Mercury Retrograde: How to Plan and Prepare

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Mercury has just entered retrograde once more. Today, we’ll be talking about how we can use astrology and positive life skills to help us thrive in a time of unease.

What Does it Mean for Mercury to be in Retrograde?

You might have heard the term before, and wondered what “retrograde” means . Like every planet in our solar system, Mercury orbits our sun, Sol. This period of retrograde occurs when Mercury passes directly between Sol and Earth. Usually, this happens three, sometimes four, times a year. This makes an optical illusion in which it looks like Mercury is going backwards.

People who follow astrology often get concerned when Mercury’s retrograde rears its head once again. Typically, this period is associated with miscommunication, mistakes, and “unlucky” things happening. The working theory as to why this happens is because of Mercury’s physical structure. It has an incredibly high content of iron, so when it passes between the sun and Earth, it almost acts like a massive magnet. This disrupts the electromagnetic field of Earth and the natural flow of energy.

This disruption from Mercury’s retrograde can affect our daily lives. We make more mistakes, act a bit foggier, and technology can malfunction. Communication can be a big issue here. Miscommunication will happen often. People will forget you said something or think you said something else. Cars and computers might malfunction in this period. Everything on our planet interacts with the electromagnetic field, so it makes sense that when it gets disrupted, we do too.

Ways to Plan for a Retrograde

Now that we have a better understanding of this period of retrograde, let’s talk about how we can plan ahead for it and ways we can combat the odd communicative effects.

On the communications front, save emails, texts, and voicemails! If someone thinks you said something that you swear you didn’t say, or doesn’t remember you saying something at all, having those as backups can help clarify what happened. Even when we aren’t in a period of retrograde, it’s a good idea to keep a backup of important emails! It just goes double for here.

Give yourself a buffer for random life events that can happen in your day. With technology being affected, give yourself extra time in your schedule between events. Don’t schedule back to back appoints or cram things in too short of a time. Cars breaking down temporarily and computers malfunctioning aren’t uncommon, so make sure you give yourself time to deal with life’s little challenges. Like saving important communications, this can apply for your normal life too! Mercury’s retrograde is a prime example of when these good habits can be extra important.

Closing Thoughts

Astrology is a fascinating field of study. Few fields are as ancient as it. So many civilizations, including Ancient Greece and Egypt, studied astrology to better understand life. The understanding of Mercury and retrogrades are only a small fraction of the vast knowledge in this field. If you find yourself curious, please consider listening to my podcast, Your Unique Brilliance. Last year, I had the pleasure of hosting a very special guest, Jade Luna, who has worked in the past with some high-profile names, including Courtney Cox and Rashida Jones. In that episode, we talk about so many fascinating subjects in astrology, in which I only got a chance to cover a few here. If you want to decode and understand your complex emotions, I also offer an online course, How to Decode & Calm Your Emotions. Thank you so much for reading, and remember, stay mindful!

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