I work in the publishing world, where there is a tremendous fear of and interest in Mercury Retrograde. I have read two other books on Mercury Retrograde, but found this book to be the most enlightening and helpful of the three. I have little knowledge of astrology and I like the fact that this author writes simply and without astrological jargon. Also, the book is fun to read, which is nice. Although I'm interested in astrology, I find that astrology books are so often tedious to read that I give up on them. The author examines what Mercury retrograde is and how it affects us. I love the fact that she explains the effect of Mercury in the twelve different signs, and how each sign tends to react to Mercury Retrograde, what it means to be born with Mercury Retrograde, and gives charts so that you can find out if you were or not. She also explains all the different Mercury Retrograde periods, giving dates and meanings. I am not sure what one of the reviewers meant when they say that the meaning of the Mercury Retrograde periods was omitted. I found it to be quite easy to work out what it means, for example, when Mercury Retrograde is in Capricorn. I like the fact that you can look things up very easily without astrological knowledge. I like the format, and the many examples. I work with books on a daily basis and I think the author has done a great job in making a complex, mysterious subject very easy to understand. I also love the fact that she concentrates heavily on how to make these periods POSITIVE ones. This is the first time I had realized that Mercury Retrograde could actually be a good thing. Now I actually look forward to them. I give this book 5 stars, and it makes a great gift (especially for colleagues in the publishing world!)
Not bad, but could've been a lot better. About half the book is an ephemeris, which details future mercury retrogrades periods, and also allows you to determine where mercury was when you were born, and whether or not it was retrograde.
The "meat" of this book is rather slim--a quick read set in large type. As if the author didn't have that much to say. If it weren't for the ephemeris, this would be merely a pamphlet.
The author discusses what mercury retrograde means for each of the sun signs, and how each sign should deal with it. This part was good, but could've provided more information. The author also discussed the significance of the position and motion of mercury when you were born. These analyses seemed really off. The author even admits that it's the position of *all* the stars, not just mercury, that determines personality. So why bother with these?
What this book really needed was a discussion of what it means for mercury to be retrograde in different constellations. What will a mercury retrograde be like if mercury is in Aries? Taurus? Virgo? Each retrograde period brings with it its own set of challenges, so a description of each of the twelve would've been much appreciated.