Beginning tomorrow at 05:01 UT (Universal Time), Mercury turns retrograde in Gemini. Now, I’m fully aware that not everyone fears Mercury Retrograde quite the way I do (in fact, astrologer Marguerite Manning believes that these periods can actually be quite empowering), but I seem to have the worst luck when it comes to Mercury Retrograde.

The last time Mercury was retrograde I was in the process of moving (poor planning on my part, I know), and somehow managed to not only lose a box of my fiancé’s expensive masonry trowels but also dent the fender of one of our cars while backing up to the new house. I suppose things could have been worse; after all, I didn’t accidentally send any embarrassing emails to my boss or leave my ATM PIN out where it could be easily found, but I was frustrated nonetheless. I pride myself on being detail-oriented to the max (so how I could have lost an entire box of something that was properly labeled and sealed is beyond me) and I’d like to think that I’m quite the driver (I’ve never had so much as a speeding ticket).

When Mercury goes retrograde tomorrow, it will be in the sign of Gemini, and while I don’t yet have plans to hide under my covers, I do know that I will be carefully double-checking all of my business correspondences once Mercury slips back into Taurus on May 13 (being a Leo, this will be my solar tenth house of–EEK!–CAREER.)

Am I overreacting? Honestly. This is a phenomenon that occurs multiple times each year, and the majority of us are no worse for the wear.

What’s the worst that could happen?

Written by Anna
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