Mercury turns retrograde three times this year, and this event sends many witches and other magickal folk into a state of paranoia. While it is certainly something to be cautious about, it doesn’t necessarily mean your world is going to fall apart. Many folks tend to focus on the harmful side of a Mercury Retrograde, and completely ignore the beneficial aspects of this celestial event. So, what exactly is a Mercury Retrograde?
When viewed from Earth, the planet Mercury usually moves in a forward direction (Direct), but 3-4 times a year it appears to be moving backward (Retrograde). This is an optical illusion, as it is not really going backward, it only appears to when viewed from Earth. All planets go retrograde at one point or another, so why all this attention on Mercury? Well, each of the planets have energies that affect various aspects of life, such as relationships, career, health and so forth. For example, the planet Venus is associated with love and relationships, while Jupiter is linked to career goals and success. Mercury is connected to communication and travel, among other things. For some, a Mercury Retrograde means computer glitches, car breakdowns, misunderstandings, cancelled flights, arguments and all sorts of other negativity in these areas. A Mercury Retrograde can last two weeks or longer, and many witches will not do any kind of magick or spellwork during this time, because of a possibility the spell may “backfire” or produce results that were not intended. Some will do magick only in extreme emergencies. While all these things can and do happen during a Mercury Retrograde, it’s important to keep a positive mindset. Sometimes we add fuel to the fire unneccessarily because we’re expecting bad things to happen. By doing this we give it more power it wouldn’t otherwise have. Can you do magick during a Mercury Retrograde? Yes, but it depends on what kind of magick you want to do. If you want to cast a spell to manifest something in the physical realm, like a new job, etc, I would recommend waiting until Mercury turns direct again, as a Mercury Retrograde is not a good time to make important decisions or major life changes. On the other hand, if you want to do some introspective work, develop your intuitive and psychic skills, or do some shamanic journeys or meditative pathworking, a Mercury Retrograde is the perfect time. This is a time of inner work and introspection. It is a time to re-evaluate your goals and ambitions, to re-examine who you are magickally and spiritually. Look within (and without) to see what things no longer serve your highest good. Clear out the old and make way for the new!