When you are born during Mercury Retrograde, you have an advantage. You listen between the lines. Your parsing of facts and information is more nuanced than that of other people. Still, it is natural to be concerned. It sounds, you know, backward.
But Mercury is not really reversing when it is ‘retrograde’ – it’s influence is more intense. It’s concentrated. Being born at this time bestows an innate poetic sensibility. It gives the person a deeper consciousness and surreal literacy that many folks long to emulate.
“Is it bad to be born with Mercury Retrograde?” is a question that comes in spates – nothing for months and then suddenly a flurry of frantic concern. “I want to be a writer but I just found out my Mercury is Retrograde…”
It is not just of no concern – it is an asset. Exhibit A: Ms. Margaret Atwood, one of the most genius writers to ever grace Gaia. Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius. Another one: Dostoevsky. The Gravity’s Rainbow author Thomas Pynchon was born with Mercury Retrograde. See also one J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the iconic Lord of The Rings trilogy.
Steve Martin is another fantastic writer born with Mercury Retrograde. More? Henry Miller, William Faulkner, Jorge Luis Borges, and Steve Jobs. The surrealist artist Louise Bourgois; Sun conjunct Mercury Retrograde. “I work like a bee and always feel I have accomplished little,” she said. Of course, she was incredibly accomplished, successful and working her genius right up until the day she left us.
And, Doris Lessing.
Being born with Mercury Retrograde also ensures that when the Messenger God turns Retrograde (it occurs three times a year), you’re likely to deepen your understanding of life. You’ll be hyper-perceptive. It won’t mess with you the way it does some others.
Think of it as being like how Obelix got invincibility from falling in the druid’s magic cauldron at birth. Come to think of it, Rene Goscinny, creator of the enormously successful Asterix series of comics, was born with Mercury Retrograde.