Mercury in retrograde, a phrase that makes every astrology curious soul wince. It is a time of year that causes mental and physical disruption, sheer panic and communication breakdowns. It doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom though. Mercury in retrograde can bring about positivity too and truth be told, we can survive it with a little effort.
What Is Mercury In Retrograde?
Mercury in retrograde is when the planet in question appears to be travelling backwards for around 3 weeks at a time. That is how us humans view it from planet earth when frankly it is merely an illusion. When a planet is in retrograde, it highlights what inner work we need to be focusing upon.
Mercury is a planet that represents communication and travel. You will hear of incessant travel disruptions, communication breakdowns and technology failures throughout this period. Despite being frustrating, there is no point battling against it. As soon as we surrender and go with the flow, we can adjust to the changes in front of us.
Mercury Retrograde & Our Emotions
Aside from physical disruption, Mercury retrograde may heighten our emotions. Just as our communication with others may suffer, our internal dialogue may be crying out for attention. The Retrograde encourages us to look inward and face our worries head on. We may be feeling anxious, lost or even angry for no apparent reason. When we make time to tune in and sit with those emotions, we can identify the root cause.
Furthermore, it is advised that we should not sign contracts or make life changing decisions in this time as we may not be thinking clearly. However, if what you choose to pursue had been decided and pondered upon prior to the retrograde, it is safe to proceed. Do not put your life on hold during this period, just be aware that you may change your mind more often than you’d like! If your heart and your intuition are screaming yes – listen and press onward.
What To Do In The Mercury Retrograde
Throughout Mercury retrograde, it is advised not to start anything new. But, it is the perfect time to bring old ideas back to life. Maybe you can finally finish that painting you began, continue with the course you started or finalise your autobiography. It is the perfect time for you revise your ideas and redefine the outcome.
What’s more, as your emotions may appear unstable, it is your chance to turn your attention inward. Create a self-care routine that allows you to listen to what your heart is telling you and make space for healing. Meditate upon your worries, journal your pain and most importantly be gentle with yourself. Mercury in retrograde may encourage past patterns and issues to arise that need to be dealt with once and for all. In doing so, when Retrograde ceases, you can move forward with confidence.
Finally, get comfortable with not being in control. We cannot avoid disruptions but we can change the way we react to them. Rather than feeling stressed and self-deprecated, view the change in routine as a chance to learn something new or enjoy your own company. Plus, if your phone stops working for a while, you can reconnect with the world around you!
You Will Survive The Mercury Retrograde
Mercury retrograde is not all doom and gloom. It highlights the areas in our life that we need to work on and to build a stronger relationship with our inner selves. It shows us that communication may break down, but we have the opportunity to fix it and make positive amends. And most importantly, it forces us to show compassion to ourselves and others. Emotions may be running high, but we can accept them as they are and make space for love and support.
How are you surviving this Mercury retrograde?