2017 Needs to Go, Like NOW

I think we can all agree that 2017 has been – for lack of a more polite term – a real shitstorm, yes?

Some of it is good and powerful and wonderful and has got to happen. For the forest to return full and vibrant, some stuff has got to burn down. And, oh boy, is there some stuff burning down.

More needs to go and it hurts. But it needs to happen.

Wounds need cleaning before they heal. I know, so much pretty imagery this morning. This might be why I’m better with nonfiction than fiction. I’m no poet.

BUT. There are some things coming up energetically this weekend that are big, big, big.

The full moon this month and Mercury retrograde coincide on the 3rd. This is HUGE.

The full moon is all about releasing and this one will be a supermoon. Awesome time to do all the releasing you need to do. In fact, since it’s close to the end of the year, consider using your ritual this weekend to release not only things you wanted to release for the past month, but also consider releasing 2017. You’ve probably got more that you want to release than you should all at once, anyway, and you still have time to do a second release for 2017 later in December.

But there’s also Mercury going into retrograde for a time. We’re in the shadow now, but we’ll feel the fuller effects on the 3rd. Here’s the thing. Don’t be scared of Mercury in retrograde. Yes, you should be careful with big decisions, etc., but look at it for what it is. It’s a time to slow down, to reflect, to refresh. In fact, if the word starts with the prefix “re-” then you should consider doing it. I’ve talked about Mercury in retrograde before, and perhaps some of those tips will help you now.

Breathe and GROUND. Breathe and ground. All will be well.


Can Mercury in Retrograde Be Positive?

Let’s talk about Mercury in retrograde for a minute, because it’s on everyone’s minds.

Most people view Mercury in retrograde as a bad thing, but I think we have to look for the positive.

What Is Mercury Retrograde?

Can Mercury in Retrograde Be Positive?

To start with, Mercury is the planet in our solar system that is closest to the sun. It only takes about 88 of our days (here on Earth) for Mercury to complete a full cycle around the sun. About three or four times a year, Mercury does something strange from our vantage point here on Earth. It looks as if it slows down and even backs up. This is an optical illusion, but it’s unnerving. So we gave it a name: Retrograde.

The retrograde period can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to closer to three weeks. There’s also a “shadow period” before and after, so the effects of Mercury in retrograde might hit you a little earlier or seem to last a little longer than the actual dates.

Mercury–named for the Roman god Mercury, the Messenger–rules over quite a bit, astrologically speaking. There’s communication, for starters, based on that whole “messenger” deal. But there is also intelligence, the mind and memory, and self-expression, among others.

Here are the dates for this coming year:

December 19, 2016 – January 8, 2017
April 9, 2017 – May 3, 2017
August 12, 2017 – September 5, 2017
December 2, 2017 – December 22, 2017

So What’s the Big Deal?

OK, so when Mercury goes into retrograde, the implication is that whatever Mercury rules or affects goes a bit haywire. That means there are:

• Mixups
• Delays
• Technology goes wonky
• Messages get lost
• Misunderstandings brew
• Contracts and agreements are iffy
• Dreams and goals can get lost

Most people who talk about Mercury in retrograde have some Big Advice on what you should avoid. These tips include avoiding:

• Big purchases
• Big repairs
• Big changes, like marriage, divorce, etc.
• Traveling
• Starting a new job
• Making agreements
• Starting projects
• Holding important meetings

This might make you feel better, but come on. That’s usually two to three weeks out of your life. Let’s lighten up a bit.

Looking for the Positives

Mercury in retrograde gives you a chance to slow down and pay a little bit more attention. Say you know that messages can be delayed. So you slow down and give yourself extra time to craft them and to send them accurately. It allows you to take a break. Observe what’s going on around you. Contemplate life a bit.

This period of retrograde is perfect for second chances, redoing something—anything with “re” in front of it, really. You can catch up on all those time-consuming tasks you’ve been avoiding because you didn’t have time for them before.

It’s also perfect for this time of year. You can reflect on what you’ve already accomplished and then review your goals and plans. Then, when Mercury goes direct, you’re ready.

Helpful Tips for Surviving Mercury in Retrograde

If you’re determined to carry on with life full speed ahead during Mercury’s retrograde, go for it. But some of these tips might help you feel you’ve got a better handle on things.

Check your plans over and over and over again, especially travel plans. And bring carry-on luggage.

Always be prepared for delays! They’re gonna happen. Bring a book.

Mail packages and letters early. And double check those addresses before you send them off.

In fact, double check everything.

Keep your receipts. Especially if you’re determined to buy something big.

Keep your tech charged.

Remember to BREATHE and GROUND.

So how do YOU survive Mercury in retrograde? Leave tips in the comments!