Happiness in Love

Don’t Worry If Your Love Life Isn’t Going As Planned — Blame It On Mercury In Retrograde!

If you’re down in the dumps or nothing seems to be going right, know that the stars will realign for you very, very soon…

By Laura Schreffler

Sometimes it’s normal to have a terrible day, when all you want to do is crawl under the covers with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, turn your phone off and watch back-to-back episodes of My So-Called Life or Sex & the City until you pass out. However, it is also normal to have the three-week stints that causes this self-hibernation— and that includes days when your love life just sucks. This, my friends, is what happens when the planet Mercury goes retrograde, which is why you may have the ‘mean reds’ (as Audrey Hepburn said in Breakfast at Tiffany‘s) right this very second. But what does this mean and how does it affect you?

If you don’t follow astrology, you probably won’t be reading this post… but you should be. What you should know: Mercury goes retrograde three to four times per year, and those times severely stink. Basically, the smallest planet causes the most problems. Mercury rules communication, and when it goes retrograde, everything goes wrong. You’ll have technological malfunctions, you won’t land a job you wanted (or if you do you won’t get exactly everything you want in the contract), you’ll fight with your friends. Worst of all, it impedes your love life. That guy that was so into you just days before Mercury went on its downward spiral will suddenly pretend you’re chopped liver or decide he’d rather be single than the supposed love of your life.

Although some astrologers describe Mercury in retrograde as a time of “review”, my good friend Susan Miller is more pragmatic about it. On her website, Astrologyzone, she’ll be straight up about telling you that things won’t go your way — but also gives you hope that things will improve when the planet is done being a little brat.

So when is this horrific period over? Fortunately for our first time of the year (and just as annoying as that thing we get once a month) it’s almost finito. This period of utter pandemonium has been transpiring since March 30th and finally ends 24 miserable days later on April 23rd. However, it does crop up again two more times in 2011: August 2nd to 26th and December 13th until the early days of 2012, so be wary.

But for now, chin up. The dog days are almost over. In two days, your world will be a happy place yet again. So don’t do anything rash, like drunkenly make a love confession to the guy who used to be into you or cry to him that you were “supposed to make babies together.” If you wait out this last few days, there’s a good chance he’ll come crawling back. How happy would you be then?

These 2 got married during Mercury Retrograde...

Read more from Laura at www.lovetrekker.com & follow her on twitter @thelovetrekker for more up to the minute posts on finding love!

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About the Author: Laura Schreffler is a former New York Daily News columnist who left the world of celebrity behind to focus on what makes her happiest — love and travel. She is the creator of LoveTrekker.com — a website devoted to these two passions that she fondly calls “looking for love in all the right places.” In her spare time she likes to play matchmaker for her friends, dream about her next vacation and gaze at photographs of Taylor Kitsch. For more advice on love, relationships, and happiness, check out http://lovetrekker.com & her book "Internet Dating 101". And follow her here at Happiness Series with her weekly blog about finding love.