Oh dear Mercury can be a trouble maker. I've had some big changes in my life since the start of this latest Mercury retrograde, and everyone around me has been unsettled during this time as well. Lets take a deep breath and reflect on some of the mischief that Mercury caused.
Astrologers refer to Mercury retrograding when the planet appears to be moving backwards along it's path in the sky. This is what we can see from Earth. It doesn't mean that Mercury has actually reversed it's movement out in space. Which poses two questions that need answering. Why does it effect us? What is its purpose?
Let's start by saying, I feel very relived that the latest retrograde of Mercury ended yesterday. This retrograde had been especially destructive due to a number of planetary alignments. As a result of this event, everything that needed to be challenged, changed or discarded was forced upon us by this cosmic clean-up. Thought patterns, obsolete lifestyle choices, job and career situations, business decisions and relationships were all at the mercy of retrograded Mercury...It challenged everything this time around.
It's been an unusual few weeks. Typically, when Mercury retrogrades, only our thought processes and communications are tipped out of balance. This latest retrograde pulled down all of the old to make way for the new, not restricting itself to how we communicate or how our thoughts were affecting us emotionally. If you've gone through some major upheavals recently, trust me, you're not alone. When Mercury retrogrades it effects absolutely everyone, which is why it is such a startling event. No other planetary movement effects everyone at the same time as a Mercury retrograde does. So, lets take a closer look at what a Mercury retrograde means.
We could go on thousands of years of research into astrology and how we as humans are affected by planetary alignments. That's too easy though and doesn't leave a satisfactory answer to the question for a logical mind. So the best answer to the question, in my mind, is that the push or pull that planets have on Earth effect us through our electromagnetic field. If the Earth is tilted against a planet in a certain position then there's going to be some effect on the electromagnetic field which in turn effects us.
It's not only us that are effected by this either. Spirit have also been having a tough time with this astrological change too, which has been the surprising part for me. I've found that they've been having trouble remembering where they are meant to dwell, if that's what they're doing, and are having a fair bit of trouble remembering what they've worked through emotionally (I'm referring to stuck souls in this instance). I had one the other evening cross the road and enter another building in order to tell me how confused he is at the moment...very strange!
The latest retrograde started on the 19th of May and ended yesterday, the 11th of June. I've likened this Mercury retrograde to the Tower card in the tarot. The Tower is a powerful karmic card that tells of the unexpected destruction of something. Unlike the Death card, it is completely left of field and there is no clear pathway ahead or anything in place to take over from the old. Don't panic though, the direction you need will start falling into place over the next three days once we are well and truly free of the retrograde grip and Mercury starts traveling directly once again!
If financial issues bit you in the bum this time around then take the time to reassess your financial situation and decide where to go. Any money that's outstanding or is unaccounted for as a result of this retrograde will return to you well before things become hopeless.
If a relationship was destroyed during the retrograde then bless the time you had together and move on. It needed to end even if it ended on bad terms. Make your peace with that person and move on because it's looking damn bright and happy for you not far down the track.
If you've had to face a job loss or a shift in roles you'll recover from this fast as well. And guess what, you actually got out of it at the right time!
If you had a loved one pass during this time (much passing over of souls occurs during a Mercury retrograde) then remember that it was what their soul needed to do and that the retrograde helped them to realise this. Even as painful as it is for us all.
On top of all this you may have also experienced crazy traffic and transportation problems, unnerving memory blanks and an exhausting lag of the mind when trying to complete crossword puzzles etc. Nothing is too small for Mercury retrograde to miss!
I'm planning on doing a fair bit of meditation and processing of thoughts over the next few days and I recommend that you all do the same. If something drastic happened to you over the retrograde period now is the time to sit calmly, breathe and decide where you're going next. It will come to you when the time is right to move forward and you'll be able to process your thoughts much easier now that we're free of the retrograde grip.
On a final note, the next retrograde (due on the 17th of September) will be much less intense...so lets thank our lucky stars for that!