As the retro-experienced know, two or three times every year, the planet Mercury appears, from our perspective on Earth, to go backwards in its path through the zodiac. Ever since April 18, this has been happening. Mercury stations direct again next week on May 11 (and the so-called “shadow period,” when the lingering energies are still affecting us, ends around May 28).
As astrologer Rob Tillett writes, “Mercury rules thinking and perception, processing and disseminating information and all means of communication, commerce, education and transportation. By extension, Mercury rules people who work in these areas, especially those who work with their minds or their wits: writers and orators, commentators and critics, gossips and spin doctors, teachers, travelers, tricksters and thieves.”
He continues, “Mercury retrograde gives rise to personal misunderstandings; flawed, disrupted, or delayed communications, negotiations and trade; glitches and breakdowns with phones, computers, cars, buses, and trains. And all of these problems usually arise because some crucial piece of information, or component, has gone astray or awry.”
And while all this sounds dire, there are gifts to be discovered during this time. It can be an opportunity to review the pathways we have taken, and a chance to consider a course correction of our life’s journey. Not too shabby!
As I have talked with friends and colleagues, I am hearing an overwhelming agreement that this retrograde has been particularly unmerciful. In fact, I’ve lost track of how many people have told me, in identical terminology, “This Mercury retrograde is kicking my ass.”
For a number of years, I would attempt to make lemonade from lemons by offering a Mercury Retrograde contest every time we went through one. I am not offering my contest anymore (I began to notice that by doing so, it seemed to be attracting an amplification of retro woes to me!), but I would love to hear how you’re enduring this particular go-round with the God of communication, technology and travel.
Feel free to post!
(If your computer is still working!)