Mercury Retrograde: A Primer

Yesterday, my TV, phone, and Internet crapped the bed for almost 6 hours after a random, freak accident happened outside my home, which knocked out the box. The other day, while shooting a concert, my cell phone – fully charged – died. I’ve been arguing with my mom, the fax machine at work randomly turns on & off, and all forms of communication seem to be going haywire. What? You thought it was just you? Nein, fraulein! Mercury Retrograde (December 3 to 23, 2017) is here! Find Your Fate has more information: “A planet is described to be in retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac. Actually this is an illusory planetary motion created by the orbital rotation of the earth with relation to other planets in the solar system. Planets are never actually retrograde or stationary, they just seem that way due to this cosmic shadow-play. The planet Mercury rules thinking and perception and all types of communication. When Mercury goes retrograde it gives rise to personal misunderstandings. There would be delays, flaws and hitches in all communication related areas like transportation,trade,etc. Astrologers advise not to make any important decisions while Mercury is retrograde, since it is likely that such decisions will be marred by misinformation, poor communication and careless thinking.” Retrograde motion is motion in the direction opposite to the movement of something else and the contrary of direct or prograde motion. This motion can be the orbit of one body about another body or about some other point, or the rotation of a single body about its axis, or other phenomena such as precession or nutation of the axis. In reference to celestial systems, retrograde motion usually means motion that is contrary to the rotation of the primary, that is, the object that forms the system’s hub. In our Solar System, all of the planets and most of the other objects that orbit the Sun, with the exception of many comets, do so in the “prograde” direction, i.e. the same sense as the rotation of the Sun. In addition, the rotations of most planets are prograde, with the exceptions of Venus and Uranus, which have retrograde rotations. Most satellites of planets revolve around their planets in the prograde sense. (In the case of the satellites of Uranus, this means they revolve in the same sense as Uranus’s rotation, which is retrograde relative to the Sun.) There are some satellites that orbit in the retrograde sense, but these are generally small and distant from their planets, except for Neptune’s satellite Triton, which is large and close. It is thought that these retrograde satellites, including Triton, are bodies that have been captured into orbit around their planets, having been formed elsewhere. ‘Apparent’ retrograde motion is the apparent motion of a planet in a direction opposite to that of other bodies within its system, as observed from a particular vantage point. Direct motion or prograde motion is motion in the same direction as other bodies. Upcoming Mercury Retrograde Events: 2018 March 22 – April 15, 2018 in fire-sign Aries July 26 – August 18, 2018 in fire-sign Leo water-sign Scorpio November 16 – December 6 in fire sign Sagittarius, ends water sign Scorpio 2019 March 5 – 28, 2019 in water-sign Pisces July 7 – 31, 2019 starts in fire-sign Leo, ends in water-sign Cancer October 31 – November 20, 2019 in water-sign Scorpio 2020 February 18 – March 9, 2020 in water-sign Pisces, ends in air-sign Aquarius June 17 – July 12, 2020 in water-sign Cancer October 13 – November 3, 2020 in water-sign Scorpio, ends in air-sign Libra 2021 January 30 – February 20 in air-sign Aquarius May 29 – June 22 in air-sign Gemini September 27 – October 18 in air-sign Libra 2022 January 14 – February 3 starts in air sign Aquarius, ends in earth-sign Capricorn May 10 – June 2 starts in air sign Gemini, ends in earth-sign Taurus September 9 – October 2 starts in air-sign Libra, ends in earth-sign Virgo December 29 – January 18 in earth-sign Capricorn 2023 April 21 – May 14 in earth sign Taurus August 23 – September 15 in earth sign Virgo December 13, 2023 – January 1, 2024 in fire-sign Sagittarius 2024 April 1- April 25 in fire-sign Aries August 4 – August 28 in earth-sign and ends in fire-sign Leo November 25 – December 15 in fire-sign Sagittarius