Mercury Retrograde

Communications become less stable as Mercury stations retrograde. As this speedy planet ‘appears’ to pause and move in reverse… what we try to transmit to one another also moves in reverse. As above, So below. During this cosmic cycle, but also through the shadow of Mercury’s storm, we may see communication issues and breakdowns through the use of phones, faxes, letters, voicemails, texts, computers, vehicles, mechanical machinery, appliances, as well as in travel. A problem that ‘reaches out to call our attention’… usually materializes during the retrograde of Mercury. You may have hoped to ignore: the squeak in the vehicle, the spontaneous computer glitch, the blowdryer on it last leg, or complaints at home or the office. The problem(s) will continue to call out for us, until we take care of it. It is usually best advised to not make any major purchases during this period, and to avoid signings agreements – unless the fine print is carefully read over – twice. For the three week period of Mercury retrograde, we are encouraged to re-think, re-learn, re-communicate, and repair, to correct and create solutions.

The interesting thing to find during this astrological cycle, is that we can literally move backwards. In doing so, we begin to go back into our thoughts, remembering and bumping into those we lost touch with, while unresolved issues and mistakes from our past, reappear. We step back into memories. We also return to where a particular problem first developed, as it grabs our attention with a need to be figured out. Mercury retrograde is ‘the trickster’, and in the weeks ahead, our thoughts and words will sway into ‘backward’ motion. We may be interpreted as ‘backwards’, and not making sense. In addition, we can form glitches that already exist in our exchange of communications. The trickster sways information, which formulates confusion, worry, anxiety, and insomnia when we are unclear with the data to be transmitted and/or received. In result, miscommunications multiply into misinterpretations, which lead to misunderstandings.

As Mercury retrogrades, we ‘return home’ by ‘coming into ourselves’. By doing so, we are able to see how we have enabled the confusion that exists in our lives and/or relationships. Mercury is ‘the communication expert’ and what we may have failed to grasp (the last time around), will be sure to ‘pop up’ again – so that we can learn and move on. This can include the same old problem that we are being faced with again, or maybe arguing about the same old issue. During the Mercury retrograde, we reconnect with existing errors and mistakes, to make them right. Learn how to listen and pay attention to details now. Re-think what you need to share, and say what you mean. This is the ideal time to ‘step back’, to retrace our steps (AND our words), so that we can correct the mistake of what has been wrong. What has been ‘botched’ or just ‘badly mismanaged’ will usually alert us (directly or indirectly) under this particular cosmic weather. More often than not, words will get in the way. If we can allow ourselves to become a little broken and discombobulated, we can actually re-wire what became criss-crossed, and heal what had been lost in translation.

‘By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth’. George Carlin.

With Mercury retrograde, thoughts and words may be running a mile a minute, so before we speak, we should examine the real purpose for our words. We may assume that we can run away from problems, or talk ourselves out from being accountable – but this will eventually cause disagreements, or catch up with us in other ways. Utilize this energy to stop and listen to what others say, and listen to what you say. Listening is as equally important as talking. Assumptions will only feed the trickster, so be encouraged to pay attention, to listen, and to ask questions if you do not fully understand. If you’d like something more personalized to your own individual situation, invest in a private, personalized session.