STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING! This is the same warning I hear three to four times a year when we are once again at that point when our humble Messenger turns around and goes into its retrograde phase.
First off, for those who are unfamiliar with the astrological concepts and archetypes associated with the planets, let’s start off with a quick introduction! Meet Mercury!
Mercury, also known as Hermes in Greek mythology, is essentially the paperboy of the gods and embodied by the first planet of our solar system. As the Divine Messenger, Mercury represents the capacity for communication, insight, clarity, intellect, rationality, and the attributed element of Air. For most of the year, the Mercury emanates these particularly beneficial energies to aid us as we tap into this energetic stream.
Now, what may be frustrating and downright antagonizing for many people is the times of year when the winds of Mercury grow turbulent and the planet begins its retrograde phase. The retrograde is the time of year, varying for each planet as they each revolve in differing velocities, when any of the planets appear to spiral in the inverse direction that they normally turn. Energetically speaking, this involves a perceived dramatic shift in the energetic nature of the planet.
Mercury retrograde is highly commonly viewed as a time period when effective communication is apt to fail, commerce or business could dwindle, new projects should not be started, and in the extrapolated viewpoint it is perceived as an overall bad omen for life. That being said, beware, we have now entered Mercury Retrograde today until September 22…..
I, however, declare this notion as false to a relative degree. I’m a firm believer in the concept of self-fulfilling prophecies; the issues that arise for many during this time period is a result of accepting this perception and attempting to fight against the turbulent energetic current Mercury is releasing. Yes, communication and all of Mercury’s attributes may be affected by the shift however this is by no means an auspicious period, it is a time to also shift your methods of thinking and reason. Life at many times dictates a shift in mental posture to adapt to varying situations, a change from your psychological and emotional comfort zones to learn new methods to express oneself and communicate effectively. This retrograde emphasizes the importance of understanding that we do not live in a static reality; it ebbs and flows, requiring of us to cope and adapt. I’m not simply talking about “thinking positively” and “just being happy,” I’m talking about actively engaging oneself to take each thought, each decision, each doubt, fear, and potential misunderstanding and imposing upon yourself a new method of rationalizing through each situation. Put aside the platitudes and focus on active personal cognizance. Communication involves much personal creativity, as your methods of communication are a manifestation of your experiences and personality, and the retrograde period calls on us to reignite that inner creativity so we may learn new techniques to rationalize our situations.
The energies of the Mercury are never inherently against our best interest, even in retrograde. Personal growth and evolution do not come for free nor without a struggle; it is on us to actualize our potential.
I welcome you to not fight against the flow of the retrograde but to embrace it, relish it, and allow your paradigms, perceived rationality, and thought patterns to be reshaped in the whirling dervish that is Mercury Retrograde. May your thoughts be set free!
May the winds of change bless you all!