The Way of Peace
This will be some “August to remember”, what with the Lunar Eclipse of this past Monday, the grand Total Solar Eclipse sweeping crossing the USA from the Northwest to the Southeast on August 21st, and today’s turning of Mercury or “Hermes, the messenger of the Gods” from August 12th through September 5th.
Mercury turns stationary retrograde in Virgo at 11 degrees, 38 minutes. Then retrogrades back into Leo on August 31st. Mercury turns stationary direct September 5th, on the very degree of the Solar Eclipse of August 21st! As always, in the heavens and down here too, everything (and everyone) is connected to one another, and this cosmic dance of spirit is filled with resonances of meaning which can guide you upon the path of awakening.
Of course, Mercury does not go backwards at all. Rather it is passing by Earth on its “inside track” orbit around the Sun. But from our vantage point it appears to stop moving forward and loop backwards for about three weeks, and then move forward again against the backdrop of the stars. But what matters for you is what does this mean, what are you supposed to do during this (and any) Mercury retrograde cycle?
The retrograde of Mercury, which occurs usually three times a year for three weeks at a time, is an opportunity to turn your attention inwards, to focus your wonderful faculty of perception, analysis, discernment and reason, and to turn this Promethean gift of the gods back upon itself. Mercury retrograde is your opportunity to re-consider/re-examine: “how you perceive, what you may know and how you may better communicate with one another”. You are here as human, to make use of your wonderful gift of intelligence, so that you may learn to reason more truly, and parse the phenomenal world “out there” which depends upon forming a better correspondence between these outward realities and your thought-forms “in there” or inside of you.
Over time, you will become more aware that within you is a faculty, the “watcher who is watching”, your higher self or beloved, who will help you to align these inner and outer worlds, and you will understand that they are formed by the same underlying and unifying Energy-Form that you know as Life or Spirit. You will, as you move towards wisdom, come to know that the degree to which you will perceive the Truth “out there” will be matched by the extent that you come to know yourself too. For as it is said, “As Above, So Below”, and, “All is One and the One is in us all”.
And from this you must remember, that you are made of one another, that you are inextricably formed together by all your experiences you have had with one another. This is one of the greatest illusions you must overcome, that your physical experience of being separate and apart from one another is ultimately an illusion. For whomever is before you, “is truly of you too”.
And this is most especially true when considering the development of your Self-awareness, which forms your ever-rising experience of Consciousness, which will eventually lead you to the everlasting Place of Peace, which is known as the Greater Understanding. You grow in awareness and understanding primarily by interacting with one another, by sharing your experiences, perceptions, insights, explanations, theories, knowledge and wisdom with one another. It is precisely this integral matrix of shared Life-Consciousness-Spirit which makes possible your growth.
We are all story-tellers, sharing our experiences and insights with one another, and so we become who we are by being part of one another, being a part of one another’s story. We are the creator of ourselves and we are the creators for one another too, and we could not be who we are without one another. We could not be human at all without one another. We could not be or become without being there for one another.
Of course, during much of the day and days to come, life will go on. And you will interact with your world and with one another in your usual or ordinary ways of receiving, perceiving, analyzing, as well as in how you share your impressions, ideas and understandings with the world around you. But do not assume that things are the same…for they are not.
These weather patterns in the world of mind, (yes, on a fundamental level, the whole universe can be conceived-experienced as various levels and forms of mind-stuff, some quite luminous and spiritual and some fully-formed into dense physical realities, so that the whole of creation is a hierarchy of thought-forms and consciousnesses...the whole universe is Alive, the entirety of Creation is Spirit or Life, and so it is ultimately formed as One Mind too); Yes, these winds of the mind have shifted here on Earth as Mercury turns, and you need to make use of this timely gift of the spirit for you.
Now, as you turn your lamp of perception and awareness more inward, you are given this time to examine how well your inner mapping aligns well or not with the outer reality, and how well your understanding aligns with those with whom you journey. For the next three weeks, you need to be even more attentive, more adaptable and most critically, even more humble that ever before.
If you are to grow, you must accept that there is far more for you to learn than you have so far, and that you are only beginning to understand the meaning and purpose of your journey. For it is through this gateway of Humility and Service, which is the Virgo Way, it is by this that you will encounter Spiritual Grace, Gratitude and Growth.
By this attentive and kindly spirit, you will be more open to letting go of what is lesser within your mind, and you will thereby elevate your own mind and those around you too. For it is by self-reflective refinement, and the mutual sharing of this with one another, it is by this that you will receive the greatest gift of Spirit.
What is the greatest thing you could ever have? Some would say Wealth; some would say Fame or Power. But those who are wiser know that none of these can be had or enjoyed without the greatest gift and treasure of all, Peace of Mind. To be at peace is the greatest treasure. But it is not to found “out there” (at least not yet). Peace is won and forged within, and then you may be able to extend it around yourself and share it with others too.
This is what is being offered to you here once more. Another chance to clear your mind and thought-forms of fear, anxiety and anguish. To remember who and what you truly are, a being of Light and Love. You are always at Peace, in your Higher Self, in the Watcher who watches and waits for you to come home to your Place of Peace and Love and Understanding. All you need to know is that Peace of Mind is found within, in the place of Integral Wholeness and Healing that is the realm of Virgo and Mercury.
Mercury in retrograde is always a time of Healing, and there is no better sign to experience this gift than in sign of Well-Being that is Virgo.
The key to Life is to be at Peace, or as many would say, “To walk in Beauty”:
As I walk, as I walk
The Universe is walking with me
In beauty, it walks before me
In beauty, it walks behind me
In beauty, it walks below me
In beauty, it walks above me
Beauty is on every side
Surrounded by Beauty
Living in Beauty
Loving in Beauty
May you walk in Beauty
May you live in Beauty
For all your days
May you be at Peace
Surrounded by Beauty
It is done.