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Mercury in retrograde: we Need to count on 3 weeks of bad luck?

Mercury is expected to enter retrograde on March 22 to April 15.

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If you are experiencing a spell of bad luck, a lot of people may ask you the same question: is Mercury in retrograde? Astrologers believe that the planet is to blame for the set of periods of adversity, down to Earth and it going to happen again on Thursday.

Mercury is expected to enter retrograde, which, in turn, the opposite direction in relation to other planets within the solar system, for the first time in 2018 ast approximately 7:19 pm, and on Thursday. It remains in that position until April 15.

“Normally, the planets move west-to-east through the stars in the night. This is referred to as prograde motion”, a blog post by NASA’s Astrophysics Science Division (ASD) is explained. “However, peridiocally the motion changes and they move east-to-west through the stars. We call this retrograde motion.”

When planets go through retrograde, they just seem to be moving in the opposite direction as we look up at the sky from the Earth.

“It’s not REALLY that the planet does not physically start moving backwards in its orbit to the earth,” ASS clarified. “It seems to do this because of the relative positions of the planet and the Earth and how they move around the Sun.”

From our point of view, that it seems as if the planet is to make a giant “loop-di-loop or squiggle” in the sky, The Washington Post described in a post last spring.

Because Mercury is the closest planet to the sun, around the large star in the center of the solar system faster than any other planet – “every 88 earth days, traveling through space at nearly 112,000 mph,” according to Space.com.

Therefore, Mercury tends to undergo, this effect is more frequenty than its neighbors, about every four months. And each time, astrologers warn the people to prepare themselves for weeks of bad first dates, work, frustration, and a host of other problems.

Some believe that the idea of the planet to turn back represents a suggestion that people should go back to their lives. So it is a bad idea to start with something new – relationships, projects, etc. –Mercury is officially retrograde, astrology believers recommended.

The superstition has grown over the years. Someone even created a website called ismercuryinretrograde.com for the tracking of the astrological event, and an explanation of why something is “bumming you out.”

#MercuryRetrograde : drink plenty of water and meditate. ?

— Psychic Medium Lisa Marie Mansfield (@fairygarden5) March 22, 2018

Oh yes, we are back to this for about three weeks…pay attention to your tongue during this difficult time!#mercuryretrograde #life #mistake #mercury #communication #patience #planetaryshifts #obstacles https://t.co/hZUdbkaM5D pic.twitter.com/K2SxRABcyP

— Stacey Naito IFBBPro (@StaceyNaito) March 22, 2018

Astronomers, on the other hand, has repeatedly rejected the theory that Mercury has no influence on your mood or the outcome of your day.

“The idea that the severity of these very distant bodies affects our lives in a way that simply does not work in the context of physics,” Jean-Luc Margot is a planetary astronomer and a professor at UCLA, told LiveScience back in 2016.

When Mercury goes retrograde, and everyone starts freaking out about communication, but the chart has a natal mercury retrograde and it does not affect you because you are always so pic.twitter.com/WPD7l3JwEC

— k8 (@eightgourds) March 22, 2018

Columbia University astronomy professor David Helfand agreed, to emphasize that the event is just an illusion and has no deeper meaning.

“Magical thinking isn’t going to solve our problems],” he told the New York Post in 2015. “Astrology is no physical mechanism to explain any physical force. It is not necessary to explain anything.”

Many people want to point blame at someone – or something – but whether or not Mercury is in retrograde or not, you are ultimately responsible for your own actions and life, Helfand added.

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