Drumming During Mercury Retrograde

www.subtle.devWith Claudia Elliott of SubtleBodyWorks

Why drumming with Mercury Retrograde?

Because Mercury Retrograde is known to affect the subconscious, A perfect time to create change!

I use the drum in combination with personal affirmations as a means to encourage a journey within. Mercury retrograde occurs at two levels. Mercury is the Planet of Communication.

At one level, there is not much you can do with the actions of others, except to be more conscious and prepare for delays and errors by double checking.

But at the personal level you can do a lot in order to avoid the consequences of Mercury Retrograde.
Most of us encounter problems when we are not centered, aware or conscious of what is going on around us, and more often than not the culprit is that we are not acting from our heart and spirit.
Instead we are reacting from our ego -our needs, our hurts, our buttons being pushed, or the way that we give of ourselves others and not ourselves.  We are not “taking care of our OWN needs”. In that way we act from our shadow self, and that is what mercury retrograde is all about.

As much as outer work is challenged by Mercury Retrograde, introspection and inner work is very supported. Take advantage of Mercury Retrograde by clearing your own tendencies to get caught up in your own shadows and those of others.

Rather than perceive Mercury Retrograde as a negative time, we can consider working with the energy as an opportunity to go ‘inward’ and recalibrate visions/dreams/goals and move forward with them in conscious action when Mercury moves direct.

subtlebodyworks.comAs you are considering your life and priorities look at activities you are doing where your heart just isn’t engaged anymore. You can cleanse those passionless activities or people out of your life as you align with the things you are passionate about! If we do not get caught up in our ego then this cycle can help begin new paths that tie in well with opening hearts.

Retrograde periods have the power to show us where we may be psychologically stagnant, which can give us access to our subconscious so that we can confront these thoughts head-on. Our perception of what is real or true creates meaning in our lives. We all need to take a moment to slow down every once in awhile and pay attention to what we’re thinking and believing or we risk making decisions that don’t align with who we are or what we want. Mercury Retrograde is a metaphor for doing just that.

I use drumming to align with what I or my clients truly want to bring forth in life.

A few Affirmation Ideas
I am calm. I am clear. I am focused. I communicate effectively. I am able to listen clearly. I speak with love & compassion. I am grateful for all learning opportunities during this retrograde period.

Vibrations move through the water in our bodies

The physical act of drumming moves sound vibrations through every cell in the body— Water is of major importance to all living things; in some organisms, up to 90% of their body weight comes from water. More than 70% of the human adult body is water.

According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry pg158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83%water.Dec 2, 2016

Drumming has the ability to move us on a wave of vibration bringing us to quiet, stillness, and peace. Our body and mind fall into a resonance with the steady heartbeat rhythm and sound of the drum. It is in that space we can work on any unexpressed feelings and emotions that may have formed energetic stagnation in the body, mind, or spirit. Old energetic patterns can be released so fresh creativity may begin.

What you can expect during Healing Drum Sounds Workshops and Sessions

In Group:
*You are seated in a chair in a Circle for consistency of sound and ease of movement
*I will move around and through the Circle while drumming.
*Each of you will have drumming around your body during this session at different times.
*Closing your eyes helps with the meditation and focusing on your affirmation.
*The steady beat and the rhythm is the guide – follow it allowing your mind to let go.

Private Sessions: You will be on the massage table rather than in a group circle.

Generally the Drumming lasts 20 minutes. This gives your body and mind a chance to settle in and then connect with the rhythm and plant your affirmation.


Mercury began its Retrograde path on July 24th (shadow)
August 7 Full Leo Moon in Aquarius
August 12 Mercury stations Retrograde (it is
August 21 Solar Eclipse in Leo (New Moon) A Solar Eclipse this visible not occurred in the US since 1918.
Sept 5 Mercury moves direct
Sept 6 Full Moon
Sept 19 Leaves post shadow