Mercury Retrograde occurs three to four times per year, when the planet Mercury, the planet of chat slows down, and appears to stop and move backward (retrograde).
Presently, Mercury the planet of communication in a retrograde is creating havoc through all forms of communication whether it is texting, talking or signing contracts of any kind. In simple terms, be aware of not only what you say, but how it is being delivered.
WHAT DOES MERCURY DO?
When Mercury is in retrograde we are provided with a time to catch up to ourselves, to reflect, to rethink and possibly shed light on matters from the past that needs our attention. It’s a period of complete contemplation. Much however depends on where it is taking place in your own individual birth chart.
Also the Sun Moves into Gemini on May 20. A great week to open up to Summer. Creative ideas flourish, and a good cycle for basking in the Sun with friends.
ARIES – MERCURY retrograde in Taurus as it affects you Aries, favors security as it aspects your money house. Also, the Sun now in Gemini playfully aspects your area of chat. Humor is once again yours for the asking. However you may find yourself spinning out of control as your fight to maintain some sort of security specifically where your job is concerned.
TAURUS- With the Sun now in your money house, it’s all about finances and creating a nice nest egg. However with Mercury still in a retrograde motion in your own sign you would do well to pay caution to the wind before doing something totally out of character. Pay attention to your inner compass if need be.
GEMINI – Your intuition usually serves you very well, but at this time you may not be feeling it. Therefore, be more observant when it comes to presenting ideas, or any detail work as Mercury your ruler now transiting may have you doubting yourself. However on the flip side the Sun now in your own sign merely opens up another window allowing you to breathe.
CANCER – Planetary influences occurring in your area of friendships and groups may cloud your judgement calls this week. You may find that communication with friends or with groups can easily get sticky. Group meetings may be postponed or canceled, and friends may be uncommunicative or giving off mixed signals. On the other hand, old acquaintances may appear during this cycle with the Sun transiting your area of nostalgia.
LEO – Be ever so careful when dealing with work related matters as Mercury retrograding the zenith part of your chart may create utter confusion. It’s up to you to sift through what needs to be done. Also, friendships can and will play a major role this week with the Sun in transit of your area of social connections. Extra care should be exercised when communicating with friends, superiors, and co-workers, things could get tricky right away. Strive to be as clear as possible so that you are not misunderstood when also dealing with the public.
VIRGO – Because you are ruled by Mercury, the likelihood of being misunderstood is likely. If possible, hold off on major work decisions, as career matters are Gemini-ruled for you and the Sun in Gemini transiting your area of work reinforces this. However during this period you may find yourself in a cycle of introspection, and/or deep thought. You may be re-thinking matters regarding your life path, but it’s best to think rather than act for now, as your judgment may be compromised with both Mars and Mercury in retrograde.
LIBRA – It would be wise to be clear when dealing with financial transactions or, better yet, take this time to re-budget or rethink your plans instead of taking premature action. Specifically, extra care should be exercised regarding travel or any financial initiatives that involves shared resources. Delays are very possible when it comes to receiving support, loans, and taxes.Also with both Mars and Mercury in retrograde, partnerships may be a bit testy. It’s better to just walk away.
SCORPIO – With Mercury retrograding your area of partners, extra care should be exercised when it comes to negotiations, one-on-one communications, and any financial initiatives that involve shared resources. Be as non-judgmental as you can but get your point out. There may be the need to revisit old issues in a partnership, or there could be some communication problems with a partner. An ex-partner may suddenly resurface during this cycle. When all is done astrologically you will feel as though you have woken up from a deep sleep and all is well.
SAGITTARIUS – Time to focus on health and fitness as Mercury travels through your area of health. You may not feel up to it, but it’s always important to get ahead of the game plan. Also, Mars continuing to travel in your own sign merely brings you to a place of change, and restoration. It flips you around forcing you to look at life from a different angle. In addition, the Sun now traveling in your area of partners reinforces relationships on a much higher level. Communication should be light and airy.
CAPRICORN – A 5th house Mercury retrograde extra care should be exercised when it comes to romance, children, creativity, work, and daily routines. Re- thinking the suitability of your job and/or romantic relationships are possible now, but you should avoid jumping to any premature decisions. Work-related mess-ups can frustrate you. Double-check your work. There may be the need to revisit old issues with your children or lover, or there could be some communication problems with the same. Arguments with a lover may be blown out of proportion far too easily.
AQUARIUS – Since Mercury retrograde is now nestled in your area of home, attention should be given when it comes to family relations, romance, children, and creativity. There could very well also be the need to revisit old, nagging issues with family members, or there could be some communication problems with them. Family members may be on edge. Try to hold off on household repairs if you can. Put off decision-making with regards to home improvement, moving, and family matters for the time being. New initiatives surrounding home and property are best left for a better time specifically after June 28, 2016 with Mars in retrograde. Re-thinking your romantic relationships or creative projects are possible now but you should avoid jumping to any premature decisions
PISCES – Not only should you be considerate of what you say, but also know that your actions count as Mercury in your area of chat may increase fire in your words. Also, The Sun transiting your area of home may place light where it is most needed. However Mars in retrograde at the mid-heaven part of your chart indicates work related issues are in a dither. Time to re-think your strategy .
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