Mercury goes retrograde May 18 through June 11 in Gemini. To learn how this will affect you, look to the area of your horoscope where Gemini falls and expect to undergo some revision in that department for the next several weeks. Gemini is the house of communication. When Mercury goes retrograde in this house, a sort of fluid situation is reached where hell breaks lose in matters of communication. All judgments made during this time would be vague and unclear. Frustrations creep in as all ambitions and plans are put to the back burner. Those more likely to suffer are those directly dealing with people like salespersons, lawyers, advisors and consultants. This is a good time to take a vacation or go in for a massage or a time to chill out with friends.
As the planet of communication, Mercury retrograde tends to breed a certain level of confusion. Mercury rules our “lower” mind–how we perceive and interpret information that we receive from our environment, and how we relay that information to others. Mercury has rulership over such things as speaking, negotiating, buying and selling, listening, formal contracts, documents, travel, the mail and shipping. All of these areas of life are affected when Mercury is functioning in a sluggish state. Decision-making is challenged during Mercury retrograde. Needless to say, it is not advised to sign contracts, engage in important decision-making, or launch a new business. Delays and challenges are more probable with Mercury retrograde. It’s a time when being careless with money, our personal information, or paperwork can be costly. While Mercury is retrograde, we may be rethinking a previous opinion or idea.
This period is best used for re-organizing and reflecting. We look at the world a little differently–through different filters–and can come up with some very important inner revelations. It may be difficult to communicate them under this influence, but not everything needs to be rationalized. Mercury retrograde periods can be times of heightened inner awareness, when meditation, benefiting from keeping a journal, reworking old plans, and reviewing past work are favored. Minor breaks in the mechanical aspects of communication can actually re-connect us to other means of communication, such as when there is an unexpected power outage and we’re forced off the computer and television, finding different and often satisfying ways to entertain ourselves. From CafeAstrology.com
I think Mercury Retrograde gets a bad rap. Since Mercury rules communication, people love to say “oh everything’s going wrong, that’s Mercury retrograde for you,” and that’s not the case at all. Mercury Retrograde just means review, reconsider, return for more info. Pay extra attention to detail. Check everything twice. Slow down during this time, to be as effective as you can be. The way to make the most of Mercury retrograde is to not let it have any power over you. Stop keeping track of when it is. If you can’t do that, then make Mercury retrograde a time for you to be extra careful paying attention to details.