By Annette Cole Mastron, Communications Director for Southern Writers Magazine
Since I'm not an astrology follower or a student of astronomy, I had no idea what the term meant. Being a writer, I did what writers do, researched the term. The good news is “Mercury in retrograde” last period of 2013 started October 21 and ended November 11. The bad news it happens three times every year at different periods during each year.
According to "The Old Farmer's Almanac, we are all influenced when Mercury is in retrograde." The planet Mercury is known as the planet governing truth, transportation and communications. When planets appear to be moving backwards this illusion is referred to as a planet "in retrograde." A lot of planets have this "retrograde illusion" but Mercury seems to cause the most negative issues. Who knew?
I think this phenomenon makes for an interesting consideration given November is National Novel Writing Month. A number of authors I know are having troubles meeting their daily word count goals, according to their posts on various social media sites. Is “Mercury in retrograde" to blame? Sorry, I think, NOT, nice try but the period has ended.
Forget “Mercury in retrograde” it's over and finish your novel. Fourteen days of November has past, it's okay. There is plenty of time for you to reach your goal and finish that novel!