Mercury in Retrograde: December 19th 2016 – January 7th 2017*

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Two days into Mercury retrograding, I found myself with a couple of failed online appointments and an aching left ankle. Certainly typical of what Mercury in Retrograde asks of us – that is, to stop and to slow down. In a world where capitalism commands lives and most are addicted to being busy, I’ve seen people express dislike – and even hate – of the retrograding Mercury.

I am aware that many, if not most, people cannot afford to stop or slow down, at least not outwardly. We have to continue working, taking care of families, paying the bills, and so the list goes. In my opinion, a couple of deep breaths before you start walking briskly towards the train station is a step towards the right direction. And if you’re not a morning person, writing a couple of sentences in your journal before you go to sleep or making tea for yourself after work can also be ameliorative.

Despite the above recommendations, I do believe that the mind-buzz that we experience daily can be managed through actions that are angled inward – towards the inner-self & beyond tactility. I like giving myself daily mantras that I recite throughout the day to myself, such as Surrender or Breathe. The reminding of the self is an act of meditation and recentering the mind. Other times, I also enjoy turning to one-card Tarot spreads. I read one card out of the pile, and make it my daily focus. The purpose of that is to focus my energy towards one thing that means something to me. Maybe I’m archaic in that sense; I know that post-modern art disagrees with me.

Mercury will be in retrograde until January 7th, 2017, which perfectly aligns with the holiday season! I’ll be sipping hot cocoa in my newly painted room, drawing charts, and massaging my ankle. I’m finding that contemplating Venusian energy in a slow time like this puts me at ease, so here I am absorbing the color blue that contrasts perfectly with the cream-colored walls and dark gray pillows (pictured above). Yes, friends…aesthetics! What will you be doing?

*For wise words on Mercury in Retrograde, I love reading up on Mystic Mamma’s compilation of wisdom. Chani Nicholas has some cool things up, too. ElsaElsa’s post is affirming and warm.

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