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While I fully believe in there being positives to every Mercury Retrograde, there is still a general sigh of relief as the planet Mercury will once again turn direct on June 11th.
For many of us, our lives look and feel very different than they did on May 19th when we first entered the retrograde, if not the shadow phase the week prior. The past few weeks have left all of us feeling a bit overwhelmed and slightly stunned—as if our lives have been a whirlwind the past three weeks.
“When Mercury is in retrograde, it is the perfect time to revisit and restructure thought and belief patterns that no longer serve you. Ask yourself: How would I like to rewrite my story?” ~ Unknown
Now is the time when it all comes together.
First, it’s very important to give ourselves some much needed space and quiet time to reflect and absorb all we’ve learned. When Mercury is in retrograde, it has slowed down, and therefore we find ourselves thinking from a very deep heart-centered emotional place, rather than a conscious intellectual one.
There will be a transition phase for each of us as we shake the clouds from our heads in the coming weeks.
Even if we had the best of intentions, the combination of retrograde with Venus and Jupiter still present in our skies have left us feeling like the cat’s had our tongue the past few weeks. We may have had amazing breakthroughs and “Aha!” moments, but we haven’t been able to actually vocalize those words to others.
Instead of feeling frustrated by the difficulty of expressing ourselves through words right now, take a deep breath and realize that it’s all part of a necessary cycle. Think of it like a slow cooker—our emotions and desires have been on simmer for the past three weeks while we looked at our lives and our needs differently than we had in the past.
Now, once Mercury turns direct we will be able to enjoy what has been in the works!
Often we find ourselves in turmoil when our heads and our hearts don’t match up. Unfortunately, this is more common that most realize. Our brains can’t make our hearts feel emotions, and our hearts can’t make our brains believe that it’s rational.
The past few weeks Mercury has been asking us—what is in our hearts? The planet of communication has been daring to ask us—what if our heads and hearts did finally match up?
What if we were finally in a place where we didn’t need to convince ourselves of anything—what if we were able to just let go, and let life flow?
As difficult as it has been to express our feelings and emotions to others the past few weeks, the slowness in communication has only given all of us the time to sit with ourselves for a bit. This means that while we may not yet be ready to take out a billboard advertising what is going on in our hearts, for the first time in a very long time, it all feels suddenly clear.
Most importantly, wherever each of us is at right now, it’s crucial for us to sit with whatever situation is currently at the forefront of our minds. Just sit with it, as is—without trying to rush things and without trying to slow them down.
It’s a challenge for us not to become frustrated, because life isn’t happening at the pace that our egos would like. Whether that means it is moving too fast or too slow—it’s all just an illusion anyway!
Life doesn’t know about timelines or about keeping pace—it just is what it is.
Mercury has also been there to challenge what we are feeling, and we may feel as though we’ve been in an inner turmoil with ourselves the past few weeks. We may have found that it was difficult to commit to plans, contracts, employment opportunities or even romantic relationships.
All that changes once Mercury turns direct.
The clouds will start to part after June 11th—and not only will it seem like it’s all finally coming together—we are also going to have the confidence in ourselves, our emotions and our decisions to start making choices that will result in all of us living the life that we want.
We won’t hesitate in having the confidence to start new things, and when we do finally sign on the dotted line, we will know we are making the right choice. We won’t care if our decisions make sense or not—it’s not going to matter to us anymore.
What is going to matter is that we will know exactly what we want and need moving forward. The rest of it—the static of life—is just going to fall aside.
Mercury may have tampered our communications with others over the past month, but it has left us with the time and space for us to see what is in our hearts—where we currently are and where we want to be.
It’s as if we all simply received a much needed “time-out,” and now we’re ready to get back in the game!
There will be a shadow period, for about a week, after Mercury turns direct. We will still feel that need to play it safe, by staying on the bench. However, that all changes with the New Moon on June 16th.
After June 16th all bets are off. No one will want to play it safe from the bench, because suddenly we’ll realize—what is the point of coming to the game if we don’t intend to play?
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Author: Kate Rose
Editor: Yoli Ramazzina
Image: Anna Skahill, used with permission