An Astrologer Explains Why Mercury Retrograde Messes With Your Life

An Astrologer Explains Why Mercury Retrograde Messes With Your Life


(bright xylophone music) – Hi, my name is Chani Nicholas, and I’m a professional astrologer with a little bit of a bone to pick about Mercury retrograde. Mercury is either retrograde or not. Mercury is never in retrograde. It’s a common misconception or grammatical error that people make. It is a term that has entered into the mainstream and to pop culture probably because it happens so much. Mercury retrogrades three times a year. So that’s a lot, and it retrogrades for
three weeks each time. And so a lot of the year,
it’s like 17% of the time, it’s retrograde. So it’s a term that’s commonly heard. What we’re gonna do here today is I’m gonna be asked some questions, and we’re gonna talk
about the validity of them and some commonly held ideas
about Mercury retrograde. – What does Mercury in
retrograde even mean? – Mercury is the planet of communication of information. So we can look at the entire
Mercury retrograde process as an alchemical journey. It’s a really good time to fine-tooth comb through information, through projects, through revisioning things, but it also can be this really deep, transformational process. – So like is Mercury traveling
backwards or something? – It doesn’t really move backwards. It’s just slowing down, and
we’re retaining the same speed, so it looks like it’s going backwards. – Why is everyone so afraid
of Mercury retrograde? – Everyone’s really afraid
of Mercury retrograde because Taylor Swift
said something about it a couple (laughs) years
ago and blew it up, and everyone misunderstands what it means. It means different things depending on where Mercury is going retrograde,
what sign it’s going in. – Why does communication always suck when Mercury goes retrograde? – Communication can tend
to go a little funky during Mercury retrograde, but it’s also an
invitation to listen deeper and to take more time to state our opinion and to make sure that we’re being heard. – Will Mercury’s retrograde
wreak havoc on my travel plans? – Not necessarily. Sometimes it will. I’ve definitely had instances where I’ve traveled during Mercury retrograde and everything has gone wrong. And if that happens, if you have to travel and
it’s Mercury retrograde, nothing might go wrong. Everything might go smoothly. If everything does go wrong, again it’s an invitation
to practice patience and going with the flow and just releasing your agenda. – So in short, what I need to know about Mercury in retrograde is? – In short, every time you hear that Mercury is again retrograde, think of it as an invitation to go deeper into your own life, or deeper into your
relationship with yourself, or with other people by
stopping and turning around and maybe reviewing some of the path that we’ve been treading so far. (bright music) (whoosh) (hinge squeaking)

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