Here we go again! The first of three Mercury Retrograde phases in 2017 arrives on April 9th and lasts until May 3rd (we technically have three and a half this year, since the last of 2016 overlapped into the first week of January). It starts in the sign of Taurus and ends in Aries, with the Pre-Shadow on March 27th and the Post-Shadow on May 21st (click HERE to find out more about the Shadow period). What does this mean for you? Since my astrology skills are still rusty, I turned to other places on the interwebz for answers.
First up, a snippet from a great article called, Intuitive Astrology: Mercury Retrograde April-May 2017 by Tanaaz over at Forever Conscious –
When Mercury slows down in April, we are all going to be guided to go within and work out what is really important to us and why we want to take the path that we have chosen.
This Mercury retrograde is also heavily focused around career and money. If either of these things have been an issue for you, Mercury will allow you to finally bring the truth to the surface.
Mercury will allow you to see clearly what is blocking your way and how you can get your career or financial situation into better shape.
While in retrograde, Mercury will be guiding you to take ownership of what you really want in regards to your career. This energy will help you to rework your goals, dreams and wishes so you are more aligned with your highest truth.
If money has been an issue, Mercury is going to be supporting you to get things in order. Perhaps you will be encouraged to think about your finances and to take more responsibility in regards to your relationship with money.
Now, some great information and suggestions from an article written by Maria DeSimone called Mercury Retrograde Dos and Don’ts – Keep moving forward while Mercury moves backward. This is only a tiny bit – she goes into greater detail on the Tarot.com site, so I highly recommend checking it out –
There is one golden rule when it comes to Mercury Retrograde phases. Interestingly enough, it’s grammatical. If you can commit this simple tenet to memory then you’ll find that retrograde cycles of Mercury are not only easier to navigate, but also rich with potential for growth and personal development.
Ready class? Here’s the rule. Remember back in grade school when you learned about the prefix “re?” Well, a prefix is placed before the root of a word and this one means “again.” All you need to remember is that during any Mercury Retrograde cycle, if you’re doing something that begins with “re” such as reassess, revise, revisit, reconnect, redo, recall, resay, refresh, you’re right on track. If you’re not then stop immediately or else suffer the Mercury Retrograde migraine!
Here’s a top list of dos and don’ts that will help you navigate the confusion around any Mercury Retrograde phase –
DON’T initiate. DO finish what you’ve started.
DON’T purchase big ticket items. DO comparison shop.
DON’T sign contracts, make verbal agreements or life altering decisions. DO renegotiate, mediate and reconsider existing ones.
DON’T hide under a rock and stop living. DO expect delays and snafus.
Finally, here’s the graphic I created for the occasion, using a photograph kindly provided by NASA (see the original here). Happy spinning!