It happens three to four times a year for approximately three weeks at a time. When you add the pre- and post-shadow phases, there’s an additional four weeks of tumult and perceived chaos in our lives that we dread well in advance. That event is Mercury Retrograde, which is when the planet appears to go in reverse orbit in our skies. It’s an illusion of our fixed-point perspective, but it’s turbulent all the same. Even if you say, “Oh, I don’t believe in that stuff,” it has an effect on us.