Mercury Made Me Do It!


I didn’t believe in astrol­o­gy, or so I thought. I belonged to this forum where astrol­o­gy was heav­i­ly dis­cussed. They con­vert­ed this hea­then. Most peo­ple must have heard of Mer­cury ret­ro­grade. But what is it real­ly?

What is Mercury Retrograde?

Mer­cury orbits the sun for 88 days, com­pared to Earth’s 365 days. The ret­ro­grade hap­pens when Mer­cury moves back­ward. It doesn’t real­ly move back­ward, but it appears to be from our van­tage point here on Earth. Imag­ine this: if you are in a car, and the car went past  you, you’d think it is going faster. If the car slows down and you move past it, it would seem like you are going faster. When Mer­cury is in ret­ro­grade, any­thing relat­ed to what it gov­erns is affect­ed.

Domains of Mercury

Mer­cury, the mes­sen­ger of the gods, rules all types of com­mu­ni­ca­tions. Any­thing relat­ed to speak­ing, lis­ten­ing, read­ing, buy­ing, sell­ing, codes, nego­ti­a­tions, con­tracts, and research fall under him. Trans­porta­tion, trav­el, and ship­ping are also with­in his scope. When Mer­cury ret­ro­grades, or is in a rest­ing state, these areas are thrown into a tail­spin because the plan­et that gov­erns these areas is “sleep­ing”.

Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius: December 3–22, 2017

The shad­ow peri­od start­ed two weeks ago. Mer­cury is most pow­er­ful on Decem­ber 3–4, and the end date, Decem­ber 22. Mer­ci­ful­ly, Mer­cury will ret­ro­grade for the fourth and final time in 2017. If you have any­thing in your house that is under Sagit­tar­ius, expect dou­ble the dra­ma because good luck cen­sor­ing a blunt cen­taur. It wouldn’t be sur­pris­ing for seem­ing­ly harm­less con­ver­sa­tions to grad­u­ate into quar­rels, pet­ty mis­un­der­stand­ings, shout­ing match­es where every­one wants to have the last word, and frayed nerves.

In my case, Sagit­tar­ius is in my 11th house, the house of friend­ships. I should be care­ful in inter­ac­tions with my friends. Mer­cury is also the rul­ing plan­et of my sun sign Vir­go, so yeah, I can feel its effects already. My online trans­ac­tions have been delayed, the sell­ers take their sweet time reply­ing, clients are more grumpy, and I hate every­one.


Retrograde Survival Tips

I know, I should heed my own advice and sta­ple this to my head!


  1. Go easy on your­self and pause, but it doesn’t mean life stops. Think of any­thing start­ing with the pre­fix re— review, renew, reassess, reeval­u­ate. Review con­tracts and doc­u­ments before sign­ing. Reread emails, mes­sages, and trans­ac­tions. Reeval­u­ate deci­sions and don’t be impul­sive.
  2. Con­firm trav­el plans. Go ear­ly to the air­port. Dou­ble check to make sure you haven’t for­got­ten every­thing, like your pass­port, or your sense of humor.
  3. Recon­nect with class­mates or old friends. This is a good time for reunions and reaf­firm­ing bonds.
  4. Back up your elec­tron­ic data, because it is the end of the world if your Iphone data gets erased for­ev­er, and you didn’t back up.
  5. Think before you speak. We might say things we could nev­er recant. Be nice, and adhere to the Gold­en Rule.


  1. Over­re­act or fly off the han­dle if you hear some­thing unpleas­ant. Ver­i­fy every­thing first before jump­ing to con­clu­sions.
  2. Sign con­tracts, agree­ments, and trans­ac­tions with­out thor­ough review.
  3. Jump into the arms of the ex who cheat­ed on you. Dur­ing the ret­ro­grade, past lovers tend to crawl out of the wood­work and make an appear­ance.
  4. Buy vehi­cles, gad­gets, and elec­tron­ic equip­ment unless you have a good return and exchange pol­i­cy. Bet­ter review their return and exchange terms.
  5. Be a meanie. Try to be the bet­ter per­son. I mean, how hard can it be? Just be a Huf­flepuff!

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