I have grown to love mercury retrogrades...I am ruled by Mercury and feel great depths of opportunity during a retrograde welcoming me towards introspection and expansion. Over the years I have learned to apply the positives of Mercury retrograde and remain mindful of mercurial cheekiness.
In 2017 Mercury retrogrades 4 times. In this new 9 year cycle, new people, circumstances or situations may enter, influencing our lives for the next nine years. Emotional, spiritual growth can reach new levels of expansion. Transformation and transmutation of that which is no longer needed can take place with Mercury's support. This year Mercury retrogrades in earth signs and finances often play a big role in both the issue and the solution when Mercury retrogrades in earth signs.
Tip during this time: Stay grounded and practical with time and money.
What to do when Mercury is retrograde
Retrogrades are often an intense time for many. Mercury the planet of communication goes retrograde and takes 3 weeks off 3 or 4 times a year impacting all types of communication. Mercury Retrograde is all about moving into a deepening of our trust, faith, inspiration, listening to and following your intuition. Surrender and tap into the universal messages that are available to you right now. You have abundant support to quieten, listen and receive. It is a great time to revisit a project, re-connect with people, do some deep emotional or spiritual work, or finish something you started a while ago...Mercury retrograde is an interesting time where things that may have been looming or eluding you for some time, effortlessly come to the surface to be transformed or healed. Mercury also impacts and rules all the messages we give ourselves. (a big one at any point in time) For some this resurfacing is uncomfortable. The awareness of the messages you are sending yourself can open the door to huge breakthroughs and disarmament of limiting beliefs or unempowering patterns. Discomfort is an opportunity for change and change leads to expansion.
Tip during this time: What you resist persists. Go with the flow, allow and welcome all that is with unconditional love. Practice this until it is natural and becomes your “go to” response. It may take a bit to welcome that which is unwanted or undesired with love, but with time it gets easier. Ultimately it is a skill learned like any other skill. It's all about shifting perspectives.
As the planet of communication, Mercury retrograde sometimes breeds confusion. Mercury rules our "lower" mind--how we perceive and interpret information that we receive from our environment, and how we relay that information to others. Mercury has rulership over communication, speaking, negotiating, buying and selling, listening, formal contracts, documents, travel, the mail, shipping, plus issues with electronics. All of these areas of life are affected when Mercury is functioning in a sleepy state. Decision-making is sometimes challenged during Mercury retrograde. It is not advised to sign contracts, engage in important decision-making, important purchases or launch a new business. Delays and challenges are more probable with Mercury retrograde. It's a time when being careless or inefficient with money, personal information, or paperwork can be costly.
Tip during this time: Backup, check, check and triple check.
2017 Mercury Retrograde Dates
January 1st - 9th (From earth-sign Capricorn to fire-sign Sagittarius)
April 9th - May 3rd (From earth-sign Taurus to fire-sign Aries)
August 13th - September 5th (From earth-sign Virgo to fire-sign Leo)
December 3rd - 23rd (In fire-sign Sagittarius)