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here for Mercury retrograde dates
At several points throughout the year most of
us will be bombarded with the maddening effects of Mercury
in retrograde. Mercury
is a planet which governs all transportation and communication
issues. Mercury is not an emotional planet, but rather a highly
objective, truth-seeking one. It rules intelligence, education
and truth. When it is in retrograde, some of its power is
When Mercury starts turning in an apparent
backward motion, we will start to feel the effects of this
event days or even as far as two weeks earlier. When the planet
normalizes we will see the tempo of events pick up in our
lives as the planet becomes "stationary" and then speeds forward.
are signs ruled by Mercury, so if you are one of those born
during those months, you will be complaining especially loudly.
If you work in the industries ruled by this planet such as
sales, writing, public relations, advertising, publishing,
air freight, the post office or express mail, any transportation
industry, from the airlines to Amtrak, you'll also be especially
vulnerable to this planet's weird motions in September. (If
you are a Gemini, for example, who works in publishing, it's
no use calling in for a month of mental health days--you can't
What happens when Mercury retrogrades? You
miss appointments, your computer equipment crashes, checks
get lost, you find the car you just purchased during Mercury
retrograde is a lemon. (Or, you hate your haircut, the lamp
you bought shorts out, your sister hates her birthday gift.)
There will be countless delays, cancellations and postponements--but
know these will benefit you in the long run. Don't fight them,
although your frustration level and feeling of restlessness
will be hard to cope with at times.
All machinery and things with moving parts--such
as computers, VCRs, camera equipment, garbage disposals, and
so forth, will reveal any weak links now. It is critical that
you back up your data system and be more careful and vigilant
than ever. Projects will demand more time and money than anticipated
In matters of the heart, if your boyfriend
or girlfriend breaks up with you or says something hurtful,
take a wait-and-see attitude. Since Mercury rules speech,
they may not mean what you think they are saying now. Let
them have some space, and wait to see if they mean in October
what they said in September.
When traveling, leave early and allow for extra
travel time. Have all bags double-taped closed, count your
belongings, double-check addresses and reconfirm appointments.
Things get lost when Mercury messes us up. Take NOTHING for
granted. The sector of your chart that Mercury happens to
be skating through will be effected most dramatically, so
check your forecast!
Why would the Universe give us Mercury retrograde?
Because to move forward it is sometimes necessary to backtrack
and reconfigure our paths in life. It is important to reconsider,
repair, reflect, and reconnect. Mercury forces us to slow
down and fix what's broken, and in so doing, rethink things.
It also gives us time to get to projects we have put on the
Some activities are lucky or actually improve
when Mercury retrogrades. You are likely to bump into old
friends that you haven't seen in years. Adopted children tend
to find their birth parents during Mercury retrograde periods,
or people locate their long lost siblings. Prosecutors often
find clues to crimes that had previously remained unsolved
for years. (Although sometimes the reverse is true--there
is a greater danger, or example, that police can bungle evidence
during a Mercury retrograde period, for clear thinking doesn't
come easy for any of us then.) Mail that went astray weeks
or even years ago shows up during Mercury retrograde. Some
things that were lost reappear.
Now is also a good time to dress old wounds,
clean up relationships or to simply bury the hatchet. Some
people have great breakthroughs in psychotherapy during a
Mercury retrograde period. For salesman, it is a positive
time to backtrack over previous contacts rather than call
on new ones. It is a perfect time to schedule work on projects
that you haven't had time to do and you've let pile up. Bring
your resume or portfolio up to date, and clean out your closets.
Take time to paint the house. Clear your decks.
Just try not to start new things. If you have
to start a job during a Mercury retrograde period know that
the nature of the job is likely to change dramatically over
time. Perhaps the person you report to will leave, or your
responsibilities will be very different from what you thought
they would be. Or your company won't be ready to take you
on, and you won't have much to do until things are reorganized.
But remember, if this was a position that you tried for in
the past, then you've got the vibes working for you rather
than against you.
Finally, what about people born with Mercury
retrograde? If you are due to give birth to a baby during
this period, don't fret. The ancients felt that this aspect
lends a more philosophical tone to the character. Mercury
rules thinking, therefore an individual born with this aspect
tends to reflect deeply over events and issues throughout
their lifetimes. In this case, having this aspect could be
a big plus! Your astrologer was born with Mercury retrograde--so
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