As one planet catches up to the other, at certain times in the year, it appears as though Mercury is slowing down and moving backwards – much like speeding up to pass a car.
The word retrograde itself comes from the Latin word “retrogradus”, which means “backward step”.
In more spiritual or astrological terms, Mercury Retrograde can usher in a lot of confusion, tension and disruption into your life.
Relationships are said to take a hit, arguments break out at every chance and your ability to strike up a conversation just vanishes into thin air.
You may, therefore, want to prepare yourself for what is about to come by knowing when exactly Mercury will plant the seeds of chaos this year.