Mercury turns retrograde in the morning hours July 26, and will
remain retrograde until August 19, when it turns direct again. You have probably
heard people talk about this or even speak of their dread of it. Of all the
planetary aspects, this one definitely gets the most attention. When Mercury
retrogrades, it appears to go backward. So, when the planet of communication
retrogrades, those areas of life it rules are basically not functioning up to
Mercury rules all kinds of communication, both verbal and written,
speaking, learning, even listening and thinking, as well as all forms of
electronic communication. It rules formal agreements and contracts, buying and
selling, travel, transportation, and shipping. It also rules pets and young
people. You shouldn't expect terrible things to happen, but on a certain level,
chaos and confusion can and will occur.
A Retrograde on Fire
Each year retrograde Mercury favors a specific element — fire,
air, water, or earth. This time around, Mercury enters retrograde in the fire
sign of Aries. Fire signs are innovative, unusual, and love to think big! Look
at the big picture and come up with solutions that involve fire element
qualities: creativity, enthusiasm, forward thinking, communication, and most of
all, action. Fire signs don't let grass grow under their feet, and sometimes we
must make decisions on the spot.
What to Expect
First of all, communication can break down, slow down, or stop
altogether. People can become confused, change their minds, job interviews can
slow down, and things, projects and people can change their course of
direction, sometimes unexpectedly. Equipment can breakdown, whether it is a
computer, a coffee pot or a car. It is hard to get decisions from others, and
if you do, they could change their mind after Mercury turns direct.
Thoughts and inner conversation can be more negative during a
retrograde. If this occurs, view it as though it were playing out on a screen.
View it objectively, as though you are watching someone else. Step back,
consider the possibilities, and consciously decide on a positive path to
action, rather than listening to negative self-talk.
Retrograde Mercury can be a time of reconnecting with those from
the past in some instances. This does not mean reconnect to a former, toxic
relationship, but reconnect with those who have been tried and true. Go back to
the things from the past that have served you well and reconnect. You could
hear from relatives, old friends and on occasion old loves. It’s time to take
care of those things you have put off, and clear your closets, both literally
What Not to Do
Don't make important changes such as starting a new job or
project, launching a website, buying big ticket items, closing on real estate,
buying electronic equipment, getting married or engaged, having elective or
cosmetic surgery, launching new endeavors, or signing contracts. Of course,
there are some exceptions:
Let's say you need a job and one comes up during the retrograde.
Don't turn it down, as a job on a retrograde is better than no job. Things may
change after you begin. For example, there could be a shift in the direction of
the job, or you may not have understood the nature of the job. If you have to
have surgery under a doctor’s orders, go ahead. Surgeries are performed
successfully every day of the year, and sometimes a retrograde Mercury is about
correcting something. If you have to sign a lease or another document, ask a
lot of questions. Go over things several times, and enlist the judgment of your
Your Secret Garden
This retrograde is the perfect time to reassess, reevaluate,
revisit, redo, rethink, and even redesign our lives in some way. This is a time
to stop, look, and listen to our inner voice, so that you may move forward with
clarity and confidence when Mercury turns direct again. It is a time of
personal realignment with the world. You may reach a sense of completion with
something by the time this cycle ends. View this chapter of your journey as
your private inner garden: now is the time to cultivate it and clear that which
needs to be removed so that optimum growth can occur as Mercury turns direct in
about three weeks.
There is no doubt frustrations can and do occur under retrograde.
But, it is important to remember this is part of the natural cycle of life.
This time is about reflecting on what we have done, and will do in the future,
but not yet moving forward. Just like the crab that moves sideways, sometimes
we have to take this approach and move sideways before we can really move
forward. This, too, is part of the natural flow.