Mercury in Taurus: April 27th – May 11th
Slowly and Methodically
Under the influence of Mercury in Taurus, and depending on how it interacts with planets in your birth chart, your mind might operate slowly and methodically. You may find yourself taking your time to thoroughly consider an idea, thinking through all the details before making up your mind.
You’re likely to have great mental focus, able to concentrate on the task at hand and see it all the way to the end.
Once you reach a conclusion, you might get so attached to it that you refuse to budge, even when presented with convincing evidence. Mental stubbornness is the downside of this influence — a willingness to consider others’ ideas and opinions will serve you well.
You might find yourself studying up on very pragmatic matters, less interested in abstract ideas and more focused on real world concerns. Finances could be a special area of focus.
You could also take a class in something very hands-on, like pottery, wood-working, sewing, gardening, or other practical crafts. Common sense takes the lead at this time, and you can find workable solutions to old problems.
Your speech could slow down, and your wit may be less quick than usual. You’re likely to be cautious with your words, and could have the tendency to be very thorough in including all the details.
Mercury Retrograde in Taurus – April 9 – 20
The retrograde Mercury in Taurus affects your judgment and interactions on financial matters, so you will need to use extra care as you go about your business during this period. Any new venture should be regarded with a great deal of caution, especially when dealing with large sums of money. You’re more likely to meet with resistance during negotiations, so allot extra time for compromise and last-minute details.
Avoid Financial Risks
Avoid taking any risks, especially with regard to the stock market or even with big purchases. If you must make important decisions on money matters, read through details carefully. Do not skim lightly over clauses and disclosures on contracts, use your magnifying glass, and ask questions when in doubt.
Review Financial Affairs
One of the more effective uses during this planetary period is to revisit your financial papers of the past. Look through receipts, review your financial statements, refinance mortgage payments, and solve any tax questions you have.
This period may also find you at odds with others during conversations. Try not to be too rigid in your thinking and know when to yield, when given good reason. Bullheadedness can be a potential symptom of this celestial influence, so try not to inspire resistance.