About three times each year, the planet Mercury goes into retrograde, which means that it appears to be moving backwards when observed from Earth.
Astrologically, Mercury represents communication and trade, so when Mercury enters its retrograde phase, it is generally expected to affect these areas the most. Technology glitches, wonky communication in business and relationships, and unexpected delays when traveling are often associated with Mercury retrograde.
Also, Mercury retrograde is said to be an excellent time to revisit the past—whether this means completing an unfinished project, rediscovering an old passion, or the resurfacing of themes in our relationships for the purpose of healing and integration.
Finally, many astrologers recommend delaying major decisions during Mercury retrograde, especially anything that involves signing a new contract, moving to a new home, starting a new business endeavour, and so on.
The latter tends to create a certain sense of unease for many in the spiritual community—and ever so often, I see spiritual seekers literally run and hide in their cave out of fear of making a wrong move during Mercury retrograde.
If you’re confused about what to do or not do during Mercury retrograde, and if you’re wondering whether now is the right time to take action on your desires in spite of what’s currently happening in the sky, here’s one thing to remember:
You’ve got the power! No matter what.
The truth is that absolutely nothing outside of you has power over you unless you choose to give it power.
Yes, everything in this universe is connected. As within, so without. And yes, in many ways, the planets are our own reflection.
What's going on in the cosmos mirrors what we are creating/experiencing collectively as well as individually.
In the same way, celestial bodies can certainly influence us physically, such as the moon that causes the tides on our planet and that is closely connected to the cycles in our bodies.
In that sense, cosmic influences are similar to the weather or the seasons on Earth. We can't really control or change them, BUT:
We can very well choose how we let our outer circumstances affect us internally (and even physically to a degree).
Just because it's been raining a lot and you don't like rain, that doesn't mean you can never be happy again until the rain stops. (You can choose to be happy right now.)
Just because it's wintertime and you don't like the cold, that doesn't mean you have to put your life on hold for the next three months. (You can choose to enjoy your life anyway.)
Similarly, just because Mercury is in retrograde and everybody around you is expecting trouble, that doesn't mean the next three weeks can't be the best three weeks you've ever had in your life.
The truth is that everything is possible, even during Mercury retrograde!
So don’t let it stop you.
Trust your inner knowing above anything else, and let that guide you. (And that applies even when Mercury is not in retrograde.) ;)