Mercury Retrograde: An Excuse When Everything Goes Wrong?

You will often see Astrologers and even Psychics cringe and then sigh when Mercury Retrograde is mentioned, and those around raise an eyebrow and ask what the inside news is.

Mercury Retrograde occurs three times a year, and lasts for several weeks during each time period. It is said that Mercury Retrograde goes backwards, or takes a vacation. Mercury is ruled by communication, so anything with communication, contracts and legal obligations can and often does go haywire.

The easiest way to deal with Mercury Retrograde is to think of it as a ‘re’ time. Meaning, it is time to renovate, renew, revise, return, revisit, refinance, renegotiate, review, etc. When buying things during this time, they often work for a short period and then break. When getting a job at this time, it is often short term (it doesn’t mean you get fired, it can also mean you get promoted!). When purchasing a house or a big ticket item, be prepared for issues. To put it in a nutshell, it isn’t a great time to make big changes, huge commitments, or have ‘the talk’ with a romantic partner. Instead is a time to look in the past (review) at what you need to let go of, it can be material or emotional, and correct it for a better future. Sort of like set up for the party, but don’t invite anybody yet. It isn’t a grand time to start anything new, unless it is something you can say you are re-newing.

People like to make excuses. Whether a full moon making them crazy, Mercury Retrograde creating an ornery feeling because nobody understands one another, or the so-called ascension that light workers are experiencing. I admit it, sometimes I blame the moon and stars (and planets) too. I like explanations and if I can look at the celestial, which cannot bite back (or can it?) and point my finger, it sometimes makes me feel better. Look at it from a realistic standpoint too, though. Sometimes it just is what it is and poor Mercury needs a break too!

So, how do you handle the next three weeks? Carefully. You may talk, and feel as if nobody is listening. Think Charlie Brown’s teacher. People may be more spacey. Your, and others, energy may be a bit more lazy. And if you are traveling, you may have more issues with the car, train, or plane. Instead of cringing, sighing and whining, Mercury Retrograde teaches us patience. Sometimes I think all of us have lost as our world has gotten so complicated and electronically driven. So when you told your kid to do something twenty times instead of the normal ten times, and it still isn’t done – take some deep breathes and repeat (see the ‘re’) a different way. If you haven’t heard from that job you applied for, submit your resumes to different places, but know that after this period they may review your application and give you a call.

It does ask for you to look in the mirror at yourself, pulling out the rearview mirror even, and seeing what demons you have carried with you through the years – and then doing an exorcism. We all need practice in patience and although most of us all hate lessons, this is one you don’t need to study for.  Release and grow.

  • Nancy Owens

    Thanks for this info.

  • http://www.thehighwayhermit.com James Bulls

    Indeed; I’ve found that a lot of astrology-type folks will use Mercury retrograde as a scape-goat for anything that comes up. The most useful thing I do when Mercury goes wonky is to be patient in my communications, be willing to say things twice, ask others to repeat what they said if things aren’t making sense, and be quick to forgive others for their faults. It’s really easy to get wrapped around the axle thinking Mercury retrograde is against peaceful relations, but for me it’s actually a great time to practice the basics of good communication skills. Thanks for the post :)

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  • Carrie

    I am in a bit of a quandary: A Mercury retrograde period is supposed to be a good time to Re- everything. We are in the process of refinancing our home right now and it looks like the documents will be ready to sign before Mercury goes direct. I understand that signing a contract during a Mercury retrograde period should be avoided if possible, but we need to move this forward so it can close by the end of the month. What to do????

    • http://www.tangledwishes.com kristyrobinett

      If you began the process before Mercury Retrograde, you should be a-ok.


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