On September 27, for the third time this year, the Messenger planet Mercury appears to travel backwards in the night sky. If your plans have been going awry or have put your foot in your mouth one too many times lately, Mercury’s upcoming transit could be the culprit.
In ancient Western mythology, Mercury was represented by Hermes, the restless son of Zeus who was celebrated for his cunning and ingenuity. Mercury rules information and circuitry, both mental and electrical. Words—including the ones we think, speak, and receive—are all associated with this planet. Its sign and house placement when you were born governs how you process inputs from your environment to make sense of the world.
When we collectively experience a Mercury retrograde, we are being encouraged to take time out for reflection and to cut back on commitments. Day-to-day organising can become more challenging. Tasks can fall through the cracks and miscommunication can be more frequent. If you are always the last person to board the flight or someone who pushes your phone’s low battery mode, a Mercury retrograde could introduce a surprise that makes you vow never to do it again (again).
Read on to see how you can give yourself and others some extra time, space, and attention during this coming retrograde period.
Using a gig-economy app
Technology is meant to save us time but it can also make demands on our coordination skills. If you find yourself calling an Uber or Deliveroo during the Mercury retrograde, expect the driver or delivery person to call you (at least once) to confirm your location. It’s worth taking an extra minute to speak or text in order to avoid missing the pickup.
Keep an eye on the app so that you are ready to go when the service provider is at your door. In case of a problem with your order, double-check that you have the evidence straight before filing a dispute.