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Mercury Retrograde in 2013… February 9, 2013

mercury_4179_1Being a Virgo (one of the two signs ruled by Mercury, the other being Gemini), this subject is important to me.  Its also important to me because Mercury retrograde effects all life on this planet very strongly.  Mercury being the planet that rules commerce, communication, contracts, and travel (just to name its major influences), its movements and energy play a major role in today’s modern society.

Mercury Retrograde is a time to slow down, and reevaluate.  When it comes to important matters, especially in business and personal relationships, it is a time to wrap things up prior to, or put things on hold until afterwards.  The 2 weeks(-ish) prior, and after, require attention and finesse.  Planning ahead and being flexible is key.  This is a time to keep yourself grounded, centered, and focused.  It can be quit a marvelous time, if one handles their affairs consciously and with an open mind and heart.

I’ve written two other blogs on the subject that go into depth on Mercury Retrograde and its effects.


Mercury Retrograde (MR) happens (usually) three times a year.  Today marks the pre-MR (or the “slow down”) phase for this current cycle.  MR will begin for this phase on Feb 23rd (with the Full Moon on the 25th).  Post-MR starts, or begin movement again, on March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day.  It will be back at full speed, and life will resume at its normal fast pace on March 31st, Easter.

The dates for the other two cycles this year are as follows…

pre-MR:  June 10
MR:  June 26
post-MR:  July 21
MD:  August 3

pre-MR:  October 5
MR:  October 21
post-MR:  November 11
MD:  November 26

For a full calendar diagram, go HERE.

This retrograde is in Pisces:

When Mercury is found to be retrograde in Pisces, there would be mental and emotional confusions. Some psychic experiences are also probable. There would be a mix-up of ideas, opinions and passions among people. People tend to become too much spiritual or too much erratic in their behaviour. There would also be a tendency for procrastination and laziness might creep in. Paranormal experiences are usually noted. Stress shall take its toll. Stability and privacy would be needed for a trouble-free environment. Nervous breakdowns are usually reported on a large scale.
taken from:  http://www.findyourfate.com/astrology/mercury-retrograde-signs.html

There are no hard rules in this universe, yet some general principles to go by are…


Do’s when Mercury is Retrograde

•   Reassert your vows and devotion in your love life or married life. Take time to be along with your      loved one this partner. But do not initiate any new moves.

•   Do take time to mend fences with your partner during this retrograde period. Get rid of past      resentments and try to make amends with him/ her. Reconciliation would work well in this period.

•   Patience need to be exercised when Mercury goes retrograde. In case there had been a previous      break-up with partner now is the time to extend an olive branch.

•   You could rekindle a last flame. Look up for some lost love in your life when Mercury goes      retrograde.

•   You can revisit your ideas of pleasure this time, like your favourite hotspot, your favourite hideout or a     coffee shop you used to frequent with your loved one.

Don’ts when Mercury is Retrograde

•   At any cost make sure you do not get married during Mercury retrograde dates. Because this is the time when promises get broken easily, and thing go awry. Though everything would seem smooth between you and your partner, something creepy might get in, hence maintain caution.
•   Do not pursue a new love route. It would land you in troubled waters. Though it might seem right enough ultimately it would turn into a total failure when Mercury goes direct. You would not get a correct picture of relationships when Mercury is retrograde as things seem blurred.
•   Do not try to break up with your loved one when Mercury is retrograde. Divorce proceedings are to be     strictly avoided and stalled. Else it would be a big strain for you both mentally ,physically, emotionally     and financially.
•   Mercury retrograde is a period when your resolve gets tested. Hence make sure you avoid a     distrusted person who has been trying to get your attention this period.
•   Do not go out on a first date when Mercury is in retrograde motion. Wait till it goes direct to initiate     any moves because you would be caught on the wrong foot if you venture into this unknown territory     when Mercury is retrograde



•   Your financial deals need to be reconsidered and restructured during a Mercury retrograde phase
•   Reassessing and renegotiations of finances can be done.
•   Do take care of any pending old businesses and make sure you complete them beforehand
•   Do look for any potential errors in your financial moves like payments and insurance policies.
•   Garner data related to anything you want to buy or invest in future.
•   Loans plans if any and other payment plans need to be revised.
•   Be prepared with your papers for filing of your taxes.
•   Reorganize your accounting and book keeping systems.
•   Change your beliefs and attitudes towards money and finances for the better is yet to come.


•   Do not initiate any new projects, partnerships or investments. It would certainly result in a loss and also in unwanted delays and frustrations.
•   Do not make any new purchases, else they might turn up to be faulty or damaged or of no use to you.
•   Do not take any loans when Mercury is under Retrograde.
•   Do not file taxes when Mercury is at its worst.
•   Do not gamble, speculate or take any risks with money.




Mercury Retrograde – Nov 6th to Nov 26th November 5, 2012

November 6 to Novemeber 26th

Retrograde:  11/06 at 6:04 pm EST  (Election Day in USA)
Direct:  11/26 at 5:48 EST
Release: 12/13  (also the day of the New Moon)

Those most effected by Mercury Retrograde:
Virgos and Geminis  (Sun sign and Rising Sign)

Mercury rules all types of communication, including listening, speaking, learning, reading, editing, researching, negotiating, selling, and buying. Mercury also rules all formal contracts and agreements, as well as important documents such as book manuscripts or term papers, agreements, deeds, contracts, leases, wills, and so forth. Included under this planet’s domain are all types of code, including computer codes, as well as transportation, shipping, and travel. When this planet retrogrades, these areas tend to get scrambled or spin out of control. Why does this happen? When a planet retrogrades, astrologically it is in a resting or sleeping state. Therefore, while Mercury naps, the activities that it governs don’t have the benefit of a well-functioning, wide-awake planet to supervise them. Expect a certain degree of pandemonium to ensue!(1)

I wrote a whole blog on this back in July (Mercury Retrograde – July 15 to Aug 8), seeing as its a subject that I find very important, not just because I’m a Virgo that lives with a Gemini, and I was born during a retrograde, because its something that even the most 3-D person can take a look and realize that these time periods always seem to have a similar effect on everyone.

Btw, there’s a Full Solar Eclipse on 11/14, and a partial Lunar Eclipse on 11/28.  links to previously written info below…
Blog about spiritual significance of Lunar Eclipses
Blog about spiritual significance of Solar Eclipses

Mercury Retrograde Meaning

Mercury goes retrograde and the traditional advice is “Don’t travel”“Don’t sign contracts”“Don’t marry” or “Don’t look at your computer or it will blow up!” But the whole Mercury retrograde cycle actually lasts eight weeks and happens three times, sometimes even four times in a year! That’s a long time to hide under the duvet and a real waste of a truly magical time. Mercury generally zips between two worlds, or rather, the two hemispheres of our brain. So during the retrograde period it is like Mercury has gone down into the Underworld. In the realm closer to spirit we become more right-brain orientated. It is dark, so other senses are heightened. We will feel extra sensitive here, psychic even. Everything will seem hyper-real… you will notice things you had overlooked before. This will prompt you to re-evaluate, renovate, re-invent, re-form, and reinvent. It’s true you might have to redo things, because Mercury will hit the same degree three times, but what this transit won’t let you do is to go into autopilot.

There are danger spots though. When Mercury is stationing retrograde we are at the wobbly stage where we are likely to slip up, make mistakes, and misread another’s communications. But once we are over the threshold and into the Underworld, we can safely go about out business knowing we are in another realm. The same goes for when it is stationing direct – give our brain a few days to adjust back to solar thinking. Whichever houses Mercury retrogrades in, will be your Underworld zone. Here you will question everything. It will make you jittery about signing contracts, because you will be constantly thinking, “Is this what I really want?”. Before the retrograde, is a good time to finish off those Solar left-brain projects and gather information to bring down into your cave at its retrograde point. Then you can slow things down, let yourself be taken into other dimensions, try on different filters, experiment, shine a light on your demons, then recharge and reboot.(2)
(1)Miller, Susan (2012-04-17). SUSAN MILLER THE YEAR AHEAD 2012 AND BEYOND (Kindle Locations 6603-6609). America Direct Book Service. Kindle Edition.
(2)Excerpt from http://darkstarastrology.com/mercury-retrograde/


Mercury Retrograde – July 15 to Aug 8 July 10, 2012

Image     July 15th to August 8th, 2012

  • Shadow: 1 Leo, June 27th
  • Retro Station: 12 Leo, July 15
  • Direct Station: 1 Leo, August 8th
  • Release: 12 Leo, August 22

Mercury retrograde has effects for two weeks before, and after.  Effects can vary depending on how Mercury has its ties to you.  Examples… Virgo and Gemini, these signs’ ruling planet is Mercury, so if those two signs are your Sun or Rising sign, the energies of Mercury could have more effect.

The overall general theme of Mercury retrograde is about reflection. It offers us a time to be more reflective about our lives, to contemplate and to create order by eliminating things that block our clarity. Therefore it is a good time to write, to meditate, to retreat and to organize. Based on the sign it is in at the time it makes this journey, we find more specific direction about what is required at this time.

The traditional statement about Mercury retrograde is that it favors anything that begins with the prefix “re-” — re-negotiate, re-vamp, re-new, re-vise, return, re-issue, re-visit, re-finance because the word retrograde itself means “to go back and retrace one’s steps.”  Always, decisions should only be made on contingency! With the element of flexibility added to any change or decision, there seems to be some guarantee of success. This period also favors finishing up work or returning to complete a project. This motion can provide new insights into the material. It favors re-considering prior decisions and getting others to change their minds about a previously-made decision. Precision is always disrupted by a retrograde Mercury. Going with the flow, keeping options open, using contingency methods and intuitively processing as you go along seem to give the flexibility needed to avoid Retrograde Mishaps.


When Mercury is in fire signs, the chances skyrocket for outbursts of enthusiastic communication. The instinctual mind has its say. The burning truth comes out impulsively and all lit up. There is vitality to conversation. During a retrograde, that spark returns, and can lead to raw or heartfelt expression. It’s a time to review your philosophy, and pick up dropped threads of inspiration!

July 15th to August 8th, 2012 Mercury in Leo (retrograde) remind us what we truly love. This respite cycles you back to your own unique story. It’s time to journal, and reflect on your ambitions, how you shine, and what you long to create.

Some serendipity happens that puts you in the spotlight. You reconfirm your talent for leading and encouraging others. You help someone see their own uniqueness. Children, or another kind of pride and joy — like your artistic creation — becomes a preoccupation. This could be time to revive a creative idea, give yourself a pep talk, and make plans to bring it to fruition.

This particular dance of Mercury Retrograde will be in the sign of Leo. Leo is about creative self expression; at its core are issues of self-esteem and risking the self. Leo rules the heart. Leo challenges are always about risking the self for the Self.

Mercury will meet up with the following planets: Uranus, Jupiter, Mars and Venus as well as the Full Moon. In some cases there will be three contacts: One in the entering shadow, one during the retrograde and one in the exiting shadow. Others make only one or two contacts.

Mercury Uranus: A time when intuition and intellect combine in the best of ways. July 4th, July 25th, August 18th.

Mercury Jupiter: Boundless opportunity to make intelligent and informed decisions – if you can separate the truth from a lie. June 29th, July 24th, August 22nd.

Mercury Full Moon on August 1st: Truly a time for strong and inclusive social interactions.

Mercury Mars: Words have power and force. The pen is mightier than the sword. July 22nd.

Mercury Venus: Let the poets and musicians sing their songs of beauty. July 4th and July 14th.

***** Some believe:
If you were born under the influence of a retrograde Mercury the ‘rules’ are a bit different for you. Where others should hold back you may step forward. The implication is that you are already attuned to your inner voice and the retrograde just makes that stronger. I believe it is useful and important (as with any astrological information) to see how it plays out for you personally. Blind acceptance is not required.