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What does Mercury retrograde mean?

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Mercury Retrograde - Astrology Calendar

The Mercury Retrograde Cycle, every Zodiac sun sign has its own interaction and unique contribution with it in its own way.

The planet Mercury in the Solar system appears to be moving backward in the sky for an approximate period of 3 weeks at most and this happens four, or sometimes three, times in a complete year. In technical language, no planet can actually moves backward in their orbits around the Sun, so, “Appears” is the key word used here. In fact, their speed also don’t even reduces or slow down.

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As the Earth is also orbiting the Sun at a different speed than the other planets, so Retrograde-station-direct cycles are simply the illusions that result from our point of view from Earth. The planet Mercury amongst all other solar system planets turns retrograde more frequently than any other planet of the solar system. Whenever Mercury reaches its furthest distance from the Sun, it changes direction which can never be more than 28 degrees from the Sun.