Mercury retrograde

Adventures in Mercury Retrograde, December 2017 edition

Mercury retrogradeIt’s easy to give advice like “don’t plan any trips or start anything new when Mercury is retrograde,” we can’t always put our lives on hold.  I always advise clients who need to begin a new job or start a new endeavor of some kind during Mercury retrograde to go ahead and do it, but expect communication problems or the need to renegotiate during the process.

Take me for example.  I have been renovating a house to sell, and despite my best efforts it was finished right when Mercury turned retrograde. I could wait til Mercury turned direct around Christmas day, but the market would be absolutely dead.  So I bit the bullet and listed it on a day when the Moon was in Cancer, the sign of home and family life, well aspected and not void of course. We had a contract immediately and everything went smoothly until the inspection when the inspector flagged some foundation items. It turned out the inspector was wrong – a Mercury retrograde issue of having to go back and revisit something – and since then everything has been fine and we are closing in a few weeks.  Mercury Rx fears averted!

But not everything goes so smoothly under Mercury Rx.  I also was planning a trip and had intended to wait until after the holidays to book the airfare, but there was a very good price available and only two seats left.  So I booked the flights, and on the Delta website was an offer to get their American Express credit card and get a $200 discount off the flight.  I filled out the application, because $200 is a lot of money, was approved, and tried to book my ticket with […]

By | 2017-12-20T08:23:09+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Mercury retrograde|3 Comments

How to succeed during Mercury retrograde, April 9 through May 3 2017

mercury retrogradeSometimes it seems like we are in a permanent Mercury retrograde period, doesn’t it?  Under Mercury retrograde communication snafus are common and often equipment that we rely on fails to work properly.

I like to think of Mercury retrograde periods as being the ebb tide.  Life doesn’t always move in forward motion – like the tide, there are periods where events rush us towards the shore and other times when we look to the past and must take a step backwards in order to find completion or master a certain issue.

Consequently, Mercury retrograde times are good for re-flection and for finding new wisdom in situations from the past; for re-decorating, re-designing, re-thinking. They are usually not great times to start something new, but we can’t always design our lives around the three weeks, four times a year in which Mercury is retrograde.

Mercury is in the fixed and somewhat stubborn sign of Taurus right now where it adapts well to the lack of forward motion.  However, when Mercury retrogrades back into fiery Aries where it will remain between April 20th and May 15th we will be at the mercy of two opposing forces: the urge of Aries to take dynamic and impulsive action combined with the retrograde tendency to take two steps backward for every step forward.  This will be exacerbated by the fact that throughout this period Mercury will unite with reckless Uranus.  Under this influence there tends to be a lot of impulsive behavior and action as well as words thrown about without too much thought.  Travel is likely to be disrupted and a fair amount of chaos can ensue if we fail to pay attention. However, this planetary dynamic also bestows new ways of […]

By | 2017-04-11T16:57:50+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Mercury retrograde|2 Comments

Mercury retrograde alert! August 30-September 22, 2016

Planets don’t really move backward, but astrology observes the movement of the planets from our perspective on earth so we sometimes see their apparent motion reversing.  We call this “retrograde,” and every planet in the astrological pantheon will reverse its direction now and then. When a planet is retrograde, its influence can become stronger and more pronounced as it retraces its steps over our psyche to better make its point known.

Mercury is the ruler of communication and the mind, and its realm also include communication technology as well as short distance travel.  When Mercury is retrograde all of these things become more difficult and don’t always work the way we would like them to.  There is a greater tendency to experience communication snafus, equipment breakdowns, travel problems.  These periods are typically not ideal for beginning something new because our attention is turned away and we may not be as attentive to details as some ventures require.

Mercury retrogrades on the 29th degree of its own sign of Virgo, just before the Virgo New Moon on September 1st (Eastern time zone).  This is a triple whammy of Mercury/Virgo focus on the details of life, which makes it critical right now to be as attentive as possible.  Slow down the speed of your life, use your powers of observation to be sure all ducks are lined up precisely in a row before taking action.

Mercury is retrograde for three weeks four times every year and we can’t put our lives on hold while we wait for Mercury to reverse its course and head direct again.  Signing contracts, accepting new jobs, scheduling surgeries – these things must often happen during Mercury retrograde periods.  If you must begin or plan […]

By | 2016-08-30T09:40:25+00:00 August 30th, 2016|Mercury retrograde|7 Comments

Mercury turns retrograde today, May 18 2015

23716981_sMercury difficulties came early this year with a challenging square from the planet Saturn, the ruler of challenges, delays and disappointments.  Saturn creates blocks and forces us to find a pathway around obstacles – it inspires determination and strength to overcome endurance, but also supreme frustration.

This Mercury/Saturn square was embedded in the chart for the Scorpio Full Moon on the 3rd. For the first two weeks of May as Mercury’s motion begins to slow in preparation for its change of direction we saw communication begin to become more confused and a greater need to turn inwards for answers as the externals lose their focus.

Mercury retrograde periods are essential since they help us to realign our thinking and refocus our energies – however, they can be difficult when we try to push a project through to completion and encounter Mercury-related glitches and delays.

Many people become unnecessarily frightened of these retrograde periods and believe that they have to hide in their house, essentially, and not make any decisions or take any steps until the retrograde is over.  This is an inaccurate and disempowering way to look at the situation and not one that I would ever advise.  Mercury is retrograde for three weeks, four times a year which is 25% of the year.  You can’t stop living your life!

There are lots of things Mercury retrograde periods are good for and most of them begin with RE.  A client recently called me because she had to have surgery when Mercury is retrograde.  RE-moving a tumor is a good thing to do under retrograde Mercury.  RE-vising your life plan.  RE-modeling your house or office.  RE-doing your website.  Anything that involves looking backwards over the past to correct past problems is a good thing […]

By | 2015-05-18T08:01:13+00:00 May 18th, 2015|Mercury retrograde|1 Comment

Mercury retrograde in the news

mercury retrogradeI love it when people say Mercury retrograde has no effect in the real world.  Just yesterday I was on the phone trying to schedule an appointment to get my car serviced and the dealer’s computer went down.  And then my postman went on a rampage about incorrect box numbers.  And we were unable to get a payoff for a real estate closing which had to be delayed.

Elsewhere in the news:

  • Facebook’s website went down on Thursday, creating panic for millions of addicted users.
  • In New York City a power outage halted all subway trains and created delays for commuters.
  • A Detroit airport lost power due to intense weather and all flights were interrupted creating massive delays.
  • Cellphone carriers Verizon, Vodaphone and Optis experienced network issues, preventing calls by subscribers.
  • A computer glitch in a Dallas jail mistakenly freed 25 prisoners.
  • Target experienced nationwide cash register failures.

In other news Amazon, obviously lacking an astrologer on staff, released its new phone yesterday: the Amazon Fire.  This is not generally something that is recommended during a Mercury retrograde period, so it will be interesting to see what comes of it!

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By | 2014-06-19T05:47:33+00:00 June 19th, 2014|Mercury retrograde|4 Comments
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