Who’s Afraid of Mercury Retrograde?

Ask * Polaris

Q: I keep hearing about Mercury Retrograde and I’m not sure what that means. A friend of mine even turned down a job offer because it was supposed to start during a Mercury Retrograde! What the heck does all this even mean?!?

A: I’ve had quite a few people ask what Mercury Retrograde is and what they can do about it, so hopefully I can provide a little clarity on this sticky subject.

When people say Mercury has turned Retrograde, or what’s more commonly referred to simply as “Mercury Retrograde,” what it means is actually an optical illusion that occurs 3-4 times each year during which Mercury appears to move backwards–“retrograde”–for approximately 3 weeks from our view here on Earth. During this time everything that Mercury rules over falls into chaos: communications, travel, commerce and finances, thoughts, and social interactions. This also includes the tools of these areas, such as…

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Author: Grandtrines

Like so many people, I am a paradox. I am a politically conservative vegetarian. I am from a Christian background, and still tend to like those values, but am a metaphysical astrologer trained in science who has an interest in the magic of ancient Egypt and a weird belief that some piece of our essence can live on a server. I live in Texas, but like chatting with my international Wordpress pals the best. I learn by teaching. Technically, I am a "Leo," but I am very, very Aquarian with a dose of Scorpio. I bitterly complain about Algol (and Algol personaliites), yet it is the one star that defines me most (other than Regulus). (Which, oddly, makes me an Algol personality.) I am a reclusive lover of peace and quiet who has the Ascendant in the Via Combusta (the most conflict ridden part of the zodiac). I am an incredibly private person with a blog with over 800 followers and 50 to 150 regular daily visitors. I could go on, but I think you get the picture.

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