Three to four times every year we experience the illusion of the planet Mercury traveling backwards, which we refer to as Mercury Retrograde.
Mercury rules communication, travel, technology and the legal system. When Mercury is in retrograde, these areas of life are at their absolute weakest point.
It is the absence of Mercurial Energy that is the cause of these problems.
Everyone is impacted by Mercury Retrograde to varying degrees, all based on the position of Mercury in your natal chart at the moment you were born. Having a natal chart reading with an experienced astrologer will help you understand Mercury's importance in your life and how it will impact you during its retrograde.
For the majority of people (myself included), Mercury Retrograde is a very unpleasant time. Between constant technical difficulties, miscommunication and change of travel plans, these are the most unproductive stretches of time throughout the year.
What To Avoid During Mercury Retrograde:
Upcoming Mercury Retrograde Dates:
The pre-shadow begins February 19th, 2019, which means you can expect miscommunications and technical glitches to begin to ramp up. Moving databases or servers? Repairing electrical problems in your car? Submitting new construction plans for approval? Get everything important done before February 18th!
Mercury officially goes retrograde in Pisces on March 5th, 2019. Time to slow down and pay close attention to the list from above.
On March 28th, 2019, Mercury goes direct. But don't forget to triple-check everything just yet! For many people, a boomerang effect makes the week after Mercury direct even worse. This Mercury post-shadow will impact us until April 16th, 2019.
The same pattern continues for the rest of the year:
The second Mercury Retrograde of 2019 begins with the pre-shadow on June 20, 2019
Mercury goes Retrograde in Leo on July 7, 2019
Mercury goes direct on July 31st/August 1, 2019 (depending on where you are on Earth)
Mercury ends the Post-Shadow on August 15, 2019
The final Mercury Retrograde of 2019 begins the pre-shadow on October 11, 2019
Mercury goes Retrograde on Samhain night of October 31, 2019
Mercury goes direct on November 20, 2019
Mercury ends the post-shadow on December 7, 2019
Don't worry, with a little spellwork you can negate the effects of Mercury Retrograde by energetically moving the influences of the planet forward. By strengthening the temporary weaknesses, you can safely pass through these moments of time without a scratch, an annoyance or a delay! View full ritual and step-by-step instructions on the product page of the Mercury Retrograde Ritual Kit.
Questions? Feel free to comment below.
Love & Magick,
Keep in mind...
Astrological events are similar to acts of weather. Some people choose to dance in the wind and the rain. Others stay indoors. Your reaction, your mental attitude and your choice of thoughts will create your own experience and outcome.