Mercury is well-known as the planet that rules communications, perceptions and how we process information. Much has been written about Mercury’s retrograde cycle and how bad it can be with all the mishaps and miscommunications that can occur. I’d like to offer a “balancing comment” on this.
Shifting from the Left Brain into the Right Brain
What if the retrograde motion of Mercury were considered to be the balance to its usual, direct motion? This balance involves a “polarity shift” from the prevailing left-brain, linear or logical way things “work” to a right-brain, creative and intuitive way of perceiving things. This isn’t about one being right and the other wrong; it’s a shift of left-brain – right-brain polarities during the Mercury retrograde cycle.
Navigating the Challenges of Mercury Retrograde
How we can move with this polarity shift from left to right brain to navigate through what is often a challenging time of logical processes breaking down, software glitches and computer crashes? Of course, everything that you’ve ever heard about preparing for Mercury retrograde still applies: double-check all communications, back up computers and electronic devices—yet also remember this shift from the logical left brain into more the intuitive and creative right brain. For those more inclined to a left-brain type of thinking, this may be a bit trickier than for someone who is more right-brain oriented. However, if we take a deep breath and tune into our feelings and intuition, we can more easily navigate this cycle.
Beginning Mercury Retrograde in Style
I might have taken my own advice recently when my astrology software program wouldn’t start. With scheduled readings coming up, I nervously sent off a quick email to the software’s developer for help. Instead of relaxing, taking a deep breath and waiting for the reply, I quickly googled what to do, began what they call a “clean reinstall,” and lost the data I had in the program. Imagine my chagrin when the response to my email came with very clear instructions on how to restart the program without losing any data. Working with computers is the surest way to have the left brain active! Here’s to remembering to shift to the right brain and breathe. Hope my little story helps you, too.
Being in the Balance
In Love and Lemurian blessings,
Read more about Mercury Retrograde in "Mercury Retrograde: This is Worth Knowing"
Find out where Mercury retrograde is occurring in your blueprint (natal chart) and how this affects the balance of your communications with self and others.
December 2, 2016 – December 22, 2017 in Sagittarius (fire)
November 14, 2017 Mercury enters the retrograde window at 13 Sagittarius 00’.
December 2, 2017 Mercury stations retrograde at 29 Sagittarius 18’.
December 22, 2017 Mercury stations direct at 13 Sagittarius 00’.
January 10, 2017 Mercury leaves the retrograde window at 29 Sagittarius 00’
Shares from Readers
Thank you dear, Karinna! This is very valuable and timely information. The key that you gave us for this situation works. Retrograde Mercury actively pushes us to search for non-standard solutions in the balance of our local brain and strengthens us in the energy of Truth Trust and Passion!
With gratitude and love,
~Olga in Russia