What is Mercury Retrograde? Three, and sometimes four, times a year, the planet Mercury appears to be moving backwards in the sky for a period of approximately 3 weeks. “Appears” is the key word here, because, technically speaking, no planet actually moves backwards in their orbits around the Sun. In fact, they don’t even slow down. Retrograde-station-direct cycles are essentially illusions that result from our point of view from Earth, simply because the Earth is also orbiting the Sun at a different speed than the other planets. Mercury turns retrograde more frequently than any other planet. It can never be more than 28 degrees from the Sun, and whenever it reaches its furthest distance from the Sun, it changes direction. But I digress…
SO what is the significance of all of this? Well, Mercury is the planet of communication. As the planet of communication, when Mercury is retrograde (like now!) a certain level of confusion is bred. This is NOT the time to be making any major decisions without serious consideration.
Mercury rules our “lower” mind–how we perceive and interpret information that we receive from our environment, and how we relay that information to others. Mercury has rulership over such things as speaking, negotiating, buying and selling, listening, formal contracts, documents, travel, the mail and shipping, and so forth.
I may just be overly sensitive to it, but when Mercury goes retrograde I tend to become anxious & unsettled. Communication goes haywire, particulary with those closest to us, so take care during this time to make sure that you are communicating to the best of your ability.
It is important to note that there is absolutely no reason to suspend projects or anything of the sort during the Mercury Retrograde cycle. It’s not an ideal time to start new ones or to sign contracts, simply because a change of mind is very possible once Mercury turns direct. However, it’s a fabulous time to do some “outside of the box” thinking. Acting on our ideas, however, might be best left for a Mercury Direct period.
Not everyone feels the effects of Mercury retrograde. But those that do will feel the shift.
Peace & Love