CONSCIOUS REMINDER: “Use These Crystals To Help You Through The Upcoming Mercury Retrograde”

Summer is almost here! But this summer does not mean good news for everyone. For those who have been living under a rock, Mercury has influence over communication and technology.

So, when it goes to retrograde, it starts affecting all these sectors of our lives. Mercury retrogrades are common — going 3 to 4 times every year. This time, the retrograde takes place July 7 – July 31. This means there will be a lot of chances in passion and problematic responses.

Keep a check on yourself. And if you really want to stay protected, go for these crystals:

1. Amethyst

With the feminine energy of Amethyst, you can activate your creative forces. You can finally communicate your needs and start activating your passionate side. Writing and painting will become your way of dealing with the retrograde. Express yourself through your art.

Using it: Start with your creative projects. Meditate with an amethyst crystal in order to open up your third eye. Write down all your themes. Start planning.

2. Danburite

Mercury retrogrades bring a lot of stress. After all, technology and communication are important parts of our life and when these take a hit, we invite more stress. But Danburite makes it all so easy for us. It relieves our mind from this tendency to speed up in this fast-paced world and controls your worries.

Using it: It acts like the deep breathing remedy when you have a panic attack. It cancels out any misunderstanding and the vibration levels will bring peace in our mind. Let peace fall over you during this period with this crystal.

3. Smoky Quartz

Summertime is great for vacations but the retrograde just had to come during this time! Smoky quartz brings you luck and safety, generally which is associated with travelling. It can also help by grounding you — something necessary during Mercury Retrograde.

Using It: Keep it like a pendant when you are going somewhere for travelling. Use it for grounding purposes too.

4. Amazonite

Communication will get really difficult during this retrograde. How to get a cure? Well, you can bring in your stronger game in communication with the Amazonite stone. It will clear up your mental processes and help you express things better. It will also help you improvise when you are having discussions.

Using it: Meditate with this stone if you are going for a serious conversation with a partner or a boss. Keep it with you during the conversation. You will see how smoothly it goes.

 

~via ConsciousReminder.com

CONSCIOUS REMINDER: “Buckle Up! It’s Going To Be A Crazy Summer With 6 Planets Going Retrograde”

The planets within our solar system are in a constant motion as they revolve around our Sun.

When we gaze into the night sky, our planets move to the East relative to the stars. However, there are times where it appears that a planet is moving in the opposite direction, to the West, and that is when a planet is referred to as moving retrograde.

Retrograde motion is when a planet appears, when observed from Earth, in reverse direction. The reason why this happens is that of an optical illusion caused by differences in orbit. In the realm of astrology, the retrograde motion has severe negative connotations.

As Mercury is the planet said to rule communication, those who are astrologically inclined expect frequent misunderstandings, scheduling problems and disagreements with friends during this period. It enters apparent retrograde motion between three and four times a year, for about three weeks at a time.

This is because Mercury is the fastest revolving planet in our Solar System. Seven out of the nine planetary energies go retrograde. The two luminaries, the Sun and the Moon, can never go retrograde.

1. Pluto in Retrograde

The planet Pluto will continue retrograding till the 30th of September and it showers a real sense of direction on people while retrograding. It helps you to get over all your pains, sufferings and difficulties in life by making you more determined. It increases your ability to self-heal and recover from the wounds by increasing your willpower.

2. Saturn in Retrograde

Saturn has been retrograding for a while now and it will keep on doing so till the 6thof September. The revolving motion of the planet Saturn in an opposite directed has a direct connection with karma. While Saturn is in retrograde, people’s past will confront them and they will have to right the wrongs if they want to move forward with their lives.

3. Jupiter in Retrograde

Jupiter will continue to be in retrograde for some time and it comes out of retrograde on the 10th of July, which is a lot sooner than Pluto and Saturn. Although the energies coming out of Jupiter is not as valuable as the ones from Pluto and Saturn. But it is still very imperative.

4. Neptune in Retrograde

Neptune is yet to be in retrograde. Neptune will start revolving backward from the 18th of June and will stop on the 24th of November. It is a plant of life and positive energies but is also brings back people’s past and if they don’t confront their past, it may cause karmic repercussions.

5. Mars in Retrograde

Mars is yet to be in retrograde. It starts on the 26th of June and Mars will be in retrograde until the 27th of August. Mars is a very promising plant and it brings along with it a source of astonishing energy that mankind has never felt before.

6. Mercury in Retrograde

Mercury is yet to be in retrograde. It starts in the month of July and will not stop its motion before the 18th of August. The backward revolving motion of Mercury brings along with it a lot of sadness and grief. It makes people confront the things that they were hiding from, drawing them out to the light.

 

 

~via ConsciousReminder.com

JAMIE PARTRIDGE: “Mercury Retrograde April 2017 — Heart or Mind”

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Mercury retrograde April 2017 starts on April 9 at 4° Taurus and ends on May 3 at 24° Aries.

Mercury retrograde April 2017 will cause some confusion and indecision about very serious matters. If problems with love or money are the issue then your options will be severely restricted.

You may be subject to intense pressure to choose between your heart and your mind. Mercury retrograde from April 9 to May 3 is not a good time for final decisions so hold out if you can. Mercury direct from May 3 to 20 brings clear insight and exciting new opportunities.

Before I go into more detail about Mercury retrograde April 2017, I will talk about what it means to have Mercury retrograde in your natal chart then the general meaning of Mercury retrograde in transit.

Mercury Retrograde Meaning

Natal Mercury retrograde means there was a problem with how you thought and communicated in a previous life. Perhaps you gave someone bad advice that had critical repercussions, or were prone to making costly mistakes. Maybe you wrote slanderous material about someone in a book or newspaper, or verbally teased and abused people.

Whatever the circumstances of the previous significant incarnation, you come into this life with those bad memories etched in your soul. You probably don’t recognize them as memories but as déjà vu or unexplained guilt. Especially when young, there can be a repeating theme of challenging events related to your past.

The aim of Mercury retrograde in your birth chart is for you to perfect those areas of thought and communication which once let you down. As your communication skills improve with experience, your karmic debt will be repaid and you can get off the roundabout.

Mercury retrograde in your natal chart can show as learning difficulties, especially with reading, writing and comprehension. You may be a shy, quite person whose thoughts have turned inward. Hesitant to speak up for yourself, you may miss out on many opportunities in life. This difficulty in expressing yourself can make you feel awkward in company and lead to low self-esteem. You may experience teasing or verbal abuse, be nagged and criticized, or fall victim to slander and lies. Contracts may also cause problems and like so many things, lead to complications further down the track.

Mercury retrograde only last for about three weeks so Mercury is going to turn direct at some stage in your progressed chart (where one day equals one year). After a couple of years you will notice that your communication style improves and you can express yourself more freely. However, the opposite can also occur and someone with Mercury direct in their natal chart may experience progressed Mercury retrograde later in life. I experienced this from age 13 to 37 and it was very profound. I even stopped reading books.

If you have Mercury retrograde in your natal or progressed chart then you can expect to make more rapid progress during transits of Mercury retrograde.

Transiting Mercury retrograde is a regular cycle occurring three or four times a year for about 24 days. While this is more frequent than any other planet, Mercury is still only retrograde 19% of the time. This is far less than Jupiter outwards, but more than Venus and Mars.

The Mercury retrograde phase is just one part of the Mercury retrograde cycle. The whole cycle includes Mercury going direct, retrograde, and direct again over the same degrees, or the retrograde zone. The two direct phases are called the shadow periods.

Mercury retrograde is associated with communication and technology breakdowns, nervous anxiety, travel delays and lost items. There is a feel of a difficult Mercury–Saturn aspect about Mercury retrograde. You can also expect to dwell on things, reminisce about the past, or unexpectedly meet up with people from your past. While the Mercury retrograde period may be good for flicking through old photo albums, it is generally considered more of a nuisance than a benefit.

Mercury retrograde can play havoc with your thoughts, communications, travels and electronics. Take extra care with your words and try not to react too quickly in any arguments or if provoked. Take some time out if you start to feel overwhelmed by the hectic pace. Double-check all of your emails and posts on Facebook before hitting the send button.

Business negotiations will be in a state of flux during Mercury retrograde so avoid signing contracts. Some important details will not yet be available, and other parties may not be reliable or honest. If going on a road trip then make sure you get your car serviced beforehand.

The riskiest times for decision-making, negotiations, communication and transport are the few days either side of the exact retrograde and direct stations. However, care should still be taken during the whole retrograde period.

Mercury Retrograde April 2017

March 27, 2017, Mercury enters shadow zone at 24°15′ Aries.

From now until when Mercury stations retrograde is called the first shadow period. During this phase you will get an idea of the thinking, communication or transport issues that may be of concern during the retrograde phase. [See Chart]

April 9, 2017, Mercury stations retrograde at 4°50′ Taurus.

Stationary Mercury retrograde at 4°50′ Taurus makes only one significant aspect as shown in the chart below. Moon quincunx Mercury is the major influence on Mercury retrograde April 2017. A weak trine to North Node and a fixed star conjunction add very little to the quincunx.

Moon quincunx Mercury creates some confusion around thinking and decision-making. The problem is knowing whether to trust your heart or your mind. Mercury is the rational mind while Moon is the emotional heart. This can show as hesitation, unreliability, confusion or disinterest.

If you feel balanced and not stressed about making a decision, you will naturally think with your head. An example of this Mercury decision-making process would be chosing between two apples to eat.

If you are emotionally attached to either option or feel pressured in some way, you are more likely to think with your heart. An example of this Moon decision-making process would be chosing a birthday present for your mother.

The trick is to take a little bit of this and a little bit of that. A balanced approach brings the best results. However, that’s easier said than done with Mercury retrograde. The chart below also reveals a number of challenging red aspects and more retrograde planets. These additional challenges reinforce the need to play it safe, especially in relationships.

Mercury Retrograde April 2017

Venus square Saturn reinforces the need to defer major decisions about your love life and finances. It can add stress to intimate relationships due to negative feelings, distance or other relationships problems. Most of these hindrances will stem from your own fears or criticisms, but you may face the same from others.

Venus retrograde means your love life enters a fated period. Giving and receiving love and affection becomes more difficult. Old friends or lovers may reappear or you may relive past life experiences in order to sort out karmic issues.

Saturn retrograde is a double dose of karma. If you have been bad in the past, then at a certain predestined time, an event will occur to teach you a lesson. If you been good in the past, then at a predestined time, an event will occur to reward you for your good deeds.

The T-Square aspect pattern involving Sun, Jupiter and Pluto indicates a lot of pressure being placed on you to make important decisions. Ego’s will be on the line leading to threats, intimidation and ruthless behavior.

Sun opposite Jupiter brings opportunities for success, good fortune and increased happiness. However, letting any good fortune go to your head can result in loss, embarrassment and a lowering of self-esteem.

Sun square Pluto increases your need to be in control, but can also lead to ego conflicts with powerful people or authority figures. A crisis or conflict makes for an intense experience or destructive behavior.

Jupiter square Pluto brings an intense drive to reach the top. Success, power and influence are all possible but without some care there will be a price to pay. Ruthless determination, greed and corruption may get you there quicker or make you richer but at what cost?

Mercury retrograde is already a risky time for making important decisions. The numerous challenges mentioned above increase the risk of making the wrong decision. Playing for extra time during Mercury retrograde April 2017 is advised. At the very least, get a second opinion on any business negotiations, contacts, plans and most especially love relationships.

May 3, 2017, Mercury stations direct at 24°15′ Aries.

This second shadow period lasts until Mercury leaves the retrograde zone on May 20. Areas of life that were a major focus during the Mercury retrograde 2017 phase can now be worked on.

Mercury direct joins Uranus and forms a wonderful grand trine aspect pattern. The depressing life obstacles of Mercury retrograde April 2017 can now be overcome, resolved or left behind.

Mercury conjunct Uranus stimulates your thinking and adds excitement to your daily interacts and routines. The electrifying influence on your brain makes this an ideal time for any mental or creative work requiring originality. Increased open-mindedness and intuition can lead to flashes of insight and breakthroughs.

Mercury Retrograde 2017

Moon trine Saturn gives the patience and emotional strength to handle sensitive or difficult relationship issues. Others may come to you for advice on a personal issue or just for a shoulder to cry on. Traditional values and old habits can bring solutions to new problems.

Moon trine Mercury lets you see things clearly. Your feeling, intuitive side is balanced with your rational thought processes to give acute perceptive skills. You can read others easily and quickly assess any situation. Your are in touch with your own feelings to give sound judgement and decision-making skills.

Mercury trine Saturn is good for studying and catching up on your paperwork and bills. Sustained mental work will not seem so boring at usual. Good concentration and attention to detail means you will not make mistakes. You will get things done neatly and on time.

A grand trine requires conscious effort to unlock the good fortune held within. You cannot rely on lucky breaks to solve your problems. Higher self-awareness of your thought processes is required to let go of karmic baggage. Even if you made wrong choices during Mercury retrograde 2017, you can rapidly turn your life around for the better during Mercury direct.

May 20, 2017, Mercury leaves the shadow zone at 4°50′ Taurus to complete the second cycle of Mercury retrograde 2017. [See Chart]

If Mercury retrograde 2017 affects your decan it will be mentioned in your monthly horoscope. For more detail on how Mercury retrograde aspects your birth chart, see Mercury Transits.

Mercury Retrograde 2017 Dates

December 19, 2016 to January 8, 2017 – 28° Sagittarius to 15° Capricorn
April 9 to May 3, 2017 – 24° Aries to 4° Taurus
August 12 to September 5, 2017 – 28° Leo to 11° Virgo
December 3 to 22, 2017 – 13° to 29° Sagittarius

 

 

~via AstrologyKing.com

TIFFANY STILES: “12:21 Portal — The December 21st Diamond Grid Merkaba Activations!”

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Dear Beautiful Souls!

Each year on the Winter Solstice a portal opens and the Diamond Merkaba Grid Activates!  This activates the diamond grid within each, connected with cosmic influences that line up on this particular day.  This portal initiates the above & the below connection; Cosmic Divine to the connection with Earth, The merging of the Divine feminine/masculine aspects, twin flame soul unions and karmic healing.  This energy portal allows you to stand in the quantum field of your diamond merkaba attached to that of Mother Earth’s Diamond Grid.  This activates the higher aspects of self, the third eye to the heart chakra creating a triangle connection of heart (higher self), body, (physical and etheric), soul (Divine Christed spark within).  Your diamond merkaba connected to your DNA Upgrades and trigger codes recalibrate within and anchor you to the grid.  This is where the magic of manifestation happens!

The Winter Solstice is a day to worship the sun’s energies and its cosmic influences in our recoding and recalibrating of the DNA Upgrades and Downloads connected to the belt of photon light energies.  And right on time, the sun lines up with a powerful coronal hole facing Earth at this precise time.  Coincidence?  No.  More so a cosmic synchronicity!

The Solar Influences In Play

A BIG CORONAL HOLE TURNS TOWARD EARTH: For the third month in a row, a large hole in the sun’s atmosphere is turning toward Earth.  This is the same coronal hole that lashed Earth’s magnetosphere with solar wind on Oct. 25-28, and again on Nov. 23-26.  It is spinning around with the sun, strobing Earth lighthouse-style every ~27 days.  The last two times we experienced its solar wind, intermittent G1-class geomagnetic storms and bright auroras were observed in the Arctic.  A repeat performance is likely when the solar wind returns on Dec. 20-22. (spaceweather.com)

Planetary Aspects In Play

Mercury also stations Retrograde on December 19th for 3 weeks going into January 2017.  Use this time to your advantage in checking and rechecking legal documents to make sure all is in line.  Make sure any contracts are correct and in order.  For this 3 weeks, partnerships and collaborations should be put on hold, as Mercury’s influence affects communication, creating misunderstandings and confusion in a lack of understanding each other’s visions.  Technical devices tend to malfunction during this period, so now is a good time to check all of your equipment, down to your vehicle to make sure all is in working order.  This is a time to step back, and reflect going into your true vision of 2017 and how you wish to manifest this year into your highest good!

“2016 goes out with a bang! Late in the month, three connections occur between slow-moving planets.  These will be the dominating themes of 2017 and they all initiate during the holiday season.

First, on December 24th, Saturn trines Uranus. People with this alignment in their birth chart have a natural ability to change the system from within, because for them, innovation joins forces with tradition.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if some progressive changes are integrated smoothly with “the way we’ve always done it” this year?

Following quick on the heels of that one, Jupiter opposes Uranus on December 26th. This pits faith against reason, zealotry against fact and religion against science. Turbulence ahead, folks!

And finally, on December 28th, Saturn squares Chiron, bringing the archetype of the Wounded Authority to the fore.  Will leadership harm or heal?  It remains to be seen.  December’s is the first pass of three, finishing in November and somewhat ominously perhaps, it precisely conjuncts Donald Trump’s Moon at 21º Sagittarius and closely opposes his Sun at 20º Gemini.

Other interesting stuff this month includes Mercury going retrograde on December 19th and Uranus going direct on the 29th.  Taken all together, the second half of this month will set up the “whole new ball game” that is to be 2017.” (pandoraastrology.com/monthly-forecast/)

So as you can see with the 12:21 Portal, Winter Solstice Diamond Merbaka Grid Activations, Solar & Planetary aspects in play all combine for December to go out with a bang!

Numerology and The 2017 – 1 Year

2017 which relates to a “1 year” in Numerology, also relates to the Sun & Magician Tarot Cards.  We can expect 2017 to be a pivotal year in the continuing ascension process and that of New Earth held in a higher vibrational frequency.  All that has happened prior was to place you and set you up for what comes next. 2017 will be an Action Year of Doing & Being all that relates to your authentic self and soul mission will be the primary focus.  This last Diamond Grid Merkaba Activation of the 12:21 Portal is the last push of this year to further set the stage for your 2017.

The Tarot Related To One Energy

The Tarot Related To One Energy

In Tarot, The Sun card this relates to these KEYWORDS:

YES!, culminations, synthesis, wholeness, achievement, liberation, success, joy, attainment, happiness, material happiness, successful unions, accomplishments, contentment, opportunities, perfection, acceptance, good health and wellbeing, optimism, ambition, friendship, stability, union, positive outcomes.

In Tarot the Magician Card this relates to these KEYWORDS:

In Tarot the Magician Card this relates to these KEYWORDS:

Focused will, creation, creativity, everything is possible, manifestation, skill, diplomacy, ability, confidence, communication, subtlety, self-confidence, work, new beginnings, activity and overwork.

So you can see how everything is lining up for the 2017 – 1 Year, for your highest good all manifesting from all of the change, transformation, endings and karmic clearing the 2016 – 9 year brought forth to set the stage for 2017s positive blessings that are on their way.  Make no mistakes, the hard work is not over, but this is where the magic begins to manifest for you and your highest good!

Numerology 2017 – 1 Year

In Numerology, number 1 represents being the number of ‘new’, it is the number from which all manifestation begins.  It is the energy that begins all actions and leads the way in new directions.  New ideas, new projects and the desire for expansion all allow the number 1 to go forth with courage, originality and decisiveness.

Many opportunities are presented in the year of 1 energy; one as a need to open up to the ‘new’ in all ways.  This vibration is very independent, and will prompt one to do things their own way.  A set routine or pattern is not comfortable with the 1 vibration, so spontaneity will become the norm this year and going with the flow, as you will see new ways of accomplishing tasks, analyzing data and integrating this information into your personal life and line of work.  A brand new way of thinking and doing comes about with 1 energy.

In closing, prepare for December 21st by meditating on this day.  Create an abundance alter in your sacred space.  Focus connecting your higher self, to your mind & third eye, to your soul, body and heart.  Fill up with this Diamond Merbaka energy, and anchor this into your here and now!  The heart chakra expansion energy has escalated over the past week, making you aware by palpitations of its expansion.  When your Diamond Merbaka activates your heart opens wide like a flower in unconditional love energy.  All lower densities fade away.  All worries and anxiety fade away as you become aware that you are DIVINELY on the right path, Divinely protected, and all is lining up for you in Divine Right Timing.  So be it & So it is!

Big, Positive things are on the horizon for 2017!  All of your hard work is about to pay off for you as the flood gates of Abundance open and come pouring in!  Be open to receiving!  For those who are here, 2017 will begin to show All what New Earth in a higher vibrational frequency looks like, feels like and is.  The shift has already occurred.  Now we anchor it here.

I’m so excited to see what 2017 brings, and I’m truly blessed to be able to share in this experience with all of you!  I love you all.

Much love, light and blessings to all of you on this continued journey of Magical Bliss!

Tiffany ~ The Mystical Lotus
Metaphysical Life Coach

 

 

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SANDRA VARCAS: “Mercury Retrograde In Capricorn And Sagittarius: Dec 19th, 2016 — Jan 8th, 2017”

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Our True Face

Conjunct Pluto as it stations retrograde in Capricorn, this is an incisive Mercury with little patience for subjectivity, or sensitivity for that matter!  We may be disappointed if we want life to go gently with our feelings as the year closes, for there are more potent agendas at work, in service of truth-telling and revelation no matter the cost.  This Mercury wants to squeeze the last drops of wisdom out of 2016 before the new year begins, and won’t let anything be swept beneath the carpet for a more convenient time.  In the spirit of effective closure and resolution of unfinished business, this is an important time to clear the air and face up to whatever in our life has become undeniable.

It has been an explosive year, what with the Uranis/Eris conjunction and the Saturn/Neptune square The personal and collective shadow is being purged.  Brought to light for all to see, it has at times triggered panic and despair alongside strengthened commitment to forge new paths and a deepening of faith in our ability to both endure and transform.  We are immersed in this process now, and will be for quite some time.  We are nowhere near out of the woods.  Far from it.  And this melting pot of sometimes traumatic change cannot be escaped.  Renewal of our commitment to a radical realignment with a more vibrant, courageous and heart-centered existence will become increasingly vital in the months ahead.  Meanwhile, Mercury insists that we face up to the truths of our lives, the secrets we guard and the shame we feel but deny.  It deplores artifice and rejects pretense.  This Mercury seeks only the straight-up truth which it insists we honor with every breath.

Doing so may not come naturally, but the more deeply we embrace unpalatable truths the freer we become.  It’s okay to not be the person we want to be or have insisted we are.  It’s alright to be flawed, messed up, an emotional wreck barely getting by!  At this juncture it’s not what we are that matters, but how honest we are about it.  If we present a face to the world which isn’t as real as it could be, obscuring aspects of our nature we’d prefer to deny, this Mercury retrograde could see our true face exposed for all to see.  If, however, we can simply let go and accept this is me, warts and all, like it or lump it and take me as you find me, we may just discover that the rejection we feared is replaced with love and support, acceptance and deepening respect.

Above all, it is now vital to remember the more candid we can be about our own truth, the less others will have to hide.  What we do for one we do for all, and the more people who add honesty and authenticity to the collective soup, the easier it becomes for us all to do the same.  We are none of us perfect in egoic eyes, and yet all are precious gems through the eyes of love.  The more we can love our own flaws and failings, quirks, foibles and idiosyncrasies the easier it becomes to accept those of others and see beyond the charade of who we pretend to be.

There is much to be done in the coming year.  Great challenges lie ahead and we are nowhere near done with this shadow revelation.  But we can each contribute to a more tolerant and progressive world by dropping our own pretense, embracing the truth of who we are and daring to share it with those around us, knowing that doing so helps them do the same.  What we endeavor to hide will be unceremoniously revealed; where we aim to deceive, we will fail; what we pretend, will be exposed as a lie.  On this we can absolutely rely as Mercury and Pluto do their work deep within the fabric of our lives.  But truth, authenticity, honesty and good-natured humor — even in the face of our greatest challenges — will all contribute to an atmosphere of acceptance, support and love, allowing compassion to rise like a bubble and dissolve even the most well-crafted and deep-rooted lie.

 

 

~via In5D.com

ELLYN DYE: “Mercury Retrograde – The Planetary Transit We Love To Hate!”

Mercury Retrograde - The Planetary Transit We Love To Hate!

by Ellyn Dye,
Guest writer, In5D.com

It’s that time again: Mercury is Retrograde. Three or four times each year, Mercury appears to be moving backwards, away from the sun, for approximately three weeks, and even hardened skeptics run for cover! Every planet goes retrograde periodically, but Mercury is a “personal” planet and affects our everyday lives. Mercury rules communications, mental processes, machinery, electronics, and transportation, among other things, and when Mercury is not in fast-forward, we all tend to feel it, up-close and personal, directly or indirectly!

Mercury Retrograde has a bad reputation, because during these periods we can experience communications and mechanical breakdowns, misunderstandings, crossed wires, and all manner of aggravations and delays. As a result, everyone’s levels of frustration and irritation can be high. Packages get delivered to the wrong address, and checks get lost in the mail. Computer glitches abound. We hit “Reply All” on the one email that absolutely, positively shouldn’t be shared! The most important document on our computer disappears into the ethers. A virus eats the hard drive or an online banking typo wipes out our checking account. Or we spend all day writing a newsletter, only to find out later that none of the “Saves” worked, so we have to start again from scratch! We are well advised to keep our patience intact and our sense of humor at the ready! With Mercury Retrograde, “the dog ate my homework” excuse is probably true! (But you still have to do that homework all over again!)

When Mercury is retrograde, it is not a good time to start something new, make large or important purchases (particularly anything electronic), sign contracts, or accept or start a new job. If we do, we are likely to find out—after Mercury goes direct again—that the project falls apart because we misread the instructions or someone else didn’t do their part, the non-returnable sofa doesn’t fit into the living room (or through the front door!), we misunderstood or missed something crucial in the fine print, the new job is not what we thought it would be, or we end up with a different supervisor who doesn’t like us and really wanted to hire her nephew.

Under the Mercury Retrograde influence, we can also feel like we’ve entered the dementia zone, as our minds don’t seem to function on all cylinders. Our thinking is fuzzy. We get appointment dates wrong, forget to pick up the kids, show up at the wrong restaurant for that important lunch meeting, lose our keys, leave our plane tickets at home in our other purse, get lost on the way to the station, and miss our train.

What can we do?  Be aware that Murphy’s Law is likely to be in full effect (“Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong!”) Double-check all important details, early and often. Allow extra time for everything and practice patience. Make sure that you keep track of your keys, your wallet, and other important items. Read the fine print… twice! Back-up your computer work often, and think twice before clicking “Send” or “Delete”. Don’t let yourself do things on auto-pilot, because it will malfunction! Take it slow, pay attention, don’t try to multi-task, and by all means, don’t text and drive! Mercury Retrograde is a time that exemplifies that old adage of home improvement: Measure twice, cut once!

But Mercury Retrograde has a good side, too!  There are many activities that flourish under its influence. Mercury Retrograde can remind us that, in fact, for everything there really IS a season! If we let it, Mercury will teach us about the deep rhythm of Life. When Mercury ceases its fast-forward motion and goes back and retraces its steps, it is a time for us, too, to hit the “Pause” button, take a deep breath, and reassess what we’ve done and how far we’ve gotten in the past few months; and to figure out whether we’re going in the right direction and what needs to be tweaked. It truly can be the pause that refreshes.

Mercury Retrograde is the perfect time to review, reflect, rethink, reconsider, revise, rewrite, re-do, renew, reorganize, regroup, reconfigure, reinvent, refinance, recommit or release, and research and plan our next moves. It’s a time to go back over things, retrace our steps, pick up loose ends, complete those unfinished projects, and get everything ready for our next surge forward. Important ideas, information, opportunities, and even items that had been lost, overlooked, or forgotten in the dust may now float back into focus, just at the right time. This can be a time when we can actually let go of the illusion of control, get out of our own way, and let the Magic happen!

One of the absolute best things about Mercury Retrograde is its apparent fondness for reunion and reconciliation. People from our past can suddenly appear out of the blue, in the most unlikely places. It can be someone we’ve wondered about for years, like a long-lost love or a dear friend who moved away; or it can be a former boss or colleague who offers us a new opportunity. It also can be someone with whom we had a falling-out, giving us an opportunity to resolve it, redress it, and reconcile… or decide to just let it go and move on.

Despite its bad reputation, Mercury Retrograde can, indeed, bring us amazing blessings, if we slow down and allow it to do so!

Mercury Retrograde will be influencing us through July 1, with some residual effects for the following couple of weeks. Be sure to take additional precautions, pay attention to details, allow extra time for everything, and back-up your computer work. But do, also, take advantage of this amazing time for reflection, revision, reorganization, and reunion before Mercury starts us running full throttle again!

About the author: Ellyn Dye is an Author, Intuitive Coach, Metaphysical Teacher, and Motivational Speaker. A near-death experience (NDE) in 1985 expanded her psychic abilities and created an ongoing link with some very loving—and humorous—Guardians of humanity and the ancient wisdom. They provided her with a vast array of information about life on earth and the evolution of mankind. Ellyn publishes a free monthly newsletter, Tunnel Vision, about the Great Shift and how to navigate the waves of change. She is author of the metaphysical fantasy novel, The Search for the Crystal Key, and is working on a new book, Creating Heaven on Earth. . . One Soul at a Time; A How-To Manual from the Perspective of a Near-Death Experience. Find out more about Ellyn, her NDE, and her products and services at www.LionMagic.com.