How To Thrive During Mercury Retrograde

astrology Sep 27, 2021

It's no secret that astrology is one of my passions.

You've probably heard about Mercury Retrograde even if Astrology isn't really your thing.  You might've even blamed it for something. Let's be honest. It makes a pretty awesome scapegoat for when things are going downhill. 

But what is Mercury Retrograde and why does it mess up your life?

Great questions! Here's a little Astronomy refresher to get this party started.

Each planet revolves in the same direction around the sun. For the Earth, it takes 365 days to make one revolution. Mercury, however, is a fast little bugger who completes the trip in about 88 days. 

During a Retrograde, Mercury appears to be moving backwards in an optical illusion when viewed from Earth. This happens when Mercury laps us in its orbit. The term Retrograde comes from the Latin word Retrogradus which means "backward step".

Since Mercury moves so quickly, it appears to be in Retrograde 3-4 times per year for approximately 3 weeks. After this, it goes "Direct" when the orbit appears to be forward moving once more. Astrologers also refer to a 2 week period before and after the actual Retrograde as a "Shadow Period". This term refers to the energy of the planet becoming sluggish as it appears to be slowing down or not up to its full speed in orbit. 

In Astrology, Mercury rules travel, communication, electronics, moving parts, contracts, negotiations, coordination, transportation, and day-to-day expression. It's the ruling planet for Gemini and Virgo. It also governs our ideas, thought processes, how we analyze situations, and how we experience the world in a logical way. 

So, when Mercury is in Retrograde, the power of the planet isn't at full strength. Because of this, everything that Mercury is responsible for slows down and is affected. As a result, Astrologers have created sort of a "do's and don'ts" list for daily activities while Mercury is in Retrograde. Keeping these things in mind while you're making decisions is a good idea and can help you avoid potential issues. 

While Mercury is in Retrograde, try to avoid the following if possible. 

* Signing contracts: If possible, try to delay signing until Mercury is Direct. Because Mercury rules communication, it can be easy to miss important details in contracts that you could lock you into an undesirable situation. If you can't delay signing a contract, then look over it very carefully and have a lawyer do the same to make sure you have an "out clause" if something unexpected occurs. 

*Starting new projects: The planet of communication is weak when it's in Retrograde. So, it's considered an unfavorable time to launch new projects from a marketing and communication perspective. Since Mercury rules technology and moving parts, it often means that any technology involved in your launch may crash causing you to lose precious data and time.

*Buy new technology: Please don't buy cars, computers, phones or any other technological device until Mercury is Direct. Because Mercury rules moving parts and electronics, you may find that your new devices crash often, have poor battery life, and end up being the worst device you've ever had.

I learned this lesson the hard way when my ex-boyfriend borrowed my computer and crashed it with a nasty virus 1 week before my end of med school finals. I had no choice but to buy a new computer during Mercury Retrograde and have the Geek Squad transfer my data. Their computers crashed 4 times during the transfer and by the time they sorted things out, I had a large number of files in quadruplicate on my computer. What a pain! That computer also constantly overheated and didn't even last 2 years. It was the last time I've ever bought electronics during Mercury Retrograde. On a side note, Apple really needs to hire an Astrologer because they inevitably launch their new iPhone during a Retrograde. Here's a little tip from me.....wait until the end of October to upgrade your iPhone. You'll thank me later. 

*Get back with your Ex: It's a weird quirk of Mercury Retrograde that your exes will crawl out of the woodwork. Occasionally, this is an opportunity for a second chance at romance. However, it's most often a chance for closure. After all, Exes are exes for a reason! If you're tempted to text an ex, you may want to hold off for a few weeks until Mercury is Direct.

Now that we have a list of what to avoid during Mercury Retrograde, let's talk about how you can use it to your advantage to thrive. 

*Sign contracts as a negotiation strategy: Earlier, we discussed why it's not a great idea to sign contracts during Mercury Retrograde. Now, I'm going to give you a reason why it might work out in your favor. Any contracts signed during Mercury Retrograde often need to be renegotiated later due to unforseen events. If you go into a contract knowing this, then you can actually use it to your advantage. Artist, Yoko Ono, makes it a point to only sign contracts during Mercury Retrograde because it works in her favor to renegotiate them later. 

*Pick up old projects: The energy of Mercury Retrograde is great for renewing, revisiting, reflecting, refining, and redoing. Although starting new projects isn't favored, returning to old ones and giving them a second look is exceptional. When you return to projects you've set aside, you'll be surprised to find that you have new ideas on how to move them forward. You may find that you're no longer creatively blocked and have amazing problem solving insight. 

*Double-check your communication: Because communication gets scrambled during Mercury Retrograde, it's a good idea to slow down, take your time, and re-read everything before you sign, email, or make a commitment. Also, be patient with yourself and others because things may not come across how you or the other person intended. 

If you're the type of person who feels that we're connected to everything, then you may feel energetic shifts and changes during Mercury Retrograde. Those changes are natural and not something to be dreaded or feared. Instead, when we learn to work with the energy of planetary alignments, we become highly adaptable and ready to handle any challenge. 

Happy witching my friends!

April is an Intuitive Mindset Coach who helps you tap into your inner-witch, let go of fear, and create a magical life. Through a combination of intuition and self-discovery techniques, you'll get the support you need to find your path, balance your emotions, and feel free to truly express yourself.


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