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Next Mercury Retrograde Cycle 2022: Jan. 14, 3:41A PT *to* Feb. 3, at 8:13PM PT

MERCURY RETROGRADE CYCLE:  The September/October 2021 Retrograde Cycle ended Oct. 18, 2021, at 8:17a PT.
The next Mercury Retrograde cycle will be in the Sign of Capricorn and begin January 14, 2022, at 3:41a PT. It will end in Capricorn on February 3, 2022, at 8:13p PT.

Many of you know the drill: Count on greater misunderstandings, as all communications are more likely to suffer; expect delays traveling and/or with undelivered mail or messages. EXPECT to write and rewrite in the present and WISH to rewrite the past.  All communications are more likely to be miscommunications.

Emergencies excepted, Mercury Retrograde is definitely NOT the time to start a new relationship, a new job, or long-term project — let alone a new career; it is not the time enter into binding commitments (marriage, financial, or otherwise) without the absolute expectation of necessary modifications, alternative compromises and/or reversals in the original plan and/or intent. Unless it’s an emergency, it is generally not a good idea to make or go to medical appointments– let alone undergo surgical procedures — during Mercury Retrograde. Interpersonally, communications at all levels are problematic, and we are inclined to think slower – process communications slower! We have to be patient with each other and ourselves.

Expect computer issues – not the least of which will likely include slower connections (also MUST back-up data). EXPECT deception (especially with the ongoing transits of Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces). EXPECT missed appointments, and/or being late to appointments, traffic problems/accidents, also the failure to keep one’s word because of a promise that could not be kept; misplaced documents, more computer-related problems.  Not only does Mercury Retrograde often bring strange and/or unexpected weather patterns, but we should stay alert to all types of surprising events

*Before* the Mercury Retrograde cycle, get repairs done and doctor appointments completed, as MR is not the time for medical appointments (except, of course, for an emergency); nor is it the time for repairs to machinery or automobiles, in particular, during the 3+ weeks of the cycle.  Otherwise, chances are greater that the repairs will have to be made to the repairs!

Any Mercury Retrograde cycle is THE time to re-think, re-do, re-define, re-organize, re-assess, re-orient, and/or re-plan without taking action on the “new plan” until after Mercury Retrograde ends. It is the time for completions; i.e., cleaning up paperwork, paying old debts, doing what we’ve promised that hasn’t been completed OR otherwise responsibly handling those matters. To reiterate, get repairs done *before* the Mercury Retrograde cycle, as MR is not the time for repairs to machinery or automobiles in particular, during the 3+ weeks of the cycle. Otherwise, chances are, repairs have to be made to the repair! It IS the time to chill – to *think* more than expanding our activities; plan what to change and how to move forward after Mercury Retrograde ends. Think of it as an *opportunity* that comes around 3 or, occasionally, 4 times in a year.

Mercury Retrograde is not the time to expand our activities.  After Mercury Retrograde ends (Oct. 18, 2021, as of 8:17a), we can plan what to change and how to move forward.  Remember, as in all Mercury Retrograde cycles, communications are often unclear and imprecise, which, for the entire 3+ weeks, can mean that many of us cannot get a grip on exactly what it is we are trying to put into concise language in proportion to reality. Also, we should not expect to accomplish everything we might wish to do.

Generally in *all* communications where there is *any* possibility of misunderstanding — whether we’re speaking directly to others or driving/signaling in a vehicle — we have to “expect” to be misunderstood.

Otherwise, *no one* escapes particular annoyances and/or the pitfalls of unwise actions during a Mercury Retrograde cycle. Because Mercury rules those with a Gemini or Virgo Sun, Moon, or Ascendant, they will, most likely, be in the uncomfortable position of having to re-think exactly where they are most comfortable; i.e., easy, adaptable communications suitable for the moment. On the other hand, for the Gemini or Virgo who is aware of Mercury Retrograde, the opportunity exists to clarify communications — being so precise there is little room for misunderstanding, and making certain critical thinking is used more than critical speaking.  

The main opportunities for a Mercury Retrograde cycle lie in avoiding aggressive, ill-thought-out actions and arguments, keeping one’s word, and doing more “Inner” work than “outer” action.

To reiterate, during any Mercury Retrograde cycle, one should not enter into any binding agreements or life-altering commitments. Commitments made during a Mercury Retrograde cycle are most often commitments not kept. Where agreements cannot be avoided, there should be an expectation of having to modify the agreement at some point during its term. The signing of any important document should either be put on hold or signed with the knowledge that it will likely have to be changed in some way.

We are all being forced to loosen our grip on one or more situations in order to prepare for what is coming. The first half of Mercury Retrograde is the time for the greatest reflection and introspection. During the second half of Mercury Retrograde, people will be especially inclined to just get on with business/life as usual — foolishly so. Added tension stems from a new perspective and the added awareness that we are literally blocked from doing what we feel ready to DO to the fullest extent.  Where we should focus is our physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being, as well as plans for greater fulfillment after this cycle ends — for the most part as of 8:17a on October 18, 2021. 

*REMEMBER*: Sleep deprivation during Mercury Retrograde causes extreme confusion, inflexibility, and general difficulty staying in reality-based thought. When we feel the least bit sleepy it is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, not to mention — refreshing — to STOP what we are doing, and close our eyes just long enough to allow the sleepiness to subside. It can be as little as 2-5 minutes.

REMEMBER ALSO: During ANY Mercury Retrograde cycle, most folks are inclined to think/process information slower — just “BE” with that, and USE it for deeper thinking about any subject, issue, or idea. Be patient with each other. Mercury Retrograde also affects all modes of travel and all modes of communication. This is definitely not a good time for travel (and we should do so ONLY when our Personal Energy Influences show positive indications).

My book, Swimming In Your Brain has in-depth instructions for calculating whether or not travel is advisable. Please contact me for a written Reading of generally how this or any Mercury Retrograde cycle is likely to affect you. Be sure to provide your birth date, birth time (from your birth certificate), and birthplace (country, state, city, and county).

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