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It’s that time of year again—the infamous Mercury retrograde officially begins on July 26. Every planet goes into retrograde from time to time, but Mercury’s retrograde cycle is the most frequent and most well-known. Three times a year, Mercury, ruler of communication, travel, technology, and intellectual thoughts, appears to move backwards in the sky for about three weeks. Mercury doesn’t actually move counter-clockwise—its orbit around the Sun is faster than ours, and this causes the optical illusion of a backwards-moving planet. When a planet is in retrograde, the themes and energies it embodies are reversed and internalized, which can make you feel like you’re swimming against the tide.
Think back to last March — it probably feels like a decade ago now, considering how much astrological activity we’ve faced since then, but that was the last time Mercury was retrograde.
And what a retrograde it was.
If you felt like you were dealing with twice as many headaches, misunderstandings, and stressors as you normally experience during a Mercury backspin, you’re not alone. March’s retrograde took place in short-tempered Aries, the first fire sign of the Zodiac whose impulsive, confrontational energy only amplified Mercury’s signal-scrambling effects.
As much as you’d rather forget all the faux pas committed and passwords lost during that time, looking back on this frustrating period (and how you survived it) might actually come in handy ahead of this Thursday, when Mercury begins its second retrograde of the year in yet another fire sign, Leo.
It bears mentioning that, although they’re both ruled by the element of fire, Aries and Leo are still different. Where Aries hurdles headlong into any challenge, Leo’s sense of self-preservation leads them to think before acting (though once they do act it’s usually with the same amount of passion as Aries). If Aries is a Roman candle, then Leo is a bonfire that burns through the night. But, where their personalities overlap is in their flair for dramatics and aggressive communication style.
Considering Mercury’s close association with communication and interpersonal relationships, it can make socializing feel like dodging bullets when it goes retrograde in a touchy, temperamental fire sign. When it takes place in Leo specifically, we ought to brace for misunderstandings in which our pride and egos are on the line. Even the humblest among us could end up taking offense to minor remarks or a single rumor about them.
Unfortunately, our current Mars retrograde (which began on June 26) could make us even more sensitive to the types of foot-in-mouth interactions that Mercury retrogrades tend to prompt. The trick to getting through any retrograde is to move slowly and deliberately — and this summer of retrogrades galore is no exception.
Until Mercury goes direct on August 18, make sure to guard your heart, keep offhand comments in perspective, and, if you can’t help but engage in a little gossip, double- and triple-check who’s in your group text before hitting send.
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With mercury now in retrograde, many are anticipating a period of spiritual imbalance for the next few weeks. Making sure you’re completely centered and in touch with your spiritual self is the best way to recognize when negative energies might be infringing throughout the retrograde. This period is particularly known for causing difficulties in communication, so focusing your energy on connections to nature, your loved ones and your values is the best way to stay spiritually focused during this trying astrological time.
Perspective and Balance
When small problems seem larger, time in nature is the best way to regain perspective on your life. Awakening spiritual health through nature and connection to the earth helps us focus and balance when we lose track of our values and intentions. A hike in the mountains, a walk by a river, or even just looking up at the sky reminds us of the vastness of the universe and how small our problems are by comparison. The world is much wider than we realize when we are focusing on our own difficulties, and meditating outdoors brings our focus to our beautiful natural surroundings instead of our close-minded, stressful lives. Even if we are aware of the vastness of the universe we inhabit, we are always guilty of failing to appreciate it. During a time of year where we are especially susceptible to imbalance and lost perspective, it is wise to spend extra effort to find scale for our concerns and put them in their proper context.
Protecting Your Energy
If those around you are bringing negative energy and harmful intentions into your life, escaping them to spend time in a balanced natural setting is sometimes necessary to protect your own wellbeing. During Mercury retrograde, things go wrong left and right, and mental energy spent on trying to predict or prepare for these inevitable stressors is energy wasted. Simply getting out of the way of people and situations that might turn sour is sometimes the best way to get through this tough time. While not all of us have the time or money to disappear into the woods for weeks at a time, planning little getaways, hikes, or nature-focused meditations can work towards the same end goal.
Focusing your energy inward not only reduces the number of places your energy is entangled, but it allows you to guiltlessly spend time on yourself and work on things that need attention. Perhaps you vow to sleep earlier each night, or eat only home-cooked nourishing foods. Little acts of care for yourself will not only keep you healthy during the retrograde, but make sure you’re ready to switch back on once it’s over.
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The planetary cosmos has an evil plot to make your life go crazy from August 30 to September 22. It’s called Mercury Retrograde.
For the uninitiated or the skeptical, just pay attention to your life experiences over the next three weeks. You may find yourself joining the millions of believers who plan their year by calling up their local astrologer to find out the dates when Mercury goes retrograde.
Keep in mind that astrology is based on a simple understanding that all the planets in the sky exert their own unique influence on each of us, and the world we live in. Here’s how the planet Mercury affects you.
Mercury rules your intelligence, mind, memory and, all types of communication ranging from talking and texting to writing. It also affects your self-expression, and communication style. In a more public sense, it rules commerce, computers, telephones, transportation and air travel.
How Mercury functions in your birth chart explains a great deal about how you formulate ideas and how you share them. It indicates how you make sense of the everyday world you live in. During these three weeks called Mercury retrograde, your mental faculties are not functioning well; in fact they “go on vacation.”
Under this planetary influence (which occurs three times this year), communications of all types go “haywire!” You’ll experience misunderstandings and communication failures in such great abundance that you’ll look up at the sky and stars and say, “What the hell is going on?” The answer is: Mercury is in Retrograde.
At work, even though you’re sure that you’ve explained yourself clearly to the other person, they do the opposite of what you said; and they are sure they followed your instructions. Your fail-proof computer crashes. You experience equipment and mechanical breakdowns of all types. You’ll hearken back to the time you heard your car’s engine make that funny noise, causing you to say: “I should have my mechanic check that out.” Well, during Mercury retrograde, that’s when your car will suddenly not work and you’ll wish you had paid a visit to your mechanic.
The monthly check that is automatically generated by your bank and sent out doesn’t arrive, and neither does that merchandise you ordered online. Since Mercury rules transportation, equipment is unreliable; so it’s not an ideal time to buy a car because it may be a “lemon.”
So…What’s the Problem?
These sorts of problems arise during Mercury retrograde because all of sudden, normal communication becomes unreliable, filled with misinformation where important data is missing or misunderstood. The passage of information from one person to the other seems to be unintentionally cloudy, confused or unclear in some way. After all, Mercury does rule the mind, mental clarity, talking, self-expression and overall communication. During the Retrograde period, a person’s intellectual, communication and mental processes are less acute. They become careless, mistake-prone and forgetful.
This explains why your actions and decisions during the retrograde often fail or seem “sabotaged.” Or, you may find that they will have to be re-done, re-structured; or adjusted in some way when the retrograde period ends and Mercury goes direct.
TOP 10 Things Not To Do During Mercury Retrograde
Don’t Make Agreements. It’s a horrible time for negotiating contracts or making decisions. Avoid entering into any agreements or signing any legal documents. Whatever you put into writing may require serious revision when Mercury goes direct. There is something in the details that you may miss. And, there may be something you don’t know that you will only know when Mercury goes direct. I had a friend who got married during the Mercury retrograde; three weeks later, her new husband decided to tell her about the two children he had out of wedlock.
Don’t Accept or Start a Job. If you do, you may regret it. I had one client disregard that advice. She accepted a new job and by the time she started the month after, when Mercury went direct, the company had changed her job so much that it no longer resembled the one that she had accepted. Her reporting relationship had also totally shifted from the great guy she was going to work for to the loudmouth, chauvinistic boss from hell! During Mercury retrograde, things are not what they seem to be.
Don’t Try to Close the Sale. Closing a deal is often based on taking advantage of great timing. Unfortunately, you’re timing couldn’t be worse when Mercury is retrograde. If you’re “selling” your ideas or your company’s products, avoid trying to “close the sale” during Mercury retrograde because you may be “stalled” with excuses and delays. Or, somehow your customer will misunderstand your presentation. If you get the order, the customer may cancel it or change his mind.
Don’t Initiate New Projects. Avoid launching new projects or making that “big presentation.” People may either not understand it or oppose it. You may find out later that you left out a vitally important detail that you didn’t think of. If your project is adopted, it may either fail or have to be totally restructured at a later date to succeed.
Scheduling Meetings. Avoid (or minimize) scheduling meetings and events during Mercury retrograde, because you’re more likely to experience confusion, mistakes and cancellations. I once had a client whose business was “offering public seminars.” He had a ridiculously high number of cancellations and “no shows” for his seminars during the four times a year of Mercury retrograde. I told him to stop booking his seminars during those dates. That advice solved his problem.
Avoid Traveling A Lot. If you can’t put certain trips on hold, just be aware that you can expect an unusual amount of last-minute flight cancellations, meeting postponements and long transportation delays. Allow extra time when traveling; make sure your bags are very secure. Take extra precautions, because during this time they may be more likely to be lost or stolen. Re-confirm your reservations, appointments and addresses for your meetings, as delays and cancellations can be expected.
Don’t Purchase Computers or Begin Installations. This is when you’ll discover that you bought the “computer from hell.” You’ll regret not buying the three-year warranty the salesperson suggested. And, when you install your new software, expect glitches. Hard drives fail, so make sure to back them up ahead of time.
Don’t Repair Your Auto unless you absolutely have to. Repairs on the equipment in your car should be delayed. If you have to repair it, make sure to triple-check the work that was done. Understand that you may find out when Mercury goes direct that the repair wasn’t properly done and will have to be done again.
Don’t Buy Things. That is – unless you enjoy making purchases that you’ll later regret because you discover that something was wrong with the purchase. I once bought an expensive suit during the retrograde, only to find that two weeks later (when Mercury went direct), the same suit was on sale at 40% off. In fact, it’s a bad time to buy anything because you may eventually find out that it was “too big or too small,” or it just didn’t fit right and you’ll need to return it. If you buy a gift for someone, be prepared for reactions like, “Thanks, but green is my worst color!” or “I already have one just like that.”
Don’t Select a Roommate or Move in With One. I have a very good friend who invariably finds himself looking for a roommate during the retrograde. Recently, he chose a person he was sure was the perfect roommate. Their credit checked out. They seemed nice enough and said all the right things at their “lets get to know each other” meeting. But once Mercury went direct, he found out that instead of being a “neat-nik,” his new roommate was a slob, loved to play music loudly, and watched TV into the wee hours of the morning because of he was an insomniac.
The Best Advice: To avoid these problems, wait until Mercury goes direct to make important decisions. When that happens clearer communication will return and necessary information will be more positively conveyed. Once again, important data can again be relied on and you’ll see matters with 20/20 vision. Also, by waiting until Mercury is direct, you will possess important information that you didn’t know while Mercury was retrograde.
This new knowledge will help ensure you’re making the correct decision. If you heed this cautionary advice, you’ll have less frustration, fewer mistakes and disappointing failures during these three weeks. Best of all, you’ll be in a better position to make your efforts successful starting September 22, when Mercury goes direct.
About the author: Larry Schwimmer is known as “the down-to-earth Astrologer who uses your Horoscope to solve your problems and tell your future!” He is a San Francisco-based astrologer. His astrology readings explain what is happening in your life now and what events will happen in your future. He helps people pick the “best dates” to make successful decisions of all types: personal, career and financial. Schwimmer is an internationally known astrologer, life coach and business consultant. He is also the author of the best-selling book: “What the Hell is Going On in My Life?: Using your birthdate to find answers about relationships, career, money, sex & health” (Amazon.com). He offers his astrology counseling services via phone, Skype or Face Time. To schedule a personal reading with him, visit his website: AstroDecision.com or Facebook. Order Reports here.
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