Mercury Retrograde Magic: How to navigate the energy

Mercury Retrograde Magic: How to navigate the energy

Mercury retrograde magic

Mercury Retrograde Magic


Navigating Mercury retrograde energy can be a magical, exciting journey that invites us to recharge, reflect, and recalibrate our lives. While these astrological phenomena have gained a reputation for causing communication mishaps, technological glitches, and delays in travel plans, they also offer profound opportunities for introspection and growth.

Here’s a simple guide to navigating the energy of Mercury retrogrades:

Understanding Mercury Retrograde


Mischievous Mercury, the planet of quick thinking – communication, information, technology, and travel, appears to move backward during its retrograde periods. This optical illusion occurs three to four times a year and this first one of 2024 started March 18th and will last until May 13th (including it’s pre and post retro shadows)

Astrologically, Mercury retrogrades are associated with miscommunications, delays, and revisiting unresolved issues from the past. I like to use this time to check in with unfinished business on an emotional level using my body as the thermometer on how charged i feel about a past encounter or current situation.

I also use this ‘retro’ period to reflect on how I interact with myself and others in the areas of communication ( including the thoughts I keep and the language I use), being mindful of the information I absorb and pass on and just to remember to expect surprises when it comes to travel plans!

I use a simple 3 step check to see how I am processing any ‘stuff’ coming my way during a retrograde.

  1. Am I Embracing this?
  2. Am I Evading this?
  3. Am I Externalising/ Projecting this?

This? – being whatever holds a charge for me in my daily interactions with myself and others, and more importantly noticing when this is happening so that I can course correct!

I then use the feedback I get from those 3 questions to dive deeper. Reflecting and realigning as I go. Now if this sounds a little too simplistic for your tastes here are more suggestions on ways to sail through a mercury retrograde – remember we can make things as hard or easier as we wish – that’s the magic we possess!


Embrace Reflection and Review


Instead of resisting the slowdown, embrace it as an opportunity for introspection and review. Use this time to reflect on past experiences, reassess your goals, and contemplate any areas of your life that may need adjustment. Mercury retrogrades are ideal for diving deep into self-reflection and gaining insights into patterns and behaviours that may no longer serve you.

Practice Patience and Flexibility


During Mercury retrogrades, it’s essential to practice patience and flexibility. Expect delays, misunderstandings, and unexpected twists and turns in your plans. Rather than becoming frustrated, approach challenges with a sense of curiosity and adaptability. Remember that these disruptions often hold valuable lessons and opportunities for growth.

Communicate Mindfully


Communication can be particularly tricky during Mercury retrogrades, leading to misunderstandings and conflicts. Be extra mindful of how you express yourself especially non verbally, choose your words carefully, and practice active listening. Clarify information, double-check emails and messages before sending them, and avoid making important decisions impulsively.

Revisit and Revise Projects


Mercury retrogrades are an excellent time to revisit and revise projects that may have stalled or encountered obstacles. Take advantage of the reflective energy to reevaluate your strategies, tweak your plans, and tie up loose ends. Use this period to complete unfinished tasks and clear the way for new beginnings once Mercury turns direct.

Cultivate Self-Care Practices


The intense energy of Mercury retrogrades can sometimes feel overwhelming, leading to stress and anxiety. Prioritize self-care practices to nurture your physical, emotional, and mental well-being during this time. Incorporate activities such as meditation, yoga, journaling, or spending time in nature to centre yourself and maintain balance.

Stay Grounded and Centred


With the heightened energy and potential for chaos during Mercury retrogrades, it’s crucial to stay grounded and centred. Maintain a sense of perspective, focus on what you can control, and trust that everything is unfolding as it should. Grounding techniques such as deep breathing, mindfulness, and connecting with the earth can help you stay rooted amidst the turbulence.

Embrace the Flow of Synchronicity


Despite the challenges, Mercury retrogrades often bring moments of synchronicity and serendipity into our lives. Pay attention to signs, coincidences, and intuitive nudges that may guide you in unexpected directions. Trust in the divine timing of events and embrace the flow of synchronicity as a reminder that the universe is always conspiring in your favour.

By approaching Mercury retrogrades with awareness, mindfulness, and a willingness to learn and grow, you can navigate the energy with grace and wisdom. Remember that each retrograde period offers its unique lessons and opportunities for transformation, helping you align more deeply with your true self and the natural rhythms of the cosmos.

Find your Happy Place

Find your Happy Place

Find your happy place

Find your Happy Place it’s one of your super powers!


Finding your Happy Place is an invaluable resource that provides a sense of security and inner strength during moments of anxiety or uncertainty.

You’ll find your Happy Place can become an essential technique when you encounter yourself in situations when:

  • You receive shocking news
  • You are in an accident or close call
  • Being on the receiving end of verbal insults
  • You find yourself ‘stuck’ or procrastinating
  • You are stuck in negative self talk/thoughts
  • When doing shadow work
  • You just feel out of sorts or notice anxiety creeping in for no reason

Your Happy Place serves as a sanctuary, helping you navigate through minor challenges or providing solace until you can seek deeper help in more serious situations.

The Happy Place Technique


The Happy Place technique is a simple yet creative process, allowing you to build your ideal haven in your imagination – there are no limits!

  • Happy Places are created in your imagination. It can be a place you have visited in real time or something you imagine. It has to be a place you build that you feel completely safe in. Make it beautiful, inspiring, colourful, full of uplifting sounds and comfortable – the important thing here is that you make it whatever you want it to be as long as you make it yours.


  • Practice visualising your Happy Place so that you conjure up the emotional feelings of safety instantly. It should be as easy as switching channels on your tv. Just thinking about your happy place should instill a sense of calm and centredness, it should feel like you are at home in your own body.


  • By practicing visualizing your Happy Place, you can instantly summon feelings of tranquility, as though you are at home within yourself. Once you master these steps, accessing your Happy Place becomes effortless, no matter where you are physically. It serves as a reliable inner resource to maintain composure and balance, enabling you to face any adversity life throws your way.


So there you have it – in just 3 simple steps you can create your very own Happy Place!

Celebrate Spring Equinox

Celebrate Spring Equinox

Spring Equinox Goddess

Celebrate Spring Equinox


A great way to celebrate Spring Equinox is by inviting in the spring spirits! Calling in the spirit of Fire along with the elements of Air, Water and Earth in gratitude will bring an extra zing to your celebrations.

This seasonal change is a significant celebration in Celtic traditions. It symbolizes the renewal of life and the awakening of the earth after the dormancy of winter.

So, here are some Celtic practices to welcome the arrival of the spring spirits:

1. Bonfire Rituals:

Light a bonfire! – a central ritual during the spring equinox celebrations. Flames and fires purify and protect the community while also serving as beacons to attract the attention of the spirits. Gathering around the fire, people sing, dance, and make offerings to honour the changing seasons.

2. Offerings to Deities:

It’s also tradition to make offerings to gods and goddesses associated with spring and fertility, such as Lugh, Brigid, and Eostre. Such offerings can include food, flowers, or symbolic items representing the gifts of the earth. Place your offerings on altars (dedicate your own altars in the home or your garden) or sacred sites as gestures of gratitude and devotion.

3. Decorating with Spring Symbols:

Our homes and sacred spaces are adorned with symbols of spring, such as fresh flowers, greenery, and coloured eggs. These decorations symbolize fertility, growth, and the promise of new beginnings. We can make wreaths from spring flowers or branches and hang them on doors as a welcoming gesture to the spirits of the season.

4. Nature Walks and Offerings:

Taking walks in nature and making offerings to the land spirits is a common practice among the Celts. Offerings of food, water, or symbolic items (no plastics or items that harm the environment) can be left at natural features such as trees, rivers, and sacred groves as a way of honouring the spirits of the land and seeking their blessings for the coming season.

5. Feasting and Community Gatherings:

Sharing of food and drink with family and community members is also an integral part of spring equinox celebrations. Feasting together fosters a sense of unity and solidarity while also acknowledging the abundance of the earth’s bounty. Traditional foods associated with spring, are fresh greens, lamb, and eggs, and are often featured in festive meals.

6. Planting and Sowing Rituals:

Spring equinox marks the beginning of the planting and sowing season for agricultural communities. Rituals to bless the seeds and ensure a bountiful harvest can be as simple as just sharing your gratitude for the bounty the seed will bring. Participants ceremonially plant seeds in the earth while offering prayers for growth, fertility, and prosperity.

7. Crafting Brigid’s Crosses:

In some Celtic traditions, Brigid’s Crosses are woven from straw or rushes and hung in homes as protective talismans. The goddess Brigid is revered as a guardian of hearth and home. Making and displaying Brigid’s Crosses to celebrate spring equinox is believed to invite her blessings and protection.

These practices provide a tangible way for the Celts to connect with the spiritual essence of spring and invoke the blessings of the season. Today, many people continue to draw inspiration from these ancient traditions, adapting them to suit modern lifestyles while honouring the timeless wisdom of our ancestors.

Vernal Equinox

Vernal Equinox

Vernal Equinox

Embracing the Vernal Equinox: Insights from Celtic Traditions


The vernal equinox marks a significant turning point in the annual cycle of our beloved Mother Earth. It’s when the days grow longer and nature awakens from its winter slumber.

For the Celts, this celestial event held profound meaning. Intertwining their spiritual beliefs, agricultural practices and their deep connection with the natural world and the rhythms of the seasons.

When is it?

The vernal equinox occurs on or around March 20th – 22nd in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s a time when the sun is at 0 of Aries and it represents a moment of balance between light and darkness.

When day and night are approximately equal in duration it symbolizes harmony and equilibrium. Balancing our internal and external relations with ourselves and others in the world.

Celtic Mythology

Associated with the god Lugh in Celtic mythology, the vernal equinox is a multifaceted deity. Lugh is revered for his mastery of various domains including craftsmanship, agriculture, and warfare.

Lugh symbolizes the increasing strength of the sun as it ascends higher in the sky. As the sun rises higher it brings with it warmth and vitality to the land. His presence during this time represents the promise of abundance and growth. All of these attributes are essential elements for agricultural societies dependent on the fertility of the earth.

Celebrating Vernal Equinox

At the vernal equinox, the Celts celebrated the arrival of spring with rituals and festivities that honoured the renewal of life. One such tradition was the lighting of bonfires. Bonfires were believed to purify and protect the community while invoking the blessings of the gods. These fires served as beacons of hope, guiding the way towards the brighter days ahead. They also symbolize the triumph of light over darkness.

Another key aspect of Celtic celebrations during the vernal equinox was the reverence for sacred sites aligned with the movements of the sun. Stone circles, such as Stonehenge in England and Newgrange in Ireland are good examples of this. These sacred sites were constructed with precision to mark the changing seasons and commemorate important astronomical events like the equinoxes.

These ancient monuments became not just astronomical observatories but focal points for communal gatherings and spiritual ceremonies. It’s also marked as a time where the veils between the earthly and divine realms are more fluid.

The Celtic Calendar

The vernal equinox also held significance for the Celtic calendar, which was closely tied to the cycles of nature. Known as Imbolc or Eostre in some Celtic traditions, this time marked the beginning of the agricultural year. Signalling the start of planting and sowing season, it’s a time of hope and anticipation. Communities work in harmony with the land, trusting in the natural rhythms of growth and renewal.

In modern times, the vernal equinox continues to be celebrated by practitioners of Celtic spirituality and those drawn to nature-based traditions and rituals. Honouring the changing seasons, connecting with the elements, and paying homage to ancestral wisdom are carried out with reverence and respect for the Earth. These observances serve as reminders of the interconnectedness of all life and the importance of living in harmony with the natural world.

As we embrace the vernal equinox from a Celtic perspective, we are invited to reflect on our relationship with the Earth and the cycles of transformation that shape our lives. Like the Celts of old, we can find inspiration in the beauty of nature, the resilience of the human spirit, and the timeless wisdom passed down through generations.

Honouring the vernal equinox means that we also honour the eternal dance of light and darkness, of birth, death, and rebirth—a cycle as old as time itself, yet ever new.