Time to reconsider
When Mercury turns retrograde, which it does about three times a year, it moves from the degree of the Zodiac where it stops before turning around (Astrologers call this piece of business "taking a station.") ... then it moves about 14 -15 degrees backwards to a previous point.
There it takes another station ... and then finally, starts moving forward again -- having tended (we hope) to the business it forgot ... or misunderstood ... or didn't get finished the first time through.
If this slice of the Zodiac crosses two different houses in your chart, you will "back up and rearrange" two different areas of life to be more sincerely aligned with your present thoughts and the presentation of your true beliefs.
Time to think differently
Mercury, of course, is involved with communication, the handling of data, the application of knowledge and information, and the way you study and present "what you know" for others to understand and use.
While the time of Mercury Retrograde can, indeed, seem like a pothole in the pathway of progress ... because of the confusion and "mis-communication" for which it is famous. It also has its constructive uses ... which, admittedly do take some effort to access.
So, yes, there are some very positive ways to use the energy of Mercury Retrograde. And once you learn to make the shift and work with Mercury instead of against him, you'll actually look forward to the peculiar energy of Mercury Retrograde and its unusual gifts. It's a Life Lesson worth learning, because Mercury Retrograde is a phenomenon that's here to stay.
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