Mercury Retrograde: Another Chance to Go Within

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Historically, Mercury Retrograde has been a time when people runaway from technology, communication and travel for many reasons. Lol but why?

What is Mercury Retrograde?:

This happens three to four times per year, when the planet Mercury slows down, and appears to stop (station) and move backward (retrograde). It’s an optical illusion, since there is forward movement, like speeding by a slow-moving train — as it recedes, it appears to go backward.

I saw this on a road trip, driving alongside a moving train going slower than my little white Subaru — it really does play tricks with your mind!

What are the Mercury Retrograde dates for 2012?:

March 12th to April 4th in Aries
July 14 to August 7 in Leo
November 6 to November 26 in Sagittarius, then Scorpio
What happens?:

Mercury is the messenger, and in this time, legend has it that mail vanishes en route. Some people find that their computers go on the fritz or phone lines go down. If you’re at all jittery about it, go ahead and back up your important files. That’s always a good idea anyway, right?
A Time-Out:

Mercury retrograde gives us time to catch up with ourselves, and reflect. Something from the past returns in a different form. People, ideas or buried insights that are keys to moving forward, float to the surface. Often it’s felt as a slowed down, contemplative time, and depending on the sign, a chance to go over old ground again, to claim what you missed the first time.
Err on Side of Caution:

There’s a long-held belief that it’s best to avoid making set plans during the Mercury Retrograde. This means holding off on signing contracts, and forming partnerships and alliances. What gets put in writing at this time may turn out to need serious revising after Mercury goes direct. But since tying up loose ends is the domain of retrograde, this type of finalization might fly.
Can you repeat that?:

In our relationships, sometimes we gloss over things that pushed buttons at the time, but which we let slide. What seemed not worth the trouble may reveal itself as a major issue in need of our attention. The Mercury retrograde is a time for review, when the underlying patterns come to light.
Back to the Drawing Board:

Some dreams and goals get lost in the hectic rushing around of daily life. The Mercury Retrograde period can be a rich time of reflection on those longings. This makes it a time for the soul to ponder its destiny. You might look over old journals, review your creative work, muse on serendipities of the past that have pointed you toward your spirit’s calling. It can make the retrograde period a time of solidifying a sense of your personal story and where you’re headed.
What does it mean in each different sign?:

The Mercury retrograde is shaped by the sign through which it is cast. For example, a Mercury retrograde in Cancer turns the mind toward things like family, home and the invisible emotional bonds that connect us. On the other hand, a Mercury retrograde in Aquarius gives it a different spin, with a review of group dynamics, the larger human community, all from a detached perspective.
Making the Most of Mercury Retrograde:

Astrology is a tool that can make you aware of patterns, like those that come during a Mercury retrograde. Just observe and see what happens, and be open to the past returning for review. If it’s coming back, there’s likely something more to learn or release from it. You don’t have to retreat to the zen monastery, but a little solitude and quiet reflection never hurt anybody.

 

Credit: About.com by Molly Hall

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The Law of Karma Defined

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Karma is defined as many things. Some say it’s definition is:  You get what you put out. Whatever you release into the universe, Comes back to you in one way or another.

Some religions say karma is a person who has done bad things in past lifetimes, resulting in misfortune in future lifetimes. Karma is also defined as obstacles too. Karma is also birth, aging, sickness, and death.

Karma is not a punishment or reward but simply an extended expression or consequence of natural acts from a past action. According to some Indian religions. Karma is not fate. They believe we have  free will, so we are always free to  create our own destiny.

Take a look at the another notion of karma. Westerners say words like: You reap what you sow, live by the sword die by the sword or what goes around comes around. In other words: What we put out is returned to us.We can expect the same result when we do something for or against another. This is like the Law of Attraction in some ways. Ex: If you think about a person with a good or bad intention for them you are sending energy at that moment.

English: Karma Dance

You move on in your life however, At some point in your life that energy will be reflected back to you. Karma will return to the person in some way, no one knows how or when though. The karmic return will happen whenever the universe finds the time to complete its karmic cycle. Other religions say The law of cause and effect is another way of saying The Law of Karma. The life should be measured by the amount of karmic debt one has.

Karma plays an important role in determining how one’s life should be lived.In another notion about The Law of Karma it is said that before we came to earth we choose how (and when) to receive the challenge of earthly life lessons of retribution for the wrong done in previous lives. This could have taken the form of Disabilities, physical or mental impairment or even a stagnant life are due to the choices one makes before being born into a new life and into new body on earth.Whatever we put out will potentially come back to us in some way. It’s important to know about Karma.

In Indian religions is the concept of “action” or “deed”, understood as that which causes the entire cycle of cause and effect (i.e., the cycle called saṃsāra) originating in ancient India and treated in Hindu, Jain, Buddhist and Sikh philosophies. The idea that the moral quality of one’s actions influences one’s rebirth is absent from India until the period of the shramana religions, and the Brahmins appear to have adopted this idea from other religious groups.

English: Shri 1008 Mahavir Swami

In the west, karma is often confused with concepts such as the soul, psychic energy, synchronicity (a concept originally from psychoanalyst Carl Jung, which says that things that happen at the same time are related), and ideas from quantum or theoretical physics. There is an absolute connection between Karma and quantum physics But that would be an even longer article to break down the argument. We will keep it simple on this article.

Karma means “deed” or “act” and more broadly names the universal principle of cause and effect, action and reaction, that governs all life. In some definitions of Karma; The effects experienced are also able to be reversed by good actions and are not necessarily a sealed fate. Yey!

That is to say, a particular action now is not binding to some particular, pre-determined future experience or reaction; it is not a simple, one-to-one correspondence of reward or punishment. So it is not only a thing with karma where it is of a spiritual nature but it is also the inner workings of something larger than you and I working as a constant, limitless law that must be carried out no matter what is going on, at all times and in all spaces.

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So the law of attraction and the law of karma are very similar, yes? Though they are still different. The Law of Attraction states that you are always attracting like a magnet to you, as a result of your thoughts and karma, you receive back what you put out.

And based on this karmic count you must repeat certain lessons on the earthly plane until you correct all that you have done outside of divine order. There is a strong connection between the two of these Laws but they are very different.

It seems The Law of Karma is the consequence of the actions that are out of alinement divine order that follows us for several incarnations until we fulfill the Karmic debt by setting things right and The Law of Attraction is what we use to reject and attract things magnetically moment to moment with our feelings, thoughts and actions.

It is important to watch what you do, think and speak. Why you might ask? Because you will create more of that in the world and you will attract more of it to you. So there, go forth and enjoy life fully knowing that, it is truly beautiful! Plus you have a paint brush to make is as colorful as you choose to!