Remember my last Look At The Stars post? I wrote about Pisces season a bit? Well, we are done surfing those emotional Piscean waves. Aries season began early this week and was the start of the new astrological year. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac– it’s the leader, the trailblazer, and is all about emphasizing your individuality. As a fire element and a cardinal sign (cardinal basically means that you’re an initiator), you’ve probably noticed that your energy has shifted a bit lately. I don’t know about you, but the energy I’ve had this week has been such a drastic change from my recent anxious brooding. I feel like I can finally get to work after being all deep and introspective.
If you have your astrology listening ears turned on, you’ve surely heard that Mercury has gone retrograde for the first time in 2018. If you’re a reader whose attention I barely have when I talk about this stuff, or if you’re new to astrology lingo, you’re probably wondering what the heck retrograde means. Well, let me tell you that NASA defines retrograde movement as, “an apparent change in movement of the planet through the sky. It is not REAL in that the planet does not physically start moving backwards in its orbit. It just appears to do so because of the relative positions of the planet and Earth and how they are moving around the Sun.” Now you know.
So, beginning yesterday, it looks like the planet Mercury is moving backwards. This happens a few times a year, and has for thousands of years. In all of that time, people have noticed some correlating circumstances when Mercury gets to the reverse portion of “The Cha Cha Slide” around the Sun.
Planets are bodies of massive energy, and it’s inevitable that we feel the effects of them on Earth. Mercury is the planet associated with all forms of communication. It has to do with how we think and communicate our ideas and feelings to the world. So, when Mercury goes retrograde, this planetary shift actually helps us shift our focus away from expressing outwards and into expressing inwards.
Errors in communication, delays, all sorts of mishaps are always associated with Mercurial retrogrades. Expect travel delays, technological problems, and try to avoid making any binding long-term commitments. Oh, they also say this is a popular time for your ex’s to contact you; so, watch out for that. During retrogrades, people tend to feel all out of sorts. They might feel misunderstood or that mundane activities feel a bit harder (by the way, this is going on for the next 24 days).
Still with me? The effects of a Mercury retrograde: technological mishaps, logistical issues, and constant conversational mixups. Whenever this planet of all things communication returns to its usual direct orbit, you can almost hear the collective sigh of relief. However, if you were born during a Mercury retrograde period, you probably feel some of its influence all the time. Yesterday, while I was doing my retrograde research for this post, I stumbled upon the fact that I am one of those people. I was born while Mercury was in retrograde.
Those of us who share this birth-trait are said to have a need for a clear narrative. We are also associated with honesty, are a bit offbeat, and have a quirky sense of humor. Remind you of anyone? In my last post I literally wrote about being misunderstood and needing a translator. Mind blown.
After this epiphany, I decided to revisit my natal chart. My natal chart led me to revisit a video I have saved on my laptop. This video is titled, “My Purpose” and is quite literally a two hour explanation of what mine is. Intrigued? I told you that I did a lot of soul searching over the past year or so, and receiving this information was a pivotal moment of that.
I spent the rest of last night rewatching this recording. Guys, the experience I had was intensely revolutionary. I hope you’re ready to get weird with me; because, on Monday I’ll be putting the pieces of my personality together. You think that’s what I’ve been doing with this blog? You have no idea. I’m bursting at the seams to share my next post with you… See you on Monday.