Time to turn around…
To go back and reconnect…
To repair and renew…
To Know and to Feel.
Time to be an Adept…
Of both Water and Air…
It is Time,
Mercury Retrograde (June 7 until July 1)
The second retrograde of 2014, this time Mercury goes from about 3 Cancer back to around 24 of Gemini, and just as in the previous retrograde you are moving backwards from the beginning of a Water Sign and back into an Air Sign. Again, you are being offered a chance to forge a deeper connection between what you feel and how you think. To more deeply understand that your Security and Center depend upon a Mind that is curious, adaptable and questioning. As always with Mercury retrograde, many issues in your present day life may slow down or be put on hold as you go back to finish some matters that you left behind.
Your modulator of Spirit into Mind, the Avatar who serves to adapt the awesome array of Solar forces of Pure Spirit into Thought, dear Mercury is looping back once more. Three times a year Mercury “catches up” to Earth, he passes us by and so seemingly moves backwards for about three weeks each time. When this happens, he retraces for you a portion of space. It is a sign and signal, to encourage one and all to take this opportunity to go back and review, renew and restore your Mind, Soul and Spirit too.
As I noted in my General Forecast for 2014, all three Mercury retrogrades this year have a similar quality, they all involve Mercury moving backwards out of a Water sign and returning to the previous Air sign. This looping between Water and Air can be seen as the core experiential gift of this series of retrogrades, for it reaffirms and also strengthens the integral relationship between your Thoughts and your Feelings. Mercury is here and can now help you to more wonderfully weave together the Intelligence that is your Mind with the Love that is your Heart.
Whereas the retrograde of February re-affirmed the relationship of Pisces and Aquarius, of your Dreaming and Individualizing qualities of Mind, this retrograde in June speaks to another Integral way that your Head and Heart are joined with one another.
For it is from Cancer that you are brought into that most intimate realm of your beginnings. You have a most essential need to feel your way to the truth of your “birth”, to find yourself and your Security in your home and family. You need to feel the embracing Spirit from where you have come, to feel yourself centered upon and in your Roots. Really, you "are your journey", and you are to find and become more yourself in this affirmation about your origins, (which will then equally help you to see and so move with more centeredness towards your destiny too).
Whether you identify more with your immediate biological family, or with your ethnicity and culture, or with your “Family that is Human” (and finally beyond this to your Spiritual-Family connection to all Life-Forms, to the All which is this wondrous "Creation that is Consciousness"), it is in this sign of Cancer that you re-affirm and reconnect to the Roots of your Being. It is here that you find your Center, it is here that you can know and feel your Authenticity of being an essential one, that you are a precious spark of the Divine, a one of the One and the Many.
In this “Circle of the Living Ones”, in this Zodiac, every sign depends upon every other for its fulfillment. The Twelve are all intertwined, interlinked and integral to one another, for they comprise everything in this Universe, and of course they make up you too. There is a very special relationship for the twelve signs in their ordering, in how they flow from and follow one another. In Cancer, the previous Energy-Form of whatever you are considering and experiencing has come from Gemini, and you will find this connection is most important in working with this cycle of Mercury retrograde.
Each sign builds upon the sign that came before, and each succeeding sign complements and balances what was unfolded or manifested by and through the previous sign. The return to a previous sign, as in this retrograde from Cancer back to Gemini, re-weaves the energies between the two, and so offers to you an even more intimate and integral linking too.
In Gemini, your Mind takes flight and finds great delight in one of its most amazing and distinctive gifts, your wondrous ability to think about thinking. To be able to somewhat stand outside of yourself and consider a question, a problem or even yourself from more than one point of view or perspective. This marvelous ability to hold more than one thought or point of view at any one time, gives you the ability to question and wonder, to marvel in and display your adeptness, ingenuity and essential curiosity about “everything”, and it is this Gift of Intelligence that is one of the major advances that define what is Spirit-Mind for those who have crossed the threshold and become self-aware.
Yet the insatiable curiosity and thirst for diversions and diversity in Gemini can lead to the problem of diffuseness and dissipation. But, as always, Spirit seeks to heal, balance and integrate, and so following upon any period of Gemini you come into the Realm of Cancer, the sign of Centering and Containment. Whereas Gemini takes you out to the peripheries of the Universe of Mind-Forms, Cancer takes you in, back to the Roots of your Existence in Feeling-Forms…Reaching outwards is counterbalanced and complimented by Moving inwards…As always, the Royal or Noble road in this Journey of Spirit is found on the one true path of Integration and Balance.
Yet if taken too far or dwelling too long within Cancer, if you immerse yourself too much in these realms of Pure Feeling, you may thereby displace and diminish that realm of Pure Thought. You may lose your hard-worn objectivities and those multi-faceted perspectives which permit Critical (and self-critical) Thinking. As you move away from Thoughtfulness you become more vulnerable to unreasonable emotions, and in the end you may become insular or parochial, wrapped in a bubble of illusion and self-deception too.
But the answer is there, right before you. To swing neither Right nor Left, not Up or Down, but instead to take and always follow the Middle Way, the Passage of Peace, the Path of Spirit and so hold your Head and your Heart as ONE. To be Thinking-Feeling/Feeling-Thinking…Always.
Today, Mercury starts your spiral dance between Air and Water as he turns retrograde in the Water sign of Cancer. By June 17th, he will re-enter the element of Air in Gemini and continue to move backwards until July 1, when he will turn direct. He will then return to the sign of Cancer once more on July 12-13th, and finally reach the fire sign of Leo on July 31st.
You need to attune yourself to this weaving-way now too. To move from Water to Air, and Air to Water, from Cancer to Gemini and back again, for this is what is truly real, this is "The Way".
All of these energies form the one great force that binds the Universe together,
All are part of the one Great Truth which embraces one and all,
All of these Energy-Forms are different facets of the One,
All are beautiful melodies in the Greater Song of Life,
And that Song is One,
That Song is Love.