What’s the point of magical living, after all, if we can’t embrace the cosmos with all its many fluctuations, and learn to ride the tide gracefully, gloriously, and with glee?
Of course, the trick is to embrace the retrograde rather than fight it. Sort of like surrendering to the music on the dance floor. When you do this, all of the following benefits open right up to you.
1. It helps you shake things up, get out of a rut, and have more fun.
You could call it chaos, or you could call it the universe pushing you to try something new and look at something from another perspective. Truly, life would be so boring if everything always went exactly the way we thought it would.
2. It supports you in finally understanding and fixing longstanding physical challenges such as health issues or mechanical problems.
You could say, “Oh, damn Mercury retrograde! Now I have to take my car into the shop to get my brakes fixed.” OR you could say, “Wow, thank goodness we discovered this issue with my brakes now and not when I was going down a steep mountain! Phew. What luck! Thanks, Mercury retrograde.”
3. It facilitates a deeper look into your relationships so you can speak your truth and heal deeply.
Suddenly it becomes so clear to you exactly what you need to say to your partner or that family member. If you step up and do it, so much healing can result. If you just feel weird and swallow your words, then yeah: you’re going to feel crappy and like your communication is stymied. Totally up to you! Just don’t blame Mercury retrograde.
4. It makes it easier to break unhealthy habits.
Mercury retrograde’s penchant for breaking old, expected patterns doesn’t need to be a bad thing! Tired of reaching for that afternoon cigarette or eating too many sweets? There couldn’t be a more perfect time for quitting.
5. It allows you to have a greater and more helpful perspective on pretty much everything.
You might think of Mercury retrograde periods as moments when you can step far enough away from the mural of your life so that you can actually see the whole picture and how each part interacts with each other part. While this allows us to see and experience discord so that we can heal it, it isn’t what creates the discord. Rather, it gives us the broader view we need in order to heal it in a longstanding way.
6. It provides clarity for examining and (if necessary) revising old decisions.
Ever wish you could have a do-over in life? To look at old decisions and shift them according to what you’ve learned in the time since you made them? You can! Brought to you by Mercury retrograde.
7. It dials you into your intuition.
According to Hay House astrologer Mark Husson, “More than 50% of the top 100 Fortune 500 businesses were started under the Mercury retrograde.” Considering Mercury is retrograde for far less than 50% of the year, that’s a far cry from the old, “Don’t start or sign anything” story. A really far cry. And there’s a good chance it’s because our intuition is so vivid and accurate during this period.
8. It clears up old misunderstandings.
Again, you can look at the discussions and interpersonal issues that come up during this period like, “Oh, so much chaos!” Or, you can look at them like, “Oh good, these old issues are coming to light so they can be resolved! I’m going to feel so much more at peace now.” Up to you.
9. It releases obsessive or repetitive thought patterns and promotes a sense of mindful calm.
The planet Mercury is about rapid thought. That’s why when it goes retrograde, we have the opportunity to part the curtain of obsessive thought and step into a sense of mindful, expansive calm.