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Mercury Retrograde Ritual: Go Green!



by Donna Woodwell May 29, 2014 08:03 PM EST
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As astrologers suggest, Mercury retrogrades are an excellent time for doing things that start with the prefix "re".

So it’s a perfect match for what’s been called the three R’s of the environment: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. These Re- words -- guidelines for making greener consumer choices -- are joined by a number of others:

Refuse – Can you do without it? If you must buy it, just say no to the extra packaging or plastic bag.
Repair – Can you fix it? Repairing items can often be cheaper and more environmentally friendly than tossing them.
Reuse – Can you buy it used rather than new? Or can you use it for something else?
Rebuy – If you must buy it, can it be made entirely or in part of post-consumer (recycled) products?
Recycle – If you must buy it, can it be recycled?

The three Mercury retrogrades each year provide a great opportunity to rethink how we live and work. When Mercury stations retrograde, take some time to look around and see if there are a few changes you could make to live a greener lifestyle. Then, after Mercury turns direct, spend the next few months turning those changes into green habits.  Next time Mercury reverses, add a few more changes.

A few Mercurial recycling ideas might be:
-- Reduce travel by working from home
-- Switch office lights to CFLs
-- Set thermostat cooler in winter, warmer in summer
-- Turn off computer when not in use

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-- Replace broken electronics equipment and recycle old ones
-- Buy your books used; donate or sell used books and magazines; get a library card
-- Cancel subscriptions for unread periodicals; request electronic editions
-- Recycle office paper, toner cartridges, batteries and other e-waste

The actions of a single individual may be small, but small changes made collectively do make a difference. If we make the practice of Green Alchemy a retrograde ritual, then change itself becomes a habit.

Plan ahead! Mark your calendar now for these upcoming Mercury Retrogrades:

June 7-July 1, 2014

October 4-October 25, 2014
Jan 21-Feb 11, 2015

May 18-June 11, 2015

September 17-October 9, 2015
January 5-January 25, 2016

April 28-May 22, 2016

August 30-September 22, 2016

December 19, 2016-January 8, 2017
 
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