Mercury retrograde should be worked with and not feared

by Anne Reith, Ph.D.
Symbol for Mercury Retrograde with concentric shapes around it in gold against a black background
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Symbol for Mercury Retrograde with concentric shapes around it in gold against a black background

What is Mercury retrograde?

It is very likely that you have heard people say that “Mercury is in retrograde” during certain times each year.  Actually, this typically happens three times each year.  And yes, when Mercury is in retrograde, we can all experience challenges in all forms of communication (e.g., spoken, written, computers). 

What does Mercury retrograde mean?

However, unlike the media’s representation of these Mercury retrograde periods as negative or even scary, I firmly believe that they are very valuable.  Although challenges can occur, any problems are simply a by-product of the important work that is being done when Mercury is in retrograde.  These are times when we are all focused inward.  We all sometimes need to pause, review what is happening, and process information privately before “trying it out in public.”  That’s the “work” of Mercury retrograde.

What you may not know is that planets other than Mercury can be in retrograde.  In fact, the only celestial bodies in our solar system that cannot be in retrograde are the Earth, Sun, and Moon.  All planets are in retrograde at some point, and the planets furthest from the Sun are actually in retrograde for about half of each year (i.e., Uranus, Neptune, Pluto).  Therefore, it’s very likely that one or more planets were in retrograde at the time of your birth.

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By Anne Reith, Ph.D.

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