Mercury Needs a Time-Out

Find something to hide under for the next couple of weeks. (A nice blanket fort should do the trick.) Mercury Retrograde is upon us.

mercury-trollThis happens¬†three or four times a year, when the Earth overtakes planet Mercury, making Mercury appear to go backwards in the sky. (The other planets have retrograde periods too, though not as often as Mercury’s.) This one started on May 19 and will go through June 11. It’s a doozie this time too, as Mercury just happens to be in Gemini, the sign that it rules.

Mercury and Gemini deal with communication, the rational side of social interaction (as opposed to emotional), education, and movement. So, when Mercury goes rogue, you can bet there will be mix-ups. Arguments and misunderstandings abound. Information gets lost. Travel plans go awry. Electronics and other machines have meltdowns.

You can’t blame Mercury Retrograde for everything — the planets don’t control us, so don’t use this as an excuse to go ballistic on people. In fact, we all need to exercise a little extra control during this time. Speak (or write) clearly, listen (or read) carefully. Ask questions. Try not to sign contracts, start big projects (especially involving other people), or make big travel plans without leaving a lot of room in your schedule for snafus. Mercury Retrograde doesn’t usually create HUGE problems, but its energy does generate a lot of little inconveniences and puts people in a snit.

Aside from hiding in a cave, which honestly sounds pretty good to me at this point, how can you deal with Mercury Retrograde constructively? This isn’t a good time for talking, but it is a good time for action: finish projects. Clean your house and your mind of all that crap that you’re sick of dusting. Get lost in memories and dig up some old wisdom you might need to re-learn. Be patient with yourself and others.

If you know which house in your chart is ruled by Gemini, you can zoom in on which area of your life is likely to be most affected by this, and how you can best turn it to your benefit. As it happens, I’m running a special offer to address this very problem! (Imagine!)