What Does “Mercury Retrograde” Mean and What Are the Effects?


Debbie Nuccio Durrough is one of my favorite teachers. Earlier in the year I took a class in spiritual painting. She passed out information on Mercury Retrograde, just as my house was going on the market. The first deal turned out to be a sham. We finally put a good deal together–after the Mercury Retrograde period had passed! Enjoy this article from Debbie. If you live in Southern California, I highly recommend her classes. ~ Dana Taylor

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Mercury in color - Prockter07 centered.jpgPre-Mercury Retrograde: 9/19 – 10/2/14

Mercury Retrograde Dates:  10/3 – 10/24/14

Post Mercury Retrograde Period: 10/25 – 11/10/14

Planet Mercury (rules communication and machinery)

Definition of “Retrograde” ~ to move or seem to move backwards

The planet Mercury is retrograde three to four times a year

In 2014, Mercury retrogrades three times, all beginning in water signs of Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio, and then back into air signs.

A Time, Season, and Reason…The energies during this Mercury Retrograde support balancing and healing your body, mind, and spirit. Take this time to R-E-L-A-X, RELEASE, and REPLENISH.  The energies support Tuning In To Your Inner Wisdom and reflecting on any repeating patterns in your life that are getting in the way of you expressing your true self. It is the season of Rest, Reflection, Review, Revision, Reconcile, Revision and all the other “Re” words except react!

For most people it is not the best time to start anything new, make new commitments or purchase new appliances, electronics, equipment, vehicles, etc. I say for most people because if you are NOT taking the time to rest, replenish, revisit, revise, reconcile, etc., you may feel like everything is out of sorts and/or out of control. Any area of your life that is out of balance can feel like you are experiencing what some refer to as Murphy’s Law. Think of this period as your introspection time.


With regards to Mercury Retrograde and all forms of communication and/or machinery (i.e. vehicles, appliances, computer, printer, cell phone, Facebook, twitter, etc.), don’t panic when “life happens.”  If you can’t wait to fix and/or purchase a new item, it’s OK to fix it and/or purchase a new item.  Just make sure you understand the return policy and all warranties.  Taking a little break from cell phone, texting, Facebook, twitter, etc. may prove to be beneficial because the energies support you in Resting, Replenishing, Reflecting, Revising, etc.


It may be helpful to know that for some, starting something “new” under a Mercury Retrograde typically fizzles out and/or at best can be frustrating due to the timing being off or the many changes and/or revisions that will come up.  However, do remember it is an excellent time to Revisit, Revise, and Re-invent yourself, your work, complete anything that was already started, clear out and let go of anything (person, place, or thing) that isn’t working in your life, and Revisit, Resolve, and Reconcile your past and past relationships.


Mercury Retrograde at times seems to bring challenges with all forms of communication: written, verbal, electronically, postal, legal, and it also can slow down how we process information, thoughts and mess with our short term memory (i.e. “What was I going to say/do, etc.”)


If any legal issues come up that can’t be delayed until after Mercury goes direct, make sure you read and re-read all contracts, legal documents, obtain legal assistance, and be flexible as moving forward it may need to be changed or revised.  Traveling during a Mercury Retrograde?  Allow enough time and have a backup plan as it is possible to experience delays and/or lost luggage.  

REMEMBER…Mercury Retrograde is the perfect time to:


Tune Out and TUNE IN


Balance Your Body, Mind,

Connect with old friends and/or people from your past

Finish anything you started

Clear out clutter and get organized

Pay old debts

Keep your promises

Keep your integrity in check

Seeking employment? Revise your Resume and Reapply and Resubmit job applications

Reflect on the repeating dysfunctional patterns in your life (i.e. same

problem different face, here I go again, or why is this happening again, etc.)

Meditate ~Tune Out and Tune In

Reflect, Relax, Review, Revisit, Re-vise, Re-do, Re-turn, Re-trace, Re-issue, Re-wind, Reapply, Replenish, Release, Reconcile, Rejuvenate, and all of the other words beginning with “Re” EXCEPT “React.” If you find yourself “reacting,” take a deep breath and remember that you and all concerned are at risk for being misunderstood (due to challenges with all forms of communication).

About Debbie Nuccio Durrough
Debbie is the founder of Tune In To Sound® and her passion is with teaching a variety of holistic alternatives classes that support the new definition of “wellness”, and a variety of metaphysical and spiritual development classes that can STRENGTHEN Your SIX Spiritual Senses and allow you to easily connect with your Inner Wisdom (God-given gift of Intuition), Inner Rhythm (self-confidence and all forms of creative self-expression), and Inner Healer. All of Debbie’s classes support personal growth, self-empowerment, and the principle that everything is energy.
Debbie is a certified Reiki and Karuna Reiki® Master Teacher, a Heartbeat of Reiki Drumming Master Teacher , a Heal and Transform Your Life with Drumming Teacher, a Color and Sound Therapy Practitioner Teacher, a Tuning Fork Therapy® Teacher, a trained HealthRHYTHMS® empowerment drumming facilitator, a Numerologist, a Feng Shui consultant, and an IMPART certified empath and sound healer registered with the International Association of Reiki Practitioners, the Sound Healers Association,  and HealthRHYTHMS® at REMO INC.  Debbie is the creator of The Magic of Color and Sound®, Wellness with Color and Music, Magical Musical Messages®, and The Wonderful WIZDOM of OZ – You Have Always Had the Power Psychic Development Workshop.
Debbie is currently a teacher and facilitator of certification classes at the School of Multidimensional Healing Arts & Sciences located at: 18271 McDurmott West, Suite H, Irvine, CA92614.  She also facilitates classes, workshops, and events at the Historical Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona, The Riverside County Office on Again, Common Ground in Corona, and Care Alternatives Hospice in Riverside,CA.



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