Mercury Retrograde: Its Myth and Meaning Paperback – 29 Jan 2005
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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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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!