Mercury is Retrograde: August 13th 2017 (Virgo) – September 5th 2017 (Leo)

From the point of view of the Earth, the planet Mercury appears to be going “backwards” when a Mercury retrograde cycle occurs.  During the time period of this phenomenon, we are all experiencing certain psychological effects in common, such as: confusion, reversals of decision, getting “off track” and indecision.  We will also be more likely to experience unexpected, emotionally-charged miscommunications with others and may need to repeat actions more than once to get them “right.”

This psychological confusion leads to predictable physical consequences such as mistakes with paperwork resulting from inattention and lack of focus.  Repair work, such as auto repair or dental work, is more likely to need redoing during this time.  Additionally, certain physical objects ruled by Mercury seem to go haywire.  Computers, printers, and various modes of transportation or communication are particularly vulnerable to malfunctioning during the Mercury retrograde cycles.

While the time of Mercury retrograde constricts success and advancement in outer, worldly activity, it expands the opportunity to connect with one’s inner world.  Therefore, it’s a great time for meditating, writing, reflecting, or working on solitary personal projects.  The Mercury retrograde cycle offers a rare opportunity to get in touch with your inner truth.  Use this time wisely to consider your life from a subjective, holistic point of view, taking both your feelings and mental reasoning into account.

Best use of a Mercury Retrograde cycle:
Notice these cycles in advance (they last about 3-5 weeks and occur 3-4 times each year) and plan your schedule accordingly.  Plan to use the time before and after the Mercury retrograde cycles to go forward with external work and focus on your public and social activities.  During Mercury retrograde, plan to rest, spend time alone, attend to personal projects and reorganize yourself.  By following the cycles of Mercury, your life can follow a natural balance between internal and external focus.

If you must attend a business meeting during Mercury retrograde:
Your best bet is to be clear about your intentions and opinions.  You may need to repeat your ideas slowly and with certainty to get others to actually hear what you are saying.  People in your environment may be easily confused.  Keep your communications very consistent and clear and remind others about previous agreements.  By slowing down and communicating with extra care, you will be more likely to get others to go along with your plan.

During these days, August 13th 2017 (Virgo) – September 5th 2017 (Leo), Mercury retrograde will be in the sign of Virgo from August 13th until August 31st before moving back into Leo on September 1st.  While Mercury is retrograde in the sign Virgo, themes of health, daily schedules and attention to detail are likely to arise.  You will have an opportunity to notice your habits and how they may be affecting your overall well-being.

You’ll be examining the activities you do on a daily basis – your jobs, dietary habits, exercise and sleep – while assessing how your body feels.  If you’ve been experiencing unhealthful symptoms or physical discomfort, it will be a good time to address what’s been going on.  As you slow down to tune in to your body, you can notice how small choices throughout the day can add up to leave you feeling either energized or drained.

Your work may be especially affected.  It will be an excellent time to review, revise and refine works in progress.  You can capitalize on this Mercury retrograde cycle to . . . . . Members can READ THE FULL COLUMN here.

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