2020 has been full of chaos, stress, and moments that no one could have imagined. Some people would say that it is apparent bad luck It could be linked to the movement of the stars and if so, this unusual year could still have some not-so-pleasant surprise in store for its closure. The reason? The infamous Mercury retrograde.
In recent days, a page from the Government of Mexico, specifically that of the National lottery, published a text on Mercury retrograde. The curious publication drew attention because no one expected a page of the federal government to focus on the dissemination of topics of this style.
The astrological government of Mexico. pic.twitter.com/h5zFNH4Htl
– Aurelio Asiain (@aasiain) October 16, 2020
The text, which is no longer available, referred to the Negative effects caused by Mercury in retrograde and gave recommendations to overcome the celestial phenomenon without major complications.
Of course, the reaction of Internet users was immediate and they mostly took it with humor.
Is it for real? Not that the ouija and tarot lead the country
– Arnie Aréchiga (@arniemanson) October 16, 2020
The morning must have its astrology section
– Ulises Torrentera (@UlisesTorrenter) October 16, 2020
Why do we want to invest in science if Walter Mercado’s science exists! Nothing could go wrong !!
– Christian (@ChristianMDLR) October 16, 2020
According to the astrologyMercury retrograde is a period that negatively affects many areas of life. However, this phenomenon also has an explanation scientific. Since the Government of Mexico decided to erase its controversial text, here we tell you what both perspectives consist of.
Mercury retrograde according to astrology
If you believe in astrology, surely you have heard of Mercury retrograde. This celestial movement is known to be a period in which life in general becomes more complicated.
According to astrology, it is common to take bad decisions or meet different obstacles in everyday life during Mercury retrograde.
The retrogression Mercury refers to the fact that this planet, which is the closest to the Sun and takes only 88 days to surround it, reaches a point in its orbit, compared to Earth, where it appears to change direction and move backwards.
Since astrology believes that the planets, the Sun and other stars influence what happens on Earth, the strange movement is seen with suspicion, as the website mentions Farmers’ Almanac.
Furthermore, Mercury was named after the greek god of the same name, who was believed to be in charge of the communication and the transport.
Therefore, astrology believes that when this inner planet enters retrogression, all aspects of life related to transportation and communication are negatively affected.
Mercury retrograde in 2020
Due to its short orbit, compared to that of Earth, Mercury goes into retrograde motion of three to four times a year for about three weeks at a time.
In 2020, Mercury retrograde took place from February 16 to March 9 (in Pisces). After a short break from this dreaded phenomenon, we re-experienced it from the June 8 to July 12 (in Cancer).
If you thought that the chaos of 2020 could not get worse, you are wrong – or so astrology says – since the last Mercury retrograde of this year goes from October 13 to November 3 (in Scorpio).
Therefore, those who believe in astrology suggest that, during Mercury retrograde, avoid making important decisions and prepare for last minute complications, in addition to consulting your horoscope to anticipate possible obstacles, as mentioned on the website Astrocenter.
Mercury retrograde according to astronomy
Regardless of the superstitions astrology, the truth is that the retrograde movement of the planets does exist although in reality it is a optical illusion.
According to John Cirillo on the project Astroinfo, “Retrograde motion is the orbital motion of a body in the opposite direction to normal in other space bodies of the same system.”
All the planets of our Solar system they move in only one direction. However, the retrogression It occurs when one of the planets appears to change the direction of its orbit for a certain time, or at least it appears that way from Earth.
Depending on the size of the planet in question, the retrogression it can go on for weeks or even months.
The retrograde movement long puzzled the greek astronomers, so much so that it was one of the reasons why they called these stars “planets”, which in Greek means “pilgrims”, according to Astroinfo.
In addition, they considered that the Earth was static and that it was located at the center of the Solar System. Thus, for more than 1,500 years, the geocentric model of Ptolemy served to explain this phenomenon by means of a complex model of orbits.
It wasn’t until the Heliocentric model of Copernicus showed that the Earth moves around the Sun that retrograde was understood to have a much simpler explanation: it is simply a optical illusion.
According to the YouTube channel Astronomic Limit, “If we could stop the rotation of the Earth and observe the sky in fast motion, we would see how the stars move in a joint movement in the same direction. But the planets make a stranger motion.
At first, they seem to move the same way, from East to West, but there comes a point where they stop and travel backwards, from West to East. Then they stop again and keep traveling forward, from East to West. ” This is the description of retrograde motion.
When an outer planet approaches its opposition, the Earth will travel faster, as established by Kepler’s laws. When our planet overtakes the outer planet, it will appear that that planet changes direction and backs up.
In the case of the inner planets, as Astronomic Limit explains, retrogradation occurs when the planet in question approaches the lower conjunction and passes the Earth in an apparently retrograde motion.
The retrogression It is a minimal part of the movement of the planets and its duration varies according to the size of the orbit of each one.
So now you know, regardless of whether you decide to be cautious during Mercury retrograde, As astrology recommends, or if you prefer to see it from an astronomical point of view, the retrogradation of the planets is a celestial movement that we can see with certain tools from Earth.