This morning I read a blog post by a woman who told about how the fact that Mercury is currently retrograde is wreaking havoc in her life. When Mercury is retrograde, communications are interrupted. Here is a quote from the Scorpio section of AstrologyZone.com, regarding Mercury:
"Watch for misunderstandings and miscommunications with those close to you, for it will be so easy to pick up the wrong impression. This month and most of next, you will have to go the extra mile to be sure you are sending out and picking up the correct messages."
Yesterday, on my way to work, I failed to check my email before I left, since Mr. k was on my computer and he hates to be told to get off so I can use it. I missed a very important message from my employer, telling me to meet him at a hotel, instead of going to the shop. That small misstep is what Mercury retrograde can do - and it is much more obvious when you know to look for it.
Mercury in retrograde motion also means electronics will malfunction or outright die, and it is suggested that you not buy anything electronic while Mercury is retrograde, because there is a possibility it will fail or be unsatisfactory in some way.
"Mercury will be retrograde from April 18 to May 11 in your partnership sector, so life will slow down a bit during that time. If you have a significant other, you may go back to an old question that was never answered to find a new way to address the topic. Mercury retrograde is not all bad. While it is not a good time to sign any contracts, Mercury will give you a chance to find a better solution to an old problem - this time, better than any you had found before.
Do not buy anything expensive until after May 13 or you may find something wrong with the item, now or later. You don't want to be subject to a recall, or worse, see a nicer version of your product come out just after you buy it. Electronics will be the most prone to problems, so those are a big no-no to buy during a Mercury retrograde, but so are any purchases with moving parts." (I wonder how this might affect those who have bought new ipads.)
Many people poo-pooh astrology, but I am often surprised at the number of instances like those above that I become aware of when Mercury is retrograde. How about you?