Beware! From September 17 to October 9, a cosmic phenomenon will cause communication to suffer. I've been reading a lot about what this actually means. We've all heard it. According to ElephantJournal, "The planet Mercury rules our intelligence, mind, memory and, all types of communication ranging from talking and texting to writing. It also affects our self-expression, and communication style." This retrograde falls in my astrological sign--Libra! For us Libras, communication and balance in life is essential. We are sensitive to others' needs and look to resolve any conflicts. However, we can also be incredibly indecisive, and this indecisiveness may escalate in our retrograde period (oh, joy...). Since we are in retrograde, it appears all these principles we abide by will go haywire. This retrograde period is falling within the confines of the Libra astrological sign and, therefore, is represented by only the air element, which rarely happens. Usually, retrograde overlaps another element--Fire, Air, Water, or Earth--at some point. Because of this, finances will be compromised. We are being advised:
Once again, we have Mercury retrograde in the air sign of Libra during an ominous time in the world and in the financial markets. Be sure to pay attention to your investments and opt for safety to avoid losses. This along with other negative financial astrology will result in a September and October in the stock markets you will not soon forget. -Larry Schwimmer
Because Mercury is the planet situated closest to the Sun, its orbit is much shorter than Earth's. About three or four times a year, Mercury speeds past Earth, and that is when we experience a Mercury retrograde period. If you were in a car and another car passed you, you could tell it was going faster than you. But if it slowed down and you then passed it, it would appear that that car was actually going backward. Then when the other car speeds up and passes you again, it kicks up all of the dust in the road. As Mercury speeds by, it is like a train flying past, creating a powerful, turbulent gust of "wind" in its wake. The turbulence and disruption Mercury creates when it retrogrades can affect what we feel on Earth in our everyday lives.
You can take a trip for pleasure during these periods. Actually, this could be a perfect time to go, for you get away from it all, and everyone back at the office will "feel" the retrograde - they will miss your quick problem-solving ability and advice while you are away! During a retrograde phase, you might want to travel to a place from your childhood that you loved but haven't seen in a long time. It could be lots of fun because going back to places you knew is favored.
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