Because even some of the smallest things in nature, can offer powerful magick! 😉
The truth is in the stars my friends, what is happening above is also happening below; within us. When Mercury is in retrograde (slows down & appears to be going backwards), we tend to loose sense of our communication, awareness & our ability to adapt since this planet is so closely linked to these traits within us. It is as if we are simply ‘regressing’ rather than progressing. As it stands, the same goes for the rest of the planets and their alignments corresponding to the elements they reflect in us. Since we are made of stardust, we too are bound to feel these energy pulls and shifts in nature, but like fighting nature with nature, we too can use the magickal properties in our plants & herbs from nature to bring us back to our center and welcome a subtle shield or enhancement to the change, allowing for a much smoother or more powerful transition.
It is also known that the planets are closely tied to the zodiac signs and can greatly impact the way an individual with the corresponding zodiac sign can feel or act during a certain planetary alignment. With this knowledge & awareness you can learn to use it to your advantage or fall to resistance and let it take you on a wild ride.
MERCURY is closely corresponded with Gemini & Virgo. It works through matters of communication, transformation, awareness, intellect & versatility. It teaches us to speak the wisdom of our mind and to adapt to our surroundings. It inspires free thinking & materializing ideas or concepts into our reality. As a ‘planet of the mind,’ it reminds us of the importance of movement & progress.
When in Retrograde all these things can becomes lost or ‘places on hold,’ as we go through this transition in the sky. As things can seem to be shaken up in your life, it might be wise to better plan your affairs & write down your thoughts during your moments of clarity. So here are 5 important tips to help you get through & make the best of this three time per year event.
1.) Wake up & go to bed 1 hour earlier.
During the retrograde it is easy to find yourself loosing track of time, loosing items & even feel like you are loosing your mind. Allow for extra rest at night & an extra hour in the morning for getting ready & transportation.
2.) Plan, Plan, Plan !
Communication during this time can be at a loss. Technology can fail, flights delayed & thoughts or ideas getting instantly lost in the overbearing chatter in your mind. Try carrying a notepad with you to write down everything, times, schedules & even ‘back up plans.’ In adding an extra hour in the morning to your day, you’ll already be ahead of the game.
3.) Wait a few more weeks to commit.
Instead of signing a new lease, marriage contract or committing to a large purchase, wait until the Retrograde has passed. Your clarity may not be filled with wisdom or what your spirit really wants & you may be fooled by an impulse desire or thought.
Since we are made of nature, let’s use the tools of nature to help find grounding & mental clarity during this time. Whether in the form of herbal teas, crystal grids, herbals incense, essential oil potions or resins, embrace what nature has to offer. During Mercury Retrograde, Frankincense & Mint bring great spiritual cleansing, exciting the spirit & stimulates energy to help awaken mind with clarity. Black Tourmaline, Smokey Quartz, Garnet & Onyx help to ground your sometimes ‘chaotic’ energy at this time.
5.) Reward yourself! Mind, Body & Spirit
Everything needs balance & during this ‘uncomfortable’ transition it’s important to take a step back & truly analyze what changes you may need to make in your life for the better. Through the darkness we can find the light & learn to better appreciate it. Dedicate time to do what makes you happy, salt baths to detox the body, creative expression through music & arts for the soul & indulging in great reads to empower the mind. If you try to overwork yourself during this time, you will greatly tip the scale to the ‘negative’ side, creating an emotional trip of unworthiness. So stay happy & grateful as much as you can & keep it up after the retrograde passes!
Calligraphy script, also known as Arabic Stone, Cobra Stone or Miriam stone, is naturally made up of Hematite iron & fossilized shells, giving it it’s unique look. This magickal stone offers higher guidance from your guides & angels through divination and can aid in practices of automatic writing, strengthening your connection to spirit. As a diviner’s stone it can be used in the art of ‘gazing,’ when you allow your mind to push away any distraction and thoughts and simply let your mind’s eye see the images that filter through your intuition. Meditating with this unique stone can help you to access the Akashic Records, leading to past-life recall & healing. Through this you can heal from underlying fears, emotional issues and blockages from the past and continue to move forth on your journey with new ambition and excitement as you open the door to your new found mystical powers.
Chakras: Solar Plexus (3rd) & Third Eye (6th)
For centuries, Medicine Men, Shamans and Witches have been offering herbal remedies in sachets to be carried to offer the wearer spiritual or physical protection, through the combination of specific herbs, resins and sometimes crystals. Associated herbs offer different properties to our aura and well-being, helping to promote anything from fertility to curing depression. It is up to the user to value these herbal spirit bags with great respect, knowing that they are serving as a tool to their advancement and happiness, spiritually or physically.
A handcrafted Spirit bag, smudged by the purity of White Sage & made up of over 8 different herbs, resins and crystals, all which carry the highest protective qualities to help ward off any negative vibrations of any kind, offering protection from all directions, tied closed by 3 knots, symbolizing Body, Mind & Spirit. Each Spirit Bag, you will notice to develop a “personality” of it’s own, with the highest vibrational spirits and angels bringing it to life and creating a magickal shield of protection, each and every time it is carried by it’s owner. Once you dedicate this spirit bag for your personal use, it is important to be the only one to possess it. The handling of others may take away some of the magick and personal energy you have put into it. The Protection Spirit bag is good for warding off the Evil Eye, guarding against psychic attacks or Dark Arts, removing negativity or Bad Luck, Raising your Vibrations, Relieving Sickness or Disease, banishing depression, detouring Bad Dreams or Nightmares (If place under pillow), Safe driving (if placed in car), and so much more. You can dedicate this bag for overall protection or to be specific against a particular person or place. It is up to you, as in the process you are harming none, simply asking for a protective bubble.