July 4-28, 2006
Mercury retrograde is a good time to reorganize, re prioritize, research and do anything that begins with the letters ‘RE'.
For example, resell, read, redo, rectify, reorder, regroup, resist, replicate, report, repair, renounce, redress, rebound, refine, reflect, regenerate, reiterate, re-grow, register, relay, relationship, renew, remember, repudiate, represent, retouch, reverence, reverse, revert, reawaken, revolt, revise, revive, and relive!
Also, listen to “reggae” music during this period, meaning going backward on sounds emphasizing rhythm & bass instead of lyrics and melody.
The overflow is due to the planet Mercury being closer to the earth than when traveling 'direct'. The idea that the planet is traveling "backward" is a misconception - that is only the perception as seen from earth.
What happens is that the planet Mercury is closer to the earth than when traveling direct, which has the potential of changing our experience of the planetary influence. It is this change in planetary influence that causes communication problems, mishaps and errors that perhaps would not normally occur. It is like changing the voltage on an electric appliance from 60 cycles to 70 cycles before going back to the cycles for which it is designed, or switching from one computer software to another. The mishaps and changes experienced occur because you are more familiar with one type of energy or flow over another, and not because one is necessarily better than the other.
For individuals who are internally flexible, Mercury retrograde is usually not a big deal. Some of these people have well aspected Mercury in their charts or more than one planets or asteroids in Gemini. But for individuals and groups that you depend on during the Retrograde period, Mercury retrograde could present a major problem.
The conservative approach is to avoid major life transforming decisions, communication, contracts, and commitments during the retrograde period. Nevertheless, there are cases where such commitments were highly successful under Mercury retrograde. Hence, it depends very much on the condition of Mercury in your natal chart and how that position is affected by transits, progressions, etc. In the end, it is for the individual, group, or organization to decide based on prior Mercury retrograde experiences and which sign and house the planet will affect in the natal chart.
Things that are suppose to happen under retrograde planets may not manifest both good and bad.
It is however safe to say that armed with this new information, one should be more tolerant and forgiving of yourself and others for communication mishaps that occur during the retrograde period when communication energies ruled by Mercury reach us in a disruptively new, yet rather old and familiar way.
Within the Greater New York area, efforts to move business projects full steam ahead with be tarded by considerations involving proper and full disclosure and necessary business communication needed for success as well as idealism, desires and material necessities on the home front. Opportunities and success are best actualized by exercising patience and taking a more holistic approach to projects that must be accomplished right away.