Roman Oleh Yaworsky
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Mercury Retrograde Cycle
This drawing illustrates the path of Mercury in the sky and the different stages of the Mercury Retrograde Cycle. Each stage is color coded, and the corresponding
dates are shown in the Mercury Retrograde Calendar, below.
The Lessons and Best Stance During the Mercury Retrograde Process
The Mercury Retrograde process reveals the errors that come about from ignorance, from not paying attention to the details, due diligence and not paying attention to the quality, performance or proper execution of tasks and responsibilities. Many of the challenges that reveal themselves during Mercury Retrograde also result from false assumptions, overgeneralizing, laziness, unverified short cuts, wrong beliefs or understandings.
For this reason, it is important to check and re-check the fine print before making important decisions, especially during this time. It is also important to check and re-check schedules for trips and appointments for last minute changes. Take the time to catch errors not only made by you, but also by others that may affect you. More often at this time, it is wrongly assumed that someone else has taken care of a matter, or done it properly.
As much as Mercury Retrograde may seem like a challenging time in some ways for some people, it is a potentially expansive time for finishing tasks that have been left undone, for reviews, self assessments and creative or intuitive writing. It is especially good for writing, journaling. It is a time that supports new directions and explorations that break away from dry beliefs or stale understandings. Just don't ignore reality checking.
What is Mercury Retrograde?
Mercury Retrograde is a period of time when Mercury appears to be going backwards against the sky. We observe this about four times a year, as mercury races past the part of its orbit that is closer to the earth and begins to travel on to the further side of the sun, and from our perspective, during that time, moves in the opposite direction as the earth. By line of sight against the sky it seems to move forward, then backwards, then forward again as it returns to pass the earth again.
The Experience of Mercury Retrograde
Most of the Phenomena that people experience and attribute to Mercury Retrograde deals with delays, difficulties and challenges in the areas that Mercury rules, which include: communication, details, local transportation, information, the media, computers, awareness, reality checking, documents, work load and the scheduling, execution and completion of tasks
How Long Does Mercury Retrograde Last?
The actual Mercury Retrograde itself, as Mercury appears to be going backwards in the sky, lasts about 3 weeks. However, the Pre-Shadow and Post-Shadow periods (discussed later in this article) extend the experiences of this phenomena, and should not be ignored. The shadow periods last about 2 weeks each. The whole Mercury Retrograde process, including the shadows lasts about 5 weeks.
The 5 Distinct Periods of Mercury Retrograde
There are actually 5 distinct periods that are related to the Mercury retrograde phenomena: The Pre Shadow Phase, The first Mercury Station (often referred to as the day it goes retrograde), The Mercury Retrograde Proper Phase, the Second Mercury Station and the Post Shadow Phase.
Within the the 2 shadow phases and while Mercury is retrograde, there are times when the phenomena is more strongly experienced and this is indicated in the Mercury Retrograde Calendars.
Mercury Retrograde: The Pre Shadow
This is the period of time when Mercury begins to slow down and passes over the same path in the sky that it will later stop and return to go backwards or retrograde. Although the Pre-Shadow is often ignored, it is very important, because much of the difficulty that is encountered later with the Mercury Retrograde period itself is set up in the Pre-Shadow.
The day that Mercury enters the Pre Shadow can show up as a more sensitive time as it is at the same relative location that it will later become retrograde. This date is shown on the Mercury Retrograde Calendar as a blue square.
The Pre Shadow Sets Mercury Retrograde Up
that we may contribute to the Pre-Shadow is to ignore our inner voice,
ignore our intuition and to ignore the hints that the universe poses to
us. Watch yourself during this period when you ignore things because you
think they are not important, because you make assumptions or follow the
assumptions of others.
Mercury Retrograde: The First Station
The effect of the Pre-Shadow strengthens as Mercury slows down before it retrogrades. It then becomes 'stationary' and is about to move backwards. Often, the time when Mercury is stationary or slowed down coincides with a peaking in the Mercury retrograde phenomena.
This time is indicated in the calendar as a darker shade of color at the end of the Pre-shadow and at the beginning of the Mercury Retrograde Proper.
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