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Mercury Retrograde: Its Myth and Meaning Paperback – 29 Jan 2005

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Jeremy P Tarcher (29 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585423165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585423163
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 814,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the same way that people who are not interested in astrology know what their "sun sign" is, Mercury retrograde, the thrice-yearly cycle when the planet Mercury appears to run backwards in its orbit, has migrated out of the astrological ghetto to become an expression in everyday life. According to the astrological interpretation, this is a time when everything associated with the Greek god Mercury - contracts, travel, communications and commerce - seems to run backwards with the planet. The Internet crashes. Cars break down. Words can wound or are misunderstood. It is considered an especially poor time to make large new purchases or enter into new agreements. In Mercury Retrograde, spiritual journalist, Pythia Peay, unveils the period's deeper meanings. By working with the slower pace of Mercury retrograde, rather than going against it, we can allow ourselves to step outside the narrow framework of our ordinary lives. Rather than push forward, it is a time to retreat, if possible, from the usual harried, hurried way of doing things.

In this book, that includes a Mercury ephemeris and an astrological glossary, Peay traces the history of this powerful concept and illustrates its mythological underpinnings. She offers a practical, incisive analysis of how Mercury retrograde can be a tool for growth and insight into our fast paced contemporary existence.

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There are some books that arise in our Karma presenting itself to our consciousness that we miss.
I do not follow the noble art of casting an Astrological charts or being in the loop of current books on the subject.
But this book seemed to be much more than a book on astrology because it went into deeper spiritual areas.
Prythia Peay is also a Sufi which means that her topics tend to go beyond mere text book theory and she aplies her advice with compassion.
The main point which grabbed me was when Mercury Retorgrade comes around three time yearly is a great period to do a retreat and internalise.
The social animal that is man needs periods away from the crowd into the vast inner world of our own individuation.
Even in listening to a piece of music there still has to be an imperceptble space between individual notes.
Create that inner space in retreat as the symphony which is your own unique life grows towards maturity.
This is a great addition into my own growth and I hope it fills similar needs for others.
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Interesting book worth reading. Particularly if like me your zodiac sign is Virgo and your ascendant is Gemini both ruled by Mercury!.
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I learned too much. Detailed info about Mecury.
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HASH(0x8aad56c0) out of 5 stars Entertaining and Enlightening 1 July 2004
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Mercury Retrograde is an entertaining and enlightening look at one of the many ways astrology can offer insight and meaning to the often chaotic and senseless aspects of our lives. A great read for both the new and advanced student of astrology, Peay's book poetically weaves together the history, literature, and mythology surrounding mercury retrograde. Using a variety of lenses from many of the world's wisdom traditions, Peay shows her readers how the setbacks and difficulties characteristic of mercury retrograde can be viewed as opportunities for personal growth and transformation.
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HASH(0x8aad5b28) out of 5 stars Inspiring reading: more than an astrology book! 8 Aug. 2004
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This book is so beautifully written. It is an excellent book both for those who have little knowledge of astrology and those who have a great deal. Pythia Peay offers an insightful understanding of how to work creatively with one of the most talked about astrological cycles. In this Information Age, understanding how to work with Mercury's three retrograde cycles each year is a valuable insight to say the least. After reading this book I no longer cringe at the onset of Mercury Retrograde but am more attuned to the positive value of such periods throughout the year, as a valuable time for all the activities that begin with "re"...reviewing, reexamining, retracing, etc. The excellent chapter on a short history of astrology is so fascinating and well-researched that anyone interested in astrology would find this particularly worth reading.
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HASH(0x8aad5b4c) out of 5 stars A guide for Mercury Retrograde, a handbook for life. 2 Aug. 2006
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I've been surprised and enriched through reading Mercury Retrograde. The writing is both interesting and informative, and Ms. Peay's prose are beautiful. I purchased the book shortly before the start of Mercury Retrograde, and was amazed how frequently I had experiences that the author asserts are typical during this period. Not only does Ms. Peay offer suggestions and advice for living during MR, but her observations can be carried through the rest of the year!
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HASH(0x8aad5b34) out of 5 stars Mercury Retrograde; Its Myth and Meaning 5 July 2009
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An enjoyable read, Pythia Peay's "Mercury Retrograde" explains what the astrological phenomenon is in terms that someone with little or no knowledge of astrology can comprehend. Peay lays down a foundation consisting of a brief history of astrology in general, followed by a look at the classical myths surrounding the god after whom the planet was named. She gives a clear explanation of what it means astronomically and astrologically for Mercury to be retrograde, explaining the three phases of the occurrence and their astrological affects. I particularly enjoyed the sections concerning how Mercury retrograde in a birth chart influences an individual, as well as what to expect from a retrograde cycle based on what sign the planet is traversing. Peay's approach to this often loathed incident that takes place three or four times a year is optimistic and focuses more on what one can do during this time period. In the back of the book, Peay provides tables showing the dates of Mercury retrogrades and what signs the planet transits from 1910 to 2050.

Overall, I found this book to be informative and pleasurable to read with its literary and mythological references as well as anecdotes from the author's personal retrograde experiences. With the positive tone of the book, I am looking forward to applying this information to the next retrograde cycle!
HASH(0x8aad5c00) out of 5 stars Think about getting this book. 29 Dec. 2011
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This is not only the definitive book written about Mercury Retrograde, it is the definitive astrological book on the planet Mercury in the pantheon! Any serious astrologer or student of astrology must have this book in order to explain the patterns of Mercury Retrograde to the skeptic or the layman. Through Jungian archetypes and Campbell mythologies Peay presents an authoritative account of how the Mercurial energies correspond to the mind. One caveat: the manner in which this book is written can be murky and thick and can be a difficult read, so examine the text meditatively and patiently and the reader shall be rewarded!
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