Here is the third of your four Mercury Retrogrades this year. Beginning at the very end of Virgo, one of the signs that Mercury is said to “rule”, and moving back through about ½ of Virgo until September 21st-22nd, Mercury retrograde is always an opportunity to pause and reconsider the most important factor in the quality of your life, the health of your mind.
One of the most important gifts you have secured by moving through the human kingdom is your wondrous faculty of a self-reflective consciousness. You have the ability to develop an ever more objective understanding of yourself and your thought-forms. It is from this wondrous self-correcting consciousness that you can learn the consequential connections between how you think, how you act and the resulting reality you make for yourself. Over time, you learn to choose better, to correct misunderstandings, misconceptions and develop a more inclusive and comprehensive view of the Greater Reality in which you reside.
Mercury retrograde is merely, but wonderfully, this faculty of self-correction/self-improvement working to a higher degree. It is your time to be ever more introspective and contemplative, to review, revise and make more true your inner world view since your mind is bending back upon itself more readily now.
But of course this often does bring about difficulties in the day to day of paying attention to the outer world, for you are more likely to be engaged within and not as aware of what may be happening around you. Moreover, everyone else is so disposed as well. So you may not convey your thoughts/intentions to others as well as you might normally; and they may not be receiving as readily either. And of course the same applies in reverse.
As a consequence, misunderstandings may mount up in both personal and business matters. You have to make use of this wonderful time, yes. But you need to be as mindful of the troubles it may bring in its wake and do what you can to minimize these.
Firstly, mostly, have a sense of humor, for your own distractedness and misperceptions, and be equally forgiving of those around you too. In order limit the negative side effects, do set aside more time in your day for moments of solitude and contemplative spaces in order to make use of retrograde Mercury’s gifts for you. Encourage others by your example to also see the opportunity here to reduce ill-advised thought-forms and help them to engage in more self-critical thinking too.
Mercury retrograde should be a time for the quickening of one your most astounding qualities: You Know…and You Know that you Know!
Let Hermes, the “messenger of the gods”, take you on an inner journey now.
Shift you focus, challenge and change your assumptions.
See what you were “missing”, always be humble.
Experience the wonder of the “Ah-Ha” moment,