Weekly Forecast May 26-June 1: Mercury Retrograde!

I probably don’t need to tell you that this is going to be a strange week, as you’re no doubt feeling it already.

The biggest news, of course, is Mercury’s turn retrograde on Monday. The Messenger stations at 21°32″ Gemini and eventually will work his way back to 12°58″ Gemini before returning direct on June 19.

Because Mercury is in his own sign of Gemini, we can expect all the classic effects of this event, including communications mix-ups, missed connections, computer crashes, traffic jams, lost luggage, and delays in general. We’ve experienced a lot of this already since the shadow period began on May 11.

Chiron and Achilles

The wild card that may cause this Mercury retrograde to behave differently is Neptune’s turn retrograde less than half an hour later on Monday. While this configuration has the potential for complications and confusion, the two planets will be in a harmonious trine, which also creates the possibility for mental breakthroughs. This is especially true if you’ve been confronting a thorny problem that has resisted logical solutions.

Monday is a major U.S. holiday, signifying the beginning of summer. Hopefully, you get the day off, and hopefully you aren’t going anywhere due to high gasoline prices. With Mercury and Neptune both stopped in their tracks, staying home and relaxing would be the best use of your energy … if you can muster any at all. If you are traveling, expect delays. And be careful out there, OK?

We also have many readers around the world (49 50 53 countries on six continents at last count!) who will be going to work Monday morning with Mercury and Neptune stationed. Traffic may be at a dead stop, and possibly due to unusual circumstances. Leave a little early, and do whatever you need to do to manage your frustration level.

As if that’s not enough retrograde energy, Chiron also just went retrograde, at 21 degrees Aquarius. It’s always hard to say how multiple aspects like this will manifest, but I think it’s going to involve healing beliefs and thought patterns that no longer serve us. There also may be an element of healing old wounds and talking with others about past hurts between you. Normally, I wouldn’t recommend attempting this during Mercury retrograde periods, but a triple retrograde like this is incredibly rare and warrants trying something different.

The Moon conjoins Chiron and Neptune on Monday, so we’re going to get a full dose of this medicine, and the effects will continue strongly into Tuesday, when the Moon enters Neptune-ruled Pisces. As complicated as these intertwining energies are, there will be no mistaking how they’re manifesting in our lives, individually or collectively. The lunar North Node is sitting at 22 degrees Aquarius, between Chiron and Neptune, indicating an element of destiny to all of this. Be sure to leave comments with your experiences here so that we can all compare notes!

Also on Monday, Venus squares Saturn in the early degrees of Gemini and Virgo. This is going to be a tough week all around for romantic relationships, but if you’re willing to confront your issues directly, you’ll be rewarded eventually. You can’t expect to undo years of hurt in a day or two, and there is bound to be turbulence. As I’m so fond of saying, you can’t get to cruising altitude without it.

We’ll spend the rest of the week adjusting to this shift. Just remember to breathe.

Love and blessings,
Aquarius, the sign of astrologyPat

P.S. Normally I wouldn’t recommend getting a reading while Mercury is retrograde, but this week’s energies are extraordinary, so if you’ve been thinking about it, check out our exclusive forecasts and unique compatibility reports.

Image: The Education of Achilles by Donato Creti, 1714 (Musei Civici d’Arte Antica, Bologna). The mythological Chiron was a mentor to heroes and known as a great astrologer.

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14 thoughts on “Weekly Forecast May 26-June 1: Mercury Retrograde!

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  2. max

    Normally, I wouldn’t recommend attempting this during Mercury retrograde periods, but a triple retrograde like this is incredibly rare and warrants trying something different.

    PK! Works for me! I am the idiot reinstalling four computers on an Rx. Heh. On the other hand, there’s a problem in application; got a hammer, where’s the nail? It’s dark in here.

    The lunar North Node is sitting at 22 degrees Aquarius, between Chiron and Neptune, indicating an element of destiny to all of this.

    Yeah, well. The two three of those are sitting in a square to my sun! Frajuous joy! All on top of my sun/moon midpoint. I’m sure that means something, I know not what. Something other than ow, my butt is sore.

    This is going to be a tough week all around for romantic relationships, but if you’re willing to confront your issues directly, you’ll be rewarded eventually. You can’t expect to undo years of hurt in a day or two, and there is bound to be turbulence.

    Romantic problems for a year or so, but I keep pluggin’ with her because I just gotta.

    max
    [‘Dum dee dee dum.’]

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  3. Pat Post author

    That first comment is pretty weird, eh? Looks like a computer-generated comment, and the “unknown” would be me, on PiChron. I was going to delete it, but it’s a perfect example of a Mercury Rx glitch. Ha, ha!

    Romantic problems for a year or so, but I keep pluggin’ with her because I just gotta.

    This could be your breakthrough week, Max! Be brave, do something different, say something you would never have dared saying, go to a place you haven’t dared dipping a toe into.

    What have you got to lose?

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  4. Pat Post author

    OH, wait … that wasn’t from PiChron, it was from OUR OWN BLOG! Little practical joke, apparently from you-know-who.

    P.S. A friend living on a boat lost his Internet connection this morning.

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  5. Mandy H.

    Also just to say that from January 23 to now I’ve read about 20 books…. a very significant increase on the amount of new books I’ve read in the last few years….(ie from about 4 per year (at most))

    And its resulted mein switching from one form of communication(Internet, Second Life) back to reading (strangely I’m also being attracted back to newspapers…).

    I’ve read four books since Thursday….

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  6. Pat Post author

    Ha, ha!

    Normally I would say that they were really stupid to launch something of this complexity the day after Mercury went Rx, but it sounds like this is something that’s been needed for many years, and finally it’s here. I’m not sure whether this falls under “healing” and “breakthroughs,” but it sure is a fix for a thorny problem.

    Thanks for this, Mandy! Just goes to show … like aspirin, astrology works, whether you believe in it or not.

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  7. Pat Post author

    Yep, won’t be long before my laptop (ordered and shipped during a Mercury Rx last year) starts making that cockroaches-in-the fan sound.

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  8. emekah

    I was really sick on Monday with a stomach bug. And this week I’ve been going over some things that have been bothering me in my relationship. I’ve been obsessing, in fact. On the other hand, I did spend Tuesday night listening to music and downloading iTunes while doing crosswords. Very relaxing. I recommend it.

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  9. Neith

    {{{{emekah}}}} Nothing like being ill to totally mess with one’s perspective. My S/O is just starting to move around more easily. He had a major sciatic flareup over the Mercury station. Hope you are all better now!!

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  10. mm

    I’m normally very healthy but I’ve been ill since Monday with a weird kind of bug that has left me with very little energy – symptoms: fever, a bad cough and the feeling of being totally wrung out.

    Hello stationing/retrograde Neptune (ruler of 6th) and Mercury (chart ruler)methinks. Not to mention Chiron.

    The few days I’ve had to take off have enabled me to look at how my energy can be drained from me if I’m not careful. I’ve been neglecting this area recently. Another wake up call.

    PS: Surprise, surprise – I’ve been having all sorts of problems posting a comment here! :-)

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  11. Pat Post author

    Woo-hoo, here we go. Twitter is having problems due to over-capacity “too many tweets.” The ferry system had its first major interruption today, and right here on Vashon. Thousands of people will be delayed and otherwise inconvenienced for about two weeks starting June 2 (Mercury is Rx until June 19; gee what a coincidence).

    My final paycheck from my old job got misdirected. Took me five phone calls this morning to track it down, but no one got back to me, so I still have no idea where it really is or when it will get here. Mercury isn’t the only culprit in this case. He’s been in a square with Uranus in my second house (earned income).

    Lots of little glitches, too, and the miscommunications are just winding up. I swear, I think I’m speaking perfectly clear English, and the other person responds as though I said something entirely different.

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  12. Neith

    LOL! Twitter’s problems are classic for Mercury Rx in Gemini . . . too many people wanting to communicate all at once!

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