Is Mercury In Retrograde? Everything You Need To Know

Astrology obsessed people are already gearing up for the Mercury in retrograde that is coming up. But if you’re not in the astrology know don’t worry, I got you covered.

So what is mercury in retrograde? According to Astrology Zone, ran by astrology professional Susan Miller, Mercury in retrograde is pretty simple.

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Because of the earth’s orbit at some points during the year it looks, to us on Earth, that Mercury is moving backward. Mercury is the planet closest to the sun, so it’s orbit is much shorter. So according to Astrology Zone, three or four times a year Mercury speeds past Earth making it look like it’s moving in reverse.

When a planet appears to be orbiting in reverse it’s called being in retrograde. Retrograde usually lasts three and a half weeks.

Okay so it looks like Mercury is moving backward, so what? How does that affect you? Mercury controls all forms of communication, contracts, codes and transportation. So when Mercury is in retrograde it throws all of the things Mercury controls out of whack.

“When a planet retrogrades, astrologically it is in a resting or sleeping state,” according to Astrology Zone. “Therefore, while Mercury naps, the activities that it governs don’t have the benefit of a well-functioning, wide-awake planet to supervise them.”

AKA, when Mercury is in retrograde your communication, contracts, codes and transportation, comes to a standstill. So you shouldn’t be making any big decisions during retrograde because when your communications and contracts are not well-functioning.

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So if you get into a big fight with your friends, experiencing writer’s block or have plans cancel on you it’s because of Mercury being in retrograde.

There will be three bouts of mercury in retrograde this year. This first Mercury in retrograde starts tonight March 22 and will last until April 15.

The second Mercury in retrograde will happen late this summer from July 26 until August 18. The final time Mercury will be in retrograde this year starts on November 16 and will end on December 6.

Good luck on getting through Mercury in retrograde this year!

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