Mercury in Pisces

 

I rarely go to the movies. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, just that I have limited downtime and it isn’t a priority. The other night though, my daughter and I saw The Greatest Showman. Oh, the spectacle! We both loved it.

On the way home, as we were talking and replaying the music, my daughter said ‘I nearly laughed at the words in that Million Dreams song, Mum. That’s so you – it’s why you can’t sleep. You have all those ideas and things running through your head.’

It’s so true. If you’ve seen the movie, have another listen, if you haven’t, google it on youtube. The song is pure Mercury in Pisces:

They can say, they can say I’ve lost my mind
I don’t care, I don’t care, so call me crazy
We can live in a world that we design

When I was first learning astrology, I was told – by someone who should know better – that because my Mercury was so “bad” (yes, the word was used) that I would have had trouble learning as a child, and functioning at any level of seniority in the workplace as an adult.

The truth is very different. I had no difficulties at school. I graduated high school with a very respectable ATAR that got me entry into a top Aussie Uni to study Economics and Political Science. I graduated from there with respectable marks.

At the time I was told all of this, I was managing multiple changes, and complex IT and relocation projects. Rather than being unable to deal with responsibility, the way my brain is wired allows me to juggle multiple completely unrelated problems simultaneously.

So was that astrologer wrong? Not necessarily. There’s no denying that my Mercury is, according to the texts, in a pretty crappy state:

  • It’s in Pisces- a sign where it is in both its fall and its detriment ie is absoflippinglutely not comfortable. The mode of operation in Pisces is at odds with the way that Mercury prefers to operate.
  • It’s in the 12th house – almost like being in Pisces twice over – hidden away, living in its own head.
  • It’s retrograde – so almost like being in Pisces three times over.

According to traditional astrology, my crappy Mercury couldn’t get any crappier. Unless, perhaps, if it was in Pisces in the 12th, and also conjunct Saturn. My BMF – who runs an international multi-faceted operation – has that placement and, like me manages to cope just fine.

What that astrologer told me all those years ago, is a commonly held belief relating to Mercury in Pisces. We have our head in the clouds, we live in a fantasy world, the reality of pretty much anything is beyond us.that’s true. It’s also something that many Pisceans will point at and laugh and use as an excuse:

‘Oh, ooops, there were consequences to that?’

‘Oh, ooops, I can’t help it, I have Pisces in Mercury. I can’t be expected to think.’ Cue cute giggle.

Yes, I’ve heard both – and more. Sadly it’s these people and the shadow “woe is me” side to Pisces that many people think of when they think of Mercury in Pisces. They overlook the beyondness and the possibility of Pisces. The power of dreams that become real.

The thing is, I’ve somehow learnt to adapt well to my Mercury – and I’m not alone. Consider all the other successful Pisceans who have done the same. People like Alan Rickman (Sun Pisces), Elton John (Sun Aries), Robbie Williams (Sun Aquarius), Tony Robbins (Sun Pisces). And that’s just for starters. people who have dared to dream – and turned that dream into reality and an inspiration for others.

Since meeting that astrologer, who should have known better and will remain forever nameless, I’ve grown to love my Mercury. In fact, with what I do, Mercury is in the best possible placement that it could be. If I was to invent a Mercury placement for a romantic fiction writer, I couldn’t have planned it better. My brain operates fluidly – there are no boundaries between reality and fantasy, logic and creativity. I can segue relatively seamlessly from the heads of my made-up characters to the reality of the office. My characters, once created, take on their own life and are real to me. That’s how my Mercury operates.

Over the years I’ve worked out what suits me and how I need to protect myself and my thoughts from overwhelm:

  • I learn best in isolation, I learn best through absorption, I learn best when I allow myself to feel my way and trust my intuition.
  • I work best when I have a number of things on the go. My brain doesn’t like to be contained – it needs to wander into possibility and fantasy. It closes down when there’s no escape route in sight.
  • I process best when I have a safe place to express emotionally, and the space to do so.
  • I schedule time to be away from everyone for short periods of time – it’s too easy for me to absorb the mood of others. The boundaries where you end and I start can be so thin as to be almost invisible. This is why, from time to time, I’ll disappear from Facebook. I absolutely have to.
  • When on conference, I try and choose accommodation away from the group and have me time before and after sessions. It’s the only way that I can make sense of what I’ve learnt.
  • Left to my own devices I’ll drift from project to project. It’s why I work best to deadline. Even though I self-publish my fiction, I pre-set delivery deadlines with my editor – and make sure that I stick to them.

There is no doubt that Mercury in Pisces works differently to Mercury in other signs. But that’s what it is – different…not better and absolutely not worse.

There’s a lot about us that frustrates those with Mercury in more classic Mercury signs.

  • There’s the way we flit from subject to subject and somehow end up where we were in the first place.
  • There’s the way we can have conversations with other water Mercuries where very little is said, but much is understood.
  • There’s the way we disappear into our own head to the extent that we can play out an entire situation and believe that’s the way that it is.
  • There’s the way that we don’t necessarily want to talk about those feelings that are most important to us, because it’s inconceivable to us that you really don’t know how we’re feeling – after all, we probably know how you’re feeling…it’s already become part of us.
  • There’s the way that you can hurt us with your “honest” feedback – you may have already forgotten, but it’s now part of us – we can’t separate from the words.
  • There’s the way we vacillate or delay when making personal decisions – not because we can’t, but because we’re fighting with what our head says and our heart feels. We could also be struggling to separate what we want from what we’ve absorbed from you.

Other water Mercuries “get” this. Air Mercuries, in particular, struggle with the idea of it – or should that read the no idea of it?

As Mercury moves into Pisces today, we’ll all have to deal with a little of this. My best advice? Don’t fight it, go with the flow. Wherever Pisces is in your chart is where you need to look reality in the eye and then deny its existence.

If you want to know more about Mercury in Pisces, check out this post.

Doing it for yourself…

If you have your chart already, look for the symbol for Pisces – that will tell you what part of life you need to allow your thoughts to drift in whichever direction they choose – even if right now none of it seems rational. For now, it’s about imagination and possibility.

If you don’t have your chart, read this post on how to get one.

If you don’t know what the houses mean, check out series 1 of the Toolbox or this post.

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide. Of course, if you know where Pisces is in your chart, you won’t need this guide:

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, Mercury will be transiting your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, Mercury will be transiting your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, Mercury will be transiting your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, Mercury will be transiting your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, Mercury will be transiting your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, Mercury will be transiting your 8th house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Virgo, Mercury will be transiting your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, Mercury will be transiting your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, Mercury will be transiting your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, Mercury will be transiting your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, Mercury will be transiting your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, Mercury will be transiting your 2nd house.

Mercury in Aquarius

Mercury moves into Aquarius later today or the wee hours of tomorrow morning – depending on where you live.

Yeah, so what? I hear you say. ‘I’m not an Aquarian,’ you say, ‘so it can’t affect me.’

Yeah…nah. The thing is, the movement of the planets provides the planetary or astro weather forecast for all of us. That means that like it or not, Aquarian or not, for the few weeks that Mercury is in Aquarius, whatever part of your chart is ruled by Aquarius will be where you start to ask more questions, look for more knowledge, want to know stuff.

It’s also a good few weeks to do some future planning, get your head around the latest and greatest app or social media platform and to have that relationship talk that you’ve been needing to have. Actually, I lied about the last one. It’s not a great time at all to do communication that is deep and meaningful in nature. Wait for Mercury in Pisces for that – and bring tissues….just saying.

Want to know more? Of course you do – especially if you have Mercury in Aquarius, or Mercury conjunct Uranus. Duck over and have a look at something I prepared (much) earlier. The link is here.

Doing it for yourself…

If you don’t have your chart, read this post on how to get one.

If you don’t know what the houses mean, check out series 1 of the Toolbox or this post.

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide:

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, Mercury will be transiting your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, Mercury will be transiting your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, Mercury will be transiting your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, Mercury will be transiting your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, Mercury will be transiting your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, Mercury will be transiting your 8th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, Mercury will be transiting your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, Mercury will be transiting your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, Mercury will be transiting your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, Mercury will be transiting your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, Mercury will be transiting your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, Mercury will be transiting your 2nd house.

Mercury will be in Aquarius until February 18.

Mercury in Capricorn

Mercury is poised to move into Capricorn and my attention has turned to matters of business – or rather business results and business planning. That makes sense – Capricorn is 11th house stuff for me, so it’s at this time of the year that I start putting some structure behind and around and under my goals. I gather the results from last year, analyse the problem and set some strategies. It’s line in the sand time.

Having Saturn in Sagittarius over the past couple of years in my work zone and squaring my Ascendant, Sun and Moon has taught me a lot about what I want – and more about what I don’t want. It’s also made me more aware of how I need to focus in 2018 on those activities that will bring me closer to my goals. It’s these things that I considered when I did my business planning for this year.

Anyways, I’m sure you don’t want to hear about that right now – I’ll bore you with those outcomes closer to the New Moon. Besides, as practical as Mercury in Capricorn is, I’m aware that talking about finances, planning, business and cost/value propositions isn’t at all new-agey – it is, however necessary.

Back to Mercury in Capricorn, here’s a link to a post from a few years ago that could help you understand this placement more. If you have Mercury in Capricorn or Mercury conjunct Saturn, give it a read.

In other news, it’s my parent’s wedding anniversary today. Fifty-four years ago – when Mercury was also in Capricorn – they said I do. A Scorpio-Aquarius match. Just saying…

Doing it for yourself…

While Mercury is in Capricorn, we can take a little of this energy now to put our own lines in the sand and put some frameworks in place within which strategies can flourish, risks are mitigated, resources are managed, and targets achieved.

Anyways, this influence will, of course, be best utilised in the part of life that Capricorn rules for you. If it’s your 10th house, have a think about what strategies you need to put in place to further your career or get the job you want. If it’s in the 7th, think about your relationships and relating. Naturally, you won’t have a spreadsheet on this (although maybe you might…?) but what plans could be put in place to bring you closer together (if you’re in an existing relationship) or help you find your way into a new one. Perhaps you might plan to join an online dating agency or enrol in evening classes or even set targets to get out and about…just putting some ideas out there, but I’m sure that you get it.

The point is,  every part of life can be subject to the Mercury in Capricorn treatment.

If you don’t have your chart, read this post on how to get one.

If you don’t know what the houses mean, check out series 1 of the Toolbox or this post.

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide:

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, Mercury will be transiting your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, Mercury will be transiting your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, Mercury will be transiting your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, Mercury will be transiting your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, Mercury will be transiting your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, Mercury will be transiting your 8th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, Mercury will be transiting your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, Mercury will be transiting your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo Mercury will be transiting your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, Mercury will be transiting your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, Mercury will be transiting your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, Mercury will be transiting your 2nd house.

Mercury will be in Capricorn until 31/1/18.

Something about cazimi…

Wednesday 13 December 2017

Sun conjunct Mercury

Moon in Libra

The Sun and Mercury meet up today in a conjunction that is more than your average planetary joining together. Those of you who have been reading along for a while will know that this is known as cazimi.

But for everyone else, what does it mean? What is cazimi? While it sounds as though it’s something that Harry Potter would say as he waved his wand about a bit, it’s actually that point when the Sun and Mercury are as close together as they can be.

When Mercury is within, say, 8° of the Sun, it’s said to be combust – and combust is not a good place to be. It’s about being so blinded by the light that you can’t see straight…or think straight. If you have Mercury within 8° of the Sun natally, you might be the one who says you’re often overlooked – or not listened to – as though your opinions can’t be seen beyond the light of the Sun. Right?

Up to 17° is referred to as being under the sunbeams – but I digress.

The thing is, there’s no need to feel alone in this – given that Mercury is never more than around 28° from the Sun, the chances are fairly high that your Mercury could be less than 8° from your sun.

Cazimi, on the other hand – that point where Mercury and the Sun join in a golden glow of uber understanding and concentration – is a very, very good place for Mercury to be…however briefly. It can bring with it a blinding flash of seriously, just how clever am I?

The aspect is exact at 11.48am or thereabouts (Sydney time), but Mercury is said to be cazimi within around 17’ of arc. No, I’m not going to do the calculation for that and I can see your eyes beginning to glaze over. The one thing I want you to take away from this is that in that golden period of time, Mercury is elevated to the pure Mercury-ness of it – yep, even when Mercury is retrograde.

Speaking of which, Mercury is retrograde, so not thinking straight already. This cazimi might, therefore, not be as cazimi-ish (yes, I made that word up) as a cazimi normally is…but it’s still a cazimi.

Mercury Retrograde…here we go again

I don’t know what made me look again at the instructions for the piece of work I was about to start this morning, but something did. And I saw a piece of information I’d missed the first time through. An extremely vital piece of information. The sort of information that would have led to not only embarrassment but hours of rework when I absolutely don’t have time for hours of rework.

Then there was the decision yesterday that I almost made that could have almost cost us money – and a reasonable amount of it. Ummmm ooops.

I have no idea how I missed it, but Mercury is pretty much stationary and will turn retrograde tomorrow. Actually, I do know how I missed it – that tends to be what happens when I’ve got my head stuck in book writing mode, I don’t really know what’s going on in the sky.

Anyways, Mercury will be retrograde from tomorrow. By now most of us know what this means, and can prepare and act accordingly – if you’re the preparing ahead type, that is. If you’re not sure about what it means and how to deal with it, your survival guide, or How to Survive and Thrive During Mercury Retrograde is here.

Now, I’m off to back up my manuscript.

Mercury in Scorpio

If I were to say to you: can you keep a secret? Would you know just what to do- or where to keep it? Poison Arrow, by ABC.

If you have Mercury in Scorpio you know the answers to these questions. Not only can you keep a secret, you know where to keep it: locked away somewhere deep in your mind and guarded by a giant slobbering dog the size of a mountain, with teeth as sharp as stilettoes….or am I confusing Scorpio with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone?

Mercury tells us, as we know from Toolbox 2.3, a lot about how we communicate, learn, and think. It’s not just what we say, but how we say it; and how we hear, absorb and understand the messages coming from others.

Mercury in Water signs learns and communicates through making emotional connections- almost like absorption. In the case of Scorpio, it can be a tad like dredging the bottom of the ocean for answers- Scorpio goes that deeply…and that ruthlessly.

Anyways, if you want to know more about Mercury in Scorpio, or how Scorpio thinks and learns, here’s something I prepared much earlier…

Doing it for yourself…

While Mercury is in Scorpio, it’s a good opportunity for breakthroughs of the emotional kind, or for getting to the bottom of a problem or a situation, or for dealing with hurts – even those hurts that may have been inflicted so long ago that the perpetrator has probably forgotten all about it. It’s a good time for confrontation, for deep introspection, and for plotting – if you’re that way inclined…although obviously that’s so not recommended. I’m thinking that the spicy scenes in my next novel could be made even spicier under the influence of Scorpio. Just saying.

Anyways, this influence will, of course, be best utilised in the part of life that Scorpio rules for you.

If you don’t have your chart, read this post on how to get one.

If you don’t know what the houses mean, check out series 1 of the Toolbox or this post.

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide:

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, Mercury will be transiting your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, Mercury will be transiting your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, Mercury will be transiting your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, Mercury will be transiting your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Pisces, Mercury will be transiting your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, Mercury will be transiting your 8th house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Taurus, Mercury will be transiting your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, Mercury will be transiting your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer Mercury will be transiting your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, Mercury will be transiting your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, Mercury will be transiting your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, Mercury will be transiting your 2nd house.

Mercury will be in Scorpio until 6/11/17.

The DIY Guide to Mercury Retrogrades

I’ve prattled on a lot in the past about Bali and why I love it – and the people. Possibly, though, the thing I love the most are the offerings.

The process of constructing and offering the tributes is not just a belief based ritual, but also a deliberate pause to be fully in the moment- regardless of the business of life going on around.

A local I spoke to up there said that every Australian and American he meets work so hard that they come to Bali to collapse and then go home to work so hard again to pay for the relaxation that they’ve just had and to save for the next holiday for the relaxation they need from working so hard to pay for it.

He said he didn’t understand it.

‘What do you do?’ I asked. ‘You work hard too.’

‘Yes, but we also stop for things that matter,’ he said.

‘What about the Europeans,’ I asked?

‘They seem to allow themselves more enjoyment,’ he said.

Perhaps he was typecasting, but I had similar conversations with others so maybe there’s something to it.

In our lives, we are so busy multi-tasking, juggling devices and schedules that we forget to notice the details. We miss things.

For me, Mercury retrograde has always been that time when we’re reminded that a little back-tracking, a little revision, a few deliberate pauses in the day can be a way in which we can reconnect – to our own creativity, to what’s important, to the moment.

It can be as simple as the reminder when you’re in disgusting traffic that as late as it’s making you, someone up the road may, as the result of a mechanical failure or an accident, be even more inconvenienced than you are.

Or the next time you’re delayed at the doctors being grateful that you’re not the one whose made her run late with something that could be more life threatening than what you’re presenting with.

Some years ago (back in 2010), I read this piece by Sarah Wilson:

“In my case, my computer short-circuited before I did. Yes, it’s only a computer. Computers don’t have free will. But there is NO TECHNOLOGICAL REASON for it doing what it did… So I’m taking the metaphorical route.

In the lead-up to all this, I was going too fast, loading up too much, taking on more than I could handle. My circuitry was overloaded. I was about to explode. But my computer blew up instead of me. It’s happened twice before. My computer implodes when I need to slow down. It stops me in my tracks, holds up a mirror to myself and I face what I’m doing.”

The fall out from Mercury retrogrades hits us because we need to slow down. It really is sometimes that simple.

These days our lives are ruled by Mercury things. There’s no avoiding it, and it’s great. I’d be lost without my smart phone and social media and google maps etc, but Mercury retrogrades are like a push in the e-tox direction. It’s back to basics time – almost as though the Universe is telling us that every so often we need to slow it down – listen to our own thoughts, revisit those things, issues, ideas, people, plans that need revisiting, and then move on again.

Much of what goes wrong during Mercury retrograde periods goes wrong because we haven’t done what we know that we should be doing. We should be backing up important documents/ photos/ music/whatever. We should be confirming appointments and travel plans. We should be carrying a spare pair of knickers in our carry-on. We should be leaving in plenty of time to get to where we need to get to.

We shouldn’t need a Mercury retrograde period to force ourselves into being just a tad vulnerable, but sometimes that reminder is necessary. Meltdowns as messy as they are, can also be therapeutic.

What is the Mercury retrograde?

  • The planet isn’t really going backwards, it just appears that way from where we stand here on Earth
  • During any retrograde cycle of any planet we bring our attentions within. The energy of the planet is intensified, and that energy is brought within. In that case of Mercury that means how we think, how we transmit messages and how messages are communicated and understood around us
  • this is your signal to slow down, go within, review, revise, rewind. We review and revise in our head the nature of the area of life this retrograde is happening in for us. With our brains occupied in a different way we lose focus on what is happening around us- and that is when things, generally shitty things, happen.

What is Mercury retrograde good for?

It can be a time of heightened inspiration – and as a writer, that’s a good thing. Besides, I have Mercury natally retrograde in Pisces – and that’s a little like permanently living with Mercury retrograde while the rest of the world is fast forward.

Ideas that have been lost in the whirl of busyness, pop back into my head, the words flow freely onto the manuscript, unrelated and random concepts can somehow make sense.

Mercury retrograde periods aren’t good for starting new projects, but it could be about assessing the value, scope or outcome of an existing one. It’s not about pushing forward, but rather holding back and planning. It’s when blasts from the past return to the present; and when lessons from yesterday can help you with today and tomorrow. It’s about considering your words before you say them; rethinking your message before you send it; going within and evaluating the consequences before making an irrevocable decision.

  • Take the time to recharge your batteries
  • Revise your goals
  • Review your bright ideas
  • Regain your faith in the future
  • Recommit to habits, goals, the things you need to recommit to
  • Reconnect with colleagues & friends you haven’t seen or spoken to for some time
  • Renew and refresh whatever is jaded and old
  • Revisit places, books, movies that mean something to you
  • Rest and relax

What can Mercury Retrograde affect or impact?

Anything Mercury ruled. This could include – but is not limited to:

  • Appointment times
  • Travel times and arrangements
  • Computers, phones and other electronic devices
  • Getting to and from places
  • Contracts and other documents

How to survive and thrive during Mercury retrograde

Dealing with it requires common sense, flexibility, clarity and patience. I often tell people to act as if they don’t have a smart phone, or are overseas with the data roaming turned off.

What do I mean by that?

Remember back to when you made appointments with people and you called them up and agreed a time and a place. You never knew if there’d be a pay phone handy, so you mapped out your route before you left, and made sure that you caught the train before the last train you could catch in order to ensure you got there on time. Remember then?

You didn’t squeeze in an extra coffee meeting knowing you could punch out a text to the person you were going to be keeping waiting. You didn’t turn up for meetings late knowing that you could dial in on the way.

If you needed a map, you’d print out the directions, or at least make a note of the details in the notebook you always carried.

Despite what some will tell you, life doesn’t stop just because Mercury has decided to pass between the Sun and the Earth and look like he’s going backwards. I might suggest that you delay signing contracts and making major purchases – if at all possible – but the reality is, there’ll be times where it can’t be delayed and how would you feel if you missed out on a fabulous opportunity just because Mercury was retrograde?

How to mitigate the possible damage?

  • Re-confirm appointments
  • Check and re-check your travel arrangements
  • Insure your luggage and tickets and make sure you have copies of all travel documents – preferably not in your bag
  • If travelling carry a spare toothbrush and change of clothes as carry on – just in case
  • Avoid mechanical problems, by making sure your car services are up to date
  • Back up computers
  • Avoid purchasing any major technology over this period
  • Avoid signing contracts, but if you have to, make sure you have read & re-read all the fine print
  • If you must commence a new project, do the scoping work carefully – and seriously people, we should be doing this anyway!
  • If you have any changes going “live” or being implemented, test, re-test, regression test, test the back out, test the install & test again. Test. Oh, and schedule enough time for testing and re-testing.
  • Don’t overbook
  • Leave plenty of contingency between appointments
  • Make sure that meeting minutes are thorough and accurate. The same goes for emails and change communication

Hmmmm sounds awfully like common sense, doesn’t it? Like the sort of things we should be doing anyway?

If it’s a major purchase ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I need it?
  • Do I really need it?
  • Do I really need it now?
  • Have I shopped around?
  • What’s my back up plan?
  • Can I afford it?
  • What happens if I don’t buy it?
  • Do I really need it?
  • Does it fit?
  • Am I buying it with a view to changing or renovating it?

If it’s a contract, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I need to sign?
  • Do I need to sign now?
  • What happens if I don’t sign now?
  • Have I read the contract?
  • Have I read the contract properly?
  • Have I read the fine print? Twice?

Get the idea?

Doing the above doesn’t mean things are perfect – heaven forbid. But if you keep your plans flexible and don’t get too hung up on frustrations, it’s all quite ok.

I dare you to give it a try.

Who is most affected by Mercury Retrograde?

  • People with strong Mercury charts eg people with the Sun, Moon, Ascendant or Mercury in Mercury ruled signs ie Gemini or Virgo.
  • People with these planets in the 3rd house
  • People who have the Sun, Moon, Mercury or Ascendant in the sign which is receiving the retrograde
  • People who have planets or chart points at the position where Mercury stations – either to go retrograde or direct.

What about the shadow?

Lots of astrologers will talk about the “shadow” period of any retrograde phase. Some will go as far as saying the rules above apply through the shadow period. I’m not convinced- but don’t take my word for it…you might be one of those that is sensitised to all things Mercury.

What I have found is that whilst things tend to have the potential to go more haywire during the actual retrograde period, things that stall early in the shadow period tend not to be resolved or green lighted until the end of the shadow…if that makes sense.

The shadow period lasts from when Mercury first passes the point at which it will later turn direct and lasts until it passes for the second time the point at which it turned retrograde.

For example,

Mercury turns retrograde at 11 Virgo 38′ on 13 August, 2017 (or thereabouts- depending on what part of the world you are in) and turns direct at 28 Leo 25′ on 5 September 2017 (or thereabouts- depending on what part of the world you are in). This means that the so-called shadow period will last from July 25 (when Mercury reaches 28 Leo 25′ ) until September 20 (when Mercury reaches 11 Virgo 38′ for the second time). Although the period when Mercury is retrograde will be from 13/8/17 – 5/9/17, the period in which it will be in shadow is from 25/7/17 – 20/9/17. That’s nearly 2 whole months…and therein lies my problem with the shadow theory. With 3 Mercury retrogrades per year, if we also pulled up stumps during the shadow we’d be looking at nearly 6 months each year when we can’t be as productive as we’d normally like to be.

But, as I said, that’s just me.

Mercury is next retrograde from 13 August, 2017

For Mercury retrograde dates, see this page.

For more on planetary retrogrades, see this edition of the Toolbox

For information on the Mercury shadow, see this edition of the Toolbox

Mercury in Virgo

Mercury heads into Virgo later this morning – if you want to know more about Mercury in Virgo, check out this post.

The thing is, Mercury will turn retrograde in a couple of weeks, so will have a much longer stay than usual in Virgo – until 30 September…albeit with a short venture back into Leo.

Naturally, I’ll have more about the retrograde – and a Mercury retrograde in a Mercury ruled sign will always be an uber retrograde – closer to the time, but if you want to prepare, here’s something that will help you to do so.

Doing it yourself…

We all have Virgo somewhere in our charts, and it’s this part of life that we’ll be looking critically at over the next few weeks.

If you don’t have your chart, read this post on how to get one.

If you don’t know what the houses mean, check out series 1 of the Toolbox or this post.

If you don’t have any idea about your birth time, or can’t be faffed working it out, you can follow the solar guide below. Of course, if you do know where Gemini is in your chart, go straight to that house.

  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Virgo, Mercury will be transiting your 1st house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Libra, Mercury will be transiting your 12th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Scorpio, Mercury will be transiting your 11th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Sagittarius, Mercury will be transiting your 10th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Capricorn, Mercury will be transiting your 9th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aquarius, Mercury will be transiting your 8th house.
  • If your Sun of Ascendant is in Pisces, Mercury will be transiting your 7th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Aries, Mercury will be transiting your 6th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Taurus, Mercury will be transiting your 5th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Gemini, Mercury will be transiting your 4th house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Cancer, Mercury will be transiting your 3rd house.
  • If your Sun or Ascendant is in Leo, Mercury will be transiting your 2nd house.

Mercury will be in Virgo until 30 September, 2017.