Oh Mercury, you silly little planet, why are you killing me?

Whenever I have heard the term,"Mercury is in retrograde," it is usually accompanied by a look of fear or spoken with an uneasy tone.

Ooooooo, so New Agey!

What does it mean? Supposedly as Mercury, that tiny little planet that is closest to the sun, flies past us in it's obital trek, there are periods where it appears to turn around and go the wrong way. Ancient star-peeps thought it was actually going backwards but Astrologyzone.com really explains this phenomenon well:

If you were in a car and another car passed you, you could tell it was going faster than you. But if it slowed down and you then passed it, it would appear that that car was actually going backward. Then when the other car speeds up and passes you again, it kicks up all of the dust in the road. As Mercury speeds by, it is like a train flying past, creating a powerful, turbulent gust of “wind” in its wake.

Mercury is in retrograde April 9 to May 3 which means here we are right inside it's crazy Napoleon complex. During this period basically anything involving communication should be entered into very cautiously or not at all. Don't sign contracts, don't buy a house, your electronics will laugh at you when you approach them.

I can tell you my observations: Mercury is a jerk. I think it's time that Venus or maybe even, yes, the sun, had a talk with it and put it on the right path. I understand all about wanting to fly under the radar but wow, Mercury, get your s*** together, would you? You can be replaced. Remember Pluto? Just sayin'