Mercury Retrograde Has Me In A Crisis... And I'm Sure It's Happening To You Too

Mercury Retrograde.

You’re either completely on top of it, heard of it but don’t exactly know what’s going on, or, you’re like my mom the other day and have never heard of such a thing.

To be completely honest, I’m no expert on it. I myself have only been studying up on the science of it over the past few weeks - and I’m still confused… because science is involved!

2019 will see Mercury in retrograde three times.

  1. March 5 - 28

  2. July 7 - August 2 (the current state)

  3. October 31 - November 20.

But let me try and give you a simple Science For Dummies explanation of what it is and more importantly, why you may suddenly feel like the world is on your shoulders.


What is Mercury Retrograde?

First take your mind back to primary school when you learnt that Mercury was the first planet and Earth was the third. With Mercury being closer to the sun, it’s able to orbit the sun 4x faster than Earth. Therefore, three or four times a year, we’re able to see Mercury pass us….enter Mercury Retrograde.

Now while that’s all well and good, the important factor to note is how Mercury looks to Earth when it’s passing by. When we’re looking at Mercury, it appears to stop and move backwards (retrograde) - something that is not scientifically although it’s how it appears - it’s all just an illusion.

For example, imagine yourself in a running race and you suddenly overtake your friend, they may appear to be slowing down or even going backwards - where really you’re just going faster. That’s what Mercury Retrograde looks like.

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Ok, well how does Mercury Retrograde affect me?

You may have heard things such as “don’t sign big contracts”, “leave early for your flight” or even “track important packages” - it really is said to be a crazy time for all.

This is the case as planet Mercury is known for ruling aspects of emotions, communication, travel, contracts and automobiles among other things.

So it’s advised that when Mercury is in retrograde, be flexible, allow extra time when travelling and only sign contracts and documents you are 100% certain about.

I can honestly say these past few days for myself have felt quite chaotic. Is it Mercury Retrograde? I’m putting it down to that.

During this period of time it’s advised that we consciously take time to breathe and practice conscious breathing and relaxation.

It’s also a great time to reflect and look at all the many uncompleted tasks that we all have going on. It’s a time to prfioritize health and wellness and declutter our lives in whatever way that means for us.

But it’s not all that simple….Mercury Retrograde also has specific affects on each individual based on their star-signs.

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How It Affects You And What To Note:

ARIES:

  • PATENCE, PATIENCE, PATIENCE

  • Avoid impulsive decisions and any violence - your temper will be tested, but violence is not the answer

TAURUS:

  • AVOID MISPLACED ANGER

  • Your impatience may spiral out of control and throw you into a loop

  • Your typically ‘calm’ attitude may be thrown off course

  • Don’t blame the wrong people when plans go awry

GEMINI:

  • WELCOME THE CHALLENGE OF THE DAY

  • Mercury is your ruler - so you may be thrown more off than anyone else

  • Gemini’s see changes as a chance to make improvements - focus on this

  • Don’t lose your motivation

CANCER:

  • RECOGNISE YOUR EMOTIONS

  • You may become very emotional - recognise your feelings before misplacing anger

  • Your attempts to insulate yourself due to your emotions may backfire - communicate how you’re feeling

  • Focus of remaining calm, gentle and nurturing to yourself and those around you

LEO:

  • THINK YOUR PLANS THROUGH THOROUGHLY

  • Mercury Retrograde may leave you becoming forgetful

  • Although you’re usually great as the center of attention, things may go wrong when you put yourself int the middle at this time.

  • Back everything up to avoid disasters

VIRGO:

  • LEAN ON THOSE AROUND YOU WHO ARE STABLE

  • You don’t cope with disorder and chaos - two things that Mercury Retrograde will bring for you

  • Your normal routine and order will be exchanged for uncertainty and unreliability

  • Consciously stay grounded

LIBRA:

  • FIND OTHER WAYS TO COMMUNICATE

  • Your standard way of communication e.g. text, call, etc. can be misinterpreted and misunderstood

  • Pay close attention to contracts and agreements

  • Stay wary of old friends, co-workers, exes - depending on how things ended, it can be either good or bad news for you

SCORPIO:

  • FIND CONTROL IN PATIENCE

  • The Mercury Retrograde is going to leave you on an emotional rollercoaster

  • Be resourceful and take each curve as it comes

  • If you’re patient, you’ll be able to take control of your feelings

SAGITTARIUS:

  • SLOW DOWN AND GIVE YOURSELF EXTRA TIME

  • Transport and getting from place to place will be affected

  • The lost time can mess up your communication and connections as a result

  • Make alternative plans and allow extra time when traveling

CAPRICORN:

  • FIND YOUR ZEN

  • Your go, go, go nature will be effected

  • As a result of feeling like you’re twiddling your thumbs, you may lose your cool

  • Make a conscious effort to press reset and restart when needed

AQUARIUS:

  • MAKE ADJUSTMENTS AND ADAPT WHERE NECESSARY

  • Your devices may start playing up

  • Use this retrograde as a time to find alternative paths and as a challenge in getting work done otherwise exhaustion will burn you out

  • Adapting is key if you don’t want a burn out

PISCES:

  • USE YOUR CREATIVITY TO FIND SOLUTIONS

  • Your famous intuition will be off during this retrograde

  • You may feel slightly confused as your usual gut feelings aren’t there

  • Be aware of your lack of intuitions otherwise you will make choices you’ll regret

  • Escape, and find your happy place