Now that Mercury retrograde is over, many Western New Yorkers can breathe a huge sigh of relief.

For the past few weeks, Mercury was in retrograde, causing some Buffalonians to hide under a table and not want to come out, believing their lives were about to collapse into total chaos.

When others hear the term “mercury retrograde,” they roll their eyes and continue with their lives.

Why does Mercury retrograde cause so many Western New Yorkers to freak out?

What is Mercury Retrograde?

A few times per year, most recently from September 9th through October 1st, the planet Mercury goes into “retrograde motion,” aka it looks like Mercury is moving backward in the sky. This is an optical illusion because every planet takes the same journey around the sun.

The Farmers Almanac describes it like this:

“Picture two cars on the highway going in the same direction in different lanes. If one car is driving faster than the other, the slower car will appear to go backward from the perspective of a person in the faster car, even though the slower car is still going pretty fast in the same direction.”

Why are some people so afraid of Mercury retrograde?

Astrologers believe that when Mercury is in retrograde, it can severely impact our lives around us by causing breakdowns in things like communication, travel, and details.

Basically, the weeks during Mercury retrograde can feel like your life is collapsing around you.

Whether you believe in the impact of Mercury retrograde or feel like it’s all a bunch of nonsense, you can’t deny some things happened during the past few weeks that were a little strange.

Here are some examples of Mercury retrograde affecting things in Buffalo…

Travel plans get disrupted.

Someone loses it over a miscommunication.

It takes you much longer to commute home than usual.

You make a questionable purchase.

You made a big mistake at work.


Other things that might have happened to you were your technology (phone, computer, etc.) went on the fritz, you got in a fight with your significant other, you forgot something important, or other things that made life these past few weeks a general nightmare.

Thankfully, we won't have to worry about Mercury retrograde happening again until December 29th...

Yup. Just in time for the new year. Great.

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