Mercury retrograde usually happens 4 times in a year. Life is always about new challenges to overcome. The play of existence is transcendence, overcoming obstacles, and it is more apparent during a mercury retrograde cycle. Don't resist your mind’s natural intuitive review process that occurs in a mercury retrograde. Use essential oils to ameliorate the mercury retrograde influence, soften any harsh influences to your natal mercury, enhance the planetary rulers of the different zodiac signs.
These three easy to use aromatherapy hacks coupled with a few insider tips will make a 3-week mercury retrograde a breeze to navigate. Now you can experience few, if any, disruptions. If the mercury retrograde effect does occur you’ll know exactly what to do to get right back on track.
Why Do Planets Effect You?
“As above, so below, as within, so without,” is a famous axiom of the mystic Hermes Trismegistus, author of the, Hermetic Corpus, an ancient book about the laws of the universe. This law simply means there is a nonlocal relationship between everything in nature. In other words, what is occurring in the heavens reflects what is happening back here on earth for you.
The ancients viewed themselves as life. There was no separation between themselves and the things they witnessed happening in life. They also recognized that everything in life was happening spontaneously. Like movie goers they watched the stars because they wanted to understand the story that was unfolding before them and their place in the cosmos.
They recognized that changes in the heaven’s, like the planet mercury’s apparent retrograde motion, coincided with important events happening in their own lives, so they watched the stars and made plans accordingly.
What Is Mercury Retrograde?
Mercury doesn’t actually move backward, since it is the closest planet to the Sun its orbit around the Sun is much shorter than Earth’s. Mercury orbits the Sun about three or four times a year. When mercury speeds past the Earth it appears to start going backward in its orbit.
Imagine you are in a car looking out the window and, as you pick up speed and pass a car, it appears that the other car is going backward. But, it’s an optical illusion, only an appearance.
However, mercury’s speed and its closeness to the Earth does create electromagnetic turbulence resulting in what’s called the retrograde effect.
Attitude And Mindset
Everyone one of us have the planet mercury somewhere in our astrology chart. Mercury represents your conscious intellect. The primary way of feeling your mercury is through your attitude or mindset. You can’t really tangibly see someone’s attitude, but you can certainly feel the vibes of their mindset. If someone has a bad attitude you can feel it!
Mercury influences the way you connect with others and your style of communication.
Your perspective and how you interpret whatever is happening in your life and the meaning you give to things is ruled by the planet mercury. So, mercury is a very big player for getting along with others and staying in the flow of life.
Gifts Of Mercury Retrograde Cycle
Have you ever noticed life is always presenting you with new challenges to overcome? The play of existence is transcendence, overcoming obstacles, and this is never more apparent than during a mercury retrograde cycle.
The purpose of a mercury retrograde seems to be to give you an attitude adjustment. It gifts you with opportunities for making changes that, when implemented after mercury stations direct, move you forward to realize your dreams.
During the 3-week retrograde, mercury is said to be asleep. It goes into the dream time and your mind becomes more receptive and intuitive. A mercury retrograde allows you time to slow your mind down and experience the quality of your inner relationship with life.
It is a time to make an intuitive review of things.
If things are breaking down, or plans falls apart, inhale a little mercury retrograde oil, then listen to your intuition and follow your hunches to discover resolutions.
If you stubbornly resist your mind’s natural intuitive review process that occurs at a mercury retrograde, then all manner of disruptions can occur as the psyche or soul life side of you attempts to get the ego-driven and goal oriented side of you to slow down and reflect momentarily to receive intuitive guidance about how you need to adjust your attitude for happy outcomes.
Mercury Retrograde 2017
2017 starts on a mercury retrograde. The exact day and time mercury’s station retrograde at 15º Virgo is on December 19th, 2:55am PT. Have you ever noticed how things start is how they go?
Starting the new year on a mercury retrograde indicates a need to be extra flexible in your mental attitude. 2017 is a number 1 universal year when fresh new starts are supported. A great year for new ventures when you’ll get the most from your opportunities if you keep a flexible attitude.
On the day mercury stations retrograde, we are on the solstice threshold, making this mercury retrograde especially potent. This year’s solstice is exact on December 21st at 2:45am PT.
3 Aromatherapy Hacks For Mercury Retrograde
As a formulator of essential oil blends and metaphysician for more than three decades, I frequently get mercury retrograde complaints. Years ago I broke the code for what essential oils to use to enhance the planetary rulers of the different zodiac signs.
The mercury retrograde oils, I’m recommending not only help with ameliorating the mercury retrograde influence, but can help soften any harsh influences to your natal mercury.
1. Ylang Ylang III (Cananga Odorata) – Steam Distilled Flower Blossoms
Best location for growing and distilling is Madagascar.
Keywords: neutralizes negativity, stabilizes nervous system.
Ylang Ylang III enhances your feminine, right brain, intuitive capacity, neutralizes negativity, as well as acts to synchronize your brain and nervous system.
2. Lemongrass (Cymbopogon Citratus) – Hydodiffused Grass
Best location for growing and distilling Haiti.
Keywords: regulating body-mind tonic, renews and refreshes.
Lemongrass oil’s regulating and tonic action renews and refreshes your attitude, and life experience on all levels. Recent research shows lemongrass to have sedative action on the central nervous system which makes it effective for calming and soothing the body and mind.
3. Frankincense (Boswelia Fereana) – Steam Distilled Resin Tears
Best locations Oman, India (endangered), and Somalia.
Keywords: comforter of sorrows, emotional and spiritual support.
Excellent oil for letting go frankincense is probably best known for giving its user enduring emotional and spiritual support. Frankincense is beneficial for releasing negative mental and emotional states such as low self esteem, lack of confidence, insecurity and anxiety.
Dates Of Mercury Retrograde (2017)
The fore shadow and after shadow days are when mercury returns to the exact degrees it crosses during the entire mercury retrograde cycle.
December 19, 2016 to January 8, 2017
Starts at 15º earth sign Capricorn and ends 28º fire sign Sagittarius.
Fore shadow starts December 2nd.
After shadow ends January 28th.
April 9 to May 3, 2017
Starts at 4º earth sign Taurus and ends 24º fire sign Aries.
Fore shadow starts March 27th.
After shadow ends May 21st.
August 13 to September 5, 2017
Starts at 11º earth sign Virgo and ends 28º fire sign Leo.
Foreshadow starts July 25th.
After shadow ends September 19th.
December 3 to 22, 2017
Starts at 29º fire sign Sagittarius and ends 14º Sagittarius
Foreshadow starts November 15th.
After shadow ends January 11th.