Today we welcome the first of 3 Mercury retrograde periods for 2013. I know for many people this is a cause of distress and they start getting paranoid about their computer; fearful they’ll miss crucial emails or phone messages; afraid to book their travel; anxious if there’s a possibility they’ll have to sign a contract; and all manner of worries. But truthfully I don’t experience Mercury retrogrades that way all. I like to welcome them as times to intentionally engage in all those “re-” activities – reflection, revisioning, reassessing, revisiting, reorganizing; even finding things from the past making reappearances.
Today I was reminded of the truth “expectations shapes perception” and so I gently invite you to entertain that possibility as well, and see if you can find some positive ways to experience these inevitable pauses in our regular routine.
For me I celebrate the beloved messenger god in his guise as Hermes. Winged cap and shoes, god of communication and travel, Hermes was also known as a psychopomp, able to move between worlds above and below, escorting and rescuing. He was clever and quick, an inventor, creator of musical instruments, a powerful conduit, bringer of sleep and dreams, and yes, sometimes a trickster.
It took me a while to recognize how active Hermes is in my life, but once I made the conscious connection it was truly like recognizing an old friend. I call myself a Messenger and Illuminary in my work; my work in the Akashic Records is certainly messenger work as is my channeling. And let’s not diminish the importance that actually sending messages through the post has held for me. I’m pretty sure Hermes steered me into mailart. And my life-long devotion to dreamwork – I think we can guess the inspirer.
So when I found the wonderful vintage Victorian Revival style brooch of Hermes (in the above photo) I mustered those proverbial mercurial reflexes and grabbed it pronto. Isn’t it wonderful?! I think I’ll make it into a necklace, but in the meantime, I’m keeping it near just so I can admire it. And I’m thinking I really DO need to get wings for my head and my feet. I’ll be keeping my eyes open for those next.
Do you pay attention to Mercury retrogrades, or aren’t they even on your radar? Any tales to tell? Help me honor communcative Hermes by leaving a message.