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Learning About the Mercury Retrograde

The planet Mercury rules education, intelligence and truth. During a retrograde, some of the power is held back.  Things get a little crazy. Travel Plans may have glitches and delays or detours. Computers may not function correctly. Information breaks down. Cars and appliances may have problems.  Where ever there are weaknesses, those areas will be magnified.  This is a time to be wary of what is happening all around and be aware that for every two steps forward you take you may have to take one step backward. 

See the “Guidelines - Dos and Don’ts below to help get through the period.  After all, you still have to live your daily life.  You just can't curl up in a bed for the next three weeks can you? !! 

One other thing to consider. You control your own destiny. You can do a lot to avoid the consequences of a Mercury Retrograde. Be centered, aware of your surroundings and what you are doing, saying and acting on. Consciously act from heart and spirit. Don’t allow buttons to be pushed, keep your fields clear. By doing this you do not get caught up in your own shadows and the shadows of others.

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Guidelines - "Do's and Don'ts"
- Communicate as succinctly as possible - Be aware that correct interpretation may be lacking; ask probing questions and check for understanding.
- Don’t sign contracts unless you feel comfortable revisiting them again when Mercury turns direct.
- Back up computer files.
- Don’t buy expensive electronics… for that matter, don’t buy anything expensive.
- Don’t submit manuscripts or screenplays, pitch ideas or launch new projects.
- Try not to travel. If you have to travel, be flexible and allow for delays. Think of it as an adventure!
- DO research, revise, rewrite, rethink, review, rehearse, reassess, reorganize, resume. If something has been put on the back burner or stated awhile ago, it is a time to finish what was previously started. This time also reveals to you issues that need to be addressed, fixed, resolved.

Try not to give any more power to the retrograde as possible. Keep all of the above in mind and realize that you will have to expend more time and energy in dealing with the above areas but keep your wits about you and think in a positive way.

I have tried to discount the Mercury Retrograde but to no avail. Now I embrace it and realize that there is always a silver lining to every rain cloud. If you take extra care, brace yourself for issues, the three weeks of the proper phase of the cycle will pass smoothly. The “
Proper” phase is when communication and transportation or mechanical issues arise. It is the part of the cycle when Mercury appears to be going backwards. See Definition below for Pre-Shadow and Post Shadow.
What do the terms "Pre-Shadow" & "Post-Shadow" mean?
  • Pre-Shadow
It is usually in the Pre-Shadow phase that the mistakes are made. Incorrect assumptions, bad short cuts and sloppy communication occur as Mercury is starting to slow down. These areas can be more intensified in the last days right before the planet appears stationary.

  • Retrograde Stationary
The most intense effect is when the planet appears Retrograde Stationary. As Mercury appears to go backward in the sky, the effects of the Pre-Shadow phase start to show up. This time should show due diligence and a high focus and constant checking and re-checking of important details and communication.

  • Direct Phase

Direct phase is when Mercury appears to stop moving backwards and starts moving the same direction as the sun and earth. This is when all the mistakes start to show up.

  • Post-Shadow

Post-Shadow part of the cycle usually reveals the consequences for not paying careful attention to details as the planet appears to return to normal forward speed.

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2021 Mercury Retrograde Proper Dates
Proper - January 30 thru February 20, 2021
Proper - May 29 thru June 22, 2021
Proper - September 27 thru October 18, 2021
2021 - Capricorn - Aquarius - Pisces - Aires - (Jan - Feb - Mar - Apr)
Pre-Shadow Weaker Intensity Period — 1/16 -> 1/26
Pre-Shadow Stronger Intensity Period - 1/27 -> 1/29

January 30 - Retrograde Stationary
Retrograde Stronger Intensity Period - 1/31 -> 2/04
Retrograde Weaker intensity Period — 2/04 -> 2/16
Retrograde Stronger Intensity Period - 2/17 -> 2/19
Direct - February 20-21
Post-Shadow Stronger Intensity - 2/22 -> 2/25
Post-Shadow Weaker Intensity — 2/26 -> 3/13
2021 - Taurus - Gemini - Cancer - Leo - (May - Jun - Jul - Aug)
Pre-Shadow Weaker Intensity Period — 5/14 -> 5/24
Pre-Shadow Stronger Intensity Period - 5/24 -> 5/28

May 29 - Retrograde Stationary
Retrograde Stronger Intensity Period - 5/30 -> 6/04
Retrograde Weaker intensity Period — 6/05 -> 6/17
Retrograde Stronger Intensity Period - 6/18 -> 6/21
Direct - June 22
Post-Shadow Stronger Intensity - 6/23 -> 6/28
Post-Shadow Weaker Intensity — 6/29 -> 7/07
2021 - Virgo - Libra - Scorpio - Sagittarius (Sep - Oct - Nov - Dec)
Pre-Shadow Weaker Intensity Period —- 9/06 -> 9/22
Pre-Shadow Stronger Intensity Period — 9/23 -> 9/25

September 26-27 - Retrograde Stationary
Retrograde Stronger Intensity Period — 9/28 -> 10/01
Retrograde Weaker intensity Period — 10/02 -> 10/14
Direct - October 18
Post-Shadow Stronger Intensity Period - 10/19 -> 10/22
Post-Shadow Weaker Intensity — 10/23 -> 11/03
2022 Mercury Retrograde Dates
Dates will be added in early January of 2022. See also "The Astrology Zone" also see Astrology Horoscope Readings

Here are the Proper 2022 Retrograde Dates -

Proper - January 14 thru February 3, 2022
Proper - May 10 thru June 2, 2022
Proper - September 9 thru October 2, 2022
Proper - December 29, 2022 thru January 18, 2023

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Phases of the Moon - Click to Enlarge
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Setting Intentions In The New Moon
New Moon - Setting Intentions in New Moon
Make sure it is after the New Moon and less than 48 hours

Pray For Openness -
Dear Universe, I am here to connect with spirit, truth, and love. Please make me a channel of your divine wisdom and help me see clearly in all aspects and help me tune into the greatest good in my heart.

Create A Sacred Place -
The family room is a good space - There is a dedicated area for meditation already set up.

Clear The Space - burn sage

Dear Universe, may I have your support to clear this space so that my truest intentions can flow clearly from my heart onto the page.

Meditate For 5 Minutes - New Moon Breath Work

Begin by taking a long exhale out of your mouth.
Place one hand on your belly and one on your heart.
Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Make your inhales and exhales long and smooth.
Breathe in this fashion for several minutes, until you become very clear and grounded.
Finish the practice by placing both hands on your heart and sending gratitude to your body.

Write Your List
Take out a sheet of paper and write the date and the following:
This, or something better, now manifests for the highest good of all concerned.

This statement gives the universe permission to substitute as needed to keep your manifestation karma super clean and clear.

Focus on what you want - If you do it all the time this may be more challenging to focus

  • Dream Big - Go for it - don’t let inner voice cast judgement - listen and get back to it.
  • Feel each item - What would it feel like for the wish or intention to manifest - Feel it with entire body. If it does not resonate with you 100% don’t write it down. - Basic Law of Attraction,
  • Feel the feeling of the wish fulfilled. – Wayne Dyer

    New Moon Meditation

    When your list is complete spend 10-15 minutes meditating on it. Go through each item one at a time and focus on how it feels in your body and how it will feel once you have manifested it. Once you have gone through your list let your attachment to your intentions go and settle into the curiosity of how the universe is conspiring to make your dreams come true. It’s a wonderful practice at the end of your meditation to say to the universe :

    Dear Universe,
    I am freeing myself from clinging to my wishes and am grateful and excited for what is to come.
    Also say : Om Namo Narayani (3 times) It is Sanskrit - World’s oldest language) “I surrender to the Divine Mother” - implies a trust that God will bring you what is best for you…

    Close Out The Ritual - You can keep the list on the altar.

    Once your meditation is over, say a simple prayer to close the ritual.

  • Put your new moon intention list away until next month where you can go over it to see what has manifested.
  • When an item on your lists becomes real thank the universe.
  • If there are things that are no closer to coming into this dimension, I would consider revising them.
  • Also make note of what intentions you are inching closer towards. During next month’s ritual you can go through this inventory of your previous list so you will have more clarity moving forward.

  • Full Moon - Releasing Negative Energy
    Releasing Negative Energy in Full Moon - Clearing or Release Ceremony

    Best Time for Full Moon Clearing Ceremony
    Day before until 2 days after the full moon

    Before the Full Moon - Start a list on a piece of paper - the color should be white
    Write down all negative emotions or any situation you want help with.
    NOTE: Take your time - start a couple days before and continue to write until the ceremony -Keep the paper close by -

    Here are some examples
    Emotions such as: sadness, worry, the year, hate,  and or anxiety just to name a few.  
    You also can add any situations in which you may be going through that you would like assistance to be released from.

    This does not release any one that is attached to it out of your life or removing them completely from this the earth.  

    But it allows you to clear some of the negative energy that is attached to the
    situations and also by asking for assistance from the universe to help you through whatever maybe you are going through at the moment.

    The situations can even be addictions, obsessions, compulsions, anything that you can think that you would like to be released.

    The day that you have planned to do this release here are few things that you’ll want to do.

  • This is done at night time when the full moon is up in the sky.
  • Do not worry if you have over cast or it is cloudy out that night and you are Not able to see the full moon.
  • Remember that the moon is still there and send your positive energy to it.
  • You will want to do this outside and use a safety container, fireplace, or pit, or a ceramic flower pot, etc..
  • Some people use a large clay pot.
  • Place a few inches of sand in the bottom of it. You can use this each month for your ritual or ceremony.
  • Take the paper and with your intent you can either rip the paper in two for a few times.
  • With wooden matches, light the paper and place it into the safety container.
  • When you are lighting the paper you can say in your mind’s eye or out loud - (this is done before you light the paper).
  • Say Below….

  • “I ask for this list to be released from me and to be healed and let go of for the highest good of all.  I ask  grandmother moon and spirit to take this and heal it with love and light. Take this negative energy and bring back positive in return.”

    And so it be….

    A Few Other Notes:
    You will notice how the flames are burning. They may burn very large if you’re releasing anger, hatred or frustrations.  We are releasing energy
    when we are doing this release ritual. Those emotions are very negative and very strong that the fire will show these emotions by making the
    flames larger. When we release emotions like sadness or worry where the flame is usually normal size or small. At this time while you were
    releasing you can do any prayer work that you choose that will be appropriate at this time.

    Do not leave the fire alone,  stayed there until it is completely has burned out. Do not do the ceremony and light the paper in windy conditions. Again, use a container such as a large clay pot or other container that will not catch fire, melt, or burn. Have a fire extinguisher or bottle of water handy in case of an emergency. Practice safe fire procedures. Do not use any accelerant such as charcoal lighter fluid. This defeats the purpose of the ceremony and is more dangerous.

    You may notice that some of the paper may not have burned.  Sometimes if you try relighting it you may have trouble lighting it.   This usually means that you are still holding onto something on your list or have too many lessons attached to it.   You may want to try burning again in which your pure intent releases what is still attached.

    After the paper in the fire has completely cool or even the next morning make sure that you take the ashes and dispose of them in a bag.  This is so
    that no one will ever be able to touch them as this is negative energy. You may also take the ashes and bury them in the earth.

    I line the clay pot with tin foil and when the ceremony is complete, I fold the ashes into the tin foil and place the foil into a zip lock bag to dispose in the trash.
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