Every time Mercury goes retrograde, I am amazed at the amount of panic that pervades the masses. People scatter in a whirlwind of cancelling plans, checking electronic devices, and worry about potential trips and impending loss of luggage. I find it quite infectious, as even “I” recently cancelled a project of mine when I realized it began after the trickster decided to change motion. Needless to say, “The Big Bad Wolf,” is back!
Since the purpose of my Synergy columns is to enrich our lives and make the most of the energy available to us, I am going to “attempt” to describe Mercury retrogrades constructive meaning and how we can use this period for our greater good, rather than being controlled by its distractions. Mercury begins its retrograde trek at 07 Aquarius and will travel all the way back to 21 Capricorn, which is where he was located on Christmas Day. This is known as the shadow period or a precursor of what is time come. Usually the themes that are invoked during Mercury retrograde will begin to make their appearances during this period. Take some time to analyze what was going on during the holidays and if any themes kept reoccurring.
In its most productive use, the key word to use during Mercury Retrograde is reflection. We can use the particular energy that is available to us now to take a deeper look at our lives. We can make mental (Mercury) notes (Mercury) about where we see ourselves and what path we wish to take in the future. What changes have you considered making, but have put off? Is there any direction you would like to see your life head in? Anything you wish to pursue? The retrograde period is a time for thinking and deep “inner” analysis, but NOT a period of action. We can begin to act on our reflections when Mercury moves out of its 2nd shadow period on February 22nd.
Finally, we all need a period in our lives where we can quiet our minds, and ask ourselves serious questions about our place in the world. Mercury Retrograde provides us the opportunity to achieve this. Considering Mercury Retrogrades 3-4X per year implies how important it is for us to “slow down” as the demands of life seem to make us busier and busier. I will not promise that your toaster will not break, or unexpected car repairs will not occur. I can’t even promise you that your luggage will be found after it is misplaced at the airport. However, I can promise that taking the time to use Mercury Retrograde in a positive and healthy manner will help you begin “Enjoying Everyday Life”.