Several times each year, it appears from Earth that the planet Mercury's orbit goes backwards around the Sun. This has big astrological implications.
Because Mercury is the planet of communication, technology, business endeavors, and travel, when it is in its retrograde period, those matters can go a bit haywire.
The most turbulence can occur when slowing down and switching directions, like today. (Please remember -- this is not actually happening to Mercury's orbit! It's from our perspective on Earth). Like a car changing gears, the transition period can be the most chaotic.
Plan ahead by backing up your computer and tech devices, double-check travel plans, triple check before you hit "Send," pad extra time for delays, and do your best to stay calm and organized. With this being one of the busiest times of the year for vacation trips, slow down, take your time, and double check essentials. Also pack plenty of patience - there is a lot of antsy Mars aggression in the air, so keep a cool head.
Mercury retrograde is not the best time to sign contracts, start a new enterprise or agreement, or have off-the-cuff conversations of any importance. If you simply must, scrutinize every detail slowly and carefully.
But it's not all bad! Mercury retrograde is wonderful for reviewing past endeavors, reflecting, and slowing down the pace. At this half-way point of the year, it's a brilliant time to reconsider how plans might need some tweaking and reassessing.
And everybody needs a media break once in a while. Maybe take some time away from screens and chill.
Mercury will station direct again July 31, 11:58pm (Eastern time). Till then, mind your words and watch your step.