Ladies and Gentlemen, I present the long awaited Mercury retrograde...not. Hmmm.
Mercury is retrograde from April 28-May 22, 2016.
Have you been feeling it, really? If you are going to be affected by Mercury retrograde, you would already have evidence because the shadow period began three weeks ago. In other words if you have already been experiencing electronic malfunctions, communication issues, reverses in business trends, then you are feeling it. As the planet of communication and intellect, Mercury retrograde tends to breed a certain level of confusion. If you want an accurate weather forecast, look out the window. Mercury rules our conscious mind--how we perceive and interpret information, and how we share that information with others. Mercury rules the areas of negotiating, buying and selling, listening, formal contracts, documents, travel, the mail and shipping, etc. All of these areas of life are affected when Mercury is functioning in a sluggish state. Decision-making is challenged during Mercury retrograde. Needless to say, it is not advised to engage in important decision-making, or launch a new business (especially while Mars is retrograde too!) Delays are more probable with Mercury retrograde. It's a time when being careless with money, or paperwork can haunt you. In Mercury retrograde it’s better to be a seller than a buyer.
There is absolutely a positive side to Mercury Retrograde. We tend to hear from people from our past, especially in business. This period is best used for re-organizing and reflecting or finishing a project.
It may be difficult to communicate them under this influence, but don’t over analyze everything. Avoid “he said, she said” situations. Mercury retrograde periods can be times of heightened inner awareness, when meditation, keeping a journal, reworking old plans, and reviewing past work are helpful. Minor glitches in the mechanical aspects of communication can occur. Don’t rely on or assume that someone received you email, text or voicemail; be responsible and follow up. It is important to note that there is absolutely no reason to suspend projects or anything of the sort during the Mercury Retrograde cycle. You CAN sign a contract in Mercury retrograde if the negotiations started while Mercury was direct. I always advise to use to common sense and even with planetary challenges, don’t get caught up in “astrological paranoia”.
I end on a funny note. Many years ago I bought a computer in Mercury retrograde from a major electronics store. It was a good deal with all the return policy rhetoric. Another astrologer friend had cautioned against my purchase along with the fact that I should know better. My logic was to open and operate it after Mercury turned direct. I did. It didn’t work. I went through Hell returning it due to the store manager reneging on the return policy. After several calls to the corporate offices I got a refund and never bought from that chain again. What’s the moral to the story? It’s only a few weeks of retrograde, most things can wait.
This week we continue my series on planets in retrograde motion and their effects on us. In 2016, Mars takes its turn going retrograde. Mars goes retrograde every other year and lasts approximately eighty days. The red planet goes station retrograde on April 17th in Sagittarius. It turns direct on June 29th and re-enters Sagittarius on August 2nd.
Mars will have been in the sign of Scorpio in 2016 for 131 days over period of 18 weeks. This is noteworthy because Mars rules Aries and is the original ruler of Scorpio before Pluto was discovered in 1930. What is Mars? It is unabated energy and will have been in high energy Scorpio from January 4 to March 7 and again from May 28 until August 2. Because Mars is at home in Scorpio, it focused and contained, thus it is somewhat subdued.
Mars can be a troublemaker when it is retrograde. New plans may backfire or lose their drive to succeed. On the other hand, plans fail to happen at all. Mars retrograde is excellent for strategizing and planning but not for taking action. Mars retrograde is useful in going back over and re-working your projects. This is an excellent time to recharge your batteries. Get ready to launch when Mars moves direct.
When Mars is retrograde, it depletes the vitality so that it is never a time to initiate. When fiery Mars turns retrograde, it becomes “anti-fire.” With a new project, it can fizzle out like a dud firecracker and never really go anywhere.
With a new romance, it’s a quick honeymoon. The beginning is the hottest and it dies out quickly. During this period please don’t think the hottie you meet at the club is your future intended.
This is not a good time to pick a fight or initiate a lawsuit. In this case, the firecracker blows up in your face. Make the opposition go first. Matters commenced while Mars is retrograde will create frustration and disruptions until they finally flame out. At this time, people become irritated when activities do not run smoothly.
Those who have Aries or Scorpio prominent in their horoscopes are more affected by this shift in direction of their natural ruler. For Arians, they find themselves being less aggressive, less impulsive and less impatient to force their way in. Both Mars-ruled types find themselves more chilled and review matters in a more objective way. They feel more patient to wait on circumstances to unfold before they take action. These individuals may not recognize the anger they feel inside. They may express an unusual passiveness while under fire because they need too much processing time before they can retaliate instead of the typical Mars “ready, fire, aim’ behavior. Only when Mars turns direct can they move the Mars energy forward.
For those who are not ruled by Mars, it may feel quite differently. They may feel more impatient to force matters to a conclusion, to get a project going or to take immediate action. I would not recommend this. Remember, initiating or impulsively taking action will not work to your favor.
Because Mars retrograde subdues anger, it can create passive/aggressive behavior in some people. Or it causes complete internalizations of strong feelings which becomes depression.
My recommendation during Mars retrograde is THINK!
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