Mercury goes retrograde 3 times each year for 21 days. And when it does, many have come to recognize its signature effects.
Communications go awry, misunderstandings are more frequent, making decisions is tricky at best and electronic devices seem to go haywire, to name a few.
Mercury is the planet that has rulership over all forms of communication--verbal and written, personal and professional, even agreements and contracts. And so yes, when it goes retrograde these areas of our life can get disrupted and go tilt.
Having an understanding of what to expect when Mercury goes retrograde helps enormously in preparing for it. There are certainly things you can do beforehand, and during, a retrograde period that help you in dealing with it. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Make important arrangements, meetings, travel plans, etc. at least 1 week prior to 3/12.
- If possible, try not to make major purchases during a Mercury retrograde period (there are exceptions to this...more on that in a minute).
- Back up computers, check and re-check meetings and plans, especially those that will fall in the retrograde period (3/12 to 4/4).
- And because of the added Neptunian influence, be sure to take some time out for retreat and to nurture the spiritual side of your life.
Each time Mercury stations retrograde is an opportunity to work with the mental in new ways, to gain new perception by looking at issues differently and to slow things down and reflect rather than jump. Understanding these dynamics is your best bet in making the most of these most interesting astrological influence.
You can learn more about this particular Mercury retrograde period on my monthly talk, AstroCurrents Monthly, by becoming a member. Learn more here...