"If confusion is the first step to knowledge, I must be a genius." Larry Leissner
For those (like me) in a swampy or confused state of mind, take note that we're still in the direct shadow phase of Mercury retrograde. Mercury is in psychically penetrating Scorpio, recovering the retrograde degrees, and with the clarifying sight now of forward motion. If perception is being altered, it's happening at the deepest level of the soul. This kind of metamorphosis calls for a lot of self-care and trust through the inner chaos, often called the breakdown before the breakthrough.
In her newsletter, M. Kelley Hunter writes, "Mercury has been stirring the deep cauldron of Scorpio, evoking strong, even irrational feelings, perhaps unconsciously held for a long time, that need to be resolved and released. It's a meaningful process and not one we can understand with our heads, only our hearts from the inside out."
This is a meaningful stretch, then, for healing the mind from its maddening, anxiety or fear-driven loops. The retrograde has peeled the onion, and if we stick with it, there's a chance for core-level shifts. It's tempting to check out or scramble things with noisy distractions. But the rewards are high, if you protect your psyche in this vulnerable transition, and check in with your higher guidance. You increase your tolerance for the messy in-between, the time of saying, "WTF?" but with a curiosity about your perceptual reality changing.
And coinciding with the Sagittarius New Moon, the beginning of thinking with the intelligence of the heart. The heart stretching of this time begins to find spontaneous expression, when Mercury goes into fire sign Sagittarius, on December 10th. Mercury moves on from the retrograde shadow, and into fresh turf on December 15th. So while some of us might be deep in it, there is much to look forward to!Southern Stock/Getty Images