The planets are moving at all times – their movements affect us all in different ways. All planets go retrograde, but Mercury’s journey seems to impact people much more than any other. Why is that? Because Mercury rules communication, clear thinking, truth and travel, so when the planet goes retrograde — which means that it “looks like” it’s going backwards in the sky — all those things go backwards, too. . Mercury isn’t really going backwards, but from Earth, that makes it look like it’s in reverse. It typically runs for a three of weeks, a few times a year.
Check out these dates below and put them in your calendar!
In 2016 Mercury appears to move backward on dates below:
AUGUST 30TH – SEPTEMBER 21ST
DECEMBER 19TH – JANUARY 8, 2017
What happens when Mercury goes retrograde?
All sorts of things! It’s like everyone you know has suddenly gone mad! You might find yourself getting into bizarre arguments about nothing at all, being unable to finish sentences or barely even able to form a coherent thought. Your computer and other electronic equipment is more likely to go on the fritz. You could experience travel delays, too. Always double-check your flights and take a book with you to keep you occupied while you wait for the train! We don’t tend to get all the information we need at this time, so it can be hard to make big decisions and it’s not always the best time to sign a contract, either.
Expect to hear super-loud complaining from your friends who are Gemini or Virgo, since both are ruled by Mercury! Mercury also rules a lot of industries like publishing, writing, editing, advertising, sales, public relations and anything to do with transport, like airlines, the post office and cabs! This means it can be particularly rough for Gemini train conductors and Virgo magazine editors, so be kind to any you know!
So that’s the bad news. The GOOD news is that Mercury retrograde provides us with lots of beautiful opportunities if we can just tilt our head and squint.
Mercury retrograde wants us to move back spiritually, meaning – it is providing us with a chance to re-examine various areas of our life which may need a little more work.. Now, more than ever, the time is right to look at things with clear eyes. Fresh, new perspectives are revealed. We often have major breakthroughs — intellectual, emotional or spiritual — during this time.
It’s also a terrific period in which to tie up loose ends. So many of us have unfinished projects… Maybe that door just needs another lick of paint, or you’ll decide to put away your ex-boyfriend’s love letters once and for all. Having said that, this is also a time where it’s very common for old lovers, friends and acquaintances to get in touch! If you hear from someone from your past, get together with them and see what eventuates!
One of the best ways to cope with it — as with anything, really — is to just “go with the flow”. Here’s quick guide to surviving Mercury retrograde:
Be sure not to take things too personally. People will often say offensive things they didn’t mean around this time, because their thinking is clouded and their communication skills are on pause!. Back up your data! Don’t purchase any big ticket items, because they will often have flaws or issues that you weren’t aware of! If you MUST – TRIPLE-check all the paperwork, and make sure you have a warranty! Read the small print on any contracts. Ask lots of questions Finish things you started a while ago. Home improvement projects? Wardrobe re-organization? Short stories? Love affairs?! This is an excellent time to tie up loose ends and file things away forever. Get together with old friends, reminisce and laugh! Double-check any information you’re given, especially as relates to travel arrangements! ! Check times, delays, baggage allowances, reservations… everything! This is a fantastic time to re-examine, accept and move on.
Note: We sometimes start to feel the effects of Mercury retrograde a few days early. Give yourself a bit of leeway on either side of the prescribed dates!
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