Resonance Repatterning Meets Astrology at Aligned for Mercury Retrograde
In 2004, a client emailed a Sunday New York Times story to me about something called Mercury Retrograde and asked, “Can you do that thing you do to address these issues? It comes up all the time!” In fact, a number of clients, referred by an astrologer, had been mentioning this phenomena in their sessions. Of course for anyone familiar with astrology, this is a potent astrological aspect that happens at least three times per year. A short internet search at the time provided information that was primarily fear-based, and warned of strict activities one should avoid– signing contracts, buying big ticket items, long distance travel, or new product launches.
I had the opportunity to meet astrologer Julie Simmons and received a short education on Mercury Retrograde. I asked her if she saw a benefit for addressing these legends for folks with a repatterning session. Beyond my own astrological sign and its prospects for romance or money, I knew little else about astrology; however, I had already adopted the attitude that one could repattern anything. Julie provided the broader perspective. In previous generations, a retrograde was just experienced as a natural slow- down of energy, a time to put things in order, regroup, plan etc. Putting things off, such as signing a contract, was not a big deal as we had the time and space to do what was required. We likely intuitively knew when to postpone things as we were once more attuned with nature’s pulse.
It’s quite the opposite in our wired world of getting things done, done faster, done better, and with endless deadlines. Our world has become quite fast paced and in our day-to-day lives we are more driven perhaps to beat the clock with nature and force our will for accomplishment. We tend to be out of touch with the energy hitting earth and defy Mercury’s course. The planet in retrograde disagrees and–as the lore goes–sends out the trickster, as it is nicknamed, to make life miserable for us. If we keep pushing our energy during a retrograde, we experience accidents, things getting stuck, confused, and laced with miscommunication.
Julie was familiar with my work and quite excited about what could be done by combining our talents. She felt that participants could benefit by aligning with the energy and making the most of its positive aspects rather than concentrating on victim-oriented positions. We would do a repatterning session in their absence with the submissions forming a kind of group consciousness that changes with each session. During the session in her role as the professional astrologer, Julie Simmons serves as the proxy for the group. She answers the questions that come up during the session, using the information submitted to us as well as her astrological background.
The sessions are interesting as well as educational. We report the notes back online customized with participants submissions to the hologram and a video or audio message to explain any patterns that need to come to the awareness of the group.
In the first few years, participants thought they could use the repatterning to essentially defy the planetary slowdown in energy and exert their will just the same. Over time, participants have learned there is a natural flow to things and have experienced many rewards and sometimes, in fact, seemingly defy the retrograde energy. For example, travel disruptions end with timely solutions–it was a hassle but things came right in the end anyway. Miscommunications are consciously averted as others come back to double check details. Old business is often brought forward for resolution, as in the case of the individual who had written off a $7000 debt only to be greeted with a check for that amount in the mail. I am always amused at those who report spontaneously getting in the mood for housekeeping tasks and chores and putting things in order. During the last retrograde I used the energy to complete a long-standing repair to a lamp!
It has been well over eight years since Julie Simmons and I started the program, and if a hologram of energy can be built over time, I feel we have done it. Now when you Google Mercury Retrograde the majority of articles are no longer fear-based as much as wisdom-based and advise on how to handle the energy in a positive way. For our participants, the program continues to offer an opportunity to repattern the issues they anticipate during a retrograde, to resonate with what they would like instead, resonate with the specific positive astrological patterns of the particular retrograde and align with spontaneous right action.
You can visit Julie and I at the blog where we discuss this aspect more deeply at http://AlignedForMercuryRetrograde.com
With love and Light
Carolyn Winter is the Past President of the Repatterning Practitioners Association, and a full time certified practitioner of Resonance Repatterning since 1997. She offers sessions in person, by phone and in unique online sessions for groups. She is currently partnering with Resonance Repatterning teacher Ardis Ozborn to bring the Basic Training Seminars online.