Themes include wealth and finances, possessions, talents/inner resources, along with all things related to the physical body and Mother Earth.
I'll cover the Mercury in Taurus Rx specifics in Part 2, but for this post, I've given a bit of a refresher on Mercury Rx cycles and how they really can be used to your advantage!
If you're an astrology aficionado, you know that Mercury Rx cycles are notorious for seemingly messing up the best-laid plans in exchange for confusion and communicative missteps (or sometimes all-out chaos!). And while it's true that lots of us do experience at least some planning snafus during these times, it's important to realize that all planetary retrograde cycles really are meant to work in our favor!
Here's a rundown of things to keep in mind when Mercury is retrograde:
- Mercury Rx is designed for introspection and gathering information rather than launching something new. Got a great new project you want to start? Fantastic! General astrology advice is always to do your leg work now, making contacts and exploring new ideas, so you're in a position to take much more well-informed action once the Rx is over. I can tell you from personal experience (and having a Mercury-ruled Gemini North Node, no less!) that things you feel impelled to start during a Mercury Rx period are probably things that you instinctively know you need long-term work with to get it down. And keep in mind that things you do happen to initiate during Mercury Rx always seem to come back around during future cycles...until you've learned what you need to learn and are able to break the cycle!
- People, ideas, or other connecting pieces from the past that come back around are here to gift you with something - a new realization or other missing link - that can help you move forward more effectively. This also applies to any scheduling madness that ensues! Trust the wild goose chases to bring you exactly where you need to be and at the exact right time - it's really all working out in your favor.
- Going with the flow - and learning when to let the current take your previously laid plans in a new direction - is always a Mercury Rx blessing in disguise. There's no need to hurry things now - you'll only end up feeling more drained and frustrated if you push. This is one way the Universe seems to teach us how to flow with the currents of life for more peaceful living. Keep your goals in mind by all means, but sometimes we need to just let go!
- Depending upon how each cycle impacts you personally, Mercury Rx cycles have an uncanny way of showing us exactly where the cracks in our own planning, perception, and communication lie...and point a big ol' finger toward what needs addressing ASAP. Double-check important details, especially as it relates to any kind of communication, scheduling, or agreements (and stay away from signing important agreements now if at all possible, unless it's something you want to renegotiate in the future). The mistakes we make now will only serve to highlight what needs our attention. But if we do gloss over the fine print, things can get far messier than usual and with bigger professional implications. **Remember that nothing is happening to you if things get hairy - the planets just act as catalysts for growth depending on where we happen to be in our personal development. If you draw in a tough challenge, it's because a part of you is ready to tackle the lesson hidden below the illusion of "mess"!**
As you can see, Mercury Rx can give us quite the run-around, but it's entirely within our power to navigate any hassles with more grace and ease. Ride the wave and use this powerful planning time to your advantage! Do gather information that excites you now, taking your time in sorting through each option; don't rush into anything, since it can most definitely come back around in the future.
Caveat: This could be a very good time to renegotiate an agreement that you're not satisfied with, or to back out of something that's not working for you. Avoid making big decisions unless it involves this kind of backtracking, and trust the process to guide you where you need to go!
UP NEXT: Mercury Rx in Taurus, Part 2: Life at the Speed of Ents
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