Mercury has finally stationed Direct at 3 degrees of Sagittarius. The meditation is nearly complete. It was the 24th of November when Mercury went retrograde at 20 degrees Sagittarius and today he finally moves forward. It is a day of coming to terms with everything we discovered in our revisiting and reliving particular themes Mercury brought forth in our lives over the past 3 weeks. Themes of travel, religion, belief, practice, and God have hopefully been reworked within our cognitive wiring. The shift of Mercury’s direction is always a significant time for us to initiate the changes we have been mulling over. It’s a moment where we hopefully start thinking clearly. Now, the whole Mercury cycle doesnt complete itself until Mercury passes the point of the Zodiac (20 Sag) where he went retrograde. This happens on New Years day. And so, how can we best utilize this time? Is there anything we can do to augment this process of making more clear choices for ourselves?
Mercury retrograde periods are some of the most enlightening and frustrating cycles in Astrology. Aside from technological and mechanical abnormalities, the true purpose of Mercury retro is to rethink, relive, and revisit themes in our lives. This cycle, being in Sagittarius, we have become more sensitized to our adventurous wild man/woman within. This is why it relates to travel. We travel to have new experiences with new lands and new people, hopefully expanding our understanding of our reality. It is likely that you have been reuniting in strange ways with many old friends who represent this theme in your life. Everything and everyone we experience in Mercury retrograde cycles serve a specific purpose. They remind us of something within our minds that needs adjustment. Also, our technologies we rely so heavily upon fall apart during these cycle, mainly to keep us on our toes, and more aware about what needs care, adjustment, and deeper understanding. Or maybe just to test our patience.
I have been wanting to weave plants into my blogs for awhile now, and today shall be my first attempt. There are many plants that can assist greatly in our cognitive functioning (Mercury) but it is Brahmi tea (Gotu Kola) which always comes to mind first.
Brahmi (bacopa monnieri) is an Indian Ayurvedic medicine that is potent against motor and nerve disorders. It is medicine for the brain. Possessing a pungent and bitter flavor, brahmi has nervine, tonic, mild sedative and diuretic properties. Brahmi is a perennial creeping herb with small white flowers. It grows on wetlands and muddy shores and is commonly found in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, China, Vietnam and increasingly in the southern parts of the United States.
Brahmi is grown for both medicinal and culinary purposes. Long known as a “food for the brain”, brahmi has been used since the 6 th century in Ayurvedic medicine as a powerful cognitive enhancer. Brahmi is still widely used by students and schoolchildren in India to help in brain functions. The herb is also used extensively in Vietnamese dishes.
Among the active constituents of brahmi are compounds such as hersaponin and bacosides, which are known to help improve the transmission of nerve cells to the brain.
The health benefits of brahmi can be derived through an infusion of the herb. Brahmi tea can be made by immersing ½ teaspoon of dried brahmi herbs into one cup of boiling water. Let soak and steep for about 5 minutes then drink.
Brahmi Tea health benefits are the following:
- Brahmi Tea may help improve the memory and enhance mental functions, agility and alertness. It is particularly helpful in retention of new information.
- Brahmi Tea may help to calm the mind and promote relaxation.
- Brahmi Tea may help improve motor learning ability.
- Brahmi Tea may help promote greater concentration and focus.
- Brahmi Tea may be helpful in treatment of asthma.
- Brahmi Tea may be helpful in the treatment of epilepsy.
- Brahmi Tea may be helpful against indigestion.
All plants have a particular affinity for certain planets. Brahmi is a friend of Mercury’s. Taking brahmi throughout Mercury retrograde periods can greatly assist in the confusing and challenging experiences we are presented by the cosmic Trickster. Taking this herb 2 to 3 times a day would be a perfect starting place. Being that Mercury is Direct now, what better way to propitiate Mercury and take care of our retro-knotted brains than by wisely consuming such a magical plant.
We arent off the hook yet. The theme which began way back on the 5th of November (when Mercury entered his Shadow at 20 Sag) is now in it’s Release period. Lots still needs to be initiated and reworked. Even though we are off the cushion and the deep mediation is complete, the candle still burns. Treat yourself to some Brahmi tea, remembering with every sip that you are not only feeding your brain, but you are making friends with Mercury too. Plants and Planets, strange yet similar allies……what magical mysteries they are.
- **** If you are interested in going deeper into this Mercury cycle in your own chart/life, you can contact me at KOSMOGNOSIS@GMAIL.COM, and we can set up a reading to unearth the essential information that Mercury has been trying to tell you all along. Even if its not Mercury you are interested in, having a reading moving into the New Year could be a wonderful treat for yourself, or a wonderful gift for a loved one.