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WHAT IS MERCURY RETROGADE?


Ever hear about Mercury in retrograde?

The astrological phenomenon that seems to notion negative connotations on all things involving communication and movement, such as travel, electronics, scheduling problems and disagreements with friends during this period. (I always have issues with my GPS)

From what I know Mercury motion is when this planet appears when observed from earth, to reverse direction. Mercury is the fastest planet in our solar system, and it enters in retrograde motion for around 3 - 4 times a year, for about 3 weeks at a time. And yet once again Mercury retrograde is upon us right now and if you believe in astrology you also know you can take a little or a lot of control on the situation ahead us! As for me, I am NOT an astrologer but I am superstitious enough to realize if I prepare for the worst, it probably won’t happen. (lol)


Learning from the experts

Tali Edut, along with her twin Ophira of the AstroTwins popular astrologers with a website that counts approximately 10 million page views per month, explains that Mercury retrograde happens when Mercury zips around the Sun at a faster speed than the Earth, passing us in orbit 3-4 times per year, making it seem like it is moving backward from Earth’s vantage point.


According to them, all areas of life that are associated with Mercury go ‘backwards’ during a retrograde. Says Edut. “Mercury is the messenger planet, so it rules communication, mobile devices, transportation, email, snail mail, and all things data. Networks go down mysteriously and messages get stuck in the either. Minor grievances can escalate into major blowups if we don't choose our words wisely,” Edut says, adding it is also prime time for old friends (and exes!) to suddenly appear out of the blue. A Mercury retrograde during busy travel period is inopportune, so double and triple check your travel plans, and be prepared to go with the flow. Explains Edut, “Flights get delayed and there are long lines at the airport. Packages get lost in the mail and information can get into the wrong hands.” Also, the potential for misunderstandings are rife.


How to survive and prepare for a Mercury retrograde?

Choose words wisely, think before you speak. Be extra gentle with yourself and others. Most importantly it is a good time for researching, reviewing and reuniting. Pull an old project out of the bins. Triple check your contracts, emails or text messages. Surrender to the slowdown and be grateful, some of the slowdowns can be blessings in disguise as they give us a chance to reconsider our actions before making any permanent decisions.


Mercury retrogrades of 2021 - Dates

January 30 to February 20 in Aquarius.

May 29 to June 22 in Gemini.

September 28 to October 18 in Libra.


Click here to learn how your zodiac can handle the first Mercury retrograde of 2021




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