Mercury Retrograde – what to focus on and what to avoid

What does Mercury Retrograde mean?

In astrology, Mercury the ‘Messenger’ planet rules communication and thinking. A Mercury Retrograde typically happens 3 or sometimes 4 times each year, occurring when the planet Mercury passes the Earth in orbit, slows down, appears to stop (station), and moves backwards (retrograde). Each planet retrogrades, except the Sun and the Moon and it is during this cycle that a planets influence is most powerful. A Mercury Retrograde will last for around 22 days and is most concentrated around the days that Mercury changes direction, but do keep in mind that it’s influence will be lightly felt for 2 weeks either side of the Retrograde.

During this time, life can present some interesting and unexpected delays, cancellations, postponements and scrambled communications! Lost items are also common, along with tech glitches with electronic equipment and software. In the grand scheme of things, these little hiccups (no matter how frustrating), are actually working to benefit you in the long run. 

Is it really all doom and gloom?

Not at all! This period gives you an opportunity to slow down, to rethink, review, refresh, reassess and reconnect. During this time of retrospection, it is not uncommon for unresolved issues or people from your past to resurface, giving you a chance to tune inward and relook at those situations from the view of a recalibrated mind. With your mind in rejuvenation mode, it gives your soul an opportunity to really grow and push forward with a fresh outlook, taking particular effect in the sign that Mercury is actually retrograding in.  

The best advice?

It will probably pay to save any major purchases, computer equipment and electronics purchases, new software installation, business launches, webinars, signing of contracts, negotiations, new projects, closing a sale, starting a new lease or choosing a new roommate, until Mercury resumes direct motion. Why? Because once Mercury goes direct again, often you will find that things may not end up as they first seem! If you have important meetings or travelling to scheduled, ensure you double-check all details prior and allow plenty of extra time for unexpected traffic jams, late arrivals, postponements and miscommunications.

Mercury Retrograde is no reason to put your life on hold but by having the knowledge of, and by being prepared for what may arise, this will enable you to make the most of the current energies.

Check out the backstory on the Roman God Mercury and some additional tips here.

With love, light & laughter,

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