A Tarot Reading for Mercury Retrograde
Ah yes, the dreaded Mercury retrograde.
Even those who aren’t interested in astrology or, dare I say, “believe” in it — astrology actually has nothing to do with belief, but that’s a topic for another day — have heard of the trouble we can get into during these periods.
And theses retrograde periods happen quite a bit.
Mercury, that little mischief maker, goes retrograde three times a year for 20 to 24 days. Its next retrograde period will start on January 15, 2021 in the sign of Aquarius.
In general, Mercury retrograde is the ideal time to do any “re-” actions: revisit, revise, reboot, renew and so on, which should be approached by assessing and analyzing with precision — something Mercury especially digs.
These are times when the things Mercury signifies aren’t running as smoothly as usual, which includes communication, business, travel and transportation, and technology, including the Internet itself.
Miscommunications, lost packages, delayed planes, trains and automobiles, flights cancelled up the wazoo, a temporary slump in sales, website crashes — these are the types of things that might pop up more than usual during a Mercury retrograde.
During Mercury retrograde, it’s wise to give yourself a little extra time to get to the airport or an important meeting, to double check important messages before you hit send and keep your cool if markets are slow.
If possible, it is also better to hold off on buying any new electronic devices until after Mercury goes direct again on February 2, 2022.
But don’t worry about it too much. If you keep these things in mind, you’ll do just fine even if you come across some of those typical Mercury retrograde bumps in the road.
Saturn-ruled Aquarius has a lot to do with reviewing and revising structure, particularly concerning ideas and communication (Mercury).
To get an better feel for how this next Mercury retrograde on January 15 might affect you personally — as well as a preview of the topic and area of life you might need to review — check out the house in your natal chart ruled by Aquarius.
You can also think back to topics that came up in the first several weeks of February 2021, which is the last time Mercury went retrograde in this sign.
Tarot reading for Mercury retrograde in Aquarius (January 15 to February 2, 2022)
Today, I asked the cards: What can I tell my readers around Mercury going retrograde on January 15?
I pulled the following five cards.
So what, dear cards, should we do during this period?
The three cards in the middle give the advice:
Instead of simply charging forward (the Chariot) we should shrewdly weigh and assess (Justice) what needs to be cut away (Death).
The card above (the Tower) describes what to do and the card below (Temperance) describes what not to do during this Mercury retrograde period.
The message is clear:
The revision process in this case is not one we should approach with careful moderation (Temperance); instead, we should allow for dramatic breakthroughs, even if it means tearing the whole goddamn house down (the Tower).