Mercury stopped in its tracks last Sunday at 12 degrees of Taurus, and will move back to 2 degrees of Taurus before he turns direct. This area is activated for the next month, until May 11, when we get think about what we haven’t achieved and figure out what we are going to do about it. Take a look at were Mercury is traversing your chart and what it hits. If you don’t have a copy of your chart, go to www.astro.com, pick “free chart selection” and enter your birth data to get a copy of your chart.
Mercury transiting the first house—This is an image conscious transit, and due to influence of Taurus you are going to think about that diet, haircut or shopping trip that will serve to do improve your view of yourself. Often, under this transit, you’ll make decisions that you live to regret so while hair will grow back, trimming back that credit card bill for the new wardrobe will be a little tougher. Pass.
Mercury transiting the second house—Lucky you. You’ve always had a good sense of values when it comes to money so don’t blow it now. Use that famous Taurus sense of patience to hold back on any schemes that loosens any money from your coin purse. And if the question is whether you should or not, well, that is what you get to ponder for the next month.
Mercury transiting the third house—Mercury in the natural zodiac rules the third house, which has to do with communications, siblings and small monetary transactions, trade schools and organizations and curiously, thieves. Maybe you are waiting to hear from a brother or a sister, or receive that acceptance letter to a school, or if your lover will finally tell you what is bothering him or her. Now is not the time to expect a resolution and you’ll only make yourself crazy if you do.
Mercury transiting the fourth house—If you are looking to buy or sell a house, wait. Nothing will materialize until after May 11th. If you are a seller you might be showing houses, if the house is in escrow, there many be extra demands to seal the deal. If you are buying there will be a reason for the deal to slow to a crawl. Patience. It will all work out.
Oh yes, call your parents. They are waiting to hear from you.
Mercury transiting the fifth house—We are talking about your love life here, which for you takes some time to materialize anyway, but now things are impossibly slow. Maybe the object of your affections is just plain thick headed in getting the message you are interested, or maybe you have some impediment of your own, like your last fling that seems to keep hanging on, before you can move things along. Maybe this is the time to think about what you really want in a relationship. Now THERE’S a topic for introspection.
Mercury in the sixth house—People that you employ will suddenly become unreliable right now. Maybe your babysitter will disappear for a few days and not have a good reason upon her return. Or your gardener flakes out while the starter plants languish waiting to be planted. There is a whole host of scenarios that could play out, so whoever you rely on, have a back-up plan to replace their services on the turn of dime. It will all give you a headache, but its just stress, not something more serious.
Mercury in the Seventh—Partnerships of all forms seem to stall right now, leaving you holding the bag with things that need to be done. If you are planning a wedding, there are all sorts of problems that will sort themselves out after the 11th, so if you can wait before you try to fix things, do yourself a favor. If you partner seems reticent about discussing issues maybe you should let sleeping dogs lie. It’s all terribly frustrating, but maybe the lesson is to learn to have a little faith in the Universe. Be a human being, instead of a human doing.
Mercury in the Eighth House—Issues involving taxes, insurance, the resources of others and goods of the dead hit a brick wall this month. Nothing moves along like it should. If you are waiting for a check it may be delayed. If you are trying to work with others, (like lawyers) on these issues, things move at an impossibly slow pace. It doesn’t do any good to rail against the system. This is usually a signal that there is some important detail that is being missed, so spend your time figuring that out rather than slamming the phone in some poor clerk’s ear.
Mercury in the Ninth House—Scholarly or legal pursuits hit snags. Maybe you put off those papers much too long and they are due NOW. Maybe your carefully prepared thesis can’t get out of the printer’s shop. Or a long planned trip suddenly has a raft of problems crop up. Whatever is going on there, this is a chance to retrace your steps and do things better, so make some lemonade out of those lemons.
Mercury in the Tenth House—You are forced to revisit career issues that you thought you put past you. Maybe career recognition, that promotion or raise, is delayed. Maybe the new job that you though you grabbed suddenly disappears. Suddenly people you thought were your allies aren’t taking your calls. You are on your own. It blows, I know, but patience is a virtue, and with your Taurus energy here, you have a sense that the timing isn’t quite right, so trust that feeling.
Mercury in the Eleventh House—If Mercury transits here, you find yourself stuck in the problems of your friends and associates, and somehow everyone expects you to straighten out their problems. There is no need for you to act like an energizer bunny, or lend out your last time to bail out people that are too lazy to work out their own problems. If you are part of a large organization you may have a sense that something big is about to happen, though not just yet. If you think you may have to jump, make your exit plan now.
Mercury in the Twelfth House—Of all the Mercury transit positions this may be the most disturbing. This is due to the very weird dreams that disturb your sleep and keep you off balance for the rest of the day. You aren’t imagining the effects. These dreams are powerful indicators of the issues you are sorting through right now. Pay attention but don’t be unduly alarmed, because the information you receive from beyond the veil is not exactly literal interpretations of the events that are to come.
For another perspective on Mercury Retrograde check out Tony Vowle’s post.