During much of this month (until April 23) the planet Mercury has appeared to be going backwards in the sky (an optical illusion). According to astrologers this is called a period of Mercury Retrograde, when life may seem less smooth, specifically with disruptions in communications. Generally not the best time to sign a major contract or buy a house, for example.
Whether you believe this Mercury retrograde business or not, there does seem to be a time of “shake-up” around that time, and people don’t like it. In a workshop I took years ago, the teacher said this was a time to do things that begin with “re”: Reflect, restore, rejuvenate, replenish, review, rest, relax, redo, renovate, etc. You get the idea. A time to look back, clear out and begin life fresh again. So I do not dread these times, when my computer or internet seems more likely to be off kilter, I try to take care of myself and clear off my desk (an ongoing challenge) and not take it personally. A great time to get a massage, take a walk, breathe deeply, do yoga, re-connect with old friends…
Here is a poem I began while getting a massage with Brigitte, thinking about restoration of body, mind, emotions and spirit.
Note: Khofu was a pharaoh in ancient Egypt. In 1954 a ship (solar barge) was discovered buried at the base of the great pyramid of Giza. The ship is held together by a sophisticated system of ropes stitched through holes in the planks.
From Jell-O or pudding
reconstitute a human
build muscle in lattice of bone
use ligament and tendon
to lash the boat together
like the great ship of Khofu
that lasted four thousand years and counting
Remake organs from blueprints
found in memories’ closet
that box on the top shelf never opened
but now essential
for restoration, renovation, revolution
The eyes of innocence, not naïve or wary
but open to beauty
The ears, the tongue fresh from the factory
brain, heart, programmed for compassion
Blood courses through the map
of newly laid arteries and veins
The pump begins again
Nerves reflexively control all motion
all manner of sensation
Cleansed of barnacles of tension
washed free of grime and lampblack
covering innate light
All in all, all is well
Margaret Dubay Mikus
Happy Birthday, Alex!!