I probably think about Mercury retrograde more than the average person. That’s partially because I write about spirit, the Universe and Energy. And I joined this world in this body as a Gemini, and one born on the cusp and the solstice. To say I am impacted….well, indeed. Part of my path.
But I also just worry about the transit. I never want to be caught unawares. Weeks ahead of certain events — my birthday, a road trip, my big moving day — I’ll quickly check to see if a retrograde is coming. So this year, I decided to get ahead of the game and look up each and every time the speedy planet will be doing its backwards dance this year, so I can fully prep myself
Mercury is known as the Planet of Communication, and when it goes retrograde, our connections can get pretty wonky, causing confusion and glitches in technology. The reason Mercury retrograde gets so much hype is because “our society is highly dependent on technology, so when a text or an email gets lost, or our computer crashes, we are highly inconvenienced.” Remwmber I left for a while due to phone issues, laptop and app issues. Yep, hello Zowie over here displaying typical retrograde impacts. (Phone still having to be restarted a dozen times a day. Good news upgrade available tomorrow…or is it 🤷♀️)
Mercury goes retrograde three to four times a year — more than any other planet. This year, thankfully, it moves backwards just three times.
Mercury also retrogrades in just one element every year, and this year it’s happening in air signs. Its important to note. “Instead of analyzing Mercury retrogrades alone, they all form part of an overall story,” It also means that we will be working with the energies that relate to that element in particular.
Mercury retrogrades in air signs affect us on a more intellectual and mental level, compared to when Mercury retrogrades in the other elements.
May 29 to June 22, in Gemini. The pre-retrograde shadow begins on May 14, and the post-retrograde shadow ends on July 7.
September 27 to October 18, in Libra. The pre-retrograde shadow begins on September 6, and the post-retrograde shadow ends on November 2.
For fairness’s sake, I have to point out that Mercury retrogrades aren’t all that terrible. They can even be positive.
“It’s is a time to slow down, to revisit, redo, and rethink plans or projects. In a fast-paced culture like ours, that is seen as negative, when the truth is it offers us a chance to fix projects and situations that actually needed revision in order to be successful.”
So while marking down these transits in your 2021 planner can help you prepare and get through them more easily, recognize that it’s not just a time of chaos and destruction — it can be a time of growth too.
With regards to personal peace, we try to hold onto gratifying things that come our way and push away things we have an aversion to.
The fact is it’s all the same change, completely impersonal, constant, continuous change, change that is ultimately and primarily sponsored by the balance of nature.
There is seldom anything we can do about it. Did you ever notice that when we exert force or try to control what’s happening, things tend to blow up in our face?
We can all do ourselves a favor and learn to practice equanimity.
Equanimity is another word for letting the river flow. The river flows whether we love it or hate it.
Trying to hold on (attraction) to someone or something is like swimming in a river, grabbing on to the rocks, trying to stop as the current pulls us down… we get all beat up.
Pushing away something we don’t want (aversion) is like fighting the current, trying to swim upstream. We are trying to counter the natural flow of life. Our best bet is learning to stay in the middle, letting the current pull us where it will and flow (acceptance) with that which is immediately in front of us. This is equanimity.
Stay in the middle. Acceptance.
Nature is a highly organized, brilliant system of balance that provides for itself and has for millions of years. It is providing for us in exactly the same way if we can just notice we are not separate from nature, surrender to this fact, get on and enjoy the ride or you can remain separate and suffer a lot if you so choose.
It turns out resistance actually is futile. Non-acceptance is resistance. Spend your energy on acceptance of what appears to be good as well as bad.
When a big storm comes through, nature does not resist. The big storms pass. They bring blessings and destruction. Acceptance of what we term “bad” as well as what we term “good” is the key to happiness.
Have you ever noticed when you look around at nature there is as much death as there is life, and death is an absolute requirement so life can continue? We don’t see anything wrong with nature and death is everywhere. So why do we have so much fear and resistance around death? Look at the soil, constantly, continuously the cycle of death and new life. We are not in any way separate from this perfect-precision built system, Nature. Eventually, we recognize that everything about ourselves is in that same continuous state of flux as nature and we can decide to be in surrender (acceptance) to this fact or not.
Let the River Flow
Whichever Higher Power we choose to surrender to, call it nature if this isn’t a spiritual thing to you, it is doing a fine job managing all of what truly needs to happen for us and always has. This is not always evident to us at first. We can’t always understand exactly what is happening that actually is in our best interest at the moment. Nearly always, in retrospect however, we can see what happened to us and recognize how, in the long run, it was indeed for the best, or at least inevitable. Eventually, when we have seen this enough we develop a new capacity; the capacity for applied faith in the nature of things in which we always play a part.
Today I speak not as spirit…but its subliminal. All I speak of above in the physical ties inline with all I speak and know about your entire spirit self. Its reasons for choosing your soul to visit in this lifetime…for choosing its set of lessons of great learning. For further ascension in the Universe beyond all you know today.
Are you ready to let the river flow?
I realise today’s posts will hold questions. Pop them down and I will come as I can.
You are swimming up stream. Clutching at the over hanging branch…scrabbling to find your footing. Fighting against the current.
Chuck me a surf board…might as well give that a try also.
There are times…that the universe sweeps in. That collectively we receive guidance that is apt to us all at once. Me included. So…here we go.
You are ready yet think you aren’t. You can do it but think you can’t. It will work but you think it won’t.
You’ve had many signs …many doors opened…yet you’ve teetered.
When you are that close and it’s so right and you’ve done all you needed to at this point in this incarnation…yet you may just not walk through the door which you intended and is meant for you….well then your spirit guides will work with the universe…. And you’ll find yourself being swept along with the current…things evolving, occurring and some may not seem ideal..yet others perfect.
Now it’s time to trust. Hold on…breathe…keep afloat….trust and know that all is occurring for your highest good and best self. We are only given what we need when we most need it.
Don’t worry if you can’t swim..spirit brings armbands.