Several times each year, the planet Mercury appears (from our perspective here on Earth) to go backwards in its usual orbit. It doesn't actually do this of course, but during this time, it has big astrological impacts.
Because Mercury is the planet of communication, technology, business endeavors, and travel, when it is in its retrograde period, those matters can go a bit haywire.
The most turbulence can occur when it is slowing down and switching directions (again... this is not actually happening to Mercury's orbit! It's from our perspective on Earth). Like a car changing gears, the transition period can be the most chaotic.
Plan ahead by backing up your computer and tech devices, double-check travel plans, pad some time for travel delays, and do your best to stay calm and organized. It's not the best time to sign contracts, start a new enterprise or agreement, or have off-the-cuff conversations of any importance.
But it's perfect for reviewing past endeavors, reflecting, and slowing down the pace.
Mercury will station direct again on May 4, 2017. Till then, watch your words and your step.