We are slap bang in the middle of Mercury Retrograde (meaning, travelling backwards).
How are you doing? Are you coping with the constant computer slowness and issues?
The breakdown of communication?
The not being able to find the right words just when it's crucial to have them flow from your mouth?
Are frustration levels high and your energy low?
Is it just one of those weeks when no one understands you or you are feeling alone with your frustrations?
Has your computer just erased it's hard drive/crashed as you do the finishing touches to a 46 page assignment? Is it running at a snails pace? Have you just lost all your contacts on your cellphone?
That's right, call it Mercury Retrograde a million and one ways to destroy your patience and have you feeling like you just wanna give up at every little turn. Mercury is just taking this going backwards thing, just one step to far on your scale of things you can handle.
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.
How many times have you experienced this optical illusion, and not thought much of it? Well unlike that scenario Mercury in Retrograde sure makes everyone stop in their tracks on some level, for Mercury rules commerce!
Don't start anything new. Review all your contracts before you sign. Mercury Retrograde is the time to
Reflect and rethink. Release and relax. Rest and Recover. It is a fantastic time to go within and take stock of what you are really working towards.
Mercury retrograde can crash electronic equipment in the most frustrating ways and times. Back up your computer, calendar and cell phone address book. Expect delays if you're traveling on any form of transport. You may feel compelled within this time to get in touch with old friends – and on that note don't be surprised if people from your past all of a sudden track you down. You might hear from an ex or someone from your childhood during retrogrades. Mercury also rules contracts, so think about if it's REALLY the right time to be signing something or having a contract written up. More than likely there will be issues that take longer to sort out than waiting till the end of retrograde. Either wrap up important negotiations before the cycle starts, or wait to sign anything until Mercury goes direct.
Do get a tune up, on your car or bike. Check, check, checking is the key! This includes the petrol gage.
Don't try to be badass or live life in the fast lane so to speak. This is the time to live on the side of caution and not invite trouble in, such as getting lost or having an accident.
Do review all your work and make sure to backup or save as you work.
Don't let your tongue run away with itself or get caught up in office politics/drama. Check who you are sending things too, as more than likely this will be the time that you send that text to the wrong person, or an email to the entire office instead of your best friend.
Love Life -
Do get lost in the wonderful memories you've made together. A fantastic time to renew vows, take a trip down memory lane and visit the place you first kissed or got married. a great time to reignite the flame within any relationship.
Don't make serious commitments to anyone or anything. Decisions made during retrograde are often reversed when Mercury goes direct so avoid any major relationship moves as this may not go in your favor at all.
Do think about putting a little extra away for a rainy day or go through your finances/bills and get them all in order.
Don't go off on a shopping spree online or in-person. Now is the time to be comparison shopping, rather than purchasing as more than likely when Mercury goes Direct whatever you've brought may very well fall apart or break or even worse get lost in the mail so you don't get to experience your purchase at all.
Mercury Retrograde cycles are not meant to be the source of all evil and endless aggravation. However, if you go against the flow of this cycle you're likely to experience a whole lot more stress and discomfort in your life. Taking a good long pause every now and then allows us to gain a new perspective and realize what we might have missed in the past. Now we get a chance to fix it and become even stronger because of it ... so in short I want to say a HUGE thank you to Mercury Retrograde, because without it, we may not have the opportunity to learn some fantastic skills in patience. And whatever has come up during the month that we have tucked away in a closet somewhere in our past, we may never have had the opportunity to deal with once and for all!
With Love and Huge Blessings for an amazing last half of Retrograde, 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 rest of the month ahead.
Rebecca Fox R.M.