Blame it on the Retrograde!
by Beach T. Weston
(Reposted for 2023 Mercury Retrogrades)
Have you been feeling somewhat out-of-sorts lately? Projects stalled? Communication faux pas? Did you send a saucy text that was meant for your Cousin Lou, but instead you sent it to your Aunt Mildred, whom you’ve nicknamed Auntie Prude? Or maybe out-of-the-blue you remembered an old flame—someone so icky that if you had to do it over again you would rather eat the poisonous apple the Witch offered Snow White?
Let’s blame it on the retrograde!
I hear your questions: What in the blazes is a retrograde!? And why blame an astrological phenomenon?
In the astrological world, there are certain times of the year when planets appear to travel backwards. Astrologers say it’s an illusion, a planet’s motion, which they refer to as retrogrades.
Retros, can stir up all kinds of snags and hiccups. If at times you feel confused—frustrated—if your mind or body resembles a slug—if you experience problems in the areas of communication and travel—the reason might be due to Mercury Retrogrades, which can sometimes be humdingers.
Astrologers forewarn certain situations during a Mercury Retrograde: A few of these concerns are computer issues, misunderstandings in communications, and repair problems. Another warning is not to sign contracts or enter into binding commitments.
The good news! If Mercury Retrograde, or whatever retrograde lands on your door step for a visit—remember you can glide through the cycle without unnecessary angst. Oops! According to astrologers, not possible. BUT they give recommendations to make the retros easier to take—for example:
Mercury Retrograde is a time to clean up your mountain of paper work—reorganization is encouraged. It’s a great time to reflect and to rethink. Complete the old stuff and make plans for the new stuff (just don’t act on any new ideas or plans until the retro is over).
Great ideas, especially since there are three Mercury Retrogrades in 2023: April 21st to May 14th, August 23rd to September 15th, and December 13th to January 1st, 2024.
Now that we have a grasp of the power of retros: Should fear and the planet’s motion dictate our behavior? Is it sensible to be Chicken Little and run around shouting, “the sky is falling…the sky is falling!”
Perhaps not. Perhaps it’s wiser to follow an astrologer’s advice such as one of my favorite British astrologers, Steve Judd, who says, “Pop it! Pop it with a hat pin!” And if that doesn’t work, spend a day organizing your cabinets and drawers—and end the day by meeting good friends at your favorite watering hole. And yes, you can order a sarsaparilla as long as you relax and feel gratitude.
Thought: If an astrologer’s guidance can help make our lives more peaceful during times of retro’s colossal ups and downs, and all things that give us a pain in our Uranus…I’m in-like-Flynn. And I have to say if I was offered a multi-million dollar contract that had to be signed during a Mercury Retrograde, you bet your sweet bippy, I am going to sign the contract—scrutinize—but I would not let that one slip by me. There might be alterations to make after the retro—so be it—I shall rejoice as I deposit the prodigious check and worry about the possible frustration of adjustments…later.
In Peace, Love, and Surviving Retros!