|Rodin’s “The Thinker”|
- Give Mercury a place of honor on your altar. I found a postcard of a museum sculpture of the Winged Messenger, and he holds a prominent place on mine during every Mercury Retrograde. Since I’m a writer with a Mercury-ruled Sun, he lives there more often than not. If you have a prominent Mercury or an emphasis on the Mercury-ruled planets of Gemini or Virgo, you might want to consider making Mercury a permanent resident in your sacred spot. Whether moved in or “just visiting,” make Mercury visible as a god or archetype deserving your respect. Just as we are quiet in church, the quicksilver god simply asks for his 3.5 weeks of reverence a few times a year.
Mercury and your higher power for the wonder of your mind. List all the things your mind does for you.
Tell your mind you’re so appreciative; you’re giving it a few weeks off
from firing like an automatic weapon. Follow through. Record the results.
- Rediscover meditation. Meditation usually aims at getting you out of your mind chatter, at reaching a state of no-mind. If you already meditate regularly, experiment with some new meditation techniques. If sitting in the chair without wiggling or talking to yourself in your mind is a chronic challenge, commit to sitting 10-20 minutes a day in the silence during Mercury Retrograde. About mid-way through this Retro, write down what you’re learning from this practice.
the Mercurial people in your life. Who in your life has a strong Mercury or planets
in Gemini and Virgo? Write down their names and which of their Mercurial
qualities you like and which ones you don’t particularly care for. What do you
learn about your feelings toward a “good working” Mercury?
- Reintroduce yourself to your own Mercury.
Now, do #4 about your own Mercury. What parts of it do you like?
Not like? Example: I find it very annoying, how my Mercury in Libra is so indecisive about
little things. I bought half a
pound each of two kinds of ham at the deli recently, rather than choose one over the
other. On the upside, I do relish how it enables me to see all sides of an
issue and want peaceful, loving, connected communications that
are fair to everyone in the conversation.
out which of your friends have natal Mercury in retrograde. Discover how they experience it, and what
their experience has to offer you for when you are experiencing this
condition temporarily. What do you discover to help you during the current
or future Mercury Rx cycles?
your dreams for hints on how to focus your Mercury Retrograde. When you know the symbol system of astrology,
you may find it creeping into your dreams, even if you don’t see glyphs or
people wearing a t-shirt or jewelry with their zodiac sign. For instance,
during Mercury Retro, you might find yourself running and running but
getting nowhere. Or you might find yourself talking a lot but no one’s
paying any attention to you. Those are pretty in-your-face signals to run
around or talk less, two of the hallmarks of a well spent Mercury Retro.
your next short trip you have planned. What are your goals for it? Does what you have planned actually
meet those goals? Is the timing right? When Mercury goes direct, make any
adjustments that are necessary based on this reflection.
on thinking as art. Spend
some time contemplating Rodin’s The Thinker or any other artwork, movie or song where
thinking or reflection is the theme. What do you think The Thinker is thinking?
What do you learn about thinking and yourself?
Photo Credits: Le penseur de Rodin © patleem - Fotolia.com; Rest Stop Sign © Michel Bazin - Fotolia.com
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