On Saturday Night, August 12th, Mercury has entered its infamous Retrograde phase and will stay there until September 5th.
Mercury Retrograde has gotten a bad reputation. Communication problems, travel delays, technology break downs… all of this makes it hard to really look forward to this period. However, there is a way to use this time for our Highest Good. Like in an ocean, instead of letting the waves hit us we can learn how to ride the waves and have fun doing it.
What exactly is Mercury Retrograde?
When we say Mercury is retrograde it means that from the point of view of Earth Mercury seems to move backwards. This is an optical illusion as Earth moves past Mercury in its orbit around the Sun. Similar to when we pass a car on the freeway, the other car looks like it is stopping and then moving backwards.
This optical illusion of Mercury Retrograde is very important, since during this time illusions of all sorts will come to the surface.
Mercury Retrograde will bring out shadows from our subconscious, hidden things that we have forgotten, that we have neglected or that we have denied. Since we can expect delays and problems in all things Mercury – writing, publishing, selling, traveling, technology, communication – this period will bring us ample time to re-connect, re-think and re-flect on our life.
When Mercury is direct its energy operates mostly on Left Brain activities… logic, reason, control, analysis and practicality. When Mercury goes retrograde its energy shifts towards Right Brain activities like creativity, intuition, sensuality, imagination.
People who have Mercury Retrograde in their natal chart will most likely enjoy this period because the energies on Earth are matching their own inner energies and they are used to indulge in right brain activities anyway.
For people with direct Mercury in their birth chart who love control, order and logic in their lives this period can be chaotic and frustrating, unless you know what to expect… and how to use it for your highest good.
How to use Mercury Retrograde for your Highest Good?
It is advised to not make any major decisions during this time, to not sign contracts without rereading the small print, and to not plan too diligently during travels (since it is most likely to happen differently than you expect anyway).
The key is to let go of control. As long as we want to control our lives, Mercury Retrograde will come and destroy the way we operate, it will be like a storm changing our course of lives while we’re desperately trying to hold onto what we think we need to do. This will cause suffering.
However, if we let go of control, if we go with the flow, then Mercury Retrograde can be a very creative and intuitive time. It can be a period in our lives where we go within, re-flect on any limiting beliefs that are holding us back from moving forward and then come out stronger than before.
Instead of seeing Mercury Retrograde as a curse, you can then see it as a gift. A gift to help you on your life’s journey towards inner peace.
This is what may come to the surface for you to reflect on according to your Sun Sign:
(Note: the Sun sign is just a small part of your astrological make up. If you are interested in learning more about what gifts Mercury Retrograde will bring into your life, contact me here for your individually interpreted and channeled Mercury Retrograde Report)
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