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    Updated on Aug 21, 2020. Posted on Aug 20, 2020

    Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Mercury Retrograde

    Answers to your astrological questions inside.

    Chances are, you either have heard the term "Mercury is in Retrograde" before at some point in your life, or you are a 100% true believer in Astrology and how it impacts our daily lives.

    A photo of space with "Mercury's in Retrograde" spelled out.
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    But what does Mercury Retrograde actually mean, and how does it impact our everyday lives?

    Me: Astrology is fake Y'all: Mercury is in retrograde Me:

    To get to the bottom of it, BuzzFeed reached out to Adama Sesay, Astrologer and Founder of LilithAstrology.com, to explain everything there is to know about it.

    "In Astrology, Mercury is the planet of communication, short-distance travel and how we think and process information," Adama says.

    The planet Mercury, suspended in space.
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    "So when this planet moves retrograde, confusion, reversal, and miscommunication can happen in all of the areas of life mentioned."

    there’s no way you got thru mercury retrograde w/o one: -argument -friendship ending -something revealed to you -car problems -lost package -change in environment -electronic issues (phone, laptop, etc breaking down, not working) -an ex returning -rethinking your routine & plans

    So, yes, it *does* mean that anything having to do with technology might go a little bit haywire.

    *shuts my phone off until mercury retrograde is over*

    "Mercury retrograde can affect your daily life," explains Adama. "This can be from missed appointments, canceled meetings, contract reversals, delayed travel and arguments. It's not the end of the world, but it can be frustrating!"

    how communication during a mercury retrograde feels

    "Since Mercury rules communication, it's best to not commit to anything new. This also includes devices used to communicate. Purchasing a new iPhone, laptop, or TV is not the best idea and it's usually advised to hold off until after the retrograde period is complete."

    It also has an impact on the people you surround yourself with. Adama says, "Communication is a major part of platonic and romantic relationships. When miscommunication leads to arguments, it can affect your mood and connection with the other person."

    Mercury Retrograde leaving after dismantling your routines, making you question your relationships, flaring your anxiety, and emotionally draining you for 27 days

    "I always advise taking time out from a conversation while counting to ten if need be," she added.

    So what does it mean for a planet — in this case, Mercury — to go retrograde? "Going retrograde is a term for the optical illusion a planet gives when one speeds up faster than another," Adama explains.

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    To help explain this to her clients, Adama typically uses a car analogy. "For example, when you are driving and you speed up to pass a slower car on the right, they look to you as if they are moving backwards."

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    "So in terms of the planets, it's when a faster moving planet passes slower one. In this case, Mercury looks like it's moving backwards."

    Certain people tend to feel the effects of Mercury Retrograde more than others. According to Adama, "Mercury rules the zodiac signs of Gemini and Virgo so they feel more heavily impacted by this astrological event than others."

    Our solar system, revolving around the sun.
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    It's worth noting how often this phenomenon occurs, too. According to Adama, "Mercury Retrograde occurs 3-4 times a year for around 4 weeks. The next Mercury Retrograde is in the sign of Scorpio on October 13, 2020!"

    Despite what many people suggest on the internet, Mercury Retrograde does NOT mean you need to refrain from the normal activities in your everyday life.

    mercury retrograde starts today and i still dunno what that means exactly but seems like a legit excuse to use to avoid people.

    Adama's top suggestion for making it through Mercury Retrograde mostly unscathed is to "double-check everything."

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    "If you have to move, purchase something, or start a new relationship; make sure you do a thorough check if it's right for you. Agreements can reverse themselves after Mercury retrograde." [For more tips on how to survive Mercury Retrograde, check out Adama's tips on Lillith Astrology.]

    However, Adama's advice for anyone feeling uneasy is as follows: "Breathe and know the universe ultimately has your back. If a delay or argument happens, take a moment to yourself and know it will pass."

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    And in case you like to plan ahead (like me, who writes down the dates in my calendar), here's when you can expect Mercury Retrogrades over the next five years:

    October 13, 2020 – November 3, 2020
    January 30, 2021 – February 20, 2021
    May 29, 2021 – June 22, 2021
    September 27, 2021 – October 18, 2021
    January 14, 2022 – February 3, 2022
    May 10, 2022– June 2, 2022
    September 9, 2022– October 2, 2022
    December 29, 2022– January 18, 2023
    April 21, 2023 – May 14, 2023
    August 23, 2023 – September 15, 2023
    December 13, 2023 – January 1, 2024
    April 1, 2024 — April 25, 2024
    August 4, 2024 – August 28, 2024
    November 25, 2024 – December 15, 2024
    March 14, 2025 – April 7, 2025
    July 17, 2025 – August 11, 2025
    November 9, 2025 – November 29, 2025

    For more from Adama Sesay and Lilith Astrology, make sure to check out their website and follow along on Instagram.

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