Mercury turned retrograde yesterday. Sometimes I hesitate mentioning it because so many folks who are at least a little conscious of such things respond with concern that their computers may suddenly fail, or emails go missing, or travel plans or agreements snarl into a tangled mess. And while those things may in fact occasionally occur, to assume that this is only what Mercury retrogrades are about seems grossly unfair to me, a bit disrespectful, and definitely lacking in nuanced understanding.
I’m certainly not an astrologer, but I do know my chart deeply. I think it’s an incredibly useful lens through which to understand ourselves; the configuration of energies we’ve contracted to dance with during our lifetime; and a beautiful way to realize we have cosmic threads woven into our life journey as well.
One of the things I realize I wish I did more of – that I wish everyone did more of – was share resources they find valuable. I’ve been blogging long enough to see how the medium has evolved, and in these days when it is highly encouraged to be single-mindedly focused on self-promotion and monetizing your communications with others, what I do is clearly very old-school. Of course, most of the people who find me and continue reading appreciate my style or they wouldn’t return, but I can’t help but wish the world in general found a way to return to more heart-centered communications and connections that develop and deepen because they are given time and attention. But, be that as it may, perhaps a pipe dream of mine that never sees light of day again, I can myself commit to doing a better job of pointing out the people and resources that I delight in.
To that end let me point you in the direction of a few people.
Sarah Varcas is an astrologer and she’s got a couple articles are Mercury retrogrades that are definitely read-worthy. First is The Truth about Mercury Retrograde and the other is a more specific look at this Mercury retrograde which is happening in Sagittarius.
The second person I highly recommend you check out is Connie Kaplan. She’s written a number of things, all of which I’ve found incredibly valuable. But in particular, for this conversation, I’d head you to her book The Invisible Garment: 30 Spiritual Principles that Weave the Fabric of Human Life. She offers a brilliant way to understand exactly what gift you’re carrying, and the way into this understanding starts with the astrology of your birth chart. Her website is definitely worth poking around in as well.
Returning to the topic of Mercury, I am the first to admit I have a great love for Mercury in all his guises. I have been strongly connected to this energy as embodied by Mercury, Hermes, Thoth and the Sirian Archangel Hermes. This is Messenger energy, Divine Communicator energy, and the ability to travel between worlds. I identify with all those things. And what’s not to love about a helmet with wings and winged sandals? That’s truly a fashion statement I can get behind.
Speaking of fashion, the photo is of one of my favorite treasures, a wonderful vintage Victorian Revival style brooch of Mercury/Hermes. Isn’t it lovely?
An additional connection I want to lead you to is another astrologer Mary Pat Lynch of Rising Moon Astrology. Her latest podcast is a guided visualization for you to meet Mercury. I can’t think of a better way to start a relationship, so if you’re so inclined do give it a listen.
And finally, in celebrating all things Mercury, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention author Anne Zouroudi. She’s written a series of novels in fabulous Greek settings with the main character being a detective named Hermes. Check out her website and perhaps indulge in a mystery or two.
I’d love to hear your experiences with Mercury – both the planet and the god/archetype, or even the element also known a quicksilver. Do tell – you know I love to hear. And let me know what you think about more sharing of resources and things we love.