Somehow now that Mercury is retrograde, he gets blamed for just about everything that goes awry, whether it falls under his provenance or not. Mercury, or Hermes, was the messenger of the gods. This is one description of his duties:
“Hermes was a god of transitions and boundaries. He was quick and cunning, and moved freely between the worlds of the mortal and divine, as emissary and messenger of the gods, intercessor between mortals and the divine, and conductor of souls into the afterlife.”
It is my suspicion much of what Mercury is blamed for is due to other less visible transiting planets than poor Mercury. Occasionally transiting Mercury will act as a trigger planet to sensitive natal patterns such as T-Squares, oppositions, inconjuncts and variations of those. Because retrograde planets make three passes over the same degrees and Mercury moves so quickly, the effects are more noticeable. The outer planets spend far more time on each degree but it can be months between transits over those degree points when they are retrograde.
Donna Cunningham has had a couple posts on Mercury retrograde hysteria – Dr. Z’s post, Mercury’s Pre-Retrograde Shadow and Post-Retrograde Shadow Periods; and one of her own, Using Mercury Retrograde Well. As usual she has plenty of good, common sense advice for us.
As I have mentioned before, I have my Mercury-Ascendant in Scorpio inconjunct to Uranus in Gemini giving Mercury a strong voice in my chart. Transits to either end of this inconjunct can cause events similar to those purported to happen only during Mercury retrogrades. No surprise I have my computer set up to back up my files automatically every day and do my best to keep enough funds set aside to cover any computer related emergencies. By the way, this is what Donna C said about my Mercury-Uranus inconjunct . . . “People with Mercury-Uranus aspects have a quirky way of thinking and an oddball sense of humor, but a quincunx between them would take quirky to a whole new level.” Heh, heh, heh! So true!!
One thing Mercury retrogrades are good for is reassessing and reviewing information. Maybe it is time to give Mercury a break and check to see if he really is to blame.