Mercury Retrograde: Manifesting Mojo during the “Trickster” Transit

Mercury Retrograde is Here to Help You!

This is an unpopular opinion, but I LOVE Mercury Retrograde. Yup, this transit that has been blamed for everything from computer snafus to failed ice-cream experiments (hey, it’s not Mercury’s fault if peanut butter doesn’t taste good in EVERYTHING).

My whole astrology chart has whole  lot of Mercury, so I feel it when my ruling planet is making its mischief.

Communications go haywire.
Stuff breaks down.
Travel plans go awry.
You forget shizz.

It happens.

And that’s a good thing.

Mercury is closest to Earth and the fastest moving planet in the solar system. This heavenly body “appears” to move backward 3-4 times a year for 3 weeks at a time, like clockwork. Yes, even though it feels random, Mercury’s cycles are three months apart, for three weeks at a time. VERY predictable and regular.

Mercury zips along faster than the Earth (about 4 times more zippy). Because Mercury travels faster than Earth, and unlike other planets, the speed of its orbit changes. When Mercury is at its furthest point from the Sun, it’s also at its slowest orbit. It appears to slow down and move backward when it periodically catches up to us, passing us by.

Here’s a wee video I did on Periscope (if you don’t know what that is, it’s a phone app where you can stream videos and interact LIVE – check it out). In it, I share what Mercury Retrograde taught me about perfectionism and self worth.

Mercury is teaching you a mighty lesson

Every now and then, YOU need to slow down. Because Mercury rules our thoughts and governs communication, during its retrograde cycles, it’s an opportunity for you to SLOW DOWN and process your intuition, before you speed ahead with your plans. There are subtle intuitive messages you have missed that are vital for your soul’s purpose. Without taking the time to regroup, you would have overlooked them.

If it ain’t broke, it wouldn’t break

One of the biggest frustrations of Mercury Retrograde is when things break down. This is certainly frustrating at the time, however it wouldn’t happen if there wasn’t something wrong with it. Most likely, whatever has broken has needed your attention for a LONG TIME. It usually breaks during Mercury Retrograde if it wasn’t something that hasn’t needed your attention previously. Since the retrograde is your chance to catch up on whatever needs attention. That’s when it breaks.

You can thank your lucky stars you fixed it now, before it became dangerous.

The Universe is on Your Side

Things that you fix now (communication, computers, systems, appliances, etc.) will save you a LOT of time and money in the long run. If you remember that, you can be grateful and keep your sense of humor when it happens.


Mercury retrograde is a time to go back and REVISIT all of your communications. Keep these RE words in mind during these transits:

Redo. Repair. Revisit. Revise. Re-evaluate. Relax. Renew. Rejoice. Rejuvenate. Rebuild. Reboot. Rearrange. Rebel. Receive. Recognize. Reinvent.

Remember that!



shapeshifter 5th October 2015 10:15 am

Thanks, Kari, Mercury is my ruling planet so I'm familiar with it to a certain extent but you expanded my knowledge today. I enjoyed your article and your sense of humor.


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Kari Samuels

Kari Samuels is an Intuitive Counselor, Numerologist, and Happiness Coach. If there is an area in your life that needs more joy, Kari can shed light on dark places and lift your spirits with remarkable insight.