Astrologers and Instagram mystics alike have been in a tizzy over the fact that Mercury is currently in retrograde, an astrological phenomenon that reportedly causes everything and anything that has to do with communication, technology, or travel to go completely awry. While some astrologers are warning that the event will wreak havoc on your emotional life, other people are wondering if Mercury retrograde could possibly cause depression or anxiety, even indirectly. However, this is not even remotely true. There’s absolutely no credible science to back up the claims that the planets are messing with your day-to-day life or emotional well-being. There are plenty of reasons you might be feeling sadder than usual during this time of year — but none of them have to do with our solar system's smallest planet.
What exactly does it mean when people say the first planet from the sun is in “retrograde” anyways? According to Live Science author Taylor Kubota, “the term ‘retrograde’ in this instance refers to a perceived reversal in the standard west-to-east movement of Mercury through the stars. While some objects in space do experience true retrograde motion, Mercury's backtracking is an issue of perspective.” So, while it may appear that Mercury is reversing its course, the apparent change is really just an optical illusion caused by our perspective on Earth. The astrological event is definitely not behind your woes and worries, but here’s are some potential reasons why you may be feeling extra emotional during Mercury retrograde.