You don't usually hear about these benefits, because everyone is too busy griping about the problems. But Wicca is a religion of balance, and we don't see anything in nature as all bad or all good. Rather, we look at it for what it is, and find a way to work with it.
Kind of like mint-- if you're not careful, mint is an evasive plant that can completely take over the garden. But who would want to live without it? The trick is finding a way to work with it, so you can reap the benefits and avoid the drawbacks.
This goes for Mercury retrograde as well-- it's not all bad, you just have to know how to work with it.
My Tip for You Today: Work with Mercury in retrograde, not against it.
So you know Mercury retrograde is a time when things often happen the opposite of what you wanted, right? You've probably heard from dozens (hundreds) of sources about how spells for things can go awry during this period due to the powerful 'reversal' energy it projects.
Sadly, it occurs to few people that they can use this powerful reversal energy as well. Doesn't it make sense that during a time of powerful reversal energies you cast spells to reverse things? Rather than trying to work against the current by starting new things or drawing things to yourself, use Mercury retrograde to reverse things you don't like.
For some examples:
- rather than spells to promote good health, cast spells to reverse the effects of illness or injury.
- instead of casting spells to draw a financial windfall, cast them to diminish costs or need at the time so you don't spend more money
- looking for love or companionship? You really don't want to cast spells to find a lover during Mercury retrograde; you might try casting spells to banish loneliness, or to make a break from those people in your past who have not been working out so you're ready to move on.
Mercury rX is very good at speeding up results. The problem is, if you're not careful, it can speed up things you don't want (all those lovely problems it's known for, like mechanical and electronic malfunctions, or miscommunications). But it can also speed up results of things you do want as well. So it is a good time for spell casting, if you're careful and know how to work with the energies.
This 'speeding up results' thing is why so many people have trouble and problems during Mercury retrograde. Most people tend to lean more toward negative thinking, and it's bad time to focus on the negative-- because you'll get it in abundance. More than ever, during Mercury rX, it's important to stay in a positive state of mind, in good spirits, and bask in positive emotions. You will get those back in abundance as well if you're able to keep your mind focused on them.
Mercury retrograde may be well known for muddling the mind, but it's got an even better benefit: clarity of the soul. This is why it's a great time to focus on going within-- things like meditations, trances, visions, divination, pathworking, etc.
Your visualizations will be enhanced during this period (which is why, again, it's important to keep them positive), and your psychic abilities will be in overdrive, so trust that intuition.
Pay particular attention to your dreams and the messages you're getting when you're asleep-- when your conscious mind is shut down, and your subconscious mind is running rampant. If you don't normally keep something beside the bed to record your dreams, such as a notebook and paper, or -- even better -- your phone or a small digital recording device, then you should start.
If you keep in mind the beneficial things about Mercury retrograde, and be careful not to invite in problems, you can navigate this period with little trouble.
Did you even realize that there were benefits to Mercury Retrograde?