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What Is Mercury Retrograde And What Should You Do During It?

You’ve probably heard the phrase floating around somewhere (usually in conjunction to times of stress and chaos): mercury retrograde. But what does it actually mean?

Mercury retrograde is a period where the planet of communication is moving backwards in the sky. If things have been feeling off lately, good news: it’s just the cosmos doing its thing. Mercury retrograde is a time to be intentional because with so much in the air, it’s easy for things to shift out of balance. Astrology experts advise against making major decisions while mercury is in retrograde. As in, don’t sign any important contracts (at least without a review from a lawyer), travel (things tend to get lost during this period), or start anything new (do not impulse quit your job, no matter of how good of an idea it seems).

Emotionally, you’ll likely notice big emotions from the past rocking up. That’s perfectly normal; mercury retrograde tend to bring the old into the present. The key is to engage with emotional work and really get the root of what you’re feeling. If you thought you had closure on something, it may be time to re-examine (which isn’t a bad thing — all of our feelings and experiences exist in a flux anyways). As uncomfortable as it may be, mercury retrograde is a great time to really sit with your feelings. Let it be a healing time, even if it feels like your emotions are bulldozing over you.

Communication is extra tricky during this period, which makes sense. Miscommunications are more likely to happen than not, so before you get too upset at your best friend for ignoring a text or your partner for not seeing eye to eye on what you’re trying to say, take a beat. Experts recommend writing down what you’re trying to say or even practicing a conversation in the mirror; now is a time to be extra articulate in what you’re trying to communicate. Conversations during a non-retrograde period can be hard, so don’t beat yourself up if things get lost in translation during this time. Just focus on doing the best that you can and give yourself and others a little bit of grace during this period.

Lastly, double and triple check everything. Seriously. Got a major event coming up? Reconfirm the date bookings and make a packing list early. Technology is known to go on the fritz, so you can’t be more careful (especially if you’re dropping money on anything during this time). Speaking of technology: astrology experts advise not buying any major pieces of tech (ie. that new iPhone you’ve been eyeing) until the retrograde has passed. Again, you will not regret taking the time be just a little bit more careful during this time. Do not lean into your impulsive tendencies while mercury is in retrograde.

The key during retrograde is to slow down and breath. Everything is heightened during this time and there will be a lot of chaos — just remember that it’s not the end of the world (despite everything that your mind might be telling you). By being flexible and intentional, you can get through this time; mercury retrograde doesn’t inherently mean it’ll be a bad time, it just means that we have to adapt our pace to go with it. Deep breaths and take it one day at a time.

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