Has your life felt wacky lately? Mine sure has. Broken contracts, miscommunication, garbled phone lines, and I could go on. My yoga teacher usually gives me the lowdown of what planetary influences are around the corner so I can give extra attention to staying centered and not being thrown off balance.
A few weeks ago she leaned across the table and said, “The energy around us is going to feel like a turbulent washing machine.”
“How long?” I asked.
“It started July 24th and will run through September 5th,” she replied.
“Ut-oh.” She was referring to Mercury Retrograde. I knew this meant complicated communications, travel and emotions. For the record, I don’t check daily horoscopes but use astrology loosely as a guide. When I can prepare or understand what is happening, I can accept it and more easily go with the flow.
If you are wondering what I am talking about and how it relates to gardening, well, let me say…
If you are not a current believer, think of how the moon rules the tides. Take a look at The Old Farmers Almanac that projects optimal times — for planting and other activities like fishing, pruning, camping, dieting, or even pouring concrete — based upon the moon and astrological signs. Astrology, has been around for over 2,000 years, the Farmer’s Almanac for 225. Need I say more?
For me, I schedule haircuts according to moon phases (my hair doesn’t grow as fast when cut during a waning moon). ONLY after extensive research into optimal astrological dates do I select a surgical date. Various planets rule various parts of the body. (I’ve had 2 very serious surgeries with very successful outcomes and no complications. They were both performed at optimal astrological times for those body parts.)
But, the reason I’m bringing all of this up now is to help you understand why you or those close to you might be feeling edgy lately. Does time seem like it’s rushing at whitewater speed? Have emotions been extreme with people in your life? Have communications been misunderstood, or your technology and electronics on the blink?
It has for me. So, the other night when white moonlight illuminated my bedroom, I looked up and muttered, “Aha. No wonder.” And then relaxation set in. I now understood why our phone wasn’t working for any apparent reason, WordPress wouldn’t let me upload, a contract fell through, and social plans went awry. Things are usually topsy turvy during a full moon, and heightened with Mercury Retro in the works. In just the last few weeks, three long-term couples all announced their divorce and a distant relative commit suicide while 2 others proposed it.
Then I remembered that Mercury Retrograde doesn’t have to be a Big Ouch. Just enough of an ouch to say, “Okay, so things are going to churn for awhile. Take a deep breath. Know this is just the way it is right now. Stay centered.”
From August 13th-September 5th, notice if you have more than the usual challenging situations, delays, equipment breakdowns, and cranky people. If so, remember that Mercury Retrograde is passing through then double-check details to lessen frustration from plans gone awry!
Going into the garden usually helps. A walk in nature is calming. So, if things are off kilter right now, know that shortly after the eclipse comes and Mercury Retro is over, things will soften and smooth out.
8/7/2017 Full Moon
7/24-8/11 PreShadow Mercury Retrograde
8/21 Solar Eclipse
8/12-9/05 Mercury Retrograde