Mercury is in its Retrograde phase once again from September 17th 2015 thru October 9th 2015. Learn more about how to use this energy and spend this time being productive! Click the link below to read more. ~Ruby
Mercury in Retrograde
Saturday – “Mercury in Retrograde”
“The Way We Were”
This cycle begins today! Do you know how it will affect you? How you can use this time to your advantage? Is there really anything positive that comes from this cycle?
Today Mercury, the planet that rules over how we communicate, how we express ourselves, our thoughts, and our travels comes to a halt in nostalgic Cancer and begins its 3 1/2 week Retrograde phase, until July 1st! Mercury in Retro already tends to turn our minds back to the past. As human beings go, we tend to glorify the past anyway. Now that the messenger planet is going retrograde in the most nostalgic sign of the Zodiac- Cancer, you can find yourself totally obsessed with old memories and thinking about the way things were. Many will be re-visited by ghosts of the past, both romantic and otherwise.
You’ll notice a lot of Astrologers will say “Don’t do this!” or “Don’t do that!” during this cycle; but it’s important to remember not to stop your life during this time. It’s not the best idea to sign anything of commitment during a Mercury in Retro phase, but that doesn’t mean if you feel really good about it, you shouldn’t take a good opportunity either. Follow your intuition and check in often with your higher-self, and see what answers you get.
Some of the side effects of Mercury in Retrograde are how anything to do with electronic communication can glitch out…such as computers, smartphones, or tablets. Keep them updated and protected, and keep them far away from water. I have seen many already experiencing major plumbing problems this time around. Also, Mercury seems to affect short travel, so keep your cars serviced, and if you have to use public transportation to travel in cars, buses, or planes, simply plan ahead and prepare just in case you have delays. Don’t get frustrated if this happens, it’s all about us unplugging. That’s actually the biggest Spiritual lesson of Mercury in Retro; which is to let go of our modern toys and get spiritual, and listen to our universal messages.
Despite the glitches, annoyances, and breakdowns we may have to deal with, there is much more to this cycle.
It gives us a chance to reflect on our past and search our own belief system. So, for the next three weeks, we get the opportunity to connect with our own feelings in a deep way, especially with Mercury in sensitive, emotional Cancer.
Cancer is the sign of home and family, so our minds are going to be more focused on our nearest and dearest. Issues to do with our families, mothers, women, ancestry and our emotional wounds and needs are going to preoccupy us mentally during this time. Many of us will go back and visit old emotional wounds and dive into those deep waters. Even if you swore you wouldn’t ever re-visit some old situations or emotions again… and that you were long over it… you can feel very raw; as if those wounds just happened yesterday. But this gives us a chance to connect to others and ourselves on an emotional level.
Allow yourself to cry, feel and process all your feelings without judgment and without giving in to that part of you that feels very lost in your deeper emotions or feeling like you’re just stuck in that old pain and hurt of the past! Pay attention to your feelings, especially the ones you feel in your gut, because Cancer rules the stomach!
We can feel very sensitive and strongly tuned in to the feelings of our loved ones in this influence. It’s not a good idea to commit to new situations or any contracts now. Just trust that after you do, you’ll probably change your mind over and over again, so just sit back and plan and wait until mid-July if possible to make any major new life decisions or anything that’s considered long-term! ~Ruby
Mercury in Retrograde ‘Shadow’ cycle begins today
Mercury is in Gemini and has entered its 2 week “shadow period” as its called, this is the time before the retrograde phase begins, which will be June 7th, it will shift into Cancer at that time.
The “shadow period” is when a planet is preparing to go Retrograde, so it’s slowing down.. this affects us strongly. As it starts to slow down and appears almost still or as its called stationed, it then appears to be moving backwards in the sky and this is the retrograde cycle.
There are two shadow periods for every Retrograde planet. The 1st being for two weeks prior to the actual Retrograde cycle and then for three weeks after the retrograde cycle ends.
This is NOT a good time to buy, sell or ship anything that has to do with short distance travel or transportation, or anything that relates to communication, or electronic devices (computers, tablets, smartphones, etc) So think about backing these up before a Mercury in Retrograde cycle or shadow period.
If your aware of the cycles of Mercury Retrograde, you can save yourself a lot of headaches by not messing with the above things. Back up computers and have cars serviced to help avoid any mishaps.
If you can get anything done before or after these phases you shouldn’t have as many problems. If something has to be done, don’t fear Mercury in Retrograde, sometimes things are just meant to be and we must take care of business. Whatever you do, follow your intuition.
Friday, Mercury goes out of Retrograde!! Yay!
Finally the planet of communication slowly starts to go direct, after its 3-week retrograde phase. It’s best to go with the energies during this time. Pay extra close attention to whatever is in your face now! Be open-minded, because even though you might feel an issue is resolved, you may have to deal with it again. Especially during the next three weeks as we go into what’s called the “shadow”, a period of time following a retrograde cycle.
During this Mercury in Retrograde cycle, our thoughts have been processed privately, within ourselves. Now with Mercury going back to its normal speed we’re able to focus on the world outside of ourselves once again. It’s easier to take information around us in again, this can provide some amazing new insight and lead to a different perspective. Mercury is known for being the messenger of the Gods, many have felt like they were cut off by the Universe or their Higher Power (whatever name you use or believe.) But this to is information, so it can come flooding in, it will be great to reconnect, but we might feel confused because so much information comes pouring in at once. Take notes if need be, it really does help.
Ask yourself what you’ve learned this last 3 weeks, or while Mercury was in Retrograde? Are you having any problems with debts that are shared, or in a partnership of some kind?
Mercury will be back to its normal speed by Monday of next week, so allow everyone to adjust. I’ve been writing about Mercury’s shadow period, this is simply the time before and after Mercury’s Retrograde phase. So we still have to endure the shadow cycle until March 21st, this can cause some issues with traveling and communication still but these should be small isolated incidents!
Mercury in Retrograde starts today, how will it affect you, how can you use this time to your advantage?
Today Mercury the planet of Communication, thinking and travel comes to a halt in deep, passionate Scorpio, as it begins its 3 week retrograde phase, that lasts until November 7th. It’s important to remember that just because Mercury is in its retrograde cycle, that we don’t stop our lives! This cycle gives us a chance to reflect on our past and search our own belief system. So for this next three weeks we get the opportunity to connect stronger to our own feelings and how we can meet our needs. This process can be very internal as we should begin to practice working with ourselves, learning how to understand who we are first! I invite you to talk to your version of divinity, the powers that be, the God of your understanding. Ask what you can do for you, how can you take better care of yourself?
Now you have this info, what can ya do with it? Well here is some advice on how to survive a Mercury in Retrograde cycle.
First off always read over what you’re doing, and read it again and don’t sign any contracts or make any new commitments.
If you decide to do business during this cycle, make sure to ask for a second opinion, and be aware of the details for the next three weeks. Make sure to check in with your own intuition or higher-self and stay open-minded as much as possible when making decisions.
If you have any resources with someone else, like in a relationship or financially, this is a good time to go over the details. Negotiations can go well if you make minor adjustments, but no permanent commitments just yet! Going over details can benefit you, do anything it takes to keep from overlooking important details or miscommunication. I have seen first hand how Mercury in Rx cycles can cause misunderstands, we can get easily frustrated with each other without any real logic, it might just not make sense! So just make sure your tolerant to being asked over and over any questions others might have, be open to the fact that our perception has dipped down into a lower energy that causes real issues for others, and that it may never make sense.
This is a great time to re-evaluate and re-organize your life, we can work now on our thought patterns and how we make decisions. You can walk away from this cycle learning a very valuable tool about how what works for you and what doesn’t in a deep way.
This cycle provides time for us to do-over anything we want, you can retrace your steps and make things better now. Remember planets go Retrograde all the time, you have lived through many Mercury in Retrograde cycles.
It’s my wish for you to be educated more so on the benefits of this transit versus the negativity that Retrograde planets seem to get. So instead of saying “wow what an awful week” or “why did that happen?” You can walk away using some good advice and make the most out of this energy. When planets go Retrograde (Rx), the cosmos is giving us a second chance at something and a third even, because they let you retrace your steps three times, that’s how they work! So we get to go back and do things over before moving forward again. Sometimes this is a huge blessing!
Often during a Mercury in Rx friends from the past, family members, and clients will pop back in our lives! Again this can be a good thing, this doesn’t need to be negative. Mercury also rules our minds and our day-to-day decisions, so when it comes to communication make sure that you pay attention, read over anything again and if you don’t understand, ask if you did hear it right the first time, also use spell check cuz you’re going to need it! ~Ruby