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Mercury Retrograde

Usually 3 times every year and for about 3 weeks the planet Mercury which rules communication appears to slow down and go backwards in its apparent motion to the Earth. This is called a Retrograde motion which will be shown as Rx. It starts on March 22nd and will not get back to direct motion until April 15th.  Many people as well as some astrologers dread this moment because they think that this is in some way detrimental, so that all communications are fraught with problems. Well, I do agree somewhat with that analysis but I could also say that this is a time in which a person can reflect upon himself and life and certainly peel away hidden layers so that they become familiar with their authentic self. This is because the planet’s qualities of communications are inverted to its normal expression so everything slows down and postponements or delays prevent one from moving into the future so our mind remains in the past until everything that we once started is finished. A moment in life in which we get a chance to pause and rebuild our individually by resolving the past so that we can then integrate a transition and bring a new stage of our evolution to the surface. With progressive thought, this leads to greater independence and self-assertion. Now, through this moment of Rx we get a chance to move beyond of how we have been conditioned as well as how others have conditioned us. So, it’s time to finish that book or projects around the home or get back in touch with someone. That’s why it may be hard to initiate new projects because your thoughts are in a holding pattern until you bring parts of your life to a conclusion. Yes, I would say in signing contracts, or buying a new computer or phone or even home or a car you must look at it very carefully because there can be errors on the part of other people that can cause problems or delays but if you are cautious and read as well as understand what’s in the fine print you should be fine. But, then again you may even change your mind after the fact because new information can give you better insight concerning the issues at hand. Because Mercury is going Rx in the sign of Sagittarius which is all about expanding the parameters of one’s life you may want to double check travel plans and because of the holidays be sure and get a receipt for everything you buy. It’s also a time in which you want to get your own answers to opportunities that may be offered. Also, if your taking any kind of test you need to study. As life slows down you can listen and then evaluate those that are in your life. Expect to hear from people from your past. But that’s where the problem may lie because you are not the same person you were in the past, you have moved forward and some people are still anchored in the archaic past. So, this is a good time to re-process your connection with them. Once this is done you become much closer to some but there can be chapters that close with others.  Even with personal relationships or close friends old nagging problems can jump out of the closet but instead of being impulsive and distancing yourself from the conversation you need to examine and listen to both side of the issues. Marshal all the information and exchange thoughts so that each of you have better insight and lessen the impact of what is coloring over factual perceptions. This way a more accepting behavior will move the relationship to a framework of greater truth.  

Thomas Parsons PMAFA, CAP