How to beat the upcoming Mercury in Retrograde: September 27 to October 17, 2021

Mercury Retrograde - BuzzfeedThree times a year, the planet Mercury appears to travel backward across the sky. We refer to these periods as times when Mercury is in apparent retrograde motion, or simply ”Mercury retrograde.” To those who practice astrology, these times in particular were traditionally associated with confusion, delay, and frustration. Think undelivered love letters, email blunders, and frazzled travel plans! This is an excellent time to reflect on the past, however, and it’s said that intuition is high during these periods. Coincidences can be extraordinary.

What to do during the Retrograde…

Mercury Retrograde Protection Necklace $58 2

The planet Mercury rules communication in all forms—listening, writing, reading, speaking, and so on—as well as activities closely related to communication, like negotiations and contracts. It also rules travel, automobiles, shipping, and mail.

So, when Mercury is retrograde, try to remain flexible, patient, and understanding, allow extra time for travel, and avoid signing onto any new contracts that you’re unsure of. Double check your email responses and check in with reservations before you take that trip. 



Mercury Retrograde Protection Necklace $58The necklace shown above has a sparkly gem trio which was curated to purportedly counteract the perils of astrology’s most notorious season. Smoky quartz and fluorite stones are said to ward off negativity, while blue lace agate is thought to provide calm during this astrological aggravator’s more stressful moments. Handmade in California.

MSRP $58 on


Fluorite, Blue Lace Agate, Sterling Silver, and Smokey Quartz


Juraté Brown and Johnna Green = Jurate Los Angeles


Chain: 16″ L with 2″ Extender
Crystals: 0.63″ L x 0.15″ W each
A "Thank You" to the 2021 Farmer's Almanac

A very good friend…

is a drummer.
Rhythms are kept at the dinner table with his fingers and when he really enjoys his meal, he hums.
I’m guessing he drums at work, too.
He has children.
Children always need access to pencils.

The perfect gift:


Drumstick Pencils Uncommon Goods $8.00 (click photo to purchase)

One gift down.

(OK, dievca knows that she mentioned children in this post…but wouldn’t those pencils be fun in the blindfold/tactile sensation BDSM sense? Hmmm, must tell Master.)

PS. dievca heard a really cool mash-up of Ravel’s Bolero and Little Drummer Boy at the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band concert, this year. It puts an interesting twist on two tedious favorites. Keep an ear out.

Smartphone Cinema

dievca wanted to show her Mom some of the photos she took at the Metropolitan Museums of Art’s Costume Institutes Spring 2016 Exhibition (future post):


Looking at the photos on her mobile phone just didn’t do it and she didn’t want to upload them to the computer.

She found a solution:


Smartphone Projector 2.0 | screen magnifier | UncommonGoods

This retro projector accommodates any phone up to 3 x 6 inches and displays your videos, photos, or text on a wall at up to 8x magnification. Simply slide the back compartment in and out to focus the image, then let the glass lens do its magnifying work without the need to connect to a power source. The corrugated cardboard structure offers two slots for speakers or a phone charger. Made in China.


Uncommon Goods  Smartphone Projector (click here)

Hmm, dievca can think of some other uses for the Smartphone Cinema….how ’bout you? 😀


Desk Accessories to make work a little bit more fun.
A more Masculine gift?
Something for Master?
For the Holidays?

Uncommon Goods Sharkbite Stapler $145.00

Uncommon Goods Sharkbite Pewter Stapler $145.00

Uncommon Goods Sharkbite Staple Remover $78.00

Uncommon Goods Sharkbite Pewter Staple Remover $78.00

As an artist, Jac Zagoory revels in the rare and unique, creating desktop accessories with a new dimension of form and grace. Educated in jewelry design and fabrication at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Zagoory found early inspiration as a metal sculptor applying essential elements of design to his creations. After spending a year in the Far East and Europe, he began his “cylindrical obsession” with pens.

Realizing the growing need for desk accessories that not only created order but also highlighted the individual, the artist began designing an extensive assortment of desk accessories that exist as art in and of themselves. With his vision, the office, the home and the desk have become places where great beauty melds with function.