Confession: I don’t really buy into the whole Mercury-in-retrograde thing. With much respect to my many friends and readers who love and practice astrology, while I think it’s important to know what’s going on with the planets I think it’s even more important not to project fear onto our lives. I’ve noticed a trend in the Spirit Junkie community when Mercury is in retrograde: People share their woes on social media, blaming all their problems on this one planet. In many cases they hold up their lives and their flow because they’re trying to avoid some retrograde meltdown. Worst of all, I witness fear.
Being on a spiritual path makes you a super attractor. Therefore, you must be very mindful of what you’re attracting. When you corner yourself into a place of fear around Mercury in retrograde, you’re co-creating chaos and problems in your life. In short, you bring toward you exactly what you’re trying to avoid.
Instead of freaking out about Mercury’s movements, I’ve chosen to see its retrograde as a super positive and powerful time to create and manifest. I actively choose not to focus on the negative aspects that are projected onto the retrograde. In fact, I don’t focus on it at all! I’ve launched some of my biggest events during retrograde. Last June I held my second Spirit Junkie Masterclass training during a retrograde and absolutely NOTHING went wrong. In fact, it all went right. Really right. I choose not to let the retrograde stand in my way of creating, inspiring and living
It’s time to calm down about Mercury retrograde (especially as you’re being slammed with all kinds of articles trying to freak you out about it)! Instead of fearing it, embrace it. To this end, I interviewed my friend and astrologer Rebecca Gordon. My girl Rebecca shares my view that MR can be an especially powerful time for co-creating. She busts the myth that your life has to stop when Mercury is in retrograde — and she offers incredible tips on how to make the retrograde super powerful for you. To top it all off, she shares tips for every sign.
Enjoy this interview and learn.
Gabby: How can retrograde actually benefit us?
Rebecca: Mercury retrograde is a saving grace! Without it, we would never have the well-supported time to rest, reflect, to rethink our life direction, to reimagine ourselves in the world. I love this precious time of year. Retrogrades help us to slow down. Problems only crop up when we have been pushing too hard, too fast in a retrograde and not allowing time. It’s a sacred time to mend relations, to catch up on old messages, to lighten the load and get rid of those clothes you have not worn in years, etc.
Mercury is the planet that presides over thought and communication. It takes a super slow U-turn in the sky. As above, so below: We should follow suit and do some reflection before charging ahead. There will be key messages, so listen to your inner guidance.
G: I’ve done major launches and led my Spirit Junkie Masterclass training during Mercury retrograde, which all had NO issues whatsoever and turned out way better than I could have imagined. What are your thoughts on this?
R: So glad you said that. I as well have launched my beginners’ astrology class many times during a retrograde and in fact am doing it again on October 4th. Agreed: No issues with this ever. There are a couple of reasons why. First of all, Mercury is not the only player up in our solar system and there are so many other influencers, like new moons, eclipses and great planetary aspects. Mercury is simply one part of the vast cosmic orchestra and there is no need to ‘stop everything’ and get all scared because it’s going retrograde. There is so much more going on up there. I think it’s kind of ridiculous to create all this fear around a planet, you know. It’s just a natural planetary cycle that happens three times a year, and it’s a really good thing. We just need to get on board with the natural cycles and life can be graceful.
What can we do to ride the retrograde wave in a super positive way?
Create breathing room between everything in your schedule. Within these space in your life, you will pick up on nuances or feelings of discomfort that may require you to make necessary changes. We become more perceptive and introspective. Allow for change.
Reconnect with old friends and mentors. Enjoy their company and have a great laugh or heal a relationship that needs it. It will be so much easier to make the time for this with all the planetary support. You may catch up through email, letters or in person. Any way you do it, this retrograde will support a good revisit to the past.
Revisit an old project you had put on the shelf. It’s a great time to dust off that old business plan and reimagine it, reinvent your product line, realign yourself with your true intention. Remember who you are.
Lighten the load. Go through your home and your closet and find things that are no longer of use to you. Let them go. Creating more space is truly magical as often it’s necessary for the new growth in your life to occur.
Meditate. I find meditation can be so revealing during a retrograde, as often our subconscious has a few messages to deliver. Listen, observe and create the space to hear the retrograde messages.
G: You have some amazing retrograde tips for each sign. It’s so cool that you’re sharing this!
R: Read the tips for your sun sign and your rising sign.
Taking stock of your relationship or the patterns that kept you away? Now that you may have some answers and clarity, it’s time to commit to your truth in love on the new moon of October 12th. This will be the start of a long-term commitment.
Over the next three weeks, little Mercury is asking you to clean up the routine. It’s been a busy summer and likely there has not been so much time to take care of yourself. This Mercury retrograde urges you cleanse, exercise, practice yoga, meditate and listen to your body.
Romance and love will sparkle for you, though it could show up in the return of someone from your past. Perhaps you will have the opportunity to clear the air before moving ahead.
You may particularly enjoy this retrograde, as there’s stellar cosmic support to reconnect with family and even do a bit of genealogy work. Likely you’ll find a special story or two. Clearing the past will open up new roads for your future.
You have been so expansive this year with Jupiter in Leo, though this retrograde is asking you to reconnect with siblings, neighbors and old contacts in your phone. Carve out the time to be present in your immediate environment, as this is where your support will be.
It’s time to re-strategize when it comes to your money, since Mercury is going over your spending patterns of the past. You’re likely to find new solutions to long-standing challenges. Research time will be well spent.
When Mercury goes retro in your own sign you have a free pass to sleep a lot more, take long baths, practice longer mediations, and truly give yourself the time to reflect on your future self, which is now in gestation.
The cosmos call for a reconnection to your spiritual practice. As Mercury reverses it, you may even discover brand-new practices that will be a complete game changer for you. Explore.
A dear friend or two from your past is missing that high-vibe connection you have. Take time this month to laugh and enjoy fabulous company.
You have had a strong couple of years in career, though now Mercury retrograde is asking you to reflect on your life path. Is this really the direction your soul craves? It’s not too late to flip the script.
Mercury retro is asking you to be a student again, to open up to a sense of wonder. You may sharpen your skill set, take an online class, or enter a whole new field of learning. Get inspired this retrograde.
This is a private time to contemplate your story about money. Why was that once your story, and are you ready to throw it in the flames? Explore new earning opportunities.
Rebecca, this is totally awesome! Thank you for taking the time to offer us guidance sign by sign. My hope is that this blog will inspire you to turn reorganize your perceptions about Mercury in Retrograde. Use Rebecca’s tools to make this a super powerful and successful time of year. Feel free to leave comments or questions for me and Rebecca below and we will get back to you right away!
Ready to unlock your full cosmic potential? Here are some additional resources
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Some awesome books on astrology
I’m a big Fan of Susan Miller. In fact, Rebecca trained with her! Check out one of her best books!
My girls the Astro Twins have awesome astrology guide for women. Check this one out!
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