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This Mercury Retrograde Cycle

Just in case you’re wondering why communications that are normally easy aren’t right now, at least part of the reason is the Mercury Retrograde Cycle – November 16, 5:33p, to December 6, 1:22p, 2018.

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

This Mercury Retrograde Cycle brings into sharp focus the area of our natal (and Solar Return) charts where we have the Sign of Sagittarius (until Dec. 1st) and where we have the Sign of Scorpio (from Dec. 1, at 3:12a to the end of the cycle on Dec. 6th, at 1:22p).

Awareness can Help Us…

In Sagittarius, the Mercury Retrograde Cycle can bring severe weather patterns and devastating events in nature.  Interpersonally, arguments can escalate totally out of control. Personally, we are likely to experience an inability to decipher between the cause and effect of our actions. What is normally “obvious” to our understanding may be lost all together for a time. Concentration in just one area is far more difficult and takes much longer to bring into focus. We might notice a higher degree than usual of exaggeration all out of proportion to the circumstance.

In Scorpio, Mercury Retrograde is most likely to increase “passions” to the point of unwarranted suspicions and inner loneliness that can manifest in outer separations.  Heated exchanges can take us to a level of hatred and uncontrolled anger. The conscious mind can too easily slip us into negative thoughts and experiences.

*For best results and the greater likelihood of success, make special plans for before and after a Mercury Retrograde cycle.*

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 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 misleading information — if not deception (especially with the ongoing transit of Neptune in Pisces); EXPECT missed appointments, traffic problems, the failure to keep one’s word because of a promise that could not be kept; misplaced documents, more compute-related problems.

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 handling those matters responsibly.

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 we expand 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.

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.  If I happen to be your Astrologer, let’s talk, so I can try to bring some “clarity” to your reality.

NO ONE escapes the discomfort of Mercury Retrograde — wherever we have Sagittarius (for this MR cycle), Gemini, or Virgo in our natal charts, we are more vulnerable to experiencing the negative effects of this Mercury Retrograde cycle.

Mercury “rules” those individuals with a Gemini or Virgo Sun. Those with a Gemini Sun, Moon, or Ascendant, 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 who is aware of Mercury Retrograde, the opportunity exists to clarify communications — being so precise there is little room for misunderstanding.

The main opportunities for this 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. What we SHOULD focus on is physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being, as well as plans for greater fulfillment in our lives after this cycle ends — for the most part after August 19.

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 recommended during any Mercury Retrograde cycle.  If you do travel, EXPECT greater stress in any event. Also, it is no secret that when people use cell phones while driving, the distraction can cause disastrous accidents.  During Mercury Retrograde, the hazard is multiplied when those who use them are so busy talking (not to mention texting) they go through red lights or don’t stop for pedestrians on a busy street, or even see animals (and animals can’t think).  People are supposed to be able to think, but thinking is more often impaired during Mercury Retrograde, and, when using a cell phone, thinking may not be sharp enough to negotiate both the situation on the road and the telephone interaction.

Whether we are pedestrians or behind the wheel of a vehicle – it will pay dividends to take an extra 10 seconds for a second and third look before leaving a GREEN light!!!