Mercury in Retrograde: a timeless explanation to, seemingly uncalled for, utter misery

This photo is the artist property of Nicole Felicity. Taken at Central Park, New York.

This photo is the artist property of Nicole Felicity. Taken at Central Park, New York.

  • A deep cough that won’t subdue
  • A groggy voice that won’t awaken
  • Untimely bloating and facial breakouts
  • Fatigue
  • Hot flashes
  • Weakened ability to communicate efficiently

They say that this is time, the change of the seasons, where the masses will find themselves sick and miserable.

In the northeastern section of the United States, the summers are warm, and August uncomfortably sticky. Though Autumn officially begins in late September, the majority of the month can prove to be just as unbearably humid, if not more-so. In Pennsylvania, we grew up fondly referring to this phenomenon as an “Indian Summer”. And though we wanted to find refuge in the air conditioned indoors, as children, we still chose to bake in the sun, knowing that the approaching kiss of Jack Frost would stubbornly linger in the air.

Separately, the symptoms I have listed above, would most likely be diagnosed as a head cold from the abrupt weather change. Maybe, in concern to the sudden irritability and emotional disinterest, seasonal depression.

I, just as recently as two weeks ago, found myself to be guilty of such self-diagnoses. However, when I noticed that my symptoms weren’t adding up, and my body wasn’t reacting to the typical medicines, I was lost to find another explanation. That was until, spirit guides and guardian angels willing, I stumbled across an Instagram post that made sense of my frustrating ailments: the procession of Mercury in Retrograde.  Continue reading