Last week’s blog centered on how Mercury retrograde periods are quiet, barely noticed opportunities for the Spirited Woman to incorporate her innate, inherent, intuitive wisdom from her subconscious into her conscious brain, and vice versa.
This week let’s look at Mercury’s primary function and how all spirited women may benefit from Mercury retrograde periods!
The ancients regularly watched the planets in the sky and noticed how activity occurring on earth mirrored planetary interactions in the heavens. Way before the invention of telescopes and other technological devices this cause and effect became clear to them time after time.
Mercury is the messenger of the gods. His movement in the heavens foretells times when archetypal themes related to communication, learning, and how the mind processes information, occur. Mercury represents the twins Castor & Pollux and so is also directly related to siblings, early childhood learning, local commerce, and transportation.
Often during his retrograde periods - this one has been in effect from January 5 and will last until January 25 - we find ourselves reviewing rather than moving forward boldly into new plans, be these plans personal or business-oriented.
Watch for the themes mentioned above to become prominent now in one way or another as they seem to have been placed temporarily on hold causing us each various degrees of frustration…
Tuning In To The Rhythm Of Mercury Retrograde
As the Spirited Woman is being called to listen to her soul’s internal intuitive wisdom, and her psyche is busy becoming wiser, she doesn’t have the space in her brain to concentrate on moving forward - yet.
“The use of this cycle alerts us to the unconscious rhythms of reflection, and attunes us to our inner clock by dint of knowing when concentration and introspection are most needed,” writes psychological astrologer Erin Sullivan in her book “Retrograde Planets.”
“When to consider and reconsider ideas, projects, relationships, and lifestyle according to one’s own unique timing is the greater purpose of Mercury retrograde,” Sullivan concludes.
All Mercury retrograde periods for 2016 will be in earth signs. Earth signs are always about manifesting on the physical plane, and their general purpose - at least in part - is to ensure not only that we survive but that we feel safe and secure in our environment, our relationships, our careers, etc.
The current retrograde period is in the sign of the sea goat: Capricorn.
Archetypal Capricorn energy is ultimately about becoming one’s own best authority (i.e., one’s own best parent) and standing on one’s own two feet as a mature individual.
Capricorn energy is also associated with making tangible concrete progress in one’s life, and so it is connected to the concept of success. But the question always comes up: success at what cost?
Often, a Spirited Woman’s ego may unknowingly get in the way of what her soul truly needs to be happy in this lifetime. When this happens, it becomes an ego trip down the wrong path toward a perception of “happiness” not based on an inner sense of intuitive wisdom, but rather ( and often) on a misguided attempt to achieve something that one has been told, taught, or forced to believe will bring true “happiness” or “success.”
Mercury retrograde in Capricorn now calls us to go deep about what kind of foundation we really want to lay in order to be certain that we may successfully build upon our dreams. Discerning which dreams stand the solid chance of becoming reality and which are solely flights of fantasy by listening to one’s gut is part of this period’s internal work.
For some of us spirited women, this means having the courage to listen to our internal voices - our higher selves - to ascertain what will ultimately make our souls truly happy.
When we heed the call of other - those who have had authority over our lives when young, those who told us, taught us, or forced us to believe a definition of “success” that does not match our true inner selves - we may be investing in the wrong dream.
Becoming mindful that any delays or slowdowns in your progress are for a reason right now is most helpful. We cannot multi-task Mercury retrogrades away with wishful thinking. It’s far more appropriate - and rewarding - for every Spirited Woman to honor the natural rhythms of life and go with the flow…in due time all will become clearer and you’ll be back on your path moving forward again!
Stay Tuned! More About What Happens When Mercury Moves Forward Next Week!
Amazon #1 Bestseller & professional intuitive psychological/archetypal/evolutionary astrologer at Karmic Evolution Astrology, Sheri Horn Hasan analyzes natal horoscopes as the blueprint that can help one’s soul to recognize & reach its highest destiny in this lifetime. Her mission is to assist others to move from chaos to clarity and co-create their own future through astrology! Read Sheri’s story about her astrological awakening!