Mercury in Retrograde

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Mercury, the planet of communications, will turn retrograde from April 18, 2010 – May 11, 2010 in the sign of Taurus.  Expect traffic jams, mis-communications, travel mix-ups, missed appointments, lost mail, and even Internet snarl-ups. (The retrograde effects can be felt a few weeks before and after the peak retrograde period, so be on guard around April 3 until May 27. ). Everything will finally straighten out around May 28.

  • Do not make important decisions during a Mercury retrograde. Thinking will be clouded by misinformation, poor communication, and confusion.
  • Never move into a new apartment, it will not work out.
  • Do NOT sign any contracts. (If you must, MAKE SURE YOU READ THE FINE PRINT!)
  • Make sure your cell phone battery is charged, and all other important electronics.
  • Take extra precaution in double-checking everything you do.
  • Plan ahead, and give yourself extra time- especially when driving or travelling.
  • Confirm your appointments ahead of time.
  • Back-up important computer files before Mercury turns retro.
  • Cars, buses, trains, and airplanes are also affected. (Cars tend to break down, buses will be late, etc.)
  • Be careful in all negotiations and trade affairs. Mercury retrograde causes misunderstandings and disrupted or delayed communications.

So what is Mercury Retrograde good for?

  • Re-lax, Re-write, Re-view, Re-consider, Re-do, Re-pair… Anything that starts with “re”. Mercury Retrograde is a time to look back and re-visit an issue or project that has already been started.  Rewrite a resume, repair a broken item, or reconsider a past decision.
  • Paint, garden, or just enjoy some music.  Re-lax. 
  • Call up an old friend. In fact, there’s a good chance they’ll contact you. Or, an old lover might show up out of the blue. Spend time with family and re-minisce.

Mecury in retrograde is a time to contemplate, and look back.  It is also a great time to finsish up a project started previously, and tie up loose ends.  It is NOT the time to embark on something new or initiate action.  Something or someone from the past is likely to return. 


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