It happens four times a year, and it’s happening now, November 6- November 26: Mercury Retrograde.
Things feeling off? Maybe a bit slow? Perhaps you’ve had a lot on your mind? Maybe even a sore throat? Maybe a bit fogged in the mind?
Relax. Reflect. Reorganize. Rethink. Recharge.
Mercury is the planet that rules communication and transportation. Mercury is all about truth, truth seeking, education, and the mind. It’s about how you put together your world, your thoughts, formulate your ideas, and share them. It’s nice to know your mercury rising sign you can have a better understanding of how you speak, relate, communicate, and share with others. May spark a few light bulbs about your own mannerisms.
Mercury’s power can help steer you towards your interests and passions. Helps you piece together any puzzles and can help navigate you more down a career path that is more align with your thoughts and what you enjoy. It acts like a messenger, helping us communicate and become more aware. It’s a time to revise what is happening in your life and what your higher truth is.
“Sometimes it’s necessary to take a step back, in order to move forward”
Mercury retrograde is a time when Mercury stops orbiting, almost stops, and practically goes backward. It’s significant as a time to slow down, a time to catch up with yourself and what has happened. It’s a time to clean out closets, past experiences, past emotions, even people, and start to remove the junk and clear your life. It’s a time to reflect back on your life and who you are, backtrack, and redefine your path. Notice your association with the past and with the present. Catch up on past projects that you never finished, anything you may be putting off, maybe reorganize, and just take a pause with your life and all that is going on. Clear away clutter, old relationships, old habits, wounds, and start to pave the way for new patterns. Consider approaching life with a new or different perspective, and maybe research on what you can do differently. It’s a time to go within, to seek out yourself, consider what you want, what has come, and paint a new picture moving forward. REFLECT.
During this phase things slow down, there are delays, electronics brake, things get messed up, mistakes are made, things get lost, etc. Often you feel indecisive and a bit unsure. The mental confusion is completely normal, especially if you’re not outwardly expressing yourself. Mercury is linked to the mind so sometimes you may feel a little lost and loopy, almost like you’ve lost your mind. Take a breathe, this too will pass. Travel may be a bit delayed, leave earlier, don’t rush. Be open, and prepare yourself for this period.
Go clear away old doubts, old things, mend relationships, perfect partnerships, and close out anything that’s withstanding. Communicate. Say what you need. Part ways with past friendships or partners if needed. Rather than think logically, it’s a time to follow that intuition and those things that drive you. Be open and be flexible. People from you past may come circulating back around too. The delays and miscommunications are happening so you can slow down and adjust more into yourself. Meditate. Breathe. Yoga. Stop and listen to yourself. Catch yourself up, find closure, reconsider, and recharge. Surrender to the spirit, the natural power of the universe, trust the power bigger than yourself, and clarify your own life and intentions. I would recommend sitting still, don’t react or make sudden decisions. Instead, gather the information, reconnect with you and your intentions, and who you are to pave the way for the end of the year/new year. You should reconsider things now in the retrograde, rethink, reorganize, and once the planet starts orbiting once again, you can move forward with more clarity and with the information from the retrograde period.
“Decisions about our goals and aspirations will be the focus during the Mercury retrogrades of 2012 as change, breakthrough and freedom allows our feelings to break free from the restrictions of the past. Because we are making decisions to bring forward the visionary awareness into our new journey, new endeavors, new goals, the events during the Mercury retrograde time frames help us to veer away from the past emotional dramas and take bold steps out of the old situations to move into our new future. These adjustments will be very necessary as they allow us to make major changes, emphasizing our bold and innovative choices assigned to the fire signs of the retrogrades.”