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Do you ever feel like sometimes nothing seems to be going right, and then your one friend who is super into astrology explains that mercury is in retrograde?
The first thing we need to clear up, is that mercury is not in retrograde, mercury is just retrograde.
This is the astronomical phenomenon when a planet appears to be moving backwards reversing its orbit from our point of view here on Earth.
It's actually an optical illusion.
You see, planets orbit the sun at different speeds, and retrograde occurs generally as a faster moving planet catches up with and then passes a slower moving planet.
Other planets retrograde too but because mercury is the fastest planet in the solar system, it retrogrades more frequently, about three to four times a year, and lasts for about two to three weeks.
Ancient Romans and Greeks personified the planet mercury as the messenger deity.
Similarly in astrology, mercury rules over communication.
It also governs analytical thinking, expression of ideas, and the processing of information.
So, in astrology when mercury retrogrades, all those things get kind of scrambled.
Hence why some people feel utter and total chaos during this period.
Different mercury retrogrades can have different effects on us depending on which sign it's moving through, and they can take on more of the qualities of that sign.
For instance, the sign Cancer is associated with home and family as well as emotional intensity.
A mercury retrograding through Cancer could have us focus on aspects of our family and home life, and get deeper in touch with our emotional state.
In 2018, all Mercury retrogrades will pass through fire signs, Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius.
Therefore, we may be more willing than normal to engage in conflict over things we're passionate about, because that's what fire signs do.
While there is generally a negative connotation surrounding retrograde periods, there are also ways to interpret mercury retrograde that are more positive.
Since things will feel a little crazy during retrograde, it can be a good opportunity to do some internal reflecting rather than making impulsive decisions.
This can give you a chance to reassess your desires and purpose.
So, now you know everything you need to know about Mercury retrograde.
Have fun using it as an excuse for all of your problems.
Damn you Mercury, damn you!
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水星逆行、いろんなことがうまく行かなくなるって本当? (What is Mercury Retrograde?)

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Seraya 2020 年 2 月 19 日 に公開    poohish 翻訳    Yukiko チェック
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