Survive Mercury Retrograde

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 scoop 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. We begin the first Mercury Retrograde of 2014 on February 6th lasting until February 28th, but we are within the shadow of chaos two weeks before it begins and two weeks afterwards. Sort of like when you know your vacation is coming up, and you start to wind down a couple weeks before it, and then it takes a while to get into the swing of things when you get back. Yep, just like that.

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.

We all like to make excuses.

“Is it a full moon or what?” Well, many add Mercury Retrograde to the repertoire for excuses.

“Darn, my dishwasher broke. Stupid Mercury Retrograde!”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 ourselves 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, Just know that after this period they may review your application and give you a call. If that cute boy you had your eye on hasn’t called you, instead of wondering and driving yourself and your friends neurotic, take the time to work on yourself.

Because this Mercury Retrograde is in the Aquarius/Pisces, you will probably feel emotional, frustrated and sad and will have to consciously exit from the pity party.  So what should you expect during this time? Be prepared for frustration with missed or late appointments, missed flights, broken electronics, ornery people, crabby bosses, lost mail or packages, and the list goes on and on. Think of it as a test of wills, a time of (re)flection on what really matters in your life.

The week of February 9th the energy will have you feeling as if you are starring in Castaway. There will be a feeling as if you have lost your life path. This is not the time to make huge changes, but it a good time to look at why you feel that way. Mercury backtracks into Aquarius on the 13th February where people start to come out of the woodwork to try and help you.  It will be like everybody was hiding in a closet and then jumped out with balloons and cake. All will feel better in your world. Ummm – but a day can make all the difference. Mercury retrograde will oppose the Full Moon on the 14th February and this could spotlight some past that are trudged up. Instead of the Cupid shooting his arrows, many will be strangling the Cupid. Poor Cupid.

What NOT to do during Mercury Retrograde

  • This is a horrible time to make important decisions such as:
  • Buying a new car
  • Signing legal documents
  • Starting or accepting a new job
  • Filing legal papers/court documents
  • Buying electronics
  • Putting your house up for sale
  • Buying a new house/leasing apartment
  • Meeting new people/relationship/work etc.
  • Don’t get involved in petty arguements
  • Don’t focus on the stress
  • Don’t compare. Your imagination will be in overload
What to do to help make this smoother for now and beyond:
  • Look at insecurities and release them
  • Look at people in your life you might need to release
  • Look for something positive every day
  • Leave early
  • Stay organized
  • Work out
  • Indulge in long and deep conversations
  • Take care of your health – sinus, headaches, heartburn and exhaustion will be felt during this time.
  • Go to bed early
  • Shut off the electronics
  • Meditate
  • Find a creative outlet to get all the excess emotion released
  • Breathe
Mercury Retrograde 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 of sorts.
Now, you can’t put your life on hold for 9 weeks a year – but just know that starting something new at this time could result in being short-term. And not always in a bad way. Say you accept a new job, you might get a quick promotion.
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. And hold on.



Kristy Robinett is a psychic medium and author whose involvement with the paranormal began at the age of three when she began playing and communicating with spirits, labeled imaginary friends by her parents, which was totally unacceptable. Kristy specializes in bringing humor to what most fear and inspires all ages to ignite the light within them so that the fire of inspiration continues on. It’s Kristy’s down to earth style, honesty, sense of humor and warmth that makes her a sought out coach and speaker. Kristy has worked with a number of paranormal teams throughout the United States on paranormal cases, along with law enforcement as a psychic detective and psychic profiler.

Kristy teaches psychic development and paranormal investigating at local colleges, lectures across the country and is a regular on several radio stations around the USA (Detroit’s #1 Station – WDVD 96.3 and Oklahoma’s KISS FM) and was honored to be a guest on Coast to Coast with George Noory. She’s had several television appearances, including Fox News, ABC News and The Ricki Lake Show and is also the author of Higher Intuitions Oracle, Ghosts of Southeast Michigan and Michigan’s Haunted Legends and Lore (Schiffer Publishing) and Messenger Between Worlds (Llewellyn Worldwide). Kristy will also be appearing on the Investigation Discovery network Winter of 2014 on a series of police cases she worked on.

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