Mercury is retrograde from August 3rd to the 27th. It’s a bit slow a few days on either end as well. Afterward, until it hits the point where it went retrograde it is considered to be in its shadow, the area it retrograded over. It’s a bit of a catching up period, going over the same ground it travelled before the retro period, fostering the readdressing of the issues it touched after a time of rumination.
Technology is affected, as are communications in general. Mixups in these areas are common. The senses are affected. That’s not such a bad thing. It allows you to take in information in a different way than usual, to readdress what you think you know, go back over old ground and reassess with a different viewpoint.
It’s a time to “re” things. Anything with a “re” in front of it is likely appropriate. It’s a time to slow down, go back over everything and rethink. It’s a good time to come up with ideas, but it is not a good time to implement them, to start something new. It is better to wait until you can compare this new perspective to your normal way of thinking, bring them both together.
However, one thing to keep in mind is that if you genuinely need to DO something you shouldn’t let Mercury retrograde stop you. If there are negative consequences to waiting to act you are better off just getting it done. Life isn’t perfect and sometimes you have to prioritize one set of consequences over another. Having things go wrong or having to rework something later may not be as difficult as dealing with the consequences of not acting. So if direct new action can easily wait, let it. If not, just do it. That’s life.
It’s been said that people with Mercury retrograde in their natal charts don’t feel the effects as keenly. I think that’s probable but no one is so isolated that they don’t feel the effects in the environment and those around them.
Do you have Mercury retrograde in your natal chart? Do you feel it affects you differently? And for everyone, have you started a project during Mercury retrograde? How did it go?