Mercury Retrograde

by Cayelin K Castell

In 2017 Mercury stations retrograde Aug 12 (11 Virgo 38) and stations direct on September 5 (28 Leo 25) passing Regulus three times.

Important Note:Mercury is stationing direct exactly on the Total Solar Eclipse degree of August 21 acting as the first major planetary activation of that eclipse. The perfection of this is beyond ordinary imaging and it remains to be witnessed what will transpire as a result. However, what we are thinking, feeling, saying and doing will very likely have an impact.

Mercury (29 Sagittarius 18) stations retrograde again on December 2/3 depending on your time zone and stations direct December 22 (13 Sagittarius) passing Rasalhague in the Serpent Bearer three times. Find out more about this Star and Constellation HERE.

Station Points are Still Points
The retrograde station is one of two exact Still Points in any planetary cycle and since Mercury is usually the fastest moving planet, the Mercury Still Point is often more dramatically felt. The Still Point is a nexus of all possibilities where everything is shifting and changing via our perception.

TS Eliots’ poem on the Still Point is a wonderful description of the Still Point.

At the still point of the turning world.
Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards;
at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement.
And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered.
Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline.
Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance,
and there is only dance.
I can only say, there we have been: but I cannot say where.
And I cannot say, how long, for that is to place it in time. (TS Eliot 1952)

The Hall Of Records
Mercury is linked with Thoth/Hermes Trismegistus, the progenitor of the Emerald Tablets and Keeper of the Hall of Records. The Still Point or station point of Mercury provides unusual access to the Hall of Records within our own being, especially when we are cultivating awareness through intention and attention to these mysteries. Mercury passing Regulus three times is activating the Heart of Lion, or Regulus, a star often connected to the Hall or Records.

Any Mercury Retrograde is a great time for paying attention to any incoming messages and for engaging right-brained creative activities, doing inner healing processes, completing projects already in motion, and making allowances for challenges in communication requiring more rational and linear skills, checking to make sure what you say and what you hear are what is actually being communicated.

Strategy for Mercury Retrograde
During a Mercury Retrograde it is wise to delay decisions that require action until after Mercury goes direct if at all possible. If you can delay important decisions until after September 20, 2017 when Mercury passes the retrograde degree that is even better.

However, if you find yourself needing to decide something NOW and its not a clear and easy decision – then contact your inner knowing, the part of you that knows and operates beyond the realm of logic and reason, beyond the realm of Time, and ask from that inner knowing place what the most supportive and beneficial choice is for you?

If you are having challenges accessing your inner knowing then there is always the crazy Mercury solution that can work wonders and that is to toss a coin. Being faced with an actual choice could help you to access how you feel about it one way or another.

So for example, if your coin toss says yes go in this direction and you seize up on a physical mental or emotional level contemplating carrying out that choice that is really good information and you might realize that you really don’t want to go in that direction. So in a sense this can be another way to ask the part of yourself that knows. If you truly are ambivalent then the coin toss will help you to make a choice that is not necessarily guided by logic and reason.

Something to keep in mind is there are NO mistakes. Some choices may be more fun and easier to engage than others but we always have the opportunity to learn from whatever we do.

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