mercury retrograde meaningCareer at a standstill?

Overwhelmed at work with too much to do and too little time?

Looking to make a more lucrative career change?

Wherever you are at in your career, you have powerful energy available to you right now.

Think green these next three weeks – the green of your financial health and the green of the lushness of mother earth. The soil is fertile right now for you to plant seeds of your deepest heart’s desires.


Since technology and communications can get wonky during a Mercury Retrograde you want to take some simple steps to keep things on track at work.

  1. Back up your computer, your contacts on your phone and any of your other technology lifelines that keep your day running smoothly.
  1. Pay attention to schedules and appointments – confusion can run rampant during this time so take the extra step to double check schedules and call clients to confirm and reconfirm.
  1. Be even more alert when traveling especially if driving and expect some problems with train and bus schedules so plan in extra time to get where you need to go. And it is a perfect time to take your car in for a tune-up, oil change or other maintenance so you can keep your wheels happily spinning along.

And pay special attention to the emotional climate around you. Watch what you say whether in person, on the phone or email.  Emotions are often more volatile during a retrograde so strive for clarity and balance in your own communications so misunderstandings can be minimized.


Now that you’ve gotten your back-ups and schedules taken care of, it’s time to work with the energy of this Mercury Retrograde to advance your career goals. And that means that it is a great time to reflect, revisit, reorganize, reprioritize, rewrite, renegotiate and revision your work in the world as a more authentic expression of self. Here are the most effective ‘RE’ steps you can take over the next three weeks to boost your career goals:

mercury retrograde careerREPRIORITIZE

Have an important project or deadline ahead? Feeling overwhelmed? More tasks showing up on your desk than you can manage? It’s time to REPRIORITIZE; and it’s time to do that whether you are your own boss or clock in for someone else.

Reprioritizing allows you to get realistic about what you can and cannot achieve and also allows you to remember what, of all the tasks on your schedule, are the most important ones. You can’t fit your life in the way you want if you don’t prioritize what’s important to you and reprioritize on a regular basis.

So take time and make a list of everything you have to do (or want to do) and then start starring the ones that are most important both to you as a person and your career. Once you have that done, note where you have to ask for help, where you have to delegate to others and where you need to fit in the commitments you make to yourself around health, relationships, creative expression and connection to spirit.

Remember you are a ’whole’ person with many facets. Reprioritizing keeps that in focus and allows you to reconnect with what it is that feeds your heart and soul.


With the energy of Taurus behind you it is the perfect time to renegotiate salary, benefits and/or position. Now that you’ve reprioritized you can be clear about what you want and where you want your business or career to go over the next year.

If you’re not satisfied with your current compensation package then lay out what you want to see changed. With the power of Gemini, you can use the mental twin energies to play devil’s advocate about what you want – going back and forth and addressing any arguments that might be presented. Once you are ready, go and have the conversation.

You can use this period to renegotiate anything – work hours, working from home, a lease for your business, additional staff support, time off – even chores around the house. You have a wonderful opportunity to get clear on what’s not working and what will work so don’t waste it.

Once Mercury goes direct on June 11th will be the time to sign any new agreements because that’s when any changes you might have renegotiated will be ready to move forward.

mercury retrograde workRE-EVALUATE

Do you have the tools and resources necessary to be a success in your career or business? A Mercury Retrograde is the perfect time to reevaluate your needs especially when it comes to technology. It may be time to recycle that outdated computer or upgrade to better software. Just don’t purchase during this time – reevaluate and know what you’ll need and then purchase it once Mercury goes direct.

Reevaluate your training and skill sets. If you are looking to advance in your career or anticipating moving to another job, then take the time to see if you need further education or training to help you meet your goals. Research the options available to you and make plans to act on what you discover.

Whether staying where you are or not, reevaluate your resume to make sure you are highlighting your talents and contributions in the most effective way. And, if not, redo it. You’ll be making a great investment in your ability to grab an opportunity when presented if your resume is up-to-date.


Do you have your office organized in a way that supports your business or career? Or are you a slave to clutter and stacks of paper that only you can sort out? Clutter and disorganization drain mental and emotional energy so take this time to reorganize your desk and office. Taking the time now will save you time and energy later and enable you to be more responsive to changing business needs.

What about your finances? Are they where you want them to be? Do you have a budget and are you managing your money successfully or just living paycheck to paycheck? Right now Taurus is waiting for you to ground your money management so if you don’t have a budget and stay on top of your financial wellbeing this is the time to reorganize things in that area.

The most abundantly successful people have a good relationship with the flow of money. Taking the time now to reorganize your financial picture can jumpstart the Law of Attraction just by the fact that you are deeming it important. If you want more money to flow in, start demonstrating you know how to manage and value it.


If you can, a retreat is a wonderful gift to give yourself during a Mercury Retrograde. But you don’t have to leave home to have a retreat. This is a perfect time to go within and revision the career or business you want to have.

Using the power of a retreat you can plant the seeds for your business growth in the fertile soil that Taurus yields. So take time to visualize what you want to create in your career or business over the coming months. Set new intentions (your seeds) for the contribution you want to make to the world.

Use the retreat to remember that you are a ‘being’ first and a ‘doer’ second. Plant the seeds of your intentions now and nurture them throughout the year. Taurus gives you the soil. It is up to you to make the time to do the planting and set the Law of Attraction in motion.

About Cathleen O'Connor

Cathleen O’Connor PhD is a metaphysical teacher, best-selling author, speaker and intuitive coach who loves helping people harness the power of the mind and heart to co-create miracles in all areas of life. She has been quoted in the Huffington Post as a dream interpretation expert and featured as a work-life balance expert in various publications. Connect with Cathleen at and grab your free e-book: The Secret to Saying ‘No.’

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