Our favorite retrograde is back! Hope you made the most of your “up” time, because it's time to kick back and review the last few months.
During the three weeks of Mercury Retrograde the suns closest neighbor appears to move backward in the sky. This intensifies the energy of the planet and can cause communications, electronic mishaps and delays. The effects can be felt for a week before retrograde and a week after the planet goes direct. This happens three to four times a year.
This process is natural and normal. Like tides that go in and out and the air that we inhale and exhale, we need this time to recharge and refuel. Think of it as taking your car in for a tune up. After so many miles, you just have to pull into the garage and make sure everything is working optimally.
There is no logic to fearing or dreading this time. It is a valuable opportunity for spiritual growth and
We are no longer timid Lightworkers running from all things negative and the least bit uncomfortable. We have grown into Light Warriors and we embrace our lessons as we know that we will not only survive them, but we will come out stronger in the end.
The key to thriving during Mercury Retrograde is preparation. If we know it is coming and make our plans accordingly, it will be an easy and smooth (reverse) ride.
Everyone wants to grow spiritually but when it comes time to do the work to get there, we panic. Every time we have an opportunity to grow and we pass it up, we set ourselves up for more difficult lessons.
When we face up to our healing work, it goes much easier. We can be shown things instead of experiencing them. Lessons don't need to be repeated and we can move on to enjoying life and making the most of our spiritual gifts.
This is a different way to look at Mercury Retrograde, but it is much more empowering. It puts you in control of the experience you will have for the next three weeks. Lessons can be challenging and inconvenient, but they don't have to dominate your life. Life goes on no matter what the planets are doing. Nine to twelve weeks out of every year is a long time. The world around you will not grind to a halt, so neither should you.
To make the most of your review, recharge and refresh time, here is a list of ideas to help you prepare for the next few weeks:
1. We will start the list with a list: What do you NEED to get done during the next three weeks? Sometimes business trips and birthday celebrations just happen to fall during a retrograde. Other things can be put off or started before Mercury goes retro. Do you want to start a new business? Wait on that one. Need surgery? Don't put that off. Prioritize and only do what you need to do. Plan extra time for rest and reflection. Know that things may happen that you can't control. Keep your sense of humor and practice self-forgiveness. This time will be over before you know it.
2. Allow extra time. Get to work early just in case your work computer decides to act up. Make sure you allow time for traffic and delays when you need to get to an appointment. You can still move forward, just slowly and with awareness.
3. Don't trust communications. Make sure your phone battery is charged. Proofread texts before you send them out. If you have not heard from someone, call or email to make sure they got your correspondence. Talk slowly and if you think someone is not understanding you, ask if they need clarification.
4. Mercury rules thinking as well as communications. Re-read instructions and make sure that you are clear as to what you need to do. If you feel like you know something, question it. Quiz yourself. How do you learn best? Listening to a lecture? Reading or hands on? This may not be the best time for new learning, but a great time to review and test your comprehension. Re-read books and research old ideas to gain new expertise. Don't rush to use your new knowledge, but make plans for it after Retrograde.
5. Make a list of things you would like to try, new projects you would like to start, or classes you want to take. Start doing research, and do some background work, but don't begin anything until Mercury goes direct. The post-retrograde time is like a party you are planning. Make it something to look forward to.
6. Do some shadow work. Meditate, journal or talk to a friend about your deepest fears and frustrations. Our shadows are what hold us back when we are trying to make progress. What beliefs are stopping you from moving forward? What habits are sabotaging your progress? Uncover the baggage you need to dump to move further along your path with ease.
7. Practice meditation, and learn about other stress relief modalities, like aromatherapy, EFT and self-hypnosis. If possible, start these before Mercury Retrograde so that they have time to become habits, then they will be easily available tools that you can use when you need them.
8. Take some down time. Plan a vacation before Retrograde and take it during that time (allowing extra time to double check your registration information and calling ahead to see that everything is in order). There is an online astrologer who says she plans surgeries during this time because during her recuperation, she has an excuse not to visit with people and therefore avoiding verbal miscommunications and misunderstandings.
9. Splurge on yourself. Take long luxurious baths. Spend an evening with a good book. Take a mental health day and watch movies or go to the zoo, spa or mall, whatever makes you feel spoiled and nurtured.
10. Finally, don't be so hard on yourself. You will make mistakes. Learn from them and move on. Forgive yourself and laugh as often as you can. For the next three weeks you can “blame it on Mercury Retrograde.”
Think of this time as a period where you can rest and practice self-care. Accentuate the positive. You are not supposed to be starting new projects. New projects require work. This is your rest time. Enjoy!