In Gemini, Mercury is in its “own sign” since Mercury is the natural ruler of the sign of Gemini. The Air sign of Gemini is closely associated with ideas and communication and seeing different sides of an issue. When Mercury enters this sign, communication is highlighted; when Mercury is retrograde in the sign, ideas and communication can be difficult. You may think you communicated exactly what you meant but then find the other person is deeply hurt or misunderstood your intent.
We are already feeling this, since Mercury has already entered (May 12 as time of writing) its pre-retrograde shadow phase. It’s good to be aware of what we can expect.
What makes this retrograde even more potentially difficult is a square between Mercury and Neptune. The square aspect of these two planets tends to cause confusion. If you have this in your natal chart, you may be a dreamer but your dreams can lead you and others “up the garden path”. It is especially important with this combination to have absolutely self-honesty and absolute clarity or things can easily get misconstrued or out of hand.
We then feel we are in a type of fantasy land of our own making.
On the positive side of things, with a disciplined approach to one’s spiritual practices and pursuits, this combination can further one’s desire for and attainment of a degree of spiritual enlightenment. Discipline and self-honesty are keys here. It’s also potentially positive for creative pursuits, as long as your vision is grounded in reality.
You may find a greater tendency to fantasize and daydream. I would suggest this is a good time now to take note of new ideas coming up in your mind rather than ignoring them. Pay attention but don’t take them on board or adhere to them yet. What happens in Mercury Retrograde generally is that we often find ourselves looking back and learning from past mistakes with a view to correcting them. It’s also a good time to reevaluate your creative work with a critical eye because you may find that what seemed like a good idea a few months ago now no longer has the appeal that it did.
It’s always good to be alert and self aware but it’s vital during this upcoming Mercury retrograde period. There may be a tendency to withhold information from others, or even from yourself by burying your head in the sand about a sensitive issue. However, clarity is the key. Be clear, simple and double check what you say and especially what you send out in emails or texts because misinterpretation is a big danger, and this can lead to further complications.
As well as this, you may be more susceptible to other people’s promises and ideas than usual. Be aware of this and take time to react to ideas that may seem too good to be true – they probably are.
It’s a good time to reflect and pursue your spiritual practices relentlessly. It’s a good time to listen rather than react emotionally or idealistically to what another person is saying, or you could find yourself immersed in word battles. It’s a good time to say less and listen more!
I don’t believe that any of the planetary configurations are negative. They are always positive, helping us to grow, learn and become more enlightened about ourselves and the world. This includes Mercury Retrograde and I wrote a book about it entitled Mercury Retrograde that focuses on the positive way to handle these potentially difficult periods right through to the year 2050.
Mercury retrograde is helping us to slow down in this frantic, reactive world in which we now live. It’s helping us to check ourselves and our reactions but if we are prepared to put in the work and do this, it can be a particularly rewarding time in which we gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and our path in life.
Instead of being fearful of this upcoming Mercury retrograde period, I suggest we get ready to embrace it. Remember the key words – stay alert, be clear, simple, say less, listen, pray more, check and double-check, aim for self-honesty, understanding and soul growth through disciplined spiritual practices. Here’s some more ideas about how to handle Mercury Retrograde - Survival Tips.
If we do this, our highest most elevated dreams can, I believe, become a part of the fabric of our lives.