Mercury Retrograde – Sept 6/7 2009

Sept 6th @ 9:45 pm PDT/Sept 7th @ 12:45 am EDT until Sept 29th, ’09

Mercury, planet of communication, information and education is about to go retrograde from late Sun, Sept 6th PDT and early Mon Sept 7th EDT until Sept 29, 2009, going back over the events or the story that began around Aug 19th. What was happening then? Think about what you were creating (consciously and unconsciously) because you’ll be spending the rest of Sept retracing those steps and making adjustments.

During Mercury Retrograde all forms of communication are susceptible to disruption and information that is transmitted in any way (by fax, computer, phone, Blackberry, iPhone, FedEx, Facebook, email newsletters, Twitter, verbally) will be at the mercy of Mercury Retrograde. This can manifest as lost information, lack of information (but you don’t know it yet), miscommunication, misunderstandings, contracts that don’t stick, lost or delayed mail, equipment malfunctions, and snafus in general. It can be stressful if you have rigid expectations.

“Do you rise and shine or rise and whine?” ~ Robert Holden

The guidance to prepare for Mercury retrograde is to back up your info, make copies of important documents, sign contacts, send important emails, finalize instructions and if you have planned to begin anything new, take an action before the retrograde goes into effect. And please don’t make any major purchases during Mercury Retrograde (especially electronic equipment or appliances), as it’s common for something to be wrong with either the item or the transaction. Also, Mercury rules ground transportation so be sure your vehicle is in good working order and double-check travel plans and directions.

Please understand that Mercury Retrograde is not merely an inconvenience in your usual way of operating in daily life. There are astrological energies, Mercury Retrograde being one of them, that are meant to shift your attention away from pursuing new frontiers in the external world to bring you within to focus on contemplating, clearing, planning, rectifying, amending, completing and slowing down long enough to get clear about your intentions – where you’re going, what you’re doing and how you want to direct your energy.

“Goals are dreams with a timeline. Goals are dreams with a plan.” ~ Dr. Phil

During Mercury Retrograde the guidance is to do all the “re” activities – review, revise, redo, revisit, reorganize and work on projects already in process. This is the time to complete anything you’ve left undone and a good time to look for lost or misplaced information or objects, as things often turn up during Mercury retrograde. This is a wonderful energy for reviewing your goals, acknowledging your accomplishments and for meditation, reflection and introspection. What are your dreams and your visions for your life?

“A dreamer, you know, is a mind that looks over the edges of things.” ~ Mary O’Hara

If you need to make amends, offer an apology or reconnect with a loved one, friend, acquaintance, or yourself – this is a good time to make those moves. To go from separation to connection, from discord to harmony, from wounding to healing is an uplifting, expansive experience and such a gift!

“When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free.” ~ Catherine Ponder

Another fabulous use of this retrograde energy is to get your financial house in order. Review your budget if you have one and if you don’t, make one so that you are aware of where your money is coming from and going. Make conscious decisions about how you want to live – do you need to downsize and release material items that are no longer useful in your life? This is a perfect time to lighten your load and release!

When Mercury Retrograde arrives, use the energy to clear whatever is no longer useful in your life – whether it’s physical clutter, old habits or outdated ideas that no longer serve you. Mercury Retrograde can be a blessing imposed by the Universe when you have to slow down, check in with yourself, reprioritize your life and get quiet – so you can get clarity and then go with the flow. Don’t fight it and try to swim upstream – rather, focus on being in the flow.

“When you are in the flow, there is a certain feeling associated with it: light, open, fresh. Being in this feeling pushes out negativity.” ~ Deepak Chopra

As the pace slows down, you can use this time to practice flexibility and patience (emphasis on practice). If you find yourself becoming frustrated or overwhelmed, stop, take a breath and remind yourself that all is in Divine Order.

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” ~ Harry Palmer

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