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~*~ Mercury Retrograde Influences In 2017 ~*~

Mercury or Hermes was the messenger of the Gods, and his duty was to relay messages between mortals and Deities. Ruling the mind and any movement in space, Mercury Retrograde affects negatively travel, contract, relationship and any communication including whatever we use for transport (cars, planes) or to connect (computer, phone, email and more).

Although the planet does not physically go backward, the optical illusion from the Earth appears to reverse the planet's course in a noticeable way three times a year! During those awkward periods, any serious initiative should be postponed until retrograde ends. 

Enterprising any important project in a retrograde would be subject to complication, confusion and delay at best. Only actions meant to fix or amend previous problems would be met with success. 

It is interesting to notice that commercial pilots seem to be aware of the negative impact of our little friend as they observe an increase in flight grounding due to mechanical problems, resulting to flight cancellation or delays.  

Once Mercury goes back direct, the atmosphere seems to relax even though the side effects of the retrograde can still affect many daily tasks until the "shadow" ends. The shadow is the time Mercury takes to return to its initial position before it started to journey backward.

In the course of 2017, we have the following Mercury retrogrades:

  • Mercury retrograde starts on December 19, 2016 at 2:55 am PT (pacific time) 15 degrees Capricorn. Mercury will go back direct on January 8th, 2017 at 1:43 am PT, 29 degrees in Sagittarius. Its shadow will last until January 27th 2017.
Note: Next Solar Eclipse (new moon) will take place on February 26th, 2017 at 6:58 am in Pisces 8 degrees. Lunar Eclipse (full moon) will take place on February 10th, 2017 at 4:33 pm in Leo 22 degrees.
  • Mercury retrogrades on April 9, 2017 at 4:15 pm PT (pacific time) at 5 degrees in Taurus. The planet goes back direct on May 3, 2017 at 9:33 am PT, 24 degrees in Aries. Its shadow lasts until May 20th, 2017.
  • Mercury will again retrograde on August 12, 2017 at 6:01 pm PT (pacific time) at 12 degrees in Virgo to return back to normal on September 5, 2017 at 4:30 am PT, at 28 degrees in Leo. The shadow will last until September 19th, 2017.
  • Mercury will perform its last 2017 retrograde on December 2, 2017 at 11:34 pm PT (pacific time) at 29 degrees in Sagittarius to go back to direct on December 22, 2017 at 5:51 pm PT, at 13 degrees in Sagittarius. The shadow will not end until January 10, 2018. 
Note: Next Lunar Eclipse (new moon) will take place on August 7th, 2017 at 11:11 am PT (pacific time) at 15 degrees in Aquarius. The Solar Eclipse will follow on August 21st at 11:30 am PT, at 29 degrees in Leo.

Those data are from Pocket Astrologer 2017 Pacific zone from the great Jim Maynard - a great tool for all professional astrologers.

Article published in January 2017, copyright Sylvie Steinbach.

Your 2017 Year Through The Lenormand Cards

January 2017

The Horseman and the Tower

These two cards predict important news coming from a corporation or a governmental agency. New encounters will entice you to live a better life while guiding you through a difficult period. For those seeking help, someone higher up will support your cause or resolve the issue for you. 

If you are looking for a job, these symbols refer to a new employer and suggest that it may be a good time to polish your interview skills and update your resume. The second part of the month should reveal which company may be a serious prospect.

On the national stage, the oracle announces the implementation of a new government and the enactment of new laws for 2017. 

February 2017

The Fish and the Crossroad

The cards speak of new possibilities in your business or the opportunity to make some adjustments in your life; new life options may surface so you can exercise your free will to the fullest. If you do not like the situation you are in, this month could be the right time to choose a different path. 

Take the time to evaluate what you are ready for and be prepared to negotiate your way through the transition. Flexibility will be a key ingredient to success!

You may add another source of income or your work may get busier this month. Try to keep your life balanced as much as possible.

On the national stage, we may hear news regarding several significant mergers and product diversifications that could be controversial. 

March 2017

The Heart and the Clover 

The pair is lovely if you need some tender and loving care (TLC) as good people will show you how they feel about you, lifting your spirit and soothing your soul. If you are lonely, a new romance could appear on the horizon as together, the cards promote chance encounters. You will feel blessed with your new-found love.

March should be about spontaneity and connecting with loved ones. The clover brings second chances and as such, you may reconcile or reconnect with a past lover in a positive way. 

You may find yourself at the right place at the right time to receive rewards and gifts without any reason. This synchronicity is a sign that the Universe appreciates YOU, so it is a lucky month for winning big!

Social media fans, you may see a higher number of sweet, inspiring stories making it to the evening local news.

April 2017

The Heart and the Scythe

The energy may lead to a set back with a friend or a loved one. The scythe is about separation and its effect on the heart can be devastating. If your relationship was difficult, this month may see one of you calling it quit. The decision can be mutual or one sided. 

Reach out for support to the ones who care for you as the heart is about compassion and nurturing. Spend time with true friends and family for healing.

The energy reflected by the two cards require courage and initiative in what you want to do in your life. Do you have a passion? It is the month to be bold and fearless. Go with your heart and do not let the negative talkers swing you away from what you wish to create.

May 2017

The Anchor and the Snake

You will find April to be very productive as the anchor is helping you reach your goals. A long desired outcome may finally manifest to make your feel more secured in your career or in life. 

However, the snake can represent jealousy and may attract unwanted attention. Keep your success to yourself and be wary of those people who display unbalanced behaviors. Gossips are another annoyance that may surface to spoil your fun. 

The combination is asking you to stay the course and to be prepared to confront those who may not be sharing your enthusiasm. Be willing to face your fears, you will prevail as the anchor is a heavy equipment to anchor the boat of life! 

Sudden news of embezzlement, aggression or treason connected to established entities or personalities could rattle the national stage.

July 2017

The Horseman and the Fish

Coming information may help you be more prosperous if you are willing to get out of your routine. The potential to make new deals, to meet insightful business people is making July a good month to network. 

You may meet an entrepreneurial individual who will become an asset in your life. There will be a great deal to explore with this new friend and travelling may be one of the perks. Are you ready to go places? Pick a cruise or go rent a cabin on the lake. Talk and learn from each other as the exchange will be stimulating.

You will feel more creative and the energy will benefit those of you making a living on their own as new business ideas will flow freely… Just be daring and follow your inspiration.

June 2017

The Bear and the Cross

These two cards highlight financial management such as the difficulties of paying bills on time and the suffering associated with the lack of sufficient income. 

This combo may reflect the situation you are facing this month. If so, the bear does deliver the potential for solutions if you are willing to get real on what is going on in your finances. With the bear, what you financially need will come but you must make additional efforts to ensure a positive outcome.

For those who are enjoy a comfortable lifestyle, donating to charities or helping someone in need may be what the energy moves you to do. You may find great joy knowing that you are soothing someone else’s difficult time. 

We may hear about health issues plaguing the country like a wide spread flu poisoning or mono virus, affecting a city, on a ship or on campus for example.

August 2017

The Fox and the Anchor

The fox is about work and employment; it sometimes predicts a new job or a new position but with the anchor, the message may be more about stability in the career arena. 

As such, if you work for someone else, you may receive positive feedback on your performance, allowing you to feel secure about your future with this employer. Promotion is another manifestation under this vibration.

If you are entering a new work place, your relationship with your employer could last for many years; if you were on a temporary contract, your status may change shortly to make you a permanent employee of the company. 

If you are facing difficulties orchestrated by two-faced individuals or if you are the victim of manipulative maneuvers, have no fear since the anchor ensures that you will ultimately prevail. 

September 2017

The House and the Man 

The house is about your home and the individuals you consider your family; September is centered around personal relationships, what is important to you and what makes you feel at home. 

The man card refers to new members in the family because of a birth or a new spouse/partner. Your family may be expanding in ways you did not anticipate. You may decide to take a roommate or make your place available for an Airbnb experience for example. An actual addition to the structure of your home or a move to live with your significant other are possible too!

The combination is an open door for new experiences when it comes to your personal life. This may get you out of the house – in a positive way! You may welcome guests to your own party or you may be invited to someone’s else home to celebrate. Enjoy!

October 2017

The Heart and the Tower

The heart energy channels the power of emotions to the highest vibration level thanks to the tower; we should see amazing people doing big things this month of October. Celebrities and corporations centered around people’s well-being could take center stage. 

In your daily life, you may benefit from the best intentions, coming from people you may not even know; they may be working at the post office or at your bank. An uplifting conversation could make your day inspiring or you may receive a thoughtful gift from someone you do not know very well. 

Forgiveness is the intent behind the message of the heart. You should try to take the higher road whenever possible, inspiring respect and even admiration to those witnessing your actions. 

November 2017

The Heart and the Ring

November is the month for commitments! You may conclude a business or work negotiation with a contract that means a great deal to you or you may just get engaged! A chapter in your life may conclude with a meaningful event like getting married or giving birth.

Happiness will find you through small happenings; you could be attending a celebration and have a great time with loved ones or you may find yourself the object of someone’s generosity.

Indeed, these two cards are also about receiving love from others. Emotional support may provide you with the energy you need to overcome challenges while strengthening your relationships with those who believe in you. 

It is interesting to note that Thanksgiving set on November 24th, is an American traditional holiday centered around being grateful for the sustenance provided. 

December 2017

The tower and the Horseman

The cards combine the idea of renewal and receptivity to new energies. As the last month of the year, the tower represents our achievements for 2017. Some of you may have rewarding meetings about the company performance and numbers while others may be prepared to take on a higher position in the company.

If you are dissatisfied however, the horseman enhances the tower by providing windows to look outside for what is coming as well as a door to leave whatever may feel oppressing. The card is about new connections and information useful to build a different strategy for the next year. 

It may not be possible right now to change what you are experiencing, but there is hope! If you need a bridge to help you cross over to start a next chapter in your life, be assured that you will receive the tools to build it. Time is on your side, so be patient as you may not be able to move into action until January. 

Happy New Year 2018!

This Lenormand Forecast is shared with Mystic Journey Bookstore every year - Come and check our Lenormand 2018 when we approach the Holiday seasons. 

Copyright Sylvie Steinbach 2016

Sylvie Steinbach has appeared in various radio-shows over the years with some accessible for your entertainment. You can subscribe to Sylvie Steinbach's Facebook or "The Lenormand Oracle" her YouTube channel. 

Sylvie hosted a virtual class on Aeclectic forum in 2007/2008 to share her Lenormand knowledge, ultimately creating the revival of interest on the Lenormand in the United States that we see today.

Since 2009, she has hosted many international workshops and webinars on the subject. She contributed to Ciro Marchetti's little companion booklet on his Gilded Reverie Lenormand deck in 2012, available for download in the Itunes store.

2013, Sylvie made an appearance on the French version of "Desperate Housewives of Beverly Hills", produced by TF1 in French language.

2014, a special interview with Sylvie on her karmic astrology was released under Mystic Journey Bookstore production.

2016, Sylvie showcases her STS Lenormand for Mystic Journey Bookstore to accompany her yearly forecast.

Sylvie Steinbach was mentioned as a notable influence in "Clean Gut: The Breakthrough Plan For Eliminating The Root Cause and Revolutionizing Your Health" released in 2013, by Alejandro Junger, New York Times best seller author. 

2017, Sylvie opened her own online school called "Esoteric Academia" to provide a special learning place for seekers and professional intuitives - below is a list of social media buzz for 2017 :



From the Radio Show "Intuitive Perspectives" hosted by Michael Dunlap - Listed archived shows
Prediction & Prophecy 2013 with Sylvie Steinbach - January 31st, 2013
A Gem To Remember! Psychic Readings with Sylvie Steinbach - January 8, 2010
2010 Prophecies and Workshops with Sylvie Steinbach - December 19, 2009

Lenormand Oracle card readings with Sylvie Steinbach - August 29, 2009

A promotional live broadcast in duplex with Moscow was recorded on May 24th, 2014 for the release of the Russian translation of "The Secrets Of The Lenormand Oracle"; the video is in Russian and English but the Russian translator is predominant on the audio so you may have to be very patient and attentive to hear Sylvie. Keep in mind that this video was made for the Russian market and audience. 


   Other contributions

Over the years, Sylvie Steinbach has written for magazines like "The Magician", the journal of the Tarot Guild of Australia and was featured in Ciro Marchetti's companion e-book to his Lenormand deck. The following wordpress blog below was centered around prophecies year by year (it has not been updated since 2014). 

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