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Mercury Retrograde March 30-April 23, 2011: A Time of Personal Transformation

This post was written by Anna
on March 30, 2011 | Comments (13)

Run for cover! (Really, just kidding.) Mercury has turned retrograde today at 25 degrees Aries, and will remain retrograde until April 23, when it again turns direct. Since Mercury is so slow-moving, the effects of this retrograde period could potentially be felt for a few weeks afterward (until the end of April).

I’ve stated many times before that Mercury retrograde is truly not to be feared. While periods of Mercury retrograde are not ideal times to begin new ventures (and you should be extra careful with details of communication, travel, and finances), they are still powerful times of “re:” renewal, reflection, redoing, recovery, etc. This is a time to use the powerful planetary energy to the fullest. Mercury retrograde in Aries favors individualistic thinking and initiation. This is a time during which you may find yourself questioning your leadership abilities or the path in life on which you are currently. Perhaps you need to strike out on your own more? Speak up more in office meetings? Find more ways to help others in your community?

In Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Astrology, Kris Brandt Riske discusses just how powerful (and powerfully positive) Mercury retrograde can actually be. I leave you with the following quote:

“Rarely do you see mention of the merits of Mercury retrograde. You definitely can use it to your advantage. For example, I’ve observed that software companies, whether by design or coincidence, often release software when Mercury is retrograde. Think about it. Part of the plan for almost any software company is to release an endless string of new versions and upgrades, each of which will add more to the company’s coffers. This fits with the Mercury retrograde concept that whatever action is taken while Mercury is retrograde will have to be redone after Mercury turns direct or during a future retrograde period. Could anything make a software company happier?”

Reader Comments

Written By Judy Croome
on March 31st, 2011 @ 12:32 am

Interesting positive take on Mercury Rx. I was wondering how it would operate in Aries. Thanks.

Judy Croome, South Africa

Written By Anyanka Jean
on April 1st, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

I have to admit, the Mercury Retrograde is one of the first things I learned in astrology, right after the basic zodiac info. The reason for this is because it so noticeably sends my life into a tail spin! Anytime I forget to keep up with the changing of the guard heavenward, I am always reminded by the Mercury Retrograde kicking me in the butt and making me go “hey… wait a second!” I have spent years learning to work within the parameters of the retrograde in order to be more successful, and less insane, when it is over. I am hoping this current one helps me gain the insight into some changes and new ventures I have been contemplating. To be begun when Mercury goes direct of course 🙂

Written By Malaika
on April 1st, 2011 @ 3:44 pm

I have always thought when mercury is in retrograde it is considered a block in communication. It surprises me to read this and think that “Mercury retrograde in Aries favors individualistic thinking and initiation.”

I’m going to be honest I don’t really understand the quote about the software companies producing new updated products as well as why do people fear of mercury being in retrograde.

could someone explain this to me? I would appreciate it a lot! 🙂

Written By felicity
on April 2nd, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

Hi! On 31st I discovered in the worst way possible that the person I have been in love with for two years, has a partner (though he had told me he had a “flatmate”). We were on a work dinner in a group, his girlfriend happened to be in the area and “surprised” him. Turns out that they live together. He has been leading me on for those two years. I feel incredibly stupid. And heartbroken, as I had started to think how the future might look.

Written By felicity
on April 2nd, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

Anyway, it is interesting that this has happened during retrograde: do you think there is anyway I can make sense of this as it’s related to the retrograde?

Written By D. Frimerman
on August 31st, 2012 @ 4:54 am

Could someone, if not the author, clarify the quote about software? I too happen to notice that a lot of software that I keep up to date gets released during retrograde phases. I almost exclusively never download a release that is out during retrograde.
Should one avoid releases made during Rx because they are likely to be redone during either a) Mercury being Direct or b) next Rx?
My problem with that is that if something gets redone during the next Rx (which is likely when problems from the former Rx get “uncovered”), it may mean that former issues have been resolved, but new ones got introduced – so the cycle is never-ending leaving no safe option.
If one was to only download releases during Mercury being Direct, then if the previous release was out during the last Rx, the current release is unlikely to be fully fixed. Still, downloading a release while Mercury is Direct remains the best option, although it would be ideal if the previous release was also done during Mercury being Direct (because during the Mercury Rx in between releases some nasty bugs could potentially be fixed, but the situation could be reviewed during the Direct Period and then released without any unexpected hickups).

Written By D. Frimerman
on August 31st, 2012 @ 5:00 am

Clarification: If a release is done during the direct phase, but there was no release done during the last retrograde phase (i.e. skipped Rx phase), but there could have been a release during the Rx phase before the last Rx phase, all older bugs are likely to be fixed.

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