July 09, 2019 – Diane Gundaya
Just when you think Mondays couldn't get worse, the abominable Mercury retrograde (I know it’s scary but calm yourself down first) fell on the first day of the week.For those who don’t know what Mercury retrograde is, let us enlighten you.
Mercury retrograde is when the planet tends to move backwards, disrupting its usual cycle. We're not kidding. If you look at it from Earth, you can really see it going this direction. However, the reality is that it just appears to look like that because Mercury speeds up its movement past Earth, appearing like it’s travelling in a reverse order. This retrograde usually takes up to three weeks until it finishes, after that, it will move “forward” again.
What’s the connection about the movement of the planet and the feelings of the people? Well in Astrology, there is a certain belief that says, “As above, so below” which basically means that everything is connected. Mercury will be travelling retrograde through Leo (from July 7 to 31) and then in Cancer (starts on July 19). And, yes, it’s going to be a long ride for us, so brace yourselves.
The sudden reverse or disruption of Mercury’s usual pace is believed to also affect people, especially when it comes to the emotions. In Astrology, it is known that Mercury governs all types of communication, travel, logic, and information. Thus, when it retrogrades, the aspects that it governs are also affected. That is why Mercury retrograde often gives people a headache or worse, a heartbreak.
Since it will affect all types of communication, make sure to be cautious in whatever you will do. Check your e-mails (or anything work-related) at least two times, better if you can go over it more before sending it because you are more likely prone to commit mistakes or errors. Make sure to allot extra time when you are travelling (especially for special appointments) because Mercury can also cause a lot of delays. Also, as much as possible, do not make long term decisions during this shadow period because you might end up regretting it (I know you wouldn’t want that).
Mercury retrograde, since it’s appearing to move backwards, might also bring back an old flame (be careful, it might be your ex something). But don’t worry because it is usually because the universe wants you to have a proper closure or to settle unfinished businesses. It is quite strange but trust me, there has been a lot of people I know who can testify for this.
At the end of the day, even if you are an Astrology fanatic or not, there is surely no harm in being extra cautious about the decisions and steps that you will make. Yes, Mercury retrograde is here and we just have to deal with it (even if it really slaps us hard).
It is just phase, dear. Just breathe.
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