Another Mercury Retrograde (MR) has come and gone and many folks are breathing a sigh of relief that it is now behind them. The next MR will not occur until Jan 5th of next year and so I'd like to take this opportunity to discuss how you can better understand how MR affects you and you can be prepared for when it occurs.
First, however, let's review exactly what MR is. Mercury Retrograde is a term that you have probably heard before but aren't sure exactly what it means. During periods of retrograde, a planet appears to move backwards from its normal trek around the sun. Those areas of life governed by the planet tend to suffer setbacks and breakdowns. There are many retrograde including Mars Retrograde, Venus Retrograde, Jupiter Retrograde, in fact all the planets turn retrograde at some point. However, Mercury Retrograde is arguably the one you hear about most often.
Generally speaking MR is associated with communication breakdowns, misunderstandings, computer and other electronic malfunctions as well as disruptions in traveling and movement. As Mercury, and the other planets, orbit our Sun they pass through 12 Astrological Signs. Each of those signs governs a different aspect of human life and culture. The sign in which mercury transits, or moves through, during MR indicates how MR will generally affect the masses.
However, to discover how MR affects the individual, one must cast their astrological chart to ascertain the house which mercury transits during retrograde. Just like there are 12 signs, there are also 12 houses and they also govern different aspects of human life. During MR, mercury will transit through the the same Sign for everyone, however, it can pass through one of any 12 houses. For this reason, MC will affect different people differently. I have previously written how to determine which house mercury is transiting during MR in your astrological chart and ascertain how it will affect you. However, this is only the first step.
Once you get comfortable with this process, the next step would be to keep a journal of the things which occur to you during the retrograde and compare it to your chart for accuracy. If you do this each time MR occurs you will eventually have notes for when MR occurs in each of the 12 houses. When MR occurs in one of these houses again, you will have a better understanding of how MR will affect you. Forewarned is forearmed, after all.
For example. this past MR transited my 12 house of Karma and is characterized by a time of reviewing the past, evaluating the present and finding closure with old issues. For me personally this MR was about purging and healing. False friends were revealed and removed out of my life, I paid off a large debt freeing me from that financial burden each month, and I came to terms with a long standing issue personal issue and began the process of making decisions that will lead me to a healing. So the next time MR occurs in my 12th house I'll have a greater idea of what to expect.
Granted this will be a long process as MR only occurs about 3 times a year and houses can and will repeat so it may take several years before MR occurs in each of the 12 houses in your chart. However, if you are interested in astrology, how MR affects you, and have patience this process will prove rewarding.