What happens when Mercury retrogrades?
Many western Astrologers over many many years have observed that when Mercury goes retrograde its effects many department of our life. So in this article let me share some of my and their observations over the years during the Mercury retrograde time
What is Mercury Retrograde?
All of the planets move in the same direction around the Sun, each with a different rate of speed. Mercury’s orbit is 88 days long; therefore approximately 4 orbits of Mercury around the Sun equals 1 Earth year. —
Periodically, Mercury appears to slow down, then stop (stationary retrograde) and then move slowly backwards for several weeks (retrograde). Eventually, it appears to stop again and reverse direction (stationary direct) moving slowly forward once again (direct). Eventually Mercury appears to return to its normal orbital speed.
This occurs because Mercury travels faster than the Earth, and it periodically catches up with Earth, passing us by. When Mercury “goes retrograde” it does not actually slow down, stop and move backwards. It only appears to do so. This phenomenon occurs near Mercury’s inferior conjunction to the Sun—as Mercury passes closest to the Earth, between the Earth and the Sun. This phenomenon has to do with the relative speed of the Earth and Mercury as well as their relationship to each other at a particular point in their orbits. There are three Mercury Retrograde periods each year, each lasting approximately 3 weeks.
That Quran Hakeem also talks about this retrogradation Phenomenon. I will write separately on this issue afterwards.
Before I move any further let me share the date of Mercury Retrograde for 2012.
2012 Mercury Retrograde Dates:
Mer R Mar 11 2012 23:50 06°Ar48′ R
Mer D Apr 4 2012 02:12 23°Pi52′ D
Mer R Jul 14 2012 18:17 12°Le32′ R
Mer D Aug 7 2012 21:41 01°Le26′ D
Mer R Nov 6 2012 15:04 04°Sg18′ R
Mer D Nov 26 2012 14:48 18°Sc11′ D
R here means that on this date it got Retrograde and D means that on this date it got Direct.
How it affect us.
A sense of urgency can push you to make SNAP decisions or take immediate action. Don’t! Rash decisions and hasty projects are more susceptible to problems, reversals, new considerations, modifications and mistakes.
Mercury is a planet which governs all transportation and communication issues. Mercury is not an emotional planet, but rather a highly objective, truth-seeking one. It rules intelligence, education and truth. When it is in retrograde, some of its power is held back.
Long-term or well-planned projects and decisions are less subject to error.
It is the urgency which causes you to make mistakes.
The three week retrogradation should be a time of introspection and research. If you delay taking action and keep a log of your thoughts during this time, you will see the evolution of your thinking process. The insight gained while Mercury is retrograde is invaluable.
If interested keep on reading and be aware of the following events as they have shown up again and again in the lives of so many ppl and I have seen all this happening personally with me and my frnds over the years.
When traveling, leave early and allow for extra travel time. Have all bags double-taped closed, count your belongings, double-check addresses and reconfirm appointments.
Things get lost especially letter emails, sms when Mercury messes us up. Take NOTHING for granted.
While Mercury is retrograde, delays in correspondence and decisions are possible.
Major projects scheduled to be completed during the Mercury retrograde period will tend to be completed just as Mercury turns direct.
You miss appointments,
Your computer equipment crashes,
Checks get lost,
You find the car you just purchased during Mercury retrograde is of colour that u don’t like. (Or, you hate your haircut, the lamp you bought shorts out; your sister hates her birthday gift.)
There will be countless delays, cancellations and postponements–but know these will benefit you in the long run. Don’t fight them, although your frustration level and feeling of restlessness will be hard to cope with at times.
Its not a good time for placing ads as u wont get the desired results
Be very cautious while purchasing communications equipment as after u come to home and u will notice that this is not the brand which u wanted to purchase actually but the salesman sale u something else.
Not a good time even for initiating business deals.
Read many times before you send any important correspondence or any type of message as it may have some serious mistakes.
If u are interested in starting a new school or any important project wait until Mercury becomes direct.
Don’t keep a tutor for ur children’s education at this time as he will not be competent enough.
Avoid Joining any educational short courses during this time as u may not complete them ever.
All machinery and things with moving parts–such as computers, VCRs, camera equipment, garbage disposals, and so forth, will reveal any weak links now. It is critical that you back up your data system and be more careful and vigilant than ever. Projects will demand more time and money than anticipated this month.
This is not a good time to buy on the spur of the moment without investigation.
This is also not a good time to purchase electronic equipment or cars.
Major purchases may be reduced in price after the retrograde period and you can save money by waiting.
Now is also a good time to dress old wounds, clean up relationships or to simply bury the hatchet.
Some people have great breakthroughs in psychotherapy during a Mercury retrograde period.
For salesman, it is a positive time to backtrack over previous contacts rather than call on new ones.
It is a perfect time to schedule work on projects that you haven’t had time to do and you’ve let pile up.
Bring your resume or portfolio up to date, and clean out your closets.
Take time to paint the house.
Clear your decks.
Don’t go for the surgery during this period as surgeon can make some mistakes.
In matters of the heart, if your boyfriend or girlfriend breaks up with you or says something hurtful, take a wait-and-see attitude. Since Mercury rules speech, they may not mean what you think they are saying now. Let them have some space, and wait to see if they mean in September what they said in August.
If you have to start a job during a Mercury retrograde period know that the nature of the job is likely to change dramatically over time. Perhaps the person you report to will leave or your responsibilities will be very different from what you thought they would be. Or your company won’t be ready to take you on, and you won’t have much to do until things are reorganized. But remember, if this was a position that you tried for in the past, then you’ve got the vibes working for you rather than against you.
The Mercury retrograde period is often linked to getting stuck in traffic, or lost down some side street. The schedule we have for the day is disrupted, and we’ve got to “go with the flow.” It challenges us to be patient, and avoid aggravating the situation with the anguish over it. Mercury is the planet that shows new perspectives, and in retrograde, we see from unusual angles.
Some activities are lucky or actually improve when Mercury retrogrades. You are likely to bump into old friends that you haven’t seen in years. Adopted children tend to find their birth parents during Mercury retrograde periods, or people locate their long lost siblings. Prosecutors often find clues to crimes that had previously remained unsolved for years. (Although sometimes the reverse is true–there is a greater danger, or example, that police can bungle evidence during a Mercury retrograde period, for clear thinking doesn’t come easy for any of us then.) Mail that went astray weeks or even years ago shows up during Mercury retrograde. Some things that were lost reappear.
like everything else in life, these rules are not steadfast and your experiences may differ from these generalities. Never let the planets rule your life! If you simply must sign a contract or begin a new job when Mercury is retrograde, go for it!
While some of us are very sensitive to Mercury cycles and find that certain activities become difficult during retrograde periods, while others experience no such problems. How you experience Mercury has a lot to do with planetary placements at your birth, as well as with current planetary positions. The best way to understand how Mercury retrograde periods impact you is to track your own experience. Check the dates that Mercury is retrograde to track how sensitive you are to this cycle.