Whether you're a zodiac wiz or you're just interested in Astrology, you may have heard of the Mercury Retrograde. This topic is typically followed with a sense of panic, stress, and other low vibrational energies. Sure it's no denying that Mercury Retrograde has a powerful effect on human behaviour, but why does this happen?
To start, we have to get clear on what it means for a planet to go into Retrograde.
When a planet goes into Retrograde, it simply means the planet "looks" to be moving backwards. The planet doesn't actually move backwards, but this Retrograde causes the planetary energy to turn inwards, rather than it's typical outward projection.
A person is most likely to be affected by a Retrograde when they have a Retrograde planet in their chart. However, I personally believe the more in tune you are with your vibrational energy, the more plausible it is for you to be affected.
Mercury isn't the only planet to go into Retrograde, however, because it is the closest planet to the sun, it orbits Earth far more quickly and more frequently. Therefore Mercury enters Retrograde more frequently than other planets.
What we should know about Mercury
Mercury rules over our communication, thinking, listening and the way that we analyze situations. Mercury also rules over Virgo and Gemini in Astrology.
Depending on the sign in your birth chart where Mercury is listed gives us an idea of how we speak our thoughts, learn and understand.
The house that Mercury resides in shows where we like to think, speak and be heard.
Based on my birth chart, Mercury resides in Aries and in the 9th house.
When Mercury is in Aries, this typically results in being very direct in nature, speaking out and not waiting to be spoken to. Being very opinionated and impulsive, but also very passionate.
The 9th house represents Wisdom, expansion and philosophical learning. So conveying our thoughts about important ideas, such as spirituality, morals and other intense learning subjects is important to us.
But when Mercury goes into Retrograde, those with a natural drive and determination may feel defeated, closed off and low energy. Those who are naturally creative may experience a major creative block, and so on.
Elemental Influences during Mercury Retrograde
As we all know, each Zodiac sign represents an Element: Fire, Earth, Air and Water.
These elements all represent certain characteristics which can also influence how we work with the Mercury Retrograde when it comes.
FIRE (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius): Fire signs are naturally born leaders, enthusiastic, passionate and determined.
When Mercury Retrogrades in a Fire sign, this is a good opportunity to tackle any present situations with confidence. Take control and persevere.
EARTH (Virgo, Taurus, Capricorn): Earth signs are practical and grounded. They analyze the situation before taking action. Although they can be materialistic, they are also loyal and reliable.
When Mercury Retrograde is in an Earth sign, be sure to think before reacting. Having a clear view of the situation will help in making the correct decision. Take this time to ground yourself, meditate and focus. Keep your head out of the clouds to avoid losing control.
WATER (Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio): Water signs are sensitive and emotional. But they are also mysterious and can be quite alluring at times and very private.
When Mercury Retrogrades in a Water sign, Focus on your emotions and cleansing your energy. There is no need to let the world know what you're up to. Privacy is often the key to success. This is also a great time to focus on your intuition and inner guidance.
AIR (Aquarius, Gemini, Libra): Air signs are adventurous and creative. They are always full of new ideas and seeking new opportunities for excitement. They are also very communicative.
When Mercury Retrograde is in an Air sign, this is a time to pay extra attention to communicating. Focus on the ideas and new opportunities that flow to you.
What should you avoid during a Mercury Retrograde?
When entering a Mercury Retrograde, refrain from making any commitments or starting any large projects. You may be left feeling overwhelmed or overworked. Decision making can become impossible and acts can be made on impulse which you could later regret.
Having conversations may be difficult during this time but can also be necessary, as long as you avoid speaking out of impulse.
If you're feeling the effects of a Mercury Retrograde, take that as an opportunity to step back from your commitments and evaluate any situation you are in. This is a perfect time to focus on quietness and directing your energy inwards. Rather than stressing over external realities, clear your mind and meditate. Reserve your energy for when the Retrograde is complete.
So it's safe to say we're not going to die during a Mercury Retrograde, although sometimes it may feel like it. Instead, use this moment as a chance to do some inner work. As long as you know how to work with the Retrograde, you will be less likely to feel any negative effects.
Mercury Retrograde Forecast
March 5 - 28 2019: Retrograde in Pisces
July 7 - 31 2019: Begins in Leo, ends in Cancer
October 31 - November 20 2019: Retrograde in Scorpio
February 18 - March 9 2020: Begins in Pisces, ends in Aquarius
June 17 - July 12 2020: Retrograde in Cancer
October 13 - November 3 2020: Begins in Scorpio, ends in Libra
My name is Taylor. I am a mindset and spiritual wellness coach helping others shift their mindset and break past their limiting beliefs in order to manifest success for a more fulfilling and high vibrational life.
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