How Mercury Retrograde Affects Our Children
When Mercury retrograde occurs, there is a short surge (approximately three weeks) of influence of the planetary energy due to the transmissions of orbits in relation to Earth.
It is in essence an illusion because Earth and Mercury continue to travel in the same direction at the same speeds but because our planet surpasses Mercury, from our vantage point it appears to slow down and reverse direction.
It is similar to the sensation of when you are running or walking quickly and you stare down at the ground and then you suddenly stop and the ground appears to be still moving. If you ever did this as a child, you know what I'm talking about.
Mercury is the planet of communication and for us adults that means conflicts in relationships, having a hard time getting our point across, technology issues or crashes and our inner wounds to come bubbling up to the surface to be healed.
But what does it mean for our children? How are they affected as the planet of communication moves into retrograde?
Children are much more in touch with their emotional bodies and as a result, during a Mercury retrograde you can expect to see an increase in emotions and mood swings. A lot of times, the child may not understand why they are feeling the way that they are but they do know that they are upset or feel misunderstood. As parents, this is a good time to be patient and understand that our kids may not be able to express themselves or have as much of a handle on their emotions as they typically do.
If your child enjoys routine and structure, you can expect that they will have a more difficult time navigating through the unexpected changes that Mercury retrograde can bring.
It is not unusual for there to be delays or issues in anything schedule or planning related at the time of a retrograde. This is a great time to teach your child openness and the importance of going with the flow. Things don't always happen as we expect them to but most often, they still end up okay in the end.
During the retrograde, you might find that your child brings up things from the past that you thought they had overcome or forgotten about. This is normal because these things come up to the surface to be healed just as they do for us adults. You may have to re-explain things and this is not a time to tell the child it's in the past and to just forget about it.
If your child brings something up to you, this means that it is not resolved yet within their heart and they are still seeking guidance and this is where you can offer support for their healing.
Mercury retrograde is a great time to take the role of the listener with your child. Let them express themselves in the way that feels right to them and try not to judge their emotions too much as they are likely processing and healing things that are unseen. Allow this time to be a time of slowing down and honor your role of the nurturer. Mercury retrograde is not a great time for reprimand and strict rules and routines.
It is it time for expansion and connection and openness to all things that arise. Take things as they come and keep in mind, it only lasts twenty one days.