The planet Mercury rules your mental body, memory and, all types of communication. Thinking, talking, texting and writing are all affected by Mercury. It rules commerce, computers, telephones, transportation and air travel. How Mercury functions in your birth chart explains a great deal about how you formulate ideas and how you share them.

When Mercury goes into retrograde, your mental faculties do not function the same.  Retrograde is when Mercury appears to be slowing down .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.


Under this planetary influence communications of all types can go “haywire!” You’ may experience misunderstandings and communication failures. All sorts of problems arise during Mercury retrograde. Normal communication becomes unreliable and misinformation can consist of lost information. Mercury does rule the mind, mental clarity, talking, self-expression and overall communication. During the Retrograde period, a person’s intellectual, communication and mental processes may be less acute. A tendency to become careless, mistake-prone and forgetful exists during retrogrades.


Your actions and decisions during the retrograde may seem “sabotaged.” Or, you may find that they will have to be re-done, re-structured; or adjusted in some way when the retrograde period ends and Mercury goes direct.  Some people choose to avoid entering into agreements or signing legal documents. What you put into writing may require serious revision when Mercury goes direct. There could be something in the details that you may miss. In other words the signal from point a to point b on many projects may have static on the line. Communication and communication devices also may not be clear. Signals and wires may get crossed and change could become an issue. For example, a friend tells you that he definitely wants to buy your car. So you run out and buy a brand new vehicle. My suggestion would make sure his check clears the bank before making the purchase. Travel also could bring flight delays, flat tires, lost luggage and things of that nature. Important phone message may be scrambled and computers may exhibit communication errors during a period of mercury retrograde.

Fortunately Mercury retrograde only occurs three or four times a year. But when it does try to remember that it’s a temporary and it will redirect.


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