Let’s break it down for the simple-minded men out there (ourselves included). Technically speaking, to be in retrograde, means that something is moving backwards (kind of like my brain researching this story). So to say that ‘Mercury is retrograde’ means that Mercury, the planet, is moving backwards. And while this is not physically possible, due to our position in the solar system, there are times when Mercury appears to be moving backwards from Earth.
“Mate, this is not Men’s Astrology, what do the planets have to do with my relationship?” Great question, and it all ties back to horoscopes.
Apparently each planet is associated with various facets of modern life (almost as if when the universe started they knew we’d have laptops breaking down millions of years later). According to The Astrology Dictionary, Mercury is associated with communication, travel and technology, and when a planet is in retrograde, people will experience problems in these areas of life.
Given that these areas of modern life are where most of our frustrations arise, those in tune with astrology love to blame inconveniences on Mercury’s retrograde when applicable. So if you and your girl are struggling with communication... it's not you, it's Mercury. Phew.
As a general public service announcement, Mercury will be in retrograde for most of the month, ending on August 18, so be on the lookout for any potential arguments with the Missus in this period.
In more positive news, we’ll then have 3 months of astrological bliss, until Mercury throws out the daily routine of star-gazers everywhere in November. So enjoy the peace while it lasts.