Actually, it's never as bad as we make it to be. It's true that Mercury Retrograde times are not auspicious for launching new ventures. Still, this looking-backward period has its uses. It's a time to rest and regroup, and to clean up old stuff at any level. This particular Cycle brings us opportunities to go deeper in our inner work, through the challenge of the Robe ~
We come into this Cycle shining like the Sun - warm, radiant, optimistic, and even dominating if we're not careful. Ahead lies that which we don't want to face: the Coffin, our place of dying to the old and making way for transformation, regeneration, and rebirth. Wrap the Robe around you, fellow-traveler, and absorb into your being all that you are, and all that you ever will be. If you need some extra energy to sprint through these three+ weeks, grab the handy Siphon and just let it all go. Releasing the old makes way for the new to come in, and what better time to practice this truth than now?
Since the Robe is such a central energy to this reading, let's explore it some more. It often comes up in personal psychic readings around career issues - and it does have a strong connection with one's work and service in the world - but it's much more than that. The Robe calls us to examine the ways we adapt to the various roles in our lives, and how we integrate them into our own unique character. As one of the challenge cards in the Star+Gate system, the answer to the Robe's dilemma is resolved by a (sometimes) simple mental shift. Specialization in one role or another can seem comforting, but ultimately we become whole when we can embrace our multi-faceted nature. Each of our roles is like a shard of self; and while none are perfect, all are loved.
This Cycle occupies almost all of May, so the Robe can serve as May's energy of the month. Another prevalent theme in this reading that of Unification. All of the challenges and backward-seeming movements in this Cycle are simply exercises that prepare us to Expand, to Know, to grow beyond limitations and reach for freedom - for self and others. We will also get a reprieve from the retrograde-challenges in mid-Month, about May 14 through 16, when the energies will allow us to focus on making important decisions. We'll see the light at the end of the tunnel and even be able to bring the invisible into manifest form. So once again - be careful what you ask for!
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