I found out that Neptune in retrograde was actually a positive thing and got a little carried away thinking I’d have a good week. Little did I know that a bigger force was at work here. A much bigger force.

It turns out that Jupiter is also in retrograde and has been since Sunday, June 20. The massive gas giant will stay in retrograde until Monday, October 18. According to a local psychic medium, Stephanie Burke, Jupiter is the planet of luck, abundance, and growth.

“Just as the Mercury retrograde was over and when we thought we were in the clear, Jupiter is ready to pack a serious punch to our plans,” Burke said. “Jupiter in retrograde can make the fun of growing, learning, and evolving feel like it’s coming to a sudden stop in certain areas of our lives.”

I don’t know about you, but I felt the pain of that punch this week. It burned hotter than the heatwave we just had. If you’ve reached the “What is even the point” stage of this retrograde, Burke has good news for you.

“Now is actually a good opportunity to focus on personal development,” Burke said. “It can make us slow down enough to evaluate where we should add more attention to detail, or create more balance between all aspects our of lives. It’s a perfect time to review our responsibilities, habits, and choices. Be careful not to be greedy during this time and look at all possibilities before making decisions. This is the time where you want to consider how you want the second half of the year to go for you. Jupiter reversing its direction actually gives us a second chance to get lucky or to see the bigger picture of our lives.”

Burke suggests you ask yourself some intense questions to make sure that the remainder of 2021 is the best it can be.

  1. Are you growing and expanding in the areas that you want to be?
  2. Does the growth feel like it’s in line with your purpose?
  3. Does it resonate with you?
  4. Does it make you happy?

Take a good, long, hard look at where you are and decide if the path you are on is the one you want to stay on for the rest of the year. If not, decide how to move forward.

The Best of South Shore Bar Pizza

There's pizza, and then there's South Shore Bar Pizza. Birthed in Brockton (and to this writer, perfected in Randolph – Lynwood Café is the true G.O.A.T.), it must meet certain qualifications to be considered "SSBP," which include: it's a 10-inch pie; it has a thin, cracker-like crust with minimal "flop;" the cheese is a blend that features more cheddar than mozzarella; and bonus points if you take it home between two carboard-type plates wrapped in flat brown paper bag. They also usually come with "laced" or "burnt" edges (terminology depends on where you are ordering), which is when the sauce and cheese are extended all the way to the edge of the pan, creating a crispy, flavorful coating to the crust. We reached out to the hugely popular South Shore Bar Pizza Social Club Facebook group to ask the experts to share the best of the best (in no particular order).