When Is Mercury In Retrograde During 2018? Memorize These Dates!

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When Is Mercury In Retrograde? How To Survive These 2018 Dates
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Better to be prepared now than to panic later.

We all go through certain times during the year when it feels like nothing can go right. And when you've been in through a streak of bad luck like that and shared your stories of frustration with a friend, you may have heard them wonder something along the lines of, "Is Mercury in retrograde?" In which case you say to yourself, "What does that even mean?"

 

 

Or you may be that friend who is well aware of how that fussy little planetary inconvenience ruffled your feathers in the part and now you're wondering, "When will Mercury be retrograde in 2018? How often does that happen anyway"

When Mercury goes retrograde, it often means that chaos, disorder, and disasters seem to plague our lives every single day. It can be enough to make you break out into a cold sweat just thinking about it!

 

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You wake up to discover that you fell out of bed in the middle of the night. You ignore a phone call, only to find out it was a friend offering you a ticket to a show you were dying to see, and which she has since given to someone who, you know, cared enough to answer her call. Your boss gets furious with you out of nowhere, no matter how much of an effort you make. Your boyfriend suddenly wants to have "a talk." And even though you've been on a serious paleo diet, you've somehow managed to GAIN 5 brand new pounds. 

What. The Eff. Is going on?! 

But try not to panic, dear heart. What's going on one of the most annoying astrological events of the year, and thankfully, there are ways to plan and prepare in advance for the survival of your job, your friendships, your relationships, and your general well-being.

To begin with, it's important to know that Mercury retrogrades between three and four times each year for three weeks as a time.

The Mercury retrograde calendar for 2018 is as follows:

  • March 22 – April 15, 2018: In fire-sign of Aries
  • July 25 - August 18, 2018: In fire-sign of Leo
  • November 16 - December 06, 2018: In fire-sign Sagittarius, ends in water-sign Scorpio

What does this mean exactly?

According to astrologers, when Mercury goes retrograde, it appears to move backward in its own orbit. Astronomers explain that this is actually the effect of an optical illusion.

Scientists explain the phenomenon as follows:

"Finding the facts about Mercury's retrograde motion is complicated because it's both a real and imagined phenomenon... [If] a person were able to trace Mercury's position during retrograde — which is a challenge, because the sun blocks our view — they'd end up with a line that changes direction. This is because Mercury retrograde is an optical illusion resulting from our position (on Earth) relative to Mercury... The term 'retrograde' in this instance refers to a perceived reversal in the standard west-to-east movement of Mercury through the stars... Its orbit is smaller and faster than Earth's. When its orbit catches up to and passes Earth, it creates the illusion that Mercury is backtracking."

Regardless, experience shows that the zodiac's antics seem to have a rather serious impact on all of us down here on planet Earth.

 

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In particular, this event impacts each of the zodiac signs' ability to communicate, which is only natural given that Mercury was the messenger of the gods.

 

 

To help you make it through these awkward periods in the future, here are 5 things NOT to do when Mercury is retrograde. (Mark your 2018 calendar now!)

1. Get married... or divorced.

When Mercury pulls back, the last thing you want to do is try to seriously alter an important relationship in your life. It's bound not to go the way you planned. So if you're engaged and thinking of choosing a wedding date, avoid doing any of these 3-week periods.

By the same token, you don't exactly want to decide to end your marriage or a serious relationship during this time either. While you might be feeling stuck when it comes to how the two of your are communicating, hold off on making any major changes in your relationship dynamic until this period of time has passed.

 

2. Get a haircut.

Don't decided to chop off your waist length hair or pierce your septum or get that new full sleeve of tattoos that you've been dreaming of until Mercury is back in its regular orbit. While making a change in your appearance is a great way to get a fresh start, very often these dramatic changes involves the help of a professional.

In order to get the look that you crave, you're going to have to be able to clearly and thoughtfully explain what you want to this professional. That's hard enough under the best of circumstances. With Mercury in Retrograde it's going to be harder now than ever to communicate what you really want. Don't worry, you can do whatever you want to yourself once the reign of chaos has ended.

 

3. Quit your job... or start a new one.

Your main goal during these phases is weathering the storm. Taking the opportunity to look inward. Journal. Meditate. Exercise. Spend time with yourself. But do not decide that the only way to change the chaos in your life is to get yourself a new gig, even if you've been thinking about quitting the job forever.

Starting a new job means presenting the best possible version of yourself, and that's something you just can't do during this season. Quitting during this time is also ill-advised because you don't want to accidentally say the wrong thing and burn all of your bridges. Sit on that impulse. You can still trust your gut, just put a waiting period on following through. 

 

4. Spend a lot of money. 

One of the best things about being an adult in this world is having your own income. Of course, it can also be one of the biggest headaches.

If you're anything like, uh, everyone I know, when you're stressed out or unhappy it's easy to try and treat yourself with a little bit of retail therapy. Buying a nice bath bomb or ordering pizza for dinner one night is all fine and well, but avoid making major purchases. I'm talking, houses, cars, boats, etc. Seriously don't buy a boat. In addition to impacting your communication, Mercury can also have an impact on electronic devices. I would hate for your fancy new car or flat screen TV to end up being a major bust.

 

5. Make ANY major decisions.

If you're considering making any other major decisions, that's awesome. Talk about them. Journal about them. Make a vision board. Do everything you do to help you brainstorm and sort out big ideas for your life. But hold off on making any final decisions.

When Mercury is retrograde little is going to go in your favor. It's better to simply focus on maintaining the status quo rather than reaching for the stars during this time.

Your big dreams can come to fruition once this is all over. Now is the time for introspection for action would be disastrous. 

 

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Rebecca Jane Stokes is a sex, humor and lifestyle writer living in Brooklyn, New York with her cat, Batman. She hosts the sex, love, and dating advice show, Becca After Dark on YourTango's Facebook Page every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:15 pm Eastern. For more of her work, check out her Tumblr

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