Mercury's next Retrograde is
January 21st/22nd to
February 11th/12th 2015
So What is Mercury Retrograde?
Mercury Retrograde happens three to four times per year, when the planet Mercury slows down, and appears to stop or become stationary and move backward (meaning retrograde). It's an optical illusion, since there is always forward movement, like speeding in your car past a slow moving train, as you go past it recedes, it appears to go backward.
Mercury's retrograde cycle is approximately 22-24 days long. During this time, you can be sure that communication breakdowns are ever present! Messages are not taken correctly or misunderstood (much like Chinese whispers), directions given often send you down the proverbial garden path, back again and then around a bend lol. Files are lost, items misplaced (this is the time to put some sort of alert on your keys or your wallet to help you find them in that moment where you need to be somewhere like 5 mins ago). Expect possible delays with travel plans (so make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination, wherever that may be) or with documents/letters that are needing to get somewhere by a specific time/day - all typically Mercury ruled activities.
Mercury Retrograde is widely known to be a time of 'fated' events, who will you meet? What will be revealed to you? What part of your past has come back up for you to grow through or learn from?
Being the planet that rules commerce take warning that it's best to avoid making any set plans during Mercury Retrograde. This means holding off and re-reading the fine print on signing contracts, forming partnerships, entering into new agreements etc. Anything that gets put into writing at this time may turn out to need serious revising after Mercury goes direct. This is a such a strong repetition or scenario - what seems like a fantastic idea at the start of Mercury Retrograde, often is no longer appropriate three to four weeks later; circumstances may change or new information comes to light that leads you to go in an entirely different direction.
Now onto our relationships with family, friends or colleagues. What we once'd glossed over, swept under the rug or stuffed within, you know all those things that really pushed your buttons at the time, but which we often let slide) now comes back to haunt us. What seemed not worth the trouble at the time may come back up during retrograde for us to deal with. It could reveal itself as a major issue in need of our full attention (eeeek). Mercury retrograde is a time to sit back, the universe is giving us a much needed break and allowing us time to review, allowing all those stuffed away, shrugged off and ignored beliefs and patterns within each of us come to the surface.
By now i'm sure you're thinking ohhhh this is going to be horrible!!!!
Why do we have to have this on top of everything else???
Just one more thing I didn't need?
Well believe me, I've asked myself that same question many times over, until I really understood that it is a fantastic time in our lives. A major cause of stress within Mercury Retrograde is frustration from mishaps, things breaking down, computers going on the blink or you lose everything you really should have BACKED up when it was suggested (like now before it starts) BUT if we know the cycle, we are prepared for what's coming and understand that we finally get a chance to work through some of these patterns and belief systems that no longer serve us, you know the one's we keep repeating out of pure ignorance, and not understanding that Mercury is giving us a beautifully wrapped gift, a fantastic opportunity to NEVER have to repeat them again.
Just observe and see what happens, and be open to the past returning for review. If it's coming back, there's likely something more to learn or release from it. This can be a good (and productive) time, in its own way. In conclusion and after much of my own experience during these times, I now conclude I LOVE Mercury Retrograde, how about you?? (Believe me, the more you are aware the easier and easier it gets)
With Love and Huge Blessings for an amazing Retrograde ahead, filled with much understanding, awareness, being gentle with yourself and those around you, patterns and beliefs obliterated completely from our lives and SOOOO much patience for the month ahead.
Rebecca Fox R.M.