The current mercury retrograde is from May 29th to June 22nd, with a 2-3 week shadow period on either side. People don't always give it enough importance because it takes 9 weeks without the shadow and up to 18 weeks with the shadow periods. Not all mercury retrogrades have the same power. It really depends on the astrological climate that is happening during the time. Retrogrades that occur at the same time of eclipses always have a lot more power, and capacity to cause bigger issues. Traditionally mercury when retrograding will cause misunderstandings in communications, ensure trouble later when you sign a contract or begin a new venture, or cause delays in things working out as expected. It is not a good time for buying electronics, or other purchases related to communications. Things get lost or delayed in the mail more often, and people have different expectations when signing contracts. For example, terms were unclear, not addressed in writing or not discussed at all, and assumptions made without asking specific questions. Retrogrades are best for revising and revisiting things from the past rather than starting anything new. Oral and written communication when published during a retrograde often has to be edited again, and sent out in revised form. It is not auspicious to start a new job or launch a business on Mercury retrograde.
Communications related purchases should never be placed during mercury retrograde because they will usually run into serious unexpected issues. Though my computer is not working, I won’t be getting it fixed or getting a new one till this current mercury retrograde is over, including the 3 week shadow.
I want to share with you a story about mercury retrograde to illustrate how powerful some of these effects can be. The last time I had to buy a new computer was summer of 2018, and there was a mercury retrograde from July 26th to August 19th that was also the same as eclipse season that year. I didn’t pay attention to the timing because I was eager to get a computer as I was heavily reliant on it at that time. In fact I didn’t even realize it was a retrograde due to being distracted with multiple projects.
I recall during this time I ordered 5 computers, 3 MacBook, a Lenovo, and 1 Dell, that all had various problems. My order was July 22nd, then July 28th, then August 14th, for MacBooks. All were returned due to the pinwheel repetitively occurring, flickering screens, internet connection problems, I couldn’t get the equivalent Microsoft programs to download my astrology software and if you download Microsoft to an apple computer neither apple or Microsoft will help you if you have tech issues, each saying it’s not their domain. I hadn’t even thought of the Microsoft parallel programs for astrology being an issue with the first 2 computers, but I realized how hard it was to do by the 3rd one. On June 21st, I placed the order for a Dell computer. I had to return that too because the internet connection was unacceptably slow, the webcam very poor and the facial recognition software didn’t work reliably. I received it by July 6th or 7th during the shadow but requested a return during the official retrograde period, around July 18th. On August 22nd, I placed an order for a Lenovo carbon Thinkpad but within a week there was a big price drop promotion of over $500 so I had to return that too, as the customer service team wouldn’t honour it and let me keep the current computer that was already shipped. I then had to buy it again at the new price. So I sent back the computer and had a new one shipped. That order was placed Aug 27th 2018. This was the one I ended up keeping. This was a very high end computer, almost $2000 before tax and was planning to keep at least 5 years. I got it by mid September 2018. However after just 2 years, automatic updates started ruining the system. As of Nov 2020, I had ongoing issues till January 2021 with updates getting into the system and Microsoft not loading properly. I would end up calling the support line every week or biweekly to try to fix it. Hours would go by with each rep, and I had to call multiple times usually to get someone who was actually reliable. I tried to use my warranty that I bought at Lenovo but the tech guy wouldn’t troubleshoot and just wanted to wipe and reinstall windows and then all my apps would be deleted. I could have done that myself if I wanted. Some phone reps from Microsoft would just hang up, or put me on hold forever. A lot of the reps were unhelpful and my friend ended up solving a few problems for me. Finally a representative at Microsoft taught me how to shut off automatic updates and the computer was fine from Feb to late May this year. But the last week of May, an update somehow got in, nevertheless I restored the system and it was fine for a few more days when again Microsoft didn’t load, and despite a lot of troubleshooting nothing worked. Somehow I still can’t access the support line as it keeps saying there is an issue and they are working on fixing it. I tried several times to get the number to display but it never does. These issues started occurring during mercury’s current shadow phase. This is a link to read more about this retrograde.
It’s a lot more powerful than usual due to occurring same time as eclipse season. So never buy any electronics during this period of mercury retrograde because things don’t go as planned, with unexpected trouble popping up. My last Lenovo purchase, despite working great for 2 years, it wasn’t as long lasting as I expected and not worth the price tag. I could have never anticipated the seriousness of issues I ended up having. I wish I had just held off till the shadow period was over to buy this important purchase. Even if you order before the shadow starts, like I did in June 2018, if you receive the computer in the shadow, there is a strong chance of problems. This has never happened with a computer purchase in the past. I’ve always kept the first computer I ordered every time.
As a result of all these complications the last retrograde, I’ll be without a regular computer till August of this year, which is the longest ever in my adult life and is certainly quite challenging already.
Have you had trouble with this current Mercury retrograde? Let me know in the comments below!