Have you been feeling meh over the last week, been overly emotional, losing your temper, feeling like everything is a struggle and super exhausting?
That'll be the retrograde!
Has your laptop broken, have you been knocking things over, has your car been troubling you?
That'll be the retrograde!
Have you been late for meetings, had your travel plans scrambled, sent an email that you shouldn't have?
Yes, you guessed it... That'll be Mercury Retrograde.
We hear this term thrown around a lot and it seems the whole world is blaming Mercury for every little thing going wrong in their lives, but what is Mercury Retrograde?
The word retrograde comes from the Latin retrogradus, meaning “backward step.”
And as the word suggests, retrograde is when a planet appears to go backward in its orbit, as viewed from Earth.
But how can planets move backwards?
In short... They can't. The planet does not physically start moving backwards, it just appears to do so because of the relative positions of the planet and Earth and how they are moving around the Sun.
Imagine two cars on the motorway going in the same direction in different lanes. If one car is driving faster than the other, the slower car will appear to go backward from the perspective of a person in the faster car, even though the slower car is still going pretty fast in the same direction.
I hope that make a bit more sense now. We'll talk about how Mercury Retrograde can affect you in a moment but first I've listed the mercury retrograde dates for 2020 below
February 16 – March 9
June 18 – July 12
October 13 – November 13
So how does Mercury Retrograde affect us?
Like the Greek messenger god it was named after, the planet Mercury is associated with communication, clear thinking, electronics, information and travel. This is why when it's retrograde we experience problems in these areas. We lose things or they break. We seem more clumsy. Projects stall. Breakups happen. Schedules are thrown off.
In todays society where emails, texts, and WiFi are everything, the planet of communication has its work cut out, so when Mercury goes haywire during its retrograde, it's felt by all in abundance.
This planet's reputation for really messing things up is real, but it's also due to the fast-paced lifestyle we live. With that said, take this opportunity to slow down, Try not to start anything new. Focus on activities that start with the prefix “re-,” which, just like retrograde, means to go back.
Review all your email correspondence and contracts before you sign.
Renew your commitments, rather than making new ones.
Prepare to repeat yourself often as retrograde screws up communication
Reunite with old friends.
Redecorate a room.
Maybe even Rekindle a romance although be careful with this. Something Mercury Retrograde can do is bring back an old flame to help you get closure.
Mercury retrograde is a great opportunity to handle unfinished business that we've started but never completed. These things can clutter up our brain so use this time to free up some brain space, tie up loose ends and get clear on your visions for the future.