mercury retrograde spread

three or four times a year, the planet of communication, travel, and technology appears to move backwards, and also appears to wreak havoc on details, movement, and organization. whether you’re someone that fears mercury retrograde’s subtle chaos or embraces its urgings to slow down and consider decisions, for the next few weeks we are encouraged to move with thoughtfulness, reflect on where we’ve been, and pause our movement forward. and while we’re only a few days in, i know i’m not alone in already seeing unexpected snags and tangles in daily movement or systems.

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rather than stressing over everything we’re told not to do during this particular time of the year, i prefer to lean into this energy and see how it can serve me. this is a chance to revisit our past, to reflect on how we found ourselves on this particular path. it’s an opportunity to reconnect with old friends, past relationships, or connections that have fizzled out. and it’s a time to review old and current projects, to reassess goals, to renew our commitments to work or dreams or plans that we may have let slip away for other things.

in addition to these essential themes of revisiting, reconnecting, and renewing, i’ve also included a card for repair in this spread, a chance to consider something we may need to dive deeper into or take responsibility for. i find that giving the tarot an opportunity to speak openly on certain topics often reveals insights or shadows that i hadn’t seen clearly, and since we’re still in cancer season, this is the perfect time for internal exploration, trusting our intuition, and letting ourselves feel emotion deeply.


revisit: ace of cups. i’ve been seeing a lot of court cards in my readings the last few weeks, but the ace of cups asks me to revisit the beginning of my emotional and spiritual journey this year - connections, feelings, blossoming intuition. the ace of water reflects the full range of human emotion, and as we move into the last few weeks of cancer season, my feelings are bubbling over, powerful and even overwhelming me at times. this card honors all of that intensity, while reminding me that calm peace and necessary rest are just as important as passionate expression and deep connection.

reconnect: maiden of cups. this card was a very important one for me when i started reading tarot years ago, so for me this feels intensely personal, like a call to remember why began this journey and what it has taught me so far. learning to trust my intuition and embrace my natural sensitivity has not always been easy or pleasant, but honoring the depths of who i am, my passion and desire and eagerness for reflection, has helped me grow into the person i am today. reconnecting with my original reasons for reading tarot may help me find new layers of meaning in my current work, and could inspire me even more in the future.

repair: seven of swords. i’m definitely someone that values my secrets and privacy, builds boundaries and protects myself from so many things. the tarot often encourages me to consider why i’m building walls, and when to let people through them, and in this case it may be that my need for mystery and seclusion has caused hurt, pain, or confusion in those around me. this card often connects to deceit, while encouraging us to grab the blades and consider what will motivate us to action. i may need to do some repairs to relationships in my life, particularly around boundaries, privacy, and things i’ve been carrying within.

renew: seven of wands. a card of independence, activism, and motivation, the seven of wands represents strength of purpose, honoring one’s personal vision, and being willing to stand up for what we believe in. i’ve been dealing with a lot of self-doubt lately, questioning who i am and what i stand for, wondering what my greater purpose is. and while i may not find those answers in this short time of mercury retrograde, i can renew my belief in myself, my trust in my intuition, the magic that i keep building and releasing. this is a card of courage, a reminder to keep pushing towards my dreams and celebrating my progress.

with cancer season’s watery cups and two sevens of assessment and consideration, my reading seems deeply connected to the current season and movements. both the ace and maiden of cups represent beginnings, asking me to reconnect with my origins as well as how i found myself on this particular path. sevens are connected to the chariot, a card of movement and purpose that’s also the birth card of cancer, and a message i can’t miss about remembering where i’m going and honoring my truth. mercury retrograde may ask us to pause movement and consider our full journey, but these cards take it a step further, asking me to remember the core of who i am and the needs i often hide from both others and myself. my reflections during the coming weeks could help me find renewed fire, creativity, and intention for the rest of this year and beyond.


how has mercury season been treating you? please feel free to tag me if you use this spread, and thanks for reading!