Even if we don’t know what it means, just the sound of the phrase ‘mercury retrograde’ fills us with feeling of trepidation. It just sounds so ominous. What does it mean? And why are people so concerned about it?
Planets move counter-clockwise around the sun. For someone living on the sun, no planet would ever be in retrograde. But from our vantage point, here on earth, planets sometimes appear to be stationary or even moving backwards. This is due to the relationships of the planets to each other, as they each circle the sun.
When a planet appears to be moving backwards in our sky, it is said to be in retrograde. Mercury, which is the closest planet to the sun, and has the smallest orbit, goes into retrograde about three times per year.
The planet Mercury is named for the ancient Roman messenger god, who traveled across the skies on winged sandals, sharing news and delivering messages from the gods. Like its namesake, this hot little orb is associated with communication, information and travel.
Be prepared for communication breakdowns when the messenger is flying backwards. Information seems to be blocked during this phase. Challenges related to computers, telephones and other communication devices may arise, when the quicksilver planet is backtracking. So be sure to double check your data and perform frequent computer back-ups.
On a personal level, too, communications may fail and misunderstandings may arise. Be careful about what you say to friends and family as you may be misunderstood. Conversely, don’t fly off the handle if someone says something that seems hurtful, to you; chances are they didn’t mean what you thought they did. For the same reasons, it is also best to avoid business negotiations during Mercury Retrograde.
Try not to plan travel when Mercury is moving retrograde. Delays are more frequent and misplaced luggage more common. If you must travel, book flights early in the day and travel light, carrying on your luggage if possible. This will make it easier for you to deal with sudden changes in your itinerary.
On the positive side, this is a good time for introspection. It is as time for completing projects, started when Mercury was direct. It is a good time for cleaning out closets and clearing your desk, literally and figuratively.
Knowing what to expect and when to expect it, can help us better prepare for times when Mercury appears to be moving in reverse. Mercury Retrograde dates are available at The Old Farmers Almanac. Plan accordingly, and be prepared for the unexpected. Have Fun !