So, you’ve heard of Mercury Retrograde as an astrology thing that messes up your life. But the reality is a bit more complicated. When we talk about a planet being "retrograde" (yeah, every planet is retrograde at some point, not just Mercury), we're essentially talking about an optical illusion. In reality, it’s when a faster planet starts to move past a slower-moving planet. From our POV on Earth, it seems like Mercury is slowing down and moving backwards in its orbit (even though, from the Sun's POV, it's obviously not).
In astrology, Mercury rules over things like communication, how we process information, local travel, planning your schedule, or your routine. Confusion and mishaps can occur when Mercury moves retrograde, but if you understand more about this common event, you can navigate your daily life with less stress.
Why is Mercury so important, anyway?
In astrology, Mercury is the planet of communication, short-distanced travel, and thought. It rules the signs of Gemini and Virgo, and—fun fact—its movements affect these two signs the most.
How does Mercury Retrograde affect me?
Mercury Retrograde can cause miscommunications, lateness, and confusion in your day-to-day life. People or issues from the past can return in order for you to resolve them.
Do exes really come back during Mercury Retrograde?
Yes, many will experience an ex or two coming back into their sphere during Mercury Retrograde. This also includes old acquaintances (ahem, hookups) and ex-friends as well as former romantic partners.
What should I avoid during Mercury Retrograde?
Take a pause before sending an email or check twice before you sign a contract. You should also plan some buffer room when traveling. If you're able to reschedule important meetings like job interviews, it's a good idea to do so (but if not, just make sure you arrive early and double-check your spam folder for any last-minute rescheduling).
Is there anything good about Mercury Retrograde?
Mercury Retrograde is a good time revisit the past, so enjoy some nostalgia by seeing old friends or revisiting places you’ve enjoyed. You could even find something you once lost, or take some time to revise and perfect an old project.
What are the dates for Mercury Retrograde in 2021?
Mercury Retrograde periods often cover two signs. Mark these dates in your calendar!
January 30-February 19 (Aquarius and Pisces)
June 19-July 11 (Gemini and Cancer)
October 16-November 2 (Libra and Scorpio)
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