Mercury retrograde is often a period when everyone is running for the hills (ha!). It's one of the first things people often learn about astrologically as something they should be afraid of. Mercury retrograde often turns skeptics into believers because of the wonky developments it can bring. But, there actually can be some bright spots during Mercury retrograde that contain positive energy you can use to your advantage.
The first bright spot during Mercury retrograde is when a new moon occurs during the Mercury retrograde in the sign the retrograde is occurring. Sometimes, it can shine a light on the problems and ignite things a little more, but when you know it's coming and know what it's impacting in your chart (by sign and aspect), you can use it to your advantage. The energy available helps you to take some control during the retrograde and turn things around, if needed.
The second bright spot during Mercury retrograde is what's called the inferior conjunction. This occurs when the Mercury retrograde conjuncts (aligns with) the transit (moving) Sun. This happens during every Mercury retrograde, and the inferior conjunction can show a time during the retrograde that is great for focusing on a new project, idea, plan that can be your focus for the next two months or so, or until the next time Mercury and the Sun conjunct after the retrograde is over (the superior conjunction). It can start with the inferior conjunction and culminate with the superior conjunction. You get bonus points if you focus on the areas of life ruled by the house the inferior conjunction occurs in your chart. This is where the positive energy can flow.
The third bright spot during Mercury retrograde is when the retrograde sextiles or trines any of the transit planets. Sextiles and trines are easy aspects, and therefore more easily positive, and when Mercury retrograde is making a sextile or trine to one of the other planets, this is a time when we can use the retrograde energy positively. To Venus, it can play out in our dealings with others; to Mars, we can take initiative more easily; to Jupiter, we can focus on opportunities; to Saturn, we can be more disciplined; to Uranus, we can embrace the unconventional or make changes; to Neptune, we can trust instincts and be imaginative; and to Pluto, we can find power and take control.
So, Mercury retrograde doesn't have to be dreaded! Sure, he can throw a ginormous monkey wrench in the machine of life sometimes, but even when he's being ornery, there are usually still some bright spots to find.
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