1- Find an item you never use or never wear but you feel very drawn to. It could be an article of clothing like a hat or jeans, or a CD that you haven’t played in years. Hang up a poster or picture that is hiding in a closet. Prepare a few meals from an old favorite cookbook that’s been neglected. Reread an old novel. Wear that old hat. Play that album. Wear an old scent that you are fond of. Watch several episodes of an old television series. Find something old that still resonates for you NOW.
2- Wear the item or use the object or perform the activity repeatedly for a minimum of one week; three weeks would be ideal.
3- Observe your thoughts and feelings to assess any significant changes.
4- Then journal or meditate on your experiences to gain more clarity.
5- Finally, blog about what you have discovered.
The name of this challenge, I believe, was inspired by the current Mercury retrograde transit. Retrograde periods are times to go back, reflect, restart, and go deeper into things depending on the planet(s) involved and the houses they transit and aspect in one’s individual birth chart. Mercury is retrograde in Scorpio. The recent New Moon was (as was the recent Solar Eclipse) in Scorpio, as are the Sun, Saturn, and the North Node. Scorpio is the sign of transitions, change, death, loss, the occult, the mystical and spiritual, and the unknown. For many this is an intense time of change and transformation. Though likely challenging, it is progress, and for me, taking on this Cosmic Retrograde Challenge is part of my moving forward.
I didn’t have an item in mind when I started, but as I looked through my things, I knew right away when I saw it. It was this Celtic knot necklace charm. I had bought it in 2005, which happened to be another big life transition time, though not on as big of a scale as this one I began in 2012. Oddly, though, I don’t think I actually ever wore it. At that time I felt I needed a lot of healing and protection, so I would alternate between wearing a peridot (for healing the healers) necklace and an amber (protection) butterfly (transformation) charm.
But now I have been wearing this charm nearly every day for the past few weeks. When not wearing it, it’s been on my desk where I can see it while I am working. It’s the symbolic meanings of it that really resonate with me. The first obvious one is the Celtic knot pattern. Celtic knots (usually) have no beginning and no end. They are one continuous stream, timeless and eternal, akin to the infinity “8” symbol and the Ouroboros, symbols of the interconnectedness and oneness of All.
And then there’s the shape of the charm. It is an octahedron, which is two tetrahedra (pyramids) together. If these two tetrahedra were to intersect, they would form a star tetrahedron, also known as a Merkabah, or a Chariot. Though not a star tetrahedron, when I first rediscovered this charm, I immediately said: “my Merkabah!” A Merkabah is a chariot of our souls, the divine aspect in all of us. Rediscovering “my Merkabah” reinforces my sense that it is time to move forward out of this transitional phase and into a manifestation phase.
I chose this day to write about my Cosmic Retrograde Challenge because not only is Mercury still retrograde in Scorpio, but Jupiter just turned retrograde in Cancer. With Neptune and Chiron also retrograde in Pisces, I thought fortunate Jupiter added into the retrograde mix would be ideal. But I soon realized there was much more to it. The sign of Cancer is the ruler of the Tarot card, VII The Chariot. Coincidentally, or synchronistically, according to the numerology of my birthdate, the number 7, The Chariot is my personal Tarot card.
The Chariot is all about change, courage, ambition, movement, and the journey. The Chariot, however, is not about going on a trip, but about the journey of the soul, the unconscious (Cancer). Cancer is the Crab, a creature that lives both in water, the unconscious, and on land, the conscious. The movement of The Chariot is the process where the unconscious becomes reality. It is about acting on intuition for self-actualization. Insight becomes conscious, and the unconscious manifests outward. It indicates the courage to face obstacles and success in new endeavors. “My Merkabah” symbolizes that I am moving out of this “death” phase and embarking on a new phase of my journey.
The star tetrahedron, like the Celtic knot, is also a symbol of the interconnectedness and oneness of All. In Hinduism it is the Yeshi-Yoni symbol. In two dimensions it looks like the Star of David, in 3D the star tetrahedron. Yeshi-Yoni represents the spiritual union of Shiva-Shakti, the intersecting of Shiva, the limitless transformer, and Shakti, the cosmic creative energy. The two are infinitely yoked together, interconnected and One.
The Cosmic Retrograde Challenge allowed this charm to re-appear in my life, and what it has brought to me is affirmation that this phase – my death of one life and the return to my home (town and family) – is a transition that I am moving forward and out of. And of course, after all, The Chariot card is also known as the “you have to go home to leave home” card!
Thank you Linda! Check out tomorrow’s Cosmic Retrograde Challenger: Heidi at The Eagle and The Serpent.