The current Mercury Retrograde is:
December 3, 2017- December 22, 2017
What is a retrograde? When we hear the term retrograde, it means to move backward or to return to a previous position.
What significance does Mercury have on our lives? People who study astrology and believe in the planetary influences on our lives, like myself, will say that it has a huge influence. Mercury rules things like travel, communication, business, transportation, and general interactions with other people.
What is Mercury retrograde? Well, just what it sounds like. It is when Mercury is moving in back into a previous position. Mercury moves faster around the Sun then Earth does. So it will move in one direction and then move back through us before we ever make a full rotation ourselves. It is during that returning through that we are in Mercury retrograde. It is during this time that Mercury appears to be moving backwards and toward us. (Urban Dictionary)
What is the influence of Mercury retrograde? Because of the areas of our lives that Mercury is said to be in control or influence of, a retrograde can be seen as a regression in those areas. A backward motion in communication could cause people to be misunderstood, which could lead to disputes, etc. Things in travel, business, transportation, etc. could slow down to come to a halt. HOWEVER, a retrograde does NOT have to be a negative thing. They do happen a few times a year and last for a week or two at a time so it’s important to know when they are coming but being aware of their influence and then taking precautions against them can benefit you. You can do things that protect yourself from possible negative effects such as talking less, listening more. Don’t be quick to judge a situation or to respond to one. You may want to plan out business and transportation ventures so that you can account for anything that could happen or possible even plan it for a different time later in the month if it feels off to you. This may even be the best time not to enter into anything too heavy but to just relax, take a break, meditate and contemplate the things that you are considering.
With the holiday season upon us it’s a little more important to be aware of this influence since we can’t hide out and stay away from people who may cause conflict on a normal day. With all the gatherings, we are forced into social situations and knowing the retrogrades influence will hopefully give you some insight and forewarning before saying or responding to something you would have normally let go or at least slide until later. Whether in retrograde, or not, we still have the reigns in our lives so blaming all your problems on the retrograde just won’t work. Mercury’s influence is there, but with knowledge of it and a few tips you learned here, you will be able to navigate daily life and get through it just fine.
Resources or other sites used for general reference:
Urban Dictionary. Retrieved on 12/4/2017 at https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=mercury%20retrograde.