If you idled your evenings away watching the planets slip across the sky, you would eventually notice Mercury seem to stop, and then for three weeks, move backwards. In ancient times, astrologers were the chief scientists and advisers to emperors and this unnatural motion was cause for alarm.
Even to this day, Mercury Retrograde is regarded with no small amount of dread, trepidation and fear. Yet, it will come three times a year, every year. So learning to manage it will give you a real edge.
Briefly, Mercury is responsible for communication in all forms, including transportation; remember those winged heels? He reigns over information, education and the truth. For these three-week periods his energy is moving backwards and inwards. He’s engaged in reflection and reviewing – not in forward progress. This is harder for us to accept than it was for the ancients — they saw life as cyclical. We want steady progress.
The best way to handle Mercury Retrograde is to be extra cautious in these areas: speaking or writing to friends, loved ones and co-workers; emails; phone communications; contracts; travel plans, flight connections and baggage; giving directions (be especially clear at the tanning and hair salon); with your car; and even when throwing parties. Being scrupulously careful however, does not mean don’t communicate – in today’s wired world that’s simply not possible! None of us can avoid sending email or speaking to others, nor should we, it’s just important during these few weeks to be extra, extra careful. Use your best judgment, don’t assume things will all come out in the wash, especially where you already know there’s potential for trouble: an unhappy boss; a jealous co-worker; or a harried medical tech. If the situation is fraught when going into the retrograde period, then you must painstakingly check, revise and re-think every communication before opening your mouth or hitting ‘send’. The key is to take the time to consider the recipient’s point of view — before you make your statement.
Beware of electronic glitches
Mercury Retrograde is also a time when computers, cars and electrical equipment can go haywire. Likewise luggage, packages, mail can be either delayed or lost. If you start a new job, new project or new relationship it’ll turn out quite differently than you imagined, so either go in very cautiously or if at all possible avoid making a firm commitment until
Mercury goes Direct on the evening of March 7th. Be sure to protect yourself by keeping copies of important documents, doing a back-up of your computer and duplicating your important computer files on a flash memory card. If you’re in an industry that is naturally ruled by Mercury: communications, marketing, advertising, publishing, public relations, investor relations, broadcast production, sales, writing, transportation, shipping and travel; you’ll need to take more time with each communication you send and those you receive from customers.
Check everything twice
Mercury Retrogrades are nature’s time for renewal, for review and to re-do things. The way to get the most from this time is to go back and check your work, to review contracts, to clean and reorganize your office and home, to edit and revisit projects that aren’t complete, and most importantly, to just take time to enjoy the simple things in life. Go for a walk, sit by the beach and reconnect with the natural world. Besides, if you feel renewed and refreshed, well, that delay won’t matter as much!
article by: Martine Jeanne Craughley
Well folks, it’s here again…Mercury in Retro grade….Fun eh?
I am thinking it’s not a big deal, but then again it’s only the beginning, and being aware is the first step in avoiding disaster. So, being careful and checking myself at the door is going to be a daily thing until the 7th it seems. I am feeling a bit better, the fevers are getting farther apart, but no less intense when they hit. So, I guess that’s a good thing.
I am feeling withdrawn today, just wishing I could shake this feeling of mild Ho-Hum-ness that has been with me for the past week or so. I am sure it has to do with the fact that at the moment I am at a standstill with the art, because of lack of funds to procure the items needed to continue. It’s a situation not a definition, but when I can’t work I feel “weird” and stoked up inside. I find that working is when I relax and really let go of whatever inner monster I am chewing on. When that outlet is suppressed, I get itchy and sometimes bitchy. Today I am going to work on some paper collage projects and try to get it out…work with what you got baby!
Happy VD day to all of you out there, I hope you have a good one. Mate Man and I are not into the once a year commercialization of love…we show it everyday of the year, and we don’t really go crazy on the 14th of February for the sake of buying into the whole deal…but we do try to share some fun with the kids and make them feel special…well we do that everyday too…so I guess I just give more candy on this day than others. 🙂
Anywho…must get to the day job and get some money rolling in for the artwork to continue…so off I go to be productive and such. Whatever.
Love to all, and I hope the world is a great place for you to dwell in today. Stay warm to all my friends in the frozen tundra!