Mercury in Retrograde: Revisiting Old Projects with Delight
â€œMercuryâ€™s in retrograde!â€Â To most of my astrology-loving friends, those two words are worth at least a groan or two.Â Itâ€™s the herald of a three-week span of mis-communications, car trouble, computer crashes, and all sorts of weird mechanical failures associated with the communication-transportation-mechanical trifecta ruled by the planet Mercury.Â Itâ€™s all starting April 17-18 2010(depending on where in the world you are) and ending on May 11, 2010.
For years, I focused on all the things that tend to go wrong during a retrograde Mercury.Â I dreaded that beastly little planet.Â This year, itâ€™s just a blip on the radar because Iâ€™ve learned to use it to my advantage!
After all, right now we have two far more â€œseriousâ€ celestial bodies in retrogradeâ€”the sandblaster energy of Pluto and the oppressive lessons-learned energy of Saturn, with Â the idealistic and foggy energy of Neptune retrograding in late May. Â Retrograde just means covering old territory to give it one last look before moving forward with our lives, and thatâ€™s not a bad thing but it is about changes and solidifying our new path. Â To top that off, Saturn and Uranus are still in opposition in a push-pull between old restrictions/structures and new ways of living, plus we have Saturn squaring Â Pluto with a similar sense of tension.Â Coming up shortly, Jupiter will be opposing Saturn in a push-pull of expansion-constriction and squaring Pluto in yet another burst of expansion.Â Â Are you detecting a theme here?Â Maybe one about expansion and growth, which can either feel like blasting your way to freedom or more like growing pains?Â Â Our world is changing, both on a collective and individual basis.
As for a puny little Mercury in retrograde, Iâ€™ve been taking note of what works for me and how to get the most out of what other people consider a terribly non-productive time.Â The best news is that Mercury in retrograde tends to make old friends and acquaintances appear out of thin air.Â I make it a point to count the old boyfriends, former best friends, and long-lost relatives who just show up during these three weeks.Â Normally, it ranges from 6 to 8, with 1 or 2 having held a significant spot in my life at one time.Â That doesnâ€™t mean I have to re-engage in those old relationships, but I have an option to reconnect if I wish.
The other thing that Mercury in retrograde is excellent for â€“for meâ€”is giving old projects a second look.Â Rather than starting some new project (a no-no to most people who are the least bit familiar with Mercury in retrograde), I take the opportunity to look back at projects that are half-finished or more and see what needs to be done to wrap them up.Â Instead of Â starting Â a new novel, I might go back and make some revisions on one I shelved a year ago and get it ready for publication.Â Â Itâ€™s a chance to tidy up my creative closets and get forgotten projects out to the public.Â As opposed to launching new projects,Â I turn my spotlight of attention to whatâ€™s unfinished, whether itâ€™s a creative project, a home refurbishment project, or organizing the garage once and for all.Â I follow the flow of the energy I feel and put it where thereâ€™s little to no resistance.
I have some projects that seem to be â€œRetrograde Mercury Onlyâ€ projects, and I always seem to go back to them three times a year during Mercury in Retrograde cycles.Â I finish them one by one, making a little more progress on them each time before I tire of them.Â Theyâ€™re not urgent projects, and I usuallyâ€”using Mercury in retrograde at its very, very bestâ€”can look at an old idea in a completely new way that will make the results better than ever.