We are now in the shadow of Mercury Retrograde, the dreaded word that so many cringe when they hear. The Villain of Astrology. But what exactly is it? And has MR gotten a bad rap?
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 goes on a vacation. Mercury is ruled by communication, so anything with communication, contracts and legal obligations can and often does go haywire.
May 23 Mercury enters shadow zone
June 7 Mercury stations retrograde
July 2 Mercury Stations direct
July 16 Mercury leaves shadow zone
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.
So don’t go into hibernation, or fear that the blender you buy will go on the fritz, instead go on with your life. Just as any other day has its trials and tribulations, but also its fun and successes, so will this time period. The comics take a time-out at other times other than MR and we deal accordingly, and you will survive this one too.
To read more about how Mercury Retograde and how it will effect each zodiac sign, visit Jennifer Angel’s article in NEW YORK DAILY NEWS here.