Mighty Mercury (communications) is a small planet closest to the Sun (consciousness) with a big impact several times a year. At various times from the Earth and due to its elliptical orbit, Mercury appears to move backwards in the night sky. This is known as going retrograde. When Mercury goes retrograde misunderstandings and miscommunications can reign supreme.
If you have a work presentation, best put if off until a more favourable time. Often important seminars, presentations and business meetings can go skew-iff along with your credibility if you’re not very careful. In fact, save all important things until a time when Mercury is moving forwards again (known as going direct).
Not only do communications suffer, but equipment can also fail. Your emails go ta ta’s, your computer has the blue screen of death or your mobile goes pear-shaped. Often technology and Mercury retrograde are not an item… they just don’t gel together. If you’re doing something important, then double check your equipment beforehand to be absolutely sure you can do what you intend during Mercury retrograde.
If you do something important under Mercury retrograde, you may have to go back and redo it when Mercury turns direct. An example would be… you sign a contract for a new white car. Several weeks later you are advised there are no white cars in the country so now you have to choose another colour. Under Mercury Retrograde, we sometimes have to revisit things we thought we were finished with such as old relationships!
Mercury Retrograde dates for 2019
Our old friend in charge of communications, fast moving M/s Mercury goes retrograde three times in 2019. Dates are in Australian time, so minus a day roughly if you’re in the USA:
- March 6, 2019 (Pisces) – March 29, 2019 (Aries), emotions will likely come to the surface and analytical thinking may be fuzzy or confused. Steer clear of tasks requiring logic if possible as your subconscious will rule the day rather than your head, especially as Neptune is also hanging about at this time. Try not to be overly impulsive, spontaneous or erratic.
- July 8, 2019 (Leo) – August 1, 2019 (Cancer) starts in fire-sign Leo, ends in water-sign Cancer which could affect your family and/or home life. It’s a great time to reconnect with family end of July or those you haven’t seen for long time from your past. At the start of this retrograde, miscommunications might occur over who wants to be the ‘boss of the wash’ or there may be situations where dominance and subjugation are themes, so do be a little careful or arguments may blow up.
- November 1, 2019 (Scorpio) – November 21, 2019 (Scorpio) secrets may be exposed unexpectedly so do remember “loose lips sink ships” so be careful of what you say. Scorpio is big on secrets but also a pretty sexy sign, so sex and relationships could feature during this time. Your ex might come back so be on the look out!
You can see there’s a whole lotta fire and water going on during Mercury retrograde in 2019. Fire can lead to passion, impulsivity and irritability or aggression. Water can lead to free flowing emotions that can put out fire. Crying will help during these times. It’s ok to cry sometimes… I give you permission if that’s what you need to let it all out. Allow around 5 days on either side of the dates above when Mercury is coming onto retrograde or going direct. This is known as the ‘shadow period’ when there is still some effect, but it’s not as intense as when Mercury is fully retrograde.
Mercury retrograde can cause miscommunications, misunderstandings, delays, travel problems, restrictions, malfunctions in equipment, problems with contracts and negotiations. With all these potential problems, it’s no wonder that relationships suffer. You have to ensure you are very clear with everyone during Mercury retrograde. It’s a good idea to write everything down and email the other party concerned to make sure you are both on the same page when Mercury is retrograde.
All the best and do try to find a silver lining when Mercury goes retrograde three or four times a year, there might just be something there that you can salvage if a situation goes belly up. Remember, every cloud has a silver lining… we just have to find it!