Mercury stationed direct this Wednesday at 9:33 am PDT. During its recent retrograde it moved from the grounded and placid sign of Taurus back into spontaneous and assertive Aries. This last week the normally swiftly moving Mercury slowed down to a near standstill as it approached the electric and unpredictable planet Uranus. As these two planets continue to combine their forces for another week or two we may experience unexpected, unsettling events that disrupt our daily flow of activities.
Rather than intending to create chaos in our lives, these events are meant to draw our attention to areas of our life or parts of ourselves that need change. We are stimulated by this unique Mercury-Uranus combination to radically change our thoughts and ideas, to “think outside the box.” Pay attention to flashes of insight from out of the blue, downloads of new, original thoughts and ideas. Avoid rebellious reactivity, and tendencies to become defensive and combative. Focus on the personal meaning of events and experiences, and the opportunities for growth, healing and change they bring.
As Mercury picks up speed and moves out of the retrograde Shadow Area mid-May, we can expect the normal pace and flow of our daily life to resume. It will be time to move forward better prepared, with new ideas and ways of being to implement. Until then use this time constructively.
Mercury will be moving retrograde soon, in the signs of Cancer and Gemini. Some people think the best way to handle a Mercury retrograde is to lie low, wait it out, and hope for a minimum of disruption until things “return to normal.” However this is not advisable, and certainly not practical for most of us.
The three Mercury retrograde periods in 2014 all begin in the early degrees of water signs. But just as we start “feeling” our way in the world, Mercury retraces its steps and moves back into the previous air sign. This is an opportunity for us to go back and review our thoughts: our internal mental processing of events we have been experiencing. Then perhaps we can change our thinking, which in turn will affect how we feel when Mercury moves direct and re-enters the emotional water signs.
In this particular June 2014 retrograde period Mercury will be spending much of the time in its own sign of Gemini, the sign of movement and intellectual activity. A retrograde is a time to look within, rather than taking action mindlessly, or reacting. This is not a time for inactivity, but rather a time to pay attention to our thoughts and perceptions as we interact with others and with our immediate environment.
You can make good use of this retrograde period by noticing how you are moving and interacting with others. What internal dialog is taking place? What are you thinking? How are you speaking? How are your views impacting your in-the-now experiences?
Be present, in the moment. Reflect on your internal workings. Be open and curious to new ways of looking at things. Entertain fresh, new perspectives or points of view. Ask questions. Listen. Be receptive to other people’s ideas or takes on a matter. Allow the flow of thoughts, ideas, and different perspectives to circulate as you move through your surroundings during each day. Allow new information to enhance, deepen, or even change your own thoughts and perceptions. Be adaptable and versatile.
A New Moon in Gemini on Wednesday May 28th precedes the Mercury retrograde. New Moons mark the beginning of the monthly cycle, and are an opportunity to plant the seeds of new beginnings. This New Moon will pave the way for the three week Mercury retrograde. You can set an intention to let go of old ways of thinking on the New Moon, and to be responsive to changing circumstances, fluid and adaptable.
The Mercury retrograde begins June 7th. You may feel things slow down. Be prepared to be more attentive to details, as plans may shift and change. Be patient and diligent, as issues may be revisited, giving you an opportunity to reset your course. You may need additional information, which may surface later. You may have to re-do some things twice. This is a good time to build the everyday skills we are expected to have, focusing on the ones that are our weakest.
Allow your mind to turn inward. Listen to your “inner knowing” and let it be your guide.