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An Expert's Guide To Mercury Retrograde

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The truth comes out when Mercury stations, either retrograde or direct. Mercury has a way of shaking out information, especially right as it stations. You can count on this. If you're working on a mystery, or a riddle, or an investigation, or research, or trying to solve any mental puzzle, keep it going till the next Mercury station retrograde. Just to be sure, wait for the second batch of information just as Mercury stations direct. This is one reason you want to wait before signing or buying.

If communication is missed, don't assume you're being ignored. Many people shoot off one e-mail and expect a reply. With spam filters, busy people processing hundreds of emails a day and odd errors like e-mails not arriving, it's better to give people the benefit of the doubt. Give people a day or two to respond, and if they don't, send over a friendly one-liner to the effect of, "Hey I emailed you, just want to make sure you saw it."

If communication gets dicey, pick up the phone. We are getting better at communicating online, but still, it can be difficult to relay feelings or basic concepts, especially with Mercury retrograde. The moment things get weird, pick up the phone and clarify—before things get out of control or real misunderstandings happen.

Resolve the past, plan the future. I have found that the best use for Mercury retrograde is to tidy up what you've left unresolved in the past. Clean your desk, organize your stuff, contact old friends, and go through your e-mail and see if you missed anything important. While you're at it, collect your ideas and figure out what you're going to do next. Plot and scheme. Use the various qualities of the retrograde to refine your plan over time, then plan a launch sometime after the station direct.

It may not be broke—don't fix it so fast. One phenomenon I've noticed during Mercury retrograde is that things seem like they're broken or malfunctioning but aren't really. Or, the problem is not as bad as you think. Therefore, before tearing everything apart, or spending a lot of money, or sending anything back to the factory, troubleshoot carefully and try simple solutions. Look for workarounds. The issue I'm suggesting you avoid is solving a problem that doesn't exist, or worse, making a bigger problem than you thought you had.

Always remember that Mercury is the trickster. That means he, she, or it can be tricky, and you need to use your mind—not have your mind be tricked. Mercury is a kind of a game. Be a good sportsman and keep your sense of humor.

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