Loosen up! The flipside of Mercury in retrograde…


We’re on the cusp of another Mercury retrograde period, and whenever it rolls around, I find myself wondering why there is such a feeling of imminent doom – sometimes even panic. People talk about wanting to just hide out while the weeks of retrograde pass, but by staying braced and focusing on the negative (much of which is a bit of an overreaction), people are missing out on all of the positives that come along with Mercury retrograde. Actually, in Vedic astrology, Mercury retrograde is considered a very positive time, exactly opposite of what we in the West have made it out to be.

I’m not denying that there are a few negative things that Mercury retrograde actually does enhance, such as communication snafus and misunderstandings. However, I think we tack on a lot more than the retrograde period is responsible for. Mercury retrograde is a wonderful time for intuition and introspection, for creativity and whimsy, for clearing, thinking, meditating, and other, less corporeal activities. This is the time that creative blocks start to loosen up, physical and energetic clutter is cleared out a little more easily (perfect time for spring cleaning!), and those of us that work with our intuition and psychic gifts will find that they are even more powerful. 

I don’t believe that Mercury retrograde is the equivalent of some kind of cosmic prank that happens 3-4 times a year just to mess with us, and I certainly don’t believe it’s something to be so feared. Maybe Mercury is trying to remind us that life isn’t all about productivity, speed, logic, and reason. We spend so much of our time focused on the mundane and tangible; perhaps these periods are designed to remind us to slow down, have some patience, and to nudge us pay a little more attention to the side of life that is divinely inspired.

– AJ Spellman

{Thanks to AJ, sweet hubby o’ mine, for sharing this post with us! I hope that he’ll continue to share his meanderings with us here. That said, PLEASE do not copy and paste these words as your own! If you would like to share, please do so directly from this post, or give appropriate credit including a link back to this page. Thanks so much!}

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