This is a big week for anyone into the zodiac or who leans toward the more astrological mindset because tiny Mercury goes into retrograde today.
Astronomers debunk any Earthly wonkiness that may occur during Mercury’s apparent backward travel through the night sky. It is actually an illusion that the solar system’s smallest planet appears to put its gears in reverse moving east to west through the stars.
Nonetheless, all manner of hijinks are attributed to this galactic magic trick, including confusion, delays, miscommunication and frustration.
Even a bad date, or a poor work presentation is blamed on Mercury’s apparent backwards slide.
“The planet Mercury rules communication, travel, contracts, automobiles, and such,” says The Old Farmer’s Almanac. “So, when Mercury is in retrograde, remain flexible, allow time for extra travel, and avoid signing contracts. Review projects and plans at these times, but wait until Mercury is direct again to make any final decisions.”
Some of those tips – remain flexible, allow extra time for travel – just seem like good old fashioned advice on any given day in this traffic congested, overly-stimulated, text-crazy world.
A January article in The Atlantic purports that astrology, which is the study of divining information from the movement of celestial objects, is making a comeback among millennials.
But the Almanac says not to blame retrograde for “bad” things that happen.
“Instead, take time to sit back and review where you put your energy in your life,” the Almanac advises.
Again, just good advice.
This year, Mercury is in retrograde July 26 to August 19, and November 17 to December 6.
According to LiveScience.com, any idea that gravitational effects of Mercury in retrograde on Earth goings-ons is a lot of hooey.
“All planets appear to go through a period of retrograde (east-to-west) motion against the stars as seen from the Earth,” Geoff Chester, a spokesman for the U.S. Naval Observatory, wrote in an email to Live Science in 2016. “There is nothing unusual in this. Mercury is no exception. There is no story here.”