Mercury Retrograde Manual

temperenceThe second Mercury retrograde of the year will begin on Saturday, June 7th and will end on Tuesday, July 1st. Like the previous one this past February and the one coming up in October, this Mercury retrograde begins when Mercury, the mental planet of logic and communication, is in an emotional (water) sign. As it makes its way backwards, it leaves the emotional water sign and reenters a mental (air) sign.

What does all of this mean for us? That this Mercury retrograde will be intensely focused on our consciously examining what unconscious and subconscious programs or behavior patterns are running our lives. In other words, we’ll get to sift and sort through the reasons we think what we think and do what we do. In doing so, we can use this planetary transit as an opportunity to become clear about what influences we want and don’t want affecting our lives. In so doing, we can take our personal power back from these old emotion based programs, thus affording us the chance to consciously choose to live our best lives.

And of course, the usual cautions do apply– try to avoid getting overly emotional or all worked up over little and big things. As with all Mercury Retrogrades, plans and communications screw-ups can take you on a wild and confusing ride. Since Mercury rules communication, transportation and contracts, when it’s retrograde, all manner of mistakes and misunderstandings can occur. If you can, hold off on buying (or leasing) any big ticket items. It’s also a good idea to triple check any and all plans you make. This is an excellent time for research, as those things that are usually hidden from view, show themselves more easily during a Mercury Retrograde period.  Wait until Mercury goes direct on July 1st before making any big decisions.

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