The Hit List - Hello, my old friend Mercury retrograde

Because I’ve studied astrology for the past forty-something years, I know to watch the planets carefully. And because my astrological chart is loaded with six Mercury-ruled planets, I also know I need to pay attention when my old friend Mercury Retrograde comes knocking at the door.

I usually feel the arrival well before it happens. Most Mercury-ruled folks like myself say the same. I call it PMS – pre-Mercury shit.

So why am I surprised when my computer glitches around this time of year? Why am I cursing the GPS when I get lost on my way to an important meeting? Why do I let my anxiety run wild when people begin breaching my boundaries?

I know better.

I expect this.

But yet, I’m not immune to frustration when this time of year rolls around. I wish I could say I’m the model of calm, cool Mercury mindfulness. But alas, it’s a lie. And the one thing I know: if I’m not being completely transparent, the trickster planet has a way of exposing my trickery.

As I eye the impending visit from my old friend Mercury Retrograde, I’m trying not to groan. Because the one thing I do know: he’s not staying long.



Other stuff:

From Cal Newport: We don’t need a new Twitter.

Learn how to get along with the Leos in your life.

Need: 6 Yoga Poses to Help You Stay Calm During Mercury Retrograde.

I love this: A Tiny Cabin, a Little Island and a Big Change: ‘Am I Crazy?’

The Real Meaning of Gatekeeping.

Aliza Kelly delivers the goods: Astrology’s Secret Weapon to Understanding Your Romantic Relationships.

Interesting: Eleanor Moseman Journeys through the Tibetan Mountains.

So sick of anti-choice people: Anti-Abortion Groups Are Coming for Birth Control—Just as Reproductive Rights Activists Warned.

What August’s Super Full Moon Means for Your Astrological Sign.

Good advice: The ‘World’s Happiest Man’ Shares His Three Rules for Life.

American democracy is cracking. These forces help explain why.

From Book Riot: Tarot cards as a writer’s tool.

Not so sure about this being accurate: AI replacing psychics as ‘fortune telling’ droids put tarot readers out of work.

Over at Well+Good: How You’re Destined To Find Luck and Success in Life, According to Your ‘Part of Fortune’ in Astrology.

Yes indeed: Make the Collabs Stop.

From Teen Vogue: FAMU Students Sue State of Florida for Discrimination in Funding in Civil Lawsuit.
Every tarot journal should have stickers: Weiser Tarot Card Sticker Book.

The women have something to say: Women Authors Are Redefining the Hip-Hop Books Canon.

I want to try this scalp massager.

I love almanacs. This magical one is great.

Check out this beautiful book from Jessica Swift: Art for Self-Care: Create Powerful, Healing Art by Listening to Your Inner Voice.

Coming soon: Hidden Potential: The Science of Achieving Greater Things by Adam Grant.

I adore Danielle Dulsky: Bones & Honey: A Heathen Prayer Book.

Super cool: Wild Medicine: Tamed Wild’s Illustrated Guide to the Magick of Herbs.

Looking forward to this: Quiet Voice, Awesome Power: Connect with Spirit, Enlist Divine Help, and Live Your Most Potent Life.

Get ready for the tarot journal of your dreams: The Weiser Tarot Journal: Guidance and Practice. It has stickers!!!

My newest book is coming in six weeks! Pre-order now: The Cards You’re Dealt: How to Deal when Life Gets Real (A Tarot Guidebook).

No matter how messy your astrology chart may be, you have choices. You can turn those flaws into assets. Learn more: Twist Your Fate: Manifest Success with Astrology and Tarot.

Less screen time for the kiddos? YES, please: Tarot For Kids. (This was Sounds True’s first foray as tarot deck publishers – and they knocked it out of the park.)

All of my favorite tarot lessons are packed into this manual: Tarot: No Questions Asked: Mastering the Art of Intuitive Reading.

Prefer to listen to your tarot lessons? Check this out: Tarot: No Questions Asked: Mastering the Art of Intuitive Reading is available as an audiobook.

Start your astrology education right here: Astrology for Real Life: A Workbook for Beginners (A No B.S. Guide for the Astro-Curious).

There is an audio version if you prefer: Astrology For Real Life.

All the pretty decks walk like this: The Uncommon Tarot: A Contemporary Reimagining of an Ancient Oracle.

Here’s a fun way to learn tarot: The Tarot Coloring Book.

You are needed in the world. I know it’s hard to stay present when everything feels like a dumpster fire. This book can help: Tarot For Troubled Times.

Here’s a sweet little instructional book on making tarot cards: Create Your Own Tarot Cards: A step-by-step guide to designing a unique and personalized tarot deck. <-Cards are included!

Every Sunday, I send out this astrological forecast for entrepreneurs: The AstroBiz Digest.

**NEW** You carry your phone with you everywhere you go, right? Now you can get real-time astrological transits and daily tarot right in your text messages: Sign up here.

I have a newsletter specifically for fellow mystical authors: The Metaphysical Author’s Confidential. Essays and lessons on writing, publishing, and marketing your magical book.


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October 7, 2023: Tarot for Mediumship. Join me at the Boston Tea Room in Ferndale, Michigan, and learn how to use Tarot to receive messages from the dearly departed. Details coming soon.

October 7, 2023: Ethics and Responsibilities for Professional Tarot Readers and Astrologers. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to deliver ethical, responsible readings. Where: Boston Tea Room in Ferndale, Michigan. Details coming soon.

October 13, 2023: Book signing at Free Spirit Crystals in Butler, Wisconsin. 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Come on down, say hi, get a copy of The Cards You’re Dealt signed, and check out the cool crystals in stock.

October 21st, 2023: Book signing at Aum Shanti in New York, NY. 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM. Meet me in the Big Apple and get your book signed. Yay!


What I’m Grateful For:


New opportunities

External hard drives

Pedicures and massages on the same day

True rest


Soundtrack for 8/19/23

Cambodia by Apoptygma Berserk

© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2023

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