Within astrology the term “retrograde” means that a planet looks as if it is going backwards in the sky from our position on earth. When this happens, then aspects in our life which are influenced by that particular planet are likely to also go “backwards”, or appear more difficult. As Mercury is the planet that rules communication, clear thinking, truth and travel, when it goes “retrograde”, we may find that communication is less clear or even muddled, that we are misunderstood or simply don’t seem to understand the simplest of things, or even problems may occur with our internet, mobile phones or other devises that we communicate with. As such astrological occurrences happen a number of times each year, each time lasting some 3 1/2 weeks, being aware of what is happening in the heavens above that influence our lives can make any transition easier to manage, increase productivity and even avoid some of the frustration that could be brought about.
Mercury has a larger impact on our lives than what we may at first think. Communication includes a whole manner of things – from listening, speaking, and learning, through to editing, researching, negotiating, selling, and buying. Mercury also rules all formal contracts and agreements, as well as important documents such as book manuscripts or term papers, agreements, deeds, contracts, leases, wills, and so forth. Further under this planet’s domain are all types of code, including computer codes, as well as transportation, shipping, and travel.
This means that when Mercury goes into retrogrades, all of these areas mentioned above tend to get scrambled or spin out of control. Therefore it is important that we pay special attention to them during such periods.
From 12 August this year Mercury will go start to go retrograde and will concluded its cycle on 5 September.
According to DarkStar Astrology, this upcoming retrograde period of Mercury’s has a lot of creative potential, as well as the “power to ignite courage”. Be mindful that Mercury retrograde can be deceptive, resulting in theories and words are turned upside down, and a tendency to lie, and for people to go back on their word. On the whole, however, there are also a number of co-operative aspects and refreshingly honest stars that justice should prevail.
Instead of heading for the hills, utilise this time to re-evaluate, renovate, re-form, and re-invent. You may find that you have to redo things a number of times as this transit will not allow you to into autopilot. Take extra care knowing that while Mercury is in retrograde we are more likely to slip-up, make mistakes, and misread another’s communications – however, once we are over the threshold, we can then safely go about our business.
Keep in mind that should anything dramatic does happen, it will somehow backfire on those who would use the event to divide and conquer. Truth will win no matter what.