turns retrograde three times a year, as a rule, but the effects
of each period differ, according to the sign in which it happens.
A planet is described as
retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac.
This traditional concept arises in the illusory planetary motion created
by the orbital rotation of the earth, with relation to other planets
in our solar system. Planets are never actually retrograde or stationary,
they just seem that way, due to this illusion.
As a rule, retrograde planets presage a period of seemingly inevitable
or fated events, which relate to their sphere of influence. They
present us with a series of events over which we seem to have little
or no control, relating especially to the sign in which the retrogradation
In general, Mercury rules thinking and perception, processing and
disseminating information and all means of communication, commerce and
extension, Mercury rules people who work in these areas, especially
people who work with their minds or their wits: writers and orators,
commentators and critics, gossips and spin doctors, tricksters
Mercury retrograde gives rise to personal misunderstandings; flawed,
disrupted, or delayed communications, negotiations and trade; glitches
and breakdowns with phones, computers, cars,buses, and trains. And all
of these problems usually arise because some crucial piece of information,
or component, has gone astray, or awry.