Several times a year, messenger planet Mercury starts to slow down in the sky, creating annoyances amongst us earthlings, as communication and travel starts to go haywire. Yes, it’s that time of year again! Drama, arguments, and chaos abound: welcome to Mercury Retrograde.
Hours before Mercury starts its journey backwards, Venus — the planet of love and money, who had been in retrograde since the beginning of October, shifts out of its rearward rotation, moving forward, causing complications around matters of the heart and finances.
ATMs may malfunction, bank transfers may unexpectedly bounce and we may implode on our significant others for feel not giving us enough attention.
This Mercury retrograde glides from fierce warrior Sagittarius into transformative Scorpio and moving from fire to water can make us feel emotionally overwhelmed. With such intensity, we may experience temper tantrums as we feel rushed to express ourselves or out of breath trying to keep up with the pace we kept in Sadge. Remember, this is your cosmic time to revisit and revise the past and to heal, to transform your world if you want to take it.
While Mercury retrograde officially starts on November 17, the story begins on November 2, during the pre-retrograde shadow, when the planet starts to move more slowly around the sun than earth.
November 18 brings some confusing information our way as secrets are revealed and exposed. Stay calm, because a few days later the missing links to who, what, when, and why are resolved.
November 27 brings clarity to the chaos, as Mercury and the Sun align, creating both a sweet and rational time to discuss partnerships, contracts, and travel. However, November 28 brings a heap of drama, as past secrets and clandestine matters may come pouring out from nowhere!
You may accidentally receive a text or email not meant for you or hear information from a third party that'll rock your world. Try to use your higher-mind to understand and get to the truth, before reacting straight away. Otherwise, we all may argue back defensively, spreading the Sadge fire.
As Mercury moonwalks into Scorpio on December 1, expect some more Mercurial tricks to flare up in your world. These may be the best days of the retrograde, as intense Scorpio fills our hearts and words with passionate declarations, especially on December 2, offering the chance to mend fences before Mercury turns direct on the 7th.
Don’t expect to get out of the fire so soon, as the post-retrograde period - which is often marked with even more miscommunications - lasts until Christmas. Be sure to triple-check your Christmas list, make sure items purchased are returnable, review your travel itinerary and look forward to reuniting with family. Just be on the lookout for bumping into old flames or friends, which may cause a little bit of mutual jealousy.
How to survive
This Mercury Retrograde will make you feel like a fish out of water, but try to keep your cool as information filters in and use the quiet in between storms to understand your emotions more deeply. You will survive and emerge transformed, with a whole new perspective!