Mercury Retrograde - 6th to 26th November 2012

Jacqueline Mendez - Monday, November 19, 2012 | Comments (0)

What does it mean when Mercury turns Retrograde?

Mercury is the planet of communication. When it goes retrograde ('appears' to be moving backwards) it tends to breed a certain level of confusion. Mercury rules our mind and thinking process - how we perceive and interpret information that we receive from our environment, and how we relay that information to others. Mercury rules such things as: speaking, negotiating, buying and selling, listening, formal contracts, documents, travel, mail, and so forth. All of these areas of life are affected when Mercury is retrograde (functioning in a lethargic state). Decision making is challenged during this time, and you are strongly advised not to sign contracts, make important decisions, or launch a new business, as you are likely to change your mind once this period passes.

Here's a list of things you might expect during Mercury retrograde - maybe not all of them, but certainly one or two may affect you!

What you can expect during Mercury Retrograde...

  • Communication breakdown and/or misunderstandings;
  • Indecision from you or others;
  • Forgetfulness;
  • Delays and frustrations;
  • Lost mail;
  • Computer difficulties;
  • Mechanical problems, especially with cars and home appliances.
What not to do when Mercury is Retrograde...

  • Do not sign contracts;
  • Do not start up a new business or project;
  • Do not buy a home, car, boat, or any mechanical device such as computers, software or home appliance;
  • Try not to travel if possible;
  • Avoid arguments with others as you are unlikely to get anywhere!
What you can do when Mercury is Retrograde...

  • Re-think;
  • Re-organise;
  • Reflect;
  • Re-work and review your plans;
  • Double check all information.
You will feel the effects of Mercury retrograde more so if it's aspecting one of your natal planets between 18 degrees of Scorpio and 4 degrees of Sagittarius. Only eight days to go before things become clear again!