On my Mercury Retrograde page, I’ve said that trying to complete projects with normal efficiency during Mercury retrograde is like having a picnic in a rainstorm. You may want to go through with the picnic, because it’s what you planned, but if you’d realized it was going to storm that day, you would have planned the picnic for another time.
Knowing Mercury retrograde is coming is like being apprised of a Details Storm, an occasion where the wind picks up and swirls office details, communications and electronics equipment functionality into eddies of confusion and mess. Sometimes it’s best to simply batten down the hatches. There is no way to know in advance exactly what form it will take (a fax breakdown just when you needed to get those papers to your loan officer? A heart-stopping letter from an ex? A life-altering, unexpected wipe of your hard-drive?) Your best strategy is to be prepared for anything. Clear your mind. Clean your desk. Take a break. And when the emergency strikes (as you know it will!), approach it calmly, with a clear head and an open heart.
It’s October 14, 2008. Mercury has now been retrograde for 20 days. You may even have known that. Are you still trying to picnic in a rainstorm?
Mercury’s retrograde stint finishes tomorrow (Oct 15), but don’t expect things to get smoother until later in the week. In the meantime, continue the practice of taking yourself off the hook, relaxing and cultivating mental stillness. Have that picnic next week.