You may know, because I mention it enough, that I have a great love of Mercury/Hermes. Given that today planet Mercury turns retrograde, making one of its three-times-a-year journeys, I thought I’d post some thoughts about this. To be clear, I’m not an astrologer and there are so many others much more qualified to speak about the specifics of this retrograde. But I certainly do have opinions to share and perhaps some useful suggestions about the ways I navigate during these times.
I think it’s a gross over-generalization and probably not all that helpful to limit your view of Mercury retrogrades as annoying periods where all things involving communication and travel are fraught with snafus, and that the best possible policy is simply to simply not travel, not communicate, not sign contracts or buy anything, and basically hole up and hibernate.
Ha. As if that were even possible. But I’d like to at least nudge you off the position that this is nothing but a challenging time. Because holding the energy that way – fretting that your computer will explode or your travel plans will evaporate into missed connections and arrival at wrong destinations – only keeps you on edge and invites anxiety. Who needs that?
What if instead we opened this up a bit more, and considered that this is actually a gift? What if every Mercury retrograde period was an invitation to slow down a bit, to turn inward and reflect, to engage in review, and rethinking, and re-working. What if these were cosmic gifts of a brief pause period where we catch our breath and re-consider the direction we’re heading and what we’re doing before we go barreling on forward again. What if we spent a little time thinking about what we’re communicating – are we being authentic with our truth and communicating it clearly? What if we just took a bit of time to make sure to realign with ourselves and recommit to what we hold as our values?
When we give ourselves this little margin of spaciousness around things, it also turns out we’re then in a little bit better position to handle any little snags that do come up. Emails may get lost, technology may glitch a bit, we may need to be careful that what we’ve said is heard the way we mean it. But if we hold all this with loving-kindness towards ourselves and each other rather than automatic distress or disheartenment things certainly tend to be less disruptive.
There are nuances that can be considered with each retrograde period as well if you like. Each is unique with distinct energies and focus, depending on what sign Mercury is “backing up” through. This time around it’s through Gemini, and Mercury is the natural planetary ruler of Gemini so there’s some added emphasis here on our thoughts. What needs to be cleaned up? What is old and stale and not working? How can we expand our perspectives and hone our perceptions?
I’m certainly going to be pondering these things.
The Sabian symbol for this particular retrograde at 14 degrees Gemini is “Bridging physical space and social distinctions, two men communicate telepathically.”
I’ll be thinking about that as well. Doesn’t that feel expansive, like leading-edge work to move our perspectives out even further? I think we could use a lot more of that in our world today.
So what do you think? Do you even pay attention to Mercury retrogrades? Wish you could ignore the whole thing? Or look forward to this time as a cosmically-sanctioned little reprieve, with some breathing space and mandate to reflect? Do tell – you know I love to hear.