Mercury in Retrograde06 Aug 2011
Mercury goes in a retrograde motion this Friday, August 20th and remains retrograde until the 12th of September. Between now and then, there is not going to be a good time to make final decisions. If possible, it would be better to wait until the retrograde is over. There are often extenuating circumstances. If you absolutely must decide now, check with your favorite astrologer to find the best date during these difficult times.
Mercury rules how we retrieve, process and store information. It rules our thought process, our communications, the spoken and written word, and also our automobiles and appliances.
Because of the things and areas of life Mercury rules, when it retrogrades we have this wonderful opportunity to go back and fix what may be in need of repair. This is a great time to contact people, whether it be friends, clients or family members that you have inadvertently put to the side during the rush of life. Re-establishing neglected relationships is a perfect use of this energy, so is fixing mistaken communications, automobiles and appliances. Preferably, you would have maintained these areas of life before the retrograde happened and will not have to use this period running around like a chicken without a head fixing all the things that can surface during these dates.
If your life is in good repair, the retrograde will allow for a restful time. For a short period of time, life will not be moving quite so fast. If your life is not in good repair, you will be thankful for the slower motion. The slower pace allows for repairs, though you will not notice the energy slowing down, for you will be busy working on what needs fixing.
Those that try to buck the energy and push things through, start new projects, sign important contracts, or buy cars and appliances will spend much time wishing they did not, or had read the fine print twice. Mercury retrograde is not supposed to bring life to a halt. It is supposed to teach us to slow down, pay attention to the commitments we are putting on ourselves. To make sure a little repair would not suffice instead of always opting to discard and reach for the new.
The Mercury retrograde says, slow down pay attention, repair, rest, redo, relax, rewind, revisit and if you have to move forward recheck your direction and reread your documents. People are naturally looking back during the retrograde, hence mistakes in forward motion. If you slow yourself down, you will be less likely to make mistakes during the retrograde. If you happen to be born when Mercury was retrograding, this can be an exceptionally good time for you, although all rules still apply.
In the middle of this Mercury retrograde on September 3rd, we will have the third and final pass of the Cardinal Grand Cross that has been going back and forth across the zodiacal belt this summer. Take a look back at the aspiration you set in place for yourself during June, July and August. Cardinal means to initiate, to take action in a self-motivated way. The Cross, is like the four legs of a table adding stability to the decisions you have and are making.
When the Cardinal Cross is set in spiritual context, it says, “As above so below”. The decisions you make and the actions you take in the physical world will affect your spiritual well-being. If you set your ego on the side, as in letting go and letting God, this will be a time you will be strongly influenced by your inner guidance… if you are willing to pray/meditate on your decisions. Remembering we were created in His image, to learn to be co-creators. Let us, together, create a life on this planet we would want to live, a lifestyle we would want for future generations, one of love, respect, appreciation, kindness and acceptance; one that recognizes we are all connected and are all God’s creations learning through our own choices to accept that we ourselves are becoming Gods and Goddesses.