Mercury retrograde

How to succeed during Mercury retrograde, April 9 through May 3 2017

mercury retrogradeSometimes it seems like we are in a permanent Mercury retrograde period, doesn’t it?  Under Mercury retrograde communication snafus are common and often equipment that we rely on fails to work properly.

I like to think of Mercury retrograde periods as being the ebb tide.  Life doesn’t always move in forward motion – like the tide, there are periods where events rush us towards the shore and other times when we look to the past and must take a step backwards in order to find completion or master a certain issue.

Consequently, Mercury retrograde times are good for re-flection and for finding new wisdom in situations from the past; for re-decorating, re-designing, re-thinking. They are usually not great times to start something new, but we can’t always design our lives around the three weeks, four times a year in which Mercury is retrograde.

Mercury is in the fixed and somewhat stubborn sign of Taurus right now where it adapts well to the lack of forward motion.  However, when Mercury retrogrades back into fiery Aries where it will remain between April 20th and May 15th we will be at the mercy of two opposing forces: the urge of Aries to take dynamic and impulsive action combined with the retrograde tendency to take two steps backward for every step forward.  This will be exacerbated by the fact that throughout this period Mercury will unite with reckless Uranus.  Under this influence there tends to be a lot of impulsive behavior and action as well as words thrown about without too much thought.  Travel is likely to be disrupted and a fair amount of chaos can ensue if we fail to pay attention. However, this planetary dynamic also bestows new ways of looking at our world as well as fresh insights.  Life will certainly be more exciting during this time!

We will find all of this easier and more enjoyable if we allow ourselves to let go and enjoy the ride.  Between now and May 15th it will be difficult to keep a tight control over events and situations, but the hidden gifts of surprising new adventures are just around the corner.

By | 2017-04-11T16:57:50+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Mercury retrograde|2 Comments

Mercury retrograde alert! August 30-September 22, 2016

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Planets don’t really move backward, but astrology observes the movement of the planets from our perspective on earth so we sometimes see their apparent motion reversing.  We call this “retrograde,” and every planet in the astrological pantheon will reverse its direction now and then. When a planet is retrograde, its influence can become stronger and more pronounced as it retraces its steps over our psyche to better make its point known.

Mercury is the ruler of communication and the mind, and its realm also include communication technology as well as short distance travel.  When Mercury is retrograde all of these things become more difficult and don’t always work the way we would like them to.  There is a greater tendency to experience communication snafus, equipment breakdowns, travel problems.  These periods are typically not ideal for beginning something new because our attention is turned away and we may not be as attentive to details as some ventures require.

Mercury retrogrades on the 29th degree of its own sign of Virgo, just before the Virgo New Moon on September 1st (Eastern time zone).  This is a triple whammy of Mercury/Virgo focus on the details of life, which makes it critical right now to be as attentive as possible.  Slow down the speed of your life, use your powers of observation to be sure all ducks are lined up precisely in a row before taking action.

Mercury is retrograde for three weeks four times every year and we can’t put our lives on hold while we wait for Mercury to reverse its course and head direct again.  Signing contracts, accepting new jobs, scheduling surgeries – these things must often happen during Mercury retrograde periods.  If you must begin or plan something new, and it can’t wait, take some extra time to gather your thoughts and be as certain as possible that everything has been considered and factored into your plan.

Mercury retrograde periods – especially in Virgo! – are perfect for clearing out the debris of the past, for renovation, remodeling, repairs.  They are wonderful times for retreat and renourishment of the body, mind and psyche.

I like to think of retrograde periods as being the ebb cycle of an ocean wave.  Everything in life ebbs and flows, and that is the natural rhythm of existence.

By | 2016-08-30T09:40:25+00:00 August 30th, 2016|Mercury retrograde|7 Comments

Mercury turns retrograde today, May 18 2015

23716981_sMercury difficulties came early this year with a challenging square from the planet Saturn, the ruler of challenges, delays and disappointments.  Saturn creates blocks and forces us to find a pathway around obstacles – it inspires determination and strength to overcome endurance, but also supreme frustration.

This Mercury/Saturn square was embedded in the chart for the Scorpio Full Moon on the 3rd. For the first two weeks of May as Mercury’s motion begins to slow in preparation for its change of direction we saw communication begin to become more confused and a greater need to turn inwards for answers as the externals lose their focus.

Mercury retrograde periods are essential since they help us to realign our thinking and refocus our energies – however, they can be difficult when we try to push a project through to completion and encounter Mercury-related glitches and delays.

Many people become unnecessarily frightened of these retrograde periods and believe that they have to hide in their house, essentially, and not make any decisions or take any steps until the retrograde is over.  This is an inaccurate and disempowering way to look at the situation and not one that I would ever advise.  Mercury is retrograde for three weeks, four times a year which is 25% of the year.  You can’t stop living your life!

There are lots of things Mercury retrograde periods are good for and most of them begin with RE.  A client recently called me because she had to have surgery when Mercury is retrograde.  RE-moving a tumor is a good thing to do under retrograde Mercury.  RE-vising your life plan.  RE-modeling your house or office.  RE-doing your website.  Anything that involves looking backwards over the past to correct past problems is a good thing to plan now.

If you can help it, putting off a major purchase or decision until after Mercury retrograde is a smart idea, but not always possible.  As many of you have heard, in my other life I own a real estate business and we have to write contracts throughout Mercury retrograde periods.  Very few of them fail, and I would guess that the number of failed contracts is not any more than non-Mercury retrograde periods.  We DO see more glitches, communication breakdowns, equipment failures, etc.  But we laugh, acknowledge that Mercury is retrograde and move on.

Perhaps its my contrarian nature, but I have a tendency to schedule vacations when Mercury is retrograde.  Often there are glitches, and sometimes I make mistakes and the reservations are for the wrong day, but generally things work out for the best.

Think of astrological cycles as being like the weather.  Just because there’s a chance of thunderstorms doesn’t mean you will always be hit by lightning.

By | 2015-05-18T08:01:13+00:00 May 18th, 2015|Mercury retrograde|1 Comment

Mercury retrograde in the news

mercury retrogradeI love it when people say Mercury retrograde has no effect in the real world.  Just yesterday I was on the phone trying to schedule an appointment to get my car serviced and the dealer’s computer went down.  And then my postman went on a rampage about incorrect box numbers.  And we were unable to get a payoff for a real estate closing which had to be delayed.

Elsewhere in the news:

  • Facebook’s website went down on Thursday, creating panic for millions of addicted users.
  • In New York City a power outage halted all subway trains and created delays for commuters.
  • A Detroit airport lost power due to intense weather and all flights were interrupted creating massive delays.
  • Cellphone carriers Verizon, Vodaphone and Optis experienced network issues, preventing calls by subscribers.
  • A computer glitch in a Dallas jail mistakenly freed 25 prisoners.
  • Target experienced nationwide cash register failures.

In other news Amazon, obviously lacking an astrologer on staff, released its new phone yesterday: the Amazon Fire.  This is not generally something that is recommended during a Mercury retrograde period, so it will be interesting to see what comes of it!

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By | 2014-06-19T05:47:33+00:00 June 19th, 2014|Mercury retrograde|4 Comments

Sunday inspiration for Mercury retrograde

Dr. Suess

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”


Dr. Seuss


We can think of Mercury Retrograde periods as times when we look through the wrong end of the telescope.  This can seem to us like a “mistake,” or we can take another view and find richness in the experience of a different perspective.

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By | 2014-06-08T07:26:44+00:00 June 8th, 2014|Mercury retrograde|2 Comments