Friday, January 1, 2016

Letters from Mercury: New Year, Old Retrograde!

Good morning and happy 2016 to all of you! Mercury here with some "news you can use". 

As you sit either blissfully relaxed and happy, or in some cases, totally tired and/or hung over, please know that my storm begins today, preceding my triannual-ish retrograde.

I know you guys really don't like me when I'm retrograde, but I assure you that as fast as I move through the universe I definitely need a break. Hell, what if you had just entered a place where you're really comfortable--Aquarius, if you're asking--and someone said, "Get back into Capricorn!" When you're dealing with those two signs it's like the difference between "Free Parking" and "Go to Jail", am I right?

Look, can I be honest? Actually, I can't be anything BUT honest. But here's the thing: January is pretty much a wasted month anyway...except of course if you're getting married or divorced, and January is when most weddings and divorces occur. If you are getting married or divorced this month, or you have an important paperwork or technical event, please review the following possible fuckery:

  • Missed emails, text messages, or voicemails
  • Miscommunication of all kinds between people
  • Problems with paperwork--lost, misplaced, re-routed, etc.
  • Unexpected delays or cancelations of meetings or get-togethers
  • Computer problems of any and all stripes but usually minor ones
  • People being late or not showing up at all

Some of your standard coping strategies include:
  • Back up all computer data regularly
  • Check all travel plans--hotels, airlines, car rentals, etc.--and necessary belongings before you leave on any trips
  • Confirm that meetings are taking place 
  • Try NOT to sign anything during this period--lease, job offer, etc.--if you can help it. If you can't wait, read the fine print TWICE on every document you sign and confirm understanding
  • Ensure your messages are being sent and received
  • Don't start new projects; "new" things that are started now usually have to be re-done
  • Finish up old projects and tie up loose ends
  • Edit--this is a GREAT time for editing manuscripts and documents!
  • Be understanding of others' problems communicating or showing up late or not at all; likely it is not their fault
  • Speak carefully

It should be said, however, that my retrograde can be a good time to do lots of things. Some examples:

1) Anything that begins with "re-"

OK, so many of us aren't good at finishing things. Mercury retrograde is the perfect time to take stock of where you are and re-task yourself as necessary. Has your weight hit a plateau? Time to re-examine your diet and workout plan. Has your novel languished because you've hit a plot snag? Read over the whole thing again and see what needs to be changed. If you're in school, what concepts are you still struggling with? It's time to go over everything once again to reduce gaps in your understanding. Do you have a big decision coming up in the next few months? Get online and get the information you need. Tax time is not far off, and this is a great time to start getting organized for it as well.

Remember that I rule the conscious mind and facts. Students, this is a great time for you to ensure you are ready for the renewed winter/spring push. If cumulative finals scare you, then now's the time to start looking at the material that you might have forgotten or not retained.

2) Journaling

It's a time for writing down your thoughts. While it's often said that you shouldn't act on new ideas received during the retrograde period--and I heartily agree--that doesn't mean you can't write down the ideas for consideration once the retrograde is over. It's not a time to IGNORE new ideas; you just shouldn't act on them now. You may discover that an idea that comes to you during the retrograde period may work well for a different task you're not even aware of yet.

If you're intuitive, you should be writing down what you see/hear/sense.

3) An Internet or communications "fast" to gain perspective

You can gain some perspective without going to the south of France (even though Nice is very...nice). There's no better time to take a break from social media, if you're feeling like it's that time for you. If you're considering ending one or more social media accounts, taking the time during Merc retro away from it to see if it's really what you want is a good thing.

You can apply this same concept to people. If you're finding someone in your life annoying and you're considering ending a friendship or relationship, step back, stop talking, and start listening. Once the 1st of February rolls around, then you can decide if the relationship is worth saving or not.

4) Cleaning, cleansing and purifying

Cluttered space is something that's really important to avoid. Re-place objects in your home back where they belong. If your holiday decorations are still around, put them away.

Cleanse any altar/ritual space, any tool, and any magickal implement. The same holds true for your personal space; if you haven't used sage or chimes to get rid of negativity recently, do it  before Mercury retrograde is over. This is so you can push forward more clearly once I resume my normal direct motion.

5) Buy and burn a Mercury retrograde candle at 13 Magickal Moons

This is the first candle I've heard of dedicated to my retrograde. So go buy a few before they sell out!

Thanks so much for your time! I'll see you all--or y'all depending on where you live--when I'm moving forward again!



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