Mercury Retrograde

Astronomy is at loggerheads with astrology when it comes to Mercury Retrograde, in which Mercury, the planet associated with communication, appears to move backwards and seemingly causes chaos, tension, missed flights, crashed computers and lost phones!

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  • Astrology is an ancient science first documented in Hindu cultures, along with Chinese and Maya civilizations.
  • Astrology articles dating back to the mid-18th century note that farmers would sync the planting schedule based on the planetary configurations.
  • During the Victorian era, interest in astrology boomed, and many astrologers connected Mercury Retrograde with heavy rainfall, ill omens and minor inconveniences.
  • By 1970, horoscopes became mainstream, with newspaper articles giving full attention to the planetary phenomenon that is apparently affecting our lives.

Scientific calculations show that the gravitational effect of Mercury is negligible, the backward moving effect of Mercury during the retrograde phase is simply an illusion, a trick of perspective.

Modern science, therefore, concludes that the hoopla of Mercury retrograde is just confirmation bias, and the problems, snags and delays continue throughout the year, not just when the planet shifts to back gear.

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