Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Those holiday cards you had professionally addressed in calligraphy? Better make sure you have the correct address and postage, and even then cross your fingers and kiss them goodbye!
Though at times it feels like we never got out of the last Merc Retro, this one will be a doozey – especially during the holidays. Travel will be ESPECIALLY impacted – and all the trappings that go with that. Schedules, electronic hiccups, out of gas – you name it, and you’re going to find it.
This MR is very intense as MR normally sees us revisit old ideas, thought patterns, etc and a chance to redress those, but this MR will underscore that divine purpose, probably twice. No, make that thrice.
This Mercury retrograde will also exacerbate other general Mercury retrograde problems, especially transport problems such as travel delays and restrictions due to a Saturn conjunct. Expect communication and technology breakdowns ranging from lost or stolen devices to internet and communication disruptions.
This Merc Retro in Sagittarius is about expansion and contraction. That’s the name of the game, and this MR is going to show us this very important universal growth pattern.
As the 9th sign in the zodiac, Sagittarius rules over the 9th House of Expansion. Jupiter is the planet of faith, positivism and optimism. It rules Sagittarius. Jupiter represents the principle of expansion, versus contraction (as represented by Saturn) and the aspirations of the higher self. Mercury stations retrograde right next to Saturn to make this a somber retrograde phase with serious thinking and discussions. Saturn’s critical thinking which is best applied to serious mental work may have you dwell on the negatives, but keeping your mind busy with positive pursuits will work to combat this and any sabotage that may result from such poor thinking.
This retrograde will show us how releasing and shedding all the mental blocks of 2017 will prepare us for the expansion of our understanding – and perspective – of recent events or information, both personally and globally. We’re finding new ways and angles to view ourselves and our world. And with this, new understanding and growth.
As a general reminder, 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 valediction to, and generally keeping it together when things go wrong. Especially this Mercury Retrograde, decision-making is compromised, so try not to sign any contracts, engage in important decision-making, or launch something new, like a business or even relationship. Delays and challenges are highly probable when Mercury is in retrograde, so have extra patience and know that this too shall (eventually) pass.
The Mercury retrograde phase is just one part of the Mercury retrograde cycle. The whole cycle includes Mercury going direct, retrograde for three weeks, then direct again. The two direct phases on either side of the retrograde period are called the shadow periods, and last for about two weeks on either end. Care is necessary as these shadow periods can also wreak havoc, but to a much lesser degree.
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, or again in three months time at the next Mercury Retrograde.
DO NOT make ANY rash or major decisions about relationships or money!! And REALLY don’t make any major purchases or start/modify/end a relationship. Think everything through and then wait some more! Watch what you say to people and how you react to them because we’re ALL going through this, not just Planet You. Though you may want to, and there might be heat in the moment, PLEASE DO NOT BLURT OUT THE FIRST THING THAT COMES TO MIND, it’s going to be impaired. Expect, at best, oafish clown. At worst, Franny Fracas, Donald Donnybrook, Erin Eruption, Felicia Fisticuffs, AND Reginald Rumble all rolled into one.
So FYI, if you’re experiencing more flakiness, delays, flat tires, anger, mistrust, melancholy, and confusion of your own, you should also expect to enjoy it from other people and situations too. The buzz word for this Mercury Retrograde is PERSPECTIVE. And, surprise, surprise the buzz word for every Mercury Retrograde is: PATIENCE.