When Mercury is retrograde, we all know the drill. We brace ourselves for communication or travel hiccups, we avoid signing documents, and we back up our computer files. We know that when planets are retrograde, things tend to go awry. But what isn’t as well-known is the deeper meaning behind a retrograde planet.
When a Mercury goes retrograde, we see his deeper, hidden shadow side. In myth, this aspect of Mercury is known as Hermes Chthonios. In this aspect, he shirks his role as messenger and becomes a divine psychopomp, or guide of the dead.
He kindly and gently guides the endless flow of souls into the underworld, showing them the path and comforting them along the way. He is merciful and loving as he moves these souls into their new home.
But that’s not all he does. He has also been known from time to time to bring a special or worthy soul back to earth for short periods to speak with loved ones or feel the warmth of the Sun. He also brings deep, hidden knowledge to the surface, reporting to Zeus the major happenings in the underworld. In doing so, he becomes the bridge between Heaven and the depths.
As Mercury finishes his retrograde period in Cancer, we are asked to journey to our very deepest origins, the void from which our spark of life once sprung. Our roots are ripe to be dug up and examined. I encourage you to listen to these inner stirrings as long-hidden knowledge comes to light. What treasures are buried in your subterranean world? And how can they be used to build a bridge to the skies?
What has Mercury retrograde brought up for you?