Photo courtesy of NASA.

 

Ah, Mercury — the planet everyone loves to hate and blame for everything going wrong.
 
i’ve been guilty of it too.
 
Last year during Mercury’s second retrograde, my mac book (aka my lifeline) decided to fritz out and i didn’t have anything backed up. i panicked. i cried. i tried to upload everything — my books in progress, my client work, EVERYTHING — to my Google Drive. i shipped her to the Apple gods and hoped for the best.
 
Luckily, she was returned to me with all my work still intact.
 
But had my computer come back with everything missing, i would have no one to blame but myself.
 
Cause here’s the real deal:
 
Does crazy shit happen during a Mercury retrograde? Yep.
 
But guess what? Crazy shit happens.all.the.time. And the majority of those times, shit hits the fan when Mercury is directly going about her business
 
While it makes for some really good headline drama (like this), Mercury retrograde’s core purpose and focus is not disaster —  it’s attention
 
i should have paid attention to that thing in my gut telling me back up your work. i should have heeded the signs that something was wrong with my keyboard and touchpad a few months ago.
 
i didn’t.
 
Instead, i chose to ignore them.
 
And i know better.
 
But i’m also a procrastinating human when it comes to caring for both electronic things and myself.
 
The challenge for us peeps who pay attention to these kinds of cosmic shifts is not to lay blame on things outside of ourselves like the planets, stars, and the full moon, but how to make sense of it allwhat is the universe trying to tell me vs. what pop culture is feeding me vs. what i’m feeling?
 
Silencing the outside noise is hard.
 
My advice?
 
Go with your hut (heart + gut).
 
And don’t buy into the one-dimensional messages that mainstream media is serving up about this unique comic time. Instead spend your time, paying attention, reflecting, and remaining in complete awareness of your own personal flow.
 
Mercury is a known trickster – and we all know how pranksters love a good prank.  And that’s the mindset i go into every M retrograde in.
 
It’s a time to be on the lookout for whoopie cushions in the form of humans needing to let out some verbal steam. Or fire trick gum in the form of flaring tempers, or invisible ink in the form of details and missing reservations.
 
But Retro Mercury is full of potential transformational magic  – if you choose to ride the wave instead of using force against it.
 
Below you’ll find some helpful tips for creatives, writers, and performers on how to make the most of Mercury’s retrograde energy.
 
Enjoy!

 2017 Mercury Retrogrades

December 19, 2016 – January 8, 2017

April 9 – May 3

August 13 – September 5

December 3 – December 22

 

What is a Mercury retrograde: Mercury slows down her orbit which gives off the illusion to us earthly humans that she is moving backward. She’s not. She’s just hanging out by the sun. She stations retrograde for about three weeks.
 
Mercury rules: Communication, electronics, mechanical objects, travel, thinking, pretty much all things that make our modern world go round . . .
 
What it means for us: Anytime a planet moves into retrograde, the cosmos is asking us to slow down. And to remember that we, like time and the planets that surround us, are not linear. To pay attention. To be extra careful. To remain conscious decision makers and creators. To practice active listening and grateful living.
 
And to make really good use of RE words: reboot, reimagine, redo, rethink, replenish, relax, recover, research, refocus, reformulate, rejuvenate, reinvigorate, reinforce.
 

Every Mercury retrograde i try to:

∴ Declutter the fuck out of my life. i go through clothes, books, all the things that i adorn myself with and pare down to those things that only bring me joy and make me feel unstoppable. (This book helped a lot).

∴ Meditate.

∴ Go where the energy flows. Follow my light rabbits and those pockets of energy – wherever they may pull me.

∴ Practice extra patience. Remind myself that we are all doing our best.

∴ Double check everything – work, trip details, contracts, anything that has to do with written (and verbal) communication.

∴ Make self-care a priority. RELAX.

∴ Tie up loose ends

Reflect. The first (January) and last (December) retrogrades are perfectly stationed for this – one at the beginning of the new year, one at the end. Use this energy to your advantage.

∴ Pause. Breath. Do as the planet does, SLOW DOWN. Hang out. Get a sun tan 😉 .

Remember – whatever it is, it’s only temporary.

 
As a creative, i also like to do things that are specific to my art.
 
The energy that surrounds our orbit is basically begging us to go internal and deep – to venture to the underworld where our creative lives.
 
As a multi-medium artist, i’ve found ways to harness and shape the energy of this time into something i can use to better my art – and myself. Here are a few of my tricks to aligning the energy of this time and your art.
 

For performers:

Revisit old show ideas as see if there are any that are speaking to you differently now. Find ways you can rejuvenate them and bring them back into your repertoire.

∴ Go through your costumes. Mend those that need fixing. Or repurpose those that you no longer use.

∴ Delve into your show inspirations.

∴ Get a jump start on your performance future. Plan, plot, and schedule your dream shows, gigs, and places you want to perform. Then when Mercury stations direct, get busy and start asking, making phone calls, whatever it takes.

∴ Clean your drag, burlesque, whatever room.

Renew your vows to yourself – and your art. Reflect on your why’s. Why are you doing what you’re doing?

 

For writers:

∴ Get nostalgic. Go through and reread your old journals. Use this energy to drum up the creative juice to feed your stories.

Revisit your unfinished essays, books, and articles. Finish them.

∴ Declutter and organize your folders & files on your computer – or your physical ones. Or both.

∴ Free write on prompts like, i remember . . . ; What i really want to say is. Things that call you to go beyond the superficial.

Renew your vows to yourself – and your art. Reflect on your why’s. Why are you doing what you’re doing?

 

For creative entrepreneurs:

∴ Back-up your data and site.

Rethink your business plans.

Reimage your mission statement and vision.

 Redo your website.

Redecorate your workspace.

Renew your vows to yourself – and your art.

Reflect on your why’s. Why are you doing what you’re doing?
 
And remember . . . no planet or person can determine your destiny.
 
Choice, not chance, determines your destiny. i got that from a fortune cookie, but it might as well have come from Buddha himself because those words are imprinted in my mind + hut + flesh forever. i call on those 6 words and their power whenever i want to blame something outside of myself for my current situation – like the planets or the car in front of me for not knowing how to make a left without a green arrow.
 
Because really the power lies within us. WE get to determine how we respond to any given situation or circumstance. Not the people in the car. Not the planets. Us.
 
That’s real cosmic power.
 

 Favorite Mercury resources

 
∴ i love Dana Gerhardt. She is astro-alchemy of archetypes and the cosmos. Check her out at Mooncircles. If you’re curious and want to explore Mercury further, this is, in my opinion, the best article on our planet about good ol’ Mercury.
 
Chani is my go-to for all things Astrocentric. She’s deep, no bullshit, and spot on with her words and delivery. The force is strong in this one.
 

i hope you’ve found some magic and inspiration here to help & support you through the next few weeks.

Mad love + cosmic light.

xo

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PS. If you love astrology and new moon magic, check out my latest cosmic creation, New Moon Magic — your new moon astrology and ritual guide!

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