Mercury Retrograde: How To Survive the Next 3 Weeks of Craziness!

Via Larry Schwimmer
on Jun 7, 2014
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Relephant bonus read, also by Mr. Schwimmer: 13 Ways to Avoid Getting “Mercury Retrograded.”

Get ready for the cosmic “trickster,” known as Mercury retrograde. This planetary event will occur from June 7 to July 1st.

It’s a time to be careful about the way you operate your life in order to avoid a variety of problems that tend to occur during these three weeks. During the retrograde period the world seems to go haywire with miscommunications of all types.

Here’s the astrological explanation why: Astrology is based on a simple understanding that all the planets in the sky exert their own unique influence on each of us, and the world we live in. If you are a skeptic, just pay attention to your life experiences over the next three weeks.

Let’s discuss how the planet Mercury will have an influence on you. Mercury rules your intelligence, mind, memory and all types of communication ranging from talking and texting to writing. It also rules your self-expression and communication style. In a more public sense, it rules commerce, computers, telephones, transportation and air travel.

How Mercury functions in your birth chart explains a great deal about how you formulate ideas and how you share them. It indicates how you make sense of the everyday world you live in. Your faculties are not functioning well during these three weeks called Mercury retrograde.

When Mercury goes retrograde, communications of all types go “haywire!” Under this planetary influence, you’ll experience misunderstandings and communication failures like you’ve never seen. Here is just a sampling of some of the things that may go wrong in your life at this time: For example, no matter how well you and your spouse normally communicate, you will find yourself misspeaking, saying the wrong thing and having disagreements you don’t normally have.

At work, even though you are sure that you’ve explained yourself clearly to the other person, they do the opposite of what you said—and they are sure they followed your instructions. Your fail-proof computer crashes, or software programs suddenly develop “glitches.” You experience equipment and mechanical breakdowns of all types. You’ll hearken back to the time you heard your car’s engine make that funny noise, causing you to say: “I should have my mechanic check that out.” Well, during Mercury retrograde, that is when your car will suddenly not work and you’ll wish you had paid a visit to the mechanic.

The monthly check that is automatically generated by your bank and sent out doesn’t arrive, and neither does that merchandise you ordered online. Since Mercury rules transportation, equipment is unreliable; so it’s not an ideal time to buy a car because it may be a “lemon.” In fact, it’s a bad time to buy anything because you may eventually find out that it was “too big or too small,” or it just didn’t fit right and you’ll need to return it. You can expect an unusual amount of last-minute flight cancellations, meeting postponements and long transportation delays.

It is a horrible time for negotiating contracts or making decisions and if you “close the sale” during Mercury retrograde, suddenly, a few days later the client may call back to tell you that he’s changed his mind.

Whatever you do—it is not a good idea to accept a job during Mercury retrograde. I had one client disregard that advice. She accepted a new job and by the time she started the month after, when Mercury went direct, the company had changed her job so much that it no longer resembled the one that she had accepted. Her reporting relationship had also totally shifted from the great guy she was going to work for to the loudmouth, chauvinistic boss from hell! During Mercury retrograde, things are not what they seem to be.

Here is a checklist of things not to do during Mercury retrograde.

 The Eight Don’ts

 1. Don’t Argue with Lovers, Friends or Co-Workers—Especially the Boss. 

2. Don’t Start a New Project.

3. Don’t Make a Commitment or Sign an Agreement.

4. Don’t Purchase Computers or Install Software.

5. Don’t Make an Offer on a New Home or Sign the Documents to Buy One.

6. Don’t Buy a Car.

7. Don’t Accept or Start a Job.

8. Avoid Unnecessary Travel.

 What Is the Problem?

These sorts of problems arise during Mercury retrograde because all of sudden, normal communication becomes unreliable, filled with misinformation where important data is missing or misunderstood. The passage of information from one person to the other seems to be unintentionally cloudy, confused or unclear in some way.

After all, Mercury does rule the mind, mental clarity, talking, self-expression and overall communication. During the retrograde period, a person’s intellectual, communication and mental processes are less acute. They become careless, mistake-prone and forgetful.

This explains why your actions and decisions during the retrograde often fail or seem “sabotaged.” Or you may find that they will have to be re-done, re-structured or adjusted in some way when the retrograde period ends and Mercury goes direct.

The Best Advice:  Wait until Mercury goes direct to make important decisions. When that happens clearer communication will return and necessary information will be more positively conveyed. Once again, important data can again be relied on and you’ll see matters with 20/20 vision.

Also, by waiting until Mercury is direct, you will possess important information that you did not know while Mercury was retrograde. This new knowledge will help ensure you are making a correct decision. If you heed this cautionary advice, you’ll have less frustration, fewer mistakes and disappointing failures during these three weeks. Best of all, you’ll be in a better position to make your efforts successful starting July 1, 2014 when Mercury goes direct.

If you want to know if you were born with Mercury Retrograde and where your personal transits are—to see if they are affecting you—go to the Free Transit Calculator and enter your birth date. Then, read about how each transit is affecting your life in other elephant Journal articles by Larry Schwimmer.


Also by Larry:

Mercury Retrograde: 8 Great Things That Can Happen Now!

Fun / true:

“Mercury in Retrograde is not a good excuse for you to be an asshole to me.”


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About Larry Schwimmer

Larry Schwimmer is an astrologer in private practice. Enter your birth details in his Free Transit Calculator to work out your personal transits for 2017 and the planets in your birth chart. Want to know more about your personal horoscope and future in 2017? Whether it's relationships, career, investments, or health, order your customized report: Your Horoscope and Future in 2017. If you want to find out if you have a real love compatibility with someone, order a customized report: Your Love Compatibility Report. If you want to learn more about your personality and your personal Horoscope (and obtain a copy of your Astrological birth chart) order your Personal Horoscope Report. For private consultations, contact him via email or on his website.


12 Responses to “Mercury Retrograde: How To Survive the Next 3 Weeks of Craziness!”

  1. dani says:

    because acknowledging merc retro-inspired hiccups is a stellar way to ease the fallout, i highly recommend stocking up on these retrograde greetings:

  2. janu says:

    While this is a year that's going to be simpler for you, it won't always be so. There will be times when you are going to have to stand up for yourself and fight for what you want to get the things you want from your boss and co-workers. Online Poojalu Don't mistake having to be mean with your fighting for what you want. You can be assertive and kind and get what you want. Make sure everyone knows you are fighting for your goals and that you are on the move.

  3. swati says:

    Unlike this post, my views, experiences and Jyotish studies of Mercury retrograde differ. For those with natal retrograde Mercury in their charts, they will likely feel more "normal", more on top of things mentally and creatively. The common misconceptions around Mercury retrograde and all that "goes haywire" really do a disservice to astrology. There is no "one size fits all" explanation of the transits. There are trends, tendencies, themes etc. but plenty of people will thrive during a retrograde cycle. And sometimes it is the best time to start a new venture. I just want to present another viewpoint. You can read my take here:

  4. Astrology is a lie says:

    Of course there will be those who are experiencing these issues at some point of their life and if they're unlucky enough to read this article they'll fall for the trap of believing it.

  5. Liz says:

    Well, I experience all sorts of ups and downs in life, but…the last few weeks have been unusually strange for me, lots of tension, lots of weird things happening that shouldn't be happening right now. So maybe do your own research before you decide?

  6. larryschwimmer says:

    Hi Liz, I wanted to respond to your post and tell you that what you describe is a big part of what occurs during Mercury Retrograde. It is why I describe the retrograde period as "3 Weeks When the World Goes Haywire." One day– someone will invest the time and money to do credible research to demonstrate that certain breakdowns do occur with far great frequency during retrograde periods (e.g. power outages, planes delayed, etc.) The MOON affects the tides and farmers use it to plant crops (SEE Farmer's Almanac). So, why should it be so crazy to imagine that the planet MERCURY which governs communication, affects us as well? You gave Mr. Booooooshite great advice. Do you own research. Write down on a calendar the number of times you notice the events I write about, occurring. It will make you a believer! Larry Schwimmer

  7. larryschwimmer says:

    You say: Astrology is a lie. And…Mr. Boooooshite…you know this how? Have you ever studied it? Have you ever talked to people who've seen an astrologer and found great value from a chart reading? Have you ever actually had your own chart analyzed and had a consultation with an astrologer?

    No? I thought so. Webster's dictionary defines "ignorant" — as "not knowing." I believe that you are just another ignorant person who has no basis for dismissing astrology as having validity (other than getting some satisfaction out of making people wrong who find value in something you don't). You might find this interesting to know: Many astrologers (including myself) started out as ignorant skeptics like you. It was only when we took the time to study and learn about astrology that we became believers. If you do this — you'll find, contrary to your statement — "astrology is the truth." Larry Schwimmer

  8. larryschwimmer says:

    Dear Swati, With all due respect to your Jyotish studies about Mercury retrograde, which has its focus on Indian Astrology — I think you missed the point of my my article. Perhaps the reason we differ is that I practice Western Astrology, not Indian Astrology. It is NOT a mis-conception that things go "haywire" during Mercury retrograde. It's a reality that millions of people are very conscious of. It's not in their imagination. And I think you are incorrect in saying that my writings about Mercury retrograde — does "astrology a disservice." In fact, preparing people for Mercury retrograde they may encounter; and letting them know how to use the retrograde period, positively "is" a service.

    There is a reality about Mercury retrograde that is accurate: it is a time of huge miscommunications and mechanical breakdowns. I believe you are confusing people and doing them a huge disservice by trying to invalidate this point. Why hold up the very few who "thrive" during Mercury retrograde when they are the exception. After all, there are people who got rich during the Depression of the 1930s. But the over-whelming majority suffered greatly during that period.

    I think it's healthy to present your viewpoint. I welcome that. But please don't try to invalidate mine. The reason why millions and millions of people want to find out "when" Mercury is going retrograde is a testimony to: (1) there desire to understand why their life seems to go haywire during it; (2) their interest in suggestions on how to use it to improve their life when it occurs.

    I will continue to write about Mercury retrograde for those readers. Larry Schwimmer

  9. Benjamin says:

    From a quick Google search to Wikipedia: "Scientific testing of astrology has been conducted, and no evidence has been found to support any of the premises or purported effects outlined in astrological traditions."

    If this is such a period of mass miscommunication, why can't that miscommunication be measured across a wide statistical sample?

  10. larryschwimmer says:

    Dear Swati, With all due respect to your Jyotish studies about Mercury retrograde, which has its focus on Indian Astrology — I think you missed the point of my my article. Perhaps the reason we differ is that I practice Western Astrology, not Indian Astrology. It is NOT a mis-conception that things go "haywire" during Mercury retrograde. It's a reality that millions of people are very conscious of. It's not in their imagination. And I think you are incorrect in saying that my writings about Mercury retrograde — does "astrology a disservice." In fact, preparing people for Mercury retrograde they may encounter

  11. larryschwimmer says:

    Dear Benjamin:

    "In the field of astrology, there are many more fatally flawed tests than real evidence. There are many reasons for this. There is no budget for testing astrology and most astrologers are more motivated by the study and application of astrology than in addressing the challenge of providing and defending scientific proof. So most tests are run by skeptics with budgets in fields like psychology who design quantitative tests when the data requires qualitative analysis that would be better addressed by those who understand astrology. There are also real procedural hurdles to jump. Though we don’t know how it works physically, astrology is not a faith. You can experience, observe and know how it applies first hand. There are sound reasons why it has proved so difficult to test the real practice of astrology under scientific conditions and why so many tests have been flawed. However, some simple experiments have yielded results that are consistent with a scientific basis to the fundamental premise of astrology even though the practice is an art rather than a science."

    To answer your exact question: Miscommunication and equipment failures can all be measured. But someone needs to foot the bill for the research. I've often thought of going to electrical utility companies and airlines and trying to get them to fund this research to show them the millions of dollars they lose during Mercury retrograde in outtages and equipment failures. Of course, a better way to convince them is doing the research first and then showing them how much money they could save by preparing for Mercury Retrograde.

    "Wealthy people who believe in astrology have no interest in convincing the rest of the world of its validity." (A quote from my book, "What the Hell Is Going On in My Life?" available AMAZON.COM) Larry Schwimmer

  12. ZikuBD says:

    My views, experiences and Jyotish studies of Mercury retrograde take issue. For those with natal retrograde Mercury in their charts, they'll possible feel additional "normal", additional on high of things mentally and creatively. The common errors around Mercury retrograde and every one that "goes haywire" extremely do a ill service to star divination. there's no "one size fits all" rationalization of the transportation. There are trends, tendencies, themes etc. however lots of individuals can thrive throughout a declining chain. And typically it's the simplest time to begin a replacement venture. I simply need to gift another outlook. you'll browse my take here: