Mercury retrograde symptoms are popping up a little early as we move through the first of three squares between Mercury in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn (exact today), and this provides a good opportunity to re-post this article on Mercury retrograde basics:
Three times per year, Mercury appears to stop in the sky and
then move backward through the zodiac for three weeks before turning direct again. This period of
time is called a Mercury retrograde, and it is becoming known by more and more
people – even those who are not usually interested in astrology.
Some of the most marked characteristics of Mercury retrograde
periods are: information-related confusion or mistakes, plans changing, people changing their minds
after receiving new information, difficulty communicating or connecting, and glitchy electronics.
Mercury will station retrograde at 15 degrees Libra on September 17 (12:09
p.m. CST), and it
will remain retrograde until turning direct again at 0 degrees Libra on
October 9 (8:58 a.m.). Mercury will be moving slowest on the days around
the stations (September 15 - 19 and October 7 - 11), and these periods of time
could be particularly frustrating with confusion, mental stress, and
Traditionally, Mercury retrograde is not considered a good
time to sign contracts, make deals, or solidify plans. This is a period of
time when we are going back over things, coming into new information and perspective that we may
have missed the first time around, and
it’s very common to change our minds – sometimes more than once – during
three-week period. It’s a “thinking it over” period of time as we
gather, disseminate, and process more information. For this reason,
hard-and-fast decisions during Mercury retrograde can be difficult, if
not impossible. We have to be very adaptable, adjusting as perspectives
and plans change.
Our minds are basically moving in reverse during Mercury
retrograde, and we’re required to slow our brains down. This can be challenging
during these often-frenetic times with people glued to cell phones, computers,
and social media. However, Mercury retrograde is definitely not a time to push
full speed ahead mentally, verbally, or with written communication, or Mercury
retrograde “symptoms” will pop up.
Some of the glitchy aspects of Mercury retrograde periods
- Communication problems, delays, glitches, mistakes, and
misinformation, both written and verbal.
- Telephone lines, internet, TV, radio, faxes, electronics,
and computers can go a bit haywire: delayed connections, e-mails or texts that
don’t go through, messages sent to the wrong people or messages that
seem to disappear into thin air, slow or no internet connections, computer programs
that refuse to work, television and telephone problems.
- Transportation problems with both private vehicles and public
transportation. Transportation break-downs are more likely. Transportation may
be late. We may take the wrong turn. We may receive the wrong directions. Air
travel during Mercury retrograde can be especially challenging.
- People have a harder time understanding each other.
We're forced to slow down or go back over things in an effort to be
understood. We may have to repeat ourselves. Misunderstandings are
common that have to be ironed out during or after the
- A feeling of déjà vu: didn’t I just say that? Didn’t we
already talk about this? Things come back up for review and revision during Mercury
retrograde. Old conversations, connections, ideas, and information come up for
a second look. We rediscover crucial information that perhaps we didn’t realize
was important before, and we receive missing details so that we can move forward
with plans once Mercury goes direct.
- A lot of mental processing related to what’s going on in our lives. "My brain hurts." Headaches, stiff necks, mental overload,
and burnout are possible during Mercury retrogrades if we don’t consciously slow
things down. Overactive minds can keep us up at night.
- General delays and a feeling that things have slowed down.
Having to wait on things, especially electronics.
- Any job involving information or working with the public
can be especially stressful during Mercury retrograde periods. This
reporters, writers, teachers, administrators, data entry, waitresses,
bartenders, retail, other service workers, and any job that
involves some degree of public speaking or information processing.
So remember: slow it down a little.
Don’t force a lot of new information between your ears at this time. Mercury retrograde periods (including the shadow periods when Mercury is in degrees of the zodiac to which it will return during the retrograde) are periods of
review and revisiting information and details we may have missed the first time