What is Mercury Retrograde and What You Could Possibly Expect From It

Mercury Retrograde What is it

Have you been feeling a little more emotional than usual? Don’t worry- it’s because it’s eclipse season and mercury retrograde is right overhead. If you believe in these and are looking for a handbook on this season’s retrograde and what you should be expecting- you’ve come to the right place. 

The spring retrograde began on May 10 and goes on till June 2. Mercury is the planet closest to the sun and astrologists believe it influences our ability to reason, logic and effectively communicate. This year, there will be 4 retrogrades and we’re in our second retrograde of the year where the planet transits from Taurus to Gemini season. 

Kalpesh Shah, Founder of MyPandit added “This astrological event and its resulting energy can impact your mental and physical health. One may encounter more or fewer energy levels, from strange desires to technological troubles or obstacles when making necessary decisions. You may feel super energetic on one side, and on the other, you may feel absolutely lazy.”

What is Mercury Retrograde?

In technical terms, it takes mercury 88 days to make a revolution around the sun while it takes 365 days for earth. About 3-4 times in a year, Mercury slows down for about 2 weeks, and this slowing down makes it seem like it is moving in a backward or “retrograde” motion.  According to people who study astrology, Mercury is the planet that rules communication- therefore this retrograde affects communication of all forms- as well as activities related to communication like negotiations and contracts. Mercury also affects travel and technological mishaps. 


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What can you expect from this mercury retrograde?

This particular Mercury retrograde might be a little bumpy given that it is occurring right in the middle of eclipse season. But contrary to popular belief, retrogrades can also be a time of reflection — not necessarily the doom and gloom many associate with it. If used correctly, we can reshape our lives for the better. Since mercury is responsible for communication and the retrograde is in Gemini, you can expect to have some miscommunication and stubborn energy going around. You can also expect some disturbances in technology and travel plans. From your laptop crashing during important meetings to getting stuck in a crazy traffic jam while being late for an appointment- you can blame all of it on the retrograde. And of course terrible planning, but let’s keep that aside for now. 

How can you make the best use of this period?

During this cosmic slowdown, it is best advised to slow down as well. This can also be a great time to reflect on your past and understand yourself better.

 Kalpesh Shah, Founder, MyPandit also adds “If the energies of Mercury retrograde are utilised and navigated in the right direction, it can do wonders in our life. So, instead of being afraid, enjoy this phase, use it to your benefit, and give your life a new direction.” 

One is advised to try and remain patient, understanding and avoid making any major life decision during this astrological shift. Since this is a period of chaos, practising self care and building a routine can help. Take this time to take a break, catch your breath and focus on having a positive and calm reaction to setbacks.

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