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Mercury the winged messenger retrogrades on June 7

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The mischievous winged messenger begins his reign of confusion, misdirection and missed appointments on Saturday, June 7 at 7:57am (EDT) in the sign of Cancer.

Issues involving family, romance, and emotions in general will be highlighted until June 17, when Mercury reenters the sign of Gemini, which it rules.

Mercury rules the signs of Gemini and Virgo, if you were born under one of these signs, you will feel the effects more than others.

Not a good time to sign contracts, finalize negotiations or begin a long-distance trip.

People from your past could emerge, and you could have to deal with some unfinished issues in relationships, both business and professional.

It is critical that you back up your computer files and be more careful and vigilant than ever. Not a good time to install new software or download. Projects will take more time and money than anticipated during this time.

This is a good time to backtrack and reconfigure your path in life. Revisit old clients, reconsider, reflect, reconnect and repair. Mercury forces us to slow down and fix what is broken, and to rethink things. This is also the perfect time to get a few projects off the back burner.

Time to visit old friends. Adopted children tend to find their birth parents; people find their long lost siblings and classmates. Law enforcement will find clues to crimes that previously remained unsolved for years. There is a greater danger during this time, that law enforcement can bungle evidence, while investigating a new crime, due to unclear thinking.

Now is also the perfect time to set things right in relationships. If you are in sales this is a time to revisit previous contacts instead of calling on new ones. Time to schedule work on projects that you have not had time to do. Bring your resume or portfolio up to date, and clean out your closets, paint and repair the house.

Edward Snowden, the computer specialist and former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who disclosed to several media outlets a large number of top secret NSA documents began his travels seeking asylum during Mercury retrograde. He flew from Hong Kong to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport, which was to be a one-night layover en route to Ecuador. Snowden remained stranded in the airport transit zone until Mercury went direct.

Mercury turns direct on Tuesday, July 1 at 7:56am (EDT) in the sign of Gemini.

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