Because Mercury is the planet representing communication and motion, when it goes retrograde there is a sense that movement-based things -- such as communication, travel, traffic or business negotiations -- are interrupted and slowed. Cars break down, calls get missed, people say the wrong things at the wrong time. Energetically, it can feel as though the universe is blocking your efforts at progress.
You can't demand life to flow more smoothly during Mercury Retrograde. Double-check your work beforehand, set plans in advance and be willing to repeat yourself. Mercury Retrograde is a reminder that we're not as almighty as we think; peaceful surrender is the best weapon against Mercury Retrograde. Go with the flow and take each challenge as an opportunity to meditate on the unpredictability of life.
The trickster planet will spin backward in Aquarius and Pisces from February 6-28, 2014, causing much mental confusion in addition to communication and tech troubles. It may cause misunderstandings and lovers' quarrels on Valentine's Day! Prepare yourself in advance with a heads up on what to do ... and what NOT to do ... during Mercury Retrograde: