Even if you’re not an astrological diehard, you’ve probably heard — or even blamed — something negative on Mercury Retrograde at least once in your life. It becomes the easy scapegoat when technology is on the fritz, relationships get messy, and communication descends into choas. It’s the reason your semi-superstituous friend won’t sign a contract or you’re having an everything-is-going-wrong kind of day.
But before you go attacking the smallest planet in our solar system for the mega mess erupting in your life, know that its mighty power can be used for good. And while Mercury doesn’t actually orbit backwards during the 3-4 times it goes retrograde each year, retrograde periods do allow you to move backward in time. Sort of.
For the three weeks the planet of communication and intelligence’s energy is reversed, you’ll get the chance to revisit past karmic contracts, wounds, and issues so you can deal with them for good. The energy naturally brings forth introspection and review of what in your life needs attention and healing. It’s not uncommon to have old anxieties suddenly surface or your past come calling out of the blue (hello, toxic ex you can’t seem to get rid of.)
Instead of allowing retrograde to ruin your vibe, what if it’s a chance to retroactively view things you may have missed the first time so you can do them better the next? What if it’s a gift from the cosmos to return and give love to the parts of you that are ready for a do-over? To see yourself as worthy and capable.
The universe is literally giving you a second chance to look at things with fresh eyes. When does that happen in life? Hardly ever. Is it all sunshine and roses? No. But it’s not all technology glitches either. You ultimately get to choose how you come out the other side. You can rule Mercury Retrograde, it doesn’t have to rule you.
The fourth and final Mercury retrograde of the year starts December 29th, and before you start internally freaking out that your fresh start to 2023 is ruined, what if you worked with the energy instead of against it? Using the time to be perceptive to what’s coming up for you, turn inward, and then use things like journaling, dancing, or breathwork to move the old, funky energy out? Let any old choices and perceptions that no longer serve you fall by the wayside.
Because Mercury rules the mind, you have an opportunity to completely change the way you see yourself and others. You get to decide if you’re going to let this retrograde be meh, or if you’re ready to take radical responsibility and approach things differently. So come January 19th, when retrograde is over, you can propel yourself forward without any old baggage holding you back. Why not now? Why not you?
It’s time to say goodbye and good riddance to old stories and drama. Let that stuff stay in the past where it belongs. When you rise to the occasion, you just might surprise yourself.
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