Mercury Retrograde Spring 2018
Spring 2018 Mercury Retrograde Guide
By Danielle Ribaudo
I have known and worked with Danielle for years, so naturally I was very excited when she wrote this article for us! In typical retrograde fashion, I am a little late in posting this, but don't you worry. Listed below are helpful tools that can apply to any timeframe. Enjoy!
What is Mercury Retrograde?
Mercury just went retrograde. Again. It feels like Mercury is always in retrograde. Which it kinda is. So here we are closing out Winter and entering Spring tiptoeing around waiting for Mercury to calm the F down and get back in line. But is that actually necessary? What does this all really mean? And how are we truly affected?
Mercury is the planet situated closest to our Sun. Therefore its orbit is shorter (and at a different speed) than the Earth’s. This means that 3 – 4 times a year the Earth eats Mercury’s dust and for about 3 weeks it goes “retrograde”. During this phase Mercury appears to be moving backwards. However, none of the planets ever move backwards, it is just an illusion from our vantage point here on Earth. Although, Mercury is much smaller than Earth, when it passes us with such speed it can tend to shake things up a bit.
The ruler of communication, Mercury relates to a broad spectrum of things. From speaking and listening, to reading and writing, clear thinking, coordination, technology, and travel. The list goes on. People often find themselves more prone to anxiety during this period and likely to become prisoner to their monkey-mind. Arguments ensue, computers crash, mail gets lost, and flights are delayed. And yes, Spring Break travelers, I hate to be the one to break it to ya - but Mercury is officially Retrograde March 22nd - April 15th. So be prepared because mistakes may be made.
What to do???
Have no fear! You'll get through this, you always do. Just remember to stick to a few guidelines listed below, this will ease the turbulence until Mercury goes direct again.
- Try not to make any major decisions. Avoid a career change, a big move, or signing any important documents.
- If you must travel bring your spiritual toolbox. Your journal, a good book, or download a meditation app to help you keep your cool while without the support of Mercury.
- With all the technological glitches prepare yourself ahead of time. Back-up your data and be sure to download anything you may need before leaving the house. i.e. that meditation app.
But wait, there is more we can do than live in fear with our defenses up. There are two sides to every coin. Instead of focusing on all of the negative and what we should be avoiding, lets consider the upside and what we can shift our attention to.
What is this planetary phase asking us to do?
It is giving us a cue to slow down, to go inside and reflect. Consider this phase an opportunity to deal with any unfinished business. Mercury is great for reflection, re-learning, re-visiting, re-doing, and how fitting for this time of year, re-birth.
- Give a project you have already been working on a little extra TLC. This is the time to fine-tune anything that is already in motion.
- Connect with an old friend, the one you have been thinking about, but it felt like too much time has passed. It hasn’t. Now is the perfect time to reach out. *disclaimer - some relationships ended for a reason - you know who I'm talking about. Don't call that one!
- Organize your home or office. Nothing like a little push to slow down and clear out unnecessary clutter.
- Go inside. Take time to reflect over the past four seasons. Look at what has really worked for you and what has not. Regain your confidence and plant the seeds of Spring
Remember to keep your focus on things that have already been brewing and tie-up any loose ends there. This will prepare you to orbit any new plans into action – once Mercury is full speed ahead again, of course.
Danielle’s curiosity of holistic studies, both of the physical and energetic realm began at a young age. Being inspired by her mother, they would share books on spirituality and natural healing, then to have family discussions about them at the dinner table. Feeling supported to explore her passions she took courses at Scottsdale Community College on energy healing modalities that focused on balancing and cleansing the aura using Therapeutic Touch. In 2008 she deepened her yoga practice and completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in Tempe Arizona. Since then she has had the opportunity to study with many amazing teachers aiding her to develop a style that pulls from various yogic backgrounds ranging in traditions from Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Anusara, and Iyenagar, as well as Yoga Therapy, and Meditation. Click here to learn more!