Let’s get a few things straight about Mercury retrograde!
Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s that time of the year again. Mercury goes retrograde three times a year. It will be in retrograde from July 14th - August 8th. As an astrologer, it drives me bananas when people blame every little that goes wrong in their lives on Mercury retrograde. When your dog gets sick and vomits on your Persian rug, it’s not because Mercury is in retrograde. But, if your dog got sick because you had poor cell phone reception when you called the dog sitter to ask her to give Lucky his medication and she thought that you said ‘Lucky gets meditation’, then you can blame it on Mercury retrograde! When you get fired from your job, it’s not the fault of Mercury retrograde. But, if you work in a business that involves buying and selling and loads of clients catch buyer’s remorse and all the money you thought you had made for the company eventually amounts to a big fat zero and you lose your job, you can attribute it to retrograde Mercury. Mercury doesn’t rule everything under the Sun, but it does rule some major areas of our everyday lives. It rules communication - from verbal communication, to emails, to letters and everything in between. It rules commerce and anything having to do with buying and selling. It rules mail and deliveries. It rules transportation and short trips. It rules learning, negotiating, and processing information. Because Mercury rules so many basic, everyday processes it makes it a bad time to start important new projects when Mercury is in retrograde. Because of communication confusion, errors, and negotiation snafus, it’s a bad time to sign contracts and other important documents. Because it is notorious for inspiring buyer’s remorse, it’s a bad time to make major purchases. And because it rules transportation, it can make travel (even across town) rife with minor hassles and delays. So, before you go blaming Mercury for spilling chocolate ice cream on your new white blouse, maybe you need to take a little responsibility and just own up to the fact that you’re a magnet for stains and probably shouldn’t have had that ice cream to begin with!