Gemini and Virgo are signs ruled by Mercury, if you were born under one of these signs, you will feel the effects more than others.
If you work in industries ruled by Mercury such as sales, public relations, writing, publishing, advertising, air freight, postal service, express mail, freight industry, airlines, busses, Amtrak and teaching, you will be especially vulnerable to Mercury retrograde.
What happens during Mercury Retrograde?
Machinery and items with moving parts such as computers, CD players, camera equipment, forced air units, and so on, will reveal their weak links.
It is critical that you back up your computer files and be more careful and vigilant than ever. Not a good time to install new software or downloads. Projects will take more time and money than anticipated during this time.
In love and family dynamics if someone breaks up with you or says something hurtful, take it with a grain of salt. Mercury rules speech, they may not mean what you think they said. Take a wait and see attitude before you do anything.
When traveling leave early and allow extra travel time. Double-check your tickets, bags, and reconfirm all appointments. The sector of your chart that Mercury is transiting will be affected dramatically, so check your personalized forecast!
What can be done during Mercury Retrograde?
This is also the perfect time to visit old friends. Adopted children tend to find their birth parents; people find their long lost siblings and classmates. Law enforcement will find clues to crimes that previously remained unsolved for years. There is a greater daner, that law enforcement can bungle evidence, while investigating a new crime during Mercury retrograde, due to unclea thinking.
Mail that was lost weeks or years ago generally shows up during Mercury retrograde. Things lost reappear.
Now is also the perfect time to set things right in relationships. If you are in sales this is a time to revisit previous contacts instead of calling on new ones. A good time to schedule work on projects that you have not had time to do. Bring your resume or portfolio up to date, and clean out your closets, paint and repair the house.
Try not to start new things
A classic Mercury retrograde hit professional golfer Jim Furyk at the Barclays Tournament in August of 2010. He over slept and was disqualified from the Barclays Golf Tournament. Always have a back-up and double check everything during Mercury Retrograde.