What does it mean?
When Mercury goes retrograde in the Air sign of Gemini, we have a pure instance of Mercury Retrograde. Traveling and commuting can be complicated and slowed. Machinery can glitch or break. Communications can get so classically mixed up that words and ideas become too theoretical and difficult to navigate without error. This thicket of abstraction can push us to resort to different methods of communication.
A Return to the Tangible
Mercury continues to wreak havoc as it reverses further into Taurus, and we will need to draw on this Earth sign’s famous patience in the face of so much confusion. Gemini is a sign of information, learning, and communication, but on a very abstracted level. Taurus, on the other hand, is the “show me” sign. It firmly believes that one in the hand is worth two in the bush. The Taurean need for tangibility can influence us to back up our abstractions with material results; to root our ideas in practical reality.
Sensuality as Communication in Relationships
Taurus’ traditional rulership by Venus suggests this retrograde’s emphasis in the area of relationships. Gemini and Taurus are both relational signs, but in wildly different ways: Gemini wants to connect via the mind, while Taurus wants to connect via touch. During this retrograde cycle we may be clued in on how Taurus’s deep sensuality extends beyond simple physical satisfaction. Sometimes a big hug is more powerful than words can ever be.