Saturday, 26 December 2009

Mercury Does It Again...

Today, Mercury moves retrograde. This will be the fourth and final retrograde phase of Mercury in 2009 – and we end the year with this little planet spinning backwards creating all sorts of thoughts and ideas within each of us.

This year, Mercury has given each of us an opportunity to focus on our thoughts, and in particular to explore how we think. It is all too natural for most of us to think in terms of negatives - ‘I can’t’, ‘yeah, but’, ‘life is hard’, ‘nothing is easy’, ‘I am fat/skinny/poor’ etc.

The irony is that these thoughts of lack create more of the same in our lives. Like attracts like, so by thinking in a negative or restrictive way, creates that dynamic in our lives and keeps it there. So, in some ways this is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Of course, changing the thinking to something more positive is not always that easy. When life is hard, it can be hard to see above the parapet and even contemplate a thought process that can start to change the dynamic. Yet, until we start to think more creatively, it is often the case that we cannot change the dynamic.

So in some ways, we are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. Of course, there are many books and teachers around the world inspiring us to think positively, to affirm and to create the lives we dream of.

My own beliefs do not take me quite that far, as I prefer a little humility – so for me, I would not ask for a beach side house, a luxury car, or a million pounds in the bank (but if I got them, I would be ever so grateful!), but I would simply ask to be provided for, to have my needs met and to have room in my life to be creative and help people. I guess that comes down to personal choice though.

Retrograde phases of any planet internalises its energy; and by taking it within we can start to understand ourselves better. We have had the opportunity this year to be true to ourselves, and to start thinking in terms of abundance, joy, love and harmony.

Individually we can bring this into our own lives, but collectively we can make more of a global impact as well. The recession has forced many of us to look at our materialism and over-consumption, and also to why we need so much ‘stuff’ – for many the answer to this is simple, stuff fills the void. But we can fill the void with the simpler things in life, those things that are free and Universal in origin – love, joy etc.

Mercury wants us to find fulfilment from within – to think about our lives, the world, and the way in which we live. Mercury wants us to see that ‘having it all’, and keeping up with consumerist trends is really not that fulfilling. Buying a new TV just because it’s the latest version, even when the old one is perfectly functional does not give us lasting joy. That joy comes from within, and it is now up to each of us to find it, experience it and to spread the word.

Mercury Retrograde can cause chaos with communications, contracts and other administrative issues – but try not to get too wrapped up in these – try to see the bigger picture instead. In any challenge or obstacle, look for a positive. Find things to be grateful for everyday.

Mercury goes retrograde a lot, so we should all be used to the little games that he plays, yet at the same time we are often thrown into a state of disarray when things don’t go quite as planned. Calm down, and breathe deeply.

There is a strong need to be both pragmatic and philosophical over the next few weeks. Maybe, just maybe Mercury is being our best friend by causing well-timed delays to allow us a little more thinking time?

Try to see the positive. And by taking a more philosophical approach to obstacles and hiccups, hopefully we can each reach the end of this retrograde phase stronger than ever before…