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Are you finding lately that things are a bit askew?   By lately I'm talking about in the last 10 or 11 days.  Are you having trouble with communications? Contracts? Computers? Cars, planes heck transportation in general? The best laid plans will inevitably go wrong a few times a year, when the planet Mercury goes retrograde!  The planet mercury slows down and seemingly spins backwards throwing all kinds of thing out of whack a few times each year, we are in the midst of one of those periods right now.  It began October 12th and will continue until November 2nd.  It's not a good idea to sign contracts, make decisions, make major purchases or minor ones for that matter during this time.  It is a good time for taking care of old business, cleaning out drawers and closets, throwing out files from 1970 anything that can't cause us trouble lest we have nothing else to do.   The only savings grace during these periods is that everyone is experiencing the same problems and so at least we can during these marked periods direct our frustration to the understanding of the phenomenon of mercury retrograde and that we're in it together. The only people who sail right through it are those unfortunates that were born during a mercury retrograde period, life is always like a down-hill snowball for them and so they don't seem affected by the periodical change! 

  Here is a list of dont's and do's as well as a mercury retrograde schedule for the next few years:

•·          Avoid signing legal documents.

•·          Finish projects which involve communication before the retrograde.

•·          Avoid closing big deals during the retrograde

•·          Avoid launching new projects  or changing jobs during the retrograde

•·          Avoid  making a big decision

•·          Allow extra time when traveling, double check flight information.

•·          Backup your hard drive before the retrograde

•·          Avoid installing new computer software during the retrograde

•·          Do needed repairs on machinery before the retrograde

•·          Do not hold an election during the retrograde *

            *(Mercury was Retro-grade when the Florida chad fiasco took place)

Mercury Retrograde is a good time to do some other things, like:

•·         Research a new project thoroughly

•·         Catch up on paperwork

•·         Do the follow-ups on a project already started

•·         Take care of old business, bills etc. 

•·         Enjoy someone's wacky sense of humor share retrograde stories

Check the table below for the next few times when Mercury will be retrograde. Note:  the retrograde is particularly strong at the very beginning and the very end. These beginning and ending points are called stations by astrologers.


Upcoming Mercury retrogrades


Begins:     (stationary retrograde)

Ends:     (stationary direct)






Saturday, October 28, 2006
7:10 p.m. GMT

Saturday, November 18, 2006
12:20 a.m. GMT

Wednesday, February 14, 2007
4:32 a.m. GMT

Thursday, March 8, 2007
4:40 a.m. GMT

Friday, June 15, 2007
11:34 p.m. GMT

Tuesday, July 10, 2007
2:12 a.m. GMT

Friday, October 12, 2007
3:54 a.m. GMT

Thursday, November 1, 2007
10:53 p.m. GMT

Monday, January 28, 2008
8:25 p.m. GMT

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
2:53 a.m. GMT

Monday, May 26, 2008
3:43 p.m. GMT

Thursday, June 19, 2008
2:28 p.m. GMT

Wednesday, September 24, 2008
7:11 a.m. GMT

Wednesday, October 15, 2008
8:01 p.m. GMT

Sunday, January 11, 2009
4:37 p.m. GMT

Sunday, February 1, 2009
7:05 a.m. GMT

Thursday, May 7, 2009
4:56 a.m. GMT

Sunday, May 31, 2009
1:18 a.m. GMT

Monday, September 7, 2009
4:40 a.m. GMT

Tuesday, September 29, 2009
1:08 p.m. GMT

Saturday, December 26, 2009
2:32 p.m. GMT

Friday, January 15, 2010
4:47 p.m. GMT


We're nearing the end of this cycle, mark your calendars for January 28th, get busy between now and then. When it hits, you'll be ready for some rest, sit back and enjoy the show.



James Frazier
James Frazier Personal Development Coach - Rockford, IL
"Mercurius duplex and capable of either" C.G.Jung
Oct 23, 2007 10:04 AM
Christine Melcher
Fifth Third Bank - Brunswick, OH
The Loan Lady
exactly!  Thanks James.
Oct 23, 2007 11:32 AM
Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
Stage it Right! - Melbourne, FL
So thats what is happening to me Chris.  I thought it was because I cut back on the beer :-)  But seriously, that was very interesting.  I do believe the alignment of the planets influence our emotions.  Like the full and new moons.  Anyone in customer service knows to mark their calendars because during those moons everyone gets crabby.
Oct 26, 2007 03:15 PM
Hi Terry,  yesterday was a full moon too...! we're almost through and knowing makes it that much easier and almost entertaining.  My nephew had booked a flight for what he thought was 1:00 pm from AZ to CLEVELAND, when he went to check his tickets as he was packing the night before he realized the flight time was 1:00 AM..he had just a couple of hours to make the flight!  He made it but what a fiasco!
Oct 27, 2007 11:48 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
It is nice to know that there is someone else who believes in this.
Feb 05, 2008 09:43 PM
Hi Gita, yes and were in it again.  I've been hearing about computer problems and accident's again, I even have my kids convinced not to look at cars until after the 19th, they had to google it to be sure I wasn't nuts.  They agree why take a chance!  Thanks for your comment,  Chris Melcher
Feb 06, 2008 09:20 AM