September 09, 2022
Three times a year, Mercury, the planet (and deity!) of travel, communication, intelligence, business, fortune, luck, and boundaries (both personal and physical), goes retrograde- a phenomenon that happens when the Earth passes Mercury in it's orbit, resulting in the appearance of the planet going "backwards" in the sky, even though the planets all continue in the same orbital direction.
What does this mean for us astrology nerds? In a nutshell, it means that all the correspondences and symbolic meanings mentioned above that represent Mercury can also act... a little backwards. Travel or business plans may get loused up. Verbal fights or misunderstandings can occur. Contracts can default or money can be spent unwisely. Technology can fail us. All these things changing at once can disrupt every day life, which is not ideal for anyone living a 21st century experience.
How do we alleviate these strange, mystical symptoms? Aside from good old fashioned patience and a forced smile, certain Earth- born tools can help us stay grounded, focussed and optimistic. Luckily us pro- witches here at JSS thought about this exact problem and concocted a special Ritual Kit that contains some of these items, so your worried mind can rest in anticipation of less- troublesome times.
Here is a snippet of what's inside:
First up: Gold and Black Candles. Gold is for protection, attraction, confidence, and overall joy. Black is for dispelling negativity, discord, loss, and protection.
Second in line are the included crystals of labradorite, obsidian, and quartz crystal. Labradorite helps enhance magic, and can be used for protection and perception. Obsidian is for grounding, protection, and cleansing. Quartz is for amplification of positivity, healing, and cleansing.
Third we have lavender and white sage. Both are used for cleansing and purification, and lavender is also used for calming, protection, and peace.
Fourth, essential oil of lemongrass. Lemongrass is associated with Air and the planet Mercury, and is great for repelling negativity, and enhancing psychic powers.
Fifth, Palo Santo wood. Use this for welcoming positive spirits and ancestors, for purification and protection.
..and of course, instructions and handmade (and up-cycled!) feather tool.
Using the tools in the kit above, the ritual should be followed as something like this:
Setting up Your Altar
Anointing and Cleansing
Stating Your Intention
Closing the Ritual
Bonus: Fun Mercury Facts!
To read more about Mercury Retrograde, check out our blogs here!
To shop for tools to help during this period, shop our Mercury Retrograde collection here!
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