For those of you who are uninitiated, 3 to 4 times a year, the planet Mercury appears to move backward in the sky. It’s an illusion, of course, and occurs because of Mercury and Earth's relationship to each other at a particular point in their orbits as well as each of their relative speeds. Why should you care? Well, it seems that this retrograde motion has an effect on some aspects of our world.
Mercury is the ruler of all types of communications, transportation and commerce. It also rules electronics like your computer and one of our pride possessions, our cell phones, for example.
During these approximate 21 day retrograde periods things seem to go amuck. To add insult to injury, the up to a couple of weeks before the retrograde officially begins is called a pre shadow period. During this pre-period, the swift-footed ruler seems to lose momentum as we start experiencing delays, misunderstandings as well as mechanical, technological and electronic mishaps and breakdowns.
As I write this article we are in the pre-retrograde shadow period as Mercury is almost at a station-ary position.
Mercury Retrograde for Fall 2014
- October 4 – October 25
It's not all doom and gloom though. The bright side to this aspect is that during these periods I have learned to go with the flow and spend time in introspection, reviewing old patterns for release. It's all how you look at it and this timeframe also allows me to practice better patience and not to react when things go haywire, because the only thing we have control over is our reaction.
Wishing you a blessed day,