MERCURY RETROGRADE 2017
Mercury rules communication, it's said that everything goes haywire in that area -- emails get deleted or bounced back, mail is returned, calls go out into the ether's, etc. People tend to find that their computers go on the fritz or phone lines go down. There are usually issues with mass transportation, and I don't recommend flying during this period of time. If you choose too, make sure you bring a pillow and blanket to take a nap at the airport it could be a very long wait!
Mercury retrograde also gives us time to catch up with ourselves, and to look back. Something from the past might return in a different form. This can mean people, ideas or buried insights that need to surface for you to move forward. Often it's felt as a contemplative time, depending on the sign, a chance to go over old ground again, to claim what you missed the first time.
There's a long-held belief that it's best to avoid making set plans during the Mercury Retrograde. This means being cautious about things like signing contracts, and forming partnerships and corporations. What gets put in writing at this time may turn out to need serious revising after Mercury goes direct. But since tying up loose ends is the domain of retrograde, this type of finalization might fly.
In our relationships, sometimes we gloss over things that pushed buttons at the time, but which we let slide. What seemed not worth the trouble may reveal itself as a major issue in need of our attention. The Mercury retrograde is a time for review, when the underlying patterns come to light.
January 2017 Completion of Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn
April 2017 Retrograde in Taurus
August 2017 Mercury Retrograde in Virgo
December 2017 Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius