What a Mercury Retrograde. From what I’ve seen and heard, I feel that one was quite intense for most of us. As the Messenger of the Gods stationed direct on Sunday, I started the week with a clearer mind but a still confused heart. This retrograde season is leaving me profoundly changed, its teachings still unfolding in the shadow of the red planet.
I am no astrologer, but my friend is, and she helps us understand better what Mercury Retrograde is all about. As the planet of communication, when Mercury goes retrograde, I often see it as a time to go inward, listen, and develop a deeper understanding of what is our truth.
As she also explains, where this retrograde is happening in your chart can indicate where its magic will come through. In my chart, Aries rules over the 6th House, the House of Servants. In a nutshell, this house is all about getting to work and finding our vocation. How can we be of service? How can we find fulfillment through a special gift we have to share with others? My answer to that one is obvious: I am here to share love and light.
Houses like to work in pairs, and the 6th is paired with the 12th, the mystical House of the Unconscious. This is the place where we return to ourselves, to quiet the mind, and deal with the heavy stuff like the psyche, hidden patterns and death. Navigating successfully this house implies spiritual fulfillment and a better understanding of the world through higher consciousness.
I was a sceptic at first, but the more I study astrology, the more I am amazed by how things we can’t explain just seem so right. As I stopped wondering about work so much, focusing on my deeper “vocation” and just relaxed into the day-to-day, life brought my way someone who triggered exactly that inner conflict between being of devotion, showing up in the world, and doing the inner work of integration.
In this very intense retrograde season, I met a force of nature. In a very short amount of time, I developed a strong bond with him. It was as if I was talking to the Queen’s mirror in Snow White : everything I said was reflected back to me exactly the way I wished it to be. It was basically like living in JT’s Man of the Woods, every song being sang to me from the moment I woke up to the moment I fell asleep. As if a cast had been spelled on me, I experienced a deep hypnotic state, and it felt so good to finally be able to relax and surrender at such a deep level. I had never felt that way so fast before.