Mercury Retrograde Chart

Mercury is the planet that governs communication, contracts and travel. About three times per year Mercury goes retrograde. Mercury is retrograde again, this time in the emotional sign of Cancer.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, here we go. The planets are swinging around at all times and their movements affect us all in different ways.

When Mercury is retrograde it appears to slow, stop, change direction and move “backwards” through the heavens.

June-July 2013 Retrograde Activity…

June 9th – Mercury enters initial shadow period: This is the segway process into the actual retrograde itself, certain themes and issues that we’ll be working on will start popping up now. So pay attention.

June 26th – Mercury goes stationary retrograde at 1:07:34 pm Universal Time. June 26 is an 26/8 day and a 20/2 Universal Date (6+2+6+2+1+3). The number 8 is about gaining strength to overcome obstacles, leaving a legacy behind and money. The exact time is goes retrograde adds up to 15/6 (1+0+7+3+4), another wealth and abundance number.

July 20th–Mercury goes stationary direct: This is the segway process that will take us out of the retrograde, this is the time to tie up loose ends and put on finishing touches.

August 3rd–Mercury leaves the shadow period

What happens when Mercury goes retrograde?

All sorts of unusual things can happen from miscommunications, travel delays, missing emails, and your computer and other electronic equipment is more likely to go haywire.

What can you do to survive and thrive during this period…

While it is typically not the best time to sign contracts or go on travel, we can’t put our lives on hold for 12 weeks of the year.

Mercury retrograde is all about the “re.” Review, re-new, re-do. Re-evaluate, re-think, re-plan. So the key to succeeding during a Mercury Retrograde is to:

  • Double-check all details from signing contracts to travel flights!
  • Feng Shui your life. Go through files, drawers, closets, cabinets and anywhere you store items. Re-organize, de-clutter and get rid of anything you no longer use, want or need.
  • Tie up loose ends and finished those unfinished projects
  • Make sure you re-lax and re-st, great “REs” that often get overlooked. Catch up on your sleep and with old friends.
  • Mercury retrograde wants us to re-examine various areas of our life which may need a little more work.

Consider what the sign of Cancer is all about. The Crab represents emotional security, family, sustenance, home life, our roots, traditions, food and nurturing. Mercury retrograde in Cancer allows us to look over the foundation of home, family and our personal lives.

Cancer is an emotional sign so don’t be surprised if you experience a wave of nostalgia. Perhaps you want to return to your roots or a past experience that made you happy and content. Or maybe you want to look up an old lover, renew friendships or mend ties with relatives that you’ve lost touch with. Old feelings and emotions may come up to be released. Whatever show up for you, be gentle with yourself.

Mercury retrograde is also the perfect time to get an astrology or numerology re-ading and to get a fresh perspective and a new start. You can check out my most popular readings here.