Anyone who knows me well will have heard me harping on over the years about Mercury retrogrades. "You're travelling while Mercury is retro'ing? I hope you have your luggage labelled." "You're implementing a software change? Really? Are you sure you have tested it enough?" "You want to sign a contract? Does it absolutely have to be now?"
So, what is all the fuss about? Why is it that during these few weeks 4 times a year your computer is 10x more likely to crash & you are 10 x more likely not to have backed up? And that is not to say that everything goes belly-up- simply not the case. Many projects sail through without a concern... but then they have probably also been planned by a good Project Manager :).
Mercury is the planet that rules communication. So we are talking here about getting messages out & receiving them back- covers a pretty big area. Any technology, travel, appointments, deep & meaningfuls- all communication.
So what does retrograde or Rx mean? It is when Mercury appears to be going backwards. I say appears because it is an optical illusion. From our perspective here on earth, the planet appears to be going backwards.
And this is where the frustrations come in.If appointments are made for during this period they should be checked & re-checked. Any issue that occurs within this period will not be resolved until the Rx period ends. Often it means things need to be re-done (eg Barack Obama’s inauguration which occurred during the last Rx period). If you must go live with a change during this period make sure everything is overly tested. If you absolutely must sign contracts or on a dotted line during a Mercury Rx period, read the fine print (but avoid if possible). Be especially clear with communication during this time as messages get mixed & arguments arise for little or no reason. Carry extra copies of travel documents & changes of clothes & make sure your luggage is labelled (& insured) if travelling during this time.
But, this period is actually good for many activities with the prefix “re”. RElax, REview, REflect. This is a great time for RE-meeting people from the past. It is also a good excuse to slow down & plan future activities.
This stuff is general for everyone, but special care needs to be taken by people on a personal level if:
* If you are a Gemini or Virgo Sun or Rising sign (Mercury rules these signs)
* If you have a strong Mercury, ie Mercury falls on an angle in your chart or if you have a number of planets in Gemini or Virgo
* If the Rx occurs across sensitive points in your chart eg across one of your personal planets (especially Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) or across an angle in your chart ie the Ascendant, 7th house cusp, 4th house cusp or 10th house cusp
The remaining Mercury retrogrades for 2009 are:
•7/5/09- 31/5/09 1 Gemini back to 22 Taurus
•7/9/09- 29/9/09 6 Libra back to 21 Virgo
•27/12/09- 14/1/10 21 Capricorn back to around 5 Capricorn
Mark these dates in your diary….