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Surviving and thriving: Mercury is retrograde




Mercury turned retrograde August 11, at 9:01 PM, EST at 11 degrees of Virgo. The ruling planet of Virgo is Mercury and a retrograde Mercury here is very powerful.

Mercury in Virgo will concern work and health, communication, and glitches may occur in any area.

The next three weeks may be a period where things seem at a standstill, especially our outward action. On an inner level however, we can accomplish a great deal.


Mercury turns retrograde 3 or 4 times a year, and generally has a bad name and elicits groans when mentioned.  To an extent this is perfectly understandable, as retrograde Mercury is the planet that causes delays, glitches, breakdowns in computers and equipment, relationships, slowdowns and brings hidden factors to the surface. Plans can be put on hold, miscommunication can occur, relationships can end or change, and cars, computers and other machinery can break down at the most inopportune moment.

All of this will occur, but this period does not have to be the disaster many believe it to be with some basic knowledge ahead of time.  The four most important things are to 1)understand what retrograde Mercury means 2)know what to expect 3) know what to avoid and lastly 4)understand what you can gain from it. With this basic information available, you should be able to make the most of the time, and benefit from the retrograde as oppose to being caught off guard.

The first step is to know what retrograde Mercury means. In the strictest sense of the word, the planet of communication does not actually go backward, it only appears to. This will occur three or four times every year.  A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac, and this is referred to as apparent retrograde motion.  When planets retrograde, their effects on humans are different than when in direct motion. Thinking is deeper, situations often appear to go underground for a time, or change altogether, and sometimes our focus shifts. Mercury retrograde is the most talked about retrograde, because it is a fast moving planet that controls our thinking, speech, travel, and cognitive skills. When Mercury retrogrades, there are several phases.

The first phase is the pre-retrograde shadow period which began July 25 This period is where Mercurial energy starts to shift and it is time to start wrapping up new projects for the time being and focusing on what is at hand.

The second phase of retrograde Mercury is the stationary retrograde period, when Mercury starts to shift into apparent backward motion. This occurs August 11-16, when Mercury starts its retrograde. This is the period most glitches start to become evident, and if you have a prominent Mercury in your chart, thinking may become foggy.

Mercury continues to retrograde through September 5 when it turns stationary direct September 5-8.. This is the second period when glitches, breakdowns and changes in direction may well occur.

Mercury begins to move forward again on September 9, but remains in the shadow direct phase until September 19, 2017.  Mercurial energy does not pick up its normal pace until completion of the second shadow period. So, the retrograde Mercury period is actually a much longer cycle than most people understand. Changes will occur at the juncture of each retrograde phase.

The second step in surviving a retrograde is to know what to expect. What you can expect and prepare for are slowdowns, delays, miscommunications, interference with travel and travel plans and appointments, and the breakdown of machinery, situations and even relationships. If your car has been limping along and you have been putting off a repair, know this is the likely time it will become obvious that you have to fix it. If your computer is slow or having problems be sure and back up everything important. (I learned this one the hard way several times!) If you are in a relationship that is tottering on the brink of ending, this may well be the period that can occur, and often does. Of course, I always tell people, ‘Mercury retrograde is a wild card.” Sometimes, relationships can be fixed and problems brought out into the open if it is worth saving. Expect delays, changes of plans and try and not have situations set in stone.  In other words, prepare to be flexible.  Mercury retrograde is often a frustrating time to be looking for a job.  Don’t give up though, just keep plugging on and stay on top of all communication. And make sure you are direct and to the point in your communication with others.  If you don’t understand what someone is telling you, by all means ask for clarification.

The third and perhaps most important step in surviving retrograde Mercury is to know what to avoid. Don’t get married, start a new business, start new projects or begin anything you hope will become permanent during the most important three week phase of the retrograde. Don’t purchase high ticket items, important gifts, paint, or anything you expect to be there for a long time if you can avoid it. Retrograde Mercury is not the time to start new projects, but rather finish up the old, and redo, re-organize or re-work. Go against this advice and you may wish you hadn’t. I chose the paint color in my office on retrograde Mercury just to test it, and as I write this post, I wish I had time to get out a paintbrush today.

The fourth step to surviving retrograde Mercury is to understand what you can gain from it. Know that retrograde Mercury is part of the natural cycle of life and it is not anything out of the ordinary. Everything serves a purpose and the point of a retrograde Mercury is to slow down a bit, reflect, rethink, re-do, re-plan and reorganize and reconsider. It is a period of correction. Rather than starting new projects it is time to look at what is on the drawing board. Often during a retrograde, thinking changes direction and a more appropriate course of action can be mapped out. Often new information comes to the surface that must be considered.  Sometimes secrets are revealed, and the truth comes out into the open.  The truth may not be what your want to hear, but it can set you free. Retrograde Mercury is a time to plan, work on you, and delve into the spiritual side of life. Sometimes important contacts with people from our past can be initiated, and there is generally a focus on the past or past situations that can come back up to be resolved. Just focus on what is at hand rather than starting new situations.  If you are forced to start a job during a retrograde, it could be altered when Mercury goes direct, or you may not have all the facts. If you begin a new relationship on a retrograde, it may end or change when Mercury goes forward, time will tell. 

All in all, retrograde Mercury is a period where we should reflect on our current state, and plan rather than initiate new ventures. Reconsider your options, re-write, re-organize, and re-think. If you follow these basic principles, I can’t guarantee you won’t experience frustration, but you will survive the retrograde and perhaps come out of it better than you had believed possible.

Comments
# re: Mercury retrograde survival guide @ Monday, November 05, 2012 11:35 PM
OMG my Yahoo email is shutdown for Yahoo is performing the maintenance.  Must be the Mercury retrograde. Hoping an email that I'm waiting on doesn't get lost...
# re: Mercury retrograde survival guide @ Tuesday, November 06, 2012 6:21 AM
lol..yes, the energy seemed to shift yesterday, didn't it..
# re: Mercury retrograde survival guide @ Thursday, November 08, 2012 4:59 PM
This is a great blog Leslie and so informative.   I have been sending it to everyone I know!  I am feeling the pull of this retro heavily.  So many are calling me about car problems, computer glitches and crashes, fighting with their loved ones etc.  I know all of the incidents are not rooted within mercury retro however things sure are getting more intense and appearing out of nowhere.  We all have to read your guide over and over to gain a little perspective I believe so we can get through the next 3 or 4 weeks.

Rosie
# re: Surviving retrograde Mercury October 4-25 @ Wednesday, October 01, 2014 9:33 AM
I felt it on Monday. This is a great blog. Thank you!
# re: Surviving retrograde Mercury October 4-25 @ Wednesday, October 01, 2014 1:00 PM
Funny thing about Mercury Retrogrades. I was born in one so when they come around, good things happen to me. It's like being in a Bizzaro world because while everyone else's life goes chaotic, mine actually gets better. Funny, no?
# re: Surviving retrograde Mercury October 4-25 @ Wednesday, October 01, 2014 2:02 PM
Yes, if you were born with a retrograde Mercury you should fare ok. I've seen this many times! You may be most comfortable, the problem may be the other people you deal with!
# re: Surviving retrograde Mercury January 21- February 11 @ Wednesday, January 21, 2015 3:51 PM
Does sparking/renewing old relationships fall under the do or don't category?
# re: Surviving retrograde Mercury January 21- February 11 @ Wednesday, January 21, 2015 4:24 PM
haha..DO!!!!! I knew I would hear from you..good luck!!
# re: Surviving retrograde Mercury January 21- February 11 @ Wednesday, January 21, 2015 5:35 PM
Well....you know that my b-day is the 11th......
Just checking to see if I should find a remote island for awhile ;>)
# re: Surviving retrograde Mercury May 18-June 11 @ Monday, May 18, 2015 10:28 AM
5-18 This will be a powerful retrograde as Mercury is in its own sign. We will get more confused, and communication may go haywire. Watch your communication and check your email before you hit send! Also as Mercury rules travel make sure your car is in good order and be very careful driving or traveling. This is not an exciting time, but a time to review things and make corrections. Many things and situations will play out over the next 3 weeks, and a retrograde Mercury can have a fated quality to it. Good luck!!
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# Why I LOVE Mercury Retrograde!!! Apr-28-2016 @ Thursday, April 28, 2016 11:57 AM
I was born in a retrograde, and everything seems to go right for me during times like these, I find this time to be a great motivator and blessing. I must be a bizarro baby!
# Why I LOVE Mercury Retrograde!!! Apr-28-2016 @ Thursday, April 28, 2016 11:57 AM
I was born in a retrograde, and everything seems to go right for me during times like these, I find this time to be a great motivator and blessing. I must be a bizarro baby!
# re: Surviving and thriving: retrograde Mercury today- April 28-May 22, 2016 @ Thursday, April 28, 2016 3:28 PM
I am waiting for my landlord to paint my kitchen, and he is supposed to do it in about a week.  BUT, I picked the color out about a year ago (my landlord is the ultimate procastinator)so he is going back to a project and the color should be fine.  I had my toes operated on during a Mercury retrograde, and it couldn't wait to be done after, Mercury went direct, AND even that was a going back to something that  I should have done a long time ago.  Personally I seem to go back to things on Mercury retrograde, which is good for me.
# re: Surviving and thriving: retrograde Mercury today- April 28-May 22, 2016 @ Thursday, April 28, 2016 5:28 PM
Going back to things is what we should do, and if you are born on a retro Mercury you fare better than normal. The 'shock' of Mercury can come in unknown things being revealed or unexpected shocking communication and I have seen a lot of this today!
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# Choppy waters ahead and Mercury turns direct May-18-2016 @ Wednesday, May 18, 2016 8:16 AM






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# Choppy waters ahead but Mercury turns direct May-18-2016 @ Wednesday, May 18, 2016 8:35 AM






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