That for me sums this whole Mercury
retrograde period up.
Yes, I was prepared. Yes, I did my
homework and, yes, I constantly reminded myself that all the chaos that entered
my life was just caused by the universe’s energetic interference.
But, did I still get caught out? Hell
So many things have been brought
to the surface over these last few weeks and a few of them were pretty
ugly, making me question myself, and everything around me that I once thought
was the truth.
To say I am a different person now to
who I was three weeks ago is an understatement. Life pretty much looks the same
on the outside: I look the same, no one else would look at me and notice any
change. However, so many shifts have happened within that I cannot even begin
to start explaining or making sense of them.
This is why this calm after the storm
period that is currently happening is so vitally important.
The week following Mercury retrograde
is called the shadow period, hence we are still not totally through.
And during this time what we need
Reflection, reflection and a whole
heap more reflection.
Now, I am not usually one to dwell on
the past. I live by the moment and try to always keep the mind-set that, “What
has passed is past and it will have absorbed and taught me all that I needed at
the time. I just need to pay attention to my subconscious mind and trust
my intuition and all will be fine—all the answers are within.”
However, the passing of Mercury
retrograde is very different. Purely because so much happens so unexpectedly
and so quickly, that it is entirely impossible to take a hold of the why, what,
where and when of all that has taken place.
A tornado has hit and it has left
destruction in its place.
The reason we are so affected by the
planet Mercury is because it has a high density, leading astrologers to believe
it is mostly made of iron. Therefore, it is like a huge magnet orbiting the sun
and the closer it is to Earth the more effect it will have on it. During Mercury
retrograde, Mercury is in its closest position to earth, which is why we feel
pushed and pulled in all directions.
When Mercury is in retrograde it can
be a troublemaking planet—especially where communication, technology and
traveling is involved. Normal conversations, interactions and plans that would
normally be straightforward will likely have been going haywire. Telephone
conversations, emails and simple discussions will be full of misunderstanding
and missing links.
Which is why it is vitally important
to dissect, analyse and figure out exactly who and what the Mercury retrograde
period brought to our attention and why. And to not make any irrational
conclusions or prejudgments.
In the immediate aftermath of Mercury
retrograde, we aren’t always in the best frame of minds to start to make sense
of things. It’s like running a marathon and then getting straight back up and
completing a triathlon; our bodies and minds need a little time to recover.
While some of the elite athletes may
do it and function well, for the majority of people the rest period is much
needed, well deserved and will mean we are in a far better position to tackle
everything once we nourish and rest our bodies and minds for a few days
before digging into anything else too deeply.
Once Mercury retrograde comes to an
end we should take a well earned rest period. Mercury retrograde has taken our
lives and jolted them backwards, slowed them down, mixed them up and thrown in
a chunk of confusion for good measure.
Our lives will still be in a whirl
and we won’t yet be thinking clearly.
Before we begin to gain clarity
or any understanding of what has just taken place, it is imperative to let the
dust settle first to be sure we are in the right position to make good
judgements and the right decisions based on everything that has been happening
over the last few weeks.
The past will likely come back to
re-visit or haunt us during Mercury retrograde. Whether it’s an old friend,
lover or a missed opportunity, we will have been presented with old emotions
that will potentially resurface. Again, until we are in a calm and peaceful
place once more, it is better to wait to make any decisions before being
tempted to jump back in at the deep end.
Everything will make sense again
soon, so patience is the key word right now as everything will unfold when the
time is right. When the mind is clear again, the right choices and decisions
will unveil and transformation will be made.
Mercury retrograde will have brought
with it an abundance of miscommunication and irritation. Before wading in feet
first to make amends, let the water lie still until it is see through before
walking on sand that may not yet be stable. It is better to wait just a short
while longer rather than rushing in and submerging in treacherous water once
Important words to remember at the
end of Mercury retrograde are:
During Mercury retrograde
we will have had the opportunity to see behind the masks of those
around us. However, before we can see the true face of any-one or any-thing, we
must first work out why these things have been brought to our attention.
Often we look outward and judge those
that have crossed our paths, rather than looking directly within and
discovering the reasons behind these interactions.
Mercury retrograde is here to teach
us about ourselves, not to place focus on others. We need to question all the
uncomfortable and irrational feelings we have felt in our own hearts and minds
before turning on others. Often our inner peace has been disturbed due to the
to learn, not lessons we believe others need to be taught.
There should be no fingers pointed,
no accusations and no critical thinking or blame. Everyone around us is
there because we have chosen them to be, at whatever level. We can remove
anyone at anytime (within reason), but before we do so we should look at what
buttons they have been pressing and why we have felt such a strong desire to
No one else can do us emotional harm
unless we allow them to, and while during Mercury retrograde it can feel as
though particular people are against us. However, it is more likely that we are
allowing our emotions to get carried away so that they are taking control,
rather than our conscious minds being in control. This is another big lesson
that Mercury retrograde provides, an opportunity to fully reflect and look at
our inner selves and more importantly why we feel slighted by inconveniences or
other people’s words or actions.
Other people’s lives are none of our
business, and if we feel slighted, it is imperative to look at our own
insecurities and judgements to find the reasons why.
As Mercury retrograde ends, we will
come face to face with ourselves; it is our time of reckoning. We can either
choose to run and hide as we have done many times before, or stand firm on
solid ground, face up to our truths, face up to our lives and the people we
have chosen to put around us and find a way to fully work at aligning more with
our true authentic selves.
This is the shadow period—we aren’t
yet ready to step back directly into the glare of the light, so rest,
recuperate, then hold up the mirror and do not be afraid of who is looking