Does Mercury Retrograde really turn things upside down?
Maybe yes. Maybe no.
Certainly social media is full of people who are positive that the computer glitches and miscommunications they experience during Mercury retrograde are CAUSED by Mercury retrograde. It’s very chic these days. And of course, the popular advice is, “never sign anything during Mercury retrograde.”
But does anyone actually record any data on the numbers of typos, glitches and miscommunications which happen during Mercury retrograde vs. Mercury direct? Just asking…………
Also, what about other planetary retrogrades? Jupiter is retrograde about 3 months a year. Neptune about 5 months a year. And so on. Today, April 11, 2017, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn are ALL retrograde, and Pluto goes retrograde April 20. Why does no one seem to panic during other planetary retrogrades? In fact, there is almost NEVER ONE SINGLE DAY when one of the closest planets to Earth is NOT retrograde.
Both western astrology tradition and Magi Astrology research agree that Mercury rules thinking and quick wits, self-expression and communications of all kinds including acting and co-rulership of singing, and travel.
Here are some people, companies, and products which were “born” during Mercury retrograde. All relate to Mercury’s rulerships of thinking, wit, communication, self-expression, and travel.
If you are on a smartphone, here’s the place to turn it sideways to see both columns below!
|Company Incorporation/Founding Dates
Product Debut Dates
Product debut dates are hard to find, but here are just a few:
All these people, companies, and products are especially talented/successful in Mercury-ruled fields and all have Mercury retrograde. So how could Mercury retrograde really be a kiss of death in these areas of life?
Mercury retrograde has never been PROVEN to be detrimental. In actual fact, statistical research has proven conclusively that planets in retrograde can actually be MORE powerful and helpful in “natalization” charts than direct planets. Not always, but much of the time. Natalizations include weddings, incorporation dates, and signing agreements of all kinds.
There is really only 1 kind of proven, generalized one-size-fits-all advice for people who want to harness the power of the stars to help them achieve their dreams: use Magi Universal Best and Worst Days. Get them here.
But, if you REALLY want to use the power of the stars to achieve love and success and avoid heartbreak and failure you ALSO need to use your PERSONAL cycles to discover when your best windows of opportunity will open, and when challenges and obstacles are more likely for you. Find out more here.
So what to do when Mercury is retrograde?
DO double-check important stuff, keep your computer backed up and verify plans. These are NEVER bad ideas.
DO move ahead in making decisions and signing important documents IF AND ONLY IF your personal cycles and the quality of the Universal day are both excellent.
DO put Mercury Retrograde-Phobia where it belongs, with the 2012 ending of the Mayan Calendar and Y2K.
DON’T worry. Relax…… Retrogrades are frequent, unavoidable, and can even help you!
For Students of Astrology:
If you’re curious about what really causes day-to-day frustrations and problems, keep track over a period of time of glitches and miscommunications during Mercury retrograde vs. Mercury direct. Do so for a year or more so you have an accurate sampling. See if you actually experience more of these issues statistically during Mercury retrograde. You might or you might not. You’re more likely to find a higher correlation between day-to-day problems and Magi Universal Worst Days found here, than you are to find correlations between problems and Mercury retrograde.
In Magi Astrology we use 6 dimensions of calculation. In the 3 Geocentric dimensions, retrogrades occur. In the 3 Heliocentric dimensions, there are no retrogrades. For accurate answers, we use 20 – 30 or more planets, asteroids and midpoints in all 6 dimensions. A particular planet in retrograde seems far less important seen against this enormous backdrop. The Universal quality of a day, your personal progressions and transits, and careful selection of crucial natalization dates are FAR more important than unsubstantiated retrograde-phobia.