You've been sensing a change of energy, a shift of direction... and you are right. Hermes has (seemingly) stopped moving forward and is retracing his steps. That's right, it is Mercury Retrograde Time, again. From now till April 23 it is going to be "interesting".
Three times a year, and for about three weeks each time, Mercury appears to slow down, stop and then move backwards. It is really catching up to Earth (being between us and the Sun), passing us by and then continuing on its journey around the Solar system.
Ideally, if you could accommodate your life to the rhythm of the planets, then all would be just fine. You would take this time and use it for introspection, self-reexamination and contemplation. You could focus on reviewing old thought patterns, ideas and communications. You would forge a better understanding of your mental patterns and work to remove your blind spots. Really, it is the perfect time for a spiritual retreat, self-study or rest.
But, life goes on (usually), and you have to continue in your life patterns at home and work as if everything was the same....but it is not. So, watch out for pitfalls and look for the opportunities that come with Mercury in reverse.
Because everyone is similarly affected, be more careful with the communications you receive as well as in those you send. Follow up the receipt of any message by confirming with the sender what you understood the message to mean. When you send a message, confirm its receipt and then make sure it was understood as well. The rule of thumb with Mercury retrograde is never assume... anything! By just being more careful you can avoid the annoyances that seem to come with Mercury dancing backwards, and you can instead focus on its very real benefits.
This is a time to bend the mind back on itself. After all, one of your greatest gifts is your "self-reflectivity", your capacity to look at yourself as if from a vantage point outside of yourself. Mercury retrograde helps you to use this power of your observing-analyzing intellect so that you might better understand yourself.
This time, the retrograde is in Aries, so the lessons will be about your awareness of your "Presence" in the world. Re-examine how you appear to others. Are you coming across too strong, so that your presence is overwhelming? Or do you move so softly that no one notices and so you underwhelm?
The moment you turn a corner, the moment you enter a "space", it changes. Was it the change that was needed, was it the change you intended to bring? You are always you, but you should bring to bear what is required given what you sense is needed. Remember, of all those elements of your presence the most important is... your attitude.
By working with Mercury now you can examine these "Masks of Personality" and make sure that you are presenting the best of you to the world. When you practice this "Art of Presence", you perform through the best of yourself, because you have centered your attitude by aligning yourself with your true self.
So, let Hermes, the messenger, take you within yourself so that you may come out again with that greater clarity of purpose, intention and attitude. Right thinking leads to Right Attitude which allows for Right Action, these are the gifts of Mercury in retrograde. Thank you Hermes!