Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Re-Focusing The Messenger...

Well, it only seems like yesterday when little Mercury went retrograde, but today the messenger of the celestial Gods and Goddesses moves direct once again.

Retro Mercury often creates communications chaos, hiccups with paperwork, missing letters (postal strikes maybe!), and general niggly little problems with day-to-day administration. Yet, this time around there is a strong sense that whilst all of this was experienced, there was a deeper meaning to the chaos.

Mercury helped us to look at situations a little more pragmatically – sometimes we don’t know what’s best for us and need a celestial helping hand to make us stop and think.

There is an adage ‘don’t shoot the messenger’ which seems to be attributed to both William Shakespeare and the Greek writer Sophocles…

Thinking about this rationally, it is not poor Mercury’s fault that things go awry, perhaps if we work with this little whiz-bang of a planet, and see him as a friend rather than akin to coyote or pan (the troublemaker), then we can start to overcome the hiccups and welcome Mercury retrograde as a time to check and double check our decisions and actions just to be sure that we are still doing the things that we want to be doing.

Now Mercury is moving direct, we need to be sure about the things that are important and the things that are not. We need to keep a clear head for the paths forwards, and to trust that when things don’t go according to plan, there is usually a very good reason. And whilst we might not be aware of it at the time, and feel justified in ranting and cursing, when we look back we can often see the deeper meaning and significance of what happened.

Mercury moves back into Libra on the 10th October, and on his journey he gives Saturn a good kick up the posterior before he also moves into Libra at the end of October (more on that soon). This seems to be to remind each of us that we need to be accountable and responsible for the decisions we make in life, to take a position of strength and not to think that being in ‘victim’ mode will actually do us any good in the long run.

So, I guess the message is:

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER….