What is Mercury Retrograde?

Retrograde is a term given to the optical illusion of a planet traveling in reverse of its usual orbit. This action, even though it is an optical illusion, can cause energetic confusion. Mercury Retrograde affects us more than any other planet. It is traditionally associated with frustration, mechanical break downs, delay and confusion.

Energy workers, empaths and those generally sensitive to energy can really feel this affect. But it doesn’t have to be bad. Being aware and educated on what can come up and what to avoid can really take the power out of the negative connotations of this event.

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The planet Mercury rules mechanical objects, communication, travel and legal issues. Therefore when Mercury is in retrograde it is best be as flexible as possible. It is suggested to avoid starting new projects or having legal actions happen during this event. I’ll delve into more of that in a moment.

Upcoming Mercury Retrograde dates for 2017:

  • December 3 to 23

But the purpose of this blog is not to make you nervous or afraid of this reoccurring phenomena. Awareness enables us to prepare and acts in our best interests.

How to Prepare for Mercury Retrograde

The easiest and most carefree way to prepare for Mercury Retrograde is to be gentle with yourself and others. Be aware that people may be more impatient and there may be some miscommunication during this period of energetical sensitivity. It may even help to know how your zodiac sign (and your close friends and loved ones) is influenced by Mercury Retrograde. Read how your sign may be affected during this retrograde.

Tips to Make the Most of Mercury Retrograde

  • Be flexible and allow for extra time when traveling or completing tasks
    Have a Plan B. Back up plans take the stress out of last minute changes 
  • Avoid signing contracts 
  • Take this time to reflect on where you put your energy. Life is about balance. So take stock in where there may be an imbalance. (Family, self-care, work, leisure, etc.) 
  • Don’t start any new projects 
  • Avoid making major purchases 
  • Tie up any loose ends in current projects and be thorough as you finish up what’s already on the go. 
  • If you are having a particularly difficult or emotional time, try Tapping {see the video below and tap along} to release negativity and bring in more optimistic energy. 
  • Reiki Practitioners should do a daily self-healing routine. Energy is heightened at this time and having the means to combat negativity is truly a gift.
    Learn more about my Reiki courses. Sometimes these courses run during Retrograde but the fact that you learn how to work with energy will help you release any negativity. These are lifestyle tools I wish I had when working in the corporate world!
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The Planet Mercury colour enhanced image.

Tap into your Retrograde Potential

Negative self-talk can be more intense during this time. But your awareness of this inner dialogue can help you respond in a positive way. You can release self-judgment and replace it with words and emotions that support your self-care.

EFT, also known as Emotional Freedom Technique is a method of tapping on energy meridians based on acupressure points. I have been an EFT practitioner since 2010 and it is a great tool to release energy, negative emotions and anything preventing you from living up to your full potential. It can be used to release fears, phobias, negative thought conditioning and so much more. The key is to dig deep into what is causing the issue and tap on the emotions that surface.

This general Tapping Video will help you release the negative aspects of living in Mercury’s Retrograde.

Share your questions and comments below so I can support you during this sensitive time.

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