Computer problems. Miscommunication. Delays. Short tempers. For weeks on end.
Times like these are likely a Mercury Retrograde, an astrological event that happens three or four times a year. As Mercury passes Earth in its Orbit, it appears to slow down and spin backwards as it goes around the bend. In astrology, Mercury is the ruler of technology, communication, and travel, so throughout this three week period, all of these aspects seem to go a little haywire.
For a while, I viewed Mercury retrograde as something to worry about. Stress about things going wrong, hesitate to commit to anything or take anything at completely face value. Customers were going to be rude, feelings were going to be hurt, my computer was going to break, and I was never going to get anywhere when I needed to.
However, once I realized Mercury retrograde was an opportunity, rather than a burden, things began to look up.
As with all astrology, or anything spiritual for that matter, we are given the opportunity to reflect upon our lives, the world around us, and how we all interact. So in a time period where there is a shifting of energies in the world of communication, technology, and travel, how can we positively be mindful of these aspects of our lives?
Let's start with travel. Traffic is inevitable. Flight delays happen, especially this time of year. This a perfect opportunity to make sure our alarms are set, our gas tank is full, our license/passports are up to date. Allow for more travel time, longer lines, and stressed out flight attendants who would benefit from a smile and gratitude. When traffic is parked and that one car in front of you is just "stressing you out, arrrgggggg", turn down the radio, crack the window for fresh air, and take a few deep, slow breaths.
Technology is a constantly changing thing, updating and evolving... and prone to go on the fritz from time to time. Now is a time to not take our tech for granted. Keep that fancy phone in its case. Back up important data, save repeatedly, and file away hard copies of paperwork. Don't expect the printer to work quickly, and try not to cut deadlines close, because that "Submit" button just might not cooperate. Better yet, use this as an opportunity to be mindful about how much time technology consumes in your life. Push back the Netflix marathon in favor of quality time or a new book. Get outside and break the pattern of constant scrolling. Finally start turning your phone off 20 minutes before you get into bed. What can you experience and rejoice in when there is not a screen in front of your face?
Onto my favorite, communication. With quite a few air signs in my natal chart, I have been known to talk, talk, talk, and then talk some more. I love to debate, to both encourage open-mindedness and to help further form my own opinions. However, in attempts to explain my often non-linear thought process, I occasionally alienate, confuse, or god forbid, offend. During Mercury Retrograde, the chances of miscommunication are high, so being mindful of what we convey verbally, or otherwise, is essential. This is not to say silence is the answer to avoid all conflict, though! Rather, this opportunity allows us to find a balance between both trying to understand others viewpoints while still allowing our thoughts and feelings to come to the surface. Leave that passive aggressive B.S. at the door, because let me tell you, it is going to be even less successful than usual (and seriously, being passive aggressive gets you nowhere so cut it out folks). This is your chance to allow what has been hiding down deep, or maybe just under the surface, and come to light. Talk it out, sing it at the top of your lungs, create emotional art, express yourself, in a way that is compassionate to your soul and those around you.
So what will you do to turn this period into a state of "thriving" instead of just "surviving"?
Lately, I have been assigning myself a project to complete during every retrograde. More often than not, it is a project based around organizing and cleaning out what no longer serves me, physically or emotionally. Bag up clothes you no longer wear and donate them. Finally get around to organizing that junk drawer. Deep clean the house. Dive into a meditation routine. Journal thoughts weighing you down everyday. What have you been putting off? What will best serve you?
Retrograde starts soon. Are you ready?