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What is Mercury Retrograde?

Published
09 Dec
2017

What does it mean with Mercury is in retrograde?

Mercury Retrograde is an astrological event that happens when it looks like Mercury is traveling the opposite direction of what it should travel. It is not actually traveling backwards, it just appears to move backwards. It is an optical illusion - the planets don’t ever actually retrograde, they just appear to move the opposite direction they are supposed to move.

The current Mercury Retrograde is occurring now through when it goes direct on December 23, 2017. The effects of a Mercury Retrograde can be felt two weeks before and two weeks after the scheduled dates of the retrograde. These periods are called the pre-shadow phase and the post-shadow phase. Mercury Retrograde happens multiple times per year.

In 2018, we will be having three Mercury Retrograde events. March 22- April 15, July 25- August 18, and November 16 - December 6. Pre and post shadows are approximately 2 weeks before and after.

Mercury is the planet that rules communication. We always recommend practicing patience, communicating clearly, giving yourself more time and being creative with problem solving. Travel issues, mechanical issues and miscommunication during a Mercury Retrograde are common. You may also decide to take a new direction in life during a Mercury Retrograde. Planning ahead and practicing patience will help as you get through this astrological event.