Mercury Retrograde Shadow began yesterday when Mercury reached 4.36 Gemini, the degree at which it will go direct after the upcoming Retrograde. Mercury is not really moving backwards in the sky, but it appears to move backwards to those of us here on earth. Astrology works through the acausal principle of synchronicity, thus the apparent movement is the relevant factor. Mercury rules communication and moving parts. Mercury Retrograde is not a good time to sign contracts, buy anything with moving parts, launch new businesses or jobs, or to travel. It creates havoc with communications and people often have fender benders or minor injuries. It is good for anything with a “re” in front of it, such as redo, revisit, or return. For instance, if you were considering starting a new job, Mercury Retrograde would not bode well for your success. However, if it was a job that you previously had and were returning to, then it would be a propitious time. I made it home yesterday without any mishaps other than losing an earring and running my mouth too much.
Mercury Retrograde Shadow
Mercury Retrograde has three relevant phases. The Shadow is the time before the actual Retrograde when Mercury reaches the degree at which it will go direct, that’s yesterday. The Storm begins when Mercury slows down to moving less than 40 minutes of arc per day, this is on May10, 2015. The Retrograde begins on the 18th, with the day of the station being the most potent. Mercury stations again when it goes direct on June 11th. The post storm period is over on the 20th, and the post shadow will end on June 27th. Mercury is in Gemini, the sign of versatile thinking and love of variety. If you have planets in Gemini, then you will feel this Mercury Retrograde’s Shadow more than most. Mercury is retrograding in each of the three air signs this year: Aquarius, Gemini, and Libra. In some ways this makes the whole retrograde experience easier as air is Mercury’s element. Nevertheless, the trickster planet can cause lots of miscommunications in its own element, so watch what you say, text, email, or be aware of any hidden recording devices.