Mercury retrograde in Taurus
Transit strength: medium strength monthly transit
Transit duration: 29.4. – 23.5.
5.5. – 7.5. – New Moon in Taurus
27.4. – 1.5. – Mercury goes retrograde
19.5. – 25.5. – Mercury goes direct again
During a retrograde cycle a planet moves in an apparent backward motion across the sky as opposed to its normal direct type of motion. Such cycles have a special meaning in astrology as the energy influence of the planet changes and can become more unstable and hectic in her manifestation.
Because of this particular occurrence astrologers always advise a much more cautious approach when dealing with areas of life that particular planet has dominion over. As Mercury rules, commerce, trade, communication, mental capabilities, thinking processes, decision-making processes, many astrologers would suggest you do not sign agreements, conclude or start business deals, make important decisions during its retrograde period. Travel is not advised as well. Our thoughts should be filtered and censored more before we speak out what we really mean and in general we should think things over twice before taking any action.
As all this mentioned above actually applies during a Mercury Rx period and it is definitely true that we should be more careful when dealing with its energy, I would also like to point out that any Rx period is also a time when new options and ways of doing things are presented to us.
We can most definitely exploit this energy to do something or experience something in our lives in a different way. We can weigh options and choices we would normally never even consider, we can make decisions we would normally never make. It is all about life presenting us with unique yet somewhat difficult opportunities that challenge our normal, routine patterns of behavior and ways of doing things.
It is a time of welcomed experimentation as far as all things related to Mercury go, but still, we must as a rule of thumb also remain prudent, vigilant and cautious. So, cross that turbulent river of life but watch your step so that the currents do not take away your control of the situation. Such careful experimentation would be the most positive and optimal way of harnessing this Rx energy, however sadly, with Rx Mercury we are often thrown in some sort of chaotic situations without warning, so control is something we strive towards from the very beginning.
Mercury Rx in Taurus
So how will Mercury Rx in the sign of the great Bull influence us all? For starters, the fact, that during this particular Rx phase we are dealing with an earthly sign which specializes in taking things slow, being cautious and calculative most of the time, creates an alleviating circumstance just as well as it raises the risks of making some really bad life decisions. An alleviating circumstance is created as the swift and sometimes neurotic air energy of Mercury is somewhat slowed down by the influence of Taurus, which helps to prevent certain negative influences of unpredictable Mercury Rx energy. On the other hand, the Rx energy can override Taurus cautious approach and drive us to make more risky attempts at achieving certain life goals. That can fail and it can fail badly. Why?
Taurus traits and characteristics
Taurus rules mainly our resources, material or non material, it rules our physical possessions so it has dominion over our finances, assets and so on. Additionally Taurus rules our value system, our sense of self-worth and our sense of personal independence and strength. Assets, resources of any kind help us extend a certain amount of influence and help us establish a certain standing, status and role in society. This of course influences our perception of our selves, how we value our selves and others.
Taurus energy is focused on earthly enjoyment of life, remember that, it prefers comfort and encourages us to pleasure our physical senses. It also likes continuity, stability over chaos and change. As I mentioned before, Taurus will influence us to become more calculative, cautious and generally slow-paced when progressing forward to our chosen goal. This also provides us with more endurance, stamina, and stubbornness as well. Taurians and Taurian influenced people will be familiar with this energy, others will need to learn more about the ways of the Bull during this Rx period.
I think it’s becoming clear now with which important areas of life we will be dealing during this Mercury Rx cycle and why is it so important to be a bit more cautious with our experimentation this time over. 🙂 As I said before, this Mercury Rx can do some damage if we wont prepare ourselves.
Actual challenges of Mercury Rx in Taurus
Finances, assets, possessions
This period will definitely bring certain challenges as far as our finances goes. Either we will try to figure out how to save more money, how to deal with a difficult financial situation, inheritance issues, asset issues, or perhaps new opportunities to increase our income will arrive in the form of a new job, business offer or some other financial injection for instance.
In any case, difficult choices might be presented and also difficult decisions will have to be made. Be careful on how you will decide, as the title says, calculative thinking is going to do the trick. Be cautious and vigilant, think things through, especially if you will sign contracts, make business deals, agreements ect. Definitely watch out for swindlers and fraud!
On the other hand do not cheat on other people, steal from them in some way and do not be excessively selfish or stingy in your desires, wishes, demands or offerings. As you might get away with it, using the cunningness of Mercurian energy, you might just as easily be exposed as others will be vigilant and will be paying attention as well. Don’t be a dick as there are no guarantees things will end well for you. Mercury Rx is a highly changeable and unpredictable energy.
Values, self-worth, personal strength
Another area of life that we will be dealing during this Mercury Rx will be of a more psychological nature. We might invest much more energy and time when thinking about things and people that we value in this life. Some things might lose their worth as we will realize they do not mean that much to us as we thought they did, or we might place worth on something new we discover. Our interaction, communication with people will make us realize whom we really like and we will be making decisions about who is really worthy of our time, love and energy. Reconnection in relationships is possible, different ways of communicating as well. Loyalty and trust will be two very big issues, especially when tested by concept of giving and sharing. We will realize which people are our true friends and which ones only exploit us for their personal gain!
Personal strength, independence is something we might be thinking a lot during this time period. What is our standing in this life, do we bode well, do we feel self-reliant, self-sufficient, what is missing in our lives and what is preventing our self-empowerment? Our thought processes will deal with these issues undeniably, so make sure you invest some time and energy when it comes to these matters.
Be careful on how you deal with your personal property and monetary issues during this time. Taurus energy encourages towards indulgence so pay attention when spending your money. People who have Taurian energy blocked in some way will be especially prone to overspending or vice verse prone to stinginess and they will openly express this one way or another.
Reflect on you values, your self-worth, your level of independence and personal strength. Be careful in interaction with others, especially when you make agreements, deals and when you sign documents, contracts.
Its ok, hell it’s even advisable to process your thoughts in a more slow but steady pace. Choose your conversations and words you express carefully. Be meticulous when you make important decisions. That is the Taurus way and this time around it will be the best way. Try to remain calm during certain neurotic or upsetting Mercurian complications. Taurus energy should help you with that. Try to harmonize and organize towards stability and continuity in life. That brings peace and feelings of comfort. A difficult thing to achieve during Mercury Rx so investment in such a process is necessary.
Be cautious, prudent and calculative as it will be in your own personal interest, but do not become too selfish and stingy.
People mostly affected by this Mercury Rx will be Taurians and Scorpios, especially those born between:
4th – 6th of May ,
12th – 15th of May,
5th – 7th of November,
13th – 16th of November.
People with strong Taurian traits in their charts will feel these influences too, especially if one has an important planet or point around 13° – 15° Taurus or 22° – 24° Taurus/Scorpio.
If you want to know if you fall in a category of people who will feel the influence of this transit the most, you can contact me for an astrological report via this mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All in all, have fun with this one and let the Godly messenger bless you with the agility, prudence and acuteness of the mind. 😉