You are warned- Mercury is in retrograde

Mackenzie Zent, Opinion Editor

If life has felt a little off lately, it is likely due to the fact that Mercury is in retrograde. This means that the planet Mercury appears to be traveling backwards through the sky. While it is not actually moving the opposite way, from Earth it looks like it is due to the position of the planets aligned with the sun. The current cycle started on Sept. 9 and ends on Oct. 1, which is three long weeks of bad vibes.Every astrological sign is impacted by Mercury in retrograde, but the current cycle is impacting Geminis, Libras and Virgos the most. During this time, there are more miscommunications, imbalance and frustration with others and close relationships. Along with this, it is also not a good idea to start any confrontation with anyone, as it could end badly for everyone involved.Since I am a Gemini, I was very concerned when I found out Mercury would be going into retrograde. Right away, I could tell something was off. There were things happening in my personal life that I knew could only be contributed to Mercury. From my perspective, maybe these things would have happened either way, but it was just really coincidental that they started happening all at once. I do not want to go into too much detail, but the energy was definitely off.At first, I was warning other people about Mercury retrograde because I wanted to look out for them, but a lot of them did not seem to believe in it. When I told one of my friends about it, I was explaining how past relationships can sometimes come back up during this time. As I was in the process of saying that, his ex-girlfriend walked by. Of course, that could be coincidental, but I believe it was because of Mercury.Mercury went into retrograde on a Friday, and that first weekend some other interesting things happened. My friend from home had just started going out with a guy she liked on that Friday. The next day, she went to pick up a glass and it completely shattered just from touching it. While it sounds like these two incidents have nothing to do with each other, the glass was bought while on a trip with her ex, and it shattered the same weekend that she went on a date with someone else.In my opinion, too many of these ‘coincidences’ have happened to not contribute them to Mercury being in retrograde.Although this only happens three times every year, each time it lasts for three weeks. That is 21 days where our lives can be filled with imbalance. Thankfully, we only have a few more days of this cycle, and then things will hopefully calm down.Stay safe out there Lakers, the chaos is almost over.