Mercury Retrograde Ritual evokes and draws upon Mercurial energy, which causes an energetic reversal of the retrograde. Doing so lessens, or often eliminates completely, common Mercury Retrograde issues, such as miscommunication, travel disturbances, and electrical maladies. To learn more about Mercury Retrograde and to see this year's Mercury Retrograde dates, visit the Mercury Retrograde: What & When page.
When to Perform:
Below you will see three different Mercury Retrograde protocols. Depending on the severity of how Mercury Retrograde impacts you, you may choose one of three ritual protocols. Alternatively, you may try all three protocols within the course of the year (remember, there are 3-4 Mercury Retrogrades every year!). Doing so will give you measurable and comparative results, so that you may plan accordingly for the following year. You may find that you only need to perform this ritual once to keep Mercury Retrograde maladies at bay. Alternatively, you may find your communication and technical or legal skills improve to such an extent that you choose to perform this ritual on a regular basis.
You Will Need:
Getting Ready For This Ritual:
Create a quiet, sacred space for yourself. Somewhere you will be undisturbed and feel comfortable. Set aside about 30-45 minutes to perform this ritual to its entirety, which includes the total candle burning time.
Ideally, this should be a part of your home that is for your eyes only. A place where you can continue this ritual without disturbances, interruptions, or extinguishing the candle. Set all the needed items out in front of you.
Center yourself and take a few deep breaths. Remember, you are not 'getting rid' of anything. This is not a banishment, it's quite the opposite! This ritual evokes Mercury. You are working to improve the areas of your life that the absence of Mercury negatively impacts. You are working to draw in Mercurial energies into your life.
Mercury Retrograde Ritual Instructions
Step 1: Pick up your candles, slowly roll them between the palms of your hands. Try to get in the mental space of a harmonious, well-planned, and smooth life. Find your inner calm. Allow this energy to permeate through your body, down to your hands and into the candle. Feel the peace of the moment.
Beeswax absorbs energy exceptionally well, which is why we use 100% beeswax Old World Ritual Candles for all rituals. The more energy you put into the candle, the more power you will receive from this ritual.
Sit in this energetic harmony for as long as you feel comfortable. You will have an inner knowing when it is time to proceed to the next step.
Step 2: Draw the Mercury symbol (as shown below) on the piece of paper. Gaze at the symbol. Allow your gaze to soften and become out of focus. Breathe. This is an ancient and powerful symbol. One that assists with communication, the legal system, travel, and the fruition of goals.
Optional Step: If you have an important upcoming event or need extra assistance in a particular segment of your life that is impacted by Mercury Retrograde, write out exactly what you wish to achieve on the back of this Mercury sigil paper. You must write in a positive, present tense!
"My wedding is well-planned, well-orchestrated, beautiful and is perfectly timed. Everything goes smoothly!"
"My court hearing works out in my favor. My attorney and I can convey our case eloquently and efficiently. The judge understands my side perfectly and gladly sides with me."
Step 3: Place 3 Old World Ritual Candles on top of the Mercury symbol, slowly rolling them back and forth across the image. This allows the beeswax to pick up the evoked energies of Mercury.
Step 4: Move the Old World Ritual Candles to the side. Sprinkle about 1/3 teaspoon of the Mercury Retrograde Ritual Blend directly into the center of the Mercury sigil.
Step 5: Lay the 3 Old World Ritual Candles directly on top of the herbs, gently rolling the candles over the sigil. The Old World Ritual Candles are made entirely of beeswax and are naturally a bit sticky. Some of the Ritual Blend excesses will remain on the symbol, which is perfectly fine.
Summon the energy of peace, comfort, and well-executed plans. Smooth sailing. Calm seas. Predictability. Clear lines of communication. Helpful people. A general feeling of wellness and predictability.
Step 6: Gather the 3 Old World Ritual Candles in your hand, make sure they are lined up evenly. While holding the bottom of the candles, begin to gently twist start from the top. The motion is similar to wringing out wet laundry. Fists twisting in opposite directions.
The bottoms (or legs) of the candles should be untwisted for the last one inch of the candles. Place on top of the Mercury sigil.
Step 7: While holding the conscious intention of attracting pristine communication, perfect travel plans, and fast-operating technology, light the candles. Sit in meditation for a moment. Mercury is now evoked. You are now drawing the energy of Mercury into your life. Feel the energy of Mercury wash over you. Allow it to empower and improve your life.
Light the Palo Santo smudge stick from the flame of the candle. Allow the soft smoke to envelop you and balance your personal energies. Carefully smudge your energy field by holding the Palo Santo stick about 1 foot over the top of your head. Move it down to your feet, stepping into clouds of smoke. Alternatively, you may sit down and smudge the soles of your feet.
The Old World Ritual Candles only burn 20-45 minutes, depending on the temperature in the room, any possible drafts and the amount of Ritual Blend used. The candle will extinguish itself in its own pool of wax. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
Step 8: Repetition
If repeating the Mercury Retrograde Ritual (as indicated in Protocol 2 and 3), the same paper should be reused for the length of the retrograde. Placing the new candle on top of the previously formed pool of wax.
If possible, carry the Mercury sigil with you in a little baggie during times when you need to make sure everything goes smoothly. I like to put it in my tote bag and take it everywhere with me during Mercury Retrograde.
Step 9: Disposal
Once Mercury post-shadow ends (see Mercury Retrograde: What & When), bury the spell remnants at the base of a healthy free in your backyard, nearby park or forest. And don't worry, all of Old World Witchcraft products are 100% biodegradable and are Earth-friendly.
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