None of this sounds very good, does it? Well, here is why:.
Just because something becomes a source of confusion externally does not mean it is bad or weak. This power of reflection is something we rarely use while happily going along with our smooth day-to-day life. Here is an example. Every time we return home, we put the key in the lock and open the door.
We perform this task mechanically. That is, until one day we come home and the key does not enter the lock — or when we try to turn the key and the lock will not open. When that happens, suddenly we pull out the key and examine it very closely. We then see that the key is bent, dull and getting worn. We notice the lock is also getting worn. Suddenly we pay attention to the key and the lock. When things are moving smoothly in our life, and we feel comfortable with them, we tend to fall asleep. Retrograde planets create confusion with their external nature.
This confusion causes us to hesitate and reflect. This reflection is a powerful catalyst for understanding the inner, deeper nature of the life lesson related to that planet.
Happiness is a part of life, but we are here to learn the truth about who we really are. A person who has a retrograde planet in their birth chart will often hesitate with that energy, due to some confusion or lack of confidence with it. The hesitation and confusion will be seen in the areas the planet rules as a House Lord. Thus, if a Libra-rising person has Mercury retrograde in the birth chart, things related to the Ninth and Twelfth Houses personal philosophies, teaching, letting go of ideas will be a source of confusion.
But this confusion creates a powerfully reflective nature in the individual. This will be an area of life that is deep and rich within them. The external mistakes and hesitation bring about greater care in using that energy. Over time especially, this can be quite powerful.
Based on the dignity and disposition of that natal Mercury sign and aspectual strength , you predict whether or not these things will lead them to more or less strength. Yet, in general, important things such as signing contracts and other types of negotiated agreements where people have to pay attention to important details are better left when Mercury turns direct.
That said, people go way overboard with the Mercury retrograde bogeyman analysis.
I will tell you, as someone who watches the cycles all the time, I have started many successful things while Mercury was retrograde — including releasing a book and starting an entirely new set of classes. Both of the things I started were very successful by the standard I chose to measure them. My book-release paid for the first printing within 24 hours. Aspects made during the Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius and Scorpio may make our mental cup runneth over, and then some.
Be careful about those promises come Mercury direct: you might end up in a world of hurt if you suddenly find yourself unable to deliver.
A square between Mercury and Mars mid-retrograde might serve to fan the flames of disagreement, generating quarrels. Watch your words and pray for a pause button — you might just need it. Though the effects are most potent between November 17 and December 6, the effects of the Mercury retrograde may start to emerge as early as October 29, when Mercury first enters its shadow period, and as late as December 24, when Mercury finally exits its shadow. Still have questions about how Mercury Retrograde works?
Visit our sister site to learn more! As with all Mercury retrograde transits, you can expect miscommunications, setbacks, and mishaps; as well as unresolved issues coming back to haunt you one more time yikes.
Read more to discover just how the Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius may unfold for you. Perhaps some of these forays may require a different financial set-up, or maybe, these exciting plans both excite you and set you on edge. Either way, the Mercury retrograde is the ideal time to plan your path and if your path includes foreign or long-distance travel, leave early, check your tickets, and buy travel insurance. With the Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius and Scorpio happening in your eighth and seventh houses , you may feel some relative level of breakthrough in your closest relationships.
For a change, it seems that the puzzle pieces are falling into place: anxieties about partnerships and the resources you share are finally ending.
Just as possible is a circumspect look at the energies you give out to others, and whether that feels like work, service, or something nearer servitude.