Tomorrow, February 23, 2013, begins another Mercury Retrograde phase, when the planet Mercury will appear to be moving backwards. It may feel to you that for each step forward you take, you go two steps backward. Retrograde will continue through March 17, 2013, although the effects may be felt for 3-10 days after, and you may have felt it’s effects for several days already.
So what does Mercury Retrograde mean and what do we do about it? This is not a good time to sign contracts or start new things. Don’t be surprised if you experience mechanical or electrical difficulties; this may include, cars, cell phones, computers and televisions. You may also have more communication challenges than usual. Stay calm, be patient, it will pass. Perhaps if you remember it is Mercury following it’s nature it won’t be as frustrating for you.
On the postive side, it’s a great time to complete things that you’ve previously started and have maybe left hanging out there incomplete. Try contacting someone you haven’t talked to in a while and reconnect – go backward, like the planet appears to be doing. And of course, it’s a great time for clutter clearing – the physical as well as emotional, so its a good time for retrospection and thought clearing.
What does all this have to do with Feng Shui? I find that the more someone resists Mercury Retrograde the more challenges they may experience during this time. This is similar to Feng Shui in that when we identify the energies in a home or business environment and use them for what they are best suited rather than resist them or deny them, we are living in harmony with our environment. There’s a story that goes something like this…The cow asks “Why did you sting me? I carried you across the river.” The scorpion replied “I thank you for that but stinging is my nature.”
Don’t get stung, go with the flow and see if Mercury Retrograde can help you complete things and get closure; or perhaps open a door that had previously been closed. Most importantly, stay calm. Breathe and it will soon be moving forward again.