The Mercury Retrograde is a period of time when the Planet Mercury appears to be moving backwards. When this happens the Planet is considered to be in a weakened state and things seems to go wrong, delays ensue and frustration can as a result arise. This is however an excellent time to reorganize your life and reflect on everything leading up to this point in time, so instead of reacting to the apparent delays or upheaval, observe and look at what you can do to rectify by reflecting and by the end of the retrograde things will have sorted themselves out.
The Mercury Retrograde starts on the 24th of September in Libra. During this period it is an excellent time to take time out and rest, review, research, read, study, revisit and reflect, re-evaluate, reconsider, in fact anything that involves RE, even re-marrying is okay, except REacting! The retrograde takes you backwards, i.e. within, so you can experience great breakthroughs during this time in relation to your inner world vs your outer world and what you have created in your life. Generally one is motivated to reassess relationships, career, and just about every area of one's life out of kilter during this phase. Again, wait before you end a relationship or change jobs until after the retrograde on the 15th of Oct 2008. If you make major changes such as I have suggested right now, you will end up going back or changing your mind. Sit back and observe and research and then take action from around the 18th of October onwards. The same can be said if your partner leaves during this period; they will generally change their mind and return. The Mercury Retrograde tends to influence things within the week prior to the planet going retrograde and for the week after it goes direct again.
During the Mercury Retrograde specifically you may find people from your past reappearing - old friends, lovers, employers etc. Enjoy the reconnections and reflect on what the encounters are revealing to you, bearing in mind it's not necessarily a bad thing. Re-turning to anything during a Mercury Retrograde is generally considered benefic. In some cases however, one must use one's discernment and ensure that it's not a past negative pattern resurfacing or returning to test your self-worth making sure you really have mastered an issue in a particular area of your life. For example if a past employer or lover returns who mistreated you, you may very well be challenged to observe their behaviour, reflect on that period of your life, own your power and move on without reacting and without regrets. Mercury favours tricksters and conmen, so if that was something you had to deal with you can now recognize the behaviour and set your boundaries. It is generally said that if you meet someone new during the Mercury Retrograde they will more often than not always dupe you. During the Mercury Retrograde people have a tendency to reveal their true colous, so if you are having your doubts about someone observe them during this period and by the end of the retrograde on the 15th of October you will have a pretty good idea of what they're all about. Bear in mind that you will also expose yourself during the same period. Everything tends to be exposed during this time so be patient. The psychology behind the retrograde is that your inner world brings up issues for you to look at so you can process it, which is why the delays that often accompany the Mercury Retrograde can very often be a blessing in disguise because it gives you the opportunity to think things through before making important decisions.
It's not advisable to purchase things like cars and electronics during this time because they might not deliver on their promise and turn out to be problematic. You might find that e-mails and text messages go missing or are misunderstood. Be very careful how you word your communications, written and verbal, because all communication "wires are crossed" at the moment. If there are misunderstandings try your best to deal with it calmly and REpeat what you are trying to convey with patience.
Although it is not a good time to sign contracts one can most certainly look at opportunities and options during this period, and it is a particularly good time to find great bargains pertaining to property especially, people tend to get desperate and drop their prices. One of the reasons why you don't sign a contract during the retrograde is because you could end up losing money for up to two years afterwards, and in some cases up to four years. You might also miss important small print, which could impact on you afterwards and you will have to do things all over again or renegotiate. There are however times when you can sign a contract where it will be beneficial for you. This however needs to be determined by a professional Medieval Astrologer. Please bear in mind that Modern and Medieval Astrology are totally different. Medieval Astrology is predictive and based on very specific mathematic delineation making it very accurate, whereas Modern Astrology is based more on Psychology and the intuition or psychic ability of the Astrologist, which can be risky.
If you are traveling for business and you are returning to a destination you can be sure it will be successful, new locations businesswise are however best avoided during this time. If you are traveling on holiday be sure to mark your luggage properly and double check your itinerary - time and dates, as there could be delays and/or miscommunication and misunderstandings.
Enjoy this time to make long lasting change and take time out to rest and relax!
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