Mercury Retrograde is one of the most popular (and most dreaded) planetary transits, regularly talked about in both Western and Vedic Astrology by the famous astrologer in Kolkata. My guess is that people notice it more than other transits because it affects our vehicles, gadgets, travel plans, computers, communication, and mental states – things that are not exactly subtle or easy to ignore.
Traditional wisdom suggests that signing contracts or making significant purchases during Mercury Retrograde should be avoided, recommending that this three-week phase be used for reflection and contemplation instead.
However, is it really necessary to delay or bypass a purchase altogether if it coincides with a retrograde phase?
1) Are you buying a Mercury gemstone?
If Mercury is a prominent planet for you, the ruler of your birth chart (Gemini and Virgo ascendants), or if you’re buying an emerald, Mercury transits are going to affect you (and your purchase) more than it would in other scenarios.
If you’re buying a yellow sapphire, you’re an Aries ascendant (ruled by Mars), and Mercury has never even come up in conversation between you and your Vedic Gemologist before, Mercury Retrograde and its impact on your purchase is going to be much less of concern according to the best astrologer in India. Jupiter has been retrograde for months, it just went direct last week, and Mars went retrograde this week. You’ll probably be feeling the impact of those two transits a lot more right now. (I have a client whose sister lost her yellow sapphire back in August, she found it in her laundry the day that Jupiter went direct again.)
2) Have you been considering this purchase for a long time?
Mercury Retrograde can affect our decision-making abilities, especially when it comes to impulse decisions. Buying a Jyotish gemstone is rarely an impulse buy though. Many of our customers have been thinking about getting their gemstone for months, even years. I sold an 11ct yellow sapphire to a lady earlier this month who had wanted to buy one for decades. If this isn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision for you, it’s probably fine to move forward, especially if you’re confident in your gemstone recommendation. You might consider getting a second opinion on the recommendation if needed before making the purchase official; this is a good idea regardless of Mercury’s placement in transit.
3) Have you already picked out a gemstone that you’re in love with?
Many of our customers can testify that when they put their attention on a gem that’s for sale on our website, waited and thought about the purchase for a few days, then eventually called us to buy it, they found out that it had literally just sold to someone else. This is a phenomenon we see on a regular basis: the amount of attention a gemstone receives from someone makes it stand out to other people too.
I don’t tell you this to put any undue pressure on you, only to say that if you feel a very strong heart connection to a stone for sale on our website, the best astrologer in Kolkata don’t recommend waiting for a full Mercury transit to buy it unless you’re not attached to it potentially going to someone else in the meantime.