As surprising as it may sound, the planet Mercury can affect your work, your mail, and your relationships. In astrology, the planet Mercury governs thoughts and communication in all forms: mail, messaging, Internet, telephone, and cell phone. When Mercury is in a favorable position, your words are like gold and it is easy to get what you want. This is especially true for those who have a Sun sign in Gemini or Virgo, which is ruled by Mercury.
However, when Mercury is in an unfavorable aspect for the planets in your natal chart or during a retrograde cycle (when the planet appears to be receding), communication can go completely wrong: phones are cut off, flights are delayed or canceled, partnerships are dissolved and mail is lost or redirected. Anything and everything that could go wrong due to a miscommunication or because a communication device breaks down occurs during Mercury retrograde.
The two times in my life that my computer deleted a major novel just before a major submission deadline were during retrogrades. Fortunately, the stories were recovered, but if I had known what you are about to know now, I could have saved myself the heartache and work of getting them back.
Mercury retrograde occurs about three times a year. Each retrograde offers the opportunity to change a mindset or revise plans. It is an introspective moment in which we can see what our thoughts have created in our lives. If we have been disorganized or have resisted communicating with important people in our lives, a Mercury retrograde cycle can cause a jolt. Suddenly, the ways we have used to flow our lives are no longer available and we are forced to use other means of communication. This can really help us improve our relationships and clarify our career and life goals.
When we give Mercury our full participation during a retrograde cycle, experience can prepare us and create new opportunities. Only when we resist making changes does the experience become difficult. This is not the time to rush into new projects. Instead, we must think carefully before acting.
The best way to approach a Mercury retrograde cycle is to use it to gather information for future plans and take a good look at where you are going and what attitude you need to adopt in order for your endeavor to be successful. Taking notes and getting organized are also good uses of this period. Preparing now will save you a lot of time later.
It is important to be aware of our dependence on electrical appliances during Mercury retrograde (particularly computers, cell phones, telephones, televisions, and radios). If you have important files on your computer, PDA, or cell phone, back them up if you can, as strange computer crashes can occur affecting individual files or the entire electrical system. This is a good time to bring any appliances that need repair.
Many times, a retrograde will clear up long-standing conflicts. If you have been away from a family member, you can communicate and heal the relationship. The misunderstandings above can sometimes dissolve as Mercury works to heal the communication in your life. I have seen things that were hidden or unknown for years come to light during a retrograde. So if you’ve been having trouble dealing with a relationship, use this time to make amends or honestly talk to someone else about your feelings.
While you can use this period to fix things, it is generally not a good time to start a new relationship or business partnership. Many times, something that you don’t know will happen and once the retrograde passes, you will find that you did not know as much about the person as you thought or some unforeseen event will occur, which will cause you to dissolve or change. the nature of the association. You can use this cycle to think about what kind of partner you want and what qualities are important to you. Also, reflect on why you’ve attracted similar friends or business associates, and make plans to change any patterns that you don’t want to repeat.
In general, don’t sign any contracts, take part in legal action, or take a new job during a retrograde. The exception to this is if you have a long-lasting condition that has taken months or years to resolve. So if you have been waiting for a legal resolution for 5 years, then retrograde can help you finally bring the situation to an end. Avoid NEW projects and paperwork, but keep going if you are solving a long-term situation.
These are Mercury’s retrograde periods in 2006 and 2007:
July 4, 2006 – July 29, 2006 – The retrograde is in the sign of Cancer and will particularly affect those with a sun sign in Cancer, Gemini and Virgo. Cancer is a sign related to home and family. It is a good time to clear up long-standing issues with a spouse or family member. Cancer can also be related to motherhood and children, so it is possible that at this time news related to children or their mother may emerge. For those who do not have children or whose mother has passed away, you may want to see how you are nurturing yourself and your creative projects. Are you taking care of the things that are most important to you or are you ranking yourself and your most loved projects in the end? If you plan to start a business with a close friend or family member, try waiting until this cycle ends. It is a good time to plan your career if you have a business related to household products and services, mothers and child rearing, or if you are in the business of fishing and boating. Cancer is related to activities that occur in lakes, seas, and oceans.
October 8, 2006 – November 18, 2006 – Mercury will regress in Scorpio, the sign that relates to sex, money, and death. Scorpio, Gemini and Virgo must be especially aware of this transit. This is a time to seek therapy for anyone who has suffered sexual / physical abuse or experienced tragedy. Communications related to sexual activity, banking and finance, inheritances and terminations are highlighted. While news of a death or inheritance may come during a cycle like this, most of the time death refers to the end of a relationship or situation. This is a time to think about whether or not you want to continue in activities or relationships that no longer benefit you. If you’ve been ‘doing the moves’ for a long time, examine how this has affected you and the other people involved. Are you holding on to something that’s already gone? Also take a look at your sexual relationships. Is it time to make a change in how and when you engage in sexual intimacy? If you are in debt, now is the time to see how you can change your attitude or how you can better organize your money.
February 14, 2007 to March 8, 2007 – Mercury retrograde will be in Pisces strongly affecting those with a Pisces, Gemini and Virgo sun sign. This is a time to examine your deepest beliefs and how they are creating your life. Are your beliefs really helping you get what you want in life? What kind of relationship do you have with others? Are you giving and caring or are you focused on yourself? Pisces deals with beliefs, philosophy, and the subconscious. It also teaches us to face hidden or taboo things. Are you hiding information from others or yourself? When Mercury enters Pisces, we have to look honestly at ourselves and at our lives. Whatever we have been hiding can sometimes come to light during a Mercury retrograde cycle. It is important to realize which secrets are worth keeping and which ones are onerous. Be aware of your emotions. Are your reactions to situations appropriate or do you find yourself exaggerating situations when faced with a challenge?
June 15, 2007 – July 11, 2007 – Once again, Mercury will enter the Sign of Cancer. For more information on retrograde in Cancer, see the previous entry for July 4, 2006. If you have not used the energy of Mercury in Cancer to your advantage in 2006, the same problems may arise again. It is also possible that a situation that started during the last retrograde period could reappear. Perhaps you started plans for your new business last July and are now launching a new product. Or maybe you ended a relationship and meet this person again. Think about what happened last year around this time. Many times, you will find that what happened before will be related to your experience during this retrograde cycle.
October 12, 2007 – November 1, 2007 – Scorpio will once again work with Mercury to heal your relationship with death, sex, and money. What are you learning about your relationship to these problems? If you’ve experienced hardship, death, or relationship destruction, how can you deal with these issues in a supportive way? Remember what you were dealing with last year around this time because Mercury was in Scorpio on October 8, 2006. You may encounter recurring situations or relationships that were important to you that then resurface in some way. If you’ve avoided curing a major problem related to sex, death, or your finances, it’s time to tackle it. Whatever you ignored last year, it will be bigger this year! This transit can affect businesses facing illness, funerals, adult entertainment, or financial and sexual health institutions. If you are in this type of business, you may need to examine your relationship to your job and create new career goals. If you are in an unhealthy relationship where you are being sexually or financially exploited, use this period to research organizations or individuals that can help you. Be careful participating in situations that do not honor you or protect your long-term interests. There are no get-rich-quick plans!
It is important to note that in 2006 and 2007, mercury fell into the water houses. These houses teach us about our emotions and our subconscious reactions. Examine relationships of all kinds and observe your own relationship to your emotions. Are you comfortable expressing your emotions? After all, mercury is all about expressing yourself! Do you express yourself too much to the point where you are depressed, or do you push the people around you away because they cannot relate to your extreme behavior? Use these cycles to examine your emotional commitments and beliefs about feelings and relationships. This is not the time to hold back your feelings. If you like to write or create art, take this time to express your true feelings about your life. You don’t have to yell at everyone you meet, but you do need to be honest with yourself about how you feel and know how to communicate it to someone else when you need it. The mercury in water signs also teaches you to deal with other people’s emotions. Be as compassionate as you can when interacting with others because you never know which way Mercury is pushing your buttons too.