* Mercury Retro Surviving & Thriving Tool Kit

2 May

What on Earth and in the heavens is going on?

Yes, it’s the era of massive global awakening and transformational shifts, mirrored by our transpersonal ‘friends’ URANUS in mid ARIES, and PLUTO in mid CAPRICORN, in sharp ‘square dance’ with each other ( 7 exact alignments from 2012 – 2015, and recently again almost exact, Dec 2015 – Spring 2016).

But what’s with all the technology, media, and communication glitches that have sneaked in again lately?

Bingo! Another MERCURY retro is ON.

 

If you’ve read my MERCURY retro support notes (or shall I say: RE-hab advocacy?) 3 times a year over the last years you know my take on it (and might find it liberating): M-r isn’t necessarily ‘BAD’ news.

In a nutshell, with M-r, the Messenger Archetype – our MIND – is being adjusted, while temporarily operating differently than ‘usually’, to tune into and be REcalibrated to a ‘New MERCURY’ (hey, what’s that???).

 

Hermes / Mercury

Hermes / Mercury , with winged helmet, sandals, and Caduceus / serpent staff of the healer (“Like heals Like”)

Mercury Retro

Mercury doing its retro somersaults again…

 

So all groovy?

Well, trickster times ARE upon us, and a few practical hints can’t hurt… 😉

 

Like myself, you might have already noticed glitches over the last while that RE-quired adjusting and clarifying communication and agreements, RE-sending emails, and making sure you and your partner are talking about the same thing.

 

Under one of the last M-r phases, I saw a RE-freshing Facebook message from a friend pointing out how RE-dundant and time consuming / wasting the prevalent habit of texting is. It has become even more prevalent in the meantime…

What a perfect example!

Pick up the PHONE, or meet Face-to-Face! Mercury retro RE-minds us to adjust communication to a more effective way again – sorta old fashioned groovy phoning and meeting for coffee… take time, slow down (very Taurean), and get to know the person better in physical presence whom you ‘thought’ you communicated with, via your tech devices. Get away from the technology mediated connection, and see your friends again in front of you, for that sensual one-on-one intimacy that an email / messages just wouldn’t do. Maybe, when you’re close to them you may save yourself a big ‘detour’, by RE-alizing much more directly how comfortable you are in each other’s presence (TAU).

 

Now, in the beginning M-r mode, we are more prone to bypass the rational censor, trust our bodily senses, truly and simply address what needs to be talked about (rather than ‘heady’ niceties and ‘pseudo talk’), are able to intuitively pick up now what wasn’t communicated before, and where loose ends were left open. Ahhh, all that Aquarian Age space and detachment is fine and dandy, but you wanna meet your friends again in real life and solid grounded Taurean ways, won’t you?

 

Turtle

Wise Turtle moving slowly, with natural intelligence. Nature is our model and medicine, (not only) under MERCURY retro.

 

Then, when it comes to practical planning and organizing, a la late TAU (with VIR undertone): Good luck, under M-r! Something else, call it ‘The Mind of God / the Universal Mind’ (MERCURY trine PLUTO) is in charge. Our personal planning takes a break from the habitual control mode, and is invited to align with what needs to happen, and what ‘higher forces’ seem to orchestrate. Obviously, that re-quires and teaches us flexibility. And also, often, we stick to Plan A (TAU rather leaves things as they are…) because we are personally afraid we might inconvenience others with changing plans. However, a different plan might work best and be most effective for everybody anyway. 🙂

 

Funny, how a change in one piece of the puzzle can create a domino / snowball effect, which shows our intrinsic connectivity in a web of energy and information. If one person whom you had made plans with and whom you have ‘counted in’ for a particular endeavour, needs to cancel last minute (perhaps because their pet is sick) it can create a whole chain of consequences, RE-quiring RE-coordination for you and everybody else involved… could be for the better. Drop your fixed ideas and expectations.

 

 

Here are my seasoned and seasonal 14 Mercury retro tips,

for the whole retro phase (exact Apr 28 – May 22), and extending into post-retro stationary ‘storm’ (until May 31), and post-retro shadow time (until June 8):

 

1) Be easy on yourself, as you get into the groove of things.

It usually takes a week or so to adjust to the different mode. Hopefully, you have taken the pre-retro shadow phase since mid-April already as an adjustment, rather than being ‘hit’ by the wild ‘storm’, since Apr 21.

 

2) Be mindful.

There is a tendency for the mind to be distracted, and all over the place, to loose and misplace things and thoughts that later have to be RE-trieved again. Avoid getting scattered and disorganized, but also let go of your attachments and needs to be in control (yikes, that fixed MERCURY-in-TAU thing). Practice being fully present with every person you communicate with, and any situation and function ‘at hand’. Don’t loose sight of what’s significant, truly valuable, and a priority, in the face of the apparently urgent ‘little’ things which can easily be an accumulation of distractions. Watch how you might actually indulge (TAU) and find pseudo comfort in distractions – to avoid…? what? Be the guardian. 🙂

 

3) Go with the inwards / backwards oriented energy.

A good way of aligning with the M-r quality is meditation and mindfulness. Also an excellent chance (if not necessity) under M-r in TAU is to deal with ‘old unfinished business’, loose ends, to clear communication themes from the past, often carried over from a previous M-r time – last one was in January, RE-member?

 

4) RE- everything! 🙂
Every M-r phase is a great time to attune and invite basically everything that starts with ‘RE-‘, like:

RE-visit, RE-address, RE-align, REad, RE-treat, RE-pair, RE-boot, RE-group, RE-consider, RE-arrange, RE-place, RE-purpose, you name it… makes sense, eh?

Also, of course, an excellent RE-minder to clear what has lost its purpose, to organize and streamline things (maybe RE-gift things to people who can use them more than you), and to back up your important files. Better safe than sorry.

Another RE-ason for pointing out all these RE-activities: During MERCURY retro (which also has a karmic undertone), we less likely get away anymore with procrastinating or neglecting RE-sidual communication issues with people from the past. They come up / it comes up like a mirror. With TAU, specially RE-lating to our values..

 

5) Talk about what REally matters.

Come from a compassionate please. And check out how what people say very often comes from a need to be heard in their story and wound, even if that might be overcompensated by the ego. Meet them from the heart, the warm human heart, and the spiritual heart that’s not attached at all. Take time for what’s important.

 

6) A direct, authentic, and lively dialogue…

can open up opportunities to co-create, and support one another in an alienating society, and touch on other more important subjects that e-correspon-dance just wouldn’t allow for. When a conversation takes a different direction than the ‘planned’ and anticipated purpose it can lead to an even more important outcome. Trust the process.

 

7) Choose the clearest and most direct mode of communication available.

Phone or skype rather than emailing/messaging, meet them in person rather than phone, to make sure an actual dialogue happens. Look them in the eyes and feel out their presence, rather than just engaging in a factual monologue, via email / messaging, with the assumption you know what they think, or that they know what you think AND feel. Do they? Do you, really?

Be patient (a TAU virtue), consider communicating in several ways and via different media, to make sure the message comes across – a bigger chance to reach them. But also, keep in mind and heart that because people’s minds can be all over the place now, communication might be distracted, scattered, and incomplete, or prone to assumptions: “I thought you got my email!!!”. Or it might actually be a monologue when you write to someone: Are you just thinking out loud as you “communicate’, or are you actually suggesting something to them?

Which brings us to…

 

8) Be mindful how you communicate with others.

Put yourself in their position, see the situation with less attachment and ego desires (“what’s in for me?”), drop your defenses, respond with genuine interest!

 

9) Be clear and precise with commitments, if you HAVE To (do you really?) sign an agreement now that can’t wait.

In the Zodiac, late TAU, where Mercury goes retro from, is all about Values and Service.
For your own interest, and maybe to maintain your good terms with the other person(!) double check whether you have been understood correctly, and RE-peat / RE-phrase back to the other person. Avoid signing an agreement before you have all the necessary information (which is often only after MERCURY retro is over!). Especially related to where late TAU is in your chart (e.g. 7th house: relationships, 4th house: home / family).

 

10) Under M-r, the odds for fabulous unexpected synchronicities are 99%:

As we act more intuitively, and are RE-leased from the ordinary conditioned mind we let synchronistic guidance in, and allow the spontaneous intervention of the universe to show us our interconnectedness. With the TAU energy, let’s RE-member to tune into the body’s intelligence.

 

11) M-r is a good time to RE-connect with people you have lost sight of.

People might come back into your life whom you had connected with, but for some RE-ason have lost touch with. Time to RE-visit RE-sidual communication that’s not complete, or wasn’t possible for a while. Chances are good that you RE-connect with people from realms related to later – mid  TAU in your chart (e.g. 7th house: significant others, 9th house: foreign countries, studies…)

 

12) When ‘glitches’ occur, be fluid and flexible like quicksilver (MERCURY’s metal).

Think “shift happens”, don’t judge or blame yourself or others for not being ‘perfect’, and making ‘mistakes’, and turn the paradigm around: What could be the opportunity and funny side in this mishap? RE-frame your way of thinking about things. And entertain the possibility that subconsciously, you might have arranged a wild alternative to the original ‘plan A’ which – who knows? – might lead to something new and better and more fun and playful than what the ‘normal’, ‘usual’, ‘regular’, and most ‘efficient’ (controlling) mind set could have come up with? 

 

13) Enjoy those hilarious, unintentional puns, slips, and new connections in the mind.

Be creative and brainstorm – esp. together with your MERCURY retro friends 🙂

 

14) If you would like to know…

  • whether you are a member of the RETRO CLUB (born under MERCURY retro, as yours truly)
  • in which part of life the MERCURY Retro Trickster would likely play tricks on / with you
  • how you can best benefit from, and work WITH the energy,

 

…feel welcome to get in touch with your Astrologer.

 

© Mercur-elanie 2016

 

Experience Astrology with Melanie

 

 

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