Mercury goes retrograde on January 30 at 26º 27′ Aquarius, until February 20, and remains in shadow after that point until March 13, when it resumes its original position from the point of retrograde. Some astrologers disregard Mercury retrograde, likely because they know how to work with the energy, but these times can and do throw a spanner into the works on a global level, and deserve respect. Mercury rules communication (speaking and listening), short distance travel, business, contracts, basic commerce, and this time manifests as a sublimation of Mercury’s functions, so all that he rules goes slightly awry. We see miscommunication and misapprehension which usually entails tedious revision of some sort. It can be an annoying time!
This cycle will be most challenging for Aquarius, Leo, Taurus and Scorpio , and any with planets in these signs, though everyone will have the placement somewhere in their chart. The best way to work with this energy is to be patient, take a bit of extra time, and don’t take things too seriously – even seemingly important plans – as things just don’t turn out the way we want under this influence. Go back to old work, clean up, review and hold your horses until the energy clears. Look up old friends and consider what worked in the past which you may not be doing in the present.