When Mercury is in retrograde, technology, communication, travel, logic, & information all get disrupted, but understanding Mercury retrograde’s meaning, the risks & benefits behind it, can help you deal with astrology’s most nerve-wracking event.
The planet Mercury is associated with communication, information, electronics, travel, & clear thinking. So, when it’s retrograde, we have to be ready for a slowdown in all of those areas. Things break. Projects stall. We lose things. Breakups happen. Schedules are thrown off. Exes may briefly return. It can be mayhem!
This planet’s reputation for really screwing things up is real, but it’s also due to the fast-paced lifestyle we’re so used to living. In our technology-focused society where emails, texts, & reliable WiFi are everything, the planet of communication has a big job!
So when Mercury goes haywire during its retrograde phase, it hits us where it hurts. (if your phone suddenly shuts down, a message gets lost, or travel is delayed, you’re majorly inconvenienced).
While this period may feel like it’s shaking up your entire world (why did I have to run into my ex!?), Mercury retrograde isn’t just a run of bad luck. The harsh side effects of this transit are generally things that are meant to happen for the better.
During Mercury retrograde, your stress & anxiety levels can be through the roof. Lying awake at night, anxiously wondering how you could have prevented the day’s mistakes or about what could happen tomorrow, WILL take a toll on your health!
During Mercury’s retrograde period (Oct. 14th, 2020-Nov. 3, 2020) don’t sign any contracts or make any transactions such as closing a house or signing a lease. It’s also not a good time to start up new communications campaigns or websites. Conditions might not be what you thought they were later on after the retrograde is over.
Since this retrograde spends most of its journey in the deep & mysterious water sign of Scorpio, it has the potential to heighten our emotional defensiveness & put a sharp edge on the way we communicate! Typical Mercury retrograde might make us feel paranoid & secretive, especially if we’re forced to revisit personal issues that we’d tried to hide or cover up in the past, & in Scorpio it seems like communication is overly secretive!
How can you get Mercury retrograde to work for you instead of against you? First, take a deep breath. Despite the serious frustration & even terror that comes with a Mercury retrograde cycle, it’s not the end of the world. While it may be an inconvenience to deal with, it’s not unmanageable.
A Mercury retrograde is a good time to self-reflect on life priorities & brings us an opportunity for self-care & self-awareness. I love to do retrograde rituals especially when in Mercury. I’d like to share ways I work with the retrograde rather than become a victim of it 😉
This retrograde is taking place in Scorpio, and I’m sure you’re familiar with the fact the Scorpio’s astrological symbol is that of a scorpion – but were you aware that it’s alternate symbol is the phoenix? The Phoenix is the transformational symbol of Scorpio. Water’s opposite is fire & in order to bring balance into this water energy we use fire.
The Scorpio nature cannot run from the destruction of the fire of its emotional intensity, but within that fire is the secret of immortality & resurrection. This sign explores the deepest, most transformational parts of life — death, sex, rebirth, the occult, secrets, shames, & more. With Mercury retrograding through this intense water sign, it can be helpful to allow yourself to get in touch with the Scorpio-ruled energy. Scorpio is the deepest, most emotional sign (feminine, fixed, water) & this coming Halloween Blue Moon wants to illuminate those conditionings, fears, patterns which are buried deep into the psyche so they can be transformed.
Some crystals which are helpful for this Scorpio Retrograde are:
Obsidian. Mercury retrograding through Scorpio means that are deepest shames, secrets, & repressed emotional issues may come to the surface — and the dark, mystical obsidian stone is the perfect companion to this intense journey through the shadows. Known as the psychic vacuum cleaner, the Obsidian crystal is your spiritual maid service, working hard to clean up the emotional wreckage & debris from the past.
Bloodstone is a stone of energy, richness, strength, & vitality, & working with it during this Mercury retrograde can help ground us & keep our strength up as we prepare for change & transformation. Bloodstone provides emotional support during times of extreme adversity, & helps those who have been bullied or abandoned by others to regain their connection to the Divine.
Black Tourmaline. The goddess of all negativity-banishing stones, it serves as a crystalline shield against negative energy, negative forces, & negative situations, absorbing them into its jet-black interior & transmuting the energy. Black Tourmaline is one of the most powerful crystals for protection & elimination of negative energy.
Jasper. Grounding & centering yourself in the midst of Mercury Retrograde chaos is going to be important. As we shift from summer to autumn, & now autumn toward winter, we must tune into the earth’s cycles & prepare to journey inward. Jasper is a stone of grounding & stability, providing comfort, security, strength & healing. It encourages one to celebrate moments of isolation to absorb, reflect, & connect with these energies while inspiring an awareness of the spiritual connection we hold with all universal things.
Mercury Retrograde Affirmations
Writing affirmations on sticky notes & placing them everywhere is helpful in reminding you that this, like the moon, is just a phase! Post your affirmations on your mirrors, fridge, dash, door, anywhere you will be reminded of YOUR personal mantra! Repeat your affirmation throughout the day & pay close attention to how your body responds. Do you feel a heaviness in your gut? Do you suddenly get a pain in your temple? Your body speaks, listen to what it’s telling you!
- I feel emotionally strong, I breathe in strength.
- I am in total harmony with everything around me.
- I am free from all forms of fear.
- I let go of the past in order to move forward now.
- I now choose to release all the fear and move beyond my past.
- I live in THE NOW.
- It is okay to say I am happy.
- I forgive myself for mistakes I have made.
- I choose to be free of the trap of my past.
- My world is filled with peace & harmony.
- My world has an abundance of love, peace, & compassion.
- I have the strength to face what’s happening now.
I LOVE rituals! Rituals remind us of how powerful we truly are. It gives us an opportunity to connect to Divine energy & the Universe, which allows us to connect with our deepest self. Try this Mercury Retrograde Ritual & call on this energy to help you clear, transmute & transcend what no longer serves you…
You will need:
- Red candle, any candle or tea light, this represents the element of fire.
- Bring on your crystals, if you have any. Bring in the element of earth with a stone, sand, salt or egg shells.
- Incense, sage, palo santo… to cleanse & represent the element of air.
- Moon Water or water in any form (a simple bowl of water will do) representing the element of water.
- An image / figure / your own drawing of a deity (any deity) you want present in your ritual. I have Ganesh, destroyer of obstacles & he is holding up Fortuna, the Roman goddess representing luck & the ups and downs of life. The possibilities are endless here, so choose someone or something you truly connect with. This represents Spirit/Divine energy.
- Paper & a pencil or pen
- Fire resistant bowl or plate
Find a space where you can be relaxed & won’t be interrupted. Light the candle & place it in the middle of this space.
Cast a circle of protection around the space you will be working in. There are many ways to do this. A very effective & simple way is to light your incense / palo santo / smudge stick in the candle & walk around the space holding it, cleansing the space & casting a veil of protection around it. Use your own words here as you walk around the circle. You can just say: ‘I am safe inside this circle, I am protected’. Remember to call on your angels, guides, ancestors & Spirit.
Now sit in front of the candle & gaze at it. Take the piece of paper & start burning its edges on the candle. Be careful as you do this & keep your mind focused. Make sure the whole edge of the paper is burned, this will seal its contents.
Next start preparing your altar for the ritual. Place the rest of the elements around the candle & the paper and pencil / pen close to you. Have a drink of water from the bowl so you start connecting with this element & sit comfortably. Begin connecting with the lessons of the retrograde by visualizing beautiful white halo bathing you & ask for insights: ‘what needs to be transformed?’ ‘what has reached its end & needs to be released?’ Be open & receptive, allow these insights to come to you.
Once your meditation is finished, write those insights into the fire sealed paper. Try not to think about it & just pour them onto the paper. This paper is sealed with the element of fire, standing for transformation, destruction & creation, purification. Once you finish, hold the paper in front of you, & visualize whatever you wrote in your paper, literally leaving your body & being absorbed by your paper.
Now it is all sealed in the paper. Fold or loosely scrunch the paper & burn a corner with the candle flame. Be safe as you do so & quickly place it into the fire resistant bowl. Watch it burn & be conscious of how you feel as you do so. Do you feel lighter? More energized? More positive?
If you write a journal, write these feelings down. What is your next step? How will this transformation manifest? Write down what comes to you from the heart, to earth it. Make a commitment. Every day do something small which brings you closer to that change. By this Blue Moon (Oct. 31. 2020) you will have a better understanding & more clarity so you can peel yet another layer, but, for now, well done & keep up the good work of being present & attuned to your energy!
Mercury’s final retrograde of 2020 will be rough. But remember — you’ve gotten through two other Mercury Retrogrades this year, & that’s something to celebrate! Retrogrades are a time for the three Rs: Review, Reflect, & Reassess. So while it may feel like the world around you is crumbling, it’s exactly what you need to catapult into a better future.
2021, here we come!
Love & light,