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I can't remember the last time I've noticed such excitement surrounding a retrograde. Let me rephrase my statement to say that I've never seen so much fear. To be sure, any time Mercury goes retrograde, there's an immense amount of trepidation as to how its energies will unfold and affect us on a personal level.
I'm not one to dismiss this and know it to be a very real occurrence, but I'm also not one to give into the fears and superstitions that surround this astronomical and astrological phenomenon.
For those of you who don't know, Mercury appears to move backwards in the sky, in relation to the stars behind it, about 3 times a year. This lasts for about 3 weeks, then it moves forward again. We call this the Mercury Retrograde. This one started on June 26th and will end July 20th.
It's been one of the hottest topics in astrology over the millennia, so I might as well blow on the coals a little.
As I said, I'm a believer. That being said, I'd like to address a few of the more popular ideas and superstitions of the retrograde and attempt to alleviate some of the fears that make people miserable.
First of all, it may help to define some of the things that Mercury rules over. Mercury rules over the mind, speech, writing, education, math, astrology, gardening and lots of other things as well. We can also find fish, money, curiosity, electronics, thieves, children, cities, religious buildings, deceit and lots of other things where Mercury is concerned.
Let's move on.
This retrograde is taking place in Cancer in the Western system. Those of you who have studied some astrology know that Cancer rules deep emotions, our parents, our homes and our sense of comfort. Cancer is ruled by the Moon, so let's get a feel for some of what the Moon rules.
Like Mercury, the Moon rules over the mind, although we might call it more the emotional than the intellectual mind. Either way, the Moon in a chart is often directly responsible for our happiness, or lack thereof.
As Mercury is moving backwards in the sign ruled by the Moon, Cancer, it'll affect us on different levels, many of those emotional.
I suggest looking to whatever house Cancer represents in your chart. For example, if Cancer is your seventh house, you could experience bubbles in relationships or in travel. If Cancer is your 10th house, then you'll probably experience influences of the Mercury Retrograde in your career. If Cancer is your ascendant, then you may feel intense energies on a personal level. This is the general idea.
Unfortunately, there's no hard and fast rule on how these energies will affect you but let's look at some basic concepts to guide you through happily and with a sense of humor.
According to common belief, there's an entire list of things that you shouldn't do under the Mercury Retrograde. For example, some people won't start a new project or take a new job, even if they desperately need employment. Others will never buy a car or file a lawsuit. There are those who won't go on a first date and some who refuse to travel. Others believe that people are angrier under the retrograde and drivers are terrible.
Drivers are terrible 365 days a year and people are angry just as often. Computers break down every day, whether or not it's a retrograde. Washing machines break down, communications get garbled, and things go wrong every day of the year. Please remember, I'm not saying that Mercury doesn't have an effect, but I am saying that a lot of the normal bits of life that go on are often attributed to it.
Have I experienced the misery of a Mercury Retrograde personally? You're darn tootin' I have.
Here are 5 simple things you can do in order to make this retrograde work for you.
1. Journal. I often urge you to write down your thoughts and record what's on you mind, but more so during a retrograde. Since this event is occurring in Cancer, it's a powerful time to deal with any issues you may have regarding your parents. Remember, this is an internal process and not one to necessarily be resolved with them in reality. Make it about you. You'll probably have lots of "Aha," moments.
Change your behavior. This is an excellent time to rid yourself of bad habits because Mercury Retrograde gives us a good look inside of ourselves, if we pay attention. You'll also have the ability to make those changes stick.
3. Trust your intuition. This is a great time not to be fooled by others. You should notice that you see through the veneer of what people are telling you. The good news is that this talent will stay with you. I view every retrograde as an opportunity to see through the smokescreen put in front of me, and each time it gets a little bit better. Use this to your advantage. By the way, don't watch a magic show unless you want to figure out the secrets.
4. Find new interests. It doesn't matter how obscure that interest is. In fact, sometimes it's better if it's eccentric. If you've been wanting to learn to juggle, do so now. If you wanted to learn to play the musical saw, buy some earplugs and give it a go. This is the time to engage your mind. Believe me, under a Mercury Retrograde, a mind that's bored is a mind itching for trouble.
5. Think spiritually. When it comes to spiritual pursuits, a Mercury Retrograde is one of the best times to learn and develop metaphysical talents. Do some crystal gazing. Play with psychometry and feel the energies. You may find that you can see auras better over the next 3 weeks. Anything you learn now, should stick with you like overcooked oatmeal.
The only warning I'll offer concerning the retrograde is to be extra aware of what's going on around you. Since Mercury is symbolically turned inward, we may not pay as much attention to the outer world as we usually do. Our senses and attention to outside influences may be less attuned. Because of this, it's vital to be as conscious as possible in every facet of life during a retrograde. You can bet a Mercury Dime that others aren't watching what they're doing, so it's only sensical for you to be extra vigilant.
Oh yes. I almost forgot. Watch the Three Stooges during the retrograde. You'll be astounded at how much sense they make. (They always make sense to me, but then, well, you know.)
Until next week; stay happy!
PROGRAM NOTE: Out of Mo's Mind, Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 9 AM, PDT. LIVE! I don't have a topic yet, but this is hell week for animals. Millions of dollars worth of pop-bottle-rockets, firecrackers and other fire hazards will be ignited, terrifying thousands of animals nationwide. If you have animals in your life, you know what this does to them. If you don't, please think it over before you set anything off. How about this, instead of buying a hundred dollars worth of fireworks, why not donate that money to your local no-kill shelter? I'm sure the founders would approve.
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I read auras, and I see everyone's energy body projecting out into the world what is going on inside. So I ask you, what are you projecting? Did you know that your energy and the thoughts and words you use project out onto your world, impacting everything around you? Well it's true; your energy body has an impact on all of the energy bodies around you, creating a domino effect. Here is an example of how this works. Say you're having a great day, all feels right with the world. Then you walk into a store and are waited on by a clerk who is projecting anxiety. Unknowingly you pick up on their projection and walk out of the store feeling anxious for no particular reason. At this point you have a choice. You can take on the anxiety as your own and let it impact your whole day. If you do this then you are projecting anxiety and those around you may pick it up as well. At the end of your day you may have noticed that everyone around you seems anxious. What a coincidence! Ok, on to your other choice. You can acknowledge that you feel anxious and then ask yourself, is this mine? If the answer is no then you can recognize the anxiety for what it is, the signature of someone else's energy and let it go. You go about your day in a happy go lucky mood and note at the end of your day that those around you seem particularly happy. What a coincidence!
Our energy bodies are so powerful! Most of the time we are completely unaware of what we are projecting, but we can actually control our energy if we choose. You can start by simply asking yourself "What am I projecting?" If you don't like the answer then change the energetic channel! Intentionally become more aware of your energy projections and identify what is yours and what belongs to someone else. We have a choice about how we react to all kinds if things, but often do not take the wheel and intentionally choose.
Every morning ask yourself, what do I want to project today? Ask yourself what color your projection should be, what qualities would you like your energy to have? One you have arranged your projection then share it with those around you. Make note of how others seem to sync up with your projection and how exponentially you can impact the world simply by choosing to project positive and loving energy throughout your day.
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