[ad]Mercury retrograde happens three times a year, yet its effects can vary widely each time. For some, a computer might need to be restarted, a trip may be delayed, or the lines of communication with a friend may be crossed. Yet at other times, significant problems — not just inconveniences — can arise. Inevitably, these cycles have the most impact when the station of Mercury makes an angle to a point in your natal chart.
Any time a planet appears to change directions in the sky, it stations. This occurs every time the planet is about to go retrograde (backwards) or direct (forwards after a retrograde). The planet slows down during a station, and often hovers at a specific degree of the zodiac for days or even months (depending on how far it is from the Sun). During a station, the themes symbolized by the planet are heightened and intensified.
A Case Example
Last Wednesday, Mercury stationed direct at 7 Libra, and it so happens that Uranus was at that degree of the zodiac when I was born. Hence, Mercury conjoined my Uranus, but because it stationed on my Uranus, it had a stronger effect than a passing transit.
Two different events happened that day. First, I received a totally unexpected (Uranus) message (Mercury) from my boss that she didn’t feel I was a good fit for our team. (Not coincidentally, transiting Saturn — the planet of authority figures — is opposing my Sun, or identity.) Second, the server on which my new website is being hosted went down for 16 hours. (Both Mercury and Uranus rule technology.)
Needless to say, both of these were very disruptive (Uranian) events. I was “let go” yesterday. As for the server being down: I spent hours researching other web hosting companies, and came to the decision that no service will be 100% perfect. But at least I know what my options are.
Both of these incidents are work-related, and this Mercury station affected two of my work houses: the Second House of Money (where Uranus resides), and the Sixth House of Work (with Aquarius, ruled by Uranus, on the cusp).
The takeaway: The groove of life depends on a smooth flow of information. Mercury can show you where the kinks are, and it’s your job to fix the hose.
Comment below: How was Mercury Retrograde for you?