What the faccckkkk does Mercury retrograde actually mean?

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Mercury is the smallest and innermost planet in the Solar System. Its orbital period around the Sun is about 88 days which is the shortest of all the planets in the Solar System. It is named after the Roman deity Mercury, the messenger of the gods. 

It’s is the planet of day-to-day expression and communication. Mercury’s action is to take things apart and put them back together again. It is an opportunistic planet, decidedly unemotional and curious.

In modern times, we tend to “meet” people’s Mercury first. Many people make a connection for the first time through e-mails, for example. Mercury rules whether we are flowery in our speech and/or written words, concise in our choice of words, or business-like even in our personal communications.

Mercury not only rules communication, it represents coordination. Thought processes, ideas, and sensory information from both the conscious and unconscious.  Mercury analyzes, sorts, groups, and makes sense of things. How do we handle nervous energy? How do we express and convey our thoughts? How do we approach others and information in order to learn and exchange ideas?

When we are “acting out” in our Mercury, we are inquisitive, curious, communicative, and versatile. On the negative side, we can be high-strung or nervous, nit-picky, indecisive, and overly technical.

On a personal level, look to Mercury in the chart to reveals how individuals get their point across, how they study, and how they process information. Mercury by sign shows an individual’s style of communication. By house, Mercury reveals where you seek to have a voice as well as which areas of life you tend to intellectualize and give a lot of thought to. Mercury colors the planets and it’s aspects with a desire for communication and exchange of information. Mercury placement in a chart points to wit, liveliness, and curiosity. Mercury is connected to the sing of Gemini, the communicaters. 

With Mercury being the planet closest to the sun, it experiences an orbit around our solar system’s biggest star that is much shorter than the 365-day journey Earth makes. This causes Mercury to fly past the planet three to four times within one of Earth’s orbit cycle this causes Mercury to almost seem as if it’s moving backward,  resulting in the marvel of retrograde.

Although Mercury only appears to move backward during retrograde (it’s actually just moving forward), the ife aspects ruled by the planet in astrology seem to take a backward effect on us earthlings, sometimes resulting in a bit of unusual difficulty in communication like listening, speaking, negotiating, selling, buying, scheduling a big test, launching new endeavors—especially ones related to communications industries like media, advertising or campaigning — signing contracts is a hard no. 

But retrograde doesn’t always have to be a bad thing, retrograde was a great time for observing the “re,” as in reflecting, reassessing, reanalyzing and recharging. Essentially Mercury retrograde is a time where people should be combing over their lives with a fine tooth comb and recognizing the areas of improvement, most of which usually stem from some aspect of communicating.

Mercury retrograde can also be viewed as a good time to slow down and give situations the deeper attention they may deserve. “We have to be careful not to jump to conclusions (ha ha). Just because a person uses the wrong word, don’t be too quick to have a reaction — word vomit is a common side effect. 

Try to give the guy or girl you’re talking to some slack when they ghost you for 16 hours, really look into WHY this is bothering you, where does the trigger stem from? Or ask questions like “What did you mean when you said that?” 

Despite the tension retrograde can bring — retrograde is nothing to fear. You could possibly experience increased productivity and less frustration if you plan properly and give into deep thinking and being bit more thorough. 

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Happy retrograde babies! 



Jenna Guadagni