I love looking at the stars. I can point out a few of the more commonly known star constellations and I even know where Betelgeuse is (although I did have to go check the spelling!); but I’m not big on astronomy or astrology. Like many people, I’ve had my natal charts done and I know I have 11 water signs in there and that this is apparently a bit unusual, but beyond that I look at the stars on a clear night to experience Yugen. Houses, squares, opposition and retrograde stuff is something I leave to those who find that information fascinating and also know what to do with it!
I don’t go into a panic when someone mentions Mercury Retrograde (a quick check showed that there’s one happening pretty soon – and that they happen frequently too) and when I saw that people were already getting into a flap because they were expecting to experience all kinds of difficulties from the upcoming retrograde, my guides sort of jumped up and down and waved a red flag at me to dig a bit deeper. Why do people think that things are going to be trickier than normal just because, from our perspective here on Earth, the planet Mercury looks as if it’s going backwards in the heavens?
The way I look at it is that these people are expecting difficult things to happen, so when they do happen, could it really be because of that apparent planetary retrograde, or is it that they are actually creating the Energy necessary for things to fall over? Think of the Law of Attraction. I still get that mental image of an “Ultimate Being” sitting on a cloud looking down at the millions of little Beings on the planet and thinking “Oh look… that person really wants to experience a difficult time, she’s forever thinking about it – let’s help her a little and drop a few tricky things in her path!”
This is another case of “You can’t separate the physical from the spiritual.” In our physical world, when people realise that another retrograde is about to happen and they get all hyped up. They start to worry about things breaking down, of losing connectivity with the rest of the world; they worry about illness and work; the kids, the parents, the weather, the dogs…. after all in Mercury Retrograde all kinds of stuff stops working or gets lost or otherwise falls over.
At least, that’s what I was taught in the very early days of my Spiritual Journey: “Keep your head in, because all kinds of horrible things can happen during Mercury Retrograde!” This was followed up with daily discussions of everything that went wrong, or could go wrong, and obviously it was all happening because of the retrograde and not at all for any other reason. Especially not because of something that person did or didn’t do. The fault was always the outside influence of the retrograde. As an example, you are taking the clean washing outside to dry in the sun when it falls on the floor because a handle on the basket broke. That’s Mercury Retrograde of course and not that the basket has been threatening to break for the past three weeks but you hadn’t got around to fixing or replacing it.
A few years back my Teacher, Mentor, Friend and Spiritual Sister, Essence Ka tha’ras described Mercury Retrograde as giving us the opportunity to run in place for a while instead of jogging down the street. Mercury, the planet, isn’t actually stopped or travelling backwards; it simply appears that way to us here on Earth. It’s all about perspective.
To me that jogging in place analogy makes sense. A planetary retrograde gives us a time to pause; to review what we are doing, where we have come from and where we are going. A breathing space where we can see exactly what are the things we need to spend some time working on – for example, in the physical world – fixing that laundry basket! And because we simply cannot separate the physical from the spiritual, it’s the ideal time to start looking at yourself.
What do you think you’ll need to work on during this upcoming Mercury retrograde? Often you’ll find it’s the very things that you worry MIGHT happen!! You have time to look in the mirror and choose – work on these things or just continue to worry about them.
OM AkarapariNama Anandaham
Read Essence Ka tha’ras full article here