Mid Mercury Retrograde Musings

This morning I am getting ready to start on a project I have thought about doing several times over the past few years. Never quite got to the point of actually investing in the project, but a few days ago I decided that NOW is the time – well, simply because there won’t be a better time, actually. Mid Mercury Rx is a perfect time to do those things you have been putting off for a while: make the phone call, launch the project, get back on your exercise routine or your diet.

Now, when you open your paper or turn on the news, you will find examples of Mercury Rx everywhere. This morning I opened my paper and found several. One highlighted a prominent San Diego cardiologist who had been in New Orleans this past Tuesday giving an address “extolling the use of a small, portable device for examining people suffering heart distress.”

Three hours later, he’s on his flight back to San Diego from New Orleans on a commercial airline, when two attendants move through the cabin asking whether there is a doctor on board who could help someone experiencing symptoms including an abnormal heart rhythm. He takes the heart monitoring device out of his bag, and is able to diagnose her condition and help her.

The Mercury Rx part of the story is, that the cardiologist “…used a device 17 months ago on a flight to determine whether a man was having a heart attack.” In that instance the evaluation led to the pilot making an emergency landing so the man could receive treatment. Around the earlier time, Mercury was in the process of a retrograde in the sign of Sagittarius.

The energy of a Mercury Rx cycle goes through three phases. First, there is something we astrologers know as a ‘shadow’ time, as Mercury (in direct motion) approaches its retrograde point. Then, there is the actual Mercury Retrograde transit. And finally, there will be a second ‘shadow’ time (as Mercury moves forward once again, returning to the degree in the zodiac where it went retrograde). At this mid-way point, we still have time to work with (and benefit from) the current energy cycle. There is time to move a process forward, time to catch up with unfinished business, time to enjoy doing things we love to do, and time to start a process we’d like to re-visit in the future.

Tip: Check out Kelly O’Tillery’s excellent blog about this Mercury Retrograde season (below). Then think about what you feel like doing right now. Is it something you’ve thought about before? Or, something you started doing, but dropped (for whatever reason)? Is it something you wouldn’t mind doing again on a regular basis? Or something you’d like to be reminded of in a future Mercury Retrograde season? And, if you’d like to know more about Mercury Retrograde in general, check out my book here at http://www.etcpublishing.com/html/mercuryretrograde.htm

(Diane Ronngren is the author of Lunar Nodes, Keys to Emotions and Life Experience, Sage & Smudge: The Ultimate Guide, and numerous titles related to astrological and metaphysical topics both in soft cover on this site, and now on digital media.)

Mercury Retrograde

February 23 – March 17, 2013

OMG! Is it that time again?!

Yes, but remember, as much as Mercury Retrograde can be challenging, frustrating, irritating, and delaying, it can also be a very productive, creative, profitable, and useful time. And it can literally save your butt if you’ve been moving ahead with plans, projects, or a relationship too quickly.

Tips – Mercury Retrograde in Pisces survival guide!

  • Mercury is retrograde in the illusive, dreamy sign of Pisces this time around. Pisces energy can be used to create a vision for your life based on your dreams — or to escape reality. You choose.
  • You stuck with and kept your New Year’s resolutions through January and most of February. And then, all of a sudden, without notice: life intruded and turned your carefully scripted routine upside down! Or, your will and determination just seemed to fly out the window; or your momentum and progress seemed to come to a screeching halt! What happened?
  • Mercury Retrograde happened — but you can use the energy of Mercury in Pisces to get yourself back on track if you’re willing to change, adjust, alter, or modify your approach. If you’re working with a schedule be flexible! Instead of every day, try every other day, or different times of the day; and if you slip up, it’s okay – onward!
  • Add music or dance to your exercise routine. Be creative, make a vision board to support your process; this visual reminder can be extremely motivating. Mercury in Pisces enhances receptivity to subconscious messages so, whether you’re trying to kick a habit, adopt a new health regime, or improve your golf game, subliminal message CD’s, NPL (Neuro Linguistic Programming), hypnosis, and meditation can be quite effective.
  • Adopt a creative approach to problem solving during the time of Mercury Retrograde in Pisces. It may sound counterintuitive, but wandering through a variety of potential solutions will likely bring you a better outcome than immediately going with the obvious: “This is what they’ve always done.” quick fix.
  • You’re more sensitive to people and your environment during this retrograde, so it’s important to be mindful of your surroundings and the people you’re spending time with. The Beach Boys had it right with Good Vibrations!
  • Romantic fantasies can provide a fun escape from the mundane aspects of living your life, so go ahead put on those rose-colored glasses. But remember to take them off once you leave the movie theater and step back into reality! If your love life is not all you’d like it to be, allow yourself a daydream or two, and create the vision of your heart’s desire. Then, reflect on your past and/or current relationship, and ponder the question, “What’s blocking my vision?”
  • We all experience brain fog from time to time, but it can be a bit disorienting when you notice everyone around you seems a bit foggy too! Go with the flow, trust your intuition, don’t make any major commitments, and you’ll emerge from the haze of Mercury Retrograde in Pisces with a fresh perspective and a clear sense of direction.
Astrologer, Writer and Teacher Kelly O’Tillery has been a part of ETC Publishing since its inception. Visit her website at www.kellyotillery.com to read more about Mercury Retrograde.