Mercury, the planet that rules over communication, thinking, writing and technology begins its first retrograde period of 2018 today until April 15, 2018. Mercury is the ruler of talkative Gemini and efficient Virgo. For 3 or 4 times each year, Mercury appears to orbit backwards or be in retrograde orbit and turns its cerebral energy inward. When this happens, appointments are missed; last minute cancellations occur and email is misdirected. We don’t seem to be able to get our point across and the POV of others is lost on us. Murphy’s Law rules the day and we can expect nothing but chaos. But for me, I have always felt the issue is that we are like the proverbial Sisyphus and his boulder, spending 3 weeks of futility trying to bend Mercury to our will.
Mercury will begin its retrograde orbit in the sign of Virgo on August 12th and then move into Leo on the 31st and remain there until it turns direct on September 5th. Virgo works hard; it is driven to perfect the skills it acquires so that it may be of service to the whole. Having Mercury retrograde during Eclipse season is definitely a cautionary tale to slow down and not be in a hurry to act. It also means that more information is likely to be revealed when Mercury goes direct again.
We are only 9 days into April and another planet, our friend Mercury, joins the retrograde lineup of Jupiter, Venus and Saturn. I think most of us by now are familiar with retrograde motion. We know that the planet is not actually travelling backwards, it’s an optical illusion. But the affect cannot be discounted; the planetary energy does not operate in its normal mode.