Guess who’s coming to dinner. Mercury retrograde.

Head’s up! Mercury’s about to retrograde again … from this Monday, May 26, to June 19.

There’s been in the past interest in or unfamiliarity with Mercury retrograde. So to better serve humankind — yes, you — here’s a synopsis, part of which I blatantly lifted from astrologyweekly because I’m too lazy to write it myself. Okay, I lie. I’m not lazy. I just like how the author nailed it.

Mercury rules the mental processes, studying, communication, travel, business operations.

When the planet reverses direction — retrogrades — these processes also reverse direction, turning inward. It’s a time to rethink and redo, not begin anew.

Mercury retrograde causes delays, hiccups, stormy waters in the areas it rules.

Computers can act funky. Travels become headache-y; accidents and close calls increase..

Communications are misunderstood. Folks feel misheard or unable to express themselves clearly. It’s a time of fuzzy thinking, fuzzy logic.

Major purchases made under a Mecury retro will result in woes later. For example, the purchase may not work quite right, there'll be some weird quirk with it, or will need repairs or see too many visits at the shop.

I know a fellow who bought a car during a Mercury retro. I waited for stuff to happen. It did. Within a week, the car was in the shop for an accident that he caused. Then again a couple months later. So it's not necessarily that the purchase itself is a lemon but that buying during a Merc-retro imbues it and/or the user with headache dust.

Buying a house, also not the best idea. It will need repairs. Or present problems unforeseen at the time. If you move during a Mecury-retro, expect to move again sooner than later because something in the situation won't work out.

New projects began under an M-R come to premature endings or mitigated success. Example: Not a favorable time to birth a blog, it won't take off and you may close up shop earlier than later. Not a time suited for becoming engaged or wedded, holding elections, inking large deals or making significant decisions.

Finding people from your past returning, or likewise reaching out to them, however, is fine, indeed is typical M-R in action because it brings the past into the present for review, redoing, completion.

Ditto for signing contracts and starting new jobs. Don't if you can help it. Boy I learned this one the hard way! Later if not sooner, something will go amiss, never quite right itself despite the efforts.

So what is Mercury retro good for, you ask?

Redo, rethink, research, review.

To quote astrologyweekly:

You may want to read again a book you particularly liked, a subject you studied before, meet and discuss with old friends you haven't met for a long time, travel to places you've already been to before.

This is an excellent time to work on old projects that never got to be finished. So, think about the things you started and never finalized.

Double-check your agenda, call your business partners to confirm that everything goes as planned, have everything ready before the deadline and leave some extra time for unexpected events. Make copies of your important files and documents, save your work more often.

Go on vacation or at least slow down the pace of your projects. You will find that going slowly during the Mercury retrograde period will spare you many efforts of redoing the same action that wasn't performed right the first time.

By the way, Mercury will be retrograding in Gemini, from approximately 21 degrees back down to 12 before it resumes direct next month.

Because Mercury rules Gemini, I’d expect an intensification of Merc-retro stuff — communications going more awry or astray than usual under M-R , tongues sharper, numbers askew, flare-ups and arguments more tempting, understandings more difficult to achieve. The coinciding of Merc-ret and Memorial Day holiday on Monday should make for some, um, interesting traveling on the roads, like fender-benders, inattention, poor driving.

Vacations? Yeah, great idea! Soon's the time to go sit on a mountain top. Or the beach, with  no one around for miles save the waiter who keeps bringing you Long Island iced teas to keep the chill on.

From May 26 to June 17, think chill.

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