Peace of Mind
What I like to call “The Dance of the Planets”, is certainly evident today! Venus, which has been sailing backwards for over 40 days through Scorpio, and more recently Libra, turns Direct today; and, within hours of that shift Mercury turns retrograde for 21 days, until December 6th. It is not often that you will experience a double-shift of planetary motions like this, so you would be wise to consider what these modulations mean for you.
The 42 days of Venus retrograde were a time to go within yourself, a pause to allow you to dig deep into the nature of your experience of Value, Beauty and Love. Venus is your Avatar of Love and she reminds you that within you is a Supernal Light, which you will equally see as the light shining through the eyes of those who love you too.
With Venus retrograde, you were offered another opportunity to consider the true nature and source of your Value, which is that you are a spark of the Divine and your true worth or value is beyond measure; and to see that what is all around you, this radiant world of Beauty, is shining precisely because that same Divine energy sparkles through the entirety of Creation; and, to know that what is there within you, what you know and feel as the Love of the One, is equally a guide for you as to how you must be with one another, for you are here quite simply to love one another as you are loved too.
The lesson of Venus retrograde reminds you that “true love” is never to be found “out there”, until you have met your beloved within you. Until you experience the inner marriage of your self with your Self, you cannot truly see or find the love that is all around you too.
Now that Venus is moving forward once again, you are ready to relate to yourself and your world with a new-found assurance of your own value, which is beyond questioning since you are formed by spiritual love; and you have a better understanding and appreciation for the beauty in your world; and, you are more aware that the love you share with one another is the whole reason for this life, for you are truly here for one another.
But today you will equally feel a shudder, shake (and you will have to roll), as Mercury pauses and turns around one more time this year. Yes, yes it seems that whenever this happens life seems to get even more complicated, confusing and frustrating. Although it seems “the gremlins are let loose” during such a time, you should know by now that your fate is in your hands, and it is not Mercury’s purpose to mess with your life.
The reason life seems to become more challenging at times like these is because you have failed to notice the changing conditions of your own mind, and equally failed to appreciate how the general mentality and nature of communications have been altered. You are here to “Wake Up” and so you need to pay attention to these shifts of energy-forms and work with them. Mercury retrograde is here to help you. It is here to help you to let go of your misunderstandings, doubts and fears which have prevented you from living in the Greater Reality.
On the heels of re-evaluating your experience of value, beauty and love in Venus Retrograde, you will now be asked to consider once more the way in which you think about yourself and your world. That is what Mercury retrograde is for. It is meant to be a time of introspection and reflection; it is a precious opportunity for review and repair of your perceptions and consciousness.
If we lived in a culture that accepted and accommodated these shifts of spiritual energy, then we would all make time to calmly go within and earnestly consider how we make our reality through our thoughts. We would be able to bend our thoughts back upon ourselves and be more self-critical and self-aware, as we quietly considered and re-centered our mentality.
But we live in a culture that is careening from one crisis to another, and we work harder and harder, live faster and faster, and there seems no time to catch one’s breath, let alone time to contemplate, step back and consider what is really happening. We are all “in the moment”, but we are rarely present or prepared to make the best of it before the next shock to our equilibrium is upon us. But you must remember this, the only thing you can and must control is yourself, and this starts with your mind.
Mercury retrograde offers you a time to pause precisely because you cannot “go forward” easily now, because you are supposed to “go in” now before you “go out”. You need to reflect and collect your thoughts and become clearer and calmer.
Right Thinking is something to work for, strive for and it is essential in times like these so that you may separate the wheat from the chaff in your world. This is truly something that you should do every single day. A self-aware person, a more centered and balanced individual, will begin every day with mental preparations of attunement and alignment; and then they will hold themselves in quietude and self-observation throughout the day; and then they will finish their day with a time for review of what was right or wrong in that day, and so prepare to meet the world with a clearer consciousness tomorrow.
The way to do this, the way to begin to establish your mind in a place of peace, is to anchor your mind upon the firm foundations of fundamental truths. Whether Western or Eastern, the Perennial Truths are the same the world over and they will provide comfort and guidance no matter what is troubling you today.
This is the true meaning and message of Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius; it is time to return to the bedrock of Truth found in all great teachings. Turn away from the noise and chatter, away from mere opinions and half-truths. Do not entertain these nor pass them on. Your mind is your sacred temple for understanding, and your mind must be clear and not shadowed by fear.
Return to the sources of Wisdom, which you feel and know to be true because all these sacred stories of spirit are there in your heart as they are written for you in the stars above too.
May Hermes show you the way out of the darkness.
Let Mercury retrograde release you from fear.
With your Mind truly open, and your heart full of Love.
May you be wise as a serpent, and gentle as a dove.