That Special Time of Year
Mercury rules over communication, commerce, and logistics: speaking, negotiating, buying and selling, listening, formal contracts, documents, travel, mail, shipping, etc. All of these areas of life are affected in some way and to some extent when Mercury is in retrograde (backwards, reversed) three times a year. Prepare by giving yourself extra time, backing up all data you don’t want to say goodbye to, and generally calming down when things go wrong. Decision-making is compromised during Mercury retrograde, so try not to sign any contracts, engage in important decision-making, or launch something new, like a business or even a relationship. Delays and challenges are highly probable when Mercury is in retrograde, so have extra patience and know that this too shall (eventually) pass.
Mercury Retrograde is an excellent time to revisit and retrench. No need to suspend anything, just don’t START something. If you do start something new, chances are it will require ‘fixing,’ repair or revisiting at some point in the not too distant future.
Not everyone feels the stronger effects of Mercury retrograde. Some people born during Mercury retrograde feel somewhat immune to the effects of MR, or don’t experience it as intensely as those born during Mercury Direct.
Those born in a Mercury Retrograde generally tend to have more acute thinking processes or patterns and an unusual or quirky sense of humor and outlook on life. These people experience information differently than those born under a Mercury Direct. About 18% of the population is born under a Mercury Retrograde.