February 6th – Mercury Goes Retrograde

At 3:43 pm Central US time, Mercury begins the first of its three retrograde periods for 2014. (The other two retrogrades are in June and October in case you just can’t wait to know.) The period lasts all the way to the end of the month (sigh).

Mercury Retrograde is started to seep more and more into the general public’s consciousness (well, at least the weird general public you may be hanging with!). Its popularity or notoriety is likely due to the fact that the effects of its retrograde are so universally felt. Those with significant Gemini or Virgo influences (the signs ruled by Mercury) seem to be hit the hardest, yet all of us know something is up when little Mercury starts running backwards.

It seems that many other things go backwards or return or need to be done again when Mercury is retrograde. Listen to public speakers in the media. They often stumble over their words more or mispronounce when Mercury is retrograde as the planet rules speaking. Written documents will need to be revised and corrected (Mercury also rules writing and all communication) and that is why there is caution about signing contracts and agreements during this period.

Notice how often in the retrograde period you will have to backtrack in your travels. Even having to go back into your house to get something else before you leave your driveway. Mercury rules all travel, and if you have ever changed long distance travel plans during Mercury retrograde, you had better plan to take up some new disgusting vice to obliterate your consciousness to ease the pain.

My worst travel experience occurred during Mercury retrograde (the trip was unavoidable; otherwise my knowledgeable astrologer self would never had scheduled it during that time). At the airport, we discovered our plane no longer flew to the destination we had booked. We stood at the airport desk and, with grim foreboding, re-booked our departure and return flights. Which later resulted in staying several additional nights in airport hotels and paying a $2000 ransom to get on an overbooked flight from Central America which was chronically sold out (“We are sorry. You will never get out of here.”)

Besides travel and communication, retrograde Mercury also disrupts electronic equipment (computers!) and you may need to have repairs made. Better to repair than buy. Avoid buying new equipment when Mercury is retrograde and never upgrade your software then unless you love screaming at a blank computer screen. And buying a new car during Mercury retrograde? Well, at least make sure it’s a green car (color of Mercury)  and you purchase it on a Wednesday (day of Mercury) while chanting a mantra for Mercury (Om Budhaya Namaha).

So do you have to hide out for three weeks until Mercury goes direct? Not at all. Mercury retrograde is a great time to return to unfinished projects or things that went astray. It’s also excellent to re-do, re-read, and re-think. Getting rid of past things (such as cleaning out closets, desks and computer junk files) goes well now.  It’s a good time to re-visit old plans and ideas and do your research on travel and projects but not necessarily start them. Delay the important decisions, but move forward on all the details surrounding them.

In yoga Mercury represents the discerning intelligence or the intelligent will, or what the yogis call the buddhi mind.  During a Mercury retrograde period, you want to meditate to develop the buddhi aspect of yourself in order to lessen the mental confusion that may occur.

Here is how:

 

Meditation For Mercury Retrograde

photo_3f56961077d36Sit in a meditative posture and bring the palms facing each other in front of the chest. Spread the fingers apart, pointing straight up.

Now touch the two little finger tips together and the two thumb tips together. The other three fingers are separated apart and point straight up. Now fold the ring fingers in toward the palms but do not touch them. This mudra, or hand position, is held comfortably four inches in front of the chest.

Close the eyes and look down toward the tip of the nose.

Relax and for 11 minutes listen to devotional mantra music played or chanted slowly. The act of listening attentively and holding this powerful mudra will make the meditation work.

 

Light and Love,

Mehtab