Mercury the Messenger! Mercury the Prankster?
Astrologically speaking, the planet Mercury has been labeled “The Messenger”. It is identified with various subjects, however, when applied only to our everyday performance, its influence can affect us personally. It has much to do with all forms of communications, transportation, short distance travel and thinking patterns.
During certain times of the year it is at such an angle from the earth it appears to be moving in a backward motion; literally this is not happening, however, it does seem to have an effect on the energy that it normally displays.
When operating under the best of conditions Mercury can play an extremely supportive role in the way we carry on with activities, however, when in this backward or nodding off condition referred to as retrograding, YES, it does tend to take on the qualities of “the prankster”, the practical joker that stirs up annoying factors that are likely to interrupt the continuity pattern. Situations that are apt to occur during these times are multiple. Circumstances such as the delay of mail or other forms of communications, postponements or cancellations of appointments or reservations, computer or other electronic problems, vehicle or traffic complexities and misinterpretation of information. It is best to wait out the approximate three week time period if possible before starting off in new directions; original plans are apt to need some altering or may go by the wayside all together. A repeat pattern is most prominent at this time.
Everyone feels this to some degree. Can we outsmart this irritating planetary condition and refrain from putting important situations on hold? Yes, we can!
Take nothing for granted especially that which usually requires little thought, pay close attention to the small details, confirm all appointments and reservations, carry a road map or GPS device while traveling, have little noises in your vehicle checked out before they become a “big bang” and most important of all, try not to purchase anything of value that cannot be returned easily. These are the various ways that can help one to move through this cycle with greater ease. There are times when we cannot adhere to this strategy but when possible, do try to proceed with an extra dose of caution and awareness of the underlying drawbacks.
There are some types of situations that work harmoniously with this planetary configuration. It tends to be an opportune time to take action in areas where the first two letters of the word begin with “re” such as review, renew, reorganize, redo, etc. can be applied. It is a great time for brainstorming and planning as long as you remain flexible and open minded to possible changes. Occasionally it is referred to as “the pause that refreshes”; a time of introspection and retrospection.
In 2017, Mercury will be retrograde during:
- August 12 – Sept 5, 2017 in earth-sign Virgo, ends in fire-sign Leo
- December 3 – December 22, 2017 in fire-sign Sagittarius
- March 22 – April 15, 2018 in fire-sign Aries
- July 26 – August 18, 2018 in fire-sign Leo water-sign Scorpio
- November 16 – December 6 in fire sign Sagittarius, ends water sign Scorpio