astrology and numerology of the year, plus my own art of interpreting things. There’s a lot in it about healing and mental health, especially since our planet Saturn rules structures going into Pisces for three years when Saturn went into Aquarius in 2020. That’s when we had do you remember what happened in March of 2020? Let’s not have that again. yeah well that the thing is, Saturn’s about

Interview with Kari

Yeah, well, the thing is, Saturn’s about restrictions, and Aquarius is our society. So we saw all these restrictions in our society when Saturn went into Aquarius Saturn’s moving into Pisces for three years starting in March. Actually, there are a lot of Pluto. I’m sorry Saturn’s moving into Pisces. Pluto is moving into Aquarius. They’re passing the Baton, and that’s going to be a 20-year cycle, but Saturn moving into Pisces is all about compassion, healing, and connectedness.

And that’s why we’re beginning to see more people being more honest about who they are and their mental health because this is a time of healing. We’ve been through a lot of collective trauma for three years, yeah, and it’s brought up things that need to be healed, but in this healing process, we feel more comfortable being who we are, and so we talk about numerology 2023 in numerology is a seven universal here, and seven is about being in touch with your soul your life purpose you’re calling what you’re here to do it’s also very introspective and every planet’s retrograde this year, which isn’t every other year kind of thing, so Venus is going retrograde Mars because personal planets aren’t always retrograde. This is a time of going Within, asking what I really want to do and Express in the world and doing it in a very authentic way, and that is your key to success, okay all right, so you know people I think have been through it.

What happens when Mercury is retrograde?

We’ve all gone through this collective trauma. And in some ways, it might have created the Great Resignation. We have people reevaluating what’s important to them. But I think people want to hear that, okay, good, you know, is the energy right to start new things or to start to feel lighter, or I read somewhere might have been your forecast that we’re actually officially moving into the quote-unquote age of Aquarius talk about that is it do we have things to look forward to oh yeah we have a lot to look forward to this is the first year since 2020.

I do a forecast every year where I look at this and when I did my 2020 forecast, and this is recorded, I was like, I don’t know if I’ll ever leave my house in 2020, and I barely did, and I said, we’re not you, know I don’t think we’re going to be flying internationally and there was a lot in our astrology that showed all about restriction and the past three years every time I do the forecast I felt anxious, but this year I feel so much joy about what’s ahead because

I really feel that so much of what’s been happening and what we’ve been through has taught us again, like the Great Resignation, what we will no longer tolerate, what’s no longer right for our soul, and that seven years and the Pisces in Saturn and also because Pluto moves into Aquarius which is all about connectedness in society but also being an individual it’s how the individual helps the greater good. So I feel that all of this has culminated into this year where if we have the courage to be ourselves if we have the courage to be authentic.

Interview with Kari

That’s why I say mental health is a big part because it’s not about being the Instagram version of ourselves. It’s about being the true version of ourselves, like all of it, the parts that we’ve been afraid to express, and when you are living and expressing those parts of yourself that you’ve been afraid to express, that’s when good things happen to you that’s when you live your Soul’s purpose so

I think all of this collective trauma has been about helping us say you know what, I can’t anymore? I have to be myself. I have no other choice. And so everything in our astrology right now and our numerology is saying, please have the courage to show the people closest to you and the world who you are and go for your dreams.

So Pisces is a sign of dreams. We’re moving into Saturn, which is about building structures. This is literally three years where it’s like, go build your dreams. Build your dreams, go for what you want, and believe in yourself. Have courage. That’s a big theme this year, and this is why I feel so excited about the energies this year that are your weather forecast. Be yourself. That’s what the stars and the planets and the numbers are saying, and again you don’t need to believe in astrology or numerology to do this, but I feel like we’re all feeling this, yeah, well, I think a lot of people are hoping and being more optimistic

What happens when Mercury is retrograde?

I’m just excited to do other things and maybe feel on a practical level. Like, I just want to travel, or I want to see friends again, or some definition of what really matters to them. And we’re certainly talking about it in the business world as wel.l So whatever the stars are saying, we’re also talking about this in a practical way. I love that part of what you do is give practical guidance.

So, in a number seven year what is practical guidance? Well, the thing about a seven-year is it always involves some type of retreat or tuning into yourself, so practically, you want to make sure, and I know that there are a lot of moms and parents out there that say, I can’t take time to myself, but you’re actually going to have to take time to yourself because that’s how you catch up with yourself and this is a year because everything’s retrograde and retrograde is always about catching up with yourself.

The Seven Year everything in the year says you need to take time for yourself and catch up with yourself. So does that mean journaling? Does that mean meditating? These are all good things to do, even if you do them a little every day. It’s really important, and so that’s how you connect with the parts of yourself that you’ve maybe overlooked or ignored, and that’s where you’re going to get those wonderful what I like to call Divine downloads where you receive inspiration like JK Rowling was sitting on a train when Harry Potter just came to her.

Interview with Kari

It’s when you’re in those moments of quiet and space when you’re in that zone, the right brain Zone the intuitive Zone when you’re creative, when you’re allowing yourself just to be, that’s actually essential for you to do more and again I know our society isn’t really cool with that, but that’s actually your key to success is to make sure you’re taking that time to yourself to receive the parts of your intuitive brain that are trying to connect with you.

I think that sometimes, though, when people might struggle with, okay, I got this idea, life gets in the way of actually doing something or changing something. For those people who have a dream and are listening to you and saying, this is great. I’m gonna act on it this year. I’m gonna go within and follow my dream. What practically, how do you advise people to get there because they’re living their regular lives right, that is busy, yeah, well, practically with everything that you’re you want to build, it’s one step at a time, and this, again, is what Saturn teaches us.

What happens when Mercury is retrograde?

It’s about discipline, so it’s about having boundaries with your time and important things. You need to be very focused so if you realize that you have something in your life that is an energy drain or that is taking up your time, or you’re spending too much time with, even if you just do five minutes a day where you do something for yourself, start a blog, figure out how to use a webcam, figure out how to upload something or figure out how to get on a dating site,

And it’s again it’s about building your courage muscles little by little steps lead to big changes, but there’s always magic on the other side of fear, so if you just do little things to overcome your fear step by step, pretty soon your courage muscles will be so strong, and things will be second nature for you, and when you believe in yourself, that is when opportunities abound for you that is when opportunities happen for you. So I live in Portland where we have Nike, so just do it is a lot out here, yeah, right, so I like that too. I say that to my kids all the time you like Nike, just do it. It’s usually about cleaning their room but yeah, so spark before you feel ready, so you don’t ever feel ready, right? So do the things that you’re saying I’ll do next year, or I’ll do in six months, do it

Interview with Kari

Now, do it small and build step by step, step by step, and I know you’re helping people with that. You have a lot of practical programs on your website You put out a whole forecast if people want to learn more about this for 2023 the numerology, the astrology. Let me just ask you if you believe in astrology or not like you know your sun sign, right? I’m Cancer. I do a show with someone who’s in Aries. We joke about how much it really matters to our Sun Signs, we know that, or is it like really our whole chart? Well, sun science can help a lot.

I actually love numerology because it’s, in a way, easier to learn than astrology, too. If you learn these nine numbers, you’ll start to see them show up everywhere, like on license plates, but the sun signs are very helpful throughout the whole chart. If you can, I think people get into astrology when they get their chart done, and they’re blown away by how accurate it is because you can see everything about your childhood and why things are challenging for you.

It’s pretty remarkable, but the sun sign it’s like knowing if you’re going to adopt a dog. You look up the breed and say, okay, this dog likes to chew, or this dog needs exercise in a way. The sun sign is like that, it shows you your nature and what you need to express yourself, and even just something as simple as that can be so helpful in understanding each other if you are a Cancer, we know that you’re squishy and tender on the inside, that family is important to you. We’ve certainly seen that in your life, right, and we love you. We’ve got to have water, and you’ve got to have water; its cancers can be protective on the outside. They’re very protective, and cancer is actually ruled by the moon, so you would actually be more connected to them, which is probably why you’re like, hey, let’s have an astrologer on.

What happens when Mercury is retrograde?

Well, we joke about Mercury retrograde all the time on Great Day Connecticut, and my co-host laughs like oh, come on, it’s an emergency. I’m like, it is, but I know we’re out of time for this. But I want all the people everyone knows they can go to They can also follow you on Instagram, which is at You are taking the mystical and making it practical all day, so we appreciate your time. I know Mercury will go direct in a couple of days, so I’m grateful that Zoom worked.

Everything was fine, and we could take a moment and review this over the next couple of weeks, so thanks, Kari. All right, thanks so much for having me. It’s been a joy, and thanks for joining us for Kara’s Cures on The Cutting Edge of Wellness. You can find more inspiration that inspires on my Facebook. Go to Cara’s Cara Sunderland. You can follow me there or join Kara’s Cures Facebook group on Facebook, have a great day, everyone, and all is well.

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There’s so much mystery around Mercury Retrograde. That’s why I was THRILLED to share the positive aspects of this transit (and so much more) in my TV interview.

Mars and Mercury are personal planets, so you’ll experience their backspin in your daily life.

This can feel like a fog lifting from your mind. You’ll have more clarity about your intentions for 2023.

Sometimes surprises can be delightful!

I created an intention to share more videos this year. The Universe clearly responded!

I was invited to speak on CBS about the astrology of 2023, including the positive aspects of Mercury Retrograde.

I could not have asked for a kinder or wiser host for my first TV appearance. Kara Sundlun is a two-time Emmy Award-winning journalist and a remarkable person.

She wants truly wants to help people. That’s why she has a special segment called Kara’s Cures that explores ways for people to lead a happy and healthy life with experts on the leading edge of wellness.

I know you’ll love this interview! You’ll discover surprising aspects about your connection to the cosmos, how to be in tune with the Universe, and practical guidance you can use to live your dreams.

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Changing your name is a BIG DEAL.

The numerology of your name affects every aspect of your life, so changing your name is a big deal.

Every time you change your name, you change your vibration. If you’re getting married or divorced, or even taking on a nickname or pen-name, it affects how you relate to the world, and the energy you bring forth throughout your day.

If you are considering changing your name, most likely you are at a crossroads, and want major changes in your life.

Your name is your destiny.

In fact, the Destiny Number in numerology is derived from your name.

Your name carries a specific vibration that is in alignment with your soul’s purpose.

The ancients believed that your name activates your DNA. It carries your soul essence.

Naming ceremonies are one of the most important rites of passage in many cultures. The collective in many tribal societies chooses the name of a newborn. They divine the baby’s talents and purpose that will be instilled in them for their entire lives.

Your Spirit Guides and Angels helped them divine the right name for you before you were born. You may wonder if your parents were aware of this.  Most likely not. 🙂 Yet your celestial team was working behind the scenes to ensure the frequency of the name matched your soul purpose and personality traits.

You might not resonate with your birth name, yet it is in perfect alignment with your soul’s intentions.

Your full name at birth is the one that is always used as your Destiny Number,  Whether you are called any nicknames or not, your full name at birth is always used as your Destiny Number – and will never change.

Energy is everything.

Every letter in your name has a sacred geometry that carries a specific frequency. Your name has a specific essence, unique to you.  The vibration of your name carries you forth in the world with intention.

Every nickname you have has a specific frequency as well.  This represents an aspect of yourself that is resonant in the world.

If you feel your name doesn’t represent who you are, it might be suitable for you to change your name. If so, you want to make sure the name FEELS right for you. That’s more important that anything you can discern in a numerology chart.

Getting married or divorced?

Taking someone as your life partner is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. It’s a new chapter in your life. Changing your surname upon marriage is a rite of passage, representing your commitment and union with your partner.

If you choose to keep your last name and not take on your partner’s last name, that doesn’t mean you are less committed. It simply means you feel more comfortable with your name at birth, and it’s not appropriate for you to take on the traits and energy of the last name of your partner. You can still have a long and happy marriage if you keep your name.

If you decide to take on your partner’s last name, you are changing the frequency of your name.  This reflects an energy shift within you for this new chapter of your life.

There’s no right or wrong, it’s whatever FEELS in alignment for you!

You might consider changing your name.

If you still have love for your ex-partner and the name still feels good to you, then go ahead and keep it! Yet so often I see people keep a surname of someone who brings up negative feelings in them for the sake of their children. Yet, this isn’t always the best idea.

Why carry around their name and frequency for the rest of your life, if your relationship stirs up negative feelings within you?

Your children will be fine with a different last name than you. Yet it’s more important that your name reflects who YOU are. If you are no longer resonating with your ex-partners last name, you might consider changing your name back to your birth name, or create a new name that reflects who you are now!

Changing your name for wealth or status

There are many numerologists who will tell you that changing your name will bring you more wealth and success. That can be true, yet there are many, many factors involved with that. Usually when that is the case, you are already on the path toward more abundance and success because you have changed your inner world You have done the necessary healing of your thoughts, emotions and beliefs for you to create a more prosperous life for yourself. In those cases, you FEEL your birth name no longer reflects your energy, and you can divine a name that’s more in alignment with your higher frequency.

Yet, changing your name can not do this by itself. Make changes in your external world to bring new energy in your life.  Align your body, mind, and spirit to see external results.

Remember, love is the strongest vibration in the Universe and can change everything.

Bring love to your name, and love who you are!

Numerology for Name Changes
Numerology for Name Changes
Numerology for Name Changes