What Is Mercury Retrograde?
Mercury is the God of Thought, Communication, Commerce, Transactions, and Ideas. People with strong Mercury placements in their natal charts are writers, thinkers, and avid information consumers or creators. Retrograde is merely a term for the times when the Messenger God appears to go backwards in its orbit from Earth. It is not back-tracking. You could see it more as a different phase of Mercury, rather than a reversal.
When Mercury turns Retrograde, dialogues and negotiations can stall. It’s a classically poor time to buy tech or put your signature on something. But as Mercury turns Retrograde three times a year, you would never get anything done if you strictly obeyed this protocol. If you can’t avoid signing up or laying cash down, do not freak.
The key Mercury Retrograde mantra to remember: Delays during Mercury Retro will advantage you. If something slows down or seems to be suddenly pulled out of your reach, let it be. It is also a time when people let secrets slip, or you come across useful data.
Mercury Retrograde Delays Advantage You
However, offers that whiz in out of nowhere during Mercury Retrograde are often suss. It’s a good phase for revisions, editing, research, and tangential activity but not for committing to sudden onset concepts or opportunities.
But Mercury is also a Trickster archetype. These Retrograde phases are electric times of synchronicity, inspiration and random but amazing connections with people. Yes, tech behaves so strangely that you’ll think you’ve got a poltergeist and common lines of communication drop out. But you’re also more likely to discover secrets or solve old mysteries. When you are born with Mercury Retrograde, you have a naturally eccentric, poetic and creative consciousness that many people strive for in vain.
What is Mercury Retrograde? It is what you make of it. Mercurial Vibe is the most fluid and mutable of all.
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