Mercury also stations retrograde on Venus-like star. But like Mercury retrograde in general, it does have some undesirable effects. Mercury conjunct Venus makes Mercury retrograde the right time to tell someone you love them. It puts you in touch with what you love about a person and makes it easier to share your affections. Other people will also find it easier to show you love and appreciation.
You could receive compliments, letters, invitations, gifts or even some money. Increased social interaction and interpersonal skills make this a good time to ask for favors or to ask someone out on a date. Old friendships can be renewed and new friends made. While Mercury retrograde, in general, may cause some communication difficulties, this aspect encourages cooperation and negotiation.
It helps you find peaceful resolutions to any disputes. Mercury and Venus with Toliman give popularity, benefits from friends, intelligence, business success, and artistic and musical abilities. However, it can make you changeable, indecisive, fault-finding and difficult to please, with danger from love affairs, trouble in domestic affairs through enemies, family sickness, and disappointed ambitions.
Like Mercury retrograde, it is also well-aspected and on Venus-like star. Moon sextile Mercury is good for socializing because you should be in the mood for talking. This is also a good time to talk about family and relationship problems because you will feel more sensitive and caring than usual. Others will come to you to share their feelings too. With Mercury it gives benefits from friends but also laziness, extravagance and loss by enemies. For more detail on how Mercury retrograde aspects your birth chart, see Mercury Transits. Transiting Mercury retrograde is a regular cycle occurring three or four times a year for about 24 days.
This is far less than Jupiter outwards, but more than Venus and Mars. The whole cycle includes Mercury going direct, retrograde, and direct again over the same degrees, or the retrograde zone.
The two direct phases are called the shadow periods. The illustration below shows the apparent retrograde motion of Mercury as seen from Earth. Mercury retrograde brings communication and technology breakdowns, nervous anxiety, travel delays, and lost items. There is a feel of a difficult Mercury—Saturn aspect to Mercury retrograde.
You can also expect to dwell on things, reminisce about the past, or unexpectedly meet up with people from your past. While the Mercury retrograde period might be good for flicking through old photo albums, it is generally considered more of a nuisance than a benefit.
Mercury retrograde can play havoc with your thoughts, communications, travels, and electronics.
Take extra care with your words and try not to react too quickly in any arguments or if provoked. Take some time out if you start to feel overwhelmed by the hectic pace. Double-check all of your emails and posts on Facebook before hitting the send button. Business negotiations will be in a state of flux during Mercury retrograde so avoid signing contracts. Some important details will not yet be available, and others may be unreliable or dishonest.
If going on a road trip then make sure you get your car serviced beforehand. The riskiest times for decision-making, negotiations, communication, and transport are the few days either side of the exact retrograde and direct stations.
However, care should still be taken during the retrograde period. Natal Mercury retrograde suggests there may have been a problem with how you thought and communicated in an earlier life. Perhaps you gave someone bad advice that had critical repercussions. Perhaps you were prone to making costly mistakes.
Maybe you wrote slanderous material about someone in a book or newspaper, or verbally teased and abused people. Whatever the circumstances of the previous significant incarnation, you come into this life with those bad memories etched in your soul. A repeating theme of challenging events related to your past is likely, especially when young. The aim of Mercury retrograde natal is to perfect those areas of thought and communication which once let you down.
As your communication skills improve with experience, your karmic debt will be repaid and you can get off the roundabout. Natal Mercury retrograde meaning can show as learning difficulties, especially with reading, writing, and comprehension. You could be a shy, quiet person whose thoughts have turned in.
Hesitant to speak up for yourself, you may miss out on many opportunities in life. This difficulty in expressing yourself can make you feel awkward in company, and lead to low self-esteem. You may experience teasing or verbal abuse, be nagged and criticized, or fall victim to slander and lies.
Contracts may also cause problems and like so many things, lead to complications further down the track. Mercury retrograde only lasts for about three weeks so Mercury is going to turn direct at some stage in your progressed chart where one day equals one year. Education can be transformative now, leading to important opportunities.
Since Jupiter is your partnership ruler and is now transiting your sector that rules foreign experiences, travel, education, and expanding your horizons, you may enjoy a travel companion or meet someone special through these activities. Interestingly, at the same time of this expansive influence on these areas of life, a contracting influence occurs, as you will see in the next section below.
With Jupiter in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus, this open-minded theme is particularly useful since Capricorn and Taurus are traditional. It's all beginning this month when you feel more courageous and motivated to make progress. In fact, Jupiter will soon form a creative quintile with Chiron in early While it's true that you're enjoying stronger pushes towards independence this year, you're inclined to seek out others for opinions, feedback, and decisions this month, and it's a useful process at this time. A work project or a job can move forward, or you regain the motivation to pursue a work or health pursuit. Other people will also find it easier to show you love and appreciation. Saturn will transit this area of your chart until March
You may get the chance to solidify studies, travel, a publishing deal, or another substantial matter. It can be a time for specializing or learning something practical and useful for some. Take advantage of your discipline and common sense at this time.
There are always areas of life that require more simplicity. Tests may be part of the picture as you learn that life with only growth and expansion can run away with itself. Things built on weak foundations may very well crack under the pressure of these tests. Those that are strong will endure and strengthen. This influence will be with you until It can be felt most strongly earlier or later in the cycle, depending on whether you were born earlier or later in the sign of Gemini.
This year, those born from approximately June , and those with a Gemini Ascendant of degrees, are most impacted.
Tests can come to your financial and intimate worlds during this cycle. You may be dealing with fears of surrendering yourself, emotionally or financially, to others. Support from others may not be as forthcoming as it has been in the past. This requires you to assume more independence in terms of making a living. Emotionally, there can be a feeling that others are not as supportive. There can be delays or difficulties in general when it comes to getting what you want or need from others. Intimacy may seem to dry up before it gets better.
These are unlikely to be drastic changes, but rather more on the lines of slow but sure progress, little by little.
While this period can be a tad difficult at times, particularly when Saturn forms a quincunx to your Sun or Ascendant, there are some dazzling spots, making it a rewarding period overall, particularly if you focus more on long-term benefits and less on short-term frustrations. Saturn occupies a sign that it rules, Capricorn, during this period, and performs very well here as a result.
The last time Saturn moved through Capricorn was from Additionally and importantly! There is more joy in simplifying these areas of life. You may very well make an important commitment or form a powerful alliance or attachment. This is about rebuilding, restructuring, and making solid changes that revitalize your finances, lifestyle, and relationships. There may be tests of sorts in these areas of life as if the universe is checking that the foundations are strong.
Those things built on weak foundations may very well crack under the pressure of these tests. Those that are strong, however, will endure and strengthen further. This influence is only just getting started this year, but will be more consistently with you beginning at the end of this year, and it will extend until March This transit is felt more strongly earlier or later in the cycle, depending on whether you were born earlier or later in the sign of Gemini.
For those born later in Gemini, this influence is on its way but not yet impacting you! Tests can come to your belief system or learning endeavors during this cycle. You might scrutinize the belief system that you have held to date, and question your faith — in others, in yourself, and in life itself. You are seeking out practical and workable solutions to problems. This can be a fertile time on many levels, physically and emotionally. This influence is associated with casual dating and exploring romantic possibilities more so than binding relationships.
Potential negatives: Excessive emphasis on, or attention to, having fun to the detriment of other life departments. Throughout this transit, you may need to come to a balance between attention to friendships and community and attention to romantic and creative needs. However, for the most part, you are likely to feel supported and confident during this approximately year-long cycle. A booster occurs from February to October and is a magical influence for your relationships. Creative partnerships might be formed during this period.
Partnerships can be enhanced with increased attention to creativity, imagination, and recreation. You can be determined to make something of a creative project, for example. You are also in an excellent position to make positive changes to your life during this period. Interestingly, these areas of life that are set to expand are the same areas set to contract see the Areas of Contraction section below. Instead, they coexist and you may get a chance to blend them to your benefit.