Mercury retrograde is an astrological event that occurs when the planet Mercury appears to be moving backward in its orbit as viewed from Earth. This usually happens three or four times a year and lasts for about three weeks each time.
In astrology, Mercury is associated with communication, technology, and travel. When it goes into retrograde, communication can become more difficult, misunderstandings and delays can occur, and technology and transportation may experience more glitches and breakdowns.
From April 21 through May 14, Mercury will be moving retrograde in the sign of Taurus. Represented by the bull, Taurus is about the material realm: Entities, finances, sustenance, and resources of all kinds. Taurus is known for consistency and determination. Have you ever read a book on finances? Now is an awesome time to re-read it. Re-reading any piece of literature is an ideal way to experience retrograde Mercury.
During this retrograde through Taurus, we’ll learn that relaxing on laurels can have impacts. Individuals can stun us. Circumstances can alter. Unexpected situations may momentarily jolt our stability. During these 3 weeks, you may find that your opinion on certain people or circumstances was incorrect. You may alter your outlook.
Financial negotiations may be stalled. Previous budgeting strategies may undergo re-evaluation. Since Taurus is also about possessions, you may either repurpose possessions that were sitting in a cabinet. Technical glitches may occur or the lifespan of equipment may reach its finality.
This is not the time to apply for a loan, mortgage, credit card, etc. Although it is an ideal period for reflecting on your financial goals and reviewing finances, save your ideas for execution until Mercury turns direct. By then, you will have more ideas or information.
Everyone is impacted by retrograde Mercury. Depending on the location of where Mercury is transiting through your chart determines the area of life. This is based on your full chart which is determined by your hour of birth as well as your date and location of birth.
The art of astrology is about creatively blending many pieces of the planets. Mercury rules cars. Taurus also governs safety and comfort. This may stem from alarm systems, protective mechanisms, alert systems, etc… Car alarms are specifically impacted by this retrograde. This may also be an ideal time to evaluate car notes. Is it time to change cars? Is the value of your car costing you more money than it’s worth? Do you have a car that may be nearing a major repair job? Now is the time to evaluate if it is worth allocating the money for it or getting another car. Please note: the emphasis is on evaluation. If you start desiring another vehicle, no matter how sweet the deal is, waiting until Mercury turns direct is recommended.
Car GPS systems may go haywire. Do you rely on auto driver/driver assistance? Now is the time to carefully make sure that use it as a secondary. In other words, turn your head to look out for blind spots while driving. Communication devices such as built in telephone receivers/speakers in a vehicle may need repair. The fuel filler neck in a vehicle is a metal tube that is welded to the gas tank. Though it is usually suppose to last for the life of the vehicle, nothing is forever. Having a leaking fuel filler neck can be a fire hazard, which is the biggest reason why replacing it promptly is important. This is a vulnerable area in the car during this retrograde.
Finally, I wouldn’t find it surprising if a hacking scandal will be uncovered at a corporation, telecom provider, banking institution, or power figure. Hacking is susceptible during this time period.