9 Things to Do During Mars & Mercury Retrograde & some extras
We are in the middle of a season of retrogradacity.
Mars until June 30
Mercury until May 22 (in the shadow until June 7)
Saturn until August 13
Pluto until September 26
Meanwhile, Jupiter and Venus have both turned direct.
This should give you a hint — do good, beautiful, generous things — and put down your weapons. And remember that traditionally things during a Mars Retrograde don’t work out quite as one would expect.
Here are some things to try during the Mars Retrograde period
- There is no disinfectant as strong as sunshine… This is the time to do a little life laundering…
- Steal the giant’s harp. The giants, ogres and trolls are sleeping, and like Jack, you have a chance to steal the golden harp — or maybe the goose. Just remember that when Mars goes forward again in August, you might have some explaining to do.
- Make peace. This could be with part of your own psyche — or it might be with another person — or it might be with part of your own past. You have the chance to re-examine something that was or is difficult calmly during this Mars Rx.
- Reconsider your beliefs. Is it really yours, or do you just hold on to it because it’s “received wisdom”? To get you started, here’s a great article in Scientific American about why we should be sceptical about sceptics. But this could also be a deeply held personal or religious belief… It’s something that affects your worldview…
- Take a gamble on the underdog.
- Retreat, turn inward and don’t feel you have to DO anything. This is a time to respond, but maybe not act.
- If you have Mars Rx in your natal chart — which is not that uncommon — this is your time. You will have more energy and drive than the rest of us and you may be able to overtake on the inside.
- Retreat tactically.
And while Mercury remains retrograde… at least over the weekend.
- While Mercury retrogrades in Taurus, the sign of the gourmet, here are the OA top picks for mouthwatering movies to revisit or indeed watch for the first time (twice): Eat, Drink, Man, Woman; Babette’s Feast; The Lunchbox; Jamon, Jamon; Big Night; The Trip to Italy; La Grande Bouffe; Like Water For Chocolate.
- On the same lines, enjoy these literary meals. Indeed, if you were going the whole retro hog, you could recreate them yourself. I have always wanted to sample that clam chowder in Moby Dick, but this, from Anna Karenina, may be my favourite bookish meal.
“Going along the narrow path to a little uncut meadow covered on one side with thick clumps of brilliant heart’s-ease among which stood up here and there tall, dark green tufts of hellebore, Levin settled his guests in the dense, cool shade of the young aspens on a bench and some stumps purposely put there for visitors to the bee-house who might be afraid of the bees, and he went off himself to the hut to get bread, cucumbers, and fresh honey, to regale them with.”
- Get in touch with old friends.
- Dig out your old school play programmes, college magazine or first poem (or your child’s first poem/drawing)— there’s nothing wrong with a little sweet nostalgia
- When in doubt, watch My Neighbour Totoro.