You may of already some stress and tension occurring as Mercury has started to slow down ready to turn retrograde at the weekend (3rd-22nd)This week is going to give us quite a few highs and lows so be prepared! especially at the beginning of the week when Mercury and Saturn join together. You will be wanting to get things done, but things may not go to plan and can make you end up feeling anxious and a little gloomy, worrying about how you are ever going to get everything done. Try to de stress, stay calm and look after yourself.
What does retrograde mean? retrograde literally means backward, although this does not mean that mercury is going backwards...from our perspective on Earth however, there are times where we more slower or faster than the "retrograde" planet.
Mercury is the planet that rules communication, so what tends to happen during this period is a communication breakdown between people, contracts, computers, electrics, travel etc etc.............so be aware that during this period that people cancel appointments, there are looonnnggg delays with transport, letters do not arrive, you can not get hold of someone, people can say things without thinking or act out of character, people from the past often reappear, but may disappear just as quickly when mercury turns forwards. This period doesn't have to be negative though. its a great time to do anything re! Repair.......relationships, your car, objects...... Rest.....it's perfectly ok to take some time out at this time. Revisit that project you never finished. Repeat is always a theme of mercury retrograde, especially in Virgo, the sign that loves perfection...there is no harm in going over things again, as you may spot that mistake or have a breakthrough.
How is it going to affect you personally? Depending which house mercury is in can affect us all slightly differently. Read your sun sign below to find out more about what could be in store for you, for a more accurate description it is best to read your ascendant sign (find out more on my Astro birth chart page)
Aries - 9th house
Mercury retrograde in this house can affect travel, study and education. although a good time to travel, make sure that you have everything you need in advance, check you have enough petrol in the car, set off early, double check where you flying, catching a train from etc.....disruptions are likely.
If you are studying, make sure you read things through properly, take your time, you might even find during this time you are having to re do an assignment.
Taurus- 8th house
Mercury retrograde in this house can affect your joint finances, negotiations and property. Make sure that you check small print on anything that you have to sign. Be aware there may be delays if you are buying a joint property, or investment. Just go with the flow. Make sure you check money that is due to be paid to you as you may not get paid enough or people may forget. Sometimes you can get gains however from cashiers making silly mistakes, and receive money owed to you.
Gemini- 7th house
Mercury retrograde can affect your relationships with others, you will need to deal with any difficulties within close relationships right now, although you may find it difficult to communicate your true feelings, and things might not come across the way that you intended them too. Try to avoid any type of negotiations with anybody you do not know or aren't 100% sure about. You may find yourself getting involved in arguments.
Cancer- 6th house
Mercury in this house can affect your health and work. It is time for you to take a step back and rest at this time, as you may be feeling tired, anxious run down or drained. It is likely you have been burning the candle a little, try not to take on more work than you can handle. say no!
Try not to be overly critical of others especially in the work place, you may do this without knowing so be careful of your words!
Leo- 5th house
Mercury retrograde in this house can affect your creativity and thoughts. You may be feeling like you want to play pranks on others, but with mercury retrograde at this time, others will not find it funny at all, so be warned! Your mind will work quickly but think before you speak and avoid laughing in situations that are serious! Try to be sensitive to others needs.
Virgo- 4th house
Mercury retrograde in this house can affect your home life. You may have a lot going on in the home, whether its building works, a washing machine or oven that needs replacing, lights blowing. It is also possible that you have a lot of things going on within your family, could be your parents or your children going through a transition that you need to help them with. Take time for you to relax.