At least... that's what you'll hear from a large proportion of the (Instagram, mostly) population. But what exactly is mercury retrograde, and what does it really mean?
Allow us to explain. Mercury Retrograde is a period that occurs a few times a year, more often than you know (it's happening right now until August 19, 2018).
Mercury Retrograde is a time when Mercury appears to be moving backwards, along the circuit around the Sun. After a three-and-a-half-week period, the planet will reverse itself and move "forward" again.
Keep in mind, the planet isn't actually moving forward or backward... it is closest to the Sun and its orbit is much shorter than Earth's. About three or four times a year, Mercury speeds past our little planet, hence the period of "WHAT IS HAPPENING?"
The idea is that the planet Mercury rules all types of communication, travel, formal contracts, agreements and networking with people. During retrograde, the planet Mercury is said to be sleeping or resting - therefore a time for mistakes! This is why it feels like everything could possible be going wrong during retrograde, as things are out of balance.
Most common problems are communication errors, misunderstanding contracts or agreements and errors of judgement. Subscribers to the theory caution not to make big purchases like cars or houses because it is easy to miss the finer details, booking plane tickets is a NO because you will definitely miss your flight and stay away from getting plastic surgery as your doctor could put a little too much filler in your lips. It is a key time for small mistakes that can make your world turn upside down.
When it comes to personal relationships, this is the time for the most bickering and fighting over small issues due to miscommunication. With your partner, take this time to practice listening to each other and understanding your relationship. Many times, retrograde results in a break-up that did not require much thinking!
But is retrograde just hell for three weeks? Is there anything to look forward to?
Yes: Mercury is all about giving ourselves second chances, so now is the time to make clear understanding of your goals, and what you want to get out of life. Retrograde is a time for a major self-reflection and understanding any worries or doubts we may have. Many people increase their exercise, meditation or just reflection during this time. A clear mind equals a healthy mind!