What is Mercury in Retrograde?
‘Mercury in Retrograde’ refers to a period of time where our planet Earth passes the planet Mercury in our orbit around the Sun and an illusion is created that makes the planet Mercury look as if it is moving backwards. This illusion is actually caused by a simple time lapse, as Mercury orbits around the Sun faster than our Earth does. Mercury typically goes retrograde at least three or four times every year.
In astrology, the planet Mercury rules communication, intellect, expression, travel, contracts, automobiles, technology, and the mind. When Mercury goes retrograde, these aspects of our lives are affected in an adverse way. It is important to note that Mercury retrograde often has a shadow period, meaning that you will feel the lingering affects of the Mercury retrograde a few weeks before it actually takes effect as well as a few weeks after it has ended. A Mercury retrograde can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.
How to survive a Mercury in Retrograde
- Be sure to finish up any important projects before the retrograde period begins.
- Once the retrograde period begins, do not initiate anything new. Review what you already have and then research and plan ways to make it better.
- Do not make unnecessary and/or expensive purchases during the retrograde period, especially technology, electronic, or automobile related purchases.
- Do not sign contracts during the retrograde period unless you absolutely have to.
- Do not make life-changing decisions during the retrograde period unless you absolutely have to.
- Be patient and understand that things may not go your way during this time.
- Be compassionate and empathetic towards other people and other living beings.
- Do not take offense if you have communication issues with people around you.
- Expect the unexpected.
- Go with the flow.
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