Who is Lisa Stardust? A day in the life of the astrologer who coined ‘Mercury Retroshade’

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In the last few years, astrology has seen a major resurgence in interest with millennials fueling the trend. 

Before there were apps and horoscope memes to obsess over, people turned to astrologers like Lisa Stardust for readings. Stardust has been an astrologer and tarot reader for 15 years. She has penned two books on understanding the zodiac and has written horoscopes for Oprah Daily, Teen Vogue and the Today Show. But considering her new age upbringing, in hindsight becoming an astrologer almost seemed inevitable to the New Yorker. 

Who is Lisa Stardust? 

Stardust is a New York City-based astrologer, tarot reader and author known for sharing zodiac memes on Instagram where she has 123,000 followers. 

Her great-grandmother was a tarot reader, her grandmother a magic practitioner and her father a Kabalastic healer. Stardust was raised in accordance with her zodiac sign in a new age household where astrology was celebrated. Growing up she would get astrology and tarot readings from a local occult store named Pastimes. 

“My parents had my birth chart read when I was 4 years old — only to realize that they had the wrong birth time years later,” Stardust told In The Know. “Obviously, this led to an existential crisis when I discovered that I was not a Virgo rising and was born on an exact full moon.” 

She became an astrologer by chance

While attending a fashion event at a clothing store, Stardust met who would eventually become her astrology mentor. 

“After searching to find the career that I loved, I realized that I was developing my skills in the area that I wanted to work in the whole time — it was in my blood and DNA to be an astrologer,” she told In The Know. 

Stardust practices an ancient form of astrology

Horary is a sect of astrology where astrologers answer a question by generating a horoscope for the precise moment the question was asked. 

“It is like fast and hard Astrology that yields an answer for three months at a time,” Stardust told In the Know. “Practicing horary has really changed my approach to being an astrologer. Because I have to understand what the right question to ask the chart is, I have to be very present with my clients and ask them the right questions.”

She coined the term “Mercury Retroshade” 

Mercury Retroshade is the two weeks before and after Mercury turns retrograde. 

“The personal retrograde story begins in the pre-Retroshade phase and ends on the last day of the post-Retroshade. So, the retrograde is actually longer than we think,” Stardust told In The Know. 

Stardust claimed that during this time shady and weird things may occur. But Retroshade is a time of “increased intuition” so you can always trust your gut during these strange times. 

Retroshade dates in 2022: 

Mercury Rx 1:

Mercury enters the pre-retrograde shadow on December 29, 2021, in the hours of 1:29 AM PST in Capricorn. Mercury turns retrograde on January 14, 2022, at 3:37 AM PST, in Aquarius. Mercury turns direct on February 3, 2022, at 8:07 PM PST in Capricorn. Mercury leaves the post-retrograde shadow on February 23, 2022, at 10 PM PST Aquarius.

Mercury Rx 2:

Mercury enters the pre-retrograde shadow on April 25, 2022, at 10:47 PM PST in Taurus. Mercury turns retrograde on May 10, 2022, at 3:42 AM PST in Gemini. Mercury turns direct on June 2, 2022, at 11:56 PM PST Taurus. Mercury leaves the post-retrograde shadow on June 18, 2022, at 2:46 PM PST in Gemini. 

Mercury Rx 3: 

On August 20, 2022, at 1:09 PM PST Mercury enters the pre-retrograde shadow in Virgo. On September 9, 2022, at 7:32 PM PST, Mercury turns retrograde in Libra. On October 2, 2022, at 12:58 AM PST, Mercury turns direct. On October 16, 2022, at 8:40 PM PST, Mercury leaves the post-Retrograde Zone in Libra. 

Mercury Rx 4:

On December 12, 2022 at 3:26 AM PDT, Mercury enters the pre-retrograde shadow at Capricorn. On December 29, 2022, at 1:25 AM PDT, Mercury turns retrograde at Capricorn. On January 18, 2023, at 5:08 AM PDT, turns direct at Capricorn. On February 6, 2023, at 9:29 PM PDT, Mercury leaves the post-retrograde zone at Capricorn.

Stardust is empowering others to learn more about astrology

She wrote the book The Astrology Decka 70-card deck and guidebook designed to teach beginners how to read the cosmos. Stardust also penned The Saturn Return Survival Guide which aims to help people navigate the turbulence of a visit from Saturn. Every 27 to 29 years Saturn revisits a sign causing those born under it to experience challenges that will lead to personal growth. 

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