Mercury Retrograde

Mercury, The Planet:

It travels through space at 29 miles per second
Named after the roman god mercury because of how quickly it orbits the sun
Mercury takes 88 days to orbit the Sun, opposed to the 365 it takes earth. This is roughly 4x as many times as earth
Along with Venus, Earth, and Mars, Mercury is one of the rocky planets
It has a solid surface that is covered with craters like our Moon. It has a thin atmosphere, and it doesn't have any moons
Rules over gemini, virgo, the third house, and and the sixth house
Mercury does not have male or female energy. The planet will take on the gender of the sign it is currently in
Known as the evening star as it is the first to appear on the horizon after sunset because of its proximity to the sun

Mercury, The Metaphysical:

Mercury likes to keep things simple
People born under mercury may be fickle and frequently changing
Gives: Opportunities, reasoning, feelings, and the capability to rationalize things
Responsible for: People being rational and practical, The perspectives we view life through, and has an impact on people’s minds and mental processing
Mainly concerned with all things related to communication including: listening, speaking, learning, reading, editing, researching, negotiating
Other concerns included in the planet’s domain are all types of written and computer codes, transportation, shipping, light travel, automobiles, and mail, and all formal contracts agreements, and important documents
Mercury encourages you to jump from one project to the next, whether they are finished or not.

Mercury, The Mythological Messenger:

He was known as the God of merchants, travel, goods, trickery, and speed
Mercury comes from the Latin word merx, or mercator, which means merchant
Mercury is the name given by the ancient Romans to the Greek mythological god Hermes
Merchants would pray to Mercury for the protection of their goods and for safe travel as they moved around frequently to sell their goods
Mercury was one of the twelve major deities in Ancient Rome, but in Roman Mythology he is the winged messenger of the gods
Mercury was sometimes depicted in the nude but was known for his winged feet, helmet, and staff known as the Caduceus – a rod entwined by two snakes.
Mercury was also often shown carrying a money purse, and sometimes a lyre, which he was said to have invented

What Happens During Mercury Retrograde?

Allow extra time for travel
Last 3 weeks for 3-4 times a year
Try to remain flexible, patient, and understanding
Finish any projects you may have started and neglected
You will experience setbacks in all areas governed by mercury
May experience symptoms like brain fogginess and high anxiety
Avoid signing any new contracts, only sign agreements finalized before the retrograde
Review projects and plans at these times, but wait until Mercury is direct again to make any final decisions
Double check your email responses and check in with reservations before you take that trip.
Plan ahead, create back-up plans, and be prepared for people to have shorter fuses and be more prone to miscommunication
Don’t forget to reflect!

Crystals For Mercury Retrograde

Better Communication: Chrysocolla, Blue Goldstone, Aquamarine, Kyanite, Turquoise, Dragon’s vein agate, Howlite, Septarian, Sodalite, Rainforest Rhyolite
Safer Travel: Red Aventurine, Moonstone, Tiger’s eye, Turquoise, Mookaite Jasper, Atlantisite, Amethyst
Better Memory: Lapis Lazuli, Hematite, Fire Opal, Epidote, Dragon’s vein agate, Howlite, Clear Quartz, Pyrite, Azurite, Axinite, Yellow Calcite, Amethyst,
Combat Anxiety: Blue Howlite, Prehnite, Labradorite, Amazonite, Bronzite, Howlite, Black Agate, Selenite, Pyrite, Aquamarine, Orchid orange calcite, Tiger’s eye, Celestite, Black Tourmaline, Rhodonite, Chrysoprase, Malachite, Kunzite, Apophyllite

Mercury Retrograde in the Signs:

Mercury in Aries: Frustration and frazzled behavior might be experienced. Aries is assertive and impulsive. Pay attention to your phrasing and be tactful with your words.

Mercury in Taurus: Taurus slows down the mental process and governs banking and finances. You might see a decline in money. Take time to formulate your thoughts. Review your financial position, and reposition yourself so that you may grow

Mercury in Gemini: Gemini 
rules communications, so there might be a lot of miscommunication.You might receive a lot of messages and phone calls, or you might see none at all, and there will be lost or misplaced mail. You may not articulate clearly, and there will be a lot of gossip. Some old friends may even appear

Mercury in Cancer: Cancer rules homemaking and all that comes with it. You can expect problems with household duties, baking, gardening, and etc. It is the best time to redo incomplete or incorrectly finished household projects.

Mercury in Leo: Leo governs the self along with appearances. It's time for new investments, buying and selling, or trading. You should analyze your investment
 portfolio, as well as plan ahead for new ventures. It’s also a good time to help your friends get caught up on learning how to invest.

Mercury in Virgo: Virgo is very detailed oriented, Mercury retrograde brings about challenging situations, especially in the 
workplace. You might have some delay in product imports, and some equipment may break down. Fellow co-workers may be moody and sloppy. This is a great time to double check all of your work.

Mercury in Libra: Libra governs marriage and partnerships. This is a great time to accept yourself as you are. The air is full of indecision, so be careful of any changes you want to make. Libra, a sign of balance, is out of balance. It’s time to relax and accept.

Mercury in Scorpio: Scorpio rules spirituality and connection. Emotions are more likely to be listened to when mercury goes into retrograde. Avoid love affairs and secrets as all of these may leak out and become known.

Mercury in Sagittarius: Sagittarius rules good luck and fortune, making this a bad time 
to travel. You should reschedule plans or expect
 delays, lines, and lost directions.
 It is best to take care of local affairs.
 You will need patience and a sense of humor for this retrograde.

Mercury in Capricorn: Capricorn rules over legacy. It is best to avoid anything that involves building your future and legacy. This could be the buying, 
selling, or renting real estate, or starting a new company. You should expect
 problems with paperwork, packing, and movers. It is best to visit with family or vacation at home.

Mercury in Aquarius: Mercury governs logic and Aquarius governs relationships. Relationships, 
friendships are put at risk. Petty 
squabbles, misunderstandings, and miscommunications are more likely to happen, showing you the most logic friendships to choose.

Mercury in Pisces: Pisces is the sign of Spiritual Connection and Clarity. Foggy thinking,
 daydreams, and escapism may happen. Mercury governs logic and Pisces governs illusion. It is the best time to practice creative pursuits

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