For those of you who are not planetary/astrology geeks like me you probably have no idea what I am on about, well let me fill you in! Mercury retrograde is when mercury appears to be moving backwards or away from the earth, (hence the term retrograde) it's not actually moving away from us though, it is just an illusion, kind of like when you are standing still in the shallows at the beach and the sea is moving past your ankles, making you feel like you are moving really freaking fast, but you're not.
Mercury Retrograde usually occurs twice to three times a year for three weeks at a time and when it does it can mess with us humans in a number of ways.
Mercury is the name given to the Greek God Hermes. He was known as the messenger of the Gods and with his winged helmet and sandals he was said to travel quickly with his messages, therefore he is touted to govern communications. This is why during Mercury Retrograde all things related to communications can become very clouded. Emails don't get sent somehow, letters get lost in the post, writers get writers block, People misunderstand each other and get into fights, some people even feel mercury's effects so bad that they struggle to even communicate simple thoughts in their heads! It can get ugly.
The whole thing is made worse due to the fact that Mercury, the little blighter, is known as The Trickster. He is said to be witty and humorous and to like a good gag. All of these wonderful attributes come out to frolic during the fabulous three weeks of Mercury Retrograde! Oh goody!
So as I said earlier, this M.R was a real punch in the tit! I was a mess. I was in an utter funk. I could not write. Everything I wrote was retarded and clumsy. Or at least I thought so, which is creative suicide for us writers and artists. It took me hours to put together simple articles. I was filled with a thick black cloud of self doubt for at least 20 days. I doubted everything I thought I knew about myself. I suddenly questioned everything. Do I even enjoy writing? Am I even any good at it? Is anyone even reading our blog? Should we even bother to keep writing our blog? Maybe I should just go and get a job in an office when the kids are both in school? Be a soccer Mum and dye my hair a "normal' colour and make cleaning my house my only hobby. Like I said, utter funk.
It was truly awful. What was worse was that I actually forgot it was Mercury Retrograde. I honestly just thought I was having a mental breakdown. I knew it wasn't PMS week, and I knew it wasn't ovulation week. It was the time of the month I was meant to feel jolly, but I didn't, not at all. So logically, a mental breakdown was my only practical answer!
Luckily I soon discovered it was in fact Mercury Retrograde. "Oh thank god!" I sighed with relief "I am not going insane after all!"
Funnily enough as soon as July 1st rolled around the cloud of misery and confusion lifted as quickly as it had arrived. The change was so sudden and obvious, it was like a veil had literally been lifted off of my face! Now, I am sure there are some of you who don't believe in all this cosmic do-wah, but you know what, that is fine. Some people believe in a guy who walked on water, I myself prefer cosmic do-wah!
There is only one more Mercury Retrograde this year, scheduled for October 4th - 25th. Yipee!
So how do we survive the next Mercury Retrograde? Well, Gala Darling wrote a great guide here a little while ago which I have found very helpful! But personally my best advice for surviving Mercury Retrograde is to just give in to it! So things are going haywire and nothing can get done. Just have a break. Take a load off. Stop fighting against the river and just go with the flow of the current. If you have terrible writers block, take some time out from the writing side of things and instead maybe do some research, do some editing or simply list some ideas for articles to write in the future. M.R can be a great time to take stock of things. Meditate. Read. Go for walks and smell flowers. Weed your garden. Clean out your cupboards. Bake. Make jam. It is not a good time to publish books, close big ticket deals, travel or sign contracts, as important details are likely to get muddled. So too with communicating with friends over email or text, if your messages don't get lost in the void and manage to get through to the recipient, they are very likely to be misinterpreted during M.C and cause a fight. It is best to talk over the phone, or better yet, in person over a nice cup of tea and some pie!
I like to think of Mercury Retrograde as a compulsory cosmic holiday. It is astrology's way of saying, "slow down, have a break, take some time to potter and ponder and recharge". Of course in this day and age it is not always an option for us to go AWOL from life for three weeks at a time. If this is the case, then just knowing it is Mercury Retrograde can help. Instead of getting down and annoyed at the madness, try to laugh. Try to wink at that pesky Mercury when he manages to muddle with your emails or lose your thesis. Just laugh!