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2013 Mercury Retrograde

It’s that time again: Mercury appears to be in retrograde from Feb. 23, 2013 to Mar. 17, 2013.  Read below for more information.

Mercury in Retrograde

What is Mercury Retrograde you ask? I read on www.rulingplanets.com that it is considered “Astrology’s Cosmic Monkey Wrench”. I love that! It’s so true.

For every yearly rotation around the sun for Earth, Mercury has just over four rotations. Both planets move in the same direction around the sun, Earth just rotates at a slower rate. So from our perspective, there are times when it APPEARS that Mercury is moving backwards, or “retrograde” in relation to the Zodiac laid out in the stars. This appears to happen for about 3 weeks at a time, 3 times a year.

You might notice a heightened intuitive edge over the next few weeks.  Coincidences seem to happen more often during this time as well.  Pay close attention and you will see!

Unlike Feng Shui Flying Stars that tend to decrease in potency on the first and last days of its cycle, Mercury is actually at its strongest during these days. What that means for us here on Earth is that we need to be careful and mindful of certain mishaps, and allow for them in our lives as there is not much we can do about it!

Mostly it is just minor annoyances. Computer glitches are very common during the weeks of Mercury Retrograde, so anything relating to computers, email, phones, or any of our other daily electronic uses may go awry. Travel is another area where we need to take precautions. Expect delays and mishaps. Your astute communication skills might be sapped as misunderstandings abound and relationships are strained as a result.

What to do?

Plan for extra time while commuting or traveling. Bring something to do during delays so frustration does not set in. If it does, remember there are communication problems as well, so don’t make matters worse by complaining about it. Try to keep a sense of humor.

Confirm appointments, check and re-check your electronic calendar to be sure nothing disappeared. This is a good time to back up files, making sure nothing gets lost or erased. Give people space, don’t be confrontational or take things personally during this time.

Take a tip from the planet Mercury! Retrograde is a time to “RE”: Rewrite, reconnect, reorganize, redo, reread, re-energize, renew, research, refresh, reminisce, etc…. It is not recommended that you start anything new during the weeks of Mercury Retrograde.

Everything will be back to normal before you know it! There are two more periods just like this for 2013 this year – June 26 through July 20 and October 21 through November 10.


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