This week, without a doubt, the conversation topic among my Facebook friends is the beginning of another Mercury retrograde process, that will start this week and will stay until the end of November. The Mercury-retrograde-is-the-cause-of-all-evil discussion has started, of course.
I won’t deny that, when Mercury misbehaves, it can bring a lot of trouble and mischief. In the past days, our water heater suddenly stopped working (fixed by now), and our car suddenly stopped working AND got flooded with rain from the storm up to the seats (fixed by now, insert laugh!). In past mercury retrogrades, we’ve had computer crashes, stupid accidents like an iron pestle falling on my bare foot, cats vomiting on the bed while you sleep, and all the possible ways that this crazy planet’s energy uses to teach you useful stuff.
Teach you useful stuff? Yes, that’s exactly what I said. This past week, Mercury has taught us that our car and our water heater needed repairs that we didn’t know of, and that the impermeable paint of our roof terrace needs a new coat for the winter. The computer crashes helped my brother, who’s a computer technician in training, learn new things and experience real repairs; the stupid accidents taught us not to put heavy stuff on high shelves; the cat vomit taught us we should place certain plants away from the reach of our cats, and replace them with more cat-friendly herbs (and which they were).
That is the real Mercury Retrograde experience – noticing which things in your life need your attention. As all trouble makers/tricksters, Mercury in his darker aspect is just as much of a teacher than when it is on direct action, promoting communication and good ideas. And that’s how you survive it – learning from it (of course, with a HIGH dose of sense of humour) instead of complaining about it; paying attention to what Mercury is telling you, instead of neglecting its signs; improving your ability both to face your own issues and to improvise, as Mercury often places us in situations where we have to make do and mend.
So, before you start ranting and bitching about what Mercury may bring, take a minute to evaluate what it is truly bringing to you. Evaluating the teachings around you could bring you the most powerful realization, the most powerful liberation, the most powerful experience you have ever had. Instead of judging in terms of good and bad things, judge in terms of learning – which is, very much, not judging at all, but looking at events in a complete different way, for a complete different result.
Try it. When Mercury goes direct, you may even miss it.
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