M E R C U R Y :: R E T R O G R A D E
August 12 - September 5
AGH! It’s happening!!! Mercury, the archetype of thinking, ideas, and all forms of communication is seemingly going backward in the sky!!!
Let’s be real; we deal with this a few times a year for a few weeks at a time, we got this! Rather than simply tacitly agreeing to the hype around Mercury Retrograde — that everything will go haywire — maybe there is a deeper understanding that we can use to our benefit. Yes, this may be a time that emails and texts don't go through, and that some of our communication will get stuck in the aether. This is also an opportunity to see communication slowing down a bit. And that communication between humans — face to face, rather than through emails and texts — is preferred. Furthermore, we might even be able to have a glimpse at this Retrograde as a time when the connection between the self and the cosmos will not only be heightened but the most rewarding.
What is REALLY going on when Mercury is in Retrograde?
Mercury has just slowed way down in its regular orbit, giving us here on Earth a little bit of time to catch up. It is an illusion that Mercury is going backward, it is just taking its time. As we pass Mercury; it appears to be going backward, an optical illusion. Mercury is not literally going backward; Mercury is figuratively giving us space to take time in our communication and connections with ourselves, others, and the cosmos.
Mercury Retrograde creates a much-needed space in its cycle around the Sun. It is a period when Mercury slows down, maybe rather than being scared of this abnormality we see in the cosmos; we can instead take a hint and follow suit. What would it look like for us to slow down or to make space for ourselves? Or to think before we send that email or text? To think through making definite plans for the future or signing a binding contract? It is not that we should not do these things, it is that we should probably be taking more time to meditate on them before committing.
There is a unique awareness that comes about with Mercury Retrograde, let’s try and get in touch with this awareness and create the space it needs to come into our lives. This means getting rid of the fear that everything is going to go wrong, or that no conversation will end without getting hacked. Without this fear, we can instead replace it with a distinct awareness of the communication taking place; we might even be able to see the gift of Mercury Retrograde.
Even though Mercury is in Retrograde and taking its sweet time, this is not a time for procrastination. Just because we may have put off making any big plans concerning our future, does not mean that the step work does not need to get done. The foot work for big projects and plans need to be done, just with a certain amount of awareness and slowness to them.
Our Current Slowing with Mercury Retrograde
Mercury will go Retrograde in Virgo — in its dignity since Mercury rules Virgo. This means that the efficient and analytical Earth sign will be the back drop for the first part of this cycle of Mercury slowing. Life may look like a constant stream of problems that need to be solved and patterns that need to be pulled out from the chaos. Be aware of these feelings coming up; if we do, we will have a better chance of seeing all that there is to be grateful for around us.
The second half of Mercury retrograde will take place in Leo, along with the Sun. Mercury in fiery Leo can tend to take off at high speeds and lead to spontaneous and impatient communication patterns. Rather than allowing this erraticness to take over, it may behoove us to notice what we are trying to speed up here; we may forget that Mercury is in Retrograde for a reason. It is also important to check in with our selves about how boastful or grandiose we are getting with our communication style; we want to be bold without overthrowing everyone else or being so loud that we can not hear anyone else. The roar of Leo wants to be loud and clear; we must make sure that our roar communicates effectively with others and that we give others the opportunity to roar as well!
We can let our voice shine, not to be brighter than those around us, but we let it shine because it connects to the cosmic shine. If we are in tune with a deeper understanding of what is happening and follow suit with Mercury, we may find that Mercury Retrograde is not so scary after all.