Sunday, November 13, 2005

Mercury Retrograde November 14 - December 4

Until early December Mercury is retrograde in the skies (appearing to move backwards). It’s not an unusual occurance, it’s something we are all used to living with about 3 times a year, yet there is this association with retrograde phases as being just an irritating source of delays, of communication breakdowns, - letters going astray, or computers playing up, etc.
This does seem to be true in certain circumstances, in the same way that full moons are known for stirring up strong emotions, but I don’t think that needs to be the only focus. These planetary movements are the reflection of natural cycles in us all, as far as I am concerned, and so there are going to be benefits in embracing the whole period, rather than just concentrating on backing up computers, or making sure we get a receipt for everything. We have to look deeper at what the cycle is asking of us.
Mercury retrogrades in Sagittarius, which is a sign associated with faith and belief. It’s our beliefs that give us direction in life, and whatever we place our faith in shapes our experience. How we see things, our perspective, determines the path we choose, and therefore our journey. Mercury is about our thinking processes, so a retrograde phase through Sagittarius is a call to review or rethink current ways of looking at things, and thinking about things. It’s an invitation to look more deeply at what or who we place our faith in, and whether that is serving our best interests. It's about changing perspectives.
Retrograde phases connect us back with the past, with repeating circumstances, and especially as far as Mercury retrograde goes, with coincidence and syncronicity. Mercury was the god of commerce, of travellers, of roads and crossroads, and has strong links to medicine. Writing, learning, and communicating are all important themes. So expect links to faces and places from the past, as well as any or all of the many Mercurial symbols to start cropping up in attention grabbing ways. To kick off, read about what scientists have just discovered about meditation here, and what the Dalai Lama had to say yesterday here.


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