Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.
“Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.” T. S. Eliot
Effective Dates: August 13th- September 5th, 2017 (In Shadow til September 20th)
Well, you know, that’s how the universe functions – in a state of utter and total shitting on you. But hey, aren’t you suppose to use the master’s tools against him? And in this case, use the chaos of Mercury Retrograde to our advantage… SO, prepare – get your shit in order before this retrograde. That means plans B, C, and D, because you are going to be a hot mess, emo bundle of self-doubt. Prepare for an adventure into realms you feared stepping into because well, you are fragile.
I mean, we all kinda are. This Leo season is attempting to instill a sort of pride in us, but we are all running around like Chicken Little, or Jon Snow, talking about how the world is ending and how everything is looking at petty childish squabble instead or preparation for doom (we can thank Uranus being Retrograde for that one). The trick here is to figure out how to use the knowledge that the world is a shit pile to strike a fire inside of you that makes you act with confidence. Who gives a fuck what others think if they are just a part of the problem? This retrograde is going to make that difficult – but as everything that makes things difficult, use it as a barbell to train some confidence in you, no matter how terrifying the enemy.
You’re going to have to be ready for second guessing becoming second nature. Depending on what house this retrograde is wrecking havoc in with your natal chart, you’re going to be going through a maddening mental review. There is somewhere that you have been weak, that you haven’t served yourself and have allowed that portion of your life to atrophy in some way. A place where you should be a learned scholar but have settled into old patterns once again… Mercury Rx always paves the way for a rewind and re-do, and you desperately need one in this portion of your life. Don’t let all of your hard work go to waste because you were too lazy to pull together all the details.
We all know you know. You know exactly where your talents lie, but you lie to yourself that somehow you aren’t smart enough, pretty enough, or whatever the hell to polish your talents. The thing is, during Mercury retrograde, you will have an opportunity at creativity like never before. You can breathe life into something that is musty and stuck, oiling the gears and the creative fire of life. There is a Total Solar Eclipse in Leo happening while this retrograde is awakening us in new ways, meaning there is no shortage of light being cast on you. Now, you are either going to sulk in shame and guilt, nervous anxiety and typical Christian self-flagellation or are you going to utilize your resources and not fuck up this second chance at awakening into a new level of your craft?