What is Mercury in retrograde and why do we blame things on it?
In astrology, Mercury governs communication, travel, and learning. For this reason, Mercury retrograde is blamed for everything from miscommunication to technological bugs, botched business deals, missed flights, a mechanical issue with your car, or even a broken cellphone.
Why does Mercury retrograde happen?
Mercury and Venus appear to go retrograde when they lap us. Because Mercury completes its orbit around the Sun in only 88 days, the Swift Planet becomes retrograde three or four times in a calendar year, for about three weeks at a time. Outer planets have less frequent, but longer-lasting, periods of retrograde motion.
Does Mercury in retrograde affect technology?
Effects of Mercury retrograde. You may have heard people warn of electronics going haywire during the Mercury retrograde period, and that’s because of the planet’s connection to all things involved in communication.