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The Truth About Mercury in Retrograde

When the average person warns and waxes about Mercury in retrograde throwing lives into unmanageable chaos, it is a sign to get clear about this astrological cycle.

Are you in a phase where nothing seems to go your way? If so, you’re not alone. You can blame it on Mercury, which is in retrograde from December 3rd to December 22nd in 2017, but you can also use knowledge of this powerful time to your advantage.

Ruler of communication, technology and transportation, Mercury can wreak havoc if ignored, especially since it’s in retrograde during the holidays. Instead of hibernating until this phase ends and fearing Mercury’s potential for mayhem, inform yourself about how to manage this current phase of Mercury in retrograde. Taking the time to mindfully reflect and reboot during this period will help you thrive and ring in the new year, ready for whatever 2018 may bring.

Going Back to Move Forward

During the current phase of Mercury in retrograde, you may feel like you’re swimming against the tide. Miscommunication with friends and family, technological glitches, travel delays — these frustrations are all typical when Mercury is in retrograde. Instead of fighting against the tide, however…swim with it. You’ll find this planetary phase to be a lot smoother if you do.

Mercury is in retrograde three to four times per year. In 2017, Mercury was in retrograde the first week of January, most of April, mid-August through the beginning of September and for most of December. Considering Mercury is in retrograde during the holiday season in a year that’s already been full of upheaval, I sincerely hope you’ll see this planetary phase as an opportunity to reflect, renew and reconnect with yourself and your loved ones. I’m here to help you through these next few weeks. Check out my video horoscopes for some insights on Mercury in retrograde.

Flipping the Script

Instead of rushing through the next few weeks and diving headfirst into 2018, why not see the final weeks of 2017 as an opportunity to slow down? Keep in mind that Mercury is the messenger planet, so it rules all types of communication, transportation and travel as well as trade and commerce. Proceed with caution when dealing with these areas with Mercury in retrograde. Knowledge is power, and I’m here to give you some ideas for making the most of this phase

Here are some suggestions for making the most of the last few weeks of 2017:

  • Reflect + Review: Rushing to get to a meeting, to send that last email or to sign on the dotted line can lead to problems at any time, but particularly with Mercury in retrograde. Mentally review what you’re going to say; blurting out what’s on your mind can lead to miscommunication, misunderstanding and misery. Build in extra time to deal with the unexpected and to double and triple check anything that has to do with the areas in Mercury’s domain. If you’re traveling during the holidays, review your travel plans and be prepared for possible delays or lost luggage. Forgetfulness tends to be a problem during this phase, as well.
  • Renew + Reconnect: Now is the time to renew old friendships and finish any outstanding commitments rather than starting new ones. Expect to hear from people from your past, often at the strangest moments. Reconnect with your past: look through old photos, yearbooks and letters (or emails). To know where you’re going, you need to understand where you’ve been.
  • Reevaluate + Refresh: Mercury in retrograde is the perfect time to take stock — of your life, your friends, your home, even your closet. Are the people and things you surround yourself with a true reflection of who you are? While this phase may not be the best time to make changes, it’s a good time to ready yourself for the year ahead and possibly do things differently. Spend the next couple of weeks going through your closet to sort through what you can get rid of.

With Mercury in retrograde, it’s the ideal time to reflect and review so you can renew in the coming year. Because of the areas that Mercury rules, the next few weeks are not the best time to make big decisions, especially if any kind of legal document is involved or to make major purchases, especially those related to technology. If you’re thinking about taking up a new hobby, however, now is the perfect time to research so you can tackle that new interest in 2018.

You’ll get plenty of time to slow down and reflect in 2018 when Mercury will be in retrograde three times — late March to mid-April, late July to mid-August and mid-November to early December. With enough information and a positive outlook, you can make the most of Mercury in retrograde and stop allowing it to be an excuse for inaction or mishaps. Contact Debra Silverman today to learn how.

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