Should You Quit Reading Tarot When Mercury Is In Retrograde?
This is the time to dig within and find out the answer!
Mercury is in retrograde, and we just had a Full Moon in Cancer. Mercury has been in retrograde since January 14th and will go direct on February 3rd. If you are struggling more with your mental health because of all of that, you are not alone. So let's talk more about Mercury in retrograde, which occurs about three to four times a year, and that is when panic sets in a lot of people. When Mercury is in retrograde is a time of things that can go wrong, do go wrong. Or do they? Firstly, before getting into the nitty-gritty of using tarot when Mercury is in retrograde, let’s talk more about the fuss that pertains to the planet going backward.
What Is Mercury In Retrograde And How Does It Affect You?
When a planet goes retrograde, it appears to be going backward in space to the naked eye. However, planets don’t move back as it is an optical illusion. Instead, the earth’s position changes; therefore, the planet appears to go retrograde. However, energetically, the retrograding planet substantially impacts you and the world around you.
When a planet moves in direct motion, you feel its effects externally. However, that means more distractions are happening that take you away from self-reflection. When a planet goes retrograde, the external influences weaken, and you feel the effects more internally. Therefore, you feel the need to do plenty of evaluating within.
However, the one planet that goes into retrograde that has the most significant impact on you would be Mercury. That is because Mercury rules anything with communication, thought process, movement, and travel. So whenever there is a disruption to any of those things, that creates a lot of drama; that is why Mercury goes in retrograde; that is the time people dread. It is a time when those who struggle with their mental health dread for understandable reasons. It is a time when anyone can overthink and worry excessively, and confusing thoughts and emotions happen.
Additionally, whenever Mercury is in retrograde, that is the time when you experience sending failed emails, texts, and the texts that others send to you also fail. That is why you often don’t get emails or messages from anyone during that time. When you miss appointments or a client of yours forgets an appointment, that is also when you miss appointments. Your car battery may die, or you may end up having an unexpected car or vehicle expense. Mercury in retrograde is when there are misunderstandings between people and plenty of miscommunications. That results in arguments, and your thought processes are also not working up to par. That can also be a time when your appliances break down or power outages.
That is why you do not want to start new projects or sign any new contracts and make large purchases if you can help it. Sometimes you cannot help making large purchases, which can involve signing contracts. For instance, if your car completely dies during Mercury in retrograde, well, you will need to buy a new car. That will require you to make the purchase and to sign the contract. You will want to carefully look over the contract and triple-check it in a case like that so you do not miss anything before signing it.
Now, on the flip side, whenever you have to make a large purchase or sign a new contract during Mercury in retrograde, it can represent a fated event because fated events are known to happen whenever Mercury or any inner planet goes into retrograde.
You can understand the disappointments now that you know why there is such a big fuss regarding Mercury in retrograde. The area of your life that will endure the most challenges by Mercury in retrograde depends on your sign. It will also depend on the house where the transit occurs. For instance, if Mercury in retrograde is happening in Aquarius, you will want to examine that closely. What planets are in Aquarius, Leo, Taurus, and Scorpio? And what natal house is the transit happening? If you look at those areas, you will see where you will struggle the most.
For instance, if your Moon is in Taurus, it will square this particular retrograde since it is in Aquarius. That will bring up painful and challenging emotions for you. If Mercury transits through your Fourth House, you will have to sit with bitter childhood memories. That is a time to process them and sort through them because Mercury in retrograde wants you to put a hold on doing anything new so you can concentrate on old stuff.
How Can Mercury In Retrograde Benefit You?
When it comes to Mercury in retrograde, the one thing you can think about is that things are coming to a pause. Everything around you is chaotic, but you cannot help but become self-reflective during those times. That is what Mercury in retrograde does for you. Your thoughts go inward, and that is when you become introspective. You will have the urge to consult a therapist or an intuitive reader or healer at this time. That is because memories will emerge that need sorting.
You will also have the urge to finish up old projects, make some edits and revisions to old projects, and do some cleaning and organizing around your home. That is an excellent time to clear out closets, remove clutter, and junk or donate items. Therefore, you can think of Mercury in retrograde to do some deep cleaning and tie up loose ends. When you send out emails or texts, review and revise them before sending them. Your intuition can be more robust, too, during this time. And that is good news for tarot readers.
However, tarot readers can also face some challenges during Mercury in retrograde. Does that mean they have to put their decks away until after Mercury goes direct? No. Not at all.
How Can Tarot Readers Work Through Mercury In Retrograde?
Remember that Mercury in retrograde can benefit you by fine-tuning your intuition. However, your logical side will also face challenges at the same time. Even though the tarot reader can have stronger intuition, they can also struggle with getting mixed messages.
Therefore, if you read the tarot during Mercury in retrograde, you will want to do a few things. First, it is essential to make your communication and thinking clear. And you want to make sure that whatever messages you deliver, you do so in a compassionate way if you are reading for clients, as well as for yourself. Finally, you also want to make sure that whatever messages you deliver, you do so in a transparent way.
Prepare yourself to sit through the messages you receive from the cards and mull them over. Another thing to prepare yourself to happen is that your mind will go blank at times. If you do, then take extra time to mull it over. Allow the messages to become more apparent to you as you do. Once you have the message, you will want to communicate it well to your client.
In addition to that, do not be surprised if you end up getting more reversed cards showing up. The reversed Swords suit cards will likely happen the most often because that suit affects your thoughts and communication. However, chalk that up to Mercury in retrograde.
Another thing to prepare yourself for is that clients will ask you questions about the past during this time, and the tarot will work well for digging up answers from the past. You will even ask the tarot questions about the past too. Finally, and most importantly, trust and listen to your intuition right now. It is vital right now or during any other time when Mercury goes into retrograde.
Mercury in retrograde can bring a lot of frustration. However, it is an excellent time to tie up loose ends and finish up old projects. Sort out your inner junk and process what you need to process. Remove anything not serving you, and clean out your closets and drawers. In the meantime, put anything new on hold, and you can go to those after the retrograde is over.
Most importantly, take care of your mental health because Mercury in retrograde can have a detrimental effect on your mental health for the reasons mentioned above.
By the way, I realize that starting new projects is not advisable even though I am starting my new podcast, Swords of Depression, on January 28th, before the retrograde ends. Here is the thing. I intended to launch this last June. I had the name and the artwork created. Unfortunately, I did not get around to it. I am getting around to it now, which is ideal. There are ten more days until the launch, and I am pretty excited. I will be mainly focusing on tarot after that point, but I will get into the nitty-gritty psychological stuff regarding astrology next time!
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