We are all influenced when Mercury is in retrograde.
What DOES this mean? Sometimes the other planets appear to be traveling backward through the zodiac; this is an illusion. We call this illusion retrograde motion.
Several times a year, it appears as if Mercury is going backwards. This time was traditionally associated with confusions, delay, and frustration.
Perhaps Mercury’s retrograde periods can cause our plans to go awry. However, this is an excellent time to reflect on the past. Intuition is high during these periods, and coincidences can be extraordinary.
What to Do When Mercury is Retrograde
The planet Mercury rules communication, travel, contracts, automobiles, and such. So,when Mercury is retrograde, remain flexible, allow time for extra travel, and avoid signing contracts. Review projects and plans at these times, but wait until Mercury is direct again to make any final decisions.
About a week or two before Mercury retrogrades, finish any tasks or projects at hand. You can’t stop your life, but plan ahead, have back-up plans, and be prepared for angrier people and miscommunication.
Some people blame Mercury retrograde for “bad” things that happen in their lives. Instead, take this time to sit back and review where you put your energy in your life. For example, if family and faith are important to you, are you putting your energies there or just overextended in other areas? Take a moment to reflect.
2016 Mercury Retrograde Dates
- August 30 to September 22
- December 19 to 31
Mercury and You
The type of influence depends on which of the 12 zodiac signs the planet is in when Mercury goes retrograde. Find your sign in the chart below.
7 Keys to a smooth Mercury Retrograde.
- Avoid signing major contracts, leases, marriage certificates.
- Avoid making major purchases.
- Avoid getting haircuts.
- Avoid heated debates
- Do buy travel insurance extended warranties
- Do start a diet or exercise
- Do clear out your closets.
Here is a link to the Framer’s Almanac.