1. Don't Argue with Lovers, Friends or Co-Workers
- Especially the Boss. No matter how well you normally communicate with these people, you'll find yourself misspeaking,
saying the wrong thing and having disagreements you don't normally have. There is a very high propensity for mutual misunderstanding.
Avoid being critical or to trying to push your own agenda. This is a time to listen to those you interact with. Be willing
to throw out fixed ideas and agree to have an open discussion without trying to reach a final decision on any matter.
2. Don't Start a New Project. The
retrograde is for considering and evaluating new projects - not for launching them. It's a great time to discuss a new idea,
but it's not a good time to make that "big presentation," that requires the support of others. During the retrograde
people may either not understand it or oppose it. You may find out later that you left out a vitally important detail that
you didn't think of. If your project is adopted, it may either fail or have to be totally restructured at a later date to
3. Don't Make a Commitment or Sign an Agreement. You're likely to skip over important
details and regret it. There's something you don't know that you'll find out when Mercury goes direct after June 11, For
these reasons, it's a horrible time for negotiating contracts or making decisions. Avoid entering into any agreements or
signing any legal documents unless you're prepared to make serious revisions in the future.
4. Don't Purchase Computers
or Install Software. The planet Mercury rules computers. When it goes retrograde, all kinds of equipment suddenly
do not operate correctly. Your fail-proof computer crashes. Or, you end up buying the "computer from hell" - the
one that was not assembled correctly. You'll regret not buying the three-year warranty the salesperson suggested. And, when
you install your new software, expect glitches. Hard drives fail, so make sure to back them up ahead of time.
5. Don't Make an Offer on a New Home or Sign the Documents to Buy One. It's great to do your research and look
for a new home or new apartment during the retrograde. But there is something about your new living quarters that you won't
know about during the "mental fog" of the retrograde. You won't know that your new home's insulation is so thin,
you'll hear your next door neighbor's constant bickering. Someone will forget to tell you there is an insomniac neighbor
who plays music until 4 am. By the time Mercury is direct, you may learn the truth or find a better place to live.
6. Don't Buy a Car. Since Mercury rules transportation, any driving vehicle you buy is likely to be unreliable
in some way; so it's not an ideal time to buy a car because it may be a "lemon." Instead, research your favorites,
test drive them, and then go home and evaluate your choices. Be ready to make your decision when Mercury goes direct.
7. Don't Accept or Start a Job. If you do, you may regret it. Jobs that are accepted during the retrograde end
up being quite different than what you originally signed on for. You may find that your responsibilities change so much that
they're not what you envisioned. Reporting relationships can be affected as well. When you start a job during the retrograde,
instead of impressing your new colleagues, your first encounters may be big communication mix-ups that leave people with
a bad first impression of you.
8. Avoid Unnecessary Travel. Traveling these days is
stressful enough. During the retrograde you experience inordinate delays, cancelations and lost luggage. If you can't put
certain trips on hold, just be aware that you can expect an unusual amount of last-minute flight cancellations, meeting postponements
and long transportation delays. Allow extra time when traveling; make sure your bags are very secure. Take extra precautions,
because during this time they're more likely to be lost or stolen. Re-confirm your reservations. Be patient and practice
acceptance of the fact that inefficiencies are part of the retrograde. Slow down.
Wait until Mercury goes direct on March 28, 2019 to take action and make important decisions. When
that happens, clearer communication will return, important data can again be relied on, and you'll see matters with crystal
clear vision. You'll possess important information you didn't know while Mercury was retrograde. This new knowledge will
help ensure you're making a correct decision. If you heed this cautionary advice, you'll have less frustration, fewer mistakes
and disappointing failures during these three weeks.