By Namaste On December 22, 2010
Feeling misunderstood? Travel plans gone awry? Technical difficulties?
Mercury will be in retrograde until 12/30/10 – if you’ve been struggling during this period with issues of communication, travel and general malfunction (merc. retrogrades hallmarks) it may help you to know that mercury retrograde is not a “bad” time. The key is working with this energy and not against it.
Mercury retrograde can give keen insight, help in our perceiving things from a different perspective. Mercury retrograde is about internal shifts- change is often difficult but rarely “bad”. It’s about approaching from a different angle, using intuition in a different way.
It’s not necessarily a good time for movement physically but a great time for internal working.
“… retrograde periods offer us a chance to slow down certain parts of our life for closer examination, preparing for a change that inevitably occurs. This is part of a larger cyclic process of unfoldment when the planet speeds up again in forward motion. Life always speeds up again after a time of reflection, contemplation, and transitional change. One
of the benefits of Mercury retrograde is that it provides the time for reflection, which can lead to revitalization after a symbolic fallow period….
Periods of reflection, meditation, and contemplation allow us to take a needed break from routine or inertia. Retrogrades are the natural time to do this. When we turn inward, our Soul connection assists our growth by allowing us to focus on that which we would not address if we were preoccupied with mundane affairs….
When a planet goes retrograde, the areas of life that it symbolizes need to be re-examined. It is metaphorically an in-breathing or dreaming, a retracing and reexamining of steps already traversed, digesting and assimilating previous experience…. This is a time when we can examine the effect that our personal subconscious and the Collective Unconscious has upon us…”
~A New Look At Mercury Retrograde
As the moon is full and waning – we have double celestial influences that are telling us to go within, look within, focus within. Since this is also a Holiday season what to do? How to work with this energy when it seems like we are constantly being pulled externally?
Make daily space for stillness – Honor this Time by taking a few moments a day to be still, quiet, focused. Hear the messages that your inner working are bringing up
Be gentle – Because mercury’s intention is to cause us to look at things differently – when misunderstanding arise – don’t react. Delay reactions until after 12/30/10 if possible.
Spend time in review – Consider the lessons of the last few months. Write down what you learned. Does anything new come up? Any hidden lessons made clear?
Prepare – This is also a great time to begin to prepare for the next four months. what do you want to achieve? what are your goals? Where is your intention set?
You can also dance with Mercury by eating foods that will tonify and add to those areas that Mercury rules. Mercury rules the lungs, nervous system, arms and hands.
Fruits and Vegetables: Carrots, Bananas, Green leafy veggies, carrots, beets, asparagus, celery and onions, citrus fruits, apple, pears
Herbs: Lemon Balm, Chamomile, St. Johns wort, Damiana, Oats, Kava Kava, Peppermint
Easy MR Feel Good Smoothie (or Juice!):
1 handful Spinach
small bunch of peppermint
Blend until smooth (add ice for smoothie if desired)
for juice – blend well, then squeeze through a nutmylk bag – serve over ice! Drink Consciously