Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Review, Release, then Repeat: Mercury Retrograde, December 2010

Well, Merry Retrograde everyone! All I can say is, we might as well laugh (to keep from crying), because stuff can really hit the fan about now! Mercury turns retrograde December 10, 2010 at 5 Capricorn and Mercury turns direct December 30, 2010 at 19 Sagittarius (for you astrology buffs). All the busy work, running around, emails and other communication...might just clog into backlog and show you the need to review, release then repeat (or even start fresh). Don't get confused if you feel like you're in a holding pattern. Breathe, release...then begin again.

According to "The Stars this Week" by Amanda Owen HERE, "'s best to keep your ears and eyes open during this time that highlights rapidly changing ideas and events. While Mercury is in Capricorn, focus on how to further yourself and gather information about what you need to build into your life to succeed. Once Mercury enters Sagittarius, review your belief systems. Which ones are helpful? Which ones do you need to ditch? Because this retrograde occurs during the holiday period, make sure you hold onto your gift purchase receipts! If you'll be traveling, double-check your reservations and, in case you're delayed, bring a good book to read and plenty of games for the kids. And of course, defer decision-making if possible until after Mercury turns direct. This time is famous for people making mistakes!"

As a true Gemini, I can attest to the fact that Mercury is a crafty trickster who will frustrate you to tears of laughter, if you let it. December 2009, my entire family was in my house from Ohio for a whole month, my computer crashed without ability to revive and travel plans went completely haywire. Not to mention the normal stress and strained communications that can occur with the world just get kicked up a notch.

But I've also received awesome job offers and have been spared (by unforeseen delay) from shooting myself in the foot during Retrogrades in the past too.

As appears on CRYSTALINKS, "During this passage 3 and a half week transit, our attention moves towards unfinished business. Since all backward movement symbolizes a return to source, we can use these times to attend to our inner perceptions, and reconnect with the spiritual source of our thoughts. This introversion can bring about a critical purification process that can help us gain new insights based on prior knowledge.

Through Mercury, we express ourselves with language, writing, speaking and reasoning.

It's important to figure out how this transit affects the patterns in your life as they will repeat. To me Mercury Retrograde means Repetitions and Delays. Pay attention to details now, especially linked to transportation and communication. We also find mixed or missed messages. Plans change. Things are lost or forgotten. Decisions will be made and revisited. Don't forget that Mercury is the Trickster who brings messages and learning lessons in round-about ways that we attract by synchronicity."

And Astrologer Molly Hall says, "December 10th to December 30th: The last Mercury retrograde of the year begins in Capricorn at 5 degrees. This brings us full circle, with a year-end look at how well we've used our resources. Mercury retrogrades back into visionary Sagittarius on the 19th, until going direct on the 30th at 19 degrees Sagittarius.

This retrograde is a progress report, after a tumultuous year. We may get a dose of the Archer's enthusiasm, with flashes of what's now possible."

She even goes deeper in her BLOG to say, "This retrograde of Mercury in Capricorn feels to me like being in a cave. Like in this image -- one of my favorites -- the light could shine in a dark place, illuminating parts of our lives that are foundational. But for now, I very much feel like I'm standing at the archway leading into darker woods. It's a mysterious time, full of anticipation for what will be revealed there."

That's exactly how I feel...cautiously anticipating the review of some tough lessons learned this last year. Also, as those new seeds of planning lie dormant inside me...yearning for their day to push towards the sun, I know this is my time for rest, renewal and rework. I just make sure, before I open my substantial mouth, that I first breathe and ask myself "really necessary right now?" Hard learned lesson, but a real lifesaver as we are poised on the edge of a new decade... and a new age. Happy Retrograde, and don't forget to laugh and stay in amusement (it raises your vibration)!!

~MiChelle Jeneen, Energy Skills Educator

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