Ive seen a lot of posts in the forum with people complaining that they feel something is off spiritually. And its affecting their spirit work. Well you arent wrong. Something is off. But theres nothing to worry about. This happens 3 to 4 times a year. Its an astrological phase often referred to Mercury in Retrograde.
What does it mean?
Mercury slows down, and appears to move backward or in retrograde. It's an optical illusion. But astrologically has an effect on us.
A highly objective and truth-seeking planet, Mercury rules intelligence, education and truth. When it is in retrograde, some of its power is held back. Gemini and Virgo are signs ruled by Mercury, so those of you born under these signs will be complaining the loudest. Industries ruled by this planet--sales, public relations, advertising, publishing, mail, transportation are vulnerable to this planet's strange behaviour.
During this time plans go for a toss. You miss appointments, your electronics crash, things get lost, cancellations, misunderstandings and delays seem almost unavoidable. It also affects spiritual and spell work. Mercury also rules speech. When its in retrograde, people sometimes say things they dont mean. If you experience a break-up during this time, take a wait-and-see attitude.
Why does this happen? Its not fair.
I know its painful. But sometimes to move forward you need to take a couple of steps back and reconfigure your plan. Its a time when you look into things that you've been ignoring. Mercury forces us to fix whats broken by making us reflect, reconsider and reconnect.
Mercury went into retrograde on the 20th of October 2013. Why am I facing difficulties from the beginning of the month?
Thats because of the shadow zone. Mercury entered into the shadow zone on October 2nd 2013. It will start to station direct between Nov 1st and 10th and will be out of its retrograde shadow by the 20th of Nov. Means difficulties will start to ease off in the first week of Nov. But will only be back to normal after the 20th
Benefits of Mercury in Retrograde
Since its a time for reconciliations, you may bump into an old friend and find what youve always been looking for. Reappearances are common during this time. Its also a good time for closure, dressing old wounds and clearing out what you dont want. People born when Mercury is retrograde grow up to be more spiritually inclined, they think deeply and often become philosophers.
Are there survival tips when Mercury is in Retrograde?
Yes there is. Take a look.
Dont panic and dont fight it. Even though frustration levels will be going through the roof, youll only make things worse if you go crazy.
Meditate, contemplate, ground and centre
Back up your data system and be vigilant with your things.
When traveling, leave early and allow for extra travel time. Double-tape your bags, count your belongings, Re-check addresses and reconfirm appointments.
Try not to start new things. The natures of things are likely to change dramatically once this phase passes. However if its something youve tried to kick start in the past and failed, then the forces will work for you, rather than against you.