It’s that time of the year again when Mercury goes retrograde. By definition, it is a period of time where the planet seems to be going backwards. Of course, it’s not. It’s an illusion. It only looks that way.
It’s that time of the year when we moan about Mercury retrograde destroying our electronics, our jobs, our relationships, the time where almighty spooky Mercury retrograde just destroys our lives.
So, how do we, not only survive, but also thrive during this period?
First of all, let’s take a look on what professional astrologers have to say about Mercury retrograde (because I’m not one):
” Don’t make any important moves when Mercury is retrograde. Nothing will be settled successfully for the future during these periods anyway – you will find it nearly impossible to nail down a plan. During a retrograde period, it is hard to get decisions from others. Even if a decision is made, it will be subject to change, either just after Mercury turns to direct motion or much later.
Mercury retrograde periods would not be good times to do anything involving communications, such as launch a magazine, website, or an advertising or publicity campaign.
These phases are also considered poor times to launch any new endeavors, even if they are not related to the communications industries.
Similarly, a retrograde period is not a good time to sign any contracts or even to shake hands on any new agreements. ” – Susan Miller
Yes, yes and yes. Anything involving communications might not go well, plans might not go smoothly, decision-making process might be hindered and so on. This doesn’t mean you should refrain from doing anything you feel like doing. If something doesn’t work as planned..
Be happy that it doesn’t!
Mercury retrograde works with us, not against us. It supports only what’s of truth to who we are and our highest state of being. How I see Mercury retrograde is like a vacuum who sucks away everything that is no longer serving our lives, but we tend to hold onto that which is no longer beneficial to us so hard, we put all our strength and will into resisting letting go. But it doesn’t work, nothing works, and we try making it work again and again, but it still doesn’t and frustration follows inevitably and the “Oh, damn you Mercury retrograde, you’re ruining my life!”
But the truth is it’s not ruining anybody’s lives, its purpose is to emphasize on the areas of our lives that naturally have to transform as there’s no energetic match within us to match the vibration of that situation, relationship, job etc. It shows us (at times more intensely) where we are not in alignment with our highest self, highest purpose, highest state (hence the reason why more people quit their jobs or are being fired during this period etc.)
Throughout Mercury retrograde periods we might find ourselves going into a direction only to find it is a dead end, and we can’t explain why it didn’t work, can’t find a reason. But generally, the reason is it’s simply not for our highest good, so Mercury retrograde is telling us “Nope. This is not it. Dig deeper into your being and be purely guided by your heart in the direction it shows you.”
All the unnecessary frustration, anger, suffering comes from resistance – resistance to change, resistance to be present, flowing, resistance to live through the heart, to take actions and make decisions from that place. And resistance ultimately is fear.
We are resistant to change, because we’re afraid of the “big bad” unknown and we’re afraid to let go.
We’re resistant to be present and flowing, because our minds often times translate this as a threat to our security, so it tries to find reasons to sabotage our state of presence, finding ways to either live in the past, or the future.
We are resistant to live through the heart, because we doubt it, we’re afraid to trust, to listen to our internal guidance, however that expresses itself to each one of us uniquely. What we all have in common is feeling. We feel, and simply our feeling, unhindered by outdated mental “programs,” holds the potential to bring us the purest clarity. That is easy, it’s natural to us, to all of us, to feel. The challenge generally is trusting that internal voice, to allow it to guide us.
Mercury retrograde seems to be taking the role of the big brother who’s trying to talk some sense into us.
To conclude, how can we thrive through this period ?
We let go of what leaves, surrender to what is and maintain a discerning and open heart for what comes. This state of presence allows us to live in the effortless flow of life. In this state, fear, anger, frustration loose their grip and influence on our state of being naturally. We don’t feed them anymore, because we place our focus and will into truly living and by truly living I mean loving, embracing each moment with non-judgement, seeing the gifts life presents us with no matter how tumultuous our external reality can be. This ensures a deeper integration of gratitude, which I find fundamental to be able to not only “survive,” transitional phases of our lives(in general) but thrive through them.
That doesn’t mean challenges won’t arise, but we see through them, we see their gift, we see what they are teaching us.
And we transcend the victim mentality. Whether on a conscious or unconscious level, we are an active participant in creating our reality and all that encompasses. Nothing happens to us, unless we hold a vibrational match within ourselves for that experience to be manifested through our individual “creation field.” With this understanding, we’re one step closer to taking full responsibility for ourselves, our life, our state of being and our experiences.
This is what Mercury retrograde asks of us.
Ultimately, its purpose is to simply help us find deeper state of presence within ourselves, to flow, to live, to expand and live wholeheartedly.
Thank you for reading,
Love and Light,
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