When we say “mercury is retrograde” it means the planet appears to be moving backwards relative to how we see it from earth. It’s not really moving backwards, it’s just an optical illusion that makes it look like mercury is backtracking across the sky. That's great, but why does that have such an effect on you and me, so far away?
Well, you’ve heard that your physical body is 70% water. It’s true, but you also know that you are not entirely physical. You are much more than just your physical body, and 70% of the totality of you is light. The light that you are is connected into the greater universe, at all times, and in all ways. So when mercury makes a move you feel it literally within the totality of your being.
Mercury is also not entirely physical, it is mostly energetic, just like you are. And the shifts of mercury can be intense if you are energetically sensitive because you are more likely to feel all the feelings.
When mercury is retrograde you can feel super ungrounded, anxious, indecisive, impatient, and frustrated. Mercury is the planet of communication, and the abrupt change in its direction draws you back to review, re-think and reconsider aspects of your life.
It’s disorienting and dislodging, and it’s supposed it be (hence the conventional wisdom not to make any major changes or decisions while mercury is retrograde) If it feels like you are going back over old ground, you are. This is super frustrating if you are someone who likes progress, control, and a plan (yes to all of the above for me). We all get used to having energy in our life run in one direction, then suddenly that stops and reverses course. It’s that same feeling of leaving the house, driving halfway to work, remembering you forgot your phone, and driving back to get it. This is mercury retrograde. And here’s why it can actually be a good thing.
The change in flow dislodges old stuck emotions, and energies so they can be flushed away when mercury starts moving forwards again. This is the time period when you have the inspiration to change the way you’ve always done something in your life—even though it’s not really working—or suddenly begin to question your decisions, or beliefs from a new perspective. All of that can bring about a huge amount of good in your life, but I hear you, it can also be can be a massive sucky challenge. Then when you consider that it’s not just you that’s going through this re-examination; it’s EVERYONE in collective consciousness, going through the exact same thing…that’s what makes you want to just stay in bed! Good news, there are lots of tools and tips for getting through a mercury in retrograde period more easily. Here’s how.
To get through mercury retrograde without losing your s***, number one you need to get yourself grounded. Seriously, you need to be in your body, and wrapped up in your own energy, otherwise you're going to be way too connected into the turbulence of collective consciousness.
Yoga, Qi gong, meditation, breathing exercises, find something you like and just make it happen. I’m a big fan of Dr. Andrew Weil’s yoga breathing exercises (you can find them on YouTube).
Spend time around water. Even just having a bath can help get you rebalanced.
Stay out of the mucky parts of collective consciousness as much as possible during this time. For example, do not turn on CNN—that ain’t gonna help nobody. You can ask God/Divine Creator to disconnect you from collective consciousness before you go to sleep each night. We all naturally connect back in, but you can give yourself a break from the noise of the collective as you drift off to sleep.
Get yourself some malachite. Malachite is a gorgeous green crystal that according to my favourite expert on crystals, can support the positive aspects of mercury in retrograde as a “equalizing and balancing agent, clarifying emotions and creating an unobstructed path leading to a desired goal”. In other words it takes the bumps out of the road that mercury in retrograde can cause.
Use Clear Connection Elixir Spray. Ajwan is one of the foundational ingredients in Clear Connection. It is a powerful plant that keeps you connected to your higher self, making it easier to access understanding and intuitive answers. The perfect antidote to the increased collective noise and confusion during these time periods.
Fun Fact: Mercury in retrograde happens three times a year. In 2022 those time periods are:
January 13—February 3
May 10—June 2
September 9—October 1
Notice that each time period is in the same element of Earth this year. There is a great article here in the Farmers Almanac, where you can read more about the specifics of each retrograde period.
Here are some other great resources that I love to help understand what's going on in the universe, check out the following links.
North Point Astrology Pam Younghans writes a weekly article about the strongest planetary influences affecting us right now.
Space Weather Because solar flares and sun spots are for real, and they do not mess around when it comes it making things in your world feel totally bizarre.
Mystic Mamma Love her collection of writings each month on the influences of the full moon. Also her artwork is next level.
Any of the tips from this post are also super helpful.
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