I have had some requests from clients regarding what I REALLY think about Mercury retrograde periods. Several times a year, the planet Mercury appears to be going backwards. The key word here is “appears”.  We are in one of those times right now.  It started on Oct 21 and ends on Nov 10th. When folks talk about how everything goes wrong during a Mercury retrograde period, they are somewhat correct.  Think about what happens when you walk backwards.  It’s healthy to move the muscles in new ways, and by walking backwards you get a new viewpoint.  This isn’t a negative thing.  But you might bump into something, if you are not looking over your shoulder.  So my advice, during Mercury retrograde is to be extra on guard.   Be alert and make sure everything is as right as it can be.  Some of us were born during a Mercury retrograde period.  I am one of those people. During these times, it’s as if I am finally moving with the crowd….in a backward sort of way.  So things actually work out for me, since I am going with the overall flow.  As soon as it goes direct, I actually feel the way most of the world does when it is retrograde.   I think I am so used to this energetic reversal, that I don’t really worry about it one way or another. However for those of you born during a Mercury direct (going forward) period, you might feel these retrograde times in a more pointed way.  Hope this makes sense!  Let me know what your experiences have been!  The only way to understand Astrology is by personally experiencing it.