mercury retrograde

Mercury in Retrograde in a Nutshell

Maybe you’ve heard of Mercury in Retrograde before, but didn’t know what it meant or how it might affect you. Here’s the deal in a nutshell.

What is Mercury in Retrograde?

Mercury is the planet of communication. You might find this easy to remember by recalling that the Roman god, Mercury, was the one who carried messages between worlds. He was one of the few who could travel to the Underworld, world of the living, and Olympus, the home of the gods. So, Mercury is all about communication.

“Retrograde” refers to planetary motion. When viewed with the eyes, the planet appears to move backward. Therefore, when Mercury is in retrograde, communication appears to be moving backward. “Communication” can mean talking, listening, learning, reading, editing, comprehending what is read or heard, negotiating, researching, buying, and selling. Anything that has a component of conveying ideas or emotions from one person to another can potentially be impacted.

How Mercury in Retrograde Can Impact Everyone

What does all this mean for you? Basically, slow down. Pay more attention. This is a time for to review, redo, pause, and make corrections. Things that are nailed down now may not stay that way. Generally speaking, it’s not a great time for:

  • buying big ticket items
  • entering into contracts
  • traveling and making travel plans
  • interviewing for a job or starting a new job
  • starting a new relationship
  • talking about big or deep issues
  • mail or computer communication delays or break downs

How Mercury in Retrograde May Impact You

Mercury in retrograde impacts everyone, but not in the same way or to the same degree. Part of it depends on which planet Mercury is in at the time of the retrograde. For example, the upcoming retrograde on Feb 17 – March 10, 2020 is in Pisces. It’s in a different sign each time. Keywords for Pisces are things like adaptable, moody, mystical, emotional, transcendent, vulnerable, soulful, instinctive, and intuitive.

Mercury is an Air sign. It’s logical and methodical- quite the opposite of Pisces, so this could cause some problems! Especially if you are also pretty logical. So, this retrograde could impact your dreams, creativity, magic, fantasy, and idealism. That could be a great way to explode your world or it could cause a lot of grief. It just depends on how you roll with it.

And that’s the big take away from any Mercury in retrograde- roll with it. Whatever happens is a cleansing. It’s an “are you sure?” moment, a “maybe this!” moment. Don’t let it upset you. Mercury is a friend. He is a trickster and he uses tricky methods to get his help across, but it really is meant to be useful. The key to finding your way through is to look to the element where it’s happening. If it’s in the water element, as in the case of Pisces, look to Water. If it’s Air, look to Air, and so on.

You can do this! It’s just about being aware of what’s happening and working with it. You can’t push the stars, but you can flow with them.

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