|Color of the day: White
Incense of the day: Lily
Mercury goes retrograde today and will be retrograde for about three weeks, until September 29. This means that Mercury appears to be moving backwards, an astronomical illusion caused by the relative movements of the planets. Since Mercury is associated with communication, transportation, and commerce, letters and e-mails might be lost and people may misunderstand each other during this time. Mercury retrograde is also a poor time to buy or sell anything important. Here is a talisman that could help: on a small octagonal piece of paper with one point up, draw the symbol of Mercury in orange ink and decorate the border with orange ink. (The number of Mercury is eight, the color is orange.) Light a stick of lavender or white sandalwood incense and draw a circle around you. Hold the talisman and recite:
Winged god of thought and speech and sign,
As I my thoughts and words do send,
Touch this small charm with light divine,
So magic may all errors mend.