I Ching, Sacred Geometry and Mercury Retrograde

Ever since my trip to Mendocino, I’ve felt less inclined to blog or tweet. Those days away from the computer (mine died on the trip) have turned into weeks as I’ve been borrowing my husband’s laptop and trying not to tax it much. We’re deciding whether to get mine fixed or just upgrade him to a newer model and let me keep the one I’m using, which runs rings around my poor, little fried friend. Even when we do decide, I suspect my computer habits will continue in their newly balanced ways. I’ve discovered that I can be much more conscious about my online time, and I’ve enjoyed the fruits of this newfound awareness. I decided to share some of those fruits here.

Swapping the I Ching for Twitter

Yep, you read that right. As much as I’ve enjoyed meeting people on Twitter (I even found the web designer for my Schizandra website via Twitter), I’ve also felt less centered since I started tweeting. Sometimes it feels like mandatory reporting or extra pressure to come up with something clever when my soul just wants to devote all creative writing time to book 2.

Last weekend, I went to the bookstore with my friend, Shana, and stumbled upon a slim copy of the I Ching. How synchronous! I was just researching correspondences between the 64 hexagrams of the I Ching and RNA/DNA sequencing. Apparently, the commonalities have been studied by scientists since the 1970’s, and some people believe these links extend to the 64 squares of a chessboard and certain combinations of ancient Runes. Cool stuff.

But back to the I Ching. I had never used this oldest form of divination before, and I have to say I’m loving it. Yesterday and most of today, whenever I got the urge to tweet, I instead threw three coins, drew a hexagram and consulted the I Ching. It’s just my way of learning it, but I’ve experienced tremendous calm and connectivity with this practice. Swapping the I Ching for Twitter makes me giggle; it also makes me feel even more in the flow than usual. I like shaking up my routine, and while I’m researching so many different things for book 2, it helps to read this gentle wisdom.

Sacred Geometry on YouTube

I haven’t completely ditched the internet, either. I found a link to a sacred geometry video on http://rainbowspace.blogspot.com/ and that led me to this fantastic YouTube channel.

Here’s one of my favorite videos:

I began studying Sacred Geometry in high school during a Classical Literature course that featured the works of Plato. We learned about the Five Platonic Solids and the Music of the Spheres. I picked up the study again in college due to my Art History Minor. So many of the great cathedrals in Europe employed Master Builders for their construction. An entire code of numbers and shapes exists within the framework of each dome, flying buttress and gargoyle. When I discovered Francene Hart’s Sacred Geometry Cards at a store in Monterey, CA, I realized that these numbers and shapes originally came from nature. That opened another layer of understanding for me. The more I study Sacred Geometry, the more fascinated I become.

Mercury Retrograde: Surviving and Thriving

Mercury went Retrograde on September 7, 2009 and goes direct on September 29, 2009. Mercury Retrograde is an astrological term describing something that occurs three or four times per year (four in 2009 and 2010). For approximately three weeks at a time, the planet Mercury appears to move backwards relative to Earth. Mercury Retrograde is perhaps the best known astrological phenomenon –even by people who don’t normally “follow” astrology.

Why? Because Mercury rules communication, and when communication moves backwards all sorts of things become chaotic. I didn’t really believe in this phenomenon until I started coaching people. I noticed that during certain three week periods, all or most of my clients experienced major misunderstandings with spouses, friends, family and/or co-workers, and that emails had a tendency to bounce back for no known reason. Checks would get lost in the mail, and oftentimes intensities would arise that no one truly cared about, but somehow everyone felt s/he needed to do battle over them anyway. In my own life, I found that PayPal transfers often went haywire, and my husband’s computer would crash like clockwork three times per year.

I finally started paying attention to Mercury Retrograde and found that I could prepare myself and my clients for these time periods. We do create our own realities, but the more in tune we are, oftentimes the more we feel the effects of various planets. Astrologers suggest some general guidelines:

1) If at all possible avoid signing contracts or negotiating details during a Mercury Retrograde.

2) Back up your computer before Mercury goes Retrograde, and avoid downloading new software until Mercury goes Direct.

3) Allow extra time for financial transactions as they may get delayed. The check that always arrives “just in time,” might arrive late during a Mercury Retrograde. Have a Plan B or C, just in case.

4) Try to avoid discussions about heated issues, unless you don’t mind risking a full-on fight. Mercury rules communication, and oftentimes Mercury Retrograde results in people hearing false accusations even though none were intended.

5) Have patience with your electronics. They’re trying their best. If your phones, computer, email, cell phone or internet act up, take a deep breath and ask yourself if you really need to push things right now. Pushing usually makes things worse, especially during a Mercury Retrograde. Having a sense of humor about how much we’ve come to rely on our communication tools can help shift your energy from total frustration bordering on insanity to an appreciation of the natural ebb and flow of life.

6) Don’t get upset if someone doesn’t respond to your emails or phone calls during this time. It may not be personal at all. Cyberspace has a way of gobbling up undelivered messages during Mercury Retrograde. See if you can wait until it goes Direct.

7) Try to avoid travel or anything related to travel during these times. Flights have a tendency to get delayed, reservations lost, and baggage misplaced. If you must fly, pack an extra set of clothes in your carryon and make sure you have what you’d need if you spent more time in the airport than initially planned. If you must drive somewhere, bring a good book on tape in case you spend extra hours in traffic. Preparation does not mean you will cause yourself delays; it just means you’ll enjoy your time should an unavoidable delay occur.

Ways to thrive in Mercury Retrograde. The last list focused on survival, but Mercury Retrograde does support some special actions:

1) Finish up any old, lingering projects. You might not want to submit, release, or publish them during this time, but old projects can benefit from a fresh look. Mercury also helps with creativity, making Mercury Retrograde an ideal time to edit or revise.

2) Clean out your closet, file drawer or office. Again, that Retrograde energy amplifies your ability to process through old things.

3) Evaluate how well you’ve achieved your goals and what things you’d still love to bring into your life. Mercury is also the messenger to the gods, similar to an angel. Mercury Retrograde marks a period of Mercury “slowing down,” which means our requests and longings can find more potent expression into the universe. This is a terrific time to ponder intentions.

4) Enjoy some solitude or time away. Read a book, take a walk in nature, or practice mindfulness with a sense of humor.

5) I’ll say it again: have a sense of humor. Mercury, or quicksilver, in alchemy is also known as a trickster god. Mercury changes forms fast and especially influences those born under the sign of Gemini. In fact, people with lots of Mercury in their astrological charts tend to feel Mercury Retrograde more strongly than others. If you can get in touch with that laughing trickster side, you’ll find that Mercury Retrograde stirs the pot in mischievous yet potentially healing ways. A little giggle goes a long way.

6) If you’d like to try something but want to make sure you have some kind of loophole, Mercury Retrograde offers the perfect chance for that. Things almost always go awry with commitments made during this time, so if you feel commitment-shy, you can ensure yourself some wiggle-room during these times. It doesn’t mean a contract or agreement will end; it just means things may happen that would render it null and void if one or both parties decided they wanted out.

7) Realize that you do have influence. You are not a slave to astrology, and you can maximize any events that come your way. Attitude makes a huge difference. If you can practice acceptance with curiosity, you will find Mercury Retrogrades can offer potent transformations in your life. As a Gemini who feels these shifts both in my own life and in the lives of those I coach, I have come to love Mercury Retrogrades! They feel like cosmically sanctioned vacations and I take them as such. I ease up on communication and turn inside, enjoying the still point within swirling chaos. It provides excellent practice for the rest of life, too, because life has a funny way of surprising us sometimes. With Mercury Retrograde as training ground, we can learn to meet anything and everything with Grace.

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by giacintavosika,LMP,RMT on September 19, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Thank you so much for the gentle, flowing, generous and kind reminder. Even though you shared a few things with me prior to the 7th reading this entry gave me many moments of ahas!!! Also a few chuckles as I struggled with a few setbacks that were more than a bit challenging. All is resolving itself well as I was able to take each situation and wonder about how I could learn and benefit from what the universe was prompting me to regard. I’m very happy to hear of your delightful yet profound and very meaningful adventures. You help motivate and inspire with your ethereal dance through life. Thank you so much for sharing. Blessings and love, Giacinta

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  2. Posted by laurabruno on September 19, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    You’re welcome, Giacinta. Thank you for all your love and blessings … and many more back to you! Love, Laura

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