Any planetary influence can be used to deepen personal growth - even mercury retrograde!
This particular retrograde has earned a somewhat infamous reputation over recent years. Historically, it’s wreaked havoc on communication, travel and technology and has become a popular scapegoat for reuniting with toxic exes, digging up the past and miscommunication at large.
While it’s true that this influence shows up most predominantly in delayed travel plans, resurfacing of relationships past, wonky technology and weird communication, it’s also the most powerful time to reflect, re-evaluate, release and re-engage.
This particular planetary energy invites us to go deeper – to reconnect to our intuition, authenticity and fluidity, and then to more clearly express our truth by releasing old attachments, beliefs and stories that are keeping us in small or unhealthy cycles.
A trickster taskmaster, mercury retrograde appears 3 to 4 times a year to make sure that we’re sure we’ve released what is necessary in order to move more gracefully into the next iteration of our lives.
All three 2021 mercury retrogrades fall in air signs which rule the mental domain so the time is really ripe to examine and evaluate thoughts and beliefs. It may be helpful to take an inventory of your core beliefs, writing them down and then going through one by one to identify if each is actually your belief or one that’s been passed down through your ancestral lineage or projected onto you by societal or familial pressures. The book, It Didn't Start With You is a wonderful resource for ancestral healing. Now is an optimal time to empower yourself by actively and consciously choosing your thoughts and beliefs!
Mindful shadow work and reflection will be helpful during these next three weeks – for a list of shadow work prompts, check this post. To lovingly release thoughts and beliefs that no longer serve, read more about cord cutting here. To release limiting beliefs and outdated patterns using PSYCH-K, send me an email at email@example.com!
This year’s mercury retrogrades also place an emphasis on inner child work – what did you love to do when you were younger? What activities brought you pure bliss? How can you indulge in more of that childlike joy? This may mean making time to have dance parties or finger paint or go for a swim in the ocean, collect sea shells, do cartwheels, sing, draw, bake, read, write, skip, hop, ride a bike, go to a waterpark, explore nature or play in the rain!
Honoring our inner joy gives life a luscious juiciness and stimulates more flow and creativity - and summer just happens to provide the perfect backdrop to reconnect with the ease and playfulness our inner child craves. If you did not have an idyllic childhood, use this opportunity to reparent yourself and nurture yourself in the ways you always wanted to be cared for.
Additional Tips for Thriving During Mercury Retrogrades
This year’s Mercury Retrogrades occur:
Does Mercury Retrograde affect you or your relationships? What are your favorite tips for navigating this time?
Do you have the capacity to receive AND hold on to what you think you want?
Let’s try it – how does it feel in your body to imagine inviting a loving, healthy relationship into your life?
Where do you feel this in your body? What sensations do you feel when you imagine this? How does it feel – expansive or constricting? Do you feel a sense of lightness at the prospect of sharing your life with a supportive partner, or does the thought of this agitate you because your nervous system is used to chaotic relationships? Did you have to self-soothe as a child so now the thought of living with someone else makes you anxious because you are truly most comfortable alone?
Tomorrow marks the Fall Equinox and signifies one of two days out of the year (the other being the Spring or 'Vernal' Equinox) when day and night are almost exactly equal lengths and the entire planet is most in balance.
Taking our queue from Nature's rhythms, this week is the optimal time to examine balance in our lives.