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October 29, 2019
Retrogrades often evoke worry for many--especially Mercury Retrograde-- though they are some of my fav astrological events. Rather than harbingers of doom and gloom, all retrograde transits are opportunities to choose free will over fear.
When a planet is retrograde, it appears to move backwards in the sky, an illusion caused by the Earth passing by these slower moving planets. Retrogrades ask us to pay attention to something we may have missed in the past or uncover new ways of relating to specific planets. Because Mercury is in retrograde three times per year for around three weeks each cycle, it gives us the most opportunities to rethink our relationship to...thinking ;).
For example, when Mercury, the planet of communication and analyzing, moves backwards our minds may feel a bit fuzzy, making us more prone to forgetting important details or poor communication. However, if we over-identify with our intellect, Mercury Retrograde phase can reconnect us to our intuition and imagination.
With awareness of a certain planet’s areas of expertise, we then have a choice at any given time how we express or allow those energies to move through us, aka free will. Knowing we have a choice of options in how we relate to each planet, means we can prepare and not necessarily predict what will happen.
Here are a few ways to prepare for this upcoming Mercury Retrograde cycle:
Pro Tip: The Mercury Retrograde Deluxe Kit offers a way to set intentions for this astrological phase and can help you align with intuition. Burning herbs, lighting candles, and charging talismans or crystals can help you stay grounded and focused during this time.
Mercury Retrograde doesn’t have to be destabilizing or earth-shattering, with attention and care they can be times of deep transformation, growth, and healing. Getting a second chance can be healing or painful, it’s up to you, though who knows, this retrograde might just allow you to change the future if you let it!
Rebecca Farrar of Wild Witch of the West has her M.A. in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness, and has worked with many renowned astrologists and cosmologists. Read her bio here, and catch more of her work on Witch of the West.
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August 06, 2021
Doing work—be it ritual, meditation, journaling—with the intention to align your energy with this open portal’s vibration will speed up and expand the energy and intentions you are putting out. This is a big “leveling up” shift with a sort of a pulsing, electrical feel to it. Mercury will be close to our sun, Sirius, and moon, as well, so communication going in both directions from the heavens ...