Mercury Retrograde is Over… Breathe, Smile, Move Forward & Prepare for the Future

Mercury is Direct! Time to step forward…


As of August 8, 2012 at 1:40 AM, while most of us in this part (EDT) of the world were sleeping, Mercury once again began his forward motion, freeing us to get on with it. This Mercury Retrograde was apparently a humdinger (translation: CRAZY!) I heard from so many people who were struggling with all kinds of things… and everyone had one question: When will it be over??

So now it is. 

And just now, so you know what else is going on, the latter days of this Mercury Retrograde and until about Monday, August 13, Mercury is in a bit of a challenging aspect with Neptune. These two are dancing at about 150 degrees apart, a Quincunx… which means the dance is more of an attempt to keep in rhythm and off of each other’s toes. Neptune diffuses the workings of the mind, lending a day-dreamy quality and not much impetus to perform. Neptune can also lend confusion to mental processes and keep communications off the mark of reality. It can make the mind easily distracted and long for peace. So if you’re one of the folks who is still experiencing the proverbial pebble in her mental shoe, don’t fret. This too shall pass. 😉

I’d like to mention a couple of other things that go along with the happy Mercury Direct news. For the future. 

1. When Mercury is Retrograde and you feel like you can’t get anything to cooperate in order to get things done… it is a message. Try to listen to it! The best possible recourse is to stop trying to get that particular thing done in that particular way and surrender to the energy. Walk away for a little while to gain perspective. That doesn’t mean to stop doing everything. It just means to stop hitting your head against the same wall when particular things obviously aren’t going to move for you. Surrender. If you’re at the airport and you’ve just heard the announcement that your flight is delayed and you’ll miss your big meeting – well, decide to enjoy the extra hours of free time you’ve been given. You can’t change the delay – but you can change your attitude around it and turn it into a blessing. Or if it’s a project related wall you’re banging your against, change your tactic – meaning, instead of trying to push something into existence, do a little more research instead. Review whatever it is and take it slowly. Relax around it and allow inspiration to come. Mercury, especially when Retrograde, likes to dip way down into the subconscious and retrieve golden nuggets buried deeply within the psyche and then bring them up to the surface to assist you. Let that process happen! The end result will be much richer for it. And you won’t have to keep re-doing things to get them right. And please, if your computer crashes and you have 24 hours before it will be repaired – go outside or meet a friend. Enjoy life without a screen to sit in front of!

2. After Mercury goes direct there is a “shadow” period during which Mercury retraces his steps over the same degrees across which he went retrograde. This is important to understand. To illustrate, this retrograde Mercury began traveling backwards when he was at 12-and-a-half degrees of Leo. Keep in mind that there are 30 degrees to every sign (and 12 signs, so that makes 360 degrees total to make the complete circle of the Zodiac, which is actually the Ecliptic, or the apparent path that the Sun and planets follow). So Mercury went backwards from 12.5 degrees back to 1.5 degrees, covering a total of 11 degrees in reverse. Now that he’s moving forward again, he must go back over those same 11 degrees, from 1.5 to 12.5 to get back to the place he started when the retrograde began. Savvy? So during the shadow period, you may revisit things that you thought you’d put into their proper place that need your attention to be finally set right. Also, during Mercury’s Shadow, move forward and start getting things done absolutely. But still, don’t force. You are meant to pay particular attention to that ground that’s already been covered and be sure that your t’s are crossed and your i’s dotted and that the fine print has been read or written properly. Use your intuition to know how far you can go how quickly. The current Mercury Shadow is in effect until August 22, 2012. And don’t let this news dampen your spirit… get out there and do! 

3. Every Mercury Retrograde affects every person differently. Where and how the retrograde impacts you depends on where Mercury is transiting around your birth chart. So each person will have a different response and a different place where the energy is the strongest – and where Mercury will play the most tricks. I did actually have one client who said this Mercury Retrograde was a piece of cake! She was the only one, but there it is. 🙂

4. Don’t be afraid of Mercury Retrograde. It is a gift! When you’re afraid of something that’s coming you build anxiety around it and your anxiety focuses your response and your expectations – and hence, the outcome. Focusing on fear creates the anxiety which in turn creates the self-fulfilling prophecy that something negative will occur. Instead, as you anticipate the Retrograde, think of it as a time to restore your mind. A time to amp up your meditation practice or sit quietly in nature or to focus on appreciation of what you’re already accomplished or to curl up with a good book in the evenings researching your next big dream. Mercury Retrograde is an opportunity to step away from the fast, forward push that you’re generally engaged in. Get a calendar and learn ahead of time when the Retrograde periods are coming and plan accordingly. 

And now celebrate! I hope you’re feeling refreshed and ready to skip down that new road of possibilities!

And with the New Moon in Leo coming up one week from today on Friday, August 17, I hope you’ll join me for the Free New Moon TeleClass & Meditation where we’ll be covering how to get real with your creativity and doing a beautiful guided imagery meditation all about Leo energy! And please remember that if you join this free call you’ll get Great Gratitude Offer which is 20% off when you schedule a consultation with me before the next Full Moon. So happy Mercury Direct and I hope to “hear” you on the call!

In case you missed it: Mercury Retrograde, The Unlikely Healing Gift 

7 comments on “Mercury Retrograde is Over… Breathe, Smile, Move Forward & Prepare for the Future

  1. very helpful, I got pretty bruised emotionally during the m,r, So it’s great to know I’m not the only one. Glad it’s direct

  2. Hi Susan, so lovely to hear from you! I’m so sorry for your emotional bruises. And also very glad that Mercury is direct. Would love to hear from you more often! If I can help, please let me know. All the best!

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  4. Thanks for a very informative post. As a Pisces with a Taurus rising (and about a zillion planets in Aquarius & Libra) I feel like Mercury Ret. hits me particularly hard in my finances sector. Especially with Mars just out of its retrograde in Virgo, I felt like a fish swimming in molasses. Strangely enough I began a jewelry business I long postponed and finally got around to. No sooner that the retrograde period ended did I get an email about a job interview. I think over the next week or so I’m going to hear back from the many queries, applications, emails I’ve sent out into the world like little birds.

  5. Hi Phoebe – you’re quite welcome! I thank you for reading it!

    Do you have an Aquarius MC? It sounds like you may have transiting Mercury (during the Retrograde and after) opposing your Natal Midheaven and Natal Venus too? (Suddenly starting a jewelry business during the Retrograde – you may have transiting Uranus making a sextile to your natal Venus as well.) If that’s the case, you’re poised for some good stuff to come along through work, especially with the seeds you planted (your little birds). I’m saying that because Jupiter may be in your second house of money and resources making a nice aspect to your 10th house (career) and Venus if it’s placed there (don’t give up on your creative and artistic abilities). All conjecture of course, since I don’t know your birth chart, though very possible with Taurus rising. I do suspect that’s what is going on from what you’ve shared. Just beware of over extending, literally and emotionally, and watch your finances. But if I’m correct, good things are on the way! All the best to you!!

  6. What are your thoughts about how Mercury Rx affects those who have Mercury Rx natally? I’ve read different things but am wondering what your opinion is. Thank you for your excellent articles that are insightful, clear, and timely.

  7. Hi Lourdes!

    Thanks for being here, and for your interest in my work. I very much appreciate that!

    You’re asking a very interesting question and I wish I had a more clear-cut answer for you – either yes, Mercury Rx is easier for those who have it natally – or no it’s not. BUT, I don’t have that easy answer.

    In my experience with clients who have Mercury Rx natally, they do seem to have an inherent understanding of internalizing and analyzing their thoughts (which is good to do during a Retrograde), and in some cases I have noticed that Mercury Rx periods in general seem to be more natural for them, meaning they are not as challenged as many of us to keep from pushing forward at a time when we’re not meant to. However, I have seen folks with Mercury Rx suffering through Retrogrades just as much those who don’t. I think the wisest response here is that it depends on where the Mercury Rx is transiting in their birth charts and what sorts of aspects the Retrograde is making to their natal planets and angles. Just like for those of us with Mercury direct.

    I hope that helps! And I hope to hear from you again soon…

    Cheers! And be well,

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