One of the most highly discussed topics on social media right now is that of Mercury being in retrograde. What does this mean for everyone? Are we all doomed to experiencing emotional roller coasters, things breaking and businesses going sour? No. …. or yes. Well.. Let me explain.
I feel like you probably know the history behind this confusing topic, but if not, let me divulge for a moment. Mercury goes through this phenomenon about 3 to 4 times in a year and for about 3 weeks at a time where the planet appears to slow down, stop and then go backwards a bit. However, it’s more of a pause – an optical illusion while the rest of us must continue to orbit in forward motion in our daily lives. In reality, all retrogrades show us that it is sometimes more important slow down and reflect on the inward than simply remain focused on the outer. Robert Wilkinson writes, in his Aquarius Papers, “…While it seems as though Mercury retrograde is associated with things that malfunction and miscommunications and delays, we must remember that in actuality, no planet or its influence is good or bad unto itself. We are the ones who determine our ‘destiny,’ based on our choices, which shape our character. In that sense, ‘character is destiny,’ and so we have the responsibility to determine whether we will be active or passive in responding to life’s challenges.”
As with all retrogrades, we can use this time to take a reflect on the things of the past, or even what has recently begun. This current one helps us to re-shape our minds, understanding, perspectives and processes by taking current observations into past feelings, filling in some aspects or elements we previously didn’t understand that could set the stage that would allow us to forgive or have compassion for something we went through.
That being said, I have to admit that I didn’t know retrograde was upon us until my spastic emotional highs and lows whispered (or shouted) into my subconscious, that something bigger was happening in and all around me. I felt incredibly happy and excited about this, but at the same time, ready to bawl my eyes out. Why, you may ask? Well, I’m sure I don’t know! That’s what this whole retrograde thing is all about, right??
This isn’t necessarily a ‘bad’ thing. I know people (myself included) who are apt to post cautionary calls to awareness, but in truth, this occasional visitor arrives with an intention to give. We have the opportunity to use this time to follow in it’s path; to stop, pause, look back and reflect. It’s a time when people are more intuitive and that old buried shit seems to come back for us to more fully deal with.
Because we are operating from a more sensitive, dare I say, more emotional state, we are advised to stay away from signing contracts, venturing in to new markets, starting/ending a relationship … In short – this is NOT the time to make major decisions. It IS time to sit down and reflect on your personal healing, growth, needs, goals, desires …. and where you are on your road to bliss.
I realized that for my life, I need to take better care of myself and plan ahead to include those times that feed and fuel the natural motivated and excited energy within me. That is my natural state. But starve the spirit, especially when it is most in need, is to engage in self-sabotage. THAT is the shadow side of Mercury being in retrograde.
I believe that incredible things and opportunities are about to get amazing for everyone – but you won’t be able to experience them if you remain stuck in this potential bad mode/energy. Now, more than ever, surround yourself with uplifting people and create proactive, positive practices in your life.
You may even want to temporarily change how you ‘do life’. We all desperately need to take care of ourselves right now. Take baths when possible, nap occasionally, meditate, write, read, laugh, hang with friends, get in to your bodies, play …
So, give to yourself. Get happy. Eat healthy, be active, meditate, express yourself and have grace with your weaknesses. If you aren’t loving yourself, if you aren’t happy, you will only stunt the progression of possibility.
What do you do when retrograde strikes? What gets you through with a smile on your face? Let me know in the comments below!
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