A powerful Mercury Retrograde begins next week, just as the moon undertakes another new beginning: both are aspects of a powerful cycle of challenge and opportunity disguised in clouds of deception, misunderstanding and obfuscation.
Until the end of March we will be teased by a slippery game of snakes and ladders, where we will appear to be moving surefootedly along the path of our choosing, only to find ourselves somewhere quite different perhaps having taken a tumble along the way. Actions may have unexpected outcomes and decisions be ones we later regret; people we trust may let us down, and the external world may look empty or shambolic. It will be disconcerting.
It is at times like these that we can find our greatest strength and the chance to move through our human frailties to find more of our inner truth. All the deception and confusion of Mercury Retrograde concern the material world and if we are able to recognise this, allow for it and not let it matter, then the hidden blessings of Mercury can help us blossom.
It is no coincidence, and perhaps unfortunate, that the debacle that is Brexit is coming to its climax while Mercury is retrograde. The characteristics of the wayward winged messenger are beginning to be felt already, like the hush that so often precedes a storm, and it is likely we will see much disarray in the world of politics, some intentionally created and some inadvertently triggered through incompetence and miscalculation in the period to 29th March, which happens to be the date that Mercury ceases his backward movement. In this time particularly, question everything, and believe nothing that you do not feel in your soul.
Mercury is about communication, discernment, clarity and focus, inner knowing and also wisdom – gifts he wishes to share with us, if we are able to see and share in his plan for us. He is an imp that loves to play games, whether it be a treasure hunt, finding the needle in the haystack or upsetting the egos of politicians, and he is particularly playful when looking backwards. Beneath the teasing, however, is an earnest desire to help us as a result of his testing, for he knows that the human and spiritual rewards of so doing are enormous.
So, if Mercury in Retrograde pokes you or your world, see the situation in context and look for the deeper meaning. It is your chance to grow, and then move on.