What is retrograde motion of the planet? In fact, it is apparent phenomenon. All the planets revolve around Sun in the same direction. However, there are times when planets move in the opposite direction for an observer from Earth. This is due to the perception of speed. Let us try to explain the mechanism of retrograde by a simple example. Imagine a car which ride around the ring. When we pass another vehicle, then we respect it moves away, as if moving back, though all the cars going in the same direction. In this case, we call the motion of the car retrograde.

Mercury changes its direction from direct to retrograde 3-4 times a year. Each period lasts about 20 days. At first glance, it’s not a long time, but for all of us it has been associated with many unfortunate accidents and unpleasant moments. Therefore let analyze this effect in more detail. Mercury in the retrograde movement passes alternately 3 phases: stationary, retrograde and direct motion. At first, the planet slows down and stops, ie becomes stationary. It may stay in the same degree 1 to 3 days or more. The second phase begins: a retrograde planet while moving backwards. After this the moment comes when the retrograde motion stops: this is the second stationary period. And finally, the planet resumes its forward motion.

In astrology, Mercury is associated with thinking and logic, communication and entrepreneurial skills, commerce, trade, contracts, documents and research work, as well as magic, fortune telling, knavery and deceit. Mercury retrograde motion is reflected in almost all spheres of life. At such times, people perceive the distorted reality. Important details elude out of sight and become known later, when Mercury in its direct motion passes the same point at which the information was received. Therefore, the period of Mercury retrograde is unfavorable for starting new businesses, designed for the long term. The body deteriorates conduction of nerve impulses, so waning attention, increased confusion, decreased reaction. The most common accidents occur, damage of vehicles, instruments, appliances and other mechanisms fail. All forms of communication and transport work inhibit. There are large numbers of typos, errors in printed documents, speech, speeches to the public. Delays, breakdowns of important agreements occur. News received during this period may be rumors. Mercury retrograde has relation to deception and fraud, requiring extremely careful in the process of buying and selling. The focus of the man is his past. Therefore, this period is very auspicious for getting rid of outdated ideas and bad habits.

Mercury has no significant impact on the formation of the fashion trends. However, the individual steps of the process of creating fashionable clothes are highly dependent on the celestial path of the planet. For example, the idea of ​​a new collection, which came from the designer during Mercury retrograde, may be unsuccessful. When choosing fabrics, accessories and related materials errors can occur. Their consumer properties may be quite different than previously thought. Production of clothing collection is likely to be met with a delay. Announcement of the new collection will not cause the expected response. In this period also is not desirable to conduct a fashion show. For individual consumers it is possible to buy a failed item, defective or the wrong size. So keep your sales receipt to be able to return the item to the store.

In Fashion Astrology, Mercury is responsible for connecting the individual parts into a whole. Under the influence of this planet there are different types of fasteners: buttons, zippers, Velcro. It is therefore quite natural that in the moment of changing the motion of Mercury all these details are beginning to break, tear and they require a repair. At the same time, during the Mercury retrograde we want to go back in time, to revive our memories. And the old, disused clothing can play an important role in this process.

Now let’s summarize and present specific recommendations.

In everyday life

Not recommended:

– to start projects related to trade, transport, communications, media and publishing business;
– to sign the contract;
– to purchase durable goods, communications equipment, vehicles,
– to trust the information without checking.


– to return to unfinished business;
– to elaborate and refine the projects started earlier;
– to correct the mistakes;
– to repair cars, appliances, furniture;
– to purchase items for resale;
– to eliminate stocks of old things;
– to abandon unproductive relationships, outdated ideas, bad habits.

In fashion

Not recommended:

– to buy new things: clothes, shoes and accessories;
– to begin tailoring and shoe-making;
– to conduct an advertising campaign;
– to open a new store;
– to recruit staff for the job in fashion area.


– to restore order in your wardrobe;
– to give clothes to the dry cleaners or the restoration;
– to adapt the old clothes, repair shoes;
– to change their image and improve their own individual style,
– to pick up new accessories;
– to alter buttons and buckles.

Mercury retrograde periods for 2022-2025

December 29, 2022 – January 18, 2023

April 21, 2023 – May 15, 2023

August 23, 2023 – September 15, 2023

December 13, 2023 – January 2, 2024

April 2, 2024 – April 25, 2024

August 5, 2024 – August 28, 2024

November 26, 2024 – December 15, 2024

March 15, 2025 – April 7, 2025

July 18, 2025 – August 11, 2025

November 9, 2025 – November 29, 2025