In case you’re wondering why you may have heard from your ex, sent an email with an unfortunate typo, or experienced a particularly dooming technological malfunction, we’re here to remind you that Mercury is in retrograde. So what exactly does Mercury retrograde mean, why does it cause all these annoying events, and what can you do to counterbalance its effects?
When Mercury is in retrograde, it appears to move backward in its orbit. We’re used to seeing Mercury move around the sun from east to west, but a few times a year (three to four to be exact) Mercury starts moving from west to east. But here’s where it gets interesting: it’s not actually moving backward. Think about when you pass a car on the highway. Once you start driving faster and pass it, when you look back the other car will appear to be moving backward. Similarly, when Mercury is in retrograde, its orbit around the sun becomes slower than Earth’s orbit, which causes the backward illusion.
Mercury is the planet that rules communication, travel, technology, and connections of all kinds. When Mercury is in retrograde, it can cause complications in all these aspects of life. Conversations tend to be more difficult, you may find yourself getting lost while driving or noticing more accidents which cause you to be late, and your phone/computer/internet might start giving you issues. And the ex thing? Mercury retrograde brings things up from the past: past traumas, old projects that were never finished, and past relationships. It’s a great time to achieve closure with an ex, but wait until mercury turns direct if you’re thinking about getting back together- astrologers warn against making any big life decisions during this time.
So how can you counterbalance these effects? Take extra care and pay closer attention. If you’re signing a contract, read it through thoroughly. Check emails, texts, etc. multiple times for typos and other errors. Don’t leave liquids near your electronics, and maybe think about blocking the number of a toxic former flame. Certain stones and crystals can also help to counterbalance some of these unfortunate effects: