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Mercury is once again retrograde. I know we have all heard the jokes and horror stories about retrograde Mercury. Even those who know next to nothing about astrology, know that Mercury retrograde is BAD. But is it? Most people know that Mercury rules our communication and daily life. When any planet is retrograde it simply means that it looks as if the planet is moving backward. In our high stress, busy world, we are inundated with messages from every communication source possible. We not only have landline telephone but a cell phone as well. We text, twitter and email numerous times a day. Our lives are dependent on all the many gadgets that seem to be needed to make it through one 24 hour period. It's a delicate balancing act at best. And then along comes the planet that's in charge of all this information and we cannot seem to get from point A to point B without some sort of breakdown. Mail gets lost, computer files get corrupted and documents are misplaced. Worst of all, there is only so much we can do to guard against the trickier aspects of Mercury. I always tell clients to double-check appointments and avoid signing important paperwork, if at all possible. When we take action during retrograde periods we often end up redoing some part of it. Hence, you do not want to buy a new car during this period.

Retrograde motion seem slower, so that's why astrologers talk about the delays and the need for extra time during this period. I hear lots of moans and groans about Mercury retrograde but few discussions about the up side of this period. That's right there is an upside to Mercury retrograde!

Because our outer life is not working at top speed during this time, it's easier to pay attention to your inner voice. We slow down and are able to listen to guidance from a higher source. Depending on what sign Mercury falls in, this can be a super psychic time period. Sometimes this will show up in a challenging way. We have to redo our taxes or go back and correct something. But this is also a great time to look over the family's finances and redo the family budget. During retrograde periods, mistakes are more likely to happen, so be sure to take a good long look at bank statements and anything asking you for money. Investigate any area of life you are looking to change, but wait to implement those changes until after Mercury turns direct. We can also go back to some old project and finish it up. Call up old sales leads that didn't go anywhere and touch base once again, this time you might make the sale. Just because you should move slowly, does not mean you should not move at all. Slow down, meditate more and you can get some very strong higher wisdom showing up in your life. And above all, remember, Mercury Retrograde does not own us - we own it.

This Mercury Retrograde begins on June 18th and ends on July 12th. Mercury is in the sign of Cancer so we can all be a bit more emotional and sensitive. We may have to go back and apologize or fix the problems our hasty action cost us. So use the energy of Cancer to help fix any problems around the house or that affect family.

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