It’s time for Mercury retrograde
The planet Mercury goes retrograde three to four times a year for about three weeks each time. Many astrologers also consider a “shadow period” lasting about a week on either side of the retrograde period. This “shadow” begins from the date Mercury slows down and lasts until it resumes its usual direction and full speed.
Of course, all of that means we’ve got five weeks of hell ahead of us, right? Not necessarily.
What things can happen?
You’ve heard the stories. Missed auto repairs, down computers, bad decisions that can’t be undone. Misunderstandings are common. Decisions and instructions are revised or reversed within hours. Anything technological is full of snags.
Travel plans go wrong. You miss flights. The weather is goofy or “vice versa” for the time of year and location. Your luggage will be lost and so will your passport.
You want to say something important to someone, but it doesn’t come out the way you really mean it. You can’t have important meetings because your devices go black at the wrong time. Communication seems blocked or misunderstood.
The bright side of Mercury retrograde
Every difficult astrological event has an evolutionary purpose. It contains an element of challenge that helps us evolve as a species and grow as spiritual beings.
Here’s the upside to Mercury Retrograde: you get a chance to fix what’s not working. You can revisit, revise, rediscover or return to something you liked before and restore what you lost. If you lost your sunglasses during the last Mercury retrograde, you might find them again during the next. The same can be true with lost friends or loved ones.
Essentially, it’s an opportunity period of about three weeks where we can go back and fix what’s not working. In addition, Tarot can help us bring out the positive side of Mercury retrograde by giving us the opportunity to identify what we want to improve and directing us on how to go about it.
The astrological sign in which retrograde occurs and the house it falls into in our natal charts points the way to where the work begins and what may possibly be accomplished!
How a retrograde Mercury tarot spread can help
Here is an example of how a five card Mercury Retrograde tarot spread reveals what causes the Mercury Retrograde knot and how to untangle it.
Cecilia felt that their promising three-month romance was “getting out of hand.” The person she was interested in texted and called her less frequently, and he seemed busy when they got together on the weekends. She feared the coming Mercury retrograde, thinking it would only worsen the bad things between the two of them.
Luckily, during Cecilia’s reading, the cards revealed something better. She came to see how and why she could use the Mercury Retrograde to improve lagged communication between her boyfriend Zach and herself. Their cards fell as follows:
Card One: What is the most important lesson or skill I will learn during this declining period?
Eight of Wands – Reverse
A lot of information came to them. She had to separate the wheat from the chaff. Friends gave Cecilia all sorts of advice, things like: buy new lingerie, travel to an exotic destination, or get a makeover. But none of this seemed to capture the essence of what was really going on.
Cecilia read many articles that suggested different communication techniques. Most of them seemed a bit manipulative or even embarrassing and she couldn’t really imagine using them.
Eventually she found some good insights and ideas and applied them to what she was experiencing with Zach. After that, Cecilia immediately noticed a positive change. The humor was on her side, as was the thoughtful listening. Her tarot reading brought further clarification by clearly “diagnosing” the problem. He opened up to her again and it made her very happy.
Card Two: What issue, situation, or relationship will this Mercury retrograde potentially change for the better?
Two cups – Vice versa
Could better communication save this relationship? This card highlighted the fact that poor communication was indeed at the root of the problem Cecilia was having with her boyfriend. Poor communication turned a sweet and exciting experience into something boring and frustrating. She speculated a lot about “what was really going on” in his mind and heart. She wondered how he really felt for her or if she was just wasting her time.
Card Three: How can I prepare to make the most of this bearish phase?
The Chariot card said: Take control of your communications and focus on quality rather than quantity in your messages to him. Cecilia realized that everything else fell into place as she took the time to meditate and journal. Her inner order and connection with herself kept her centered and helped her feel serene and fresh instead of scattered, rushed and disjointed. She planned ways to eliminate wasted minutes each day and use them to focus on herself, and eventually saw how much easier it made her encounters with Zach.
Cecilia stopped writing to him all day. She no longer sought “constant contact” with Zach, but instead focused on the quality of contact. They both started enjoying their phone calls and texting again. It reconnected them. Her communication was once again intimate and authentic.
Card 4: How can I avoid being manipulated during this time?
Seven of Wands
The Seven of Wands says: Keep your focus and claim your space and time no matter what. To do this, Cecilia became almost brutal about what she said “yes” or “no” to do. By thoughtfully setting those boundaries, she felt much more power at her inner core. She slept better, thought more clearly and enjoyed everything a lot more.
Cecilia found that when she was tired and exhausted from too much work or socializing, her conversations with Zach became dry and boring. She realized that she was burned out and needed to rest and recharge before calling or texting him. She stopped discussing her relationship with her friends all the time and stopped getting confused by all of their differing opinions.
Card Five: How can I express myself more clearly during this Mercury retrograde?
Queen of Cups
This card says go within and find what you really want to say most, then speak from the heart. you have the power
Cecilia had excellent intuition, but she didn’t trust it. The card reassured her that she was naturally attuned to all parts of her life and even her past life karma.
By focusing on what she most wanted to express and listening carefully to Zach’s verbal and non-verbal language, she found a balanced place within herself that actually enhanced her interactions with Zach.
Cecilia discovered that she could use the insights of the tarot to take stock of what she wanted to change and improve the next time Mercury retrograde appeared. She could also use this time to maintain her space and focus on herself, in addition to listening to and speaking from her heart.
Why not try reading a Mercury retrograde tarot sheet to see how it can help you beat the Mercury retrograde blues?
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