Mercury Retrograde in Taurus (23o 36") begins on April 28 at 5:20 pm Universal Time, 1:20 am Eastern Daylight Time and at 10:20 pm Pacific Daylight Time. This transit will last the much of the month of May, ending On May 23. Taurus in astrology represents values and the objects we give value to. When coupled with Mercury, Which governs thoughts and communication, the upcoming Retrograde will ask you to review your values, resources and things that are important to you.
In the coming weeks, you may find yourself evaluating that which you possess and own, whether that’s a book on your bookshelf or an opinion that you hold. Because it affects an earth sign, you might encounter direct, rapid changes in your physical environment; Spring cleaning, yard sales, purging of possessions or objects that you no longer want or need. Working in alignment to the powerful and volatile Fire Trine (Uranus in Aries, Saturn and Mars in Sagittarius) and the current T-Square, this retrograde may enforce a ruthless metric that demands that you decide now what stays and what goes.
Usually, retrogrades ask that we do our work after the transit is over. However, this Retrograde may cause you to confront issues of the moment and make immediate adjustments. Prepare to be flexible and make changes when or where necessary, viewing the transit’s plot twists as the areas where you need to do your work.
With Mercury’s reversal, devices that aid communication and thought tend to go haywire. Electronic devices (phones, TV’s computers, and electronics) might malfunction at this time. Because Retrogrades are notorious for upsetting our plans, you should afford yourself extra time, a sense of humor and a large measure of patience. Because of its effect on spoken communication, watch for being inflexible, stubborn or obstinate in arguments or discussions at this time. Such attitudes could backfire against you in the coming weeks.
There are activities that tend benefit from Retrogrades. Existing creative endeavors tend to do well. Strive to complete outstanding projects and works. Spiritual and metaphysical practices, which connect us with our inmost selves, also fare well doing retrogrades. Embarking on short term travel or trips, which shake up daily routines, are also good actions to take during Mercury retrogrades.
For our Taurus friend, this transit may test your best laid plans. Seek to be flexible and if you find yourself having to reconsider something you’re doing, do so with the understanding changing course can sometimes be a good thing. For Scorpios, examine current drives and pursuits and determine if you are well served or need a course correction.
The next few weeks Mercury Retrograde will offer significant and possibly dramatic changes of your surroundings and values. While you navigate this Mercury Retrograde seek to affirm that which you value, both from within and without
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