For the astrologically unwary, Mercury retrograde periods often coincide with disruptions, interruptions and misunderstandings, but with a little cosmic knowledge you can beat this planetary prankster at his own game.
First things first: Mercury Retrograde isn’t a crisis. It is merely an inconvenience, albeit one that occurs three (and sometimes four) times a year. Moreover, while its retrograde (Rx) period lasts for about three weeks, its stationary periods often create havoc in our lives, and the “shadow” periods that precede and follow it affect us as well. However, given the dual nature of Mercury, although there is much that can go wrong, there is also much that can go right while Mercury is retrograde.
Therefore, in fairness to the Cosmic Messenger, I present both the pitfalls and the promise of this transit. By working with its energy rather than against it, you can use it to your advantage and put it to productive use, which is far better than just experiencing it as an irritating nuisance.
At the end of this article, I have included a house-by-house analysis to help you make the most of Mercury’s visit to your natal chart. Although you may not be able to beat the Cosmic Trickster at his own game, at least you might prevent him from laughing quite so hard.