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May 13 – 19, 2015


For All Signs:  Mercury, the planet that rules communications, common business practice and travel turns retrograde on May 18 and will remain so until June 13.  We have these three times per year and during this period it is best to avoid finalizing major decisions or signing contractual agreements.  Seemingly good ideas are often discovered later to have flaws or missing information.  Projects that are begun during the cycle often cannot be completed until several months later, at the next retrograde.  (Don't put a piece of property on the market now!)  The cycle is most beneficially used to complete old plans, gather information on proposed ideas, and reflect on past progress.  It is meant for gestation and introspection, the dark and quiet time needed for new seeds to take root.  Western civilization is programmed to keep moving forward, no matter what.  So we encounter challenges and difficulties if we refuse to slow our pace during the retrograde.  This week’s column is devoted to how this Mercury retrograde affects your sun and rising signs.

Aries: The Mercury retrograde focus is specifically on communications, neighbors, siblings, and others who are in your daily environment.  Concentrate as much as possible on clear communications and double check what you think you heard.  You may need to consider the needs of your vehicle now.  Give it a checkup.  Make repairs as needed.
Taurus:  The probability is high that you will discover some error made in the past that must be rectified fairly soon.  It may be as simple as finding a bill that was forgotten and left unpaid.  Or it could be a little more complicated and involve a previous misunderstanding with a loved one.
Gemini:  Give attention to the lead paragraph.  Mercury is turning retrograde in your sign and will be more likely to affect your daily affairs than many of the other signs.  Don't even try to finalize anything while a retrograding Mercury is with you.  You might even reverse decisions which you have recently made.
Cancer:  Memories from your life history may surface for examination at this time.  Old friends or acquaintances who return for a short time could be the trigger for this life review.  It is possible you may have a greater than normal need to reflect, to write, and otherwise give attention to your inner self.  For that reason circumstances will slow down in your outer life.
Leo:  You are likely to find yourself thinking a lot about old friends and may want to get in touch with one or two of them.  This is a time for nostalgia and reminiscence.  Others are thinking about you, too, but you are a sign with more initiative than many, so pick up the telephone.
Virgo:  Your ruling planet, Mercury, has altered directions in the area of career and life direction.  This is really more of a tweaked change than a life change.  However, if you happen to have applied for a job recently, you may find that you are changing your mind about that particular route.  Now is the time to research the best possible choices, but take your time before taking action.
Libra:  Your ruling planet is changing directions in the territory which deals with education, publishing, the Internet, travel, public speaking, the law, and philosophy.  Therefore any of these activities are subject to shifts, changes, or sudden deceleration due to lack of decision.  Maybe the right solution just is not available yet.  Have a sense of humor.  This, too, shall pass.
Scorpio:  Old issues concerning the sharing of resources may be up for review again.  "Shared resources" include partnership money, insurance benefits, investments, or anything of value held between you and another.  The alternative to the material shared resources is the energy shared intimately.  Any or all of these are up for reevaluation.
Sagittarius:  Because Mercury is retrograding in your 7th house, changes will be coming to you through others.  A partner may change his/her mind about a previously made decision.  Those of you engaged in any kind of contract or promise may feel the need to back off and rethink the situation.  Those who are recently separated may want to try the relationship again.
Capricorn:  This Mercury retrograde experience occurs in the territory of health, coworkers, tenants, employees, and pets.  You may find it very hard to move forward with your diet and exercise program.  It is a particularly good time to organize and sort closets, records, and files.  Coworkers, tenants, and employees may be indecisive.
Aquarius:  Mercury is turning retrograde in the territory that rules children, creative efforts, and love life.  Anything on your radar screen that is related to these territories is subject to turnaround, review, deceleration, rethinking for a few weeks.  Maybe you'll want to check out a previous love interest.
Pisces:  Mercury will be retrograding in the areas related to property, family, and issues of security.  You are likely reworking things in one of these territories.  Family members may be erratic or indecisive, making it difficult to conclude open agendas.  Have patience.

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