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When Mercury retrogrades, it makes our heads spin.

How have you been the past few weeks? Did you suddenly feel like things were not going your way? Did the universe seem like it was not on your side? If you’re one of those people who experienced a cluster of misfortunes the past few weeks, you are probably asking what’s up. If you couldn’t pinpoint what on Earth was going on, we may have an answer, and it’s what’s right up—Mercury retrograde.

For those who aren’t really into following the stars through astrology, it is an astrological phenomenon that occurs when Mercury, the planet that governs the communication of all kinds, moves backwards in its orbit. That said, our communications go haywire. So, if you missed sending an email thinking you already have, or if your laptop suddenly stopped functioning while on a zoom call, it’s likely because of the retrograde. 

There is a reason why many people get scared when Mercury retrograde occurs; some would even prepare by holding off purchasing a new phone or laptop or anything that has to do with communication. Others would limit their interactions and double their diligence when speaking with others, virtually or physically. Oh, if you suddenly developed a toothache (six people, including me, just had this), aside from the obvious reasons, the retrograde might also have something to do with it. 


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Since Mercury only orbits the sun for 88 days, it retrogrades three or four times a year. For 2021, we just had our last retrograde. It started on September 27 and ended yesterday, October 18. So, if you experienced some chaos during those dates, feel free to blame it on the retrograde. 

To call the Libra season crazy is an understatement. Since the retrograde fell on Libra, which rules partnerships, experts suggest that Mercury retrograde would affect relationships the most. Needless to say, if you encountered some miscommunication with others, this could be the culprit. 

Before you finish up reading, we would just like to leave the famous line from our resident astrologer Zenaida Seva, “Hindi hawak ng mga bituin ang kapalaran natin. Gabay lamang sila. Mayroon tayong free will. Gamitin natin ito.” 

Now that that’s out of the way, we would also like to reiterate that no amount of retrograde can shake up a relationship built on a strong foundation. While we acknowledge that things pushing our backs against the wall are constant, taking a step back or a quick pause could be proven beneficial. You don’t have to understand a celestial phenomenon to realize that sometimes when we can no longer explain the things we are experiencing, the best thing to do is to take a pause, assess, and reflect. 


The next and first Mercury retrograde for 2022 will begin on January 14 and end on February 3. Mark those dates and use that time to reassess some things in your life. More importantly, relax. The good thing about anything that orbits, backwards or not, is that it doesn’t stay in one position—whatever you are going through will pass. But don’t forget to fasten your seatbelt just in case you get on another bumpy ride. 

With that, we say ‘Bye Felicia!’ to the last wild ride with Mercury for 2021.


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