What even is Mercury Retrograde?

A few funny things happened to me recently:

  • Someone who I haven't been in touch with in years randomly popped back into my life (in a this-is-too-weird-to-be-just-coincidence way)
  • My wireless headphones stopped working out of the blue
  • As a sat down to write this blog post, I wasn't able to log on to my website hosting platform, email server or even access the internet (although it was working fine on my phone).

Sure, all of the these are just small deviations from the norm, and when taken apart I could think nothing of them. But together (and with what I know about the planets!) I couldn't help but see the wheels of Mercury Retrograde in motion.

Some of you may have heard of Mercury Retrograde. Others of you may be like "What on Earth is this girl talking about??" Depending on how much you believe in astrology stuff you may be open or skeptical in learning more about this astrological event - which is totally fine.

Today I'm going to be sharing more about WHAT Mercury Retrograde is, why you needn't freak out about it and how you can actually utilize this period to your advantage.

As I've disclaimed before, I am by no means an astrology expert. I'm simply someone who's interested, who's done some research and questioning herself and who wants to share what I've learned in the most digestible and useful way possible.

Let's get started!

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What is mercury Retrograde?

As a refresher, Mercury is the planet closet to the sun - closer to the sun than our planet Earth.

When a planet is in retrograde, it appears to move backwards (east to west rather than west to east) across the sky. The planet really ISN’T moving backward, but much like two trains or cars passing each other at different speeds, this creates the optical illusion that one is going backward.

A year on Mercury is shorter than a year on Earth (88 Earth days compared to 365), which means Mercury circles the sun 4 times in the time it takes us to finish one solar loop. A few times a year, Mercury passes the Earth in its orbit. As it rounds the bend, Mercury slows down and appears to stop (station) and spin backward (retrograde).

Why do people freak out about it?

Mercury is said to rule all types of communication, including listening, speaking, learning, reading, editing, researching, negotiating, selling, and buying. Mercury also rules formal agreements and contracts such as term papers, deeds, contracts, leases, wills, etc.

In our modern day and age, communication is also heavily linked to technology (hence my headphones and internet malfunctions) and travel.

That being said, this can be a time where normal business (both work business and personal business) feels a little haywire. Your significant other may misinterpret your text message. An email may get lost. Phones, computers, and other technology may not function properly. Travel may be delayed or trips even cancelled.

This is why people freak out. Mercury Retrograde can be a tough time to connect with others and communicate, which is why it's not the best time to launch something, make big commitments or enter into new deals. There's usually a disconnect between what you're trying to say or get across, and what the other person or people are hearing.

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How can I use the energy of Mercury retrograde to my advantage?

Retrograde periods offer us a chance to slow down and reflect on certain parts of our life.

Accordingly to Astrostyle.com:

Don’t start anything new. Focus on activities that start with the prefix “re-,” which means to go back. Review all your contracts before you sign. Renew your commitments, rather than making new ones. Prepare to repeat yourself often. Reunite with old friends, redecorate a room, rekindle a romance.

In addition, Mercury Retrograde is a great opportunity to handle unfinished business. Wrap up loose ends and finish projects you've started to clear up energetic space for new, future endeavors.

How long will it last?

The current Mercury Retrograde lasts from July 26th, 2018 until August 19th, 2018.

If you can, schedule some time to reflect and go in during this period so that you can come out the other side with more clarity and energetic space moving into the future.

 

 

Have you experienced Mercury retrograde in any of the ways discussed in this blog post?
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