Here we go again, oh Mercury how you teach us so much and give us a hard time too. However, it’s important to remember that even when Mercury gives us tough love there is a lesson to be learned. Yes, this is hard to believe at times….especially when our electronics don’t work, our mind breaks down or (for my nyc folks) when that train takes 30 minutes to arrive. Mercury retrograde can turn us all into crazy people, throwing our phones and saying “Fuck it!” and wanting to hide under a rock until it’s over.
However, life does not stop for Mercury Retrograde, so we shouldn’t either. The biggest gem of advice I can give ya’ll is the “Go slow and remember to breath”. You got this! Even when you think you don’t, you do.
What is Mercury Retrograde?
Retrograde motion is when a planet slows down so much it appears to be going backwards. The way we experience this energetically is a feeling of backwards motions...we can feel as if we are taking a few steps back. Mercury rules over communications, the mind, plans and the day to day. This is why all the above seems to just go nuts over the retrograde period. Our electronics may act up or stop working, it may be hard to communicate or miscommunication can be at an all time high...we may collectively have more nervous tension and mind fog than usual. It is important to know that Mercury goes retrograde 3-4 times a year, so we live with this pretty often. Mercury is the “thinker”, it rules over communication skills, thinking patterns, the way we use our voice, our thoughts, and how we connect to all media. The simplest way to think about this cycle is the above gets a little wacky for a few weeks. Some of us have more intense retrograde periods than others.
What about this Mercury Retrograde?
Our last Mercury Retrograde of the year is in Sagittarius from December 3rd to the 22nd. During this time we are asked to pause, to slow down, to stop, and to reflect on the year as a whole. If we don’t want to stop, or if we choose to live only in the “act now think later” fire of Sagittarius season then mercury retrograde may just make us slow down by force. It’s always better to do it yourself instead of having life do it for you. We can still live up this fabulous Sagittarius fire, I know I am, but we must take time for reflection too. We can’t always run wild and fast, sometimes we have to jog or come to a full stop. This is mercury retrograde.
Collectively, we have been through a lot this year! Outside of the obvious we went through all the feels all summer with Cancer everything. Then we finally had a break and a chance to express ourselves in Leo season. Then we got back to business and had to be adults again in Virgo. The focus was then shifted to our heart's desires, our social circles and love lives in Libra. Then, Scorpio season came and we had to look in the mirror and deal with the darkest deepest parts of ourselves. So yeah you deserve to let your hair down now, Sagittarius has your back. Laugh more, love more and live your life.
However the truth is we just can’t catch a full break collectively with this Mercury retrograde, but hey tough love right? Mercury is the messenger of the gods, so during retrograde stop and ask yourself what is the best way you can use this slow down? How can you revise and revisit themes in your life and in yourself? How can you take what happened this year and use it for your highest good and awareness? Where in your life do you need to slow down instead of speeding up?
What about it being in the sign of Sagittarius?
The sign a retrograde is in tells us the way it will appear to act and the style in which it will unfold in our lives. Mercury retrograde in fiery Sagittarius can be quite a test for us but at the same time we can really reach deeper levels of our selves with this expansive energy. Sagittarius rules over optimism, expansion, exploration, new experiences and adventure. How can you use this slow down to prepare for movement to accomplish all your desires and goals? In what ways are you moving too fast? All of this comes to mind when I reflect on mercury retrograde in Sagittarius.
Mercury retrograde can and usually does cause delays, so don’t feel beat down if you can't spread your wings as wide as you want just now. Mercury in retrograde can turn Sagittarius optimism into pessimism...so don’t give up on yourself or your dreams under this period. Hold on to them, maybe you just have to wait a little longer or approach them in a new way. Maybe you have to come up with a better well thought out plan. Sagittarius wants to go for it and skip the details, Mercury retrograde will make sure we focus on the details because if we don't things can go awry. Under this retrograde we also run the risk of running away from our problems and having a serious case of not dealing with it syndrome. This could come back to bite you hard, so don’t do that.
When to comes to travel we all can’t cancel plans to submit to mercury retrograde. So plan ahead, have a plan B and maybe even a plan C. Double check the details and schedules. Same goes for contracts and agreements if you can’t avoid them at this time. Leave some wiggle room for change and try to stay mutable. When it comes to communications there may be miscommunication or issues especially between colleagues or in the legal realm of things. Watch for promises or deals that seem to be too good to be true (Jupiter expands things) so watch for boastfulness. Sharp tongues can be a side effect of this mercury retrograde cycle too.
Yes this energy can be fucking difficult, it can. But we can and always do survive. If we avoid feeling like a victim, if we try our best to practice awareness and try to stay focused it can make a difference. In the scale of our lives it’s just a few weeks, stay strong moonbeams! Since fire energy is involved I think having physical outlets for anger, aggression and tension will be a must for us collectively. Go dance it out, learn kickboxing, hike a mountain, sweat it out...have hot steamy sex...whatever you need to do to release the energy so it does not explode - since it can be quite volcanic.
This Mercury retrograde does occur the same day as a Full moon which can make it more intense at the start. So please practice patience, awareness, and mindfulness. Be good to yourself, turn your phone off and chill out if you need too. If you need a communication and social media detox, take it. Go within for a little bit. If you feel yourself about to verbally fly off the handle and go full Bye Felicia on everyone maybe take a deep breathe first to see if it’s really worth it. Don’t force yourself to be anywhere if you don’t need to be OR pick your settings and company with care so that as this energy shifts you feel empowered and ready, instead of it feeling like a slap in the face.
For more tips stay tuned, I will add some tips to my Instagram a few days after the retrograde starts. I’m busy leading a circle that night then taking a little social media break myself to ask this retrograde cycle what it can teach me.
Anais of Mystical Mandrake Root