Deus Nexus: Yes, we hate Mercury in Retrograde. Whether you believe in Astrology or not, things tend to break down when Mercury appears to go backwards. It’s a good time to lay low, take it easy, put off any new plans, and reflect.
I have had so many plans thwarted, electronic devices not functioning, jobs not panning out, new relationships fizzle away… all because I either signed a contract, agreed to a job, found a new friend or relied on electronic devices during the period known as Mercury Retrograde. It’s enough for me to stop and take notice at the influence that certain planets have on us. This Mercury needs to find itself a new solar system! I’m so done with it!
And just as things are so nice and working smoothly now, when Mercury goes retrograde, this will change. Is it my projection or is there something external happening? Ah, this is the enigma! I certainly never knew about this phenomena until it started happening every several months and someone enlightened me as to what was happening. Only then did I realize how powerful the influence of planets are.
So, I place this here as a word of advice: Be extra cautious in your life dealings and business affairs during this time-frame that is coming up. Like me, you may come to realize that these spheres in the sky, do affect our lives. The how and why is something I can’t answer. It could be our “friendly” neighborhood Archons pulling the strings; but, that’s a topic for another conversation.
When Mercury is Retrograde
Sometimes the other planets appear to be traveling backward through the zodiac; this is an illusion. We call this illusion retrograde motion.
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.
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.
2014 Retrograde Dates
In 2014, Mercury will be retrograde during:
- February 6–28
- June 7–July 2
- October 4–25
A Man With a Message
Mercury comes from the Latin word merx, or mercator, which means merchant. Mercury is the name given by the ancient Romans to the Greek mythological god Hermes.
Mercury is depicted as a male figure having winged sandals and a winged hat, indicating the ability to travel quickly. He was the official messenger of the ancient gods and goddesses and, as such, governed communications.
In 1782, Mercury became the first symbol of the United States’ postal service. Today, he is the Icon of an International floral delivery service.
In astrology, Mercury influences travel, literature, poetry, merchants, and thieves. He is cunning and witty at a moment’s notice. But he is also recognized as a trickster and prone to misbehavior.
Also see: How to Flow with Mercury Retrograde
More on Mr. Mercury! Mercury Madness?:
Mercury is the messenger, and in this time, the delivery is warped or the message gets lost en route. Some people find that their computers go on the fritz or phone lines go down. If you’re at all jittery about it, go ahead and back up your important files.
There can be delays, so give yourself plenty of time to get places. What happens in those down times? Mercury retro is known to be a time of ‘fated’ events — who will you meet? What will be revealed?
Mercury retrograde gives us time to catch up with ourselves, and reflect. Something from the past returns in a different form. People, ideas or buried insights that are keys to moving forward, float to the surface. Often it’s felt as a slowed down, contemplative time, and depending on the sign, a chance to go over old ground again, to claim what you missed the first time.
Err on Side of Caution:
There’s a long-held belief that it’s best to avoid making set plans during the Mercury Retrograde. This means holding off on signing contracts, and forming partnerships and alliances. What gets put in writing at this time may turn out to need serious revising after Mercury goes direct. But since tying up loose ends is the domain of retrograde, this type of finalization might fly.
Can you repeat that?:
In our relationships, sometimes we gloss over things that pushed buttons at the time, but which we let slide. What seemed not worth the trouble may reveal itself as a major issue in need of our attention. The Mercury retrograde is a time for review, when the underlying patterns come to light.
Back to the Drawing Board:
Some dreams and goals get lost in the hectic rushing around of daily life. The Mercury Retrograde period can be a rich time of reflection on those longings. This makes it a time for the soul to ponder its destiny. You might look over old journals, review your creative work, muse on serendipities of the past that have pointed you toward your spirit’s calling. It can make the retrograde period a time of solidifying a sense of your personal story and where you’re headed.
What does it mean in each different sign?:
The Mercury retrograde is shaped by the sign through which it is cast. For example, a Mercury retrograde in Cancer turns the mind toward things like family, home and the invisible emotional bonds that connect us. On the other hand, a Mercury retrograde in Aquarius gives it a different spin, with a review of group dynamics, the larger human community, all from a detached perspective.
Making the Most of Mercury Retrograde:
A major cause of stress at Mercury retrograde is frustration from mishaps, things breaking down, computers going black. But if we know it’s cycle, this makes it feel less terminal. If things go pear-shaped, see what’s there to see. Take a break from the usual routine.
Just observe and see what happens, and be open to the past returning for review. If it’s coming back, there’s likely something more to learn or release from it. This can be a good (and productive) time, in its own way.
I wish you all a Happy and Safe Passage through Mercury Retrograde, coming February 6th – February 28th! Just remember to observe the weirdness, but stay centered and objective, knowing that “this too shall pass”…
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