When is the next Mercury Retrograde?
The next Mercury Retrograde is July 7-31, 2019 

Why Does Mercury Retrograde Get A Bad Rap?
Mercury Retrograde is a  three week cycle (occurring three times a year) that has a reputation for glitches in communications and travel connections. Therefore, many approach this period with trepidation.

But we don’t have to cease all activity, communications and forward movement! Mercury Retrograde doesn’t always meddle with our communications and plans, but presents us with opportunities when we align with the prevalent energy. 

While Mercury retrograde has a bad reputation for some, here is an empowered approach. Mercury only appears to move backward in the sky from the perspective of Earth. This apparent motion is only an illusion, however. As a symbol, a retrograde is a heavenly message is to reflect, review, reconsider and redo.  Listed below are best ways to optimize the opportunities of Mercury retrograde and align with the positive benefits of this cycle.

What Happens During Mercury Retrograde?
Mercury is the planet of communication and commerce, logical thinking and linear order. When Mercury is retrograde, the gift of this cycle is a shift from left to right brain focus. There is less attention on logical order, with a greater invitation to rest, relax and regenerate. Use this time to be creative. Think out of the box. In general, Mercury retrogrades support spontaneity.  Reorganize and reinvent yourself!

What is Mercury Retrograde?
Mercury is known both as the Messenger and the Trickster. With an orbit so close to the Sun, you may only see Mercury in the west just after sunset or in the east just before sunrise. Its apparent motion in the sky give clues to it’s symbolic meaning for our life here on Earth. Sometimes you see it and sometimes you don’t, either as a morning star, an evening star or hidden by the light of the Sun. This movement here and there translates to commerce and trade, as well as how to exchange ideas.

6 Suggestions to Make Mercury Retrograde Work For You:

1. Repeat - Double check yourself

Mercury relates to commerce and trade. Take extra time during Mercury retrograde to balance your checkbook or review your on-line accounting. Check bills and invoices to avoid mistakes.

2. Review and research

When Mercury is retrograde, there is a symbolic reversal - it’s best to take time out and reflect. Mercury is a planet that relates to the mind. It represents the mental realm of order and logic. Revise projects, review your plans and reorganize your closets.

This is a time to pull back before moving forward. If possible, avoid major purchases, creating new contracts, or scheduling serious surgery during this time. Do your research before taking action.

3. Be proactive - Take care of your technology.

Mercury the Messenger is all about communications and connections. Back up your computer and make sure all your ducks are in a row around your technology. Avoid glitches to maintain connection.

4. Reconfirm - Car care and transportation timing.

Review your coming travel plans. Mercury rules all things related to transportation; planes, trains and automobiles. When was your last oil change? Double check car registration and make sure insurance cards are up to date, and in your car!

5. Watch Your Mouth - Create kind communication.

How do you know for sure what you said is what the other person hears and understands?  Remember times when you are listening to someone, and for some reason you may only selectively hear half of what the other is saying! This is even more common during Mercury Retrograde. 

Be proactive and compassionate in your conversations. With friends and lovers, bosses or co-workers, take the time to repeat yourself to be sure what you said is what was heard. 

Practice with phrases like, “So what I heard you say was . . .” or even ask the other person to repeat back what you just said, simply to be sure you got your point across. Be patient with yourself and others if you have to repeat something in order to create more ease and understanding in the end.

6. Relax - Keep space in your schedule.

Spontaneity is your friend during Mercury retrograde. When acts of randomness occur, it helps to have a little extra time to make adjustments. Keep some open space in your schedule for happy surprises. It is easier to go with the flow when you don’t overbook yourself.  If things get haywire, then there is breathing room to deal with potential problems as they arise. Relax yourself, and life is smoother.

Kathryn Andren is the founder of The Love Astrologer, based in New York with clients across the USA and abroad. Devoted to healing service since 1997, she holistically integrates astrology, art & energy healing bodywork in her private practice. Her deep connection to the natural world brings both a passionate and practical approach to her consulting, writing and teaching. She holds a BA in Psychology and embodies years of professional experience with intuitive wisdom. Schedule Love Relationship Readings, an individual Soul Pattern Session or your very own Live Passionately session series with KathrynAndren.

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