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All of the planets move in the same direction around the Sun, each with a different rate of speed. Mercury’s orbit is 88 days long; therefore approximately 4 orbits of Mercury around the Sun equals 1 Earth year.

  
Mercury appears to slow down, then stop, (stationary retrograde) and then move slowly backwards for several weeks (retrograde). Eventually, it appears to stop again and reverse direction (stationary direct) moving slowly forward once again (direct). Eventually Mercury appears to return to its normal orbital speed.(Mercury isn’t really going backwards, it’s just hanging out by the sun, but from Earth, that makes it look like it’s in reverse) There are three Mercury Retrograde periods each year, each lasting approximately 3 weeks.

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As Mercury rules communication, clear thinking, truth & travel, during the time of retrograde it is advised that you don’t make any new beginnings or projects etc. This time period is perfect for:

  

 ❤ Reviewing and revising plans

Evaluate how well you’ve achieved your goals and what things you’d still love to bring into your life. Mercury Retrograde marks a period of Mercury “slowing down,” which means our requests and longings can find more potent expression into the universe. This is a terrific time to ponder intentions.

❤ Finish up any old, lingering projects.

You might not want to submit, release, or publish them during this time, but old projects can benefit from a fresh look. Mercury also helps with creativity, making Mercury Retrograde an ideal time to edit or revise.

❤ Rejuvenate your living space!

Clean out your cupboards, organise your wardrobe, get rid of clutter, even do a little Feng Shui to your home. That Retrograde energy amplifies your ability to process through old things.

❤ Relax & take care of yourself

Enjoy some solitude or time away. Read a book, take a walk in nature, have plenty of sleep, stay hydrated & do a lot of stretching. This especially applies during Mercury retrograde. Even book a spa day. Go on Treat yourself!!  Meditate.  

  
❤ Back up data

Have patience with your electronics. They’re trying their best. If your phones, computer, email, mobile phone or internet act up, take a deep breath and ask yourself if you really need to push things right now. Pushing usually makes things worse, especially during a Mercury Retrograde.

Mindful During Mercury Retrograde:

Some nifty ideas … 

1. A Happiness Jar, (excerpt from Elizabeth Gilbert): “What is a Happiness Jar? The simplest thing in the world. You get yourself a jar (or a box, or a vessel of any kind) and every day, at the end of the day, you grab a slip of paper and write down on it the happiest moment of the day. Even on lousy days, you do this. Because even on lousy days, there is one best moment (or at least, one least-worst moment). You stick that little piece of paper in the jar. Over the years, you have a record of your happiness. On bad days, I will thrust my fist in that jar and go fishing — pulling up a handful of great moments that I would have utterly forgotten, had I not documented them.”
 

A happiness jar

 
Create a Sigil, excerpt from www.sigildaily.com

“A “sigil” is a symbol. In this context, it’s a symbol that represents a specific goal, desire, or ambition that you’d like to bring into your real life. Although sigils are powerful tools, it’s important to understand that there’s nothing inherently supernatural about them. They simply give a concrete form to an idea, and help to focus all of the power of your unconscious mind on making that idea a reality.”
Manipulating one molecule at a time
Rewrite Your Life Story Using Sun Language

Sun Language is an alchemical practice where you take the words you use and transform your tone and intention by using poetic metaphor. This exercise in particular is a great way to transmute any residual darkness into light by rewriting your life’s story with a friend.  

So even though to many people the Mercury Retrograde is something they dread, make this the perfect time to just kick back and relax from everything.  

Use the Retrograde to your advantage!! 

  

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