Mercury is about to turn retrograde which always seems to strike a cord of “OMG—here we go” from many people. The actual retrograde period will begin August 2 and go until the 26th. But we are already feeling the effects.
While every Mercury retrograde has some similarities, each one has it’s own flavor, as well. And this one has some very interesting flavors going on.
Let's recap what we can expect from Mercury Retrograde
We have come to know that when Mercury is retrograde it is likely we will experience issues and challenges with communications (verbal, written, electronic, etc.), misunderstandings seem to occur more often, mix-ups happen with arrangements and plans, computers and related devices act up, etc. (You can learn more about what to expect during Mercury retrograde on my talk, available here.)
But this one has an added element that makes it the most unusual Mercury retrograde I can remember.
From July 28th to August 7th, Mercury will be in Virgo opposing Neptune in Pisces.
To understand this unusual aspect, let's look at what each of them are separately.
Mercury in Virgo loves order, is efficient, thinks in a linear fashion, works off a list and pays great attention to detail. We could say it counts the trees while not even noticing it is in a beautiful forest.
Neptune reveals to us the vision for our life. It rules our dreams, imagination, what inspires us and what we hope for. It opens us to the inner and higher realms, showing us that there is more, far more, to life that what we generally perceive with our lower, rational minds.
Neptune in Pisces sees things holistically and does not see boundaries around anything. (The song Imagine has a most Neptunean message and in fact, imagination is ruled by Neptune.)
Neptune doesn't count the trees, it only relishes in them and loves every one. It looks out and not at. It knows that each and every tree is an essential part to the making up of the forest.
Mercury in Virgo speaks to the individual components of things. The details. While Neptune in Pisces sees everything as a whole. The two do have a relationship and that is a key to understanding this influence.
An ideal relationship between these two influences is for Neptune to open our minds and hearts to what we can become and shows us what is possible for our life and for humanity at this time. Mercury then sets out to lay down the plan to make that happen. It is the Creator’s Mind in this realm or field of expression. When Mercury meets Neptune within our being and we see that our life is made up of both views, the micro and macro, then we can stay on an inspired course that seems viable and magic happens.
Mercury without Neptune's visionary influence, while efficient and methodical, can be plodding and barren. It can feel lost and without hope. Moving through piles of things that must get done, but not really seeing where things are going.
It is when these two don't recognize each other that we get into troubled waters and the lower expressions of this pairing play out. We get discouraged as our lives have likely become busy yet barren and perhaps even meaningless. We are mentally brittle, frayed and exhausted. Hope and purpose seem elusive at best.
These two dynamics are intrinsically connected whether we recognize it or not. Meaning, truth is that there are trees and there is a forest. The individual elements make up the whole. The whole includes all it’s individual elements.
It is true that in each of us we have a conscious mind that deals with details and the aspects of life that require reasoning and logic (the trees) and we also have within us dreams and a vision for a life that reflects the spiritual being that we are.
The hope and the objective is for these two to not only see each other within ourselves but to also know that their bond is integral to the higher expressions of each of them. This is where the dynamic alchemical relationship happens. This is why we were called into being.
.And this is the gift of this transit as it will bring before our eyes and into our conscious awareness this very thing.
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This Bond to all things must exist within before it can exist out side of us. We must actively and consciously seek this connection between our vision for our life and our conscious mind. We have an innate ability to connect the two — in fact it is our birth right to do this very thing. Once we move in that direction, much will unfold rapidly before us as the Universe always supports us in upward movement.
"It is too great a task to be born unconsenting."
~from The Mists of Avalon
What To Expect & Keys To Dealing With These Dynamic Energies
It is quite likely that you will experience some of the more challenging or difficult aspects of this influence. So I have listed here some things that you may experience are during this time:
Here are some both practical and spiritual ideas that will help you to deal with the above as well as ways to raise the frequencies of this influence:
Sending you many blessings of Grace and Light during this most dynamic time,