Monday, July 23, 2018

Why I love Mercury Retrograde... and the upcoming Lunar Eclipse

Mercury will be going Retrograde on July 26th at 23 degrees Leo and goes Direct on August 19th at 11 degrees Leo.  As I am typing this blog, we are in the Shadow of Mercury Retrograde, so those that are sensitive will already be feeling some effects.

Often, you will find Astrology bloggers writing about Mercury Retrograde with some level of Doomsdayer warnings.  There are many reasons to be wary of Mercury Retrograde, (my friends that are IT computer techs swear that they are busiest during Merc Retro with computer glitches and server issues!) Job security, my friends.  Thank Merc Retro for the little things!  My perspective is that just with all things, there are benefits and drawbacks.  When we learn to understand and appreciate Mercury Retrograde, we can move through the benefits and reap the rewards instead of finding frustration in the drawbacks.  It's like expecting a bird to swim underwater.  When Mercury is straight, there is movement and wide open communication like a bird flying.  When it is Retrograde, it becomes a deep water fish, slow moving and in the depths of introspection.  If you expect the deep water fish to fly about the tree tops, you're going to get super frustrated when it fails you.

What does Mercury Retrograde mean?!  Mercury is the planet of communication and local travel.  When Mercury is Retrograde attempting external communications, including verbal, snail mail, electronics, computers, contracts... all will be strained and often misunderstood.  As a Conscious Real Estate Broker, I am extra careful when clients have to sign contracts during Mercury Retrograde! We read the contract several times.  We dot "i"s and cross "t"s in triplicate.  I am prepared for delayed responses.  I do not expect the fish to fly.  The same holds with traveling.  Triple check your route, your reservations, have a plan B in case there are delays.  All is in Divine timing and even the set-backs are for your overall benefit.

Why do I LOVE Mercury Retrograde? Okay, so if you know someone is a spy... then you don't have to be afraid of them, right?!  You can use the knowledge to your advantage! Same with Mercury Retrograde...  The BENEFITS of Mercury Retrograde are basically about looking into your past to forge a better future.  Mercury Retrograde is a great time to revisit old places that brought you great joy, seek out a long lost friend or old flame, and seek into your youth for the things that inspired you before life, time and aging stole away your passions.  There is a great book called The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron that has some amazing exercises to help you with these introspective searches and really bring your inner child to life!  I highly recommend it. It not only enhances your intuition, but it brings magic back into your mundane adult world!

What do I do during Mercury Retrograde? Journaling and meditation are always good practices, but during Mercury Retrograde they are most helpful, especially when we set the intention of seeking out elements of our past that either we haven't let go of and no longer serve, or that brought us great joy and magic and we no longer make time to pursue.  Travel should be kept to a minimum, as should communications.  Be mindful when speaking and be prepared to clarify.  Listen carefully and make sure they understood you.  Also listen carefully to be clear in what you are being told.  Repeat it back, to make sure you are on the same page.  Seek out old friends and old flames.  Do not be surprised if they find you first.  It is not uncommon to 'bump into' people from our past during Mercury Retrograde.  Do not hide from them!  Find out why the Universe created this alignment.  Also, go to old places that brought you joy.  Whether traveling in your memories, in meditation, OBE, or actually physically going there, seek out what it was that you liked about the place and how you can bring that forward into your life now.  This may also be a really good time to isolate yourself from people who have been agitating you or weighing you down.  Do some soul searching as to what they are meant to teach you, and release old hurts to move forward with more ease when Mercury goes direct.

What not to do during Mercury Retrograde! This is not the best time to start anything new.  Computers, cell phones, electric appliances, and cars purchased during Mercury Retrograde will often only work correctly during a Mercury Retrograde! Wheee!  This is also not a good time to start any new endeavor, friendship or romance because it is likely slated to end by the next Mercury Retrograde!  Life is all choice, my friends, so you can choose to start new in a Merc Retro, but be aware of the possibility of limited longevity.  Any contracts that you sign, read it over and over.  Any big purchases that you have to make, pay extra for the warranty.  You will likely need it.  Be mindful of arguments, sharp words, speaking thoughtlessly etc.  This is not the time for flippant comments, they will be taken as far more hurtful than normal.

FULL MOON BLOOD MOON LUNAR ECLIPSE, Oh my!  A day after Mercury goes Retrograde, we will have a full moon, blood moon Lunar Eclipse.  According to the Farmer's Almanac, that will be at 4:20pm EST on July 27th, y'all.  Oh, the Universe is so funny!  Meditate responsibility. :)  While we won't really have the pleasure of witnessing the visual effects of this full moon, we will certainly feel the energetic effects. 

I should note that this Lunar Eclipse is the 2nd of 3 powerful Lunar phenomenon.  On July 13th we had a full moon supermoon solar eclipse which marked an opening of a dynamic time of Transformation and releasing.  I have definitely experienced some amazing shifts in the last 10 days.  Releasing of old patterns, people, and energies that no longer serve and that were just weighing us down from moving forward. 

With the upcoming Full moon, Blood moon Lunar Eclipse, this cycle of releasing continues, especially on the coat tails of Mercury going Retrograde.  It will just amplify all of the "digging deep, looking within and letting go". 

Mark your calendar for the 3rd powerful Lunar event occurring with the Super Moon, Full Moon on Aug 11th.  This will mark the closing of these intense releasing energies and a week of acclimating to the incredible shifts before Mercury goes Direct again on August 19th.

Blessings and Love,
Ariana Zariah
Intuitive Real Estate Broker, Lightworker & Healer
(864) 915-2313

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