When Is Mercury Retrograde 2019? Here's When You Can Expect Sh*t to Hit the Fan This Year

Roya Backlund
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Is your ex blowing up your phone with "I miss you" texts? Are you running late to every appointment? Is it harder than ever to find the motivation to get things done? Sounds like you've got a case of Mercury Retrograde, so feel free to blame all these inconveniences on the most infamous astrological transit of all. If you were hoping for a season of smooth sailing, you might want to think again, because Mercury Retrograde is here from Oct. 31 until Nov. 20.

What is Mercury Retrograde, anyway? Everyone's talking about it, but what is it exactly? Well, in astrology, Mercury is the messenger planet. It's responsible for the way you think, plan ahead, get from point A to point B, and of course, exchange information with others. When it's undergoing apparent retrograde motion, Mercury is essentially traveling back in time, which tends to bring up unresolved issues from your past. Since it's not functioning in the forward-moving way Mercury is used to, this transit causes loads of technological and communication mishaps. So, really, it's not totally your fault you accidentally sent your crush a screenshot of your conversation that you meant to send to your best friend. Mercury retrograde has to take some of the blame.

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The Mercury retrograde taking place in October-November 2019 begins in the passionate, loyal, and resourceful Scorpio. This zodiac sign has everything to do with your emotions hidden beneath the surface. When Mercury retrogrades in this sexual and emotional sign, it puts your relationships and financial situation to the test. It can call attention to past issues in your life that you may not have dealt with, causing you to finally confront them and put them to bed. You might be extra emotional during this time, but trust that you can heal and become stronger than ever.

So, how do you get through Mercury Retrograde? Try not to force things to happen a certain way, and do your best not to make any hasty commitments. Things aren't likely to stick during Mercury Retrograde. Instead, use this energy to revise old projects and revisit issues that still need your attention. In fact, Mercury Retrograde can be an incredibly beneficial transit if you're searching for closure. You might as well make the best of it, right?