Thanks to the Internet, the magic of REAL astrology (as opposed to those Sun Sign horoscopes you still see everywhere) is spreading and the concept of Mercury retrograde has gone mainstream. This is exciting since even people who profess not to “believe in” astrology often are aware that when Mercury is retrograde things often don’t operate as we expect them to. Machinery glitches, communication breakdowns, an epidemic of “but I thought you said…” – all are widespread under the influence of Mercury retrograde.
In classical astrology, Mercury is said to be “debilitated” when it is retrograde; it doesn’t operate as it normally does which is to facilitate communication and messaging, as well as daily routines, short distance travel and plans of all kinds. As most of you know, I don’t particularly care for these ideas of positive and negative as they cause us to miss out on the benefits offered by astrological factors that we normally consider negative such as Mercury retrograde and Saturn and Pluto transits. I view the retrograde phase of a planetary cycle as being a part of the natural ebb and flow of nature. The waves of the ocean flow towards the beach, and then they must flow back to the ocean before returning to the sand. The joyful warm days of summer give way to the bitter cold days of winter’s hardship.
When Mercury is retrograde, it’s not uncommon to run into problems. Contracts written when Mercury is retrograde often have to be renegotiated. Plans made often have to be revised. Travel reservations are often stymied. Communication breakdowns are common. Mercury retrograde periods are excellent fr some things though – they are perfect for review and reassessment. They are perfect for do-overs and repairs. It […]