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.
Mercury Retrograde is waiting in the wings once more (January 5th until January 25th – with a shadow for a weekish plus either side of those dates). Are you ready for the test to see how strong willed you really are? Many fret and flutter when MR is uttered, but honestly she’s just a kitten with a huge growl this go around as she takes on the Aquarius energy. If you don’t pick her up and shake her, and simply let her be, you will survive. Although everyone may be effected, Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn signs may be the target more-so. Don’t groan yet. Although MR is known for causing problems with communication and electronics, and it is often said to not make any huge purchases, sign any contracts, accept a new job, and to overall just check and re-check what you say and what you send via text and email. There are ways to be prepared so that MR stays sleeping.
This period of time is great to get the past resolved and to renew commitments to yourself. So don’t go in hiding and ditch your resolution to stay positive throughout 2016. Personally, I’m looking forward to this MR phase as a means to get back to the old me, with new wisdom. For instance, I’m finishing up several books, but haven’t felt creative enough, so I will complete these manuscripts during January (they’ve already been started, so it isn’t NEW). I won’t turn them in or sign a contract for them until February, but I will complete that off my checklist – getting back into my writing mode (the old me) with new wisdom (the new me). If you are looking for a job, maybe look at what your dreams were before the job you are at now. Does something resonate with what you’d like to do moving forward with your career?
Another issue that may arise is love life. If you are in a relationship that’s been lacking, it may become apparent and you may be less than tolerant being treated this way anymore – a push to make changes, just not until February.
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.
Kristy Robinett is an intuitive, life coach and author of several books. She is a mom and wife who loves farmhouses, front porches, iced tea and old cemeteries. Find Kristy at www.kristyrobinett.com.