How and When Does Mercury in Retrograde Affect Us?


Mercury in Retrograde is an astrological influence in our lives that by being aware of it can give us the opportunity to understand and use it to help us rather than reap havoc in our lives.
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Channeled by Malkezedek
through Leah Levkowitz

The influences of the stars and planets were devised as a tool to create experiences for souls to achieve their intended purposes while in human form.

It is ultimately “in the stars” to rise above the influences by becoming conscious and present to your true selves by letting go of attachment to everything in your physical reality by realizing them as a transitory experience.

By letting go of attachment and allowing yourself to be present and in flow allows you to avoid the traps that are intended for your growth and ultimate awakening and awareness of who you truly are.

Either way, it is all part of your experience that you chose to incur in your human experience. Being aware of the influences can help you be forewarned not to fall into the trap of reactivity and begin to see the patterns that influence you and others around you.

It is much like flowing down a stream and seeing a rock in your path. You can then avoid it and swim around it.

Each of you have come in to your incarnation with different astrological maps to help guide your experiences. Studying astrology or your individual chart can give you insight to your path, challenges and purpose. Leah has an in depth understanding of each of the astrological paths and how they give insight to your individual purposes.

We will be bringing more to you in the future.
Thank you, Malkezedek

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I, Leah, have posted information from others that I have found and referenced below with a link to a calendar for 2012 of when Mercury is in Retrograde:

Calendar for 2012 when Mercury is in Retrograde
http://www.astroprofile.com/2012mercuryrx.htm

Excerpt by Rob Tillet
http://www.astrologycom.com/mercret.html

How Mercury In Retrograde Affects Us

In general, Mercury rules thinking and perception, processing and disseminating information and all means of communication, commerce, education and transportation. By extension, Mercury rules people who work in these areas, especially those who work with their minds or their wits: writers and orators, consultants, commentators and critics, gossips and spin doctors, salespeople, teachers, travellers, tricksters and thieves. Mercury also has an occult side, so healing, astrology and the transmission of spiritual knowledge are also in his area.

Mercury retrograde gives rise to personal misunderstandings; flawed, disrupted, or delayed communications, negotiations and trade; glitches and breakdowns with phones, computers, cars, buses, and trains. And all of these problems usually arise because some crucial piece of information, or component, has gone astray or awry.

It is not exactly wise to make important decisions while Mercury is retrograde, since it is likely that such decisions will be clouded by misinformation, poor communication and careless thinking. Mercury is all about mental clarity and the power of the mind, so when Mercury is retrograde these intellectual characteristics tend to be less acute than usual, as the critical faculties are dimmed. Make sure you pay attention to the small print!

The Key Issue

The key issue here is one of focus. Mercury’s retro phase tends to bring unforeseen changes and blockages, but the aggravation and frustration that many of us experience during these periods is often due to our own inability to roll with the punches. Is this due to our ego-fixation?

Mercury sets out to restructure our thinking processes and for many of us this is painful and frustrating. Unresolved issues from the past tend to push themselves forward. Moreover, these experiences reveal flaws in our internal organization as well as our external planning, which can make us feel foolish and inadequate. Keep your eyes peeled; Mercury’s retro period gives us the chance to find out just what has been missed!

Mercury retrograde, like any cosmic aspect, affects people differently, depending on where it hits their personal charts. Some people actually prosper under a retro Mercury, especially if Mercury is retrograde but otherwise well-aspected in their birth charts. Some people even excel in the way they play roulette under a retrograde Mercury!

It is also a time when matters begun under a previous retro period will come to fruition, or completion as the case may be. Firm decisions that have been previously made when Mercury is traveling normally through the zodiac may be implemented or finalized while Mercury is retrograde without too much worry, for experience shows that this can be done without undue problems arising.

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