Mercury Retrograde~Faith That Everything is Happening Exactly as it Needs and is Meant To
By Alex Myles
Mercury Retrograde can sometimes feel extremely difficult, challenging, turbulent and possibly even quite traumatic at times. However, even though it may not feel like it at the time, Mercury Retrograde brings specific things to our awareness for a divine and higher reason. The misunderstandings, miscommunications and misalignments are all highly significant and part of a much bigger sacred plan – that usually unfolds and becomes clear toward the end of the retrograde.
Mercury Retrograde is the cosmos’ way of showing us what happens when we don’t pay close attention to small but important detail in our lives and the people we choose to surround ourselves with, and, more notably, the chaos and confusion that occurs when we aren’t fully present, mindful or aware.
The reason we are so highly affected by the planet Mercury is because it has a high density and is believed to be mostly made of iron. It is similar to a huge magnet orbiting the sun and the closer it gets to Earth, the more effect it has on it. During Mercury retrograde, Mercury is in its closest position to Earth, and as it is the fastest planet in our solar system it is known to make us feel quite disorientated when it is so near.
Mercury is the ‘messenger of the skies’ and during its retrograde is perceived to spin backward so it can deliver previously unseen messages, that are vital for our soul journey. Quite often the only reason the messages are yet to be seen is that they hit our blindside, as we were not wiling, or emotionally ready to deal with them at the time.
Many people, especially those who are highly sensitive to celestial energy, report that they suddenly feel pushed, pulled, irritable, dizzy and quite often a little emotionally unstable when Mercury enters retrograde.
Mercury is the ruler of intelligence, the mind and all forms of communication, and is associated with contracts, listening, learning, negotiating, purchasing, selling, speaking, travel plans, technology, electronics, GPS, and lost items. It is well known to be a troublemaking planet while in retrograde. Therefore, normal conversations, interactions and plans that would normally be straightforward could be full of complications and will likely go haywire. Anything that we haven’t properly maintained or paid enough attention to – from relationships to electronics, may break down, malfunction, regress or erupt out of control during this time.
Retrogrades are powerful portals that clear blockages and give us the opportunity to experience a major shift in energy. If we are attentive and willing to learn the lessons they provide, we will come out the other side of this energetic storm stronger, wiser, sharper and more emotionally, mentally and spiritually aligned.
Life might feel as though it is dismantling and deconstructing over the next couple of weeks. It is important to try not to cling to anything and to trust that sometimes certain things need to crumble or dissipate to clear the way so that what is meant for us can break through.
Insights and revelations may flow in thick and fast, particularly when Mercury moves through Pisces, as our intuitions, sensitivities and psychic abilities will all be heightened. Hidden truths may surface as we suddenly have the enhanced ability to see straight past illusions and masks.
This retrograde asks us to replace our worries and fears with newfound faith that everything is happening exactly as it needs and is meant to. It is a reminder that we do not always need to understand the exact reason why things appear to u-turn and go wrong, or why some connections fall away during this phase. Sometimes the Universe intervenes and decides what needs to go and what needs to stay – particularly if our lives aren’t balanced energetically and we are falling out of alignment.
We will notice we feel compelled to shed or distance from anything that feels too heavy, toxic, cluttered or that is in disarray. We will no longer be able to endure energies that try to force us to sacrifice our authenticity and uniqueness. This Mercury and Pisces mix will make it uncomfortable to be in situations or around people who demand high and unrealistic expectations, particularly when this means we have to give up vital aspects of ourselves purely to satisfy others.
If we don’t slow down during Mercury Retrograde, the retrograde will put endless obstacles, detours and trials in our way to slow us down. The Universe isn’t in a rush. We are. The Universe wants us to stop overthinking, overanalysing and worrying about future events that haven’t yet happened or are unlikely to happen. It is here to teach us that even when we can’t alter the things around us, we can learn how to alter our perception of them. It calls on us to retreat for a while so we can rest, relax, reflect, review and rekindle the connection with our soul.
Believe it or not, despite all the negative things told about Mercury Retrograde, it is here holding space for us. It temporarily slows things down as a reminder that we too need to slow right down occasionally and fall back into ourselves so that we realign. Mercury Retrograde isn’t about delaying or halting our spiritual progress through mishaps and misfortune. It is all about essential recalibration and reconnection – finding oneness with our own energy field and the energy around us.
The moment we stop condemning and blaming Mercury for issues and problems during its retrograde and instead we start welcoming it, is the exact moment it truly starts teaching, blessing and divinely supporting and guiding us.
Mercury Retrograde is our recharge. Our reboot. Our time to recognise our limit, to step back and release and surrender. This is a period of detoxing all the troublesome aspects of our life and for quitting outdated practices, harmful beliefs and bad habits. It is a clearing, freeing energy that pulls us back and halts us so we can offload everything that is anchoring or limiting.
We are far from powerless during this retrograde. It doesn’t punish us and it isn’t something we are supposed to survive. We are meant to thrive in it, and to feel empowered and lifted as we experience an intense purge and cleanse. This phase may bring a degree of discomfort and friction, but sometimes soul acceleration, evolution and growth is uncomfortable.
We are not meant to treat ourselves like machines that churn out production until we cease and break. We have to carry out regular maintenance and nurturing to ensure we remain healthy, nourished and fulfilled. Mercury Retrograde is necessary self-maintenance so that we remember to reprogram our energies and repair aspects that need attention. If we refuse to participate, it is to be expected that malfunctions, disruptions and dysfunctional communication will occur.
Our past is likely to revisit, with old flames unexpectedly reemerging so that we reach a place of understanding, self-forgiveness and healing – but not before we reassess and correct any misunderstandings or misperceptions. We will then feel compelled to close doors and complete chapters, particularly ones that have only brought pain, disruption and drama.
Overall, this is a time to rewind and recuperate. Take a deep breath and gently detach from anyone or anything that isn’t reciprocated, isn’t valuing us, and particularly those who deliberately trigger our emotions or don’t have our best interests at heart.
We will get through this phase unscathed by surrendering to the current energetic force and trusting in its divine wisdom – knowing that everything in the universe occurs exactly as it is meant to when it is meant to. It will help if we can loosen our grip and not over analyze our situations too aggressively. If we have patience and faith, we can allow the information we receive to rest for a while, as answers will only arrive when we are open to receiving them.
Retrogrades turns our energy inward and intensifies it, which is why many of us withdraw and become more introspective and introverted. Although retrogrades may seem chaotic, they are blessings in disguise: they shift our focus so we become consciously aware of anything unaligned in our lives, our unhealed wounds and the unresolved emotions that desperately try to gain our attention. Ultimately, this helps us take accountability for our personal journey so we avoid repeating the same lessons and mistakes.
If we aren’t willing to attune to cosmic energy and pay attention to what this retrograde offers, it is likely we will get caught up in dramas and possibly remain stuck in old ways, repeating similar mistakes, attracting challenging circumstances and relationships of all kinds, and wondering why life feels like groundhog day.
It is our choice: we can fully awaken our consciousness, expand, grow and dramatically move our lives forward, or we can stay hidden in the soil, feeling triggered, acting from our subconscious, and refusing to see the light due to feeling discomfort.
Whatever we choose, it is important to be aware that for every energetic action there is a reaction. We can make it a positive or negative one simply by remembering that whatever we give out to the universe will always be returned in abundance.
Our energy affects everything around us. If we are in overdrive, everything surrounding us will feel as though it is in overdrive, so it is inevitable that malfunctions will occur. If we are harmonious, everything around us will subtly absorb and return our peaceful energy. If things goes haywire around us it is a sure sign that our energy urgently needs to be realigned.
This retrograde is a much needed phase of our lives – a necessary healing process that allows us to cleanse and let go—and one to take slowly and not rush into.
Our circumstances will be subject to sudden bursts of change—so if we can master enough patience and strength to wait for this period to pass before making life-changing decisions or causing major eruptions, it may save a lot of distress, heartache, regret and possible resentment with loved ones.
If we remain aware that at any time our own, or other people’s, behavior could catch us off guard, we will find this period a huge learning experience that will deliver the exact disturbance and insight needed to reshuffle our lives, readjust direction, and shift forward, better informed and fully prepared for the extremely high-vibrational months ahead.
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