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Hello? Is this thing ON?


Have you been having whacky communication lately?

Has your computer or phone gone awry?

Have you and your partner been a little off beat when communicating?

Or have projects at work or travel arrangements just not going as planned?

Well, guess what? You may be experiencing a phenomenon known as Mercury in Retrograde.

And it started on July 7th and will continue until July 31st.

I know some people may think it’s a little weird, and to that I say, “Weird is just thinking outside the box.”

So, on that note, please read on with an open mind.

So, what exactly is Mercury in Retrograde?

Three to four times a year and for about 3 weeks each time, the planet Mercury slows down in its orbit and appears to move backward in relation to the Earth. But Mercury retrograde is really an optical illusion, since no planet actually moves backward.

According to NASA[i], in normal motion, the stars and planets move in our night's sky in a west-to-east direction. This is called prograde motion.

Retrograde of any planet happens periodically, when the motion is temporarily switched to an east-to-west direction, before turning back to regular prograde motion.

So what does that mean for us here on Earth?

Well, as mentioned above, it could mean that your communication devices, including your computer, your phone or verbal communication can go awry. So, I have learned to back up my computer, read and re-read things before I post or send any communication, think a little longer before I speak, and remember to breathe, keep calm and have patience.

I have also learned that it is not always the best time to sign huge contracts or make big decisions. Details may be missed in communication of a huge deal and may cause a lot of headaches once the contract is signed. Or, the communication that you heard that helped you make a big decision was found to be incorrect or misunderstood. If you absolutely have to sign a big contract, make sure you read and re-read all the fine print. If you have to make a big decision in your life, maybe try to hold off. Again, remembering to breathe and have patience.