Monday, November 27, 2017

A Survivalist's Guide to the Mercury Retrograde

If you're new to the Pagan community, Astrology, or just have joined a few social media groups, it's likely you've come across a few posts that may sound similar to this:

"A Mercury Retrograde is coming folks! Dangers and disasters abound!"

...Ok admittedly that may be a bit over the top, but I have seen some people's take on a mercury retrograde to be almost as dramatic. Seriously.

That doesn't really give you much on what exactly a Mercury Retrograde is though, does it? Perhaps with enough time you've wagered, it's a negative time, or a time when bad things are more likely to occur but I'm going to lay down some facts and settle that concern of yours.

What is a Mercury Retrograde?

Alright, so the first place to start is simply: What is a Mercury retrograde? Astronomically there are several times during a year that the way a planet moves in combination with the other planets that can make them look as though they are orbiting backward. These optical illusions are called retrogrades, and mercury isn't the only planet that goes into them.

In fact, planets such as:

  • Mercury
  • Venus 
  • Mars
  • Jupiter
  • Saturn
  • Uranus
  • and Neptune
are all capable of going into retrograde, all of these planets can affect our lives in different ways and to some degree, it's important to pay attention to their movements.

However, we'll get into the rest of them in time. Mercury's Retrograde cycle is the one that most people talk about because of the way that it can affect events surrounding your life. Duringthese times you may experience a shift in how life flows around you, sometimes communications aren't clear, travel plans can go awry, and relationships with family can be dampened on. I already see your nose wrinkling, I see that concern lining your brow. Don't fret! I'm not even done yet.

Ok. So those things aren't exactly a good thing right? More strife in your life is not what most aspire to achieve. I understand. However, life is full of challenges that we're required to overcome. If you believe in reincarnation, then it's a souls' job to experience hardships so that it can grow.

Or if don't believe in that, then you can see it as a good way to build character.

Regardless, it's not as bad as it seems. With a good understanding of what's coming, you can prepare for this "horrible period" and make it much less difficult to live through. Remember, I did say this happens a couple times a year, you'll have to live with it prepared or not.

Surviving the Retrograde.

A large Mercury retrograde is coming for just about the whole month of December. From the 3rd all the way to the 23rd there will be retrograde. Just in time for the holidays! Terrible sarcasm aside, there are ways to save your holiday season and handle this like a boss.

The very first thing anyone should do before attempting to handle a difficult situation is to breathe. Utilize mediation if you must, but this is a time in which your environment will try to affect your outlook, and being the strong persons that I know you all are, you'll overcome. In order to do that, though, you have to have a cool head. Don't give into the hype that you may see. Everyone survives the Mercury retrograde and its challenges.

The second thing to do is to plan in advance. If you know a retrograde is in your immediate future, tie up a few loose strings. Sign those contracts early, get your traveling planned out BEFORE the retrograde, have back up plans, and if you're forced to deal with setbacks when the time comes, remain patient. You can't alter fate, and sometimes you just have to go with the flow and let things come as they do. People may be moodier, respond with compassion and patience. This may be a bad time, but that doesn't mean it has to affect you. You affect you.

My favorite quote from one of my favorite gaming series states "Remember, the bad times are just times that are bad."

It speaks volumes despite being so simplistic.

On a more positive note, it's been stated that one's intuition will improve greatly when Mercury is in it's retrograde. Use that to your advantage! You can come to some realizations that you missed while you were in calmer times and possibly be able to discard some unneeded problems in your life just by acknowledging it. Wonderful right?

It's also wise to note that this is a great time to sit back and reflect on yourself. Have you been hitting a bunch of roadblocks lately? Does it seem like your pursuits would be better invested utilizing a different route? Sometimes these are questions we have to ask ourselves to grow and learn.

In the end, honestly,
it'll be alright. Remembering to breathe and plan ahead of time will ease you through a retrograde with little hassle. There will rarely be a time where we can escape the troubles that come with living our lives but at least with some preparation and remembering to take it easy on yourself and others, you'll be better prepared to weather the storm. Chin up, and of course bright blessings!

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