IT’S ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS, STUPID!
Ok, ok, ok, ok, ok! Mercury retrogrades in Libra and it’s that time– again!
Yes, yes, yes, yes! Between Sept. 17 and October 9 you will experience any or all of the following:
- Snafus in communication
- Lost or malfunctioning cells phones, computers, &/or other electronic devices
- Complications around transportation
The important thing to remember is that Libra is an air sign, and all air signs are about relating.
Therefore, when Mercury retrogrades through air signs–as he’s done twice already this year–we are talking about how we relate to both ourselves AND those with whom we are in partnership. (Mercury will move into a cycle of retrograding through earth signs beginning with his next retrograde period in January 2016.)
So what’s been up between you and a significant other, child, parent, sibling, friend, boss, colleague, and/or anyone else with whom you relate?
“The overall tone is assessment of input and returns in all matters pertaining to relationships,” writes Erin Sullivan in her brilliant book “Retrograde Planets.”
“It may be that over the past three months relationships have not been that clear,” Sullivan continues. “By airing old problems and thinking through involvements with friends, family, and other associations, unconscious stress is relieved.”
The most frequent Mercury retrograde “irritations” that arise during Mercury’s backward motion in an air sign include “unkept appointments, lost documents, faulty machinery, broken promises, ” and “well-intentioned but misleading information,” Sullivan explains.
THAT WHICH DOESN’T KILL YOU MAKES YOU WISER
During this period, Mercury the messenger–who travels between the worlds of the vast unconscious and conscious portions of our brain–is delivering information back and forth between these two realms.
All seemingly crazy mix-ups, miscommunication, or misinterpretations occur precisely because our brains are occupied right now with more than just external information.
Internally, the transference of information between the logical linear portion of your brain and its unconscious realm represents the incorporation of empirically learned information into the psyche as wisdom.
Likewise, the movement of information from the unconscious into the conscious portion of our brain allows our innate intuitive wisdom to rise to the surface and embed itself into our consciousness. In this way we continue to evolve…
Ergo, while on the outside many have come to dread Mercury retrograde periods the same way they might view a trip to the dentist, these approximately three week periods, approximately three times per year, serve a far deeper purpose than just messin’ with your computer or your car…
HUH? WHAT’D YOU SAY?
In short, Mercury retrograde periods are about how you communicate with yourself first, and others second!
This transference of information between the unconscious and conscious realms of your brain represents internalized energy.
Since all internal energy eventually finds its way to manifest externally in our lives (meaning outside the private sanctum of our thought patterns, conscious or unconscious), the question becomes “how do I relate to myself?”
The second question then is “how does this, in turn, affect how others relate to me?”
So, the REAL message here is one of clarity of communication in terms of understanding your own innate intuition clearly and then realizing how this understanding (or lack thereof) manifests externally in the form of people with whom you partner!
Incorporating empirically learned information into the intuitive realm of the psyche, and receiving unconscious intuitive information into the conscious brain from the psyche, is a process that allows us to pay attention to the larger messages for us here…
It’s simply that communication may become confused as our wires may cross during this period! Hence, the warnings NOT to sign contracts, buy expensive items, or purchase communication-related technology during this period–AND to back up all computers and work only on projects already under way (review & revise!) rather than beginning a brand new endeavor…
“When interpreting Mercury retrograde cycles in the horoscope, keep in mind that the process being defined is multifaceted,” explains Sullivan. “We are analyzing not only the ability to receive information but also what is done with that information once it is assimilated. Mercury, then, represents the human mind’s capability to register reality and, conversely, to translate symbols into reality.”
In this way, the “direct and retrograde phases of Mercury are our geocentric references for both conscious and unconscious perceptions, and for the mind as it faces inner questions and outer challenges,” Sullivan says.
If we implement the necessary changes in the way we communicate and manage our time during Mercury’s current retrograde in Libra, then we “clear the decks of complications” and have a better opportunity to contemplate our long-range goals, according to Sullivan…
This implementation then “usually results in fewer complications when Mercury turns direct,” she concludes.
For more detailed information about how this particular Mercury retrograde period will affect you, check the house(s) through which Mercury is now retrograding…see if you can ascertain the difference between what you think vs. what you know vis-a-vis the theme(s) of these houses…
Note to self: Compare notes again after October 9–the end of this Mercury retrograde period!