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In 2015, Mercury will be retrograde these following dates:
January 21 to February 11 (in Aquarius)
May 18 to June 11 (in Gemini)
September 17 to October 9 (in Libra)

In astrology, when a planet is in retrograde, it seems (from our vantage point here on Earth) that it's going backwards in its path in the sky. When this happens, its "powers" are "reduced" or "introverted."

Inspired by the Greek myths were Mercury (the deity) is the messenger of the gods, Mercury (the planet) rules communications and transportation. So whenever it is in retrograde, you get static in the air where "people don't say what they mean and they don't mean what they say."

It's important to note that they (and you) will not be doing it deliberately, it's just that we're all affected by the retrograde. But don't panic. It's not all bad news. There are certain activities that do well under this kind of energy.

Here are 8 tips on how to deal with Mercury retrogrades.

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The usual advice is to not start any new projects or sign any contracts because the energies of those new projects or signed contracts will be "trapped" in the "backwards" energies of the retrograde.

You may have to keep going back to these projects to renegotiate, rediscuss, rework, replan them before they really lift off.

But, of course, life must go on. So if you really do need to sign a contract, take the time to go through it thoroughly not just twice, but maybe four or five times.


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Can you imagine hitting it off with someone new and later finding out you both weren't communicating clearly with each other? You would have become interested in each other based on information that wasn't accurate.

But, again, life goes on. After all, who wants to turn down a date? Take it easy, take it slow, take it with a grain of salt. If you think the other person's interesting, whether this first date goes well or not, agree to a second date after the Mercury retrograde.


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You'll notice traffic jams that appear out of nowhere and suddenly disperse after crossing an intersection. Mercury retrogrades screw up traffic that way.

Leave early so you won't be late for your appointments. Have spare cash on hand for any road emergencies. Make sure you have a spare tire in your trunk, just in case.


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People from your past have a higher chance of reappearing in your lives during a Mercury retrograde. This means friends and family as well as frenemies and enemies.

Reunions held during Mercury retrograde usually go well. Otherwise, if you run into an old enemy, take it as an opportunity that the universe is giving you a chance to finally make up (or not).


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Interestingly enough, Mercury retrograde periods are good times to look for items you have lost.

Scour your closets, cabinets, under the sofa cushions, behind the ref and in the freezer. You could be in for a surprise.


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The introspective energies allow us to retrace our steps for a thorough review or edit of projects we'd already begun prior to the retrograde.

Research work is also encouraged, as well as revising and rehearsals.


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Instead of flailing your arms in frustration at the small breakdowns that Mercury retrogrades can potentially bring, look at it as life's built-in speed bumps.

The universe is helping us slow down for a few weeks and reevaluate, regroup, restock, replan, restore, recalibrate, rejuvenate. Take a retreat during retrogrades to recollect your thoughts and energies.

Or you can sit back and simply enjoy all of 8List's #TBT lists.[/buffer]

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Mercury also rules moving parts, therefore, usually a lot of electronics and gadgets break down during Mercury retrogrades. They also become vulnerable to virus attacks. The toaster explodes, the microwave bogs down, the Internet becomes glacially slow.

So back up those files so that you won't be screaming your head off when your computer breaks down or when you accidentally delete that document you've been working on the whole day.


To get in touch with Filipino astrologers or to learn more about astrology, visit Astrology Friends Philippines' blog at astrologyphilippines.blogspot.com.

What have your Mercury retrograde encounters been? Share your experiences in the comments sections below.

Walter Ang

Walter Ang has interests in science (the ones that don't need too much math), theater, yoga (vinyasa and ashtanga), Star Trek, astrology and general tomfoolery and shenanigans.

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