Mercury Retrograde November 6 to November 26, 2012


Mercury’s domain is the mind, perception, education, and transportation. When going along as normal, it helps us think and communicate. The retrograde period, which lasts around 21 days and occurs 3-4 times every year, doesn’t mean the planet reverses its orbit, but it seems to from our vantage point. Mercury appears to initially slow down, stop, then go backwards.

This apparent retrograde motion affects our lives. Mercury retrograde is blamed for malfunctioning computers, derailed plans, delays, and confused communications. You’ll find people mixing up appointments, arriving late or early, or forgetting things altogether.

Unusual things can happen during the retrograde, and Mercury is already known as the “Trickster.” He seems to enjoy watching people slip on banana peels. In January 2009, President Obama had to re-do the oath of office. Mercury was retrograde the first time around. And the health bill that needed revising again and again? It was introduced during Mercury retrograde. The President isn’t using an astrologer, apparently. What about the unsuccessful Facebook IPO? Mercury retrograde. Obviously Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t have an astrologer, either. It’s ancient wisdom to wait on final agreements and official introductions until Mercury turns direct.

Ideally, a retrograde period is for review. It’s the perfect time to ponder or research a major purchase or document, or revise something you’ve been working on. The mind wants to rest from its normal push forward and take time to reflect. Otherwise, we can experience frustration, misunderstandings, and confusion.

If going with the flow, we would be introspective and meditative during this time. However, we are generally out of touch with these natural rhythms. Most of us will soon be busy with Thanksgiving holiday plans. How to handle this period with little or no upset? Take it slow and be more patient than usual. This isn’t a time for doing things at the last minute. Double check travel plans. Allow extra time to get places, to complete projects, and make preparations. Keep in mind that everyone needs a mental rest right now, but is not necessarily getting one, so offering people your understanding would be helpful.

Check to be sure what you say is understood. It’s not a time for assumptions. It’s the ideal time to back up your computer files, as things have a way of simply disappearing. As for the elections occurring today, we’ll have to wait and see what the Trickster has in store for the U.S. There will likely be some “re-dos” on the horizon.

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