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Mercury will be in retrograde from September 9th to October 2nd, 2022, and that’s the 3rd retrograde this year. Mercury is the planet of communication, commerce, and travel, and we experience a retrograde around three to four times each year. For some, all this means is that Mercury appears to travel backward, but it actually doesn’t.
This is just an optical illusion, but it’s where the descriptor “retrograde” comes from. For those who practice astrology, however, this period of time is believed to impact big parts of our lives.
This phenomenon is a popular topic of conversation on social media, with many commenting that they feel the effects of the retrograde as soon as it starts. But what happens exactly?
Since Mercury governs communication, retrograde is typically associated with confusion or frustration, meaning things might begin to feel like they are heading for chaos. Think laptop stops working right as you have to deliver a final paper. Plans go interrupted. Texts or emails get delayed or mixed up. While this may sound really awful, many astrologers advise not to think about it in a bad way. Chaos is sometimes exactly what is needed to get our lives in order and according to astrologers, that’s exactly what we should be doing.
Retrograde is a good time to sit back and reorganize, and pay close attention to what you're putting your energy towards, and that it’s taking you in the right direction.
Astrologers also warn that relationships can be affected during this period. What this simply means, however, is that effort needs to be made to properly communicate feelings and thoughts. Despite Mercury creating turbulent energy in communications, now is not the time to bottle anything up. It’s time to listen closely to what others have to say and avoid any miscommunications or misunderstandings that can lead to damaged relationships.
The best way to use the knowledge of retrograde is to just be prepared for any worst-case scenarios. Technology may break down out of nowhere (so turn those auto-saves and back-ups on!), and flights, car rides, or other modes of transportation might be missed for random reasons. After all, the big social media meltdown of 2021 was during mercury retrograde.So plan extra carefully and triple-check everything, now's the time to mind even the tiniest of details. Iva Naskova, an astrologer at the Nebula app says, "Surviving retrograde Mercury is easy if we remember to proofread our emails, texts, and any documentation we might work on." There’s no reason to be miserable during this time; after all, they do happen more than once a year and last almost a month, so instead learn to use it in your favor.
Lastly, know that it does affect each zodiac slightly differently so give this guide a quick read to find what you may expect. And last but not least, remember the world is in this together, literally, the effects of mercury retrograde leaves no one behind. So give yourself some grace if you’re feeling extra challenged. Odds are a lot of people you know are feeling the same way.
With so much to discover and learn, the practice of astrology and related meta-physical practices is just one of many enormous bodies of largely untapped knowledge. Mayan Astrology includes the use of sun signs and galactic numbers and as the name implies, this astrology system came from the Mayan civilization and was, and still is, one of the most sophisticated astrological systems in existence.
There's much more to know about this civilization and the neighboring civilizations that made up Mesoamerica. What we now know as Southern North America and Central America was once home to pre-Columbian societies for more than 3,000 years until the Spanish Colonization of the Americas, extending from central Mexico through Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and northern Costa Rica.
The area housed many civilizations, the most prominent being the Mayans, Aztecs, Incans, and the Olmecs, occupying the region through different periods.
Similar to other ancient civilizations like the Egyptians, the Mayan intricacy of their systems was mindblowing. The Mesoamerican civilizations and their architectural structures, religious systems, and other systems set in place were so advanced that researchers today can sometimes still only guess what certain things actually meant or how they functioned.
Because the ancestral history of modern U.S.-based Latinos is so important, here are five typical traits shared amongst all civilizations in Mesoamerica:
Known for medicinal herbs, the people of Mesoamerica had an extensive inventory of hundreds of different medicinal herbs and plants. They believed good health consisted of taking care of the spirit just as much as the physical body; hence two branches of medicine were practiced. The first was Shamanic tradition where Shamans worked as healers through spiritual practices and healed different diseases. The other branch of medicine used pragmatic knowledge to heal things such as fractures, wounds, etc.; they commonly used plants. For example, they already used acetylsalicylic acid, the active ingredient in Aspirin, and they extracted it from willow bark.
These plant and spiritual-based healing practices continue in many forms to this day.
Mesoamerica's people were responsible for harvesting one of the world's most important crops: Maize (also known as corn). They were also the ones to develop the harvest of tomatoes and most of the beans that we consume in modern times. These crops are still a critical food staple in Latin-American diets, in addition to influencing food traditions and dietary habits around the world. The magnitude of the global impact these crops have had can’t be understated.
In Mesoamerica, Math was more than just the sum of numbers. Numbers for them, had meaning. For example, in Mayan culture and Astrology, the number 13 was a sacred number known as "The number of original Mayan Gods." For Mesoamerican civilizations, the number system consisted of 20 numbers represented by dots and bars. Dots were equal to one unit, and bars were equal to five. One of their most remarkable contributions to math came from the Aztecs, who were the creators of the abacus used for arithmetic calculations. The abacus is the first calculating tool, which is why you've probably heard it being called the first computer or the first calculator.
These civilizations had a deep knowledge of astronomy and developed some of the most accurate pre-telescope astronomy in the world. This knowledge led to the development of the Mesoamerican calendars, most notably the Mayans, who to this day are still the ones to be considered the developers of one of the most intricate and accurate calendar systems in history.
Source: Chichen Itza
The history of Mesoamerica runs much deeper than what lays on the surface, and we could spend lifetimes researching it and never finish. Their intricate systems and discoveries significantly contributed to civilization as we know it, but understanding and taking pride in what our ancestors built and the culture that they left behind is just as important.
Summer’s not quite over, and neither is your chance to have those dishes and snacks that just seem to taste better when the temperature’s high. But even during the summer, nothing beats a good old recipe from our Abuelita’s kitchen to bring to parties or just enjoy by yourself if you’re more of a stay-at-home type of gal.
Coast through the rest of the summer with these five abuela-approved recipes.
Yep, it's called ceviche not “cowboy caviar,” and our Latina grandmas have been making it for years, especially as a fresh option to serve during the warmer weather. This delicious concoction is the perfect dish or snack to enjoy by the pool, and its slightly sour taste mixed with fresh mangoes will make your recipe all the better (that's a trick we learned from grandma).
Okay, if you grew up in a Latino family, you have to know what bolis are; even though they have different names in different places in Latin America, they are very common amongst all Latinxs. Bolis are quite simple, all in all they are just flavored ice, but they became a tradition due to the hotter weather in various areas of Latin America. This tradition has certainly transpired through generations, and now we know that a Boli is the best way to combat the heat. Here’s a quick and simple recipe to reminisce about your childhood.
CREAMY FRESAS CON CREMA BOLIS (MEXICAN POPSICLES) Super Easy To Make, Everyone Will LOVE! www.youtube.com
Okay first of all, choripanes are not hot dogs; they are simply not the same. Choripanes originated in Argentina, and are now typically consumed around Latin America as a quick snack or meal that you can buy mostly from street vendors. What makes choripanes so delicious is that as the name suggests, they are made with spicy sausage. The toppings that accompany it, generally consist of more spiciness so make sure you don’t miss them. With spicy onions, chimichurri, and different types of chile, trust us you’ll be obsessed. This simple recipe breaks it all down.
I mean, we can’t talk about summer recipes without including scorching hot soup that your mom insists on making even though it’s 104 degrees outside. Yes caldo rocks, but trust us you won’t regret switching up with this Sopa de Tortilla recipe.
Raspado de elote
We know the mess that eating an elote implies; it’s part of the fun. But turning an elote into a raspado is the best way to make quick little snacks that everyone can enjoy. Typically called an “antojito Mexicano” and more commonly called esquites in Mexico (yep, it's not corn salad in the U.S., Mexico, or anywhere for that matter). This is also a common street food that you can find almost everywhere in Latin America. Here's how you can prepare it right at home.
Esquites Recipe | Mexican Street Corn Salad www.youtube.com
So there you have it! Don’t forget to try and share one of these traditional recipes with friends and family before the summer’s gone. After all, it’s always nice to share our cultural food and relive those fond food memories!