What is Mercury Retrograde?

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Mercury Retrograde

This happens three to four times per year, when the planet Mercury slows down, and appears to stop (station) and move backward (retrograde). It’s an optical illusion, since there is forward movement, like speeding by a slow-moving train — as it recedes, it appears to go backward.

While delays and misunderstandings do seem to happen, I’ve noticed a magical trend — that people and ideas return, for integration, resolution and more.

What are the Mercury Retrograde dates for 2014?

This year (2014), all the retrogrades begin in water signs and then go into air signs.

This foretells times of tracing emotional memories to the roots and picking up lost threads of meaning. The emotional dimension is recovered, with the wisdom that goes with it. A lost idea or person can return, especially someone has a mysterious pull on the soul or psyche.

As Mercury dials back into air signs, there’s a review of the mind’s patterns — the conclusions we each draw from experience. It’s possible to see the past in a different light, or from another angle.

February 6th – February 28th in mystical Pisces, then Aquarius
June 7th to July 2nd in responsive Cancer, then Gemini
October 4th to 25th in super psychic Scorpio, then Libra

mercury-in-retrograde2Mercury is the Messenger, and in this time, the delivery is warped or the message gets lost en route. Some people find that their computers go on the fritz or phone lines go down. If you’re at all jittery about it, go ahead and back up your important files.

There can be delays, so give yourself plenty of time to get places.

What happens in those down times?

Mercury retro is known to be a time of ‘fated’ events — who will you meet?

What will be revealed?

A Time-Out:

Mercury retrograde gives us time to catch up with ourselves, and reflect. Something from the past returns in a different form. People, ideas or buried insights that are keys to moving forward, float to the surface. Often it’s felt as a slowed down, contemplative time, and depending on the sign, a chance to go over old ground again, to claim what you missed the first time.

Err on Side of Caution:

There’s a long-held belief that it’s best to avoid making set plans during the Mercury Retrograde. This means holding off on signing contracts, and forming partnerships and alliances. What gets put in writing at this time may turn out to need serious revising after Mercury goes direct. But since tying up loose ends is the domain of retrograde, this type of finalization might fly.

Can you repeat that?

In our relationships, sometimes we gloss over things that pushed buttons at the time, but which we let slide. What seemed not worth the trouble may reveal itself as a major issue in need of our attention. The Mercury retrograde is a time for review, when the underlying patterns come to light.

Back to the Drawing Board:

Some dreams and goals get lost in the hectic rushing around of daily life. The Mercury Retrograde period can be a rich time of reflection on those longings. This makes it a time for the soul to ponder its destiny. You might look over old journals, review your creative work, muse on serendipities of the past that have pointed you toward your spirit’s calling. It can make the retrograde period a time of solidifying a sense of your personal story and where you’re headed.

What does it mean in each different sign?

The Mercury retrograde is shaped by the sign through which it is cast. For example, a Mercury retrograde in Cancer turns the mind toward things like family, home and the invisible emotional bonds that connect us. On the other hand, a Mercury retrograde in Aquarius gives it a different spin, with a review of group dynamics, the larger human community, all from a detached perspective.

Making the Most of Mercury Retrograde:

A major cause of stress at Mercury retrograde is frustration from mishaps, things breaking down, computers going black. But if we know it’s cycle, this makes it feel less terminal. If things go pear-shaped, see what’s there to see.

Take a break from the usual routine:

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.

The energy of Mercury’s retrograde brings an opportunity to tune into your more spiritual, connected and intuitive side. Is there a ‘sign’ or ‘feeling’ you are receiving that now might now be the best time to hop into the car and drive off to that meeting or take that trip? Have you been rationalizing away that pesky little quirky beep or flashing thing showing up on your computer? Have you been justifying being always “on” and not taking time to slow down to reconnect with your inner intuitive guidance? If you ignore these nudges now, the Energy will quickly show you that was not the most wise choice.

However, if you pay attention – as the retrograde energy of Mercury asks you to – you will be rewarded with insight, guidance generating better results based on intuitively informed choices.

What causes this to happen?

Astrologically, each planet in the sky exerts a unique influence on us, and the world we live in. The planet Mercury rules our intelligence, mind, memory and, all types of communication ranging from talking and texting to writing. It also affects our self-expression, and communication style. In a more public sense, it rules commerce, computers, telephones, transportation and air travel.

The Illusion


Mercury Retrograde turns your life upside down *Remember Mercury only APPEARS to move backward, in fact, it is not altering it’s path at all. We have added a ton of interpretation and meaning to this illusion and created quite a lot of “noise” over it. I can assure you Mercury does just fine during it’s appearing retrograde and so can you.

Like anything, what you focus on you get more of in your life.

What you expect, you get.

Mercury retrograde is an opportunity to go deeper, to slow down and think things through, to use your intuition which is heightened during this time. Only you can DECIDE that this period of Mercury (appearing to) move backwards will be one of ease, relaxation and good fortune for you!

May you enjoy the best retrograde of Mercury, ever!

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