Here we are – 11 days into 69 days of Mercury in Taurus – are we ready for the Retrograde* leg of this road trip? Aside from the standard protocol of not committing significant time/money on a whim, backing up data and being super-diligent with outgoing communications, these six tips will help!
(1) If You Feel Like You’re Turning Into A Taurus, Lean In.
Or, more of a Taurus if you already are one, obviously. You may notice that you’re more peevish about micro-matters and prone to exclaiming loudly at incorrectly priced products but that your sense of taste and smell has become remarkably more refined.
You know how Taureans are with their food and beverage standards? You too may find yourself enquiring about whether a spice could have been irradiated or the origin of the coffee beans with the grave demeanor of a reparations auditor at the Hague.
It’s a good time to repurpose some of the mercurial energy that you may put into ten-trillion-browser-tabs open research and turn it toward sensuality, Taurus-style.
(2) You Will Need A New Mixtape/Playlist
This is core Taurus – think about it: Who has not witnessed the seismic reaction from a Taurus forced to listen to discordant music or when they suddenly realize there’s Muzak polluting their aura?
Chances are that since Mercury arrived in Taurus on April 3/4, you’ve already existentially erupted over the state of your go-to gym mix or soundscape is totally unacceptable.
If not, aim to address the situation before it occurs. Fresh tunes can inspire life-altering ingenuity when Mercury is Retro in Taurus.
(3) Ignore Unhelpful Propaganda Re Mercury in Taurus
If you rely on your wits/words for revenue, don’t read some of the A.I. peddled drivel about this astro-passage. Mercury is stronger, not weaker when it is retrograde and the renowned stamina of Taurus will serve you well.
If you’re involved in a project that’s become stuck in development or editing hell, this phase could even help to unstick it. Just don’t get stuck in a point-for-point debate if you can help it.
Inspo: People Born with Mercury Retrograde in Taurus include Colin Farrell, Naomi Klein, Tina Fey and Thomas “every weirdo in the world is on my wavelength” Pynchon. They’re permanently on Merc-Retro in Taurus and seem perfectly productive.
(4) Embrace Radical Gardening
Growing some fruit, herbs or vegetables is always a good idea – especially now and yes, even if it’s just a little pot of something fresh. But this Mercury Retro is an excellent time to merge metaphysical you with gardening or cooking you. Or, if you’re way ahead on this, simply stand by and await transmission from the mother-plant, Gaia etc.
More or less the moment Mercury arrived in Taurus, I was re-ordering miracle druidic tree paste gunk and thinking about the politics of native bees and this Taurean boyfriend I once had who claimed to be in communication with palm trees.
I also claimed a tree that looked like it had been ripped out of a garden and dropped in the gutter outside the house – it turned out to be an Aloe Africanus.
I was in a hurry and was going to ignore it on ‘common sense’ grounds but I swear it transmitted a message – now it’s in the garden and its still transmitting major vibe.
(5) Firm & Stabilize
View this mercurial phase as a verdant green oasis amid all the turbulence and volatility. We don’t live in little bubbles unaffected by geopolitical flux and economic fuqery but Mercury in Taurus and particularly the Retrograde is a fantastic time to re-feel the relationships, practices, food, operating modes etc that we know make us more resilient.
And no you don’t have to justify it or signal whatever you’re doing on social channels – think Taurus. If the drawbridge is up, it’s up. Or, to use the road trip analogy, you’re cruising – eyes on the road ahead, max volume, perfect control.
Also, as you know, the Retrograde is not a good time to invest in new things that float in – two thirds of my incoming phone calls are scammers now fyi – but it’s fab for a relaxed, objective re-think on where your money, assets, debt and liabilities are at.
(6) Take Mercury-Uranus Into Account
This is simple yet profound. Mercury turns Retrograde at 15° Taurus – just two degrees away from rad planet Uranus. See this is a spark – genius, connection, realization, liberation – that needs the Retrograde to develop without an annoucement or trying to push it.
Then, from June 4 to 6, Mercury will be not only Direct but out of the shadowzone and conjunct Uranus at 20° Taurus. Even better, Jupiter will be in Taurus by then and beneficially – brilliantly – conjunct the Moon’s Node in Taurus. It’s the prelude to 2024’s fab Jupiter-Uranus conjunction.
More on all this in the May Monthly Horoscopes but in terms of this Retrograde, it’s uniquely excellent for hatching cool concepts because of all the above.
*Mercury is Retrograde from April 21 to May 15. The March 3 Daily Mystic Update has some helpful date-wrangling and tactical suggestions. It’s usually behind the pay-veil but I just opened it up for members and non-members alike.
You may also like this older post on Mercury in Taurus – it’s softer-toned because it was written in a more mellow time – 2016!