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Why is everyone so crazy? Oh, it’s a retrograde.

According to the OED (Oxford English Dictionary – the best source for these things), the term retrograde means:

(of the apparent motion of a planet) in a reverse direction from normal (from east to west), resulting from the relative orbital progress of the earth and the planet.

In other words, when a planet is in retrograde, it appears to be moving backwards from West to East across the sky. Sounds simple, right?

Well, yes and no.

Currently, we are heading towards a Mercury retrograde and that has some significance to how our energy is flowing but, it is important to understand this phenomenon on both an energetic level and a physical level.

First, the physical: Mercury is not moving backwards across the sky. Say, what?!?

Nope. It does not change its actual route across the sky. Only 3 planets in the solar system ACTUALLY have a retrograde rotation (Venus, Uranus and Pluto – I know, I know, but I still call it a planet). These 3 bodies rotate in the opposite direction of other bodies in the solar system.

They do not, however, transit in a backwards motion across the sky.

The apparent retrograde is a factor of how fast the Earth is moving in relation to a bodies position in the sky. Sometimes, a planet will APPEAR to be moving backwards because the Earth is moving faster past it. 

Now, the energetic: Mercury may not be moving backwards BUT we are moving past it and Mercury has an energy that will not be ignored. 

Mercury retrograde is associated with communication and technology breakdowns, nervous anxiety, travel delays and lost items.

There is a feel of a difficult Mercury-Saturn aspect about Mercury retrograde, so you can also expect to dwell on things, reminisce about the past, or unexpectedly meet up with people from your past. While the Mercury retrograde period may be good for flicking through old photo albums, it is generally considered more of a nuisance than a benefit.

Mercury retrograde December 2016 to January 2017 is as intense as it gets with a close alignment to Pluto. The power and control struggles expected from this combination are further intensified by the egocentric fixed star Vega.

While this Christmas Mercury retrograde 2016 may be ideal for deep research and uncovering secrets, you will need to be on guard against all manner of devious plots, lies and back stabbing.

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Into the night!

Dr. Sacheen