Saturday, September 24, 2016
The Power of Mercury by Leslie McGuirk Review
A lively guide to surviving and thriving during Mercury Retrograde—and to unlocking the astrological secrets of Mercury, the planet that rules communication.
Mercury Retrograde: We’ve all heard about its effects. E-mails disappear into black holes. Flights are delayed and trains run late. From communication mishaps to travel breakdowns, Mercury Retrograde wreaks utter havoc on our lives. So how do we survive it, sanity and relationships intact?
In The Power of Mercury, acclaimed astrologer Leslie McGuirk casts new light on Mercury Retrograde—treating it as an opportunity to slow down in a tech-crazed world, from approaching agreements with caution to communicating with intention. With an unparalleled sense of humor and uncommon helping of straight talk, McGuirk further dispels the mysteries of Mercury Retrograde by teaching us how to identify our personal Mercury signs and those of the people with whom we interact every day, from bosses to romantic partners—and what that means for how we communicate, and what to do about it.
In our ever increasingly tech-driven, fast-paced world, where we all email, text, chat, and tweet hundreds of times a day, and zip around the world at a moment’s notice, the stakes for any glitches in communication are higher than ever. Finally, with The Power of Mercury, we have the fresh, direct guide we need to navigating it all without stress—and with a much needed dose of optimism, common sense, and style.
As a child McGuirk was told repeatedly by adults and teachers that she had no talent as an artist. Despite the negativity, and with no training in art, she began selling whimsical T-shirts out of the back of her car and eventually became a famous designer in Japan, and an author and illustrator of over 20 children’s picture books which have sold over two million copies worldwide. She credits an astrologer, she went to at age 19, for putting her on her true path as a writer and illustrator. McGuirk believes being untrained and "wrong" has been the number one reason for her creative success, and knows that taking an awkward and intuitive path can lead to tremendous personal and creative success.
Her first adult book comes out in September 2016 with Harper Elixir, an imprint of Harper Collins entitled The Power of Mercury. This book helps people understand what astrology is really meant to do (which is not to be a fortune telling devise) but rather an amazing tool to help understand our internal wiring.
McGuirk has been studying astrology for over 30 years. She teaches regularly at Rancho La Puerta spa, in Tecate Mexico, as well as many other high-end spas, and resorts. In the corporate world, she has been a popular keynote speaker on the topic of creative inspiration.
I recevied a complimentary copy.
Cassandra's review- The first thing I did was turn to my sign and read what it said. Well it was right on the money with my personality etc, but can this all just be common knowledge versus the unknown? I can get a lot of this information from the internet, but not in this author's writing style and voice. It is a cool book to read and includes a lot of good information.