Mercury is the smallest and closet planet to the sun. It governs communication and travel and is also known as the Winged Messenger. Mercury travels around the Sun approximately every 88 days or 3 months. Once Mercury makes a complete revolution around the sun it begins retrograde motion for 21 days. Mercury makes this journey three times a year. When Mercury is travelling around the sun things are running pretty normal and smoothly. When Mercury is in retrograde motion it is the opposite influence becoming the planet of miscommunication and accidents.
Retrograde motion is similar to when you are driving along and see a car beside you but the rims seem to be moving backward in motion and yet the car is moving forward.
Murphy’s Law what can go wrong, will go wrong. IF your not prepared!
It is advisable to postpone anything of importance during this period. Not the best time to start a new job, it might not be the dream job you thought it was or it might only be temporary. Do not sign important papers you could make costly errors if you do not read it correctly. Don’t purchase or repair a car it might be a lemon or not fixed right. Avoid other electronics such as a computer, or cell phone as they communicate as well. Be sure to back up your computer to not loose vital data. Be cautious of your cell phone not working properly or calling the wrong person and they overheard a conversation not meant for them. Make sure you double check bank accounts for errors as well. These are just a few examples of what or may go wrong. Best to go on vacation but to a magazine or good book in case of delays at the airport. If traveling by car take your time enjoy the scenery.
It is a time to also revise, review and revisit past events. People we have not seen in ages can now pop back up in our lives. We need to think before we speak, watch our words, and pay attention to what we thought we heard otherwise fighting and arguments can break out without warning. Being that Mercury also governs travel watch out for traffic accidents. Slow down get out of the fast lane and take your time to avoid accidents. If you are traveling allow time for delays especially if your are flying for a vacation. If you cannot take time to gone on vacation then do a stay-cation.
To offset Mercury’s mayhem take it slow and easy. Mercury’s influence affects everyone but two astrological signs most impacted are Gemini and Virgo because they are ruled by this planet. For these two signs I refer to this as a kryptonite effect on them due to they are in a period of delay and should also take caution to not get sick or injure themselves. You may also sense some regtrogrades stronger than others as well.
Mark your calendars to avoid the madness of this tiny planet that packs a punch! The dates to watch for Mercury retrograde this year are listed below and the dates do change annually. Here are the dates for 2018 so mark your calendar.
March 22 – April 15, 2018
July 25 – August 18, 2018
November 16 – December 06, 2018