Mercury Direct in Astrology
Planet Mercury is turning direct!
By Maria DeSimone
When Mercury is retrograde, it's not operating smoothly, and there can be plenty of mishaps related to anything ruled by Mercury, including transportation, commerce, or communication. Once Mercury stations direct, it needs a few days to regulate its orbit, and then you'll be good to go. Any delay, frustration, or confusion surrounding Mercury-ruled matters will soon find resolution.
So, what does it mean when Mercury goes direct?
A planet changing motion is a potent phenomenon. Remember, Mercury retrograde is out of its usual forward orbit for three weeks, so turning direct again will not be as easy as declaring "On your mark, get set, go!" and watching Mercury zoom out. Ahhh, if only it were that simple.
What really happens when a planet moves from retrograde to direct motion is more akin to waking up from a deep slumber. Mercury will need time to drink some cosmic coffee and fully regain consciousness.
Full speed ahead
It won't be until Mercury reaches the degree where it originally turned retrograde and then passes it that you'll know Mercury truly has its full strength back. That tends to take a couple of weeks. But don't stress -- this time frame, called the shadow period, is nothing at all like Mercury Retrograde itself.
In fact, now you'll be ready to apply whatever it is you've learned during the retrograde period into your current reality. It only takes a few days of Mercury being back on track for you to notice the difference. From here on out the planet will get stronger every day!
What's interesting is that while Mercury will need time to regulate its orbit, the very day of its stationing direct can be a potent time. It's like Merc will be jolted awake for a short time (remember Mom screaming at you to wake up or you'll be late for school?). During this day or even the next, it's likely you'll experience incredible clarity about whatever issues you've been grappling with during Mercury Retrograde.
Be patient, though ... it will take just a little more time before you're ready to execute your newfound lucidity with success.
Even so, once Mercury is direct, you're free to sign contracts, schedule vital meetings, have significant conversations, and make important decisions or purchases. Remain confident as you push ahead with anything that requires cerebral muscle.
Mercury finally has its mojo back!