©5-23-2015 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
I always say I’m not going to write any more articles about Mercury Retrograde, but here I am again. My regular readers know that I take the prevailing hysteria about it with a grain of salt—well, more like a whole shaker full of salt. Too many people make these retrogrades sound like some terrifying boogie man, and I think they’re just addicted to high drama.
My approach is more sensible, I like to think. I double check everything I do during that time, hold up on major outreach, don’t start major projects, and back up my computer after every writing session.
And I capitalize on those periods by working on what I call my Mercury retrograde projects—usually involving revisions of things I’ve already written. (Follow the links at the end of this article to see how you can create a project of your own.)
How Mercury Stationary Complicates Matters
Here’s something I haven’t written about before, however, and that’s how to handle the days at the beginning and end of the period, when Mercury is at a standstill. It can remain at the same degree for several days and sometimes as long as a week. This time around, Mercury is stationary turning retrograde at 13° of Gemini from 5/15 to 5/23/15. It turns direct again at 5° Gemini and remains at that degree from 6/6 to 6/15/15.
I would venture to guess that a good number of the horror stories we hear about Mercury retrograde actually happen within the stationary periods themselves, when Mercury isn’t moving at all. In the past few days, at the peak of this first of two stations in Gemini, I’ve heard complaints from several non-astrology people about severe hassles they’re experiencing in their work.
They’re complaining that they’re spending all day trying to get ONE piece of work done. Saving something and then finding out that it’s not all there. Odd disappearances of files they worked on until late at night. Trying unsuccessfully for hours to get in touch with someone far away that they need to hear from in order to fix a problem in their software.
The point here is not whether Mercury is hurtling along but in retrograde motion. IT’S THAT MERCURY ISN’T MOVING AT ALL—NOR ARE THEIR TASKS AT WORK.
What I advised them is what I instinctually do when something I’m working at comes to a standstill. NOTHING! LEAVE IT BE!
If you’ve tried something several times that day and it’s just not happening, shut it down and leave it for a day or two before you pick it up again. Otherwise you’ll just keep spinning your wheels and getting more and more frustrated.
When that happens, even without looking at the ephemeris, I realize that the timing is off and that the third time or the fourth time or the fifth time won’t work out any better than the first or the second. So, of it happens to you, walk away for now, and if the boss asks you why, tell him an astrologer said so. Well, maybe not.
As I see it, it’s not Mercury that’s creating problems for us, it’s that all too human tendency to try to force things through that aren’t working, rather than to step back and think the situation over.
What’s Special about the Current Mercury Retrograde Period
As a writer with four planets in Gemini including natal Mercury, I’m pretty psyched about this particular Mercury Retrograde period, as it will highlight each of those stellium planets several times, quite an uptick in Mercury energy.
In addition, Mercury is in Gemini this year from April 30th to July 9th, a total of 71 days. If you’re a writer or if you aren’t but need to get lots of writing done, climb on this rare gift and work it for all it’s worth!
Naturally, there are Mercury-related things I wouldn’t do during any retrograde period, but especially in Mercury-ruled Gemini. I’ve been engrossed for a month in a long needed overhaul of my ebook website, Moon Maven Publications. My designer, Susanne Bird-Harris is doing an incredible job, and I’m very excited about it. I’m even planning a virtual housewarming when it opens, complete with door prizes and virtual champagne.
The process was going along really well, and it looked like we could launch the new site on June 1st. But then I saw that Mercury would be retrograde. For a WRITER (Mercury) to launch a website then for the purpose of sales (Mercury) of her books (Mercury) would be sheer idiocy.
Suzanne was also concerned—she’s had dozens of website or blog clients who were astrologers, through word of mouth referrals, so she’s used to hearing about Mercury retrograde and uses that information in planning her work. We decided to postpone the launch until Mercury is direct and moving along at a good clip.
If you’re a Skywriter subscriber, you’ll get your invitation to the mid-June launch and a glass of that virtual bubbly.
So what I’m doing with this extra-special Mercury retrograde is to buckle down and work on editing and revising a collection of about 30 previously-published vocational astrology articles. Entitled Career Choices and Challenges: an Astrological Guide, it should be out in late fall.
Because we needed a cover for it for my new website, here’s one that Suzanne made for me. (Read about her services here: WebsitesInWP: Building success, not just WP websites.)
How about you, Readers? Do you have a Mercury Retrograde Project in process and how is it going? Or, can you think of one? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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