Up until a year or so ago, the concept of Mercury in retrograde meant nothing to me. I was blissfully unaware (although probably feeling it on some level) that the little planet called Mercury has some pretty interesting tricks up its sleeve when it’s spinning backwards.

First things first, virgos and geminis feel the effects of Mercury in retrograde the most. I am a VIRGO, capital V. So that’s no bueno for me.

Now let’s leave the explanation up to AstrologyZone. If you have never read Susan’s horoscopes on AstrologyZone before. YOU ARE MISSING OUT in a big way.

What happens when Mercury retrogrades? You miss appointments, your computer equipment crashes, checks get lost, you find the car you just purchased during Mercury retrograde is a lemon. (Or, you hate your haircut, the lamp you bought shorts out, your sister hates her birthday gift.) There will be countless delays, cancellations and postponements–but know these will benefit you in the long run. Don’t fight them, although your frustration level and feeling of restlessness will be hard to cope with at times.

Here’s how I experience it…I get flustered, frustrated and kind of whiny about Mercury in retrograde. I get this feeling of constantly climbing uphill only to be kicked back down to the bottom again. But as with most challenging circumstances in life, Mercury also offers us an opportunity to step up to the plate and to close off lessons we might not have done so previously.

Why would the Universe give us Mercury retrograde? Because to move forward it is sometimes necessary to backtrack and reconfigure our paths in life. It is important to reconsider, repair, reflect, and reconnect. Mercury forces us to slow down and fix what’s broken, and in so doing, rethink things. It also gives us time to get to projects we have put on the back-burner.

I don’t like to use Mercury in retrograde as a cop out or an excuse to feel bad. That’s just setting the intention for negative stuff to show up. However, it’s always good to be in the know about why you might be experience stronger emotions or frustrations.

*Both quotes are taken from AstrologyZone.