Mercury’s next apparent reversal will begin in Cancer’s fourth degree at 7:56 am EDT Saturday, initiating a retrograde period symbolically distinguished by both long and short. The “long and short” distinction is derived from how Mercury is about to take a long time (nearly 24 days) to regress a short distance (less than 10 degrees) on the zodiac circle as compared to the majority of other Mercury retrogrades.
It is not exactly rare for Mercury to take so long to retrograde over such a short arc. Even so, it is useful to know when such a distinctive retrograde is at hand so you can make plans to achieve gains.
Yes, plans and gains. The long and short of it is that Mercury retrogrades have an undeservedly bad reputation for chaos and misfortune, which you would do well to divest yourself of in order not to be your own worst enemy.
Instead, now is as good a time as any to acquaint yourself with Mercury anew. As with most new relationships, you must overcome your own prejudice, attachments and conditioning, and get to know both Mercury itself and its frequent, famous retrogrades for what they really are.
Mercury is a planet. It orbits the Sun, minding its own business. It does not make anything happen to you. Nevertheless, Mercury and you move about as parts of the same system — the solar system. One defining characteristic of any system is that any one part will give you information about any other part.
Not incidentally, one of versatile Mercury’s many manifestations in your life has to do with the validity, flow and processing of information. Hence, the beginning of your new astrological relationship with Mercury, or at least the short of it.
Your astrological relationship with Mercury is not cause and effect so much as it is a look in a mirror, or at a map, or clock. Mercury gives you data, not grief. The results depend on the quality of information you receive and what you do with it. That’s the long of it.
Please consider starting your quest for quality information by grasping that neither Mercury nor any planet ever actually moves backwards. The short of it is, retrogrades are about appearances.
Mercury has the inside lane on rest of the solar system. That’s how Mercury appears to move faster than any other planet does. Just like any car, horse or person holding the inside lane on a racetrack will appear to move faster than the rest of the field.
When Mercury passes us from the inside lane (as it does three times in a typical year) appearances take over. Just as when your automobile passes (or is passed by) a train on a track parallel to your highway, Mercury appears first to slow down, then go backwards in passing. That’s the long of it.
Now, hopefully, you know good and well not to judge people solely on their appearance, especially when you are getting acquainted. So why would you want to trip yourself up now in this moment during what is (hopefully) your re-acquaintance with Mercury?
Instead, try seeing this impending Mercury retrograde as you would a mirror (which gives you information in what it reflects), or a map (telling you where you are), or a clock (letting you know what time it is). Try distinguishing this impending passage of Mercury between Earth and the Sun from previous retrogrades, which you may have pre-judged (to your own loss) based on hearsay and undeserved reputation.
This time, please consider trying something new. Perhaps something like this: you now know Mercury is associated with the appearance of speed as a benefit of its inside track. So ask yourself, what would the unusual (but not rare) occasion of an apparently slow-moving Mercury reflect about your movements? Where would a sluggish Mercury suggest you are on the map of life? How would a proverbial hare taking its periodic turn as a tortoise tell you about what time it is, and what is appropriate for the time it is?
Keep in mind, the answers are not the same for everybody. Therefore, dispense with what everybody else has told you and find answers that hold open the possibility of making plans and gains instead of closing the door on anything but doom and gloom.
The same goes with retrograde motion. You now know that retrogrades are only apparent reversal. So ask yourself, what would an apparent reversal of the planet associated with information reflect when you understand how it’s actually associated with getting ahead? Is the reality behind the event off the map? Does it really sound like a time of misfortune?
One thing for sure, you are going to get more time to answer those questions than during most retrogrades. That’s the long and short of what’s up for you and what can be your renewed relationship with Mercury between Saturday and Mercury’s return to direct motion on July 1 at 24+ Gemini. Take your time, and find alternatives to hand-me-down answers. Find information that works for you.
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