Mercury Retrograde? What’s that?

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.

Butterfly Resonance Image: Macro photo of orange yellow lily with white yucca flowers with the message to Welcome Ease.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.

Butterfly Resonance Image: Macro photo of the heart of a peach iris with the message to Explore Within.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?

With Retro Sundays, Teresa Deak offers support during Mercury Retrograde with energy clearings, group connection and daily butterfly nudges.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!

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13 Responses to Mercury Retrograde? What’s that?

  1. Debra Jason September 13, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    When I first heard about Mercury being in retrograde it was several years ago and I thought it was a one-time thing. Then, I learned it wasn’t and when things seem to go haywire everyone now says “Is Mercury in retrograde.”

    I like what you wrote here about “Retrogrades invite us into our own hearts to learn more and feel more before we make big decisions.” I’ll keep that in mind.

    • Teresa September 15, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

      More and more people seem to be hearing about the effects of Mercury retrograde every time it happens. It doesn’t all have to be chaos, though! So glad this is helpful for you. <3

      • Brandi July 30, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

        I think that because so much more of our lives are now supported by electronics & computers (how many things do you use your cell phone for?) the retrogrades are going to keep getting more intense. When so much of our lives is fundamentally rooted in the realms that Mercury is ruler of, that’s bound to happen.

  2. Belinda Rose September 13, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

    i really never paid much attention to Mercury Retrograde until the last one. Whoa! that was a roller coaster ride! I often wonder if we give it too much attention we give it more power?? Just wondering? <3

    • Teresa September 15, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

      I don’t really think that giving it more attention gives it more power. The single worst Mercury retrograde influence I’ve been through happened in 2003, probably 7 years before I knew anything about it! The last few have been reasonably smooth sailing, mostly, I think, because I was aware of the influence and paid close attention to how important things really were.

  3. Minling September 14, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

    Mercury Retrograde is a good thing. I’ve heard teachings that we need the retrograde to tap inward and reset. So I guess it’s all depends on how you want to look at the retrograde.

    • Teresa September 15, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

      One of my most favourite things about offering Rx for Rx is that it goes way beyond bringing ease to the chaos. In fact, we’ll focus on the best actions on a week by week and day by day basis, finding the most beneficial path to our most inner knowing. It’s going to be quite a journey!

  4. Leah Shapiro September 15, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    Mercury Retrograde certainly stirs things up for people and it’s very clever of you to figure out away to apply your butterfly magic to it.

    I look at Mercury Retrograde the same way I regard everything- it’s just energy- part of the flow of things.
    It’s interesting to observe it and to notice how it interacts with our world, and it is super easy to blame it for everything going wrong when it’s present.

    I do my best not to resist it. I’d rather ride it like a wave then try to push against it. But I also don’t get caught up in blaming it for everything. There are so many energies and universal forces swirling around us at all times, our work is to learn how to stay tuned into our own alignment and roll with it.

    Sounds like your butterflies might be helping to do just that.

    • Teresa September 18, 2013 at 10:22 am #

      You’re so right, Leah! Letting the energy flow is really what it is all about. With the help of our guest astrologer, we’ll also follow that energy to best open our hearts and receive the real gifts of the retrograde. Butterflies and astrology make a powerful combination!

  5. Helen Crosbie September 16, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    Eeek the dreaded Mercury Retrograde! Yes please – I’d like to pre-order 100 butterflies a day for the next one! Thank you for sharing your wisdom 🙂 Once you learn to roll with the punches, & the “mishaps” are no longer a surprise, Mercury Retrograde is much easier to deal with isn’t it?
    I actually find it a little amusing these days to sit back and watch communications going a bit mad, phone lines going down and the suchlike. Forget Friday 13th, Mercury Retrograde is the one you need to look out for!

    • Teresa September 18, 2013 at 10:27 am #

      You’re in luck, Helen! Signing up for Rx for Rx is a lot like pre-ordering 100 butterflies a day – and more! Especially with the group option.
      It’s true, though, as we become aware of the energies at play, it does become easier to observe instead of react, and that’s what the program is all about – staying focused on the calm and following Mercury’s nudges to dig deeper. See you there?

  6. Jessica September 18, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    Oh, how I need this. The last Merc Rx just about did me in, so patience, ease, butterflies — all of these will help!

    • Teresa September 18, 2013 at 10:33 am #

      Oh, Jessica! Let’s not let Mercury Rx do that to you again! Let’s channel all of this butterfly energy into the ease and patience and depth that you really need! Will you join us?

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