I took this picture as we were taking off from Salt Lake City, last weekend. In order to get the shot of the mountains and the amazing clouds, I was forced to include the wing of the plane in the picture. And now that I look at it, I kind of like it.
I was in Salt Lake City for the 4th Annual MonaVie International Convention. The convention was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life. Dallin Larsen, cofounder and CEO is a true and inspiring leader with a vision that has captured the hearts and minds of people from many different walks of life. The plane was full of happy, if exhausted, MonaVie Distributors, many of whom are my good friends. We’d all shared an amazing few days and were on our way back home to the Bay Area.
A few days later, on September 24th, Mercury went retrograde in the sign of Libra. I found myself making a series of silly mistakes, like losing my cell phone in the house (I’d absentmindedly put it in a drawer when I was putting some papers away), realizing at the last moment that I’d forgotten a lunch date with a friend, and arriving at another friend’s house to work on a project having completely forgotten to bring the supplies…
While Mercury is retrograde, often things are not as we would like them to be. Most of us prefer a little more predictability, and that things go smoothly so we can get them done and move on to the next thing. When The Trickster is moving backward (from Earth’s perspective) life can seem to be a bit like driving the car looking only in the rear view mirror. It is easy to crash into things that are right in front of us; miss our exit, so we arrive late; try so hard to keep up our normal pace that we end up working against ourselves until we get that it is time to slow down or maybe even stop for a little time out.
With Mercury in retrograde motion for the next three weeks we can make the most of this time by cleaning up loose ends and either completing or deleting projects that have languished, unfinished, for far too long. This is the time to reconsider our priorities, reconnect with old friends, take a moment to review what is and isn’t working and update our priorities.
With the moon waning until it is new in Libra on September 29th, we are doubly primed for letting go of anything that isn’t working for us or isn’t enhancing our experience in some way. This is a great weekend for clearing clutter, organizing your desk or office, finally framing those pictures that you know would look great on your wall and replacing your summer clothes with the heavier things you’ll be wearing this fall.
So, Mercury’s gone retrograde and the moon is on the wane… sounds like the title of a country music song, doesn’t it? I still don’t know whether those clouds were moving in or out. Nothing changes faster than the weather. It serves as a wonderful reminder that if we allow ourselves to be in the moment we, too, can move through or beyond any storm. I love that I was able to capture that rich moment in time in a way that allows me to revisit it and be blessed, again, by all that it represents.
*Mercury goes direct, again, on October 15th.