Mercury goes Retrograde May 18th until June 11th. Mercury is at home in the sign of Gemini but out of its element when squaring Neptune as it began to do on May 9th, will revisit May 28th, and for a third time moving forward June 23rd. Things can seem so hazy and confusing with Mercury in hard aspect to Neptune that it is its own kind of “retrograde” influence in and of itself. Emotions are going this way and that way, and their cause is somewhat uncertain. So much is going on, and yet what is going on exactly seems difficult to pin down and explain. Ideas and conversation abound, but where do they lead? In addition Mars joined in for the planetary and perceptual shift inward, kicking off this cycle with an opposition to Saturn in Sagittarius, kind of forcing us to find the humor in some our most cherished dramas rather than taking them so bloody seriously. From a sky raining spiders in Austrailia on this day to people in America finally recognizing that we are not the only intelligent life forms in the cosmos, I’d say that we are in for an interesting ride these next few weeks.
The Sun is still in Taurus until the 21st, so there is this amplification of earthly and monetary concerns. All that relates to the physical body – what feeds, nurtures and comforts us as well as the source of our food is of utmost importance. We are each a microcosm of the Earth, processing the same changes and recovering from the same abuse that she suffers. Some of us are happy about what’s changing and others are experiencing severe withdrawals, on both psychic and physical levels. Fast food chains such as McDonalds are slowly going out of business while other companies favoring organic, non-GMO ingredients are rising in popularity. The way I see it, this is not just a cute little fad for young folks but it’s one very small step to what has to happen for the survival of humanity.
The Sun enters Gemini on the 21st and will further highlight the Mercurial qualities of this sign and its ruling planet. The planet that appears to be going backward exerts a stronger rather than weaker influence in our consciousness, which is why many people consider it to be malefic. Combining the luminous Sun, Mercury’s frenetic energy with aggressive Mars and disorienting Neptune, we would do best look toward what tunes us into our sense of spiritual will rather than going-nowhere-fast mode. This is a time to strengthen what in shamanic terms is called the Dream Body, which relates to our abilities to dream lucidly and astral travel on purpose. While Neptune sometimes throws us off course in waking life, it can help us to navigate more skillfully on the inner planes. This is especially so when slowing down to switch direction and go Retrograde, as it will do on June 12th.
Although Mercury Retrograde generally doesn’t favor new experiences or beginnings it has its exceptions. Specifically this one is about awakening our senses, looking around more at what surrounds us and what resources are available to us rather than being trapped in a “grass-is-greener” mentality. We’re encouraged to explore our own neighborhoods, to walk, cycle, or drive the routes we’ve rarely or never travelled, and to entertain relatives or kindred spirits that perhaps we haven’t seen in awhile. Last but not least, with all this Geminid energy we are looking a lot at the duality in our lives, with the need to either choose between “wrong or right”, or to integrate our light and our dark selves in a way that allows us to more effectively function in our unique wholeness.