One thing that (mercury) retrograde always get me thinking about are words that start with “R-e”. I was thinking deeply about this, and REalized that many of the meanings of these words have a theme of REpetition, REpeating, or Again.
REwriting, REwording, REthinking. It’s all something done again. A second time or more.
Then my mind goes in two directions : 1) Is there still a theme to words that start with RE but aren’t appended to another full word (most "re" words)? And 2) that the first time you do something (write, think, etc) and any subsequent times, have some fundamental difference.
Starting with 1) words like REad, REmember, REnt. Though I don't know what it meants to "ad" "member" or "nt", I feel like these words do have a theme. There is this REciprocal action in all of these words. A REal sense of motion. An action. Even the non-verbs. There is a sense of depth with words starting with RE. Is it felt more when Mercury, the ruler of communication goes REtrograde?
Stepping into 2). Doing something for the first time, or uncovering something for the first time, the first time you experience or learn - has a distinctly different feel to all subsequent times of that experience. In order to REmove something, it has to have been applied (or added) in the first place. REtrograde motion, in fact, has the planet covering the same area of the sky 3 times. To REtain information, implies that there is purpose in coming back for that information later. So there is also a distinct sense of time in these words.
We know that this (retrograde) time is a good time to REview. But it’s not to go back over what isn’t working anymore. It’s to look back and be more informed going forward.