Mercury Retro Alert!

Well, here we go again. Mercury in Aries turns retrograde today and travels back through that sign until it turns direct on April 15. The last retro we had was in December 2017 and the next one is in late July.

Mercury rules communication, travel, electronics, anything with moving parts. It rules both Gemini and Virgo. During these retro periods, my advice consists of a list of DO NOTs and AVOIDs:

Don’t make travel plans. But if you happen to be traveling, there may be sudden changes in your itinerary. Last year when we went to Cuba, we bought our tickets during a Mercury retro and the only snafu concerned our dogs.

Don’t buy appliances, electronics, or a car. I’ve done all three during retros and usually regretted it.

Don’t sign contracts unless you don’t mind revisiting the terms later on. We did sign an astrology contract during a retro and things were screwed up until that contract was done.

Don’t move unless you can embrace chaos!

Double check the time for all your appointments.

Communicate as clearly as possible with everyone. The potential for miscommunication is enhanced.

Don’t start new projects. It’s best to review, revise, and reconsider.

And in the event that you think Mercury retrogrades are just astrological hype, keep this story in mind. On November 7, 2000, Mercury had been retrograde since mid-October – first in Scorpio, then it slipped back into Libra and at 9:20 p.m., it turned direct in that sign. When Mercury stations – which means it’s about to turn retrograde or direct – the potential for miscommunication is strong. But for that date, the station caused bedlam because it was election day in the U.S.

Astrologers were predicting chaos and, sure enough, at 7:49 p.m., NBC decided they had enough data from exit polls in Florida and Tom Brokaw called the state for Al Gore. With Florida’s 25 electoral votes, it meant he had won the election.

However, shortly after 10 p.m. – less than an hour after Mercury had turned direct – Brokaw backtracked and said that George W. Bush had won the state and the election. We all know what ensued after that – the endless dispute over the chads on Palm Beach County’s ballot and the eventual decision by the Supreme Court that Bush was the 43rd president of the U.S.

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4 Responses to Mercury Retro Alert!

  1. Jane says:

    As an Aries whose sun is conjunct moon in Pisces it’s brought uncertainty. I have to leave a house I love! Boo hoo.
    In addition I have an annual trip to the grandchildren planned to celebrate my birthday , intuitively I shifted the date by a week end to avoid bank holiday traffic and train chaos and now see snow is forecast too, unfortunately I do have to travel under Mercury retro tho!

    • Rob and Trish says:

      Did you make those changes before Mercury turned retro, Jane? If so, the travel snafus should be minimal!

  2. DJan says:

    Thanks for the warning! I count on you to remind me about this event. 🙂