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We’re cur­rently in a Mer­cury ret­ro­grade cy­cle, one of the few im­por­tant astro-events that most peo­ple know of (along with Saturn re­turn, new moons and full moons).

A favourite qual­ity of this cy­cle is that it can be like a thread run­ning through life’s fab­ric. One will of­ten be con­nected to another – and not nec­es­sar­ily con­sec­u­tively. For ex­am­ple, the job you start un­der one Mer­cury ret­ro­grade could be the job you quit un­der a later one.

So why does this cy­cle have a neg­a­tive rep­u­ta­tion? Well, Mer­cury is the Zo­diac’s trick­ster (and the mes­sen­ger of the gods) and when he’s go­ing back­wards, it can seem as if he’s test­ing our abil­ity to keep our sense of hu­mour in the face of an­noy­ances.

But this cy­cle is great if you want to re-do some­thing, be it writ­ing, paint­ing, teach­ing or what­ever else. It’s said that Yoko Ono signed con­tracts un­der Mer­cury ret­ro­grade be­cause it made them eas­ier to rene­go­ti­ate later.

As with all astrol­ogy, the idea is to use it for your ben­e­fit. Is there some­where in life where you’d like to leave your op­tions open? That’s some­thing you could be­gin un­der Mer­cury ret­ro­grade.

Also this week is Valen­tine’s Day and a full moon, which will see emo­tions run­ning high. Over­all it will be a week of high ro­mance for some and high drama for oth­ers.


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