I really like Kayrl Jackson’s work. Please have a good look at her site! When I read this, I felt like I’d already made a jump start into the retrograde with my unwillingness to stay with the ‘old’ blog! ~J
Source: Alpha Life Trends
What does it mean and how does it impact you?
MERCURY RETROGRADE: The purpose of Mercury retrograde is to review and revise our life and our connection with reality. The timing of this universe is geared toward the Sun as it moves through the zodiac. Mercury has an orbit that at times gets ahead of the Sun allowing us to look into the future toward new and innovative ideas. However, we cannot continue in that vein until we come back to the present designated by the Sun and put our new ideas into manifestation. During the time that Mercury jumps ahead, we ultimately have to bring the ideas back into the present to test and evaluate to see how they fit into our life. As Mercury retrogrades back into the present, the connection with the Sun happens as we test drive our ideas and re-align with reality and the natural timing of the universe.
Mercury itself rules how we think, we will be adjusting everything related to thoughts, concepts, ideas, and communication, especially how technology and material elements play a part in the physical manifestation of ideas. When Mercury retrogrades, we find that many parts of our life are being revised. Often these revisions can be a surprise or throw us back a step. However, these revisions which occur during a Mercury retrograde, are a “course correction” and provide a stop gap measure until we can review situations. During this time of revision, change is compounded and confusion is created by our reactions to the ever-changing situations. Thus anything started during this time will ultimately be taken back or even revised further, making for a high-frustration time. This will be especially true with changing our minds, reviewing new ideas and our communication being improved and honed so not to be mis-understood.
The best mode to be in during a Mercury retrograde is one of “non-reaction”, and with earth signs being impacted, physical environment will be changing continually during a Mercury retrograde. Treat the time period as a time of gathering information, yet because the information will be in constant change it would be like trying to comb your hair in a wind storm. Best to wait until the changes stop before attempting to make things orderly. Therefore, just let the winds of situations blow around you without reacting. Once Mercury turns direct, take a look at the information that is still around at that time and go about putting everything in order, while maintaining the fine art of flexibility.
With the July/August Mercury Retrograde, the major issues of making choices to pursue our spiritual purpose and passion provides the focus for the revisions. We are on the threshold of major change and transition regarding our direction, beliefs and purpose. The road that we have been on for five years, since 2008 now requires that we make choices and decisions. The climb to the summit had ended but now we must choose the directions we need to go, to pursue the spiritual journey, purpose and pathway for 2012. This Mercury retrograde is setting the stage from the incredible climb since 2008, to now make choices of the path to pursue that takes us into our true purpose. All of the challenges, difficulties and accomplishements can now become part of our shift into a new world. 2012 is a universal FIVE year (in numerology terms) which represents CHANGE, BREAKTHROUGH AND FREEDOM. You will need to be ready to break free from the past and move into new directions, shifting your goals, location and purpose. The day before Mercury turns retrograde, the planet of Uranus turns retrograde, to begin the changes that will come with the changing winds of Uranus. It is time to break free from the past situations in which we have been diligently working since 2008. It is now time to let go of the challenging climb and to instead look to the new directions pulling us. New avenues come into view and pull us toward our creative expression. We have set a new pace for 2012, now it is time to heed the call.
Mercury retrogrades have a cycle** in which the retrogrades have an exactness of covering the same signs, the same degrees and approximately on the same calendar days. This exactness is seldom thought about Mercury retrograde, with the seemingly chaotic and confusing situations we experience during the retrogrades. The exact Mercury retrogrades we will experience in 2012 were the exact same signs, same degrees and approximately the same calendar days of 1933. This cycle** is seldom talked about in the astrology world, but is the cause of major course corrections for humanity. We can look back at history of 1933 to see the impact of Mercury retrogrades covering the same time frames, the same signs and the same degrees. We are coming to an important time as was experienced in 1933. For instance, the President of the U.S. in 1933 was Herbert Hoover, who had a birthday of August 10th, and the U.S. President in 2012 is Barack Obama, born August 4th, both having Sun in Leo. Few people are old enough to recount the transition of that time, but it becomes history repeating itself to give us a chance to grow as humanity, as a society and to make a difference. The Planet of Mars follows this same cycle and the sequence of Mars combining with Mercury’s influence of ideas and attitudes and Mars brings these ideas and attitudes into action. The phrase “thoughts become things” certainly brings home the combined energy of these two planetary connections. This is especially true in 2012 as Mercury turns direct on April 4th and Mars turns direct on April 14th, bringing these very adjustments forward that will be turned into actions.