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Mercury Turns Retrograde


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. And this go-round, it is likely to be especially bumpy, since his neighbor, Venus, planet of abundance, beauty, and love, stations direct the same day.

So that's two switcheroos in one day (only from our perspective on Earth. The planets definitely do not back up).

The most turbulence can occur when slowing down and switching directions, like today. (Again... 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.

It's 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.

Mercury will station direct again Dec. 6, 4:22pm (Eastern time). Till then, mind your words and watch your step.