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The Shadow of Mercury Retrograde Persists: How Best to Use this Time

Today features another guest blog post by the lovely and wise Electra Jung. Most people know about “Mercury Retrograde,” but not everyone knows about its “shadow period.” Sounds ominous, right? Well, it need not feel that way. As Electra explains, the Shadow of Mercury Retrograde fosters continued inner evaluation, review and healing.

In many ways it’s fitting that the first phase of Ocean’s 11:11 occurs on May 1, still under Mercury’s shadow. This initial event works with this energy, looking to salve deep, unhealed wounds and especially exploring how our outer world reflects our own inner climate. Please feel free to join us if you’d like to participate, or you can do so privately with your own very personal ceremonies, meditations and acknowledgment.

Whether you intend to participate in Ocean’s 11:11 or not, Electra’s insights will help you navigate the rest of April and early May. Many blessings and much love! Thanks, as always, to Electra for her keen awareness and easy explanations of tricky concepts:

The month of April requires patience, temperance and calm in order to manage yourself and your emotions through the challenging planetary cycles… cycles which challenge our daily activities and create disruptions of our familiar patterns and interactions with everyone we know.

The Mercury retrograde that began on March 30th will dominate much of the month of April. Mercury will station direct on April 23 and remain in its “shadow’ until returning to the degree of its retrograde May 12.

This will make the month of April slow-going and frustrating for those accustomed to moving into spring with a bang and getting ideas and plans moving ahead. It is time to ask ourselves what is most important to get done. And we’re learning to BE — fully present — when we do.

“… the only time you ever have in which to learn anything or see anything or feel anything, or express any feeling or emotion, or respond to an event, or grow, or heal, is this moment, because this is the only moment any of us ever gets. You’re only here now; you’re only alive in this moment.”

— Jon Kabat-Zinn

Even as Mercury returned to direct motion…it was in hard aspect to the relentless testing of restrictive Saturn. Mercury opposed to Saturn is another indication of set-back and delay. The intention here is to get yourself, your documents and your life organized before moving forward with any kind of coherence! The more prepared you become… the more informed and confidence you become.

During the “shadow” phase of Mercury we are catching up with all the weak links in our plans, our lives. Until May 11/12 we have time to move slowly forward as Mercury re-covers its lots ground during the retrograde cycle. This natural cycle also give us the time to re-emerge more balanced, capable and self-aware. These previous three weeks have shown where our thinking and speaking have caused havoc in personal and professional relationships.

Moreover, it is well-known among mundane astrologers that the days and weeks prior to and after the vernal equinox in the northern hemisphere, that some people have a hard time adjusting to the shift of seasons and the equalization of the Earth’s tilt.

Acts of frustration, impulse and haste work in combination with the Aries stellium of transits. Some of the planets, like Mars, head towards an opposition to Saturn in Libra by the third week of April – compounding the impulsive and aggressiveness in the air, and at times, leading to the volatile inclinations associated with Aries.

Value the month of April to mid-May to rest, re-view and re-connect with yourself. Be consistent with your spiritual practices and remain aware that every moment of every day offers you the chance to re-discover the beauty of living alongside with natural cycles!

Electra

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