New Thoughts on the New Moon — Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde can be challenging for all of us. We just don’t get our way because, clearly, the timing isn’t right. Bronwyn (Jo) tells a story of Gavin trying to make a flight in Heathrow and the only real outcome of his frustration during Mercury Retrograde was his hair was a bigger mess at the end of the day’s struggles than it was at the beginning. She said it was fascinating and illuminating.

Bronwyn has also said in the last few months that now is the time to focus on the present. I have always been eager to “graduate,” so much so that when I fell, I was certain it was my time. I was excited to begin that journey, but my daughter, who is a much larger pain than most of you would imagine, insists I am still here for a reason. She persists in this notion that I’m stuck here until I complete this lifetime’s learning. Perhaps this is a part of these Mercury Retrograde lessons. My usual response to her is “Balderdash”, but my grandson and I had a reckoning recently about how awful it is that she is right most of the time. And she just might be, as I sit here writing to you, my faithful new moon readers.

Mercury Retrograde reminds us to slow down, reflect and complete things. I like to reflect on the view out my window this morning,

with my daughter’s cat. If you look carefully, you can see the snow falling in our first real storm.

I am looking forward to completing this healing process, but I have learned a lot on this journey. I’ve learned a lot about nutrition; and eating well today will bring healthier tomorrows. I’ve learning that exercise and recovery can be hard, or challenging, at times, but it is worth it. I feel so much better now. I’m learning that being a feminist and standing on your own two feet, as Bronwyn does, is hard work. Today, I can help her with the dishes and I hope to help her more tomorrow, even as I work hard to get well. And remember, we must always correct the physical plane before we can be ready to embrace the spiritual plane of existence. I can knit a little and sew a little and look forward to ballroom dancing again very soon.

And Bronwyn, and the gentlemen at Cucumber, are working hard to keep me focused on the transition to technology. I understand I am giving a Twitter Chat very soon (whatever that means) on the evening of January 13. If you have questions, there will be a form provided. We will do our best to respond to the more esoteric questions that might not be easily answered through email.

As the snow falls outside in our peaceful part of Southern West Virginia, I hope you pause to reflect during this Mercury Retrograde. I hope you can find ways to feel grateful and to express your gratitude. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, snowy days are always good days to slow down. We can stay warm and reflect through our long wintry nights even as we move towards Brigid’s Night, and  the beginning first of Spring. Embrace the dark and this time to pause while we still have it, for we will be busy soon enough.