Where do I begin this semi educational rant about the frenzy that has become the at least thrice time annual event of my personal ruling planets Retrograde. Well let’s start by addressing the many falsehoods, and misnomers associated with this time and for once and for all conclude that no the world is not ending the sky is not falling and you will be just fine after this little but consequential planet places itself yet again ahead of the earth in its orbital appearance. Mercury Retrogrades 3-4x per a year and this has been going on for decades, century, and millennia before you were made aware of it. So why is it that Everytime this quick but fated planet makes its retrograde that impending doomsday forecasts sweeps across timelines everywhere. So for once and for all let’s put to bed all the BS about retrogrades and outline what Mercury in retrograde really means and even how we can use it for our benefit.
The retrograde in purely astronomical terms is a time where a planet appears to be moving backwards through the sky from Earth’s perspective. I say appears quite purposefully because it’s not actually anything more than an optical illusion created by the placement and inconsistencies of different planets orbits around the sun. In essence the retrograde isn’t much more than an illusion. So why fear this all powerfully ement time? Exactly, there is literally no real need to fear this time as in it an inevitable part of our Earth’s yearly journey around the sun.
So let’s get back to the fun stuff, astrology. According to astrology the placement and movement of the planets and other heavenly bodies affects the psychological and even physical status of the people, situations, and events occuring on a planet. While I agree with the science of astrology when applied correctly, when sensationalized and over done it can become a shit show of overly theatrical claims of impending doom. What do I mean by this? While I believe it true that the planets and other heavenly bodies do affect us, our free will and personal mastery over ourselves and our lives should not be dismissed because of a routine astrological occurrence. Meaning if mercury in retrograde in theory can crash my computer then I can also effectively manifest a new one just as easily.
What I am truly trying to point out is that it is human nature to often want to take the power of effecting our world’s out of our hands and place it into some larger perspective. “Ah hah, yes Mercury in Rx must be the reason why I keep repeating the same behavioral mistakes and manifesting a life of total suckatuide.” This mentality is no different than a child who blames the rock they tripped over for destroying their beloved ice cream snack. It is simply absurd that adult human beings who are supposed to show the capability of complex thought would relinquish all of their own personal power to the illusion of a planet moving backwards. So naturally that’s exactly what happens, people literally lose their ever given minds everytime a retrograde occurs.
Personally I look at any retrograde especially that of my sun signs ruler as a time for exploration of the inner world. A time to engage in self analysis and reclaim, reorganize, and rethink the many occurrences of life that have helped, hindered, or changed us over the course of the past few weeks, months, and years. All of you is not aware of all of you all of the time. Now what I mean by that very confusing sentence is that we are not always aware of all the levels of our mind. Our mind is always recording all the realities going on around us at once and we absorb far more information about the world around us and our place in it than we could ever possibly hope to conceive in our short lifetimes. Much of the information we gather is stored in the subconscious mind, where the majority of it sits never truly being maximized or sometimes, and this is my favorite, being organized into random sequences to create weird ass dreams, but I digress. Since most of this information is rarely tapped into I look at the retrogrades as wonderful opportunities to halt the input process and give us insight into our inner storehouse of information. Now I see why for some this can see extremely inconvenient, especially for those of us who are content to just keep living without any insight as to why we live or how we affect change in the world around us and vice versa, but for those of us committed to a deeper level of awareness this isn’t a time for fear at all but of exploration of the untapped resources of the mind. Since Mercury is the ruler of thought it serves us to understand that Mercury in retrograde is really a time to reset the mind with intention and this mercury in retrograde converging with a new moon in Pisces gives us a unique opportunity to explore the intersection between our mind, our imagination, and our intention, giving rise to what can be considered the perfect recipe for inventive and revolutionary insight into our mental/ emotional awareness. How well we handle that opportunity is up to us, but one thing I am sure of is that if we keep allowing the major influences in our lives hinder us from delving deeper than we may always feel comfortable we will be living a life of perpetual hardship, and overall disfunction. Life is not supposed to always be easy or nice or fun it is the inevitable realization of so many lessons and understandings about ourselves the world around us and the universe itself. So if sometimes that doesn’t come wrapped in a pretty little neat bow of non retrograde realness, then so be it. Because life is far more than than the fond memories of what was made easy but rather a collection of varied perspectives and opinions on all the challenges we’ve faced.
So how do we effectively navigate the retrograde? To put it simply, we should dismiss our preconceived fears and expectation negative or positive about this time. Mercury rules over the signs of Gemini and Virgo two mutable signs which means they flow in flexibility between the transition of the seasons and this is reflected in the energy of their personalities. When you become too rigid during this time you end up creating more drama than good. Do go with the flow even if it’s uncomfortable wait it out and it will pass.
One of the next things we should be doing during this time is recording our thoughts and dreams as Mercury is the planet of communication when it’s in retrograde this is a wonderful time to start journaling or writing out our thoughts this can help us to process and review the lessons we are learning at this time in our lives.
Lastly we can use a bit of magickal influence to assist us. One of the planetary magicks that I’ve been working with most often these days is Jupiter. This amazing planetary giant is all about fortune, and dance, growth, and expansion. So by using Jupiter work at this time I personally I have seen great results in moving my manifestations along despite the current retrograde.
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