Mercury in Retrograde Will Turn Your Life Upside Down

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cracked iphoneHas life seemed especially screwed up lately? Have you missed trains, ordered the wrong shoes online, accidentally sent offensive emails? Well, there may be a good reason for that: Mercury is in retrograde.

I beg your Mercury what?!?

The planet Mercury -- it's in retrograde. Have you heard your friends mentioning this? I'm about to get super flaky on you here and start talking astrology. Why? Because it's fun -- and because the stars don't lie! Seriously, though, Mercury is in retrograde from February 24 through March 17, and it's supposed to wreak havoc in your life, especially in the communications department. Here's the scoop on this wild ride.

When we say "Mercury is in retrograde," what we mean is that the planet Mercury appears to be moving backwards in the sky. Of course, it's not -- that's just an optical illusion. But to astrologers, this illusion works some perplexing magic in our lives.

Mercury is a planet that rules communication and transportation. It's "the messenger." It's a cool, logical planet. So when it's in retrograde, it loses some of its power. People misunderstand each other. Calls get dropped. Cars break down. You miss appointments. Your laptop crashes. You get the picture!

And don't even think about starting something new or signing a contract right now. Whatever you sign on to now is bound to change completely. I'm even waiting to get my desperately-needed haircut until after the 17th.

So for the next few weeks, we're screwed, right? Well -- let's put this into perspective. There's actually an upside to this. First, it's an opportunity to exercise some self-restraint and compassion. If someone's words make you angry, don't fly off the handle. Maybe you're misinterpreting what they said. Maybe for the next few weeks, you should give people the benefit of the doubt.

This is a good time to fix what's broken and to wrap up unfinished projects. When Mercury is in retrograde, anything with moving parts will reveal its weaknesses to you. That's actually useful information! This is also a good time to be still (while madness swirls around you) and reflect on your life. What's not working? What needs to be fixed? If you're paying close enough attention and you're open to the truth, it can reveal itself to you.

What do you think -- does Mercury have any pull in your life, or is it all just silly nonsense?


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cleig... cleigh717

It effects my life. Thanx for the post. Now I will try harder to communicate betr and not get lost somewhere. These things r sometimes hardr than one thinks.


Maybe that explains the bitch I had to deal with yesterday.

lalab... lalaboosh

Mercury is in retrograde often, I hate it!

the4m... the4mutts

I basically think this is hogwash, or that Im special LoL

Everything that it supposedly effects negatively, has come up 10times better in my life. I have had nothing but good times with transportation, communication, and everything effected by it.

rhps2000 rhps2000

Ha! Prima487! :)

IDK about retrograde this and that, but I'm always amused when folks' zodiac signs match their personalities. And why I tried to avoid having a summer baby. Mostly due to jerky exes who w

are Geminis, but that's another story.

PonyC... PonyChaser

I'm not willing to dismiss it - I've known too many people who practice stuff like this (astrology, tarot, "mind reading", "aura reading", etc) seriously, and have made it work for them. To me, it's like dismissing Christianity or any other spiritual practice: just a no-no.

But... that doesn't mean I can't have some fun with it, right? After all, God gave us a sense of humor...

So this explains why we're having so bloomin' much trouble with our new phone system at work! We've been dropping calls all over the place. My coworker even sent a series of calls into her OWN voice mail!

stron... strontium

Hmm. My SO and I have been fighting like crazy for the past week or so over stupid ship. Maybe that's whats wrong...or im about to start my period.... Lol

nonmember avatar Karoline

As a Virgo (Mercury rules my sign) and long time subscriber of Mercury retrogrades, I also approach this period of time with a sense of homor. In my world, it's real! I love having something to put "the blame" on when things go sideways, and they do. The reflection part is key - and you nailed it in your post. Sit back, relax, take a deep breathe and you'll come out on the other side all the wiser, even if you have a few scars.

mrswi... mrswillie

I've never really thought about it.

godde... goddess99

It's nonsense.

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