What It Means If You Were Born During Mercury Retrograde

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When Mercury is retrograde, it brings chaos into your life.

You will probably find that you have lost all common sense and logic. You most likely will start making abnormal choices. And you’ll notice that every irritating thing that could possibly happen, will — such as awkward conversations, data crashes, traffic, unfortunate run-ins with your ex, and many more inconvenient and uncomfortable situations.

But if you were born during Mercury retrograde, don’t for one second think you’ll have horrible luck in life.

What does it mean if you were born in a retrograde?

People who are born while Mercury is in retrograde can be some of the most innovative and creative people. They may feel misunderstood, which causes them to feel like an outsider, sometimes leading to a loss of self-worth.

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If you were born during Mercury retrograde...

1. You think inwardly.

You may have noticed that you think much deeper than everyone else and are more skeptical. Just like Mercury appears to move backwards, you see things the same way; for any idea or argument presented, you look at it from all sides — backwards, forwards, and sideways.

2. You feel a bit like a loner.

While there’s nothing wrong with being a loner, you may have felt that, throughout your life, people don’t quite understand you. But you simply think much differently than others, and have an alternate approach to refining your skills.

3. You’re an innovator.

When Mercury enters retrograde, those born in this 21-day period find that they experience a boost of energy and intelligence. Because of your unique mind, you find that you’re good at speaking (Mercury is the planet of communication, after all) and have stimulating conversations.

4. You have a particular sense of humor.

Because you perceive things differently and think internally, your sense of humor borders on absurdity. But that silliness makes you stand out from the rest, and gives you an even more unique personality.

How do you know if you were born during a retrograde?

When you were born, Mercury was either retrograde or direct. Of course, there’s a higher chance of being born when this planet is direct, as Mercury only goes retrograde three or four times a year, for a 21-day span of time; this planet is in retrograde 19 percent of the time, so that’s about a 1 in 5 chance.

To determine if you were born during Mercury retrograde, there are plenty of free natal chart calculators available. Once you determine Mercury’s placement in your chart, you can cross-reference it with this list of all the dates and times Mercury was retrograde, from 1900 to 2000.

Or, you can simply search for a birth chart that includes whether or not you were, in fact, born during a Mercury retrograde.

Why does Mercury retrograde affect humans?

Because Mercury is a planet that rules almost every important aspect of life, especially services, technology, and information, when this planet is retrograde, it can mess up anything communication-based.

These issues can range from something small, like having problems with your computer, or something on a larger scale, like having important documents lost in the mail.

Though Mercury only appears to move backwards and is actually an optical illusion, those who believe in its influence know that there’s a greater power at work.

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How Mercury Retrograde In Your Natal Chart Affects Each Zodiac Sign

Aries (March 21 - April 19)

Aries, with Mercury retrograde in your chart, you become frazzled during each retrograde.

You may find that you are much more impulsive and you get frustrated easily. Be aware of your actions so you don't say something you don't mean and then lose your friendships.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20)

Taurus, you need to make conscious decisions during Mercury retrograde.

You need to slow down and think things through, which is the complete opposite of what happens when Mercury is retrograde, because it’s common to be impulsive. To avoid that, take your time making decisions.

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Gemini (May 21 - June 20)

Gemini, your life is turned upside down during Mercury retrograde. You find that your usually good communication skills disappear. And you are more prone to miscommunications.

Cancer (June 21 - July 22)

Cancer, you should expect some very bad annoyances during retrograde periods.

You become irritated that the projects you started haven't been finished. Expect the unexpected, and don't let anything overwhelm you.

Leo (July 23 - August 22)

Leo, stop and think before you make any big decisions during Mercury retrograde.

You don't want to be compelled to make decisions you normally wouldn’t. You have to be aware of what you are doing, so take a minute and think so you can keep the mistakes to a minimum.

Virgo (August 23 - September 22)

Virgo, during Mercury retrograde, you are challenged beyond your wildest dreams.

You notice that you are much more cranky and irritable. Some mistakes may even slip underneath your nose. So, always double check your work.

Libra (September 23 - October 22)

Libra, you need to accept yourself for who you are during Mercury retrograde.

You need to learn to love your body and see how beautiful you are on the inside, as well as on the outside. Don't be afraid to take time to pamper yourself so you can relax and regain your strength to tackle what's coming.

Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)

Scorpio, be aware that emotions go haywire during Mercury retrogrades. You need to avoid the possibility of falling in love because you will fall hard and fast into something that may not be what you think it is.

Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)

Sagittarius, during Mercury retrograde, you need to consider halting your travels. You must take care of things at home so you can resume your travel schedule later on.

Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)

Capricorn, you may want to hide the credit cards during Mercury retrograde.

If you make big purchases, be prepared for mistakes to happen, such as paperwork problems, directions, moving times, and deliveries. If you do decide to take risks and do excessive buying, pay close attention so you don't have any details slip through the cracks.

Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)

Aquarius, if you were born during Mercury retrograde, and then Mercury enters retrograde again, you are prone to starting arguments.

You easily misunderstand things and have miscommunication with people around you, sparking anger. Be aware so you can watch your actions.

Pisces (February 19 - March 20)

Pisces, you find that you have your head in the clouds during Mercury retrograde.

You easily start daydreaming because you want to escape reality. It's not a negative time in your life, just be aware of how much you are not actually present.

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