Have you been feeling your life slow down lately? Has your thinking seemed a little fuzzy?
If so, you're right on schedule: the messenger planet, Mercury, is retrograde once again. This retrograde lasts from May 10 through June 3.
This retrograde is more powerful than any we've seen since 2015 and 2008. That's because Mercury started this retrograde in Gemini, one of the two signs it rules, and will be in the sign of the Twins until May 22. It will return to Gemini for a forward run from June 13 through July 5 - so it's spending plenty of extra time in Twins territory.
(To see where you have Gemini, get your birth chart on our free birth chart page now.)
When Mercury moves through Gemini, its energies become ultra powerful, just as any planet occupying a sign it rules becomes empowered because it is emphasized or "dignified" according to astrology.
The last time we saw Mercury retrograde in Gemini was in May and June 2015. Before that, we had a Mercury retrograde in Gemini in May and June 2008. In both cases, Mercury spent the entire retrograde in Gemini, so think back to those periods for clues on what's happening in your life now and any patterns you need to realize, adjust, or discontinue.
The great news this year: because Mercury's spending part of this retrograde in Taurus, we'll have some practical ideas for getting tangible results from any insights gained throughout the retrograde.
Here is a Mercury retrograde timetable listing the key dates to know about this Mercury retrograde:
We'll see even more Gemini energy in play during the retrograde, however:
With all this Gemini energy, now is a good time to revisit this mutable air sign, wherever it sits in your birth chart. Also, this is a great time to get a report, which will tell you all about your chart (including where you have Gemini - and every other zodiac sign - and what that means). See my guide to How To Choose An Astrology Report to decide what's best for you.
Like the fun typeface in the Mercury Retrograde graphic above, Gemini brings a youthful, playful energy to life. With Mercury retrograde in this sign, what a wonderful time to rejuvenate our thinking and have fun with how versatile and creative our minds and thoughts can be.
During part of this Mercury retrograde, when Mercury dips back into Taurus, it will form a helpful alignment with Neptune in Pisces. Like Mercury in Gemini, Neptune in the sign of the Fish is strong because that's the sign it rules.
So these two planets will help us overcome any inner tension between logic and intuition, between left brain and right brain. They'll also help us see how to turn our dreams and ideals into real things that uplift others and our world.
One way to approach this planetary opportunity is to let compassion lead us by being gentle with ourselves as we work out a good balance in our own lives. With Mercury retrograde, we'll already feel impulses to turn within, and with Neptune nearby, we can tap spiritual powers and messages from our dreams to help us.
Also, with Mercury in Taurus for the second part of its retrograde, time in nature, reveling in life in a physical body, and taking good care of all things physical will help create calm and can spark revelations within our thoughts and emotions. See my article, Hug Often, Love Well - Why You MUST "Get Physical" Right Now, for more ideas.
Once the Mercury retrograde ends, we'll have new inspirations on how to extend our ideals into physical manifestation.
With all the emphasis on Gemini, we have a wonderful opportunity unlike any we've seen in seven years. Take this Mercury retrograde in Gemini (and Taurus!) time to look at:
The new Moon in Gemini will help us remember on all planes and let in nurturing thoughts along with the hard, logical ones. The Sun in Gemini will help us align our minds with our hearts.
Tune in to this impulse now - and throughout the entire month of Gemini - with these articles:
Wishing you an insightful, "heart and mind united" Mercury retrograde this time around.