Mercury Retrograde: February 6-28, 2014

Mercury Retrograde is here! This happens every three to four times a year, and you always hear people bitching about it. So let me explain what exactly is Mercury Retrograde: This is when the planet, Mercury, slows down. And because it slows down, it appears from Earth to be moving backwards. Mercury is also the planet of communication, so when this takes place, it affects communication of all sorts: telephone, e-mail, mail, and even verbal communication with each other!

You may have misunderstandings with people during this time because the communication flow is not where it should be. You got ILL COMMUNICATION. You can blame this on Mercury Retrograde.

Mercury was a Roman god who represented messages, financial commerce, and thieves. During a retrograde period, you may receive a letter alerting you that your credit card has been compromised. Financial fraud may happen during this period.

This is not a good time to start anything new, sign any contracts, buy electronics, or travel. During a retrograde period, it’s best to look back and reflect. If there is something in your life that you need to finish up, now is the time to do it. If you’re having issues with a person, and you need to end the relationship, this is when you should do it. If you haven’t seen somebody in a while, and they’re on your mind, call them to meet up. It’s an excellent time to reconnect with old friends.

The best way to deal with Mercury Retrograde is to have patience, slow down, and unwind. Just know that you are going to come across annoying mix-ups and that your daily routine might be interrupted by stupidity. For example, for the past week, I’ve been receiving mail for other people. I have several pieces of mail addressed to either my neighbors or others who supposedly live at my address.

Meditate, do yoga, read a book, take a hot bath, light some scented candles, or listen to music. Do whatever you need to do to relax. You may feel like a hermit. That’s okay. Take some time for yourself. Eat healthy, take vitamins, and get lots of sleep. As Mercury slows down, you may feel the need to do so as well. Don’t worry. Just go with the flow.