Starting this month off with the slow boat energy of “just take it easy”…breathing and moving slowly along your path, tuning in to what arises in the body. Rest and relaxation are highly encouraged as in the slowing down; we allow the important issues to bubble up and the messages to surface. This takes energy and while the Planets are leading us in that direction of “remembering” or “reconnecting”, we find that if we revisit things we may gain a shift in perspective. Mercury is the swift winged messenger that traverses the universe bearing information and tidings. As the information exchange unfolds it generally makes for the progress of an idea, the building of facts, the connection shared between minds that lead to the eventual necessity for more input. This rhythmic flowing of responses and inquiries is currently fighting the center of the cosmic pool pulling inward creating a reverse current. This current is slowing down the natural rhythm as it pushes the energy in another direction. This swirling back into the cocoon creates a dormancy that allows for life to pause and break that train of thought. In this energy we can pick up the morsels that may have been left behind in prior haste and welcome it back into our folds. As the quickest planet in the sky, moves in the slowest sign Taurus, we have even more reason to SLOW down. To some, slowing down seems a truly impossible feat as the demands of daily life can seem to be never ending. However, the advice here is to at minimum take a 2 second breath as the world may just halt that caboose regardless; as we all experience unavoidable delays that break our ability to move forward. This is when the small crack may have a moment to let the messages in. The stereotypical computer failure, bus delays, and telephone issues that may seem trivial in the scheme of things add up to moments where you can’t do much of anything but perhaps sit and listen. We are reminded that sometimes in order to move forward, you must move a step back, rekindle the fires and move forward more prepared than you were prior to retracing the steps. With the swiftness at which we receive information and that we are then flooded with taking it all in and sourcing our environment all the time, we often miss some of the details. As we ingest the information whence we came, we glean insights that carry us forward. This Mercury retrograde will last until it goes direct motion on May 23, but doesn’t completely leave this phase until it returns from the point it all started on June 8th, leaving the shadow period.