What is Mercury Retrograde?
Are you familiar with this phenomenon? How has it affected you personally?
I know this term from astronomy. Mercury retrograde describes the travel of that planet relative to the zodiac and other fixed stars and planets. Retrograde (backwards) means that the planet appears to stop and reverse its path - it doesn't in reality, it's only an effect.
I'm not knowledgeable enough to go into details!!
In astrology, it happens 3 - 4 times per year depending on the year. Even though it continues going forward it looks like it is going in reverse because it is moving slower than the other planets and they are all passing it.
When something goes wrong during Mercury Retrograde they blame it on M.R..
The rest of the time it is due to "bad luck" - or some other reason. In other words it is never their fault.
Mercury is much closer to the Sun than us, and makes one orbit every 88 Earth days. Mercury's apparent retrograde motion (aka Mercury Retrograde) happens when Mercury is passing us. For this short period, it appears to move from west to east instead of the normal east to west.
How does this affect people personally? It doesn't. Unless you're a planetary scientist working on the MESSENGER mission or observing Mercury via telescope, the movements of this planet - or those of any other planet besides Earth - do not affect you one bit. This is because astrology is bunk.
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