Everything You Need To Know About Mercury Retrograde Why have I not heard about this until now?

So if you’ve been paying any attention to the internet over the past few weeks, you’ve probably noticed that the term “Mercury Retrograde” has been trending. Since I don’t know much about astrology, I decided to do a little research to discover what this is all about and decide if I believe in it.


It seems that of all of the planetary phenomenons, Mercury Retrograde is the one that affects people in the most uniform way and the effects are usually pretty obvious to recognize. It happens 3-4 times a year and astrologers say that if you keep track of these periods, you can increase your productivity and avoid some frustrations.


What is Mercury Retrograde?


Mercury is the planet closest to the sun and therefore has the shortest orbit. A few times a year for about a 3 week period, Mercury is speeding by planet Earth, aka “in retrograde.” Astrologers believe that there is a relationship between the planetary orbits and human activity on Earth and as Mercury is flying by our planet it is causing a disturbance that affects our moods and the way we live.


What aspects of our lives does Mercury rule?


It is said that Mercury affects all forms of communication. This includes speaking, listening, learning, reading, editing, researching, negotiating, selling, and buying. Woah! So pretty much our relationships with other people. This definitely explains a lot about my past three weeks, that’s for sure.


It is also said that Mercury rules all forms of contracts and agreements as well as computer codes. This could mean an effect on things like term papers, deeds, wills, computer codes, travel, and shipping.


When Mercury is in retrograde, it means that the planet is in a resting state and there is nothing in control of all of the activities that it governs. So while Mercury takes a cat nap, you can expect chaos to occur!


What we’re advised NOT to do during Mercury retrograde:


  • Don’t make any big moves. It’ll be hard to form a concrete plan and any decisions that are made will be subject to change once Mercury retrograde is over.
  • Don’t do any elective surgeries.
  • Don’t launch any new endeavors or shake hands on new agreements
  • Don’t buy or sell anything expensive
  • Don’t make any rash decisions in relationships as you could change your mind later


What we’re advised to do during Mercury retrograde:


Everything I’ve read seems to say that Mercury retrograde is a time to re-evaluate and make positive adjustments to our lives. If we’re aware that it’s happening, we can actively try to avoid frustrations and instead use the experiences to grow. It’s a good time to focus on the quality of the work we do. Try doing things like:


  • Reorganize your files or closet
  • Take a trip somewhere to get a clear head
  • Finally repair anything you’ve been meaning to have fixed


What this all means for us.


We can expect Mercury retrograde to knock on our doors every few weeks like an unwanted house guest. It comes through like a tornado upturning everything in it’s path and leaves us a little stunned but ultimately a little more prepared to go on with the rest of our lives.


We need to prepare to find ourselves in stupid arguments over nothing, electronic equipment to go on the fritz, and conversations to take a turn for the confusing. It could be a total kick in the teeth for people who pride themselves on having their karmic shit together. But as long as we’re aware, we can make a conscious effort to tie up loose ends, return to an unfinished project, and try our best to not let our frustrations get the best of us, but rather buckle up and hang on tight until the planet returns to its normal state.
I think the best that we can do is just “go with the flow”. Our lives are at the mercy of a much more powerful energy source and we can’t always be in control of everything.

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