That glitchy, chaotic, and frustrating period known as a Mercury retrograde will be here before we know it, wreaking its usual havoc with our minds and mouths, creating logistical nightmares and communication errors. The last Mercury retrograde (read here) and the first for 2015 was in an air sign, in uber cerebral Aquarius, a sign in which Mercury spent an extended amount of time. This retrograde period in May and June will occur in another air sign, this time in Gemini. Mercury will also spend an unusually extended amount of time in the sign, first entering Gemini at 9:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 30 and not leaving Gemini until July 8th.
The difference will be that we will actually want Mercury to hang around in Gemini, even in spite of its temporary retrograde period from May 18 to June 11. Mercury has been in a bad way for much of 2015 and our synapses are fatigued and dulled from it. Mercury in Gemini will certainly bring them back up to speed. Mercury has essential dignity in Gemini, the sign it naturally rules. The Mercury retrograde period will occur entirely in the first decanate of Gemini (from 0 to 10 degrees of a sign), which is the Mercury ruled decanate and will continue to express Gemini’s truest nature. This will have the odd effect of exacerbating the inherent troubles associated with a Mercury retrograde and also making these troubles easier to navigate.
From my previous article on Mercury retrograde:
“Mercury rules, among other things: travels (usually short trips), transportation, communications of every kind, verbal and mental exchanges, media, news, mental thought processes, and daily interactions. These are all trouble spots during a Mercury retrograde. Retrograde periods are a time of looking back, a time to review and reflect; not a time of moving forward. As such, Mercury retrograde periods can be a frustrating and nerve racking time, as our plans, thoughts and the details of everyday life seem to turn into a jumbled mess.
Certain rules apply during every Mercury retrograde, regardless of the sign or any aspects it makes. The biggest one: don’t sign papers or binding contracts, or make binding verbal agreements, if at all possible. Pertinent details are often obscured or overlooked during the retrograde period and can cause trouble when they emerge after Mercury turns direct.”
The time from when Mercury enters Gemini April 30 until just before Mercury stations retrograde May 16 should be spent on proactively avoiding such pitfalls during the retrograde period. Get those emails sent, the papers signed, the deals made, the shopping finished, the car problems fixed, the spare keys made. The times when Mercury is direct will make these things a snap, but the retrograde period will be a hot mess. All forms of correspondence will take off like a jet, a flurry of calls and texts, emails and so forth. The retrograde will make everyone scatterbrained and unfocused but will not slow the quickened tempo. Not helping matters any will be the fact that Mercury will square Neptune in Pisces three times during its extended stay in Gemini. A Mercury-Neptune square is a communication trouble spot all its own. Preventing huge mistakes and misunderstandings during a Neptune square to a retrograde Mercury requires extra vigilance and energy we won’t have.
Even though this Mercury retrograde will be as nerve wracking as any (possibly more so at certain times) Mercury is incredibly strong in Gemini, a natural conduit of information. It likes to connect dots, collect data, create new algorithms. If you remain attentive enough, you will begin to detect patterns emerging from previously overlooked info. You may not be able to use this knowledge until Mercury turns direct, however.
Nearly the entire time Mercury is in Gemini it will be trine the North Node in Libra/South Node in Aries. Mercury in Gemini can be incredibly chatty; the trine to the Moon’s Nodes emphasizes even stronger the sociable nature. This will be even further emphasized when Mercury aspects Venus. If you feel like talking, don’t think about keeping it to yourself. Many others will be feeling equally loquacious and much of the information acquired during this transit will come directly through immediate social contacts. The Mercury retrograde will have the exact opposite effect on a certain amount of people, making them unusually quiet. If reticence occurs during this time you shouldn’t force yourself to converse when you’re not in the mood, but it is still a bad idea to spend too much time alone. Let others do the talking and see if you can silently glean something useful to you from their interactions. Some people will be called on specifically to act as a neutral, impassive third party.
Those that do feel more talkative than usual may find it hard to know when to shut up, what details to share and what to keep to themselves. There is an unfortunate tendency here for some to indulge in gossip, oversharing, exaggerating, and even telling little white lies. Lots of people can do this unintentionally, unaware of what they’re really saying at the time. This is a real downside to Mercury in Gemini, really setting the mind and mouth in motion, but the retrograde combined with the square to Neptune in Pisces blurs factuality. Be careful of “venting” or processing your fleeting thoughts and feelings out loud. Others may not sense that you are thinking out loud and will instead take you at what they think is your word. There is going to be a lot of disappointment and confusion once the retrograde is over, as the stories people were told either shift into something else or fall through altogether.
What Mercury-Neptune lacks in clear linear thinking and communicating, it makes up for in creative, abstract artistic ability. Writers will be inspired during the times when Mercury is direct in Gemini and aspects Neptune, and will find more of a struggle during the retrograde period. Save everything you write as a draft to be reviewed when Mercury is direct. Mercury-Neptune creativity is sometimes more powerfully expressed though visual arts, so those with interests in that field will get more bang for their buck and may find the retrograde period enhances the creative flow more than it takes away from it. Anyone with creative careers or interests of any kind will see Mercury in Gemini squaring Neptune in Pisces as increasing their curiosity to explore and experiment with new ideas.
As with the last retrograde in an air sign, I’d be very cautious and skeptical of social media during the retrograde in Gemini. It will probably calm the inevitable mental chatter if a break from social media was taken. Besides, the emphasis will be on making more immediate connections.
Mercury in Gemini loves trivial pursuits, so in spite of the unavoidable shenanigans Mercury retrograde will be playing on us all, there is still fun to be had. Spectacular failure sometimes makes for great slapstick comedy, right? (This will be most noticeable when Mercury retrograde opposes the Full Moon in Sagittarius on Tuesday, June 2.) Some of the laughter may turn into arguments around the time Mercury Rx conjuncts Mars at 10 degrees Gemini. The shenanigans and hijinks will seem less funny if they’re directly affecting your life. Some sensitivity towards others frustrations will be needed around that time. Overall, though, you can avoid being laughed at as long as you’re laughing with people. Silly, drunken, giggly moments will be popping up at random (sometimes wrong!) moments, embrace the feeling and try to roll with the punches. The retrograde through Gemini will feel like it is neverending but it will be over before we know it, and we can enjoy the subtle strength of Mercury direct in Gemini once again.
Here’s when it all goes down (times given are Central Standard Time):
– Mercury enters Gemini Thursday, April 30 at 9:00 P.M.
– Mercury direct at 9 degrees Gemini makes an exact square to Neptune at 9 degrees Pisces on Saturday, May 9 at 11:08 P.M.
– Mercury turns retrograde at 9 degrees Gemini on Monday, May 18 at 8:49 P.M.
– Mercury Rx conjuncts Mars at 10 Gemini on Wednesday, May 27 at 5:37 P.M.
– Mercury Rx at 9 Gemini makes second exact square to Neptune at 9 Pisces on Friday May 29 at 2:00 A.M.
– Sun conjuncts Mercury Rx at 8 Gemini on Saturday May 30 at 11:56 A.M.
– Mercury Rx at 7 Gemini opposes the Full Moon at 11 Sagittarius on Tuesday, June 2 at 11:19 A.M.
– Mercury Rx at 4 degrees Gemini sextiles Venus at 4 Leo on Wednesday June 10 at 7:52 A.M.
– Mercury turns direct at 4 degrees Gemini on Thursday June 11 at 5:33 P.M.
– Mercury direct at 9 Gemini again squares Neptune at 9 Pisces on Tuesday, June 23 at 1:08 P.M.
– Mercury direct at 20 degrees Gemini sextiles Uranus at 20 Aries on Thursday July 2 at 1:50 P.M.
– Mercury direct at 21 Gemini sextiles Jupiter at 22 Leo at 7:53 A.M.;squares Chiron at 21 Pisces at 10:06 A.M., both on Friday July 3
– Mercury at 24 Gemini sextiles Venus at 24 Leo on Sunday, July 5 at 3:19 A.M.
– Mercury leaves Gemini and enters Cancer on Wednesday, July 8 at 1:52 P.M.