If you often have to ask yourself if Mercury is in retrograde because it seems like your life isn't functioning the way it should, you're likely pretty sensitive to changes in planetary movement. If this is you, you'll want to know the telltale signs Mercury retrograde is affecting you this summer more than other people. Chances are, if you have an inkling that you're getting the brunt of it, you are. We're not all equally sensitive to astrological events. Some people never even notice when the planet takes a backward motion in the sky. But if you're in tune with Mercury and feel it in your bones, whether it's your ruling planet or not, your life has been feeling a bit harder than it should lately.
The official retrograde started on Jul. 26 and will last until Aug. 19, though if you've been feeling off for the last two weeks, it might be due to Mercury's shadow period. Two weeks before and after the retrograde, the planet's motion is in a sort of shadow period, or transition period, which can cause similar effects as a retrograde. If you're typically affected more prominently than others during retrograde, you probably can't wait until it's over and I don't blame you. If you're a Gemini or a Virgo, you might be feeling completely out of control as you're ruled by the planet Mercury. Here are some of the easiest-to-spot signs that your retrograde is a bit more serious than everyone else's: