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Why I’m Loving Mercury Retrograde

As we resume teacher training this weekend, Mercury will be making his first annual about-face to travel retrograde for three weeks in the sign of Pisces. You may be (vaguely) aware that Mercury Retrograde strikes fear in the hearts of the astrologically inclined. As I discussed in a recent post, when Mercury, messenger of thought and communication, appears to turn around and go backwards, things can get a little wonky. Travel delays, communication breakdowns, and technology failures are notoriously plentiful.

That said, I have decided that when we obsess about the negative aspects of Mercury Retrograde, we fail to recognize what Mercury Retrograde is really about: an opportunity to retrace our steps. Mercury Retrograde represents the idea that it’s necessary to review our past actions and become aware of some information we missed, before we can truly proceed.

Attention: Fog Ahead - Boat Ride to Capri, Italy

Attention: Fog Ahead – Boat Ride to Capri, Italy

If your last few months has been anything like mine, it has been impossible to get everything on the list done, let alone go back over the details. Plus, I’ve been filling my head with so much new information (e.g. teacher training), that I definitely haven’t been able to absorb it all. This is where I believe Mercury Retrograde has come to rescue us, encouraging all things “re”: re-viewing, re-tracing, re-flecting, re-considering, and re-connecting with ourselves or others we may have left behind in the shuffle. Mercury Retrograde says: slow down and get your shit together.

That this particular Mercury Retrograde is happening in the last sign of the zodiac (Pisces), where we’re currently awash in deep, oceanic energies, indicates that we are rinsing away the remnants of an old cycle to allow for new growth. And if we’re able to go with the flow, lots of magical things will start to bloom in the spring.

For many of us, the notion of going with the flow is quite foreign. We’re too busy. We have too much to do. There’s not enough time. However, it is our insistence on charging full speed ahead (in spite of the awareness that it’s time to slow down) that results in the kinds of Mercury Retrograde mishaps we all dread.

In a class earlier this week, Keely reminded me that when our minds are occupied by either the past or the future, we’re unable to appreciate the present. In reality, Mercury Retrograde asks nothing more of us than to be completely in the moment, re-acting only to that which is in directly in front of us. If that is something you have yet to explore, the next few weeks will be a perfect time to give it a shot.

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Just Keep Swimming

Due to a Disney-fied blizzard (The Weather Channel decided to name the storm “Nemo,” setting the internet ablaze with clever clownfish memes), our Friday night teacher training session had to be rescheduled. So, after nearly three weeks of non-stop action, we received an unexpected, but much needed, respite from the Tuniverse. On one hand, it has been nice to have a night to relax; but, on the other hand, slowing down can sometimes be more challenging than keeping going.

Nemo Meme

In Disney Pixar’s award-winning animated feature, Finding Nemo, the title character is a kindergarten-age clownfish with a faulty flipper (shark attack) who gets separated from his widowed father, Marlin, and ends up on an oceanic adventure. Marlin, emotionally scarred by the loss of Nemo’s mom and brothers and sisters (same shark attack), begins a desperate search to find his only surviving son.

Along the journey, Marlin meets a zany, forgetful fish named Dory (memorably voiced by Ellen Degeneres), who becomes his companion for the search. When Marlin begins to lose hope of ever finding his beloved Nemo, Dory playfully chimes:

“When life gets you down do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do? …[singing] Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim.”

As of February 26th, Sun, Neptune, Mars, Mercury, Venus, and Chiron will all be in Pisces (read: lots and lots of Pisces energy). Pisces, the twelfth and final sign in the zodiac (how fitting, since this is the twelfth post on our blog), is a feminine water sign associated with the depths of the ocean and symbolized by (you guessed it!) a fish. Water energy, in it’s simplest interpretation, represents emotion. So, as we approach the end of February, we may find ourselves feeling submerged.

For those of you watery types (shout out to my Cancer, Scorps and Pisces peeps), you may already be accustomed to surveying the ocean floor for clues, and feel comfortable letting the currents carry you along to your next destination. For those of us who find the watery depths a bit unnerving, remember: just as Marlin and Nemo keep hope alive and (spoiler alert!) are eventually reunited, redemption is often right around the next coral reef (or nor’easter).

Until then, my friends…

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