Mercury goes retrograde three times per year for three weeks each time. If you are in the flow during these periods, you will reexamine old business and projects rather than initiate new ones; handle unfinished tasks and business affairs that were started while Mercury was in direct motion. If you are writing a book, this is time to edit already written sections, rather than embarking on new chapters.
This is a good time to meditate, too; to practice being silent and receptive to inner guidance. Your right brain may be especially creative, especially if the logical left brain is relatively free from the frustration of loose ends, and you may be able to see old things in fresh light.
It's especially challenging now though to actually tie up loose ends. Unexpected changes of circumstance are the rule. There is a slowing down of communications, which can be accompanied by confusion, change of plans, indecisiveness, and unexpected factors which make work and communication go awry. This can include mail slowdowns, telephone breakdowns, transportation problems, misprints, computer breakdowns, etc.
Be patient with all the road construction and (usually) minor car and computer troubles. Electronic equipment can go on the blink and sometimes correct itself a week or two later. If you repair anything, be prepared to do it again or at least make some minor adjustments as Mercury later again goes direct.
Be thorough in adding up rows of numbers and be careful of locking your keys in the car, losing phone messages or signing contracts. This is a time to practice being grounded and present, to watch and contemplate, not necessarily to act or make major purchases. Consider waiting for Mercury go forward lest you change your mind when it does.
During Mercury retrograde periods, you will also often find that you run into old acquaintances in timely or untimely ways.
Mercury Retrograde Dates;
Mercury Retrograde: Here’s how to get through the craziness of the next 3 weeks, 6/17/14;
Understanding Mercury Retrograde, 3/3/15;
18th/19th May – 11th/12th June 2015: Mercury Retrograde in Gemini Opposing The Great Attractor, 5/15/15
Mercury Retrograde periods, 2012 through 2022:
2012: March 12 - April 4, 2012; July 14 - August 8; November 6 - 26;
2013: February 23 - March 17; June 26 - July 20; October 21 - November 10;
2014: February 6 - 28; June 7 - July 1; October 4 - 25;
2015: January 21 - February 11; May 18 - June 11; September 17 - October 9;
2016: January 5 - 25; April 28 - May 22; August 30 - September 21; December 19 - January 8, 2017;
2017: April 9 - May 3; August 12 - September 5; December 2 - 22;
2018: March 22 - April 15; July 25 - August 18; November 16 - December 6;
2019: March 5 - 28; July 7 - 31; October 31 - November 20;
2020: February 16 - March 9; June 17 - July 12; October 13 - November 3;
2021: January 30 - February 20; May 29 - June 22; Sept. 26 - October 18;
2022: January 14 - February 3; May 10 - June 3; September 9 - October 2; December 29 - January 18, 2023