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)
|SIGN||WHAT MAY COME TO THE SURFACE||ASK YOURSELF|
|Aries||Criticism, Negative Judgments, Health problems, Disorganization, Not Taking Care of Oneself (diet, working out, rest), Problems at Work or with Co-workers, Problems with Pets||How do I judge myself and others?
How am I of service to others?
How do I take care of myself?
|Taurus||Creativity Blocks, Gambling Problems, Desire to Play and Have fun, Problems with Sex & Romance, Fear of celebrating yourself, Fear of admitting mistakes, Need to create Dramas, Problems with Children, Old Love Affairs||How do I connect with my inner child?
How do I bring romance and creativity into my life?
What makes me special?
|Gemini||Problems with pregnancy, Issues with being a Mother, Family conflicts, Fear of expressing your Emotions, Fear of going within, Feeling Lonely||How do I nurture myself and others?
How do I connect with my family?
What makes me feel at home?
|Cancer||Gossips, (Social) Media Addiction, Writer’s Block, Problems in Communication, Fear of Exams, Struggles with Siblings/Neighbors, Problems with Travel, Overthinking, Need for Distractions||How do I speak of myself and others?
What information am I seeking?
What is keeping me busy?
|Leo||Financial struggles, Feelings of unworthiness, Problems with traditions, Possessions that don’t bring you joy anymore, Thoughts about Money that are blocking your flow of abundance, Problems in business, Impatience||What are my talents?
What do I value?
How do I handle my finances?
|Virgo||Fear of taking action or speaking up for yourself, Negative Thoughts about yourself, Masks that are hiding your true self, Fear of new beginnings, Fear of confrontation, Anger Issues, Fear of going out, Competition, Rushing through life||Who am I?
How do I see my competition?
How do I handle confrontations?
|Libra||Inner Chaos, Subconscious Habits that are holding you back, Feeling like a victim, Suffering, Illnesses, Your Shadows, Fear of connecting with Spirit, Fear of Letting Go and Surrendering to the Flow||What do I believe about myself and others?
How do I incorporate spirituality in my life?
What am I hiding from myself and others?
|Scorpio||Problems with Friends & Community, Fear of being different/weird, Fear of the Future, Problems with Technology, Fear of stepping outside the line, Fear of expanding one’s mind, Fear of not knowing||How do I connect with my friends?
How do I give back to community?
Where do I see myself in the future?
|Sagittarius||Workaholism, Fear of following your Calling, Problems with Reputation, Power Struggles, Problems with Authorities, Struggles with Responsibilities||What is my contribution to society?
How do I want others to see me?
What am I aspiring to become?
|Capricorn||Problems with belief system, Language Struggles, Learning disabilities, Fear of sharing your knowledge, Problems with other cultures, Travel delays, Fear of connecting with nature and big animals, Doubts about your spiritual Self||What do I understand about myself and the world?
How do I share my wisdom?
Where do I feel called to travel to?
|Aquarius||Fear of Expressing yourself through Sex, Fear of Sharing space, Problems with other people’s money and possessions, Fear of Magic, Debts, Power struggles, Fear of Death/Transformation||How do I deal with changes in my life?
What or who do I want to control?
What is sexy and magnetic about me?
|Pisces||Toxic Relationships, Break ups, Fear of making Compromises, Problems with team work, Problems with the law, Fear of Haters, Fear of being unpopular, Co-dependency, Seeking approval||Who is supporting me?
How do I support others?
What do I love about myself and others?
When any of these shadows come up for you, see them as a gift from Mercury Retrograde. These problems and fears are not meant to be hidden away, but you are meant to look at them, reflect on them and let go of any limiting beliefs that caused them. You are the creator of your life. By truly asking yourself the questions in the right column, you can find out any hidden subconscious feelings you might have not been aware of that are attracting certain struggles into your life. When Mercury goes Direct you have the power to move forward with your goals and implement all that you’ve learned throughout this period.
Be gentle with yourself. Take your time. And don’t take things too seriously. In the end, life is a game and you are meant to enjoy yourself.
I’m wishing you a wonderful and transforming Mercury Retrograde period!
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Peace and Love,