Mercury was the messenger of the gods. The planet Mercury rules those born under the signs of Gemini and Virgo and has influence on all of our day-to-day expression and communication. It also affects technology and travel. Depending on the influence of these signs in your personal astrological chart, the depth of Mercury's influence on your life can vary.* Even if Mercury isn't heavily present in your chart, interaction with others during the retrograde phase may still present confusion and chaos in communication.
What is Mercury retrograde?
A few times per year Mercury slows down in its orbit around the Sun, creating an illusion of backward movement. Imagine being in the “way back” of a station wagon, watching another car on the highway. If the car is going slower, it’ll appear to be going backwards, when actually it’s going forward. The retrograde of a planet is this kind of optical illusion.
My general rules of thumb when Mercury takes its retrograde course are:
1- maintain a sense of humor, for self and others
2- confirm, re-confirm and re-re-confirm appointments, details and information
3- print a back-up map in case cell service isn't working, cuz at some point, it won't
4- remember to forgive, self and others, when these rules are forgotten and you've just finished a raving rant about a completely misunderstood conversation
Now that Mercury has gone direct, what have you learned? What can you/did you release? And, if too many disappointments or misunderstandings occurred, how will you fix them? Mercury's energy helps to break things down, take them apart and then put them back together in more meaningful, effective terms.
Mercury is an opportunistic planet, unemotional and curious. So, many of the breakdowns that occurred are for your learning, understanding and clarification, yet they are not personal. This means that recovery is as easy as you make it. The nice aspect of impersonal energy is that it doesn't have a memory or hold grudges or retain an adversarial posture.
This is good news if you had a falling out with a co-worker, sent a misinterpreted email or forgot to follow-up on an appointment during the retrograde period. And, if any of these were directed at you, revisit the situation with a clear head and you might just see the intended perspective or a new point of view. (You are also not inclined to hold grudges and openly find opportunities for reconciliation and moving forward.)
Retrograde periods always provide a cosmic "second opinion" on the diagnosis of a planet's area of influence. With Mercury, the focus is about communication, technology, personal expression and travel.
In reviewing the past three weeks, look at where the lessons showed up. If they aren't popping out at you, remember when you got "shot down" in a conversation, or where you might have shot someone else down. What was the subject and what did you do about it? If there are missing pieces or a broken connection, go fix it. Or, maybe you were making great progress on a project, only to get derailed with a little drama. Go back to the project and pick up where you left off. New insights will abound. Maybe relationship or contract negotiations stalled. Get back to the table and you will see a higher level of responsiveness and cooperation. Just remember to take with you the tools that you learned out of the breakdown - listen better, pay clearer attention, extend patience and compassion, go at it from a different perspective.
Now that Mercury has resumed forward movement, get back to work. And remember to use the gems you discovered/re-discovered during the retrograde period.
Mercury can be a blessed and divine teacher when we pay attention to the gifts of its influence.
I wish you brilliance and clarity in your communications and connections ~
*If you're looking for a good Astrologer to give you more details about your personal chart, let me know. I can recommend a good one.
Thoughts on everyday Mysticism & the magic that permeates life when we think we aren't looking~
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