Mercury Retrograde is an astrological event that happens 3-4 times per year. It has a really bad rap, as it is common to experience delays, misunderstandings, electronic, mechanical and communications breakdowns, and last minute changes. Mercury Retrograde highlights areas of your life that are out of balance. It shows you places where you’ve tried to hold the reins too tightly, and where you can let go and let your intuition guide you. If you like your world orderly and controlled, you will likely find this time especially challenging. However, it can be a profoundly healing time if you harness the energies to your benefit.
This is a time to shift from living from the intellect, from a human do-ing (always doing, doing, doing rather than be-ing) to living from the heart, from the wild and primal places, from your true nature, whether or not you know what that is. This is a time to re-center yourself in alignment with your individual essence. This is a place of remembering your soul purpose, of relaxation and play, creativity, and stopping and smelling the roses. It is a sacred time of moving out of the realm of the beliefs and intellect and into the present moment.
To have an easier time of things, do your best to shift your focus into going with the flow, living from the heart with gratitude, compassion and allowance. Things often take extra time and extra resources, so allow yourself plenty of time, and bring extra of whatever you need. Extra batteries/chargers for your devices, extra socks, extra gas for your car, extra food/snacks… However, this extra time can help you remember to slow down, breathe, relax, rebalance and reconnect with yourself. It is a profound time for letting the intellect relax and following the heart.
Computer malfunctions, electronics breakdowns, car repairs, etc., may occur during this time, especially if there have been signs of impending breakdown or repair/replacement put off until later. Mercury Retrograde is later. It’s a time for just about any word starting with RE-. Repair, replace, reflect, rework, reconsider, redesign, reset, recover, rethink, reread, relax, repose, redecorate, regroup…
It is generally not considered a good time for starting new projects, signing contracts, or making commitments, but a good time for researching, reviewing, redesigning and reassessing a new project… If you have communications breakdowns or even arguments during this time, slow down, breathe, focus and restate calmly and patiently.
You can support your communications and alleviate issues that come up with stones for communications such as Blue Lace Agate, Aquamarine, Larimar, Azurite, Chrysocolla and Turquoise. Fluorite near your electronics can help things run smoothly, and is a good stone to carry with you in your travels any time, especially now. Citrine and the color yellow are especially helpful during this time to keep your thinking clear.
We have Mercury Retrograde Energy Clearing Spray and Mercury Retrograde candles in stock to help alleviate any disharmonious energies and even to ward them off! The sprays are a blend of crystal essences and essential oils specifically designed for working with these energies. The yellow Mercury Retrograde candles are made by our resident candle artist, Montserrat. Yellow candles with citrus fragrances are helpful in general.
All planets retrograde except for the sun and the moon. Retrograde is when a planet appears from our point of view to be moving backwards in the sky. Mercury turns Retrograde usually for around three weeks at a time, however you may feel the effects for 10-14 days before and after Mercury Retrograde.
This information comes from Western Astrology. Astrology is the art and science of watching the heavenly bodies as a mirror to reflect back to us what is happening here on Earth, so we can view things from a higher perspective. As above, so below. For more information on Western Astrology, we recommend The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need by Joanne Woolfolk.
2017 Mercury Retrogrades: December 20th to January 9th, April 9th to May 3rd, August 12th to September 5th, December 2nd to 22nd, 2017