Play of Words
Someone said activities that start with ‘re’ is appropriate during Mercury retrograde cycle. According to an etymology dictionary, re means “back to the original place, again,” also with a sense of “undoing,” as well as “again, back, against.”
Here are some common activities during Mercury Rx period:
Repair: you may find that your cars and electronic appliances may be in need of repair
Review, reevaluate: looking back to reassess priorities, values etc.
Reconnect: meet the people that you haven’t seen/heard from in a while
Retrace: 2 steps forward, 1 step back. No worries.
Relax: take time to retreat, rejuvenate, reflect, etc.
Mercury Retrograde as a Transit
Last Mercury retrograde occurred in early Gemini/late Taurus, and Mercury ended up transiting over my 3rd house Jupiter 3 times during the retrograde cycle (direct, retrograde, direct.) Besides being a great period of study, so many ideas came to me during this period that I was able to write enough blogs to last me several months (I published them as weekly posts.)
So in this case, Mercury transiting the 3rd house Jupiter several times was clearly an emphasis on study and communication (the combination of Mercury and Jupiter in general seems to be conducive to writing, as it represents big ideas and growth through study/communication.)
The current retrograde in early Libra/late Virgo is happening in my 7th house, involving no planets in particular. I still see it as a welcome period of reflection, but I’m also rather busy participating in many meetings and group projects. In keeping with Virgo archetype, perhaps, I’m also dealing with personal feelings around guilt and imperfections.
Mercury retrograde is a time of retracing steps, of going back to retrieve something of value, or a time of renewal. Depending on where it occurs in your horoscope, there may be an intense mental focus on the planet/points transited by the Mercury retrograde. If you are experiencing significant transit of Mercury retrograde, please feel free to share/discuss via emails or comments.