I recently read that one of my favorite bloggers had rescheduled the launch of a big business reveal to avoid the any potential danger of Mercury’s backward spin through the sky. I’ve also heard of an author who keeps a clause in every book contract to keep her book from being released during a Mercury retrograde.
I’ll admit it: Once upon a time, I would have agreed with them.
But once I started to learn more about astrology, I realized there are retrogrades all the time. For example, Pluto was just moving retrograde through my chart for the past five months, ruling my career sector.
Mercury retrogrades only last a few weeks; other planets can go retrogrades for way longer, and they all have an impact depending on where they’re at in our charts and what’s up with our other planets.
Astrology is complex, and even though it has a global influence, its individual impact in our day-to-day lives is as unique as each of us.
One of the reasons why people get so worked up about Mercury retrogrades is because they get a lot of play in mainstream horoscopes. And because Mercury rules communication, they also bring a lot of noticeable hiccups: websites go down, flights get rescheduled, major misunderstandings occur.
But it’s also important to remember that these things happen all the time, regardless of what Mercury’s up to.
It’s also important to remember that retrogrades of any kind can be hugely beneficial. My Pluto retrograde, for example, has been hugely transformative for me.
And one of the anecdotes that made me look at Mercury retrogrades differently was when I heard of a man who accepted a job during a retrograde. He’d been warned against it and urged to hold off on signing the contract, but that would have been at risk of losing the offer. So he went for it and you know what? That job ended up growing into so much more than he expected, bringing him one promotion after the other.
So if you’re worried about launching something, or starting something new during a retrograde, remember that retrogrades can be tremendously supportive and expansive. This one for me has brought me much-needed clarity on my current novel and some amazing, unexpected breakthroughs for my business that I couldn’t have anticipated a month ago, giving me so much confidence and excitement on both fronts.
The other reason I caution against letting Mercury retrogrades hold you back is that it gets in the way of other important rhythms taking place. For example, New Moons can be great times to start new projects. So what happens if a New Moon hits during a Mercury retro?
See how this can get convoluted?
And if we get too caught up in one planetary alignment, we can miss out on other opportunities that are available to us.
For example, this weekend brings a MAJOR Moon day.
This Sunday, September 27, brings a Full Moon along with a total lunar eclipse. It’s also a Blood and Harvest Moon rolled into one, and it happens in the fiery sign of Aries (the first sign of the zodiac), which rules individuality.
Aries pushes us towards healthy rebellion. It encourages authenticity, which has been a major theme for 2015. There is less and space for insincerity in the world, and if we each work to embrace who we really are and work to fearlessly bring that forward no matter when we think we are being told to hide, then deep shifts can start to happen personally and globally.
This weekend’s Full Moon asks: are you all in, or all out?
With the Equinox still fresh, the timing could not be better. The Fall Equinox is a time for us to focus on transitions and the process of letting go.
Do you have old insecurities that are preventing you from showing up the way you really want to?
Do you have worries or uncertainties that are holding you back from making a change that you know would light you up?
Are you stuck in an old pattern or routine that you know is dying, but you can’t bring yourself to say goodbye to it?
This weekend is a pivotal time to release, but also to affirm who we really are, and what we are ready to be. And that’s actually just the kind of thing a Mercury retrograde can help you with, too. Because retrogrades make us examine, uncover, and review what’s not working anymore.
So don’t let the retrograde hold you back – not now, not ever.
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Happy Full Moon! xo