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As Planet Mercury moves around your birth chart it will trigger sensitive points which could draw attention to issues involving your communication skills and the style and methods you employ to get your message across.
It is sensible to expect glitches in transport, logistics and information exchange networks to crop up when Mercury is moving through a retrograde phase.
Mercury is at its most influential while passing through Gemini and Virgo because of its rulership of these two sectors of the zodiac.
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This placement is great for learning something completely new, changing your view of things and coming up with outside-the-box ideas. It is helpful if you are hoping to connect with kindred spirits (possibly from very different backgrounds to your own) in your neighbourhood, and it should support your attempts to network within group or team settings. Watch out for sudden changes of direction. Pay attention when you are out and about in case of unexpected or accidental events.
Try not to get too fixated on any specific idea or viewpoint as you may have to change your mind about it completely, due to the sudden arrival of new information, unforeseen developments or shifting perspectives.
You may need to rethink your attitude to timing. Perhaps you have been trying to move too fast, before you had reached the necessary level of competence in your chosen field. If so, you have learned an important lesson and one that you are unlikely to forget. Chalk it up to experience and incorporate it into your CV.
It may seem that you are being sent back to the drawing board, which could be a depressing thought. But in time, you will look back to see the maturing effect that the experience of learning to cope with disappointment has had on you.
Continue your contact with people who are teaching you to think outside the box. It is possible that your more unusual or innovative ideas which until now seemed to be ignored, probably because they were slightly ahead of their time, are coming into their own and beginning to resonate with a more receptive group of kindred spirits.
Most of your more enlightened ideas are likely to originate from your imagination and be inspired by dreams and visions. As they will probably be far more interesting and entertaining than ordinary life, you could get lost in them. Gazing out of the window when you are supposed to be concentrating on the task in hand could get you into trouble, in more ways than one! You may be feeling more sleepy than usual, so make sure you allow plenty of switch-off time.
The pace picks up again, favouring a communication style that is focussed, sharp and direct. Unless your information is relevant and to the point, you will be wasting time and energy as well as causing confusion and frustration. Because this placement of Mercury can be tactless, be careful not to blurt out things that would be better kept to yourself. Think before you speak. The truth can get you into trouble.
This placement is particularly good for taking a more laid-back approach. If you stop and think about it, it is the simple things of life that are usually the most satisfying and enjoyable. At this stage, you are looking to consolidate and reinforce your current position. You have learned to value genuine quality for its lasting effects and you choose it over quantities of superficial stop-gaps.
Now is the time for collecting fact, figures, news and information which might come in handy when you have to string a convincing story together. Light-hearted, fun contacts are the order of the day. Fluency in small talk makes your company more amusing and breaks the ice, making it easier for you to slip some serious subject matter into the conversation without getting glazed looks in return. As Planet Mercury’s influence gains momentum in one of its own signs, its ability to help you understand and interpret data is increased. But so too is Mercury’s tendency to fabricate gossip and lies.
Do not worry if you have to go back over stuff you assumed you had finished with. This is a chance to review subjects you thought you understood. Your ideas may need to be edited and revised in case of mistakes or missing details.
This is a time of retrospection, when you could be re-thinking some of your values and reinforcing your opinions about the basic standards and ethics that really matter to you. Your most resourceful ideas are based on your fundamental principles, giving them a genuine authenticity which cannot be questioned.
It is time to honour and express your natural talents and abilities – particularly those gifts involving mental acumen and manual dexterity. Even if you take them for granted, others could benefit from them and would therefore appreciate and value them.
If you have been experiencing glitches and hitches in communication or logistics these matters should now begin to sort themselves out. Do not be irritated by the delays they have caused. Just re-jig your diary and move on. When you look back on this time, you will probably realise you were being held back for a good reason.
You might be feeling you have had more than enough socialising and are now in need of some privacy. Time spent in your own space will help you to come up with creative ideas that are fed by your personal memories, thoughts and impressions. It is important not to get defensive about things you hear. Words can be hurtful but try not to let them upset you to the point where you take offense and hide away. Dissect the content in case it contains information which could be of use to you. If not, label it as silly and spiteful and let it pass you by.
Do not be shy about showcasing your ideas by exhibiting them in front of an audience. Put some energy into your presentation by giving it the kind of entertainment value that will keep your spectators’ attention fixed on you. Your communication style should be confident but if you suffer from stage fright, do not be afraid to show it. Just the right touch of honest self-deprecation will endear you to your fans and help them to identify with your message.
Mercury’s influence is increased thanks to its rulership of efficient earth sign Virgo, making this placement spot on for working with detailed information, facts and figures. It would be the right time to test your ideas to see which skills, methods and techniques you will need to use in order to get the most well organised and effective results. But try not to get too stressed about making mistakes and avoid the temptation to get bogged down in minor details. Ironically, worrying over errors which might never happen is the best way to ensure that they do! Put your fact-checking process in place and concentrate on doing your best.
You may find that your mind is less quick to come to conclusions. But this is not the time to force yourself into making definite decisions. At least not until you have weighed up the pros and cons of which choice to go with. Do not be afraid to ask for feedback, or to seek a second opinion. Talking to someone else about your concerns will help, even if you do not agree with the advice you are given. An alternative view could provide the comparison you need to formulate your final verdict.
This is a point of re-balancing or equalising things that were initiated earlier but which have become too one-dimensional. However, it is not the right time to sign important agreements unless you are absolutely sure you are not putting your name to something you may regret in future. Choices and decisions should be checked and re-checked until your mind is completely clear and convinced that this is the best option for you.
It is always sensible to check and edit your work, especially if you had to hurry through it in the first place. Shifting through detailed data looking for mistakes can be an irksome task, but one that is well worth doing as it could serve you well and save you time later on down the line. This is also a processing period, during which you will fully digest information that can enhance the effective use of your current skillset.
Now that you have finished editing, questioning and perfecting the efficiency of your daily routine you can apply the methods and techniques you have acquired to making your life less stressful, thereby enhancing your health and wellbeing.
Negotiations, discussions, contracts and covenants may now be nearing the stage of settlement. If there have been any misunderstandings in your dealings with other people, they could have been caused by communication issues. Perhaps things were said or written which went astray, got lost in translation or were taken the wrong way. Now is your chance to make things right again. You might need all your natural tact and diplomacy but there is no reason why you cannot reach an amicable agreement and restore peace and harmony.
It could be that your mind is being drawn, like a magnet, to deeper matters. You may not be satisfied with superficial explanations – you will want to find out what is going on under the surface. You are quite right not to take things at face value. Do not be afraid to demand proof if you are in the slightest bit suspicious that you are being mislead. It might seem somewhat paranoid, but surely it is better to be absolutely certain about something rather than plagued by nightmare visions of betrayal and deception.
This is the perfect time to broaden your mind and raise your levels of knowledge and awareness. Expand your education in ways which will introduce you to new concepts, languages and cultures. Take your brain on a voyage of discovery into the Unknown! At this stage you are exploring your options, you do not have to commit to a single subject until you are ready. This placement of Mercury offers the opportunity to form networks in communities with a global identity, which encourage communication and the sharing of information over a wide range of interests.
Put your mind into planning mode. Use it to create strategies for long-term success. Draw on experience you have gained over time, and look to respected role models for their specialised guidance and instruction. This could be a good time to write your CV. Make sure that everything you put into it is relevant and of interest to authority figures who might be interviewing you in future.
There could be certain aspects of your plans and projections, procedures and protocols that will require revision. Do not see this as a setback but as a chance to reinforce the potential for success within your design. The time you spend on streamlining your strategy will not be wasted. On the contrary, it will enhance the professionalism of your presentation.