“Mercury officially goes direct on Wednesday, Nov. 20. However, it will remain in its eerie shadow phase until Saturday, Dec. 7, which means you’re technically not in the clear until at least mid-December.” (Valerie Mesa)
“Mercury post-retrograde is essentially a cool-down period, where things aren’t quite back to normal, but they’ve reached peak conflict and confusion and are now winding down—hopefully. This is a great time to reflect, pick up the broken pieces of whatever happened during retrograde itself, and then align back to what is serving your highest self. Because retrogrades are a time of growth, we need this shadow period to synthesize the knowledge of what we know, into how we want to proceed. Or, maybe, we don’t need to change anything. Sometimes staying the course is the hardest thing of all, especially if results or satisfaction are slow-going.”
So what does this mean for all the signs? Well, a few things. First, don’t assume that just because Mercury has left retrograde that life will somehow get miraculously better. Retrogrades usually show us where the work needs to be done—then, post-retrograde we have to plan our attack. Then, we get to do the work itself. Baby steps, you know?