What is Mercury Retrograde?

What is Mercury Retrograde?

The very words Mercury Retrograde send astrologers in a tail spin.

This retrograde (or Mercury renegade as we have come to call it in the office – (Once again for the renegade master, sing it people!!!)) essentially means that the planets spin stops and reverses.

Mention this to an astronomer and they may look at you as if you had horns growing. In fairness, it does slow down, and creates the illusion of moving backwards as it races past us here on Earth.

There are about 4 periods in our year and our current period is 5th – 25th January.

Mercury rules all types of communication, including speaking, learning, reading, selling and buying, listening. Under the domain of mercury is travel, finance and home. So when mercury is doing its retrograde thing then these areas tend to get scrambled.

In general, we associate Mercury retrograde with communication and technology breakdowns, nervous anxiety, travel delays and lost items.

Mercury retrograde can play havoc with your thoughts, communications, travels and electronics. Take extra care with your words and try not to react too quickly in any arguments or if provoked.

I am a believer (and being a Gemini I do get affected to a greater degree) and I explained to my estate agent that I couldn’t decide whether I would be staying in the current flat as Mercury was in retrograde. I implored friends not to sign a contract until the 25th and it was met with an accepting “OK”.

With anything it is going to come down to what you believe – we are agents for our beliefs and so I am going to be honest with people and tell them the reason for not being comfortable in making the decision and people can make their own minds up.

Travel safe peeps! 

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