3 Ways to Take Advantage of the Practical Realities of Mercury Retrograde

3 Ways to Take Advantage of the Practical Realities of Mercury Retrograde

3 Ways to Take Advantage of the Practical Realities of Mercury Retrograde

As with all things astrology, Mercury Retrograde periods are all about archetypes and energy, not absolutes, and you using your free will.  They are opportunities to engage with your personal growth in a different way. Today I’m sharing three ways you can take advantage of this Mercury Retrograde.

I look at Mercury retrograde periods as gifts from the Universe (or Source or God) to slow down and take a deeper dive into an area of my life that is demanding attention. In general, when Mercury goes retrograde, it’s a time to reevaluate, review, reconsider, rest, recharge. Basically, all the “re” words.

If you can, take a minute to sit comfortably and just breathe. As you feel your mind still and your body relax, think about where in your life you feel like communication or action is the most jacked up. Are you having trouble hearing your body’s signals? Is the break down with your family members? Are you having more difficulty getting messages through with business partners? Does it seem pronounced at work or with organizations you are part of? Or do you find yourself having difficulty connecting with your intuition or a higher power?

Wherever you’re feeling the most frustration in your life is the area of your life you’re being asked to revisit right now. 

Focus where you’re feeling the most frustration.

If pushing through to make stuff happen isn’t working, it’s time to slow down. Ironically, it will be easier to get stuff done if you slow down. Even during non-retrograde periods, slowing down to speed up is the name of the game. This is especially pronounced for the next few weeks (and it’s a great opportunity to build a new habit of slowing down). 

This is a time to finish or wrap up a project you’ve been working or or lay the groundwork to start a new project. In gardening terms, you’re preparing the soil for the seed. This is not the time to draft and execute a business plan or design and launch a product. This is a time for quiet closure and preparation.

Wherever you feel the most stuck or slowed down right now, release your desire to control the timeline and plant the seed so your idea can grow (if you want help identifying the area that you’re being asked to work on, we can take a quick look at your natal chart in a coaching session). Three things you can do (focusing on the area of your life that is poking at you the most right now) over the coming weeks are:

  • Rest  Slow down and take time to collect your thoughts, especially if something feels like it’s stuck or just not going right, step away from it for just a couple of minutes and do something completely unrelated. If you can, go outside and notice what you see, hear, smell, feel, and maybe even taste. Let your mind wander and breathe.
  • Reflect   Think back to the last three months. What did you work on or do that you enjoyed and are happy with how it came out? What do you wish you had given a little more attention? How can you shift what you’re doing now to be more in line with what you want?
  • Reconnect  Allow your objective self and your intuitive self to be friends by taking this opportunity to develop your intuition (I’m assuming, like most humans, your mind and thoughts have been running the show) and allow it to be part of your internal conversation and decision-making.

If you’re not sure how to slow down or let your intuition participate, know that you are not alone.

If you’re interested in digging in to your astrological archetypes and want to get more specific about how the energy and the archetypes are showing up in your life, now may be a great time to book a natal chart reading or a coaching session where we zoom in on a specific aspect.

If you prefer a guided meditation to help you slow down or connect with your intuition, I have options on Sound Cloud and Insight Timer – and more are coming.

If you just want to reach out and share what’s going on for you, post your comments here, send me an email, or DM me on Facebook or Instagram.

Focusing where the energy is speaking to you loudest, slowing down, reflecting, and allowing your intuition to have a say will all help you walk more solidly on your own path and will help you navigate this Mercury Retrograde much more smoothly and effectively.

What does your dream look like?

What does your dream look like?

What does your dream look like?

I was watching TV when one of the characters asked the other, “What does your dream look like?” She had the same look on her face that I did. Blank.

If you’re like me, you’ve spent the majority of your time doing for others (customers or clients, co-workers, parents, children, spouse or partner…). You’ve sacrificed your time and energy taking care of everyone else, trying not to upset the apple cart, and keeping everything running smoothly so that you probably completely forgot you have your own wants and needs and somewhere, buried deep down inside, you have a vision, a dream, for your life.

The problem, for me, was that I had forgotten just about everything that makes me happy and trying to imagine my dream for my life was just a smidge overwhelming. It was definitely easier to try to maintain the status quo than it was to figure out what made me happy. Until it wasn’t. 

I had forgotten just about  

everything that makes me happy.

 

I had known for years that I wanted to take a break from the rat race, but I had no idea how that would be possible. And then the business that provided my main source of income failed and provided that sabbatical. COVID and a history of saving helped in a big way because I was able to take a chunk of my retirement savings to support me financially – I know not everyone can do that and I am grateful. 

I took advantage of this opportunity and went on an internal expedition to figure out what I wanted to do next – and to do that successfully, I needed to figure out what lit me up. I also needed to figure out what being lit up felt like, what sensations existed for me when I was engaged, interested, and curious in a way that made me lose track of time.

During this expedition I went back to my coaching tools to figure out where my thoughts were blocking the way, I followed breadcrumbs to things that captured my interest (staying away from social media breadcrumbs because I wasn’t looking for that kind of time suck), and I tried to pay really close attention to the messages my body was sending me. I tracked what sensations were coming up, what thoughts were floating through my mind, and topics or activities that I was drawn to.

When I got stuck, I went back to my natal chart for ideas – both for ways to rest and play and for things that interest me and things I am good at.

At first, I needed a lot of rest (three-hour naps every day for weeks got a little worrisome) and then I needed less extra rest and more play (thank God for my always-ready-to-play critters). What was super interesting to me was that my mind was criticizing me whenever I took a break yet after, when I reengaged with whatever work I had stepped away from, I got more done than I would have if I had pushed through. This was definitely something to notice and even celebrate (so that I could encourage myself to do more of it).

It took a lot of practice, and a LOT of boundary work, and I still don’t know what my dream looks like (letting go of the concept of an outcome is a topic for another day), but I sure know how living my dream feels. I know when I’m on the right track. Sometimes it’s as easy as playing warmer-colder when facing a decision, sometimes it takes rest or play, sometimes it takes allowing myself to experiment with a decision and giving myself the freedom to change my mind and go down another path. The best part of all of this is now I am clear about how I want to feel and feel better able to answer questions about what I want to do.

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