Mercury Retrograde Isn’t Real: It’s Not Your Horoscope, It’s Your Habits

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to put the hammer down on “Mercury retrograde.” It isn’t real.

Unlike most women’s lifestyle sites, we don’t cover horoscopes on StyleFox, and that is intentional. We don’t cover horoscopes or pseudo-science such as “Mercury retrograde” because it’s unfounded, scientifically incorrect, and moreover, bad advice.

Afterall, we appreciate facts based on science and research. Fact checking is profoundly important and yet wildly underutilized these days. Which is why you should always do your due diligence before believing what you read on the internet. (Of course, you don’t have to listen to us about this subject, but you should probably listen to NASA.) ?

The truth is, “Mercury retrograde” is simply an optical illusion. Mercury retrograde touters believe the planet of Mercury starts to go in reverse during certain times of the year causing our “energy” to go off-kilter resulting in problems and mishaps. However, the scientific fact is all planets rotate around the sun in the same direction and that never changes. What does happen during an alleged “Mercury retrograde” is that an optical illusion is created due to our relative position and slower pace of orbit. Nothing is going in reverse, it just appears that way because Mercury’s orbit is smaller and faster than Earth’s. When Mercury starts to pass Earth, it creates the illusion of going in reverse.

And that’s it. There is no “Mercury retrograde.” You’re fine. All is well –you got this.

To tell people that an event with absolutely no scientific backing or real fact-based research has any effect on their lives for the sake of clicks is irresponsible. Further, it implies that individuals are not in control of their lives when they most certainly are. And that is really good news, isn’t it? To know you are fully in control of your life and mood despite what is happening around you. We may not always be able to control the world around us, but we are able to choose our reactions and habits.

When you’re having a bad day it’s not “Mercury retrograde” or any other “cosmic” force; it’s just an unfortunate set of events and that’s called “life.” It’s not always perfect, and that’s actually a good thing. Let me explain why; when was the last time you experienced growth, positive change or a serious reevaluation of your life and goals? Was it when everything was going perfect and amazing? Unlikely.

The reality is, we grow from adversity and challenges in life. It’s a quintessential human experience to have pain and suffering be the driving force for positive change. Adversity is often a necessary stepping stone to greatness. Viktor Frankl said it best, “What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him.”

“What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him.” -Viktor Frankl

So, next time you’re having a challenging day or not seeing the results you want, look to your habits, not your horoscopes. Your habits are the foundation of all the results in your life, and the great thing about habits is that you can change them. “The universe” is not in control of your life, you are. Now go out and get it!

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