Mercury goes retrograde May 18 2015 and the traditional advice is “Don’t travel, Don’t sign contracts. Don’t marry. Don’t touch electrics!” But the whole Mercury retrograde cycle actually lasts eight weeks and happens three times, sometimes even four times in a year! That’s a long time to hide under the duvet and a real waste of a truly magical time. Mercury generally zips between two worlds, or rather, the two hemispheres of our brain.
So during the retrograde period it feels like Mercury has gone down into the underworld. In this realm, closer to spirit, we become more right-brain orientated. It is dark, so other senses are heightened. We will feel extra sensitive here, psychic even. Everything will seem hyper-real… you will notice things you had overlooked before. This will prompt you to re-evaluate, renovate, re-form, and re-invent. It’s true you might have to redo things, because Mercury will hit the same degree three times, but what this transit won’t let you do is to go into autopilot.
There are danger spots though. When Mercury is stationing retrograde we are at its wobbly stage where we are likely to slip-up, make mistakes, and misread anothers communications. But once we are over the threshold and into the Underworld, we can safely go about our business knowing we are in another realm. The same goes for when Mercury is stationing direct, just make sure you give your brain a few days to adjust back to solar thinking.
The house in your natal chart that Mercury retrogrades in, will be your Underworld zone. There you will question everything. It will make you jittery about signing contracts, because you will be constantly thinking, “Is this what I really want?”. Before the retrograde, is a good time to finish off those Solar left-brain projects and gather information to bring down into your cave at its retrograde point. Then you can slow things down, let yourself be taken into other dimensions, try on different filters, experiment, shine a light on your demons, then recharge and reboot.
Mercury Retrograde Journey May 2015
Mercury stations retrograde from May 18 until June 11 2015. This is the most powerful Mercury retrograde of the year since not only does Mercury rule Gemini, but it will also pass over some of the most potent and bright stars in the firmament. The most famous of these stars is the grand Archangel star Aldebaran. This royal star is found in the face of the Bull of Taurus. I have written about this star in great detail here; Fixed Star Aldebaran at 9º Gemini and I found Mercury with Aldebaran speaks out against evil. It may swing between sinner and saint and switch abruptly between conflicting principles. For a while during this retrograde we may be confused with Mercury’s duplicity. But in the end though, this experience will force us to be more adaptable and pliable, with the ability to build bridges and mediate between opposing forces. Mercury is very likely to play devils advocate with even more force than usual during this time.