The Beauty of Mercury Retrograde

If you're familiar with Roman myth, you know that Mercury (Hermes, in the Greek pantheon) is the messenger god. With winged feet, he would flit from one realm to the next, mediating between the world of the dead and the kingdom of the living.

Astrologically, the planet Mercury rules all things to do with the mind - thoughts, communication, writing, speaking, technology - as well as movement - transportation, moving machinery, short trips. As its orbit is so close to the Sun, it moves through the zodiac almost as swiftly as the Sun does, from our vantage point on Earth. In fact, the Sun and Mercury can never be more than two zodiac signs apart, which speaks astrologically to the fact that our identity (Sun) and our mind (Mercury) are never very far apart. However, there is one major distinction between the movement of the Sun and this little planet: Mercury retrogrades.

If you don't live under a rock, you've heard the expression "Mercury Retrograde." All that means is that, if you were to chart the movement of Mercury through the night sky, it would appear to move backwards every 3 to 4 months, for about 3 weeks at a time. Ancient astrologers didn't know that the planets were not, in fact, orbiting the Earth but rather, the Sun - so we now know it's an optical illusion. But its implication on our day-to-day life is felt just the same.

As it turns out, every planet in our solar system retrogrades - but it's Mercury we all talk about. Perhaps it's partially due to t