Mercury Retrograde

If there’s anything I learn through observation of the natural world, it’s that if we want to make the most of any moment, we must flow with it, not against it — even when those events are those we would rather fight against.

In typical fashion, bills have made it to the mail box late, the computer has crashed, freelance gigs have been mired in confusion and miscommunications, and all things seem to be flowing in reverse.

I often watch co-workers expend much energy complaining and expressing discomfort and unhappiness when things go wrong. This has been the social convention we labor under, where it is expected we will complain unendingly about a situation, a job, a co-worker who bothers us. This is our foremost reaction, that of knee-jerk vocalizations, which in reality, is our cry for help. We want someone to hear our call, and come help us. We want someone to hear our whine, and fix our problem. Except, we are not babies any longer; and no one is coming.

Mercury retrograde is in the end, not that bad, though for many people, a simple issue like a missed bill, a co-worker’s paperwork mistake, a missed red light, all these things can have a cascade effect which end in massive overturnings of our lives. We cannot afford to neglect the attention Mercury deserves in our lives, lest that missed bill ends in foreclosure, our co-worker’s mistake costs the company millions, or the red light ends in smoking wreckage. Naturally, we might assume other aspects are at work to lead to bigger upheavals, but Mercury is there, in the background, pulling at us to pay attention to the messages he sends.

This retrograde period, instead of wailing against the changes and fighting Mercury’s reversal, I’m making it work for me, going over projects in need of attention, refusing clients who will not spell out explicitly what they want, and using my computer crash to format the drive and set up a dual operating system with Ubuntu and Windows, and teach myself code.

Use Mercury wisely, or he will use you as his messenger — and you will be the one who accidentally throws out someone’s important mail, you will be the hidden hand who neglects the project at work that someone else will clean up, and you will be the one in the fender bender — the proverbial wrench in the works.

Which one do you think you are this Mercury period?