It is that time of the year yet again when Mercury goes into retrograde. I noticed the influence of this retrograde when I noticed many people posting on Facebook that their phones were either breaking or they lost all their phone contacts. Mercury rules over communication so this is no shock.
Mercury also rules over travel, this is unfortunate because it is Thanksgiving week in the United States, one of the biggest traveling holidays. So delays and setbacks in your travels are expected. Make sure you are planned and prepared for anything that is thrown your way. If I were to be traveling during this retrograde I make sure my car is running properly. Its funny that this retrograde is in Sagittarius during this holiday because Sagittarius rules long distance travel.
The retrograde gets a bad name, but recently I have seem astrologers turning to the idea that the retrograde can bring some positive light. The retrograde tells you to Re-think before you do anything. Because information gets are screwy around this time, we may not have all the info, may interrupt the info wrong and thus say something wrong and or make a poor judgment.
This retrograde occurs in the sign of Sagittarius. Sagittarius deals with philosophy and large ideas. With this retrograde a few things can happen. You may express your beliefs(philosophies) in a way that no one understands or takes what you say the wrong way. Or you maybe the one who is confused by someone’s philosophies. As an internal processes, you need to reflect on your personal philosophy on life. Re-think what you always held to be your beliefs and your views. Are they really yours? Or were they given to you? Where do you stand with your spiritual development? This may be a time for you to look at aspects you have been ignoring or Re-think at the ones you do accept.
If you are a Sagittarius or have a strong influence of Sagittarius in your natal chart this this retrograde will effect you more so than others. I have Sagittarius rising in my chart so I can validate that I have become very introspective recently.
Mercury in tarot is The Magician, so we need to put him in an ill-dignified position. Sagittarius is Temperance. Temperance is a card of moderation, this Thanksgiving moderation may be hard to control (no shocker there) but going forward until the retrograde ends we will see that how we communicate and try to create moderation or balance in our lives is either difficult or we need to go inside ourselves and do some introspection with regards to how we moderate ourselves. What needs to be moderated and what needs to be tempered in our lives.
Mercury Retrograde in AUGUST 2- AUGUST 26
There is an event that happens three times each year; no it is not a visit from your mother-in-law, it is Mercury Retrograde. Astrologers and the metaphysical community loathe this event. Most hate it; some fight it while others try to ignore it. In this blog you will come to understand what retrograde is and how mercury retrograde in particular affects us.
What is retrograde any way? Retrograde has nothing to do with vintage styling, so please put the bellbottom jeans back in your closet, or the dump as a favor to us all. Retrograde is when a planet appears to be moving backwards in its orbit around the sun. The planet does not actually go backwards, it is an optical illusions from earth because of the different speeds in the orbits of the planets.
What does retrograde do to the influence of a planet? Retrograde is seen to have a negative influence on a planet. Whatever the given planet rules and influence seems to become distorted and warped. For the tarot readers here, retrograde is like a reversed card. The normal energy is changed and in the case of Astrology it’s not good.
What does Mercury do? Oh well I could write a whole ton about Mercury and the layers upon layers there are to this planet/god/pain in the ass. So let me say as much as I can before you pass out on the keyboard and drool. Mercury is associated with all things intellectual. Thinking, speaking, learning and reasoning. In Greek mythology Mercury is Hermes the messenger god with winged shoes. Hermes moved very fast, he had to as a godly messenger you can’t be late! Hermes was the god of language, writing, travel and thieves among other things. For tarot readers, think of The Magician Reversed.
What happens when mercury goes retrograde? Picture Hermes speeding along with a message between two gods and all of a sudden the wings on his shoes get clipped. He falls down to earth with a splat and some angry gods whose mail does not get delivered. When in retrograde all things relating to mercury goes crazy.
Communication is interrupted, people misunderstand one another, can’t communicate effectively, express what we are thinking and things just come out of our mouths wrong. Communication has a broad range. Emails, phone calls, texts, Internet, snail mail everything is subject to confusion, delay and misunderstandings. It is not a good idea to sign any deals, contracts, agreements and any official business during mercury retrograde. Something in these dealings will be wrong and you will not see the mistake until it is too late, or something will be done wrong that will be detrimental to you. General rule of thumb, don’t make any major decisions.
Travel; do not travel long distances during mercury retrograde. A tire my blow, energy will over heat, and the a/c may just break during the heat wave. Stay close to home. Expect delays at the airport and lost baggage. Oh yes don’t forget a little groping by a TSA agent!
Crash & Burn, Anything mechanical is also under the influence of this retrograde. So your P.C (even Macs) can break, especially the hard drives so back up your back ups. Dishwashers, TVs, the fridge and the car are just a few things were your may see a break down in mechanics.
On the personal level, mercury retrograde affects our ability to reason and understand. Our intellect becomes narrow and marginalized. Details are over looked, mistakes are made and we choose the wrong things to say. We experience blocks and delays in our everyday lives. You seem to be late and never on time.
Good news, not all is doom and gloom, mercury retrograde is a good time to rethink things and break down our need to intellectualize everything and go with a more emotional approach. Thing of it like The Hanged Man, who’s world is turned upside down, and needs to see things in a new way.
Tarot Time! Get your deck out and ask, “How will this Mercury Retrograde affect me the most” & “How can I minimize the affects of mercury retrograde on me”