Week of Jan 11, 2016 – Mercury now retrograde. How does it affect you?
You do not need to be an astrology buff to know that “Mercury Retrograde” means something is coming up, and you’d better be prepared. Those two words have the unfailing ability to strike fear into our hearts, because it is during this time that things are most likely to go wrong. Mercury Retrograde is all about moving closer to the earth intensifying issues relating to communication. As it moves into its shadow, communication, scheduling, transportation and judgment becomes cloudy or error prone. Take advantage of Mercury Retrograde by clearing your own tendencies to get caught up in your own shadows and those of others.
Mercury retrograde occurs at two levels. At one level, there is not much you can do with the actions of others, except to be more conscious and prepare for delays and errors by double checking.
On another level, you use it to your advantage. Working on issues left on the back burner.
While Mercury is in retrograde in Aquarius (January 5 through Jan 26, 2016 ),moving back into Capricorn, many of us will find ourselves reminiscing about days gone by and all things that “could have been.” Some of those memories are likely to spark creativity, especially if it relates to anything humanitarian. We should all brace ourselves for communication glitches – from hardware to our own choice of words.
Remember that Mercury is the great communicator – the planet of communication – even to ourselves. In general, it rules our thoughts and influences our perceptions – governs our travel and overshadows commerce. What this means is that every area of our life can in some way, shape or form be affected.
Expect breakdowns and Rescheduling with especially with travel arrangements as mechanical problems can easily surface.
*Understand appointments change, people fall to running late, and delays of any kind may occur.
*Communications are easily misunderstood, so be extra clear and patient with your words.
*Review and Renew things already under way.
*When Mercury is direct, go ahead with the launching of new projects.
*Sign important documents, legal agreements, etc.
*Initiate something new you wish to have the long-term successful outcomes with.
*If something must be set in forward motion over this period, be in the know there will be a restructuring of it further down the road.
*React to any surprise changes in anger, as it will magically manifest more of the same to attract itself to you. Again, patience and courage are key.
Aries – As Mercury transits your area of social connections through work, you may do well to recognize that delivery does count. Be aware of words as well as actions. Friendships may be unpredictable at this time, so limit yourself when spilling the beans.
Taurus – You work situation can be a bit hectic during this Mercury retrograde transit as you see yourself doing all that you can to maintain a sense of order. More importantly, it’s all about you creating the balance you so deserve.
Gemini – Though you are a chatter at heart, this cycle opens the way to your higher level of awareness, and/or consciousness. A good period to delve deeper into who you really are, and what you goals are.
Cancer – As Mercury moves from Aquarius into Capricorn, you go from being overly concerned about money versus partnerships, work and personal related.
Leo- Relationships, both work and personal may be shaken up a bit, but only for a short time. Also your health, whether physical or emotional may be in a flux during this cycle as the transits in the sky trigger impulsive behavior.
Virgo – So much can be said about perfection as the planets in transit, specifically Saturn in Sag may cause you to question your every move. To top it off, your ruler Mercury now in retrograde in your money house could triggers feelings of financial insecurity. Before crying the woes, know that this temporary, and that perception plays a key role in how you handle everyday situations.
Libra – Home is where the heart is, however for the time being with Mercury transiting your foundation you may find yourself testing the waters before jumping in. Understand that family interactions can get unnerving so it’s up to you to create the balance you are noted for.
Scorpio – Though you are sedate in nature, secretive to say the least, this transit with Mercury in your area of chat could trigger unfounded communication issues, specifically with work matters. Know that much can be said about counting to ten before laying down the rules. Think before speaking. Your actions do speak louder than words.
Sagittarius – Not only are you dealing with after holiday blues, but Mercury now in retrograde in your money house could trigger feelings of financial insecurity. Before crying the woes, know that this temporary, and that perception plays a key role in how you handle everyday situations
Capricorn – You may find yourself questioning your every move as Mercury moving into your own sign sheds light on your own imperfections. Also, this could be a time where you pay better attention to money matters, as well as focusing on getting down to details when it comes to work related issues.
Aquarius – It’s all about letting go of the past and making friends with the future. Mercury now traveling through the private sector of your chart triggers past impulses, bringing to light issues that need ti be put to rest. Realize it’s only temporary, and you are in the drivers seat no matter what.
Pisces – As Mercury transits your area of social connections through work, you may do well to recognize that delivery does count. Be aware of words as well as actions. Friendships may be unpredictable at this time, so limit yourself when spilling the beans.
Janet Amid is a columnist that writes for Sylvania Advantage, can be heard on 92.5 KISS FM Monday Mornings between 8:15 and 8:45 AM, Also look for The Column “Grazing the with Star” in the Sylvania Advantage. An astrological food column .