Mercury Retrograde occurs three to four times per year, when the planet Mercury, the planet of chat slows down, and appears to stop and move backward (retrograde).
Presently, Mercury the planet of communication in a retrograde is creating havoc through all forms of communication whether it is texting, talking or signing contracts of any kind. In simple terms, be aware of not only what you say, but how it is being delivered.
WHAT DOES MERCURY DO?
When Mercury is in retrograde we are provided with a time to catch up to ourselves, to reflect, to rethink and possibly shed light on matters from the past that needs our attention. It's a period of complete contemplation. Much however depends on where it is taking place in your own individual birth chart. Mercury will be in Cancer moving backward into Gemini, going direct July 1.
ARIES - MERCURY retrograde in CANCER (a water sign) favors deep thinking and meditation. This is a time during which you may find yourself questioning your own self-imposed emotional barriers, or examining ways in which you could be more in tune with your family and your emotional ties to them. Occurring in your solar third and fourth houses, shifting from CANCER back to GEMINI, extra care should be exercised when it comes to family matters. Therefore it's important to be as non- judgmental as you can. New initiatives surrounding home and property are best left for a better time. There may be the need to revisit old, nagging issues with siblings. Also, be aware of driving, possibly having trouble getting from point A to point B.
TAURUS- Your judgment with regards to personal finances (Gemini-ruled for you) as well as romantic partners and creative endeavors may not be up to par just now, so do avoid "signing on the dotted line" and/or do not be hasty with new hook-ups, or even existing partnerships. Speculation is not advised during this cycle, although if you do win big run and hide your winnings.
GEMINI - Because Mercury is your sign's ruler, you are always affected. So, for starts put off making important decisions with regards to family and domestic matters, be more aware when communicating. Occurring in your solar first and second houses this time, extra care should be exercised when it comes to new financial initiatives and body language. Reviewing your budget rather than jumping into new purchases are in order now. Go over any financial documents carefully.
CANCER - Your intuition usually serves you very well, but at this time you may not be feeling it. Therefore, be more observant when it comes to presenting ideas, or any detail work. Occurring in your solar twelfth and first houses this time, extra care should be exercised when it comes to body language and intuition. Others may misinterpret as you may be giving off mixed signals. You may also "appear" to be emotionally distant. This is a time to review the manner in which you come across to others--not so much whether it truly reflects your nature, but more in terms of whether it is working for or against you.
LEO - Major financial initiatives should be avoided. Occurring in your solar eleventh and twelfth houses this time, your instinctual judgment may be compromised, and extra care should be used when communicating with friends. You may find that communications with friends or with groups can easily get sticky. Group meetings may be postponed or canceled, and friends may be uncommunicative or giving off mixed signals. On the other hand, old acquaintances may appear during this cycle.
VIRGO -Because you are ruled by Mercury, the likelihood of being misunderstood is high. If possible, hold off on major work decisions, as career matters are Gemini-ruled for you. Occurring in your solar tenth and eleventh houses this time, extra care should be exercised when communicating with friends, superiors, and co-workers, things could get tricky right away. Strive to be as clear as possible so that you are not misunderstood when dealing with the public. You may be re-thinking things regarding your life path, but it's best to think rather than act for now, as your judgment may be compromised.
LIBRA - Occurring in your solar ninth and tenth houses this time, extra care should be used when communicating with superiors and co-workers, and regarding travel or education plans. Delays are very possible. You may be re-thinking things regarding your life path, but it's best to think rather than act for now, as your judgment may be compromised. This is a time to plan, then maybe implement after July 2.
SCORPIO - It would be wise to be especially clear when it comes to financial transactions or, better yet, take this time to re-budget or rethink your plans instead of taking premature action. Occurring in your solar eighth and ninth houses this time, extra care should be exercised regarding travel or any financial initiatives that involve shared resources. Delays are very possible when it comes to receiving support, loans, and taxes. It may be better to side-step arguments with loved ones that revolve around intimacy. Investments made now may not go the way you want them to, particularly those involving joint finances
SAGITTARIUS - Occurring in your solar seventh and eighth houses this time, extra care should be exercised when it comes to negotiations, one-on-one communications, and any financial initiatives that involve shared resources. Be as non-judgmental as you can with a partner. There may be the need to revisit old issues in a partnership, or there could be some communication problems with a partner. An ex-partner may resurface during this cycle.. It may be hard to rely on the input of your partner now, and money you were counting on may not be forthcoming.
CAPRICORN - Occurring in your solar sixth and seventh houses this time, extra care should be exercised when it comes to negotiations, work, Misunderstandings with your partner creates serious damage if you (or your partner) focus on words said instead of meanings behind the words. If you need to talk through problems, do your best to be as non-judgmental as possible, and don't over-react to what your partner has to say either.
AQUARIUS - Occurring in your solar fifth and sixth houses this time, extra care should be exercised when it comes to romance, children, creativity, work, and daily routines. Re- thinking the suitability of your job and/or romantic relationships are possible now, but you should avoid jumping to any premature decisions. Work-related mess-ups can frustrate you. Double-check your work. There may be the need to revisit old issues with your children or lover, or there could be some communication problems with the same. Arguments with a lover may be blown out of proportion far too easily.
PISCES - Occurring in your solar fourth and fifth houses this time, extra care should be exercised when it comes to family relations, romance, children, and creativity. New initiatives surrounding home and property are best left for a better time. Re-thinking your romantic relationships or creative projects are possible now, but you should avoid jumping to any premature decisions. There may also be the need to revisit old, nagging issues with family members, or there could be some communication problems with them. Family members may be on edge. Try to hold off on household repairs if you can. Put off decision-making with regards to home improvement, moving, and family matters for the time being.