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5 things you need to know about Mercury in retrograde

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Many people are familiar with the term Mercury in retrograde, but many do not know what it actually means or how it affects their lives. This astrology blog post will explain everything you need to know about this phenomenon and why it is essential.

When a planet moves backward through the sky, astrology practitioners say they are experiencing “retrograde motion.” While most planets experience these periods of backward movement, one planet, in particular, has an incredibly long period where it may appear to be going back on itself- mercury! A planet’s cycle goes from being direct to being retrograde every so often when viewed from Earth.

Mercury can go into retrograde motion three times per year for roughly three weeks at a time. During these periods, many people experience strange things happening both in their daily lives and in the areas of life ruled by mercury. However, remember that everyone has a unique set of experiences during Mercury retrograde that may or may not indicate what is going on astrologically.

So here are five things you need to know about Mercury in retrograde:

Expect technology problems and communication issues!

Since we rely so heavily on modern technology, people first think that when they hear that Mercury is going into retrograde, their computer will break or their phones will lose service. While your phone might not die completely, you will often find that it is running much slower than usual and may not be able to hold a charge for as long as it usually can.

The same thing goes with cars- if your vehicle typically runs well, this is when it will break down or give you some other kind of problem! You will also find that your computers, phones, and other devices will have a lot of glitches.

Expect delays in communication!

When Mercury is going into retrograde, you may find yourself facing hold-ups in phone calls and meetings. Businesses often report more errors during this time, usually the result of miscommunication due to Mercury retrograde.

People will often forget what they were going to say, and you might even find yourself completely forgetting why you walked into a room! With so many moving parts, things can slip through the cracks, and it is advised that everyone double and triple checks their work before sending any emails or signing contracts during this time.

Expect emotional highs and lows!

Mercury Retrograde typically brings out the worst in everyone. People are more irritable, impatient, and sensitive during this time. We are all ruled by Mercury somehow, so when the planet is going backward, you can expect that your emotions will be running high with little to no explanation. This is the time to think before you act!

Expect problems with travelers!

Mercury rules over communication and travel and anything that has to do with getting from point A to point B. Planes may experience delays or re-routes and trains may experience delays as well. For this reason, it is best that you avoid traveling during Mercury retrograde. If you absolutely must travel, it’s best to book your flights and trains before the retrograde starts so that there is no chance of a delay or miscommunication.

Expect creative inspiration!

As strange as this one may seem, creative professionals say that they often feel their most inspired and productive during Mercury retrograde! Since the planet rules over communication and anything that has to do with words, many writers and artists feel as though they are on fire during this time.

Mercury retrograde is a good time for creatives to make final revisions, corrections, and modifications before sending out their work. It is also a good time for doing research and brainstorming. It may be hard to get started, but it is easy to make progress during Mercury retrograde!


So there you have it- 5 things you need to know about Mercury in retrograde! While this isn’t an exhaustive list by any means, it should give you a good idea about what to expect from this planetary phenomenon. Remember that no matter what, everything in the sky is merely a reflection of our inner selves and, when viewed astrologically, reflect specific energies within ourselves.

A good rule of thumb when Mercury goes into retrograde is to expect the unexpected- it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

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