If you’ve been asking yourself what the heck is going on lately, or why everybody is so gosh-danged _ [fill in the blank] _, all of a sudden; well, perhaps it’s because … “It’s ba-aack!” The Retrograde Mercury, that is!
For the third time this year, Mercury is about to stop in its tracks and begin an apparent reverse journey through the skies. Starting, officially, on August 30 and running to September 22, inclusive, Mercury retrogrades in Virgo, this time, for it’s entire backward trek. Which, ostensibly, means that … well … you know all those little screw-ups that seem to happen more frequently under the retrogrades? All the things you think are going to be just so, and then they aren’t? All the miscommunications, misunderstandings and confusion? Well, given the sign it’s travelling in, we can expect those things to happen in detail, this time – in intricate, tiny, excruciating, little detail! Yup. That’s Virgo.
And if you should happen to actually be a Virgo, then you can probably expect to be a serious smidge more exasperated this time out. [That means more, even, than you usually are on a daily basis!] Your opposite sign, Pisces, may be in for a bumpy ride, too, along with the two squares, Gemini and Sagittarius. But if you think you’re gonna dodge the bullet because you’re none of the above? Sorry – there’s no immunity. Our wee retro is an equal opportunity exploiter. Besides, even if you weren’t subject to the retrograde’s whims, you’d still be dealing with all of the other people who are!
So, you remember ‘the rules,’ from my previous articles on this topic, yes?: “Don’t do anything you can’t undo.” … “When in doubt, don’t!” … and … “It’s not my fault! – Mercury’s retrograde!”
And don’t forget, always, to try to cut your neighbour a little slack. ‘Cause … likelihood is? You’re gonna need a bit of that, too!
Remember the ‘halo’ periods on either end of the retrograde, as well: it takes a while to get in and out of the full-on retrograde. We entered the ‘approaching’ halo a couple of weeks ago, so you may have noticed things already beginning to get a tad messy … and it will likely take us a week or two, after the retrograde, to get our shoes back on the right feet. [Um, that is … I don’t mean only on the right feet … I meant on the left feet, too … uh … on both feet … er … each foot … respectively! … <snicker> … See what I mean about retrograde communication?]