This year our second Mercury Retrograde begins on April 28th. It is in the sensual sign of Taurus, and will end on May 22nd. It is a time where communications go awry, technology seems to not want to cooperate, and confusion and delay take the forefront. Old friends, colleagues, and others from the past may also show up. This is especially true while Mercury is in Taurus. Taurus is ruled by the planet Venus, ruler of relationships. Unfinished relationship business may come to the fore.
Venus also rules money, and Taurus is about value, so there may be some budget issues if we are not careful.
Mercury Retrograde is not a time to panic. If it starts to feel challenging, work with it – it is possible! It is always a good time to slow down and take extra care, and practice patience most of all. Re-do things. Get in touch with that friend you haven’t seen in a while.
Here’s a Mercury Retrograde story from a previous retrograde that I’d like to share. Mercury is also known as a trickster, so keep that in mind:
I had planned on taking a nice bath with candles, scents, etc. I knew the tub needed cleaning, all good, so I reached for the cleaner – not there. It’s *always* in its normal spot, except now. I went to the closet to fetch a new bottle, and on the way – squish. Hairball. Oy. So I had to limp around to the nearest paper towel to clean it off. Said paper towels are *always* in the same spot – not today. I went to other closet (keeping the part of the foot with the residue off of the floor) and retrieved a new roll. I cleaned up the messes, went back to the tub – oops, I forgot the tub cleaner, which I was looking for in the first place…
And so it goes.
Mercury is joining Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto in retrograde motion. With this many planets going backwards it is not a favorable time to start new ventures, if possible. It is, however, a good time to do research, planning, brainstorming, and reconnecting. And, as with all transits, this too shall pass.