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Mercury in Retrograde: What does it mean?

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Mercury is the planet in retrograde and the planet that rules communication.

On April 21, 2023, Mercury went retrograde in Taurus. This retrograde will mainly affect Taurus and Scorpio from April 21 until May 14. 

According to ABC News, retrograde only means the rotation of the planets seems to spin backward. The planet does not physically move backward though. Retrograde is only an illusion according to NASA, it’s caused by the way the Earth and planets such as Mercury, Mars and Jupiter orbit the sun. 

Now while Mercury retrograde seems to happen semi-frequently, Mars retrograde only happens once every two years. When a  planet does go into retrograde, it is astrologically its sleeping or resting state. 

Ancient cultures and many believers now believe that what happens in the sky is mirrored to what happens in our lives. While retrograde may seem like a big optical allusion from above, it does seem to affect people majorly on Earth. 

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Based on astrology, Mercury is the planet known for communication, intelligence and media in everyone’s lives from day to day. Mercury rules all types of communication, including listening, speaking, learning, reading, editing, researching, negotiating, selling, and buying.  When Mercury goes into retrograde people believe it has a major effect on their routine and lives. 

Astrologer, Kyle Thomas explains how these phases are not meant to destroy or create problems but instead make people sit down and reassess and reorganize their lives. However, Thomas does advise against making big agreements, getting into relationships or signing big contracts. “Delays and obstacles are likely to manifest,”. “It’s best to lie low, relax and watch what happens rather than stressing yourself out. This, too, shall pass.” According to Thomas on ABC News. 

During retrograde it may often be hard to get decisions from others. If decisions are made, it will be subject to change either right when Mercury turns to direct motion or a while after. 

The environment will be quite changeable, no matter what you are told or what you think. Nobody can expect what the conditions will be like later. 

Do not have any kind of elective surgery when any planet is in retrograde. These times people tend to often make more mistakes than any other time. 

The different layers of planet Mercury. (Wikimedia Commons)

According to Astrologyzone, be careful when sending important documents, “If you send faxes, be sure to call the people at the other end to let them know your documents are waiting for them. Otherwise, they may never see it. If you work in an office and have to photocopy an important document, be sure to retrieve the original.” 

Now while some people believe that Mercury being in retrograde doesn’t have an effect on people and it’s all in their minds. Others believe the opposite. 

Since astrology is not considered a kind of science people believe it does not have an effect. Scientists think astrology and retrograde are made up and don’t affect people. Nicols, a scientist, explains how everyone does in fact feel Mercury while it is in retrograde. Some people just feel it a lot less than others.

Mercury is essentially just a tiny rock millions and millions of miles away from us so how would it have any effect? It doesn’t exert any kind of gravitational force that people would be able to truly feel or experience. 

People believe that it does in fact have a major effect on their life. During this time if something goes wrong most people blame it on one thing, Mercury being in retrograde. 

This time also tends to bring up people’s past. People should not be too surprised if an old ex or friend appears back in their life. 

Mercury retrograding will hit everyone slightly differently depending on what your star sign is. Mercury is “hovering” in a certain sign which causes the disruptions. It will hit people differently depending on where Mercury falls on their chart. 

Mercury being in retrograde is not something people should be afraid of or worried about. People should just be cautious about big decisions being made, any life-changing decisions and take more time deciding whether or not it’s a good idea. 

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Maddie Little, Reporter
Maddie Little is a junior at Hudson High School and this is her second year writing for The Explorer. She is looking forward to writing reviews and about things going on in the news now.  She enjoys hanging out with her friends and going to the movies. Maddie has always enjoyed English class and reading any book she can find. In the future she hopes to go to college for an English teaching degree.
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