Mercury Retrograde

Aside from their sun signs, many people who know next to nothing about astrology have heard about Mercury retrograde.  Many dread its arrival, and they walk on eggshells until Mercury goes direct!

The planet Mercury, of course, never reverses its orbit.  Mercury retrograde is an optical illusion.  That’s key to understanding the Mercury retrograde experience.

Famously, one can expect breakdowns that require repair, misunderstood communications, travel delays, unexpected detours, nuisances and accidents during Mercury retrograde.  But Mercury retrograde isn’t merely the universe pranking its inhabitants.

Work that has been left undone or postponed for good or bad reasons can end well during Mercury retrogrades, if you make the effort.  Patience, thoroughness, preparation are rewarded while impatience, cut corners, and flying by the seat of your pants may attract the more troublesome qualities of this aspect.

Retrogrades invert the energy of natal planets in a chart.  Persons born with natal Mercury retrograde tend to be introverts who require time alone to work out their complex inner awarenesses and thought processes.

Transiting Mercury retrograde asks you to revisit the area of your life indicated by the house and sign it occupies.  You will be asked to go back and reconsider.  Perhaps there is a deeper lesson to be learned?  Perhaps ignored details will demand immediate attention.  Try to treat the detour as an adventure with a message.  Appreciate getting another chance at something you missed.

By taking extra time, and taking extra care, Mercury retrograde can be a serene and constructive experience when creativity, that mysterious inner dialogue that leads us to form our world, speaks with special clarity.

Spring cleaning, organizing areas of your life that are cluttered or ignored, the discipline of doing everything you do with a calm and thorough focus, meditation, empathy and, perhaps paradoxically, detachment are some of the activities favored by Mercury retrograde.

Avoid emotional reactions that lead to arguments.  It’s easy to misinterpret the cross purposes and misunderstood communications of Mercury retrograde, and it’s even easier to overreact to them.  What you view as an outrageous assault on your integrity is more likely the result of misalignments of purpose and perspective.  Told not to take it personally, you will take it personally.  Suspicion and jumping to conclusions can lead to especially difficult confusion during a Mercury retrograde.

Can you expect the unexpected?

Above all, don’t be like so many others who dread Mercury retrograde and when something goes wrong they blame the aspect, charging themselves with expectations of more chaos to come.  Is it surprising when their every action seems to unleash more confusion?

Mercury retrograde is a good time to begin the meditation recommended by Pythagoras. At the end of each day before you sleep look back on the actions of the day and see where you may have done things differently for better results.  Be honest with yourself in your review and your life will improve.

Treasure happy accidents, serendipity, and synchronicity.  Look for neglected treasures, find lost messages, give attention to what is neglected, and you may learn to look forward to Mercury retrograde.