Not only is the planet of communication, Mercury, at its closest and strongest now as it moves in retrograde, but we are in the dark of the moon too, with consequences for all of us.
The combination of these events means we are in a personal Underworld where the mystical side of us is prominent and we have the opportunity to confront our inner demons, seeing them for what they are with honesty and acceptance. Mercury with his impish side to the fore can make this difficult as he strives, like Puck, to deceive and make mischief, and this phase that we are in can be a struggle.
To know that Mercury is in reverse, as he is several times a year, can cause us to expect problems with self-expression, technology, or contracts and indeed the fear can become a self-fulfilling prophecy rather than an opportunity to recognise and benefit from the opportunities that he brings as our he heightens our sensitivity and awareness and brings us information and ideas to help us on our human and spiritual journey. It can be forgotten that Mercury governs the psychic realms, and it is the thinning of the dimensional veils that can be the cause of much of our discomfort at this time.
Meanwhile the Moon Goddess calls us, inviting us to enter her realms of mystery and magic as she prepares for her light to emerge once again on Thursday. She is not a trickster, like Mercury, but, like Mercury when retrograde, her influence heightens our intuition and calls us inwards, inviting us to be and not do, to ponder not act, to accept and not judge. She is calm and dignified, profoundly wise and truly magnificent in her austere aloofness, unlike her antithesis in the volatility and mischievousness of Mercury.
You may choose which qualities of each you wish to share, for it is always about choice. You do not have to be beguiled or deceived; instead you can see this as a precious time in which to focus on inner growth and the nearness of Spirit, of preparation for the next phase of your life, and of revelation. It can be a time to thank Mercury and not to curse him, and to enjoy the blessings of being in the dark.