Mercury (the Planetary Messenger) is retrograding. The word retrograde simply means ‘moving backward’. And a planet is said to be retrograde when, from the viewpoint of Earth, it stops and then appears to move backwards. It’s a bit like when your driving along and watching a moving car beside you—if the other car slows down or your car speeds up, the other car appears to be moving backward.
So…. if Mercury (the Messenger) ruling communication appears to stop and then move backward, well, then it implies something …. And Mercury Retrograde has earned a reputation for mayhem in the ‘Relating’ department …But, the way I see it, during these Retrograde periods, it’s an opportunity to use the re word –, to Re think, restore, repair, reflect, revise, redo and reconnect.
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By the way…. The Retro period lasts for three weeks until December 30, 2010, when it reaches its ‘Direct Station’, where Mercury appears to remain stationary for a brief period just before beginning its direct motion again through the Zodiac. This ‘Direct Station’ is just before New Years Eve and is the ideal time to make those important affirmations…….