WHAT? Gatorade? No! It’s in R-E-T-R-O-G-R-A-D-E. People, let’s not freak out. It’s not the end of the world even if we already have other planets retrograding. Yes, this is a time for a lot of miscommunications, misunderstandings, disruption in technology, and confusion. There may be some cheating and stealing involved during this period, as well. But still, it’s really not that bad at all. This is a time to reflect and make better choices.
I’ve already had friends and clients reach out to me to ask “What does Mercury Retrograde mean?” and “How is this going to affect me?” and my response is: This isn’t a time to worry about just Mercury Retrograde, instead what they should really do is look at ALL the aspects in their life and do away with things, situations, and/or people who no longer meet their values or hold a true meaning in their lives. It is really ok to leave friendships, relationships, etc. that are toxic because we all come into this world to learn and evolve.
And if you really want to see where Mercury retrograde will affect you, look at your chart and see which house the transiting Mercury Retrograde is in. The house in your natal astrology chart will give you an indication as to where all the disruption will be. Continue reading to see how Mercury Retrograde affects each house.
What does Mercury Retrograde mean?
The planet Mercury rules communication, electronics, travel, contracts, and automobiles, and thieves. Mercury goes retrograde about three (3) times a year. It is said that Mercury moves in an opposite direction to planet Earth, so it gives the illusion that Mercury is moving backwards or moving in retrograde. But in reality, Mercury is just moving slower than Earth.
Honestly, Mercury in retrograde is really not a bad thing because it is an opportunity to take a pause in life and re-look at what’s going on in life to be able to review and make better choices and decisions. Yes, there are moments of confusion but it’s at those times that you need to step up and ask for clarification. At this time, you want to focus on doing the following:
Mercury Retrograde through the Houses.
If you know where you Mercury is in your natal chart, then you will be able to see where you will be affected. Below is my interpretation of Mercury Retrograde in the 12 houses.
Mercury Retrograde in the 1st house: Relearning and getting to know yourself again.
Mercury Retrograde in the 2nd house: Re-evaluate and reassess your values and finances.
Mercury Retrograde in the 3rd house: Relearn a language and refine your skills. Possible breakdowns in automobiles. Get your cars checked.
Mercury Retrograde in the 4th house: Reorganize your home. Re-check your alarm systems to avoid break-ins.
Mercury Retrograde in the 5th house: Reconnecting with ex-lovers whether you want to or not. Reconnect with a passion or hobby that was long forgotten.
Mercury Retrograde in the 6th house: Redo your routines and diets.
Mercury Retrograde in the 7th house: Re-evaluate your relationships with partners. A breakdown in communication can led to a breakup.
Mercury Retrograde in the 8th house: Redefine your definition of death. Possibly a time for rebirth of yourself and spirituality.
Mercury Retrograde in the 9th house: Re-check all of your flight information. Possibility of missing flights. Also, re-think how you can expand your higher consciousness.
Mercury Retrograde in the 10th house: Refocus your career goals and status.
Mercury Retrograde in the 11h house: Reconnect with friends. Revive old dreams.
Mercury Retrograde in the 12th house: Review all your fears and release it from your life, including your Karma.
All the craziness of tardiness, break downs, and miscommunications will be over once Mercury is done retrograding. In the meantime, hang in there and don’t rush to make quick decisions.