Are you Ready to Grow and Thrive?
Mercury Retrograde can have a major impact on all forms of communication (sometimes in ways you just don't expect). So let’s take a look at how we can all prepare for a mercury retrograde in and not just survive it but thrive and grow through it.
Mercury was the name for the Roman messenger to the Gods (sometimes known as Hermes). As such, this super speedster God is responsible for communication on every level. He is depicted with wings on his golden sandals which helps him speed his messages to the heavens.
The closest planet to the sun passes Earth as it orbits. Mercury has an oval orbit rather than a circular one. When it passes Earth, it is reaching the narrow end of the orbit, so it appears to slow down as many astronomers from around the world watch it across the night sky.
At the slowest point of it’s orbit, Mercury almost appears to stand still, stop moving and move backwards. This is when it is said to be in retrograde. Mercury does not actually move backward, it just looks that way from our perspective. Because of it's appearance of moving backwards it is believed that communication moves backwards throughout Retrograde, which is why communication seems to be highlighted in all it's forms with people across the planet during this time.
HOW TO GROW AND THRIVE
DURING MERCURY RETROGRADE IN 2016
1. THREE WEEKS BEFORE RETROGRADE HITS
This is the purging time before Retrograde. My personal favorite time of the year. This time allows us to clean up and ready our mind,body and soul. It's when we get things done! New ideas emerge, the energy entices us to clean, clean, clean and de-clutter so embrace it for it brings nothing but grounding and balance to each of us that jumps on board.
2. KNOW WHEN TO EXPECT RETROGRADE -DON'T LET IT SNEAK UP ON YOU!
According to the Farmer’s almanac, there will be 4 periods of Mercury’s retrograde in 2016. We have experienced the first Mercury Retrograde already, so 1 down three opportunities to grow and thrive left in 2016.
In 2016, Mercury will be in retrograde from:
• January 5 to 25
• April 28 to May 22
• August 30 to September 22
• December 19 to 31
Put these dates in your diary, on your phones calendar or in your monthly planner. Also add a reminder two weeks before Mercury Begins. This is known as the Pre-Shadow Phase and will be when you start to notice all those things you've craftily shoved under the rug begin to creep out to be dealt with. Don't be surprised if you feel a little off in this phase as your skeletons creep out, it may even be turbulent and a struggle for some.
3. WRAP UP ANY PROJECTS OR LOOSE ENDS
Finish any unfinished work/projects before Mercury Retrograde begins. This includes signing of any papers/documents or communicating your needs on a project clearly and concisely before Retrograde begins.
4.SAVE YOUR WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BACK-UP, BACK-UP, BACK-UP!
Save your work, if you don't want to lose it then that's something you need to save! Get out that external hard drive early and back those puppies up! If you can't do that, back up to a usb flash drive or print out a hard copy. I often email myself copies or other people just as an extra, extra backup because i've been in the position where I have lost many, many, many hours of work in the middle of Retrograde. Believe me it's better to be safe than sorry.
5. CLEAR COMMUNICATION
This is the biggest tip of Retrograde....THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK! We all make mistakes in what pours from our mouths or what we think and then express out loud or on paper, but during Retrograde let your mantra be STOP....THINK....THEN SPEAK or WRITE! Check every form of communication several times over to make sure you are conveying what it is you're really trying to get across.
6. REPETITIVE FRUSTRATION OVERLOAD
Be prepared to feel like you are on repetitive overload! People not understanding or miscommunication can lead to internal frustration, be gentle on yourself and others during Retrograde, remember we are driving in reverse when it comes to communication so be okay and understanding when things go missing, emails delete before you send, notes left from others join those lost socks that just disappear never to return, people don't turn up for meetings when they are supposed to. Talking in person is always safest or send what you need in multiple ways if possible. Make sure that people understand you completely if it's super important (there's no shame in double and triple checking). If things don't go as expected allow yourself to go with the flow, be calm, breathe and be aware continually of Retrograde and all that it brings.
7. USE THIS TIME TO GROW AND THRIVE
So many people see Mercury Retrograde as a negative but in truth if you are aware and understand the purpose of this time you can spend it uncovering truths about yourself, if it's a reoccurring pattern, take the time to dig a little deeper, see if you've been here with this struggle/pattern before and ask yourself how can I do it differently this time. The more we dig, write/journal, become aware, stay in the solution, and be gentle on ourselves the more likely we are to grow through those icky things we've stuffed under the rug and never have to repeat them again. Are you ready to grow and thrive through Retrograde???
What is the universe asking you to take notice of this Retrograde???
With Love and Warm Blessings to you all
Rebecca Fox R.M.