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Welcome to Not Retrograde 2.0

Thanks for stopping by! Hopefully, Not Retrograde won’t be just a pit stop for you but become as necessary as stopping for gas every now and then. And, hopefully, I can stick with supplying enough astrology gas for you on here (this really doesn’t sound good). Not Retrograde is my little slice of real estate on […]

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Sevilla: Notes on Following Your Heart

Last summer I was stuck in a limbo. So I went to Spain instead. Since the arrival of spring, I’ve been thinking about my time in Spain a lot lately. Spring means that summer is close. And summer close means Spain is close to being a year away in the past from me now. A […]

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Lisbon: Cute Little Heartbreaker

There’s no destination I miss as vividly as Lisbon. It hurts so much to be away from it, I even moved all my photos from camera roll onto the computer, in hopes that my feelings would fade over time. But they fully never do. It’s been too long to remember this vividly how much it […]

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Moscow: Notes on Not Sucking It Up

Living in Moscow was like sticking around in a toxic relationship.  The kind of relationship where you two are not on the same team. Where your partner gets high from bringing you down.  The kind of relationship that you defend to your family and friends, not because you disagree with them, but because you don’t want […]

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The Sunsets of Monterey

2019 began without any real resolutions rather than: to get a puppy, be more decisive and catch a weekly sunset at the beach. The latter is in efforts to not let myself take life for granted – something that I’ve focused on the most in 2018 (and, I think, succeeded for the most part).  In […]

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How I Live Zero Waste: Stories of real people and their horoscopes

This story was originally published on astromagazine.ru. Read in Russian. Этот материал изначально был опубликован на сайте astromagazine.ru. Читать на русском. Zero Waste activists talked about their lifestyles and I tried to find eco-friendly pinpoints in their natal charts. “Zero Waste” is a type of lifestyle when you try to minimize your waste. American blogger Bea Johnson was one of its founding […]

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Astrology

Is Compatibility a Real Thing in Astrology?

Usually the next step for those who somewhat accepted the idea of astrology and let it be, is the question: “Okay, then what about that sign compatibility thingie? Does that work too?”  The short answer is not really. But there is a BUT.  If you don’t have a professional to walk you through the A […]

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The Big E(clipse)

If I had to pick one thing I’d want an average person to know about astrology, it’d be the awareness of eclipses. While it’s important to keep in mind the mainstream topic of Mercury retro dates, it’s even more important to circle the eclipses in your planner. There’s no astrological event as powerful as these guys. […]

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The Ultimate Mercury Retrograde Guide

Even if you know nothing about astrology, chances are you’ve heard about Mercury retrograde. I also bet you $5 that around the time when people talk about Mercury retro, you have had something happen to your phone/computer, your e-mails haven’t gone through, you’ve arrived somewhere just to find your appointment was for next week.  Mercury rules information, communications and […]

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What’s a Natal Chart?

Before we get carried away (because trust me, astrology has that tendency of sucking you into a rabbit hole the moment you show a slight interest), let’s cover the basics. The natal chart. Once you understand what it is, you’ll finally make sense why those horoscopes in your weekly local newspaper seemed like a load of […]