The first time I heard of Mercury retrograde was just a few years ago.
I was having a frustrating week, with all sorts of things going haywire. Emails were getting lost, my computer was acting terribly, and there were just too many delays whenever we went anywhere.
I must have seen one of my friends post about Mercury retrograde, so I looked it up.
“Mercury governs communication, travel and technology.”
You don’t say.
There are times, from our vantage point on Earth, when Mercury appears to be travelling backwards in its orbit, which is what we call retrograde. When the planet seems to go backwards, the things that it governs can seem to go backwards, too.
Wow. So this is a thing! There actually is an astrological, planetary reason for these things to be so frustratingly difficult.
I was both relieved and a bit wary. And I began to see a lot more chatter about Mercury retrograde, since, of course, I was suddenly aware of it.
When I’m sending butterflies, one of the things I look for are those posts on Facebook about things going wrong. I do what I can to send the butterflies to the people I can see who need them.
Eventually I noticed that the days when the butterflies were most needed by the most people were during Mercury retrograde.
This extra demand for butterflies during Mercury retrograde is no longer a surprise to me!
At first my interest was very casual. If things really started to get wacky for me or my friends, I’d look it up and see that, in fact we had another Merc Rx again. Not every time, but it was every time that lots of people were experiencing the frustrations.
Each time Merc Rx would appear again, I’d see a few more people talking about it, a few more posts about it, a few more frustrated people I could send some ease and peace.
And it dawned on me. Mercury retrograde follows a schedule. We can plan for it, we can prepare ourselves for it, I could help people every time we find ourselves in this frustrating part of the astrological cycle.
After all, my particular form of spirituality – the butterflies and all I do with them – has helped me so much with staying calmer and more in a place of flow and joy. Why wouldn’t it help you, too?
So I asked my helpers how I could help you when Mercury goes retrograde.
And I did a bit of research. I found out that there is simply much more to this retrograde thing than first meets the eye.
For one, there’s a shadow period before and after the retrograde that both have an influence on our days. That’s something the Is Mercury In Retrograde site doesn’t mention. From my own experience, though, those shadows can sometimes be even more chaotic than the retrograde itself.
And there is more to retrograde than just a bunch of frustration.
Retrogrades invite us into our own hearts to learn more and feel more before we make big decisions.
So why on Earth am I even talking about Mercury retrograde right now?
To give you lots of time to prepare and to join us for Retro Sundays – Support Through Mercury Retrograde.
For the third time in 2014, Retro Sundays will run through the shadow before, through Mercury retrograde, and through the shadow after. This time that’s from September 19 through November 10.
Just imagine being supported through the whole thing!
In fact, you don’t have to imagine what it will be like. You can join our Retro Sundays Preview August 24 through 31.
We’ll have three group energy clearings, and daily support with butterfly nudges from my spiritual helpers in our secret Facebook group.
Just a one-week slice of what Retro Sundays is like. Want to give it a try? Sign up for the Retro Sundays Preview.
Let’s get together with the butterflies for the best Mercury retrograde ever!