The top income, the best job title: these markers are no longer
the standard of success. So reports CNBC's show Power Lunch
recently. This show reviewed results of a survey indicating
the top priority for business school graduates now is a balance
between family life and work.
Natural cycles awareness helps us get on the balanced-life
track. This month we look at one part of natural timing, the
retrograde motion of planets.
As viewed from earth, the planets sometimes appear to be
traveling backward. This backward travel, called retrograde
motion, is a phenomena recognized in both astronomy and
Retrograde motions are about patience. They are times when our
plans to go forward are halted. Retrograde periods are times to
bring play and family into the forefront of our lives. During
retrograde periods we are reworking plans. We are going
backward to get something we overlooked -- an idea, an
opportunity. These kinds of creative discoveries are best
realized through the spontaneity of play and the supportive
comfort of family and friends.
Mercury, one of the planets in our solar system, goes
retrograde three times a year. Energetically, Mercury is
associated with communication, technology, and things which are
mechanical. Retrograde periods of Mercury are the times when
miscommunications, delays, or technical and mechanical
challenges seem prevalent.
Just picture it: energy is trying to go backward and we are
trying to go forward. Something has to give. You can guess it
is not going to be the planet that gives, in this case Mercury.
The planet is going to go it's way. We can either be aggravated,
impatient, frustrated. Or, we can stop and reassess.
With knowledge of Mercury retrograde periods we can stop
personalizing delays. We can start cushioning expectations,
knowing we can only go so far when the motion is not forward.
We can take the pressure off of over-work and bring in a little
Mercury turned retrograde on April 14. On May 8 1997, Mercury
turns in a forward motion again. The point where Mercury turned
retrograde on April 14 is called a station. Mercury passes this
station on May 26. For the three week period when Mercury is
retrograde one may expect natural delays and possible
communication, technological or mechanical challenges. When
Mercury turns direct on May 8 these matters start to clear up.
When Mercury passes it's station on May 26 one can expect
forward motion in the areas of communication and technology.
We have another retrograde energy we are dealing with now, Mars
retrograde. Mars is the planet of drive and initiative. Many
people have been experiencing delays in their work and the
forward motion of projects.
On February 6 of this year Mars turned retrograde. Mars turns
direct on April 29. On July 2, Mars passes it's station, the
point where it turned retrograde in early February. During
this Mars retrograde period we have the opportunity to come to
a deeper sense of what energizes us -- what we want. As plans
are delayed we keep refining them. After April 29, and
especially after July 2, we will start to feel forward momentum
again. This motion forward is in the areas of our personal
power within business and relationships.
"How can planetary motion possibly affect my business?" is a
question I am sure some readers will ask. The new physics
teaches us gravity is not the only force in nature. Through
electromagnetism and strong and weak forces the new physics
tells us that everything in nature is interconnected. As above,
Paying attention to the information of natural cycles helps us
feel part of, rather than separate from, the fluid movement of
energy. We can move with the natural clock, rather than
against it. Check out the events of your life in relation to
the dates mentioned above. See if there are links. If you do
not see a match, that is fine, too. No one world view is for
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Samten Williams, B.S.N. R.N., is a nurse journalist and
astrologer. Through her company FRESH PERSPECTIVES she offers
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