Mercury stations and turns retrograde on August 12th, 2017. The retrograde will last for 23 days, until Mercury turns direct again on September 4th.
The current Mercury Retrograde cycle is closely linked to the Solar Eclipse in Leo on August 21st. Gravitating around the Sun, Mercury will turn direct exactly at 28°, which is the degree of the Solar Eclipse in Leo. Some things related to the Solar Eclipse will come to light around September 4th.
What is the Theme of the Current Mercury Retrograde
Thanks to the strong connection with the fateful Eclipse, this Mercury cycle will give you great insights into what it is that keeps you away from the path of your purpose.
The theme of the Mercury Retrograde cycle is ‘complete the incompletions’, or more exactly, purge those patterns of thoughts and behaviors that prevent you from accessing the fullness of your being.
Because Mercury will spend most of the retrograde in Virgo, the “cleanser” of the Zodiac, Mercury will analyze, purge and cleanse what needs to be cleansed.
This Mercury Retrograde will clear the clutter of our minds, by breaking uncomfortable mental and emotional patterns which no longer serve us. Mercury Retrograde takes place during the Eclipse season, the time of the year when our soul realigns with the path of our purpose. We need to get ready for it, and our mind, our Mercury, this guardian of the Self, needs to get ready too.
Whatever it is that keeps you stuck in the past, needs to be purged now. Clean your mind of any outdated beliefs, negative thoughts, compulsive behaviors, preconceptions and prejudices that hinder your growth.
To achieve this, do what a Virgo would do: meticulously identify these outdated thoughts, cleanse them out of your system, and replace them with brighter thoughts.
This is not the usual Mercury clean up. This time you need to go deeper. This time you really need to confront those unhealthy thoughts you’ve been avoiding for so long. All the deep ingrained judgements, all the resentments that toxify your mind and your spirit, all the lies, the fears, the limiting beliefs you’ve been telling yourself for too long.
What is Mercury Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde. We know all about it. The dreaded time of the year when we must back up our computers and watch what we are saying.
Mercury Retrograde has gained a negative reputation, but if we really want to understand what Mercury Retrograde is really about, we need to go back to basics and do what our ancestors were doing for thousands of years: look at the sky and observe.
Mercury is perhaps the most misunderstood personal planet. The close proximity to the Sun makes it difficult to observe and interpret.
If you look at the sky, you will notice Mercury in the evening sky, only to see it after a few weeks appearing to fall towards the Sun. It would then appear again in the morning sky and slowly climb away, just to fall back in again towards the Sun. Mercury never strays far from the Sun!
When a planet is at least 15° away from the Sun, the planet can express its qualities freely, unobstructed by the rays of the Sun. Most planets spend most of their cycles far away from the Sun. But not Mercury. Mercury spends most of the time so close to the Sun, so close to its rays, that it is literally invisible in the sky. Its energy is blended with the energy of the Sun.
And what does Mercury stand for? The Mind. What does the Sun stand for? The Self. That’s why it is so natural for us humans to identify with our mind. It is so close the connection between Mercury and the Sun (the Self) that we literally believe that we are what we think. We are one with our mind.
Mercurial energy is the most familiar energy to the Self, but ironically, it is in the same time, our biggest blind spot. The Messenger God is our constant companion, active in our thinking, planning, worrying, speaking, negotiation, shopping, writing, moving from one place to another.
And what happens when Mercury is retrograde? It comes even closer to the Sun, it comes even closer to us, it merges with us.
That’s why if we tend to have difficulties with integrating Mercury’s energy when Mercury is in direct motion, we will have even more difficulties to integrate it when the planet is retrograde. But we experience difficulties only when we resist the energy of Mercury, when we resist change, shift, growth.
If we are not “awake”, if we don’t live in awareness, during Mercury Retrograde we are usually forced to “wake up” and take care of what we’ve been neglecting. For this, we might need to dodge all the chaos we’ve been creating while asleep.
The Two Phases of Mercury Retrograde
Every Mercury Retrograde is a little different. You’re harmonizing with a new world each time. However, regardless of ever-changing sky, each single Mercury Retrograde consists of two main phases.
The 1st retrograde phase – Analyze: From Mercury Retrograde until Mercury’s conjunction to the Sun – August 12th, 2017 – August 25th, 2017 (14 days)
During this phase Mercury is contemplative, introspective and seeks inner meaning. We now want to discover the reason, the meaning and the purpose behind everything. Right now, we are unlikely to be satisfied with easy, superficial answers. This is a great time to analyze and reflect. Make sure you have a diary to record your stream of thought.
The 2nd retrograde phase – Observe and Insight: From Mercury’s conjunction to the Sun until Mercury’s goes direct – August 26th, 2017 – September 3rd, 2017 (9 days)
Mercury is now “born again” with a clear, uncorrupted sense of purpose. When it meets with the Sun, Mercury brings the its qualities and puts them into the perspective of the Sun, the Self. The Mind becomes one with the Self, in full alignment with the purpose of the Sun. Mercury now takes what he has learned in the previous cycle and brings it to the “next level” of awareness.
The sabian symbol for Sun conjunct Mercury at 4° Virgo is “Black and while children play together happily” symbolizing not only overcoming the biases of the mind, but also bringing together and harmonizing the yin and the yang of the mind, the left and the right hemisphere of the brain. Emotions and facts are now in sync. The process of creation can begin.
Is Mercury Retrograde a Bad Thing?
Mercury Retrograde is not a bad thing. When retrograde, Mercury actually travels faster than the Earth (that’s why as seen from Earth it appears to go backwards) so its energy is intensified. Like any other planet, Mercury has a goal – its goal is to make you aware of what is really important in the realms of the mind, communication, travel, commerce, interactions with others, writing, speaking, the internet.
If your computer crashes during Mercury Retrograde, is maybe because you need to stay away from distractions and pay attention to other things. If you get stuck in traffic on your way to an important meeting is maybe because that meeting was not that important, and Mercury wants you to be honest about what really matters.
Pay attention to those thoughts that come to you right now. Whatever it is, however unpleasant, requires your attention. Don’t forget we are in the middle of the Eclipse season. These messages are very important to your soul evolution. You have to listen to what your mind wants to tell you.
Now is the time to deal with all the incompletions, all the broken promises or vows, all the unfulfilled hopes, and to do that, you have to be radically honest during the process. Will that be easy? No.
Is it possible to be completely honest without hurting a person’s feelings? Imagine you tell your best friend she does not look that great with her new haircut. Will she be happy to hear it? Probably not. Imagine you tell your partner that you are not that sure he or she is the one, but you enjoy being in a relationship with them out of convenience. Will they be happy to hear this? Probably not.
Same with you. Or even more so. It is difficult to be completely honest with yourself. We have a natural tendency to delay experiencing the facts, the truth, which is exactly what Mercury stands for, the here and the now.
This Mercury Retrograde cycle is about keeping your mind open. Being willing to question yourself and dig deep to get to the Source of things, so healing can happen at the root.