Mercury Retrograde Magic

Defy Difficulties with Mercury’s Magic

A Simple Spell to Sweeten Mercury Retrograde
by Sarah Bellum

You’ve probably all heard of it: Mercury retrograde. It seems to be a bit of a buzzword these days, and poor old Mercury gets blamed for many things when he turns retrograde. Much of this is a bad rap–Mercury does this around three times a year, so you’d think that with it happening that often, we’d be used to it by now! But no, we blame lost emails and broken relationships and late busses and pretty much everything else on poor old Mercury as he makes his obligatory journey backward through the skies. However, there are positive sides to this transit, and if you understand what these traits are, you can use them to your advantage to defy difficulties with Mercury’s magic.

Many people approach the retrograde from a fear-based mindset. The first thing that you want to do to make the most of this magical time is to get rid of that. There’s no need to fear something that is a natural part of life–and this retrograde is a natural part of Mercury’s orbit. For one, this is a great time to focus on mental activities, using your mind to draw to you things that you want to see in your life. Because Mercury rules the thought process, it’s a great time to rethink your priorities and focus only on what is most important to you.

This transit is also one where you’re likely to feel more receptive. Tune into that. Be more reflective when it comes to your thoughts, how people are treating you, and what your spirit is trying to tell you. Remember, actions always speak louder than words, so review carefully what is happening in your life, so that you can make plans to change what’s not working for you.

This is a time for looking at your responsibilities and rearranging them so that you are empowering yourself to live with reason and within your resources. Rely on your integrity, and pay attention to your intuition. So often we forget that the heart and the conscience are there as guides too, as well as the mercurial mind. Because you’re likely to be thinking slower. you can take more time to resonate with what you truly want from your life.

So, how can you make the most of this retrograde? A simple spell will help you to focus on what you truly want, so that when Mercury turns direct again, you can turn your plans into action. You’re going to need the following:

  • A blue or a yellow candle (a small tea light candle is the best)
  • A lighter (not matches)
  • A heatproof surface (a tile coaster, for example)
  • Lavender or sandalwood essential oil
  • Some sugar
  • A piece of aluminum foil

To work the spell, try to do this when the moon is rising, and if you can do it when the moon is in either Gemini or Virgo, that’s even better (a farmer’s almanac or your favorite astrologer will be able to help you determine this). Place the candle on the heat-proof surface and light it with the lighter (there’s a reason you don’t want to use matches, just trust me on this one). Place a drop of the essential oil on the aluminum foil, and place a few grains of sugar beside it. Using your non-dominant hand (your left hand if you are right-handed, and your right hand if you are left-handed), put your thumb first in the oil, and then into the sugar, and then make a thumbprint on your head. Fold the foil up with the sugar and the oil inside it, and pass it over the candle flame.

That’s it! This spell will help make things sweeter during Mercury’s retrograde motion. It’s best if you let the candle burn itself out, but if you need to extinguish it, pinch it out or snuff it out, don’t blow it out. Put the aluminum foil in a safe place until the end of the Mercury retrograde period, at which time you can dispose of it by whatever means you’re comfortable using. This simple spell will help you to defy difficulties with Mercury’s magic during this retrograde journey by adding sweetness to the situations that you encounter during this time.

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