Of course, true scientists point out that Mercury's "retrograde" velocity is an optical illusion. And they fiercely refute astrology's central tenet, that the motion of the planets may impact happenings on Earth. In truth, research have shown no link between the behavior of planets and that of humans.
The idea of a planet turning back on its path is not new. It was first proposed by Aristotle around 350 B.C. He believed that Mercury, which orbits the Sun in less than twenty-four hours, could also orbit it more than once. Because of this unique movement called "retrogradation," which means "to go back again," he suggested that this must be so for all the other planets too. For example, Mars would have to return to Earth after being sent away from it during its initial migration across the sky at the time of the Spring Equinox.
A few centuries later, Hippocrates proposed a similar idea but with one major difference: he thought that our world was enclosed by a sphere where the planets moved around us. This concept still holds true today in astronomy.
With the development of astronomy, more and more retrogradations were reported by the ancient astronomers. Some of them even claimed to have seen these events with their own eyes. However, none of them could provide any scientific evidence to support their ideas.
Mercury retrograde is an optical illusion, which implies that the planet seems to be travelling backwards from our perspective here on Earth. Astrologers think that during this seeming backward motion, technology and communication may be hampered, dampening anyone's summer attitude.
Summer in a horoscope indicates happiness, good health, success, money, travel, and new opportunities. The solar eclipse last month brought about a sense of urgency, forcing us to look beyond our usual boundaries for solutions. This part of the chart also reveals some hidden problems that need attention before they become major issues. For example, there may be some undisclosed legal matters affecting your financial situation. It's also possible that there are psychological barriers standing in the way of you achieving your goals.
Retrograde planets indicate that things will go wrong when you expect them to go right. This means that if you plan activities such as journeys or important meetings while Mercury is retrograding, then you should consider changing these plans if possible. Otherwise, you could end up feeling frustrated or let down. Problems may even arise with items related to these activities; for example, your vehicle might break down on a trip it was working fine earlier this year.
The best thing to do when Mercury goes retrograde is to stay calm and not panic. This planet makes mistakes when it tries to show us what it's thinking so we can avoid any unpleasant surprises.
Mercury is renowned as the planet that governs all communication, according to B.C.-based astrologist Georgia Nicols. This implies that when Mercury goes retrograde, individuals may have communication challenges, technological glitches, or even misplaced mail. These problems can arise at any time during a retrograde period, but they are especially likely to occur right before or after a full moon.
The reason behind this phenomenon is not clear but it is believed to be related to gravity. The Moon's effect on us is mostly due to its influence on ocean tides and weather, while that of Earth's other major satellite is mainly psychological. During a lunar eclipse, the Earth's shadow falls upon it; this causes a change in its orbit, which in turn affects relationships with people outside the immediate family. During a full moon, no matter where you are on Earth, someone else is experiencing a new moon - that is, without light from the moon there would be no eclipse.
As mentioned, Mercury goes through cycles of acceleration and deceleration with respect to the other planets every 28 days or so. These periods of increased speed over several hours and decreased speed over several days happen in pairs, with one going into and the other coming out of retrograde motion. The timing of these events varies slightly from cycle to cycle but they always last for about two weeks each.