Several times throughout the year Mercury, as seen from Earth, appears to stop (station) and then travel backwards (retrograde). While this is only an optical illusion, the effects of that optical illusion are very real. The energy of Mercury is the energy we use when we communicate. When you stop to think about it, isn’t the way that we communicate that which makes us human?
Therefore, when the energy of Mercury moves backwards it has a huge effect on humanity. We can classify those effects as: The good, the bad and the ugly.
Let’s start with:
The Ugly – Anything relating to electricity can go haywire and usually does! Your computer crashes; your smart phone suddenly becomes not-so-smart; your cable box acts more like a cardboard box; your car decides that it no longer recognizes the battery starter or for that matter, the fact that a key opens and starts it! And speaking of transportation, guess which planet rules transportation… that’s right, Mercury! So when traveling, leave early and allow for extra travel time and probable delays.
The Bad – Simply put, it’s not a good idea to plan an event or start anything new during Mercury retrograde. If you have to start a job during Mercury retrograde be prepared that the job might change dramatically or suddenly end altogether. If possible, do not make any major purchases, for there is a greater likelihood of getting a defective product (especially a car or home). This actually applies to all transactions and contracts, including marriage. In all of my years of practicing astrology and relationship counseling, many failed marriages were those that occurred during Mercury retrograde.
The Good – If Mercury is communication and a retrograde motion turns things backward (and inward) then it is a perfect time to communicate with the inner you. It is an excellent time to be creative. An advantageous time to turn the light inward that normally shines outward. Mercury retrograde is the time to just relax with yourself by recognizing and aligning your mind, body and spirit. In this way you move with the flow of Mercury instead of struggling against it.
Most importantly, if Mercury retrograde issues pop up, a good astrologer can see how Mercury retrograde is specifically affecting your chart, guide you through the potential setbacks, set up a good game plan and get you right back on track.