What is Mercury Retrograde?by Angela Wehnert on 11/07/12
Traffic is entirely backed up, you lock yourself out of the house, your phone is lost, your computer is malfunctioning, your dentist appointment this morning was really scheduled for next week, you fight with your spouse for no good reason...yes, it's Mercury Retrograde time again!
People often ask me at these times of the year... "What is going on?!" or "Why is all this weird stuff happening?!", “When will it be over?!”
So... what IS Mercury retrograde exactly? I'm not an astrologer, I'm just a shoppe keeper, but I have studied astrology and will speak a little of my knowledge on the subject. So here it is...
Mercury is closer to the Sun than we are, and due to the speed it travels and the earth's rotation it sometimes "appears” to be moving backwards across the sky. This is of course an optical illusion. (Just like when you are in a parked car and the car next to you starts rolling backwards, it feels like your moving when really you aren’t). When this happens, it is referred to as “Mercury Retrograde”. This happens approx. three times a year for a period of about 3 weeks.
Mercury is the planet that rules all forms of communication, business, negotiations, agreements, contracts, wills, leases, selling, buying, travel, listening, any type of partnerships, phones and computers. When Mercury is in retrograde all of the above things seem to go haywire or on the fritz. What this means is that during these times you should avoid signing contracts, making important decisions, buying big-ticket items, and beginning new projects if at all possible. If you absolutely have to do these things double-check everything, read and re-read things carefully-especially paperwork, get a warranty on products, and leave extra early for the airport. BACK UP your computer data regularly during this phase!
Also keep in mind during these times that miscommunication abounds, people bicker over the smallest things and many say things they don’t mean-only to change their minds when retrograde is over. Take everything with a grain of salt, and try not to take it personally. Check yourself and be mindful of what you are saying, even if you are making perfect sense to you, things may be misunderstood or interpreted differently by others. During this time people tend to be more accident-prone, so please drive safely take your time and be careful.
Can anything good come of this time? YES! Mercury Retrograde it the perfect time to do things that start with re- reconnect with friends/reminisce, reorganize your home or wardrobe, rewrite something that needs editing, reexamine your plans for the future, revisit old ideas, do some research on a topic of interest, revise, review, repair, revisit, etc. This is an excellent time to take stock of what no longer serves you and get rid of it, finish up those unfinished projects, and tie up any loose ends so that you are feeling refreshed & renewed and ready to move forward again when Mercury turns direct. These are times where great breakthroughs can happen in emotional, spiritual and intellectual areas, you may be surprised at what is revealed.
To keep tabs on Mercury, check out this site:http://www.ismercuryinretrograde.com
Just remember to take your time, be careful, go with the flow and see where the universe leads you.