Mercury has slipped into retrograde once more, causing more chaos than usual in our already hectic lives. Though, this time, Mercury will be swimming between two signs during its trip through space, Virgo and Leo, with emphasis on Virgo. Because of this, many people influenced by mutable signs will have an extended effect of increased introspection. The intellectual maiden tries very hard to conquer the heart, and in the midst, she becomes clouded with intent, and so do you. This retrograde is a particularly tricky one.
What’s so bad about this Retrograde? Normally, Mercury’s retrograde affects only electronics, basic travel, communication, and mail. Yes, these things are still affected. However, there are also two other planets in retrograde which will have a strong effect on emotions. The retrograde in Virgo causes mutable signs to have inner conflict of feelings and logic, which can cause chaos for those used to using intuition. On the other hand Neptune, ruler of Pisces, and Chiron are both in retrograde, affecting water, intuition, and self-growth. Pisces’ intution vs. Virgo’s logic does not make a nice combination.
- DO: Be careful around water, get third opinions on everything, insure your mail if you must send it, remind everyone that its alright if they have an emotional breakdown, avoid spending large amounts of money or incrue debt, avoid water travel, routine car check-ups before you set out to drive, pay extra attention to the road when driving. This retrograde has a high tendency to wreck around water and from driving and using the phone.
- DON’T: Think too hard, drive through flooded areas, travel on water, send important mail, buy a new car, give into sudden mood swings or start fights when you do, make important decisions based on logic and deep thought [both are cloudy now], spend money on water-based items, use your phone around the pool, spend money on drugs, go on a spending spree, or do heavy photography. All of these activites are at high risk of failure due to Neptune’s water influence, Chiron’s pain influence, and Mercury’s electronics/vehicular/communication influence.
- How can you use this retrograde to your advantage? Use this time to help yourself learn self-soothing techniques and learn to distinguish intuition from logic. Keeping tabs on your emotional outbursts will help you realize that life isn’t very bad at all!
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