Cyclical Living

What the heck is this? Everything cycles. The day, The moon. The planets. God created it this way. So why would we try and understand the cycles of life?

3/28/20233 min read

I got intrigued with cyclical living after hearing the term on a podcast. At first, it sounded phooey. However, it got me thinking about God’s role even more in life.

Romans 8:28 states that ‘All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.’ Ecclesiastes 3:1 states “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens”.

He created doctors to help heal us on earth, not so they could play God.

He created scientists to help us understand connections, not to debunk Him.

He created children so that we could each give and receive unconditional love, just as He loves us.

He created seasons (cycles) so that we would have times of rest and times of great progress.

Day before yesterday (May 10, 2022) was the day I was going to launch my non-profit. Things weren’t coming together. Then on the 8th I got a reminder that a Mercury Retrograde was about to start on the 10th.

What in the heck is a Mercury Retrograde?

Well, according to the Farmers Almanac the term retrograde comes from the Latin word retrogrades, which literally means “backward step.”

As the name suggests, retrograde is when a planet appears to go backward in its orbit, as viewed from Earth. Astronomers refer to this as “apparent retrograde motion,” because it is an optical illusion.

The opposite of retrograde is direct or prograde motion. Prograde motion is the term astronomers prefer, while astrologers are more prone to use the term “direct” motion.

Mercury and Venus are the planets between the sun and earth. When they lap the earth, they appear to be spinning backward. It happens 3 to 4 times a year for a period of about 3 weeks at a time.

The Romans named Mercury after their patron of trade and commerce and as their great communicator.

Scientists have discovered that each planet has different rotations, radii, weights, and surfaces. Each planet creates its own energy. Just as throwing a pebble in the pond will send circular waves out, plants circle the sun with each having its own energy effect on other planets.

The retrograde is more prominent with Mercury and Venus because of its placement between Earth and the Sun.

Think of all the gears in a clock that are circular and their teeth interlock. The energy of one gear moving moves them all. One stops and the clock is broken. Right?

It’s not hard to believe that God created Spring, Summer, Winter, and Fall. God created us - birth, life, death (circle of life). The scriptures say God created everything to work together for our good. It doesn't say it would be easy or impossible.

So is it really hard to believe that He created something that would slow us down?

I don’t think so.

I can look back now and realize that if we don’t learn to recognize the little things that slow us down, that there will be a big one if we don’t stop and listen to God. Oh, that’s another scripture (Psalms 46:10)!

God has His spirit in everything we do, believe and learn. I don’t see any of this as phooey. I see it as another way that God is saying that we need to take a break and refocus our energy on other things until His time is right for us.

In my case, during this time, I will work on launching my non-profit in June. June 15th to be exact. It was my Granny’s birthday and my first chemotherapy treatment, 4 years ago in 2018. I had God, Granny, and a great team (family, friends, and physicians) surrounding me as I started that journey that has brought me to where I am today.

One of the very most important things I have learned on this journey is that I must listen to my body, the world around me, and my heart, all of which God has given me to know what to do next.