Oh no, Mercury is in retrograde again! What does that mean, anyway?

And it lasts until Election Day

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When there are times of trouble, there’s only one thing to do: blame Mercury.

From Oct. 13 right up until Election Day on Nov. 3, the planet Mercury will be in retrograde, which is a notable event for those who love astrology.

For those who are unfamiliar, here are some answers to a few key questions about what exactly that means.

What is it, when Mercury is in retrograde?

Three times a year, it appears as if Mercury is traveling backward in the sky, opposite of the Earth’s orbit. The other times in 2020 were from Feb. 18 to March 9 and from June 17 to July 12.

It’s an illusion with the appearance that Mercury is speeding past the Earth, according to Astrology Zone.

Why is Mercury in retrograde significant for Earth?

Mercury is the planet that rules all communication, according to astrologist Georgia Nicols. The idea is, when Mercury appears to be in retrograde, it leads to disruptions on Earth.


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