The Mercury Retrograde:
Stillness and insight before the start of the NEW
Mercury will be in retrograde from December 3 through December 19. This phase -defined by the illusion of it reversing into its shadow from our earth-based perspective, is an important and challenging time for us. Just as sleep’s quiet is a means to process our experiences of the day, the retrograde is similarly a time to withdraw our energies and process our experiences of the year.
This is a time of resolving, figuring out and processing things -to the extent this increased internal contemplation might even disrupt the flow of our external communication: words may be derailed as they pass through the temporarily more self-absorbed track of our minds. Our ongoing internal critique may leave us more critical towards others as we project our own emotions and hurt forward, meaning may be misunderstood and validations unreceived. We are simply a little lost in translation during this period.
We may be feeling more -internal- our energy more likely to be withdrawn and contemplative at this time. And just as difficult as it is to take a breath in while still speaking, or to speak with your mouth full! communication is impacted by this shift of our focus inward; we may simply be too occupied by internal considerations to consider properly the external needs of others.
To avoid misunderstanding words are best spoken from the heart, and major decisions are not advised because of the turmoil of our decisiveness at this time.
Retrograde instead is about external stillness. It is about unraveling, unwinding, unknotting, recharging, resolving -whatever you want to call it! to contemplate on things from within -rather than project their consequences outward. And as we near the end of 2017 this couldn't be more important. Now is that time to stop and ‘let it sink in’, that check-in and check-up on our ‘self’ and a necessary annual Spring Clean for our emotions.
The Mercury Retrograde provides an opportunity to build self-understanding, self-esteem and insight if we process this internal turbulence with self-acceptance and understanding. The following cleansing ritual will help assure this phase’s influence occurs in a nurturing and accepting environment, with the intention of honoring exactly where you are and everything you have gone through this year, thus allowing you to appreciate the entirety of your organic human experience and to approach this Mercury Retrograde with a compassion that builds your confidence and encourages a positive momentum forward for the next year.
All you need is: A candle, pen and paper, bowl of water, and flowers.
Begin by cleansing your space and self; smudging you may use sage, Palo Santo, even sweet grass around the area to clear it of any negative energy. Light your candle and, taking care to stay away from its flame, stand up and move about: dance, prance, salsa or shake; whatever moves you want to make! Smile and take deep breaths as you enjoy the exhilaration and freedom of your movements. When you are ready stop, and relax in a comfortable position. Be still and focus on your breath, imagining the cycle of its journey. Notice the rhythmic movement, the rise and fall of your rib cage upward and outward, downward and inward, for about twenty breaths. When you are ready, list the months and begin to properly think about this past year; observing and allowing any thoughts, feelings and emotions (especially the painful ones) to rise to the surface of your mind without resistance: this is an emotional purge, so allow yourself to feel and breathe through your feelings. You are a warrior for being here, right now in this present moment. Take a moment to appreciate that. When ready, with hand over heart read this (or write your own) mantra three times-
“I accept and let go of the past. I forgive myself for all the things I should have done, and all the things I should not have done. I accept everything which did not go as expected, and trust that everything unravels in the way that it should, for the greater good of the universe and of myself.
I forgive myself. I release myself. I love myself.”
Now list at least ten things which have helped you grow this year -this can include things you’ve learnt or done, whether grande or minute -anything at all which has improved you as a person this year. For every item on the list, pick up a flower and, with the other hand over your heart take a moment to show appreciation, saying something along the lines of-
“I honor myself for (item from list). Thank you”
Place each flower into the water when you are done, really allowing yourself to properly feel the gratitude for every item you have listed. As a final gesture, with both hands on the outside of the bowl, repeat the following affirmation-
“I celebrate myself for the year gone by and all that I have achieved. I am proud of myself for all that I have accomplished and know that I am exactly where I need to be”
And so, as we fall into the contemplations of this Mercury Retrograde, we should remember to be kind to ourselves; honoring our struggles and successes this year, remembering to breathe in and take a moment to appreciate all of our progress this year. Leave this bowl somewhere it can be seen and admired, it is symbolic of your achievements and a reminder of just how far you have come, well done!
Love and Light
Luna & Lola
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