Mercury retrograde is back and causing its usual havoc. I often am asked what’s okay to do on a retrograde. Here is an abbreviated list of do’s and don’ts for the retrograde.
Haircut — if you’re going for your regular haircut having it during a retrograde is perfectly fine. But if you’re looking for a new hairstyle wait until the retrograde is complete or you may be back to the hairdresser for some hair repair.
Car Oil change — while most the time we try to avoid all auto repairs on the retrograde doing something that is repeated multiple times a year is usually safe on a retrograde. (However I will tell you my personal experience of taking my car in for an oil change on a retrograde and the repair man accidentally knocked the side mirror off when he was moving the car from the bay to the parking lot, now I wait until after the retrograde even for the oil change).
Starting a diet — this is actually one of the best things to do on a retrograde. If you can continue good eating habits for the three weeks of the retrograde then you will find that even if during the subsequent months your diet reverts to unhealthy eating you will feel compelled to start those good eating habits again on the next retrograde. This works for exercise too.
Buying a house — signing contracts in general is not wise during a retrograde, so much can go wrong and there can be so much change of heart. So if you are looking to put a house under contract try to avoid doing this during the retrograde. However if you started the process before the retrograde and the actual signing of the final contracts happens during the retrograde you may be okay as long as you have duplicate copies made of all paperwork and you read contracts carefully before signing.
Buying furniture — is usually okay to buy furniture, clothing or jewelry during Mercury retrograde. Although ideally buy items that you can return.
Buying a computer — I generally recommend against buying a computer during Mercury retrograde unless you are a graduate of a tech school or a high level wizard, there is just too many things that can go wrong. Try to hold off on buying any new technology (this includes your smart phone and IPad) until after Mercury goes direct.
Changing jobs — it is difficult to end something on the retrograde unless the process was started much earlier on a previous retrograde. Usually the retrograde indicates there is unfinished business which prevents easy endings. However if you’ve tried to quit before or came close to quitting the retrograde may signal completing that energy, allowing you to leave your job finally. New jobs found during the retrograde are not necessarily stable and if at all possible try to begin new jobs after Mercury goes direct.
Contacting old friends and lovers — Mercury retrograde is the ideal time to reach back into the past and contact someone you been thinking of. It is also the most likely time they will contact you.
If you have a specific question about Mercury Retrograde please let me know. There is a great booklet on Mercury Retrograde by Diane Ronngren, click here for the link.