Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Mercury Retrograde 11/14 – 12/3

Feeling a little off-center? Disorganized? Discombobulated? Things getting out of control? Going sideways? Nothing works? Everything breaks? All the light bulbs burn out at the same time? Car died? Misplaced something important? Can’t find your glasses? Checkbook won’t balance? Welcome to Mercury Retrograde. And right at the advent of The Holidays. What a bother!

This is an astrological phenomenon that causes a bit of disruption in the normal scheme of things. But what is it? The apparent backward motion through the zodiac of a planet. All the planets, except Sun and Moon, have these retrograde periods, but Mercury is most famous for them, probably because Mercury represents our very essential communication abilities. So your computer may act up or your television go out. Your cell phone may not work and your check may be lost in the mail.

Be careful. This is not the time to engage in critical communication activities like giving a presentation, signing a contract, making a promise, quitting your job, or selling your treasured possessions on e-bay.

The good things to do when Mercury is Retrograde: meditate, contemplate, edit the book/poem/song/essay you've been writing, clean house, talk to your pet, listen to music, paint, catch up on sleep! Hunker down. Stay still. Breathe deeply and spend some time outside in nature. If it’s not too cold where you live, take off your shoes and walk barefoot on the earth.

The period of Retrograde is where one learns to adapt to new rhythms, and explores different ways of learning. This is a good time to confine activities to those that have "re" at the beginning of the word. Therefore, rehash, review, rejuvenate, refine, reflect, repair, recheck, reschedule, realign, rewrite, reformulate!! Take inventory of what has occurred over the previous three months and reconsider and reexamine your experiences. That is good use of Mercury retrograde energy. When Mercury is direct in motion again, proceed with confidence in planning and acting on your new activities and endeavors.

Three weeks from now, on December 3rd, we can return to our normal activities with our batteries recharged. Till then…the couch beckons.


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