Relationship on the Rocks?
Blame Planet Mercury!By Claire Daniel for YourTango
Every now and then there's just something weird in the air. Nothing seems to be going right. Important e-mails have been bounced. Your laptop or cell phone has gone kaput. Your love life seems to have taken a turn for the worse. You may have even been dumped. That thing you've been avoiding? Well, it's come back to haunt you, hasn't it?
Blame it on Mercury in retrograde. In astrology, the planet Mercury represents the mythological messenger and rules over all things having to do with communication. And when it goes into retrograde (a three-week period that happens four times a year when the planet appears to slow down, stop and move backwards), you can be sure to expect chaos, delays and confusion on all fronts.
Don't worry. Everything will be OK. And besides, it isn't all bad. There's a time and place for everything in life, and that includes Mercury's retrograde phase. About.com provides four good rules of thumb for coping during this time period: Take a time-out and deal with things from your past; be noncommittal and avoid making set plans; repeat and review everything; and reflect on your soul. But we wonder: How does this translate into your love life?
Unfortunately, be prepared for a few curveballs to be thrown your way, as what was committed to, promised, expected or planned will surely go awry during a retrograde period. Below are some pointers for navigating this difficult time period, no matter what love stage you are currently in.
If You're Single: There is no better time to be single. Take this time to reflect on who you are and get in touch with your feelings, goals and aspirations. What's your life plan, and what do you need to do or change to get things going? Reflect; don't act. Mercury in retrograde is a period where you should be looking back, not forward. Do not go on a first date. You just aren't yourself and will have difficulty communicating clearly. What's more, you may have ghosts of relationships past on your mind. One or two of them might even reappear in your life. If they do, now's a good time to reconcile and move on. Hold off on any new romance until Mercury goes direct again.
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Mercury's symbol reminds us of the one for woman ... which is perfect because the planet's position can makes us more emotional than we already are!Thinkstock