This is a very powerful Mercury retrograde time, in keeping with the planet's square aspects to the Neptune-Chiron-Jupiter alignment. There is a sense of spiritual urgency -- we want to finish up, to move on, and yet this ascension process is about bringing our totality forward -- emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. This Mercury retrograde time is allowing the processing to occur that will allow us to move forward in wholeness.
Energetically, we are working 24 hours a day to shift into the new space. That's why we're exhausted, and yet why we wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep. It's why we have so many odd maladies manifesting in our bodies, as we physically adjust to the spiritual changes.
Mercury goes direct on May 30, but will cross the point at which he originally went retrograde on June 15. Between now and the end of May, our focus is mostly inward, and our task is to keep on with the personal and spiritual work, and to have patience that the outer will catch up with the inner light in relatively short order. The shift then begins, and we may feel we're in a whole new world by the time of the Solstice on June 20.