Tomorrow marks a Mercury Retrograde Cycle which runs from March 23 – April 15, 2018
Never Give Your Power Over to the Planets
Traditionally, mercury retrograde has been a given a bad reputation – an astrological event that makes people cringe because of the chaos it seems to create in our lives.
The ego/shadow can use Astrology as another excuse to postpone and put your life on hold. Remember that You, as a GREAT SOUL, are older than Astrology. The planets are simply giving us a map to see consciousness in motion – as Above So Below. The planets are a reflection of the collective unconscious.
Should I NOT Sign Any Contracts During Mercury Retrograde?
The popular astrological advice is to never sign contracts because it never works out. Why is this?
Mercury rules the left, logical, analytical side of the brain and this left brain thinking gets activated during a retrograde. The mind moves so fast that we can’t keep up with it and end up making mistakes because we miss the details.
You can also experience a lot of stress during a Mercury Retrograde and this, in turn, affects your communication gadgets. Stress always shows itself through technology because you are merged with your technology. A computer breakdown is just a reflection of your internal state.
What is Mercury Retrograde Teaching?
We are being called to throw off our excessive left brain thinking. This is masculine, logical, analytical strategic-type thinking. Mercury Retrograde is teaching us is to practice shifting our left brain thinking to right brain thinking which is feminine, intuitive and holistic.
We are being called to slow down and be more present to our lives. This Mercury Retrograde time can be excellent to rely more on your intuition when making decisions.
Don’t Put Your Life On Hold for 9 – 12 Weeks of the Year
There are typically 3 – 4 mercury retrograde cycles in a year which last about 3 weeks each. Go ahead and sign contracts, communicate, initiate and live your life. BUT be grounded and present and listen to your intuition above your left brain thinking. Don’t react to other people who are locked in their left brain thinking mind who will probably misunderstand you.
Here are 5 things for your Mercury Retrograde First Aid Kit
1. Patience with your Technical Gadgets
You may experience issues with your computers, i-pads, smart phones, and digital devices. These devices are connected to you on an energetic level so if you are not calm and grounded – your device will reflect this back to you by non-cooperation. When you start to feel frustrated that these gadgets are not working the way you want them to – stop or just walk away to regain your composure. It is best to ground yourself by breathing long and deep and extend this energy out to your device.
2. Keep it Simple and Chant the Mantra of Protection
We are bombarded by information day by day and it is increasing. There is a quote that says, trying to get information from the internet is like taking a sip of water from a fire hose. During the mercury retrograde we will become painfully aware of all these details. During this time become aware of this overwhelm and keep things simple. Things are going to take longer than usual so give yourself a bigger time cushion so you can allow for the hiccups found in a Mercury Retrograde. Also go over things once, twice, three times so that you don’t miss important details. When driving your car chant this mantra of protection three times before turning the key:
Aad Guray Nameh
Jugaad Guray Nameh
Sat Guray Nameh
Siri Guru Dayvay Nameh
This will buy you 9 secs of time and 9 feet of space.
3. Dealing with Challenging People
The energy of Mercury Retrograde can make people impatient and argumentative.
They may not seem to be listening to you or talking over you. Others may be critical of you or you may be overly critical of yourself. Best to not take anything personally. Watch the ego wanting to get in there and get the last word in and/or needing to be right. The best thing you can do as a yogi is to maintain a calm and respectful presence at all times. This will help keep the energy of your environment at a high vibration so that others may have a chance to feel themselves and it will neutralize negativity.
4. Let Go of Victim Thoughts
Mercury Retrograde is calling for us review our habitual thought patterns that have been driving our choices. This energy is giving us an opportunity to detach from our thoughts so that we can take time to review, release and to rewrite what has been driving us. During this time spend more time alone so that you can take advantage of this energy. When these realizations come, ask yourself “How can I re-empower myself so that I don’t feel like a victim in the world?” “Why did that happen to me? What did I need to learn from that experience? How do I need to shift my thoughts about this area?” So, for example, you may discover that you have thought patterns that say, “Everyone wants something from me – they want to manipulate and exploit me”. A more empowering thought pattern is, “People can ask me to do things for them and it is ultimately my choice whether I do them or not”.
5. Kundalini Meditation to Practice During a Mercury Retrograde
This is a time to throw off the excess thought. This is a time to calm the conscious mind so that you can hear the voice of your soul. This voice will communicate to you in repeating patterns over and over again in an attempt to penetrate your conscious mind. This is a time to soothe your nervous system with all of this mental energy.
Here is a Kundalini Yoga Meditation for Strong Nerves – one of the 5 meditations that Yogi Bhajan said to prepare for the gray period on the planet.
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