Ed Kluska’s Astrology & Mindful Living Newsletter
About three times a year Mercury, the winged messenger, goes retrograde (apparent reverse motion relative to the Sun) for a three-week period.
My research shows that about five days before and after Mercury goes retrograde (in this case Tuesday, January 05) and then about five days before and after Mercury goes direct (Monday, January 25) are most significant.
The decisions you make and the plans you start with Mercury retrograde are more likely to take a twist later and be seen in a different light when unforeseen assumptions and mistakes "come to light” after Mercury goes direct.
It is important to emphasize that Mercury retrograde periods are not “bad” in and of themselves. You just need to be more careful.
Mercury retrograde periods are favorable for reflection, reviewing and meditation. So allow more time for writing, editing, researching and problem solving.
The problem is that Mercury retrograde periods do create more “mess ups” and complications than usual because Mercury rules our thinking and communication.
Plans and decisions take a twist or an unexpected direction. Mental lapses and mistakes, misunderstandings, false assumptions, missed appointments, lost checks, written typos, and cancellations and postponements are more likely.
For example, when you travel, you are more likely to encounter longer delays, misplaced luggage, lost hotel room keys, unforeseen detours and inaccurate directions.
Because Mercury also rules anything to do with data and information and its transmission, expect “screwy things” to also occur with your computers, software, data, messages, phone calls, cell phones, emails, text messages, cable TV, appointments, meetings, trips and lectures.
I’ve often seen problems and malfunctions suddenly appear with my phone, computer and cable TV and then mysteriously resolve themselves once Mercury goes direct.
So with Mercury retrograde approaching, back up your computer and be extra thorough, careful, and vigilant with your plans and decisions as well as communication and agreements including letters and contracts.
Don't assume anything. Double-check the fine print. Reconfirm details. Make sure all nuances are clarified.
Finally, don’t blame Mercury retrograde for anything that goes wrong in your life. It may be a factor but the misfortunes you are experiencing are more likely related to challenging transits to your Sun, Moon, Mars or Saturn, for example.
If you need further explanation with any of this information, contact me. And please forward this information to your family and friends.
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