WHAT IS MERCURY RETROGRADE? Is Mercury Retrograde happening right now? When is the next Mercury Retrograde?
THE PHYSICAL PHENOMENA OF MERCURY RETROGRADE What is Mercury Retrograde? Mercury Retrograde cycles occur approximately 3 times a year, with a 3-1/2 week duration each time. What is physically occurring is that Mercury is slowing down in its elliptical orbit around the Sun, and because the Earth continues to spin on its axis, to us it appears that Mercury is moving backward. When this astronomical phenomena occurs, there are predictable, marked effects in our experience on Planet Earth. HOW MERCURY RETROGRADE AFFECTS US How does Mercury Retrograde affect us? In astrology, the planet Mercury rules the conscious, logical mind. When the planet Mercury ‘goes backward,’ our thinking can also start to ‘go backward’ and become muddled. We tend to be in a more reflective mode. During the time of this phenomena, we all experience certain psychological effects in common: inattention, confusion, reversals of decision and then getting back on the [...]