The Way to Wisdom
Mercury turns retrograde in the sign of Sagittarius, (@29 degrees, 18 minutes) on December 2-3, and will turn direct in Sagittarius (@13 degrees) on December 22. It is that time once again to turn your mind around, to be more inwardly attentive and pensive. Mercury retrograde is a wonderful opportunity to re-consider your perceptions, assumptions and thoughts; it is time to clear your mind of clutter once again.
As always, since everyone else will be similarly altered in their balance between outward attentiveness and inward consciousness, it will be even more important to carefully listen to one another and to communicate with them more carefully. Though miscommunications happen every day, Mercury retrograde can often foster a multiplicity of misunderstandings. The result can be a series of missteps and miscues that can turn small errors into bigger and bigger mistakes, and it can lead to great damage for your relationships. The stress of errors builds within you, and between one another, and you (or they) may find your tolerance and composure erode as you stumble into conflict.
During Mercury retrograde, you will certainly need to adopt a more forgiving attitude for yourself (and for one another), as these missteps multiply and frustrations mount. With Mercury retrograde, it will be even more important for you to practice self-forgiveness, and equally extend your forgiveness towards others.
Remember, all of this is not the “fault” of Mercury, it is merely because most of us do not remember, perceive or understand what is happening; we tend to carry on each day as we did the day before, unaware of the changes that are constantly unfolding through the Energy-Forms of Mercury.
Truly, Mercury retrograde should really be understood as a precious gift of the spirit, as it encourages you to become ever more self-reflective and self-corrective. It is one of the principal means by which you will move towards greater self-mastery. You will know this self-mastery is real when your growth in Wisdom is proportionally matched by your deepening sense of Humility too. Mercury retrograde brings you an opportunity to make improvements/corrections in your consciousness, which is essential to your forging a better understanding of yourself and of one another.
The entire retrograde takes place in the Sign of Sagittarius, so the focus of your renewal of awareness will most certainly be upon the very nature of Truth and Understanding. You will need to re-consider the vessels of meaning that shape your beliefs, that form and inform your “facts”. Whether by Religion or Science, Faith or Reason, the reality you are attempting to navigate depends upon your level of spiritual consciousness, and then you must align your understanding with those with whom you journey.
Most misunderstandings arise from an incomplete foundation of shared principles, foundations and essential truths. As a result, the very “facts” that each party may hold cannot be aligned or agreed upon. The questions boil down to what is really “real”.
To help to overcome these mutual misperceptions, follow the lead offered in Sagittarius and expand your perceptional frames of reference. Look first and foremost to the Ancient Wisdom found at the heart of every Religion; and the Logic and Reason in the vast treasury of Philosophies and Sciences. Be humble, as you walk upon an ancient road; countless others have come this way before you. Many questions have been asked, and answered. So, look to the Wise Ones for inspiration, guidance and peace of mind.
With these ancient certainties providing some common base of context, it is best to step back and re-consider the present source of discord. Try to start from some fundamental truth or principle and build upon that. Establish common centers and boundaries to hold your thoughts in concert with one another. Then see where the misunderstandings arise in the areas of your unshared considerations. Bring matters to a fuller illumination by reducing the fog of false assumptions or false facts.
You are here to help one another in so many ways. One way is by shining a light upon one another’s blind-spots, those self-cast shadows which often ensnare one or both of you in bubbles of self-confirming errors of assumptions. You are here for one another, and your awareness and wisdom come precisely through your providing a little more light, by illuminating what is really “real” for one another.
This is precisely how you lift your awareness for one another. Remember, the very word “Consciousness” means “Together-Knowing”, and it is only by being a light to one another that you can lift one another up to a more inclusive understanding. Only together can you advance upon the Path of Wisdom, as you dispel the shadows and fogs of fear and bring one another closer to the everlasting Light.
Give thanks to Mercury, the messenger of the gods, who reminds you that your journey requires that you constantly strive to illuminate the dark spaces in your own mind, and that you can only do this by helping one another too.
Remember to first question yourself; then ask questions of one another.
Be what you are, be a light for one another.
Remove the shadows of fear, those dim-lit echoes of your past misunderstandings.
Bow to the Wise Ones who came this way before.
Follow their example of Humility and Grace.
Be open, be humble and you will perceive the Light.
And together you will move along the Path of Wisdom and Love.