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Thoughts on Mercury Retrograde

Posted By Jemila on February 2nd, 2014

 Don’t say or do anything for a month…just kidding! Don’t listen to all the hype you hear about Mercury going retrograde. It seems like those who don’t know much about astrology love to spread the superstitious belief that everything will go wrong while this planet appears to move backwards from our perspective. My interpretation of this planet’s change of direction is that it’s simply a time to review all of the forward progress in the area of communication that we’ve made in the past few months. Maybe this is challenging for us because our culture values forward progress so much more than thoughtful reconsideration. This is really just the best time to do “re” things, like review, renew, renegotiate, redirect, redecorate, and so on.

Common complaints about Mercury retrograde are breakdowns of communication tools, (phones, computers, cars, etc…) and an extra dose of misunderstandings. But doesn’t this stuff happen all the time anyway? That said, I have seen Geminis, Virgos and Mercury dominant people really struggle with their communication tools more than usual when Mercury goes retrograde, as they are the communicators of the zodiac. There are a lot of complaints about this planet’s change of direction from all of the signs, but could it possibly be our own impatience that is getting in our way? Maybe it’s our need for immediate results, and our avoidance of having to redo anything, that makes this time especially difficult.

When Mercury goes retrograde it would be wise not to expect everything to go exactly as planned, and try to do some “re” things. If we follow the movement of the stars, we might be better prepared for whatever is coming towards us. After all, disaster comes from “dis” (against or away from), and “aster” (the stars). So, maybe we should be moving backwards with our thinking and communicating for a while, and reflecting on all that we have done.

Mercury’s apparent retrograde motion lasts for 3 weeks 3 – 4 times a year. Here are the dates for 2014:

February 6, 2014 1:43 PM PST  –  February 28, 2014 6 AM PST

June 7, 2014 4:56 AM PDT  –  July 1, 2014 5:50 AM PDT

October 4, 2014 10:02 AM PDT  –  October 25, 2014 12:16 PM PDT