The Complete Guide to Mercury Retrograde and How It Affects Your Relationships

Mercury is in retrograde, and if you're like us, you may have blamed mood swings or bad days on it, but what is it? 

Mercury retrograde is a common term for when anything goes wrong, even if you're not an astrologer

 It's all over social media, TV, and movies, and many of us blame Mercury's retrograde for problems without knowing what the poor planet did. Sorry, Mercury.

Look no further to learn what that all-too-common remark about the solar system's smallest planet means!

This is the definitive guide on the astrological phenomena and what it means for your relationships. So. Here it is.

The technical meaning of Mercury retrograde. The statement really refers to when the planet nearest to the sun appears to orbit backwards. 

This is an optical illusion, yet the planet only takes 88 days to orbit the sun, making it appear to go backwards.

Earth orbits the sun every 365 days (hence a year and leap years), therefore it occasionally appears to us on Earth that Mercury is travelling in the wrong way.

Similar to a phenomenon you may have observed. Ever been in a car or train that's moving at a different speed from the one next to you, making it impossible to tell who's going where? It's mostly that.