Escape The Madness of Mercury Retrograde
Mad Mercury goes retrograde usually three times a year. Let’s call it MR
This now familiar phenomenon is famous for impacting communications, important negotiations and turning well-laid plans upside down
Traditionally, MR periods were considered terrible times for signing contracts or making any form of commitment. The trouble is, in today’s world there can be so many major things we have to deal with that it’s hard to put life on pause for three or so weeks while Mercury does its backward thing.
Rather than avoiding any commitment a more sensible approach would be to make sure you double check all important discussions, emails and documentations during this time
The other thing traditional astrology advises is to use the MR phase to review plans and fine-tune ideas. It’s a great time to sort through details or go back to a conversation you’ve had (if required) and sort out any misunderstandings
The most interesting thing about it is that there seems to be a correspondence between our general levels of anxiety or scatteredness and the way that Mercury influences us
Put simply, those of us who need a bit of “illumination” often become plagued by minor upsets. Everything goes wrong or stops working somehow. Conversely, those of us who have learned to stay centred usually sail right through.
Learn more about Mercury and how it influences your birth chart
The difference it seems is mindset
Often, just before the retrograde cycle starts you might notice things getting strangely disrupted. Phones play up and techie things get problematic. You may have trouble getting certain project across the line. There can also be unexplained outages on social media networks, and disruptions to travel plans.
These can be a real headache, no doubt – but they can also be a great opportunity to learn
The best way to navigate a Mercury retrograde period is to develop your degree mindfulness. A tall order at times, this simply means becoming aware of your thoughts, and choosing to focus on the ones that serve you rather than pull you down.
Instead of spiralling into stress and reaching for the caffeine, Mercury teaches us to notice the stories we tell ourselves
Ideally, it’s a great time to improve your ability to be present when distractions emerge. This means staying focussed on what really matters, and navigating the unexpected without becoming overwhelmed.
And so, Mercury retrograde cycles are a cosmic opportunity to check your degree (or lack thereof) of mindfulness.
If you want some help getting your mindset into a more optimal mode then scheduling a session or two with a good coach or mentor is very smart thing to do!
How To Spot The MR Effect
Find out about the three ways most of us get affected by Mercury Retrograde, and what to do about it.
In our second article you will learn the two things you can do to improve your level of mindfulness
Have you got any Mercury Retrograde stories or questions you want to share? Tell us about them in the comment box below
This article appeared on our website as part of the March monthly forecast, written late Feb 2020. It speculates on the possible chart for COVID19 based on its emergence to the world stage at the same time as the Chinese New Year.
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I’m a professional astrologer, coach, and Ayurvedic consultant, originally from Australia but now travelling the world. At Stars Like You, the focus is on happiness. We publish great astrology articles, as well as well-researched pieces on nutrition, wellness and Ayurveda drawn from years of clinical experience.