30 Aug Is Mercury Retrograde?
“When Mercury spins directly between the Earth and the Sun—a condition that astrologers call “Mercury in retrograde”—it appears to the untrained eye looking through a telescope to be hurtling backward. But, in fact, it’s moving at the same pace it always does, approximately three times faster than Earth. It’s just your perspective that shifts, in the same odd way it changes when the car next to you on the freeway seems to be moving backward as you inch up beside it. And there’s the disconcerting feeling that what you think you’re experiencing isn’t reflective of reality. As even the lowliest $3.99-a-minute fortune teller will inform you, Mercury in retrograde means one thing: if something can go wrong, it will. Basically, shit just happens”
– Paula Froelich – Mercury in Retrograde
January 30 – February 20 in air-sign Aquarius
May 29 – June 22 in air-sign Gemini
September 27 – October 18 in air-sign Libra
January 14 – February 3 starts in air sign Aquarius, ends in earth-sign Capricorn
May 10 – June 2 starts in air sign Gemini, ends in earth-sign Taurus
September 9 – October 2 starts in air-sign Libra, ends in earth-sign
December 29 – January 18 in earth-sign Capricorn
See above, Dec 29, 2022 – Jan 18, 2023– goes direct in earth sign Capricorn
April 21 – May 14 in earth sign Taurus
August 23 – September 15 in earth sign Virgo
December 13, 2023 – January 1, 2024 in fire-sign Sagittarius
See above, January 1, 2024 goes direct in fire-sign Sagittarius
April 1- April 25 in fire-sign Aries
August 4 – August 28 in earth-sign and ends in fire-sign Leo
November 25 – December 15 in fire-sign Sagittarius
March 14 – April 7 starts in fire-sign Aries, ends in water-sign Pisces
July 17 – August 11 in fire-sign Leo
November 9 – November 29 starts in fire-sign Sagittarius, ends in water-sign Scorpio
February 25 – March 20 in water-sign Pisces
June 29 – July 23 in water-sign Cancer
October 24 – November 13 in water-sign Scorpio
February 9 – March 3 starts in water-sign Pisces, ends in air-sign Aquarius
June 10 – July 4 starts in water-sign Cancer, ends in air-sign Gemini
October 7 – October 28 starts in water-sign Scorpio, ends in air-sign Libra
January 24 – February 14 in air-sign Aquarius
May 21 – June 13 in air-sign Gemini
September 19 – October 11 in air-sign Libra
January 7 – January 27 starts in air-sign Aquarius, ends in earth-sign Capricorn
May 1 – May 25 in earth-sign Taurus
September 2 – September 24 starts in air-sign Libra, ends in earth-sign Virgo
December 21 – January 10, 2030 in earth-sign Capricorn
See above, December 21, 2029 – January 10, 2030 in earth-sign Capricorn
April 12 – May 6 starts in earth-sign Taurus, ends in fire-sign Aries
August 15 – September 8 in earth-sign Virgo
December 5 – December 25 starts in earth-sign Capricorn, ends in fire-sign Sagittarius
Coolwisdom loves these great tips from How to Survive Mercury Retrograde: And Venus & Mars, Too by Bernie Ashman
Tip 1 Let Go of Perfection
The attention-to-detail tendencies embedded in Mercury energy can grow wildly obsessive during this planet’s retrograde cycle.
What is the solution to making this perfection tendency not be problematic? You need to give yourself a new direction to focus on.
What you are attempting to do is to break the spell of wanting to be too perfect. If you are too concerned about pleasing others, then realize that you will not make everybody happy with even your best effort.
Tip 2 When in Doubt, Think Positive
“Be vigilant; guard your mind against negative thoughts.” It is good to remind yourself about this Buddha quote during a Mercury retrograde.
Mercury retrograde occasionally spins us into what appears to be an odd direction or one that is out of our comfort zone. Our normal way of thinking gets a jolt. It may be hard to believe, but this could be a good thing.
You may be surprised to realize that it takes a lot less energy to look at life through positive eyes than ones that expect bad things to occur.
Tip 3 Be Open to Change
People will warn you against moving forward haphazardly during Mercury’s backward cycle. This may appear like wise advice.
What you are already accustomed to doing in life may be challenging to leave behind. A willingness to at least consider a change in circumstances might be the path to reinvent yourself.
Change is a way to unlock the grip of the past—or at least the part of the past you may need to leave behind to feel a sense of liberation. Gaining freedom from limiting situations is like getting a new lease on life.
Tip 4 Give and Receive Criticism Carefully
During a Mercury retrograde, being criticized feels worse than usual for most people. Criticism has a way of working its way into the deepest recesses of your mind.
During this retrograde time period, Mercury can be trying to help you develop a more discerning eye as to whom to trust regarding criticism.
You don’t need to act like you want to walk a mile in their shoes, but it helps to take a step in showing you are hearing them.
Tip 5 Avoid Communication Breakdowns
Making your ideas understandable so there can be a meeting of the minds may mean you need to listen to someone else with greater concentration. Don’t get upset if you are not understood during your first try.
Picking the right time to discuss a touchy subject is just as vital to the success of getting the outcome or resolution you hope to reach with a person.
Tip 6 Be Careful What Documents You Sign
If your instincts are telling you to get a second opinion about a situation, then you should do so. Details are easy to miss and are sometimes hidden during a Mercury retrograde.
Even a job offer or promotion may have some hidden responsibilities you are not being told about during an interview.
Tip 7 Discover Your Inventive Insights
When you relax and try to lessen your anxiety during a Mercury retrograde, interesting and exciting things can occur. This approach paves the way to perceive a new path to success that you may have overlooked.
Try to be open to alternative methods of doing things. Thinking outside of the box is certainly within your grasp during a Mercury retrograde.
Tip 8 Travel Will Help You Process Your Thoughts
Mercury is a travel planet, so if you are on the move, this planet helps you to better assimilate the information being transmitted to you during its retrograde cycle.
If you are feeling mentally depressed or are just not feeling like your usual positive self, then travel might be the solution to getting you back on the right track.
Tip 9 Don’t Let Your Routines Limit Your Creative Thinking
Mercury is the planet that encourages you to develop routines. Everyone needs a sense of order to keep their life organized. Staying with the same way of doing things during a Mercury retrograde has its advantages and disadvantages.
Your life does not need to be in a big state of flux to snap you out of a mental funk. Just a slight alteration could be all you need to keep your life moving forward the way you like it.
Tip 10 Avoid Dual Exhaustion Burnout
Your mind can easily speed up during Mercury retrograde. Our mental filters seem to get on overload faster than when Mercury is moving direct. It is as though the mind’s defenses to keep out useless or distracting information are not as easy to manage, so it is wise to give yourself permission to take a timeout and relax. With practice, you can get good at eliminating information in a way that is similar to protecting yourself against spam in your email.
A Mercury retrograde can pull at you strongly in two different directions. There is an east/west or north/south type of energy that can spin your brain in a completely different direction like the force of a tornado.
Read the rest of the book with dozens more tips on dealing with Mercury retrograde. You won’t be disappointed.