Mercury is the planet closest to the sun, and it revolves around the sun in just 88 days. That’s much faster than Earth, which takes a year to make the same trip. But three or four times a year, an optical illusion occurs: It looks as if Mercury is going backward. It happens when Mercury is passing between Earth and the sun, leaving Earth in its dust.
Mercury retrograde usually lasts about three weeks, but the shadow phase, which is approximately two weeks before Mercury goes retro and can be up to two weeks after it goes direct, can often wreak havoc on your relationships and communication & technology as well. Some folks find the shadow phases to be the most difficult but sail right through the retro period with grace and ease. You'll come to know which are the hardest for you to navigate and which part of the retro you can use to your own benefit.
While I don’t like to blame Mercury for issues or problems that usually need to be resolved anyway, it can cause things previously neglected to bubble to the surface.
Many other planets also go retrograde, but not as often as Mercury and you don't hear as much negative feedback when they do When the planets are retro, we may experience a lot of emotion, chaos, discontent and discord in our lives.
Things break, crash and fall apart. Lives, jobs, relationships, can all be a little bit chaotic right now. Mercury in retro will be chaotic and the world just may be a little stranger and more difficult than usual for a time.
When a planet is in retrograde, it begins operating with more of a “feminine” energy rather than a “masculine” energy. It exudes a more intuitive energy and works on the subconscious mind rather than the conscious mind. When a planet is in retrograde, it dips below the surface of the seen world into the hidden world. So this is why many things are bubbling up. Some have been a long time coming, but here they are!
People tell us Do not sign contracts. Do not buy electronics, or anything with moving parts or gears. You most certainly can do these things but do them with increased self awareness. Be careful and meticulous.
During a Mercury retro phase, do not be surprised if the mail is screwed up, or something goes awry when you’re in transit. And be mindful in your conversations as misunderstandings can happen! But I feel like the best course of action is caution, not panic.
People from your past may come into your life during this time. This is the best time to clear your karma with that person, so that you can truly move on! The Dynamics of the relationship do not matter; it can be romantic or platonic. If a person from your past shows up, take that opportunity to release old karma!
So the retrograde period is a good time to address anything you have buried or thought you had already resolved and take a closer look at your insecurities, doubts, fears and triggers!
Things that may come up during retro in regards to your relationships may be, but are certainly not limited to:
Old insecurities resurfacing Anxiety Attachment issues Fears Doubts Paranoia Commitment issues Abandonment issues Parental issues you thought you had resolved Sexuality issues