Sincerity Sunday: Mercury Retrograde is NOT an Excuse

How do you approach Mercury Retrograde?

Do you clear your schedule, cowering at home with a cup of hot tea until the cosmic weather clears? (See above.)

Do you become paranoid, afraid the vague email you received from your boss is a certain indicator that you'll be jobless within a week?

Or, do you go about business as usual, brazenly signing documents and making new travel plans despite the ubiquitous warnings?

For the record, I don't endorse any of these methods.

As a professional astrologer, I've had more than my share of queries regarding how to deal with Mercury's retrograde phase. After listening to this conversation for years, I've come to decide that on the whole, our community's relationship to this transit is unhealthy... even my own.

If you're not privy to the cosmic lingo yet, here's the skinny: when Mercury retrogrades, the planet appears to be moving backwards in its orbit.

Astrologically speaking, it's a total Communication Breakdown (couldn't resist a good Zeppelin reference!). Signals get crossed in conversations, computers and vehicles go haywire, travel plans fall through, and Murphy's law is the order of the day.

Best mystical practices say it's possible to circumvent the negative effects of Mercury Rx (shorthand for retrograde) by doing activities that start with the prefix re-. Revise, review, renew, replenish, you get the idea. Taking a spiritual approach is the best plan of attack with this transit, but that doesn't change the fact that Mercury has a reputation for being a Trickster. There's no real way to fully escape the awkward nature of this period.

As with most things in my life, I plan ahead as much possible. Mercury Rx is no exception. I created specific game plan with tasks that I could do during the transit to makeover my blog and refresh my brand. But when it came to day-to-day activities, I was still stuck in fear mode.

Would starting that big project during the retrograde lead to dissatisfaction with the finished product?

Would calling a new primary care physician lead to a bad relationship with that service provider in the future?

Would trying that new recipe during Mercury Rx mean I 'd end up hating it afterwards?

In an act of desperation, I turned to my ever-practical beloved for advice. He told me,

“You've got to live your life. Mercury retrograde is not an excuse.”

This made me think: how much of our fear of Mercury retrograde is rooted in personal insecurities and fear of failure? Starting a project, making a doctor's appointment, or even trying a new food are absolutely necessary, and we shouldn't consider putting them of due to some silly astrological transit. It's natural to be wary of the unknown and nervous about starting, but don't let Mercury Rx be an excuse for procrastination.

Instead of operating from fear, use your astrology know-how to your advantage! Start working on your big idea, but don't go public with it until after Mercury goes direct. Schedule that doctor's appointment, but make sure you put it in your Google calendar and keep copies of all the documents you might need. And try a fresh recipe if you want! Mercury Rx is a great time to think outside the box and try something outside your routine. Put a positive spin on things, and you'll get much better results, I promise.

Let me be clear: the astrological prescriptions are there for a reason. Doing something new during Mercury Rx, or any other tough transit for that matter, may make it more difficult, but you've gotta do what you've gotta do. Don't put it off. Trust in the infinite that your timing will be perfect, regardless of the cosmic weather.

If you need to do something, do it. The universe WILL support you.

Here's to a happy and productive Mercury Rx!