You may have heard people blaming ‘mercury retrograde’ for their failing relationship, lack of good luck, or irritable mood – but what is it, and why is everybody so obsessed?!

What Actually is Mercury Retrograde?

Technically, mercury retrograde is an optical illusion which causes the planet to look as though it is moving backward from our view here on earth. Astrologers believe that because of this, communication and technology might be affected and even disrupted, bringing with it negative energy, which can impact our mood.

Why Are People Obsessed With Mercury Retrograde? 

There is evidently a considerable interest in mercury retrograde and its effects, and the reason for this is that the phenomenon affects everyone in a fairly consistent way. It’s also easy to recognize when this is happening. For example, people often complain of feeling down and suffering from a lack of motivation when Mercury is in retrograde. Still, it’s reassuring to have a possible explanation for this, so you also know that you’re not the only one feeling the effects.

Should We Believe in Mercury Retrograde?

Although people are more intrigued than ever about mercury retrograde, there remains no actual proof or substantial evidence to say that it is having a direct impact on our moods, relationships, and day-to-day lives. However, the more it is spoken about, the more people seem to believe in the possibility that the planets can actually control our lives to some extent. For now, though, if blaming Mercury retrograde for your unusually out-of-control hanger or skipping this week’s gym session makes you feel better, then we’re not gonna judge!

Do you believe in Mercury retrograde?