Our energy, how we live, love and communicate are governed by the planets. The moon affects the tides and our emotions with mercury governing our communication. Three times a year for approximately three weeks, mercury goes retrograde – When the planet of communication turns retrograde it slows down and appears to go backwards. You can often feel the effects of Mercury a week before it starts.
The 10 days before and after mercury retrograde – known as the shadow period means precaution.
For 2018 we have all THREE mercury retrogrades in FIRE signs. Kicking off with ARIES…
So how will the mercury retrograde affect me?
Astrology should be used like a weather forecast. If it looks like rain – pack an umbrella! If you speed you’ve been warned. Expect the unexpected. Friends you’ve not heard from for years can drop into your life and back out again just as quickly.
Mercury is known as the trickster of the zodiac – its ruler is Gemini the twins an air sign with a dual personality. If you have mercury in Gemini OR the sign it’s actually retrograde in, prepare to be more affected. Mercury rules technology, short trips and communications of all kinds.
Keep your receipts, don’t take things to heart. Think before you speak! Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?
Hold off on buying that new car or signing for that new property. Relationships started now can have a tumultuous beginning or be short lived. Planning travel should be avoided as you’ll find plans change later (unless you’re already away!)
Mercury Retrograde is the perfect time to re-connect and slow down. For business owners, use this time to catch-up on admin, you can find solutions to outstanding problems, with mistakes being revealed. Backup your computer and prepare for delays.
As I live in Australia I’ve included our dates for mercury retrograde. For UK, America and Europe your retrograde date will be the previous days date.
Mercury Retrograde in Aries: 23 March to 15 April 2018 (Shadow Period: 10 March to 22 March then 16 April to 3 May 2018)
With Mercury retrograde in Aries go easy on your communications folks! Play fair in competitions and do you really HAVE to be right?
Aries is about being first, taking territory, seizing the day and generally rattling other people’s cages. It’s about assertiveness and power so with mercury retrograde in Aries you might find a client gives you an unexpected review you could have done without or your boss is overly short with you. Don’t take it personally.
Take extra care with your keys, don’t fall for scams and think twice before you speak. Cheating on a test or with a lover? You’re more likely to be caught out now.
Mercury Retrograde in Aries is not the time to start your new marketing campaign. Hold off on that new tattoo you’re unsure about (yet can’t stop thinking about!) Take your puncture repair kit with you. And remember don’t drive faster than your guardian angels can fly!
Mercury Retrograde in Leo July 26 to 18 August 2018 (Shadow Period: 8 July to 25 July then 19 August to 1 September 2018)
Leo is the provider, it’s a strong sign that loves to lead, perform and teach people. With Mercury Retrograde in Leo we can expect some backwards movement in this area. For example, if teaching you could feel particularly challenged. If you’re building a social media campaign you might come across some snags.
In the media? A review could come out you were not expecting. Ego’s will no doubt come into play during this retrograde. As Leo also rules the lions main it’s advisable NOT to go for that massive change in hair! Be very specific at the hairdressers or you could lose more than you expected. Keep those clothes receipts, and make sure gifts can be returned.
Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius 18 November to 7 December 2018 (Shadow Period: 30 October to 16 November then 8 December to 24 December 2018)
Sagittarius brings a strong fiery energy, enormous drive, love of spontaneity, philosophy and travel. When mercury is retrograde in Sagittarius try to avoid booking your trip during this time, going to the airport? Arrive early. Travel insurance is a MUST.
Your will to achieve comes from personal philosophies, ideals and beliefs so with mercury retrograde in sagittarius we can expect delays in these areas. Like Aries, Sagittarius can be blunt and sometimes tactless so don’t take things to heart.
Spontaneous decisions made now can have consequences. If you’re feeling you do need to get your point across and the conversation could become heated, count to 100 and ask yourself if this is going to matter in 5 years?! If you’re already travelling you may well reconnect with friends from the past or have a serious case of de-ja-vu.
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“I am an Aries. Although I do not believe in astrology, I think this is exactly the right sign to have been born under.” ~ Anne Lamott