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 To release limiting beliefs and outdated patterns using PSYCH-K, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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?
Happy Summer Solstice! The longest & brightest day of the year has been observed across all societies and cultures from Egyptian to English to Aztec as a a celebration of light, joy and illumination.
With so much darkness and heaviness in the world lately, now seems like a perfect time to Lighten Up!
Working with the moon phases is an accessible way to deepen our connection both to nature and to ourselves. I find that honoring these rhythms of nature can make it easier to identify, recognize and honor our own natural ebbs and flows.
During the new moon cycle, the sun and moon align with each other, merging yang energy - the heating, masculine, assertive energy of the sun, with yin energy - the cooling, feminine, receptive energy of the moon. The balancing of these two polar opposite energies in the dark sky creates a powerful invitation to both let go and start new - it's the perfect canvas for a fresh start.