Mercury retrograde marks the time when Mercury makes its turn around the sun and begins to move in between Earth and Sun. This is the time when the Messenger is closest, most active and accessible. If the mind is calm, we can access deep wisdom in this time, work with the left-brain, feminine ways of knowing. If the mind is hung up on analytical thinking we may feel mental dissonance. The key is letting go of left-brained, ordered planning, and finding some solace in the wisdom that all is flowing as it should.
Mercury stations in the sign of Leo and will retrograde back into Cancer where it will make its interior conjunction with the Sun, so this cycle is considered a Cancer retrograde cycle, because it is with this joining with the Sun that a planet is said to be “reborn” into a new journey. Mercury retrogrades can be traced over time to reveal a pattern of threes, the number sacred to Hermes.
This year there will be three retrogrades in the three water signs, so we are collectively moving into a more intuitive and mature way of processing our emotions. Beginning in Leo, this retrograde teaches us about playfulness, honor and creativity married with the deep emotional spaces of Cancer, where we build tribe, community and trust. Combining the elements of fire and water through Leo and Cancer we can imagine vapor or steam releasing as these two elements combine. It may be useful to give time and energy towards practices that help us to release steam.
In contemplating the results of the combination of fire and water I imagined how it is the marriage of Sunlight shining through rain that creates the rainbow. Perhaps something will be revealed about the prismatic nature of reality, the beauty in the complexity and diversity of nature, the magic that is revealed when seemingly opposite elements combine.
Mercury conjuncted Mars three weeks ago in Cancer, and now prepares to meet him again in the sign of Leo. Our courage to speak and to listen is amplified. Tempers, ego and frustrations may flare. We can channel this energy through our creativity, playfulness and courage of heart.
A storm rolls in
Drums of fire in the sky
I sat to watch
The alligators and hippos fight
On the shore
And swim on the horizon
As the belly of the drum
Leo’s creativity dances like a fire. Like undulating flames of inspiration through the veins of the creator. The second conjunction of Mercury and Mars this afternoon may reveal peels of thunder that might be felt in the belly or the chest. Like a burning sensation to say something or to be heard and seen. Let us remember to think of others. To remember that our self-love can uplift and inspire when it is married to honor and humility.
The dance has been between fire and water. Emotions rise like vapor when pierced by the sun, revealing, if our perspective is such, a Rainbow. Mercury will carry Mars’s initiation into the flames of the Sun where they will meet Venus on 7/21. Venus has moved within 15 degrees of the Sun, so close that we can no longer see her in the morning sky. When a planet is this close to the Sun the ancients would say that they were in the Underworld. It is here that great initiations are held. Where we die to old ways of being, to be born anew.
The warrior meets the messenger on his way to the Queen who is hosting a meeting with the Heart in the Underworld. What will these two planets learn? What will they teach each other? The mind and Heart can seem like two opposing forces but perhaps in the dark crevices of shade they will transform into something completely new. The journey is ripe with allegory, reminding us that our own lives are like fractally repeating rainbows of energy. May we remember that our power and effort to co-create this reality are never in vain when we keep our perspective aligned with the highest good for all.
Blessings and Stardust,
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