Another reason Lanyadoo advises against going to the altar this year is because signing contracts during a Mercury retrograde is deemed undesirable. Lanyadoo goes on, "Unfortunately, this is not a good year for marriages. COVID, of course, plays a significant role in this."
Marriage counseling is recommended so you don't end up like Venus and Jupiter: locked in conflict with one another all time long. Or like Uranus and Pluto: forever fighting over money and power.
Mercury retrogrades before and after Earth enters its shadow on April 16. It will be here for three weeks.
Lanyadoo warns that marriages will suffer if one or both partners isn't prepared for what happens during these times. He says many people make the mistake of thinking that just because something is done face-to-face on paper that it's a done deal. But even contracts with clear signatures can be revoked at any time.
"During a Mercury retrograde, things changed. Plans were made, promises were made, and then broken. Relationships were built and then destroyed," he writes. "Even if you weren't affected directly by this chaos, someone you know was. Don't be surprised if things fall apart during these times."
An extensive list of things not to do when Mercury is in retrograde.
So when it turns retrograde, some people suffer full confusion and feel as if they can't think straight. In summary, it's fine to buy a car during Mercury Retrograde, but make sure you read the deal before signing. It may not be what it seems.
Do not begin a relationship. Connections established during Mercury retrograde might come out of nowhere and hit you so strongly that you believe it was just fate. It's a terrific time to reconnect with old friends or address any difficulties from previous relationships; it's not a good time to start new ones. Focus on improving existing connections or letting go of negative ones.
As Mercury enters retrograde mode at around 9:40 a.m. EST on January 24, consider how this affects your interactions over the next few weeks. If you have plans to meet up with anyone, make sure to check the Mercury in Retrograde warning page to see if there are any changes needed. If you do plan to start a new relationship, try to do so after March 5th.
Mercury retrogrades cover a wide range of topics including communication, travel, business, and education. Because it is such a slow moving planet, it can be difficult to predict how these areas will affect you. However, we can make some assumptions based on past experience. Communication may be difficult because Mercury is in retrograde all day every day until it moves into direct motion on March 5th. Travel could be problematic because Mercury is concerned with thoughts and ideas so delays due to issues such as security checks or lost luggage could be expected. Business matters may not be handled as efficiently as usual during this time so try to be patient and don't get frustrated if things take longer than normal to resolve.
Mercury retrograde tends to bring up old difficulties, so you and your spouse may find themselves bickering or repeating previous concerns. That isn't to imply that retrograde will trigger an impending breakup, but it is cause for alarm because couples do break up unexpectedly at this period. 29 degrees Virgo opposes Venus in passionate Pisces.
If you are thinking about breaking up with your spouse, wait until after Mercury goes direct (after March 5th). If you do break up with your spouse now, you could cause them serious emotional harm.
Mercury retrograde affects communication between partners, so if you are having problems communicating, this would be a good time to work on that.
Also, avoid making major decisions during this time; go with your first instinct. If you aren't sure of something, then leave it out of your decision-making process. This way, you don't cause stress where there was none necessary.
Finally, keep in mind that when Mercury goes retrograde, it goes back to its original position in relation to the other planets. So even though it seems like it has moved away from you, it has actually not!
This double effect means that when Mercury goes retrograde, it triggers its own set of rules, which can be difficult to understand.
"Make certain you're not purchasing in a frenzy and that this is the correct property for you," she advises. Slowing down and contemplating everything about a property before making an offer might result in some tremendous insight. "Mercury Retrograde may be a useful discomfort," Jessica explains. "It can help reveal flaws in the current situation that would otherwise go unnoticed."
With Jupiter in Sagittarius now, there will be a desire to expand one's understanding of life and reality. This includes seeking out different opinions and points of view. "If you listen carefully, you'll understand why some things have happened as they have," says Jessica. "You won't necessarily understand what will happen next but you will know how to respond when the time comes."
Venus in Capricorn has brought its own set of challenges - including worries about money and security. "If you need to, make an offer that you know you cannot afford to pay back," suggests Jessica. "But only do this if it's necessary."
Mercury in retrograde mode brings some unusual behavior from everyone involved in the sale of this property. Don't be surprised if things seem a little off-kilter or if offers start coming in unexpectedly. It's also possible that some deals may fall through at the last minute.
Making travel arrangements Actually, it would be unwise to make any firm trip plans during the retrograde. If you're going to buy aircraft tickets, it's best to wait until after Mercury moves direct on May 3, even if your trip is beyond that date. In other words, don't buy airline tickets for trips that will take place between now and May 3.
The most important thing is not to get upset by delays that may occur. They are likely to be caused by problems with air traffic control systems around the world, not intentional misconduct.
If you are planning to visit several countries, it might be best to leave some time after Mercury goes direct before entering new information into your flight booking system. For example, if you are looking up fares for a trip starting in June, it could cause problems if you enter in all of your destination details prior to then. Better to let some time pass after Mercury goes direct so that any issues that may have arisen due to the retrograde are resolved.