Mercury the planet of communication, turns retrograde on average 3 to 4 times a year. Expect delays and frustration, use extra care when traveling or dealing with communication and commerce. Double check all plans, and try not to sign important documents until Mercury turns direct.
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, buses, Amtrak and teaching, you will be especially vulnerable to Mercury retrograde.
What happens during Mercury Retrograde?
Missed appointments, computer and related equipment crashes, email and snail mail are lost or over-looked, the car you purchased during Mercury retrograde is a lemon. Countless delays, appointments cancelled or postponed.
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?
Good time to backtrack and reconfigure your path in life. Revisit old clients, reconsider, reflect, reconnect and repair. Mercury forces us to slow down and fix what is broken, and rethink things. It is also a time to get projects off the back-burner.
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 danger, that law enforcement can bungle evidence, while investigating a new crime during Mercury retrograde, due to unclear 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 clearn out your closets, paint and repair the house.
Try not to start new things
If you start a new job during Mercury retrograde, know that the nature of the job will change dramatically over time. The person you report to will leave or your responsibilities will be different from what you were told they would be. The company that hired you might make a sudden change and delay taking you on, or you will not have much to do until things are reorganized. If this was a position that you interviewed for in the past, then Mercury retrograde will work for you.
A classic Mercury retrograde hit professional golfer Jim Furyk at the Barclays Tournament in August of 2010. He overslept and was disqualified from the Barclays Golf Tournament. Always have a back-up and double check everything during Mercury retrograde.
Mercury Retrograde Dates for 2013
February 23, 2013, 4:41 am (EST) 19 degrees Pisces, ends March 17, 2013, 4:03 pm (EDT), 5 degrees Pisces.
June 26, 2013, 9:08 am (EDT) 23 degrees Cancer, ends July 20, 2013, 2:22 pm (EDT) 13 degrees Cancer.
October 21, 2013, 6:29 am (EDT 18 degrees Scorpio, ends November 10, 2013, 4:12 pm (EST), 2 degrees Scorpio.