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‚Äôve 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 ‚Äúre:‚ÄĚ 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:
‚ÄúRarely 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?‚ÄĚ