Astrologer Bill Attride
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|Mercury Turns Retrograde (October 4, 2014)
Posted: 03 Oct 2014 08:24 PM PDT
Time to turn around again…
To glance back and reconsider…
Whence, wither…and why.
Here is what I noted in my General Forecast regarding this third and final Mercury retrograde for 2014:
Hermes, the messenger of the Gods is passing you by. Oh yes, it seems as if he is going “backwards” to you…But that is because your point of view is limited and circumscribed by the nature of your experience in this dance of the planets. Planets never go in reverse, of course, but relatively speaking you will come to realize more about the nature of truth vs. Truth, and that what appears to be so obviously true, well it is not quite true after all.
In a way, each Mercury retrograde provides another reminder from the stars, as you strive to become wiser, that the key to this is Humility. Mercury reminds you that you must first let go of your presumptions and preconceptions, which by delivering to you what you expect also hide from you the Greater Reality in which you abide. You must be humbled by your misconceptions, and the errors and mistakes that they create, you must “suffer” in order to let go of the lesser so that you might rise into the Greater Understanding. For when you let go of your old, certain perspectives (which are also your blinders), you can then open yourself to the universe with the eyes of a child, filled with wonder and new-found delights.
You are seeking “the way”, you are always looking for answers. The problem is you do not know what you do not know, and you cannot find a better answer unless you pose a more inclusive question. You have to constantly question your assumptions, and there is no better time to do this than when Mercury takes you back within yourself, and this “Mentality of the Moment” turns inward and helps you to consider the nature of thought itself.
Mercury retrograde is an opportunity to re-examine you, to turn your wonderful faculty of self-conscious/self-awareness back upon itself, and with the help of your Higher Self, to pierce beyond your own self-cast shadows.
First you must be willing to take these opportunities, to know that in every single moment in which you experience an obstacle, delay, impediment and defeat is yet another chance for you to turn yourself around. Each crisis is actually another precious moment in which you can choose to grow, to take another path, to find a better way to be. And, if you do this, you will become more aligned with and true to your Higher Self, who is ever faithful, steadfast and by your side. Your Higher Self or Beloved is there always with kindliness and compassion, whose “soul” purpose is to lift you up into this better way of being…but you have to choose…you must choose to let go of the old ways and grow.
From now until October 10th, Mercury will retrograde in Scorpio and Hermes’ lamp of lucidity will shine upon your most heart-felt of feelings…that you desire to truly cross the divide between I and Thou and experience a deep, deep union with one another. To do this, with Mercury’s help, you need to shine the lamp of Minerva upon your shadows, those fears of rejection and loss, and do whatever you can to put them behind you.
If you fail to do this, then these karmic bonds will prevent you from being a freer, living spirit, where spiritual strength is measured in your vulnerability, commitment and openness. For it is these Loving Qualities which form the absolute requirement for building a greater union with one another.
Yes, you were hurt, and yes you can (and will) be hurt again, for this is how you learn…But if you hold yourself back and fail to create the conditions for what your heart desires, well then you have already lost, for you have rejected yourself, and another opportunity to grow will be lost. Choose instead to face your fears, choose instead to let them go…and grow.
Then from the 10th until the 25th of October, while Mercury continues to retrograde in Libra, you will be reminded of how your awareness is formed through the interplay of one another’s points of views and perspectives. You are not made by you alone, as many, many souls have touched and illuminated your journey, and helped to form and forge your awareness, as you have done likewise for countless souls as well.
You are made of one another, and you need to take this time to remember that you do not, really, know much on your own at all. The very term “Consciousness” means “Knowing-Together”, and you should see that your mind and thought-forms are more like a field of energies that sweep through and between you, making each of you what you are, but that your very consciousness is inseparable from you being made of and by one another too. Your strength comes from sharing, blending and knowing together.
You need one another, to balance and counterpoint, to mediate and modulate your thoughts through one another. With Mercury retrograde in Libra, you need to refresh your “Mind that is Relatedness”, to be thankful to those who have supported your journey on this path to wisdom, and be grateful that they gave you the opportunity to help them to see beyond their shadows too.
Welcome this gift of the Spirit…
Mercury is retrograde now, and stronger than ever.
You are here to grow,
You are here to be together.
You are here to learn,
You are here to be better.
Let Hermes light your way!