Sometimes life gives us more than lemons — it gives us crap. Our phone starts going crazy. We lose an important work document. We start arguing with our significant other more than usual. When we feel like everything is going wrong, we can blame a number of things, like our loved ones for being so annoying. We can blame technology for being so crappy. We can even blame our bosses for being so damn overbearing.
Others will take the blame game to another level. An outward level, if you don’t mind me saying. These are the people who will blame other planets — not even our own world — for their problems. Case in point — the Mercury Retrograde.
You must have heard of this phenomenon before. Everyone has heard of it, even those who are not astrology enthusiasts. What you might not know is the reason why people are so freaked out by Mercury being in retrograde.
Let’s break down this phenomenon first, shall we? When people say that Mercury is in retrograde, they mean that the planet is spinning backward. Now, before you start imagining the planet going crazy, you should know that this planet isn’t really spinning backward. It’s just a saying.
The planet just looks like it’s spinning backward, which is good news. What freaks people out is that the entities this planet “rules over”, like communication, technology and travel, go bonkers. Or at least, people believe that the planet is to blame for these things going crazy.
Now, if you don’t believe in this crap then you can just go on with your business. But those who do are freaking out because Mercury retrograde will happen from the 3rd of December to the 23rd of December. That’s, like, peak season for family stress already, so people don’t need this phenomenon to freak them out even more.
Astrologers explain how Mercury retrograde happens four times in a year. This one just happened to fall during the holiday season. So now, people who believe in this phenomenon are scared that their flights will be canceled, or they’ll lose an important work document.
But experts are trying to ease the panic by reminding people that this phenomenon can be a good thing. If for nothing else, it is a reminder to “slow down, and be extra careful during this three-week stretch.” They are reminding panic-stricken astrology believers that this is a good time to “double- and triple- check” their work.
Discussing the last Mercury retrograde of the year, astrologer Jessica Adams explained, “Mercury is the planet of communication, information, and transportation. So when he appears to move forward, stand still, go backwards, then go forwards again (which he does now through January), you may find that anything from extreme weather to computer viruses obstructs you. Have a Plan B, especially if you plan on flying.”
Adams suggests that you should hold off on starting something new. So, if there’s a new guy who’s asking you out or people are offering you your dream job, you shouldn’t take it before the 23rd. “It’s not a time to start anything new, or to plant any seeds,” Adams explains. “But it is the time to back it up like there’s no tomorrow! Plus, it’s the end of the year, which means it’s the perfect time to reflect and to sew old seeds.”
This doesn’t mean you should stop your holiday fun and do nothing until the start of the year. Adam does suggest that we finish projects and start plans on something new. “Do you have a project you started but never completed? Now’s the time to go work on that, to draft something, and to plan,” she explains.
It seems that there’s no way we can avoid Mercury retrograde. At least, if you believe in this phenomenon, you can’t. If you don’t believe in it, then you can just blame crap that happens to you on your parents, like most people do.
Rather than avoiding it, experts believe that we must simply learn to live with it, because life cannot be avoided. Accordingly, they suggest that you become more present. In fact, they suggest that we become “over-the-top present.” There’s no doing things half-heartedly during these three weeks.
It’s a time where things must be planned well in advance and a time where big decisions about travel shouldn’t be made. They also suggest that we should avoid traveling during this time. That’s fine, I’m sure you weren’t that excited about spending your holidays in Venice or Hawaii, anyway.
They also suggest that you don’t sign any contracts during these three weeks. Is it a nuisance? Um, yes. But hey, we need someone to make decisions for us, even when we’re adults, so why not let a deserted planet help us make those decisions?