Article By Meredith Blackburn
“Oh, Mercury retrograde. You are here, AGAIN. You have arrived on our collective doorsteps in all your messy glory. You are our dreaded but regular house-guest. You stagger in the door, kick over our furniture, leave crumbs all over the couch and hog the bathroom. Then, as quickly as you appeared, you disappear again, leaving us slightly stunned but much better equipped to continue with our own lives!” –Gala
Mercury is in Retrograde. Scientifically this means Mercury is closest to the sun and is slowing down. From our view point on Earth, Mercury actually looks like it is travelling backwards, though it is only an optical illusion; This illusion is called a Retrograde. The planets are constantly moving around in our tight little solar system, and they all have an affect on us, though Mercury seems to have a stronger, more intense pull.
Mercury was the name given to the Greek mythological God Hermes by the Romans. He is depicted as having winged sandals and a winged hat. Hermes was the god of transitions and boundaries and was able to travel quickly through the worlds of mortal and divine. Mercury who is one of the major Roman gods was the messenger of the ancient gods and goddesses and is associated with travel, communication, clear thinking, literature, finances, merchants, thieves and trickery.
The current mercury retrograde which lasts from October 4th to the 25th will make these areas in our lives more difficult so we must take care to give ourselves more time in travel – Leaving earlier and taking time to get to our destinations safely. Plans are said to go awry in this time, so ‘going with the flow’ is beneficial in keeping our sanity. If you have difficulty communicating this is definitely not your time to shine, even if you pride yourself in your abilities you may find it a bit lackluster during the mercury retrograde. Take care to be patient with yourself and those around you. If you’ve been feeling a little hazy, you are not alone – Clear thinking is disrupted and you may not understand the most basic of thoughts or actions. Stay flexible and avoid making any big decisions like signing important contracts. Though we may not be entirely clear with our practical thoughts our intuition is strong and should not be ignored. If you don’t feel right about something or you have a gut feeling to call a relative or friend, follow your instincts; they will never lead you astray.
Revisiting our past and reflecting is natural during this time, as well as possibly rekindling old friendships and romances; This is also a great opportunity for tying up lose ends, finishing projects, sending that engagement ring back to your ex fiancé (ahem) and with that, recognizing how far you have come, along with gaining new perspective on your current situation and any new opportunities on the horizon.
We associate Mercury’s Retrograde with traveling to the underworld or the spirit world. Psychic senses are heightened as well as the feeling of living in hyper reality, where it’s hard to distinguish reality from simulation. If you have ever felt this feeling, you understand how uncomfortable this can be, but with discomfort comes the opportunity to grow and to see and feels things that we might otherwise overlook.
Take your time, reflect, get shit done, love.
Meredith Blackburn is a writer, photographer and explorer of all things. Her weaknesses are men with tattoos, animals, cute kids and anything with the words “Hot” or “Sauce” in it. Her writing, photography and editing are three out of four things that can keep her up all night… The fourth is coffee. What, did you think it was sex? Okay, maybe sex too. She loves to laugh and believes life is too short to take anything seriously; hence, this wonderful bio. She is a woman with the lust to wander and whole heartedly believes, all good things are wild and free. Her favourite Disney Princess is Pocahontas and she has an insatiable desire for anything ocean or surf related. Meredith writes about life, love and philosophies at length.
You can follow her journey at doveocean.tumblr.com or check out her collection of surf and ocean photographers on the Facebook page, Dove Ocean.