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Mercury Retrograde ~ May 7 to May 30, 2009

It's about that time again. The fastest moving planet in the zodiac slows down. Even Mercury needs a rest. This time, he will station on May 7, 2009 as he prepares for the retrograde movement and will again station on May 30, 2009 in preparation for moving forward. The complete retrograde cycle, including the shadow cycle, is April 23, 2009 to June 15, 2009.

Following the standard with any retrograde planet, this Mercury retrograde period is a time for the prefix "re" -- reflect, rethink, re-plan, review, retool, reorganize, redefine, re-examine, rewrite, reread, repair. So reassess, as necessary and as much as you want, but avoid starting new projects, signing any contracts, or entering into any major agreements or commitments. It's easy to overlook details or neglect to include information pertinent to the terms. A change of mind is also common. If you must enter into an agreement during the retrograde period, it is important to re-read all fine print, have another set of eyes go over it, and get all your questions answered before completing the transaction.

This period does not need to be daunting and feared or cause you to suspend living your life in any way. Simply make allowances and/or preemptive actions to minimize the unavoidable retrograde effects. Do not underestimate the frustration, inconvenience, and havoc a Mercury retrograde can produce, however.

Mercury rules mental processes, communication, commerce, trade and affects all of these plus travel and electronics. Allow for delays, especially on the station days (May 7 & May 30). Expect miscommunication so, ensure that all details are understood. Ask detailed questions to prevent misunderstandings. Wait until the retrograde period is over before buying a new computer, mp3 player, cell phone, or any other electronic items. If this is unavoidable, make sure the return/exchange/refund policy coverage is extensive enough that the purchased item can be returned/exchanged should it requires repair or replacement later. Consider buying the extra warranty offered, if the item is a costly one.

Mercury retraces the steps he's taken beginning at 1 degree of Gemini and all the way back to 22 degrees of Taurus. Which of your natal houses will be revisited? This retrograde might play out in the natal houses Mercury transits in. For me, it's houses 8th (death & rebirth) and 9th (higher education & personal growth). I've done a lot of soul searching and personal growth this year, including the past weeks, thus far. I may be encouraged to reflect upon the changes I've made, redefine what I value in life and how I balance their inclusion as I live my life, restore what's been forgotten but significant to me, rethink personal goals, re-plan what actions I will take to achieve them.

Who might be most influenced by this retrograde? Those with Mercury-ruled personal planets and house angles; and with personal planets or house angles between 22 degrees and 29 degrees of Taurus or 1 degree of Gemini.

Depending on other natal planetary and house placements, those with Mercury retrograde natally may not feel as much of Mercury's retrograde effects. However, they are not immune to it.

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