In order to handle the effects of Mercury retrograde, it helps to understand the influence Mercury has on us individually and collectively on planet Earth. With this awareness we can choose what activities to engage in and which ones to hold off until a better time.
Mercury is a sun scorched planet as it is the closest planet to the sun in our solar system. “Mercury is an airless, cratered world half again as large as the Moon but still only one-third the diameter of the earth,” describes Terence Dickinson in his astronomy book, The Universe and Beyond.
According to astrologers, Mercury rules all forms of communication including thinking, perception, analytical processing, and education. Any device that needs to communicate data in order to operate such as computers, cars and stereos are affected by Mercury. When Mercury is in retrograde all forms of communication are impacted, which can lead to misunderstandings, delays and all sorts of snafus.
Mercury goes retrograde three times a year, but occasionally it will happen four times in one year. While it only lasts for a few weeks, its effects are felt for days before and after. For example, as I write this article, Mercury in retrograde takes place from April 18 to May 11, 2010. It will start slowing down around April 10 before it completely stops on April 18 and starts heading in the reverse direction. On May 11 it will stop moving backwards but be slow to get going in its direct movement forward so its effects will be felt until the end of May. The planet doesn’t actually start rotating backwards, but do to the alignment of planets in our solar system it appears to, and for some reason this has an effect on those of us living on planet Earth.
For a better understanding of the sun, moon, planets, and the 12 zodiacal houses, read The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need pictured above. And to better handle the effects of Mercury in retrograde, read my tips on what to do and not do during this communication sensitive time period.
What to do During Mercury Retrograde
When Mercury goes retrograde, the past has a tendency to resurface. Old friends, ex-lovers and unresolved issues pop up out of nowhere. This is a perfect time to deal with the past and finish up old projects. Here are some ideas on what to do to make the best of this retro period.
- Reconnect with old friends and family members.
- Revisit old wounds and resentments that need healing and releasing.
- Do follow-up paper work and tie up loose ends with past projects.
- Take extra time with travel and be extra clear in communications.
- De-clutter your home and office.
- Prepare last year’s taxes.
If you go along with the retro energy and finish projects rather than start them, you’ll be less affected by glitches.
What to Avoid During Mercury Retrograde
Although we can’t stop moving forward in life just because a planet in our solar system decides to do a backward flip, we can put off certain activities or at least be prepared for interruptions and slow movement. Here are a few things to avoid, hold off on, or be prepared for during this time.
- Avoid traveling or be prepared for delays if you must travel.
- Don’t purchase vehicles, computers or any electronic devices.
- Hold off on starting new projects at this time or at least let go of the outcome .
- Reschedule important meetings until after the retrograde period.
- Double check emails and phone messages to make sure they were received.
- Clarify conversations to ensure everyone understands the same thing.
If you focus on cleaning up the past, avoid starting anything new, and not be surprised by glitches but instead be non-resistant and go with the flow, you will move through this time period with more ease and joy.
Do you have any questions or insights to add on how to handle the effects of Mercury retrograde? Please comment below.