Oy! Here comes another Mercury Retrograde! We get them 3 or 4 times each year, and they tend to cause a lot of chaos. What is a Mercury retrograde? It’s when it appears that the planet Mercury is going backwards in its orbit, although it is not. Since it’s orbit is so much shorter (with it being closest to the sun), it whizzes by and causes the same kind of optical illusion as a speeding car passing you does. But this strange optical illusion seems to herald in a lot of miscommunications and problems. And this site explains about Mercury Retrogrades, and explains the effect on us:

As Mercury speeds by, it is like a train flying past, creating a powerful, turbulent gust of “wind” in its wake. The turbulence and disruption Mercury creates when it retrogrades can affect what we feel on Earth in our everyday lives.

The planet Mercury is said to rule communication, the intellect, logic, reasoning, and how we express ourselves. It also rules documents and formal contracts and agreements. When it is in retrograde, all these things can go awry.

Do I believe this? Yes, I do. I remember the first time I became aware of this phenomenon…I was having a terrible time of things, particularly with having said the wrong thing (well, it was taken the wrong way) and it got blown all out of proportion and caused a huge rift in my family. I remember being so bewildered…and then I found out that we were in a Mercury Retrograde, and that that kind of thing happens all the time during these periods.

So I started paying more attention to these periods, and have noticed that many people seem to wind up saying things that are misinterpreted, fights ensue, misunderstandings run rampant, and general miscommunications create chaos for people. It also tends to affect travel too…travel arrangements tend to get mixed up (again, miscommunications). So if you’re travelling, be very careful to get everything spelled out and triple checked! Same goes for signing any important documents or contracts. It really is best to wait to do these things until Mercury goes direct again.

Well, another one is due to come in from August 30th to September 22nd…so grab the wine and prepare for another Mercury Retrograde ride! bleah