Mercury, the Roman messenger of the gods, will go retrograde in the airy sign of Libra at 10:38 pm CST on September 9, 2022.
Planet Mercury: Associations
In the astrological realm Mercury is associated with communication, understanding, translation, interpretation and intelligence. Also, language, writing, newspapers, magazines and transportation all fall under the rulership of Mercury. This is the fastest moving planet in the horoscope, taking a mere 88 days to orbit the sun.
Mercury retrograde is an astrological phenomenon that has become very popular in the wider culture; most everyone at this point, regardless of your astrological knowledge, has heard about Mercury retrograde. This astrological event is actually an optical illusion; Mercury doesn’t really stop and change directions. Mercury usually moves faster than Earth around the sun but when Mercury starts to move slower than the Earth’s orbit (this happens three, sometimes four times a year) it creates the illusion that Mercury is moving backward. All astrology is based on what the cosmos looks like from our perspective on Earth.
All planets have a retrograde period; the sun and moon are luminaries and are never retrograde. When a planet like Mercury is retrograde it isn’t functioning the way it normally does; its almost like the planet has fallen asleep. This means we have to be careful with all things associated with the planet Mercury like communication. It’s during Mercury retrograde when we are most likely to say something we’ll later regret. So, our best bet during this time is to think before we speak. A good rule of thumb in the communication department during a Mercury retrograde is to ask ourselves: does this need to be said? does this need to be said by me? and does this need to be said right now? Our relationships are highlighted during this retrograde because it’s happening in the sign of Libra.
As mentioned earlier, Mercury rules transportation so we could find our travel plans disrupted by a delayed flight, bad weather or a flat tire.
Contracts are associated with both Libra and Mercury so this isn’t the best time to sign on the dotted line for a home or a car or important documents. Sometimes we don’t get a choice when we sign on something so in this case be sure you read all the fine print and you understand exactly what you’re signing for.
Don't Fear: Retrogrades Help Us Slow Down
Mercury retrograde really isn’t all bad; it’s a time to do all the "re's" like re-think, re-do, re-evaluate, re-discover or even re-lax. Unplugging and slowing down is the higher spiritual purpose behind this astrological phenomenon. It’s a time to slow down, take a breath and let the events of your life unfold in their own time and in their own way without interfering with the Universe’s plans. Sometimes a Mercury retrograde gives us a second chance to get things right. Sometimes what looks like a mishap or bad luck ends up being protection from the Universe.
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