Mercury Retrograde – Trials and Triumphs
Mercury Retrograde has a reputation for making things go pear-shaped a few times a year, but is this really true? Like tales we hear of Full Moons inflaming emotions, so too there are stories of Mercury Retro’s special effects including computer crashes, communication slips, trains running late, cars breaking down and a whole host of other hitches and glitches.
Some police stations and hospitals around the world roster extra staff at Full Moons to handle the increase in emergencies, but I wonder if they back up their computers before a Mercury Retrograde. And what about you? Should you plan for a Mercury Retro, including a computer back up, or is the whole thing hogwash?
Mercury the Messenger – Got the Message?
In consult sessions I’ve heard it all when it comes to Mercury Retro. Those who don’t even know Mercury is Retro share tales of outlandish experiences playing out in their lives. Always good for a laugh afterwards, but not necessarily funny at the time, Mercury Retros can really try our patience. But similar to Full Moons they also have the potential to bring special insight that propels life forward once we’ve ‘got the message’.
For that in fact is the deeper and ultimate purpose of Mercury Retrograde – to deliver a message. Mercury, after all, is the Messenger God. When he retrogrades, he steps into your day to tell you something you need to know, as if he’s a coach pulling aside an athlete to share vital advice. Mercury might be bringing you something you really need. At first you might wonder ‘What the?’ at the weird thing, but eventually you realise its value.
Complete Disaster or Strength Training to Success?
One client, Sarah, took on the lease of her shop under Mercury Retro and when fitting out the shop was beside herself at the series of disasters that unfolded. The last straw was floorboards caving in when a display case was placed on them the night before opening. Goodbye expensive new display case. And contents. She was heartbroken and thought life was telling her she’d made a mistake to believe in herself and follow her path, and almost didn’t open the shop. But life was not telling her to give up. Her shop has become a stunning success.
When it comes to Mercury Retro, it’s important we get the message right. In another situation with another person, life might have been saying ‘This is not the right path. Check in more deeply with your inner self’. But in Sarah’s case with her shop, life was putting her through strength-training. She needed a high level of stress resilience to prepare her for the escalated stress of her fast upcoming success.
Time is often needed to fully digest the meaning of your Mercury Retro experiences. Just as you wouldn’t act on what a dream dictionary tells you to do, so too it often pays to take time to make sense of Mercury Retro.
Even a Lucky Few Weeks?
Having said all the above, some people coast through Mercury Retro with absolutely nothing happening, and some are even given a lucky few weeks. Imagine there’s a weather report for a storm and everyone’s bunkering down preparing. The weather front hits and it’s so intense most people are flooded while a pocket of homes nearby get off scott-free, and in fact their gardens get a well-needed soak and their water tanks are replenished.
So should you back up your devices, double-check all communications and arrangements, have a set of spare keys at the ready etc when Mercury goes retrograde? It certainly doesn’t hurt, and given the number of glitches possible under a Mercury Retro, it’s a good precaution. Feeling prepared, you can flow with the moments Mercury can bring, some of them quite amazing.
Another client told me how under Mercury Retro she bumped into an important friend while waiting for a train that had been cancelled. She grabbed a quick coffee with him and when he tripped on her foot she suddenly felt flushed by cupid’s arrow. Their eyes told no lies and the rest is history. Next time you want to get out the liquid paper and wipe the Mercury Retro dates out of your diary, just remember that one!
Go here for this year’s Mercury Retro dates and information on the astrology of Mercury retrograde. Mercury generally retrogrades three times a year for three weeks each time.
© Michelle Proctor, www.radiantliving.com.au