Mercury Retrograde: How to deal

Okay, so despite the book being due to come out in January '12, it's STILL not finished, there's a whole lot of miscommunication regarding a freelance project I'm meant to be starting on Monday, I keep bumping into people from my past and everyone around me is experiencing what can only be described as 'icky-weirdness' - enter Mercury retrograde.

Now, Mercury is the planet that heads up truth, transportation and communication issues. When it's in retrograde, it's power lessens and all things communication-y can go out o' whack. We can start feeling the effects of this event days, or even as far as two weeks earlier. I'm normally super-prepped, what with communication/public relations/writing/publishing being my entire career, but this particular mercury retrograde has already kicked my arse weeks ahead o' schedule - grrr.

So, what happens when Mercury does this retrograde thing that it does? You miss appointments, your computer equipment crashes, invoices get lost, emails don't arrive, you find the new car you've just purch-ed during Mercury retrograde is not quite the bargain you first thought. (Or, you hate your new 'do, the phone you've just bought has a glitch, or your BFF hates her birthday gift.) There will be countless delays, cancellations and postponements - but, and this is the REALLY hard bit, know that they do actually happen for a reason. Honest. Don't fight them, although your frustration levels and feeling of restlessness and not-knowing will really try to test you.

For the next month, you're going to really need to develop a wait-and-see attitude. Easier said than done, I know but since Mercury rules speech, people may not mean what you think they are saying now. Wait to see if they mean in September what they said in August. When traveling, leave early and allow for extra travel time. Have all bags double-taped closed, count your belongings, double-check addresses and reconfirm appointments. Things get lost when Mercury messes us up. Take NOTHING for granted.

Although it's hard to believe, Mercury retrograde is actually a gift, because to move forward it's sometimes necessary to backtrack and re-think our paths in life. It's important to reconsider, repair, reflect, and reconnect. Mercury forces us to slow down and fix what's broken, and while you're doing it, rethink things. It's a great time to dress old wounds, clean up relationships or to simply release any old merde you've been holding onto, take a deep breath and let it go. It's also a positive time to backtrack over previous contacts, rather than call on new ones, to schedule work on projects that you haven't had time to do, bring your CV or portfolio up to date, and clean out your closets - clear the deck.

Just try not to start new things, (yes, yes, planning to start a new job on Monday was not my idea, 'k? That's why there is crazy amounts of not-knowing and up-in-the-air-ness about it. BIG SIGH.) If you have to start a job during a Mercury retrograde period know that the nature of the job is likely to change dramatically over time. Perhaps the person you report to will leave, or your responsibilities will be very different from what you thought they would be. Or your company won't be ready to take you on, and you won't have much to do until things are reorganized. But remember, if this was a position that you tried for in the past, then you've got the vibes working for you rather than against you.

The important thing in all of this, is to know what's happening, be prepared and then take deep breathes and relax. Know that things may get twisted, ugly and messy, just don't take things too personally. Back up your data, read the small print on any contracts, ask lots of questions. Obvs you can’t put your life on hold just because of a planet, although the idea of taking a month out o' life right now seems really, really inviting, but adapt your lifestyle a bit so that things run as smoothly as possible...