Are you experiencing Mercury retrograde madness and mayhem? This is the first retrograde of 2011 which started March 31 and ends on April 23rd although it officially exits its shadow period on May 11. This one seems to be creating more than the usual problems with communication and travel, computers crashing, misplaced items, forgetfulness, etc., probably because it’s happening in Aries, the sign of action. While we want to push forward, retrogrades make us slow down, and all of the re- words come into play, re-think, re-consider, re-view, re-member, re-do.
I like to look at retrogrades as a chance to re-view my life because anything that I am not sure about or moving too quickly with stops moving so I can re-think my strategy. Now I could get angry about this but I have learned that doesn’t help so I take the extra time the Universe has just given me and go over my plans and projects. As an Aries I tend to move and think fast, so a re-view also allows me to make sure that I have thought of all possible options and see if I have any new ideas or thoughts about the issue.
There are times, during a Mercury retrograde, when things fall through and that can be a mixed blessing. I’ve had situations end for no apparent reason only to have something else open up once the retrograde was over, that was a much better option for me. This is the blessing of Mercury retrograde and is also what is happening now. Instead of being upset over the missed appointments, miscommunications and things that get stuck, take a deep breath and remind the Universe of its promise – what is taken away gets replaced with something better.
We can get so fixated on one outcome that we don’t allow anything else to happen and Mercury retrograde will help us with that. Often the outcome we want is delayed so we can take our time (and it’s stuck so we have plenty of time) and re-consider. Do we really want that? Why is it so important? Is there another option? Is this in our Highest Good? Are we willing to take some additional time to think about it? Then we get all the time we need because Mercury moves backwards for a few weeks so we can pause, re-think our options, re-consider our choices and take a few deep breaths and remember that we are human ‘beings’ who have to stop ‘doing’ occasionally.
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