Everyone has Mercury in their Birth Chart, however only about 20% of people are born with Mercury in retrograde, which is when the planet appears to be spinning backwards in the sky. The way your thoughts spin depends on how your character attribute page (your Birth Chart) is written.
You can think of a person’s Birth Chart as a star-studded character description for the game were all playing together in this life. Your astrological super powers are based on the cosmic vibration shining down from the heavens at the moment of your birth. If the spin on your Mercury is reversed then you are a native to the lands of intuitive understanding. Strange luck, uncanny timing, and the ability to read between the lines are on the list of Mercury Retrograde superpowers.
Hermes (Planetary Ruler of Mercury) is the quickest of the Greek Gods and often depicted with wings on his feet. In the game of natal astrology this god of old bestows you with the power of communication, clever thinking, luck, timing, and the ability to translate information of all kinds. Usually astrological interpretations focus on the elemental aspects of your chart and the placement of the planets. Looking up Mercury in your Birth Chart lets you know more about the deeper aspects of yourself and your preferred style of communication with others.
Most of the ways of the world are written in Mercury’s forward spinning, rational thinking format that runs by a definite schematic plan. The unspinning of Mercury Retrograde works backwards in its influence on the psyche. Well, not exactly perpendicularly backwards, that would be too straight forward. Let’s say that the malleable mind of retrograde thinking has a way of walking through walls and moving around the corners of time to reach its goal.
Watching from the Earth’s perspective as astrology does, there is a point in every planet’s orbit in which it appears to run the reverse of its regular course. This is the Retrograde Phase. During Mercury Retrograde the sun’s closest starry planet seems to be drifting backwards in the sky but I can assure you, it does not. It never does. Mercury moves forward even when it’s daydreaming. It is the blinders of linear projection that makes it look as though the movement of Mercury’s orbit is unravelling.
Mercury Retrograde is the most notorious of all planetary retrograde influences because of its effect on the process of communication for the majority of people. This means that the mental projection of approximately 80% of the population goes slightly off the rails when Mercury hits retrograde. This is famously when computers crash, clocks stop and electronic devices conk out.
For the other 19%, the reverse flow of Mercury Retrograde is a time of inspiration and mental clarity. The wisdom of Mercury goes beyond the rational thoughts of man. As the Messenger of the Gods strides through the cosmos he travels with the knowledge that the shortest path between two perspectives is not always a straight line. Retrograde is not a backward movement; it is the rounding of the corner on the journey beyond the sun.
Celestial objects undoubtedly hold a gravitational influence on our planet and can interfere with EMF communication systems. The unwinding pause of our mental collective logic during Mercury Retrograde is also at work. Smoochy’s theory is that people have far more to do with communication breakdown than planetary drift. Brain power and intention helps hold the world together. When it skips a breath so does everything else.
Find out if you have Mercury in Retrograde. Circle Green Healing Arts has a free birth chart generator where you can check the retrograde of all your planets, especially Mercury. Retrograde is marked with an R in parentheses ( r ). Planets that are running direct have no special marking. Run a free chart in less time than it takes to read this blog post, no email required.
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