At the time of this blog post, there are already 4 planets in retrograde. Venus (July 23- September 4), Pluto (May 11 - October 22), Saturn (June 18- November 4) and Neptune (July 1 - December 6). We have Mercury going in to retrograde on the 24th of August (till September 16), Uranus (August 29 - January 27) and Jupiter (September 5 - December 31).
Shew. I know- it's a lot.
But here is the thing, something is always going on in the cosmos! We don't have to let every retrograde cause panic. In fact, we don't have to stop living our life at all when things are in retrograde. It's just a time to pay attention, slow down, and know things can be a bit wonky from time to time.
But let's dive into things.
First, what the fuck is mercury retrograde?
Essentially, the planets are always moving and when they are in retrograde the planet looks as if it is moving backwards when viewed from Earth. All planets, as we can see from the first bit of this post, go in retrograde but Mercury tends to impact everyone the most.
That's because Mercury rules over communication, travel and clear thinking. That's why when it is retrograde so many things start to go awry.
What can you expect from mercury retrograde?
Many things can happen and it is hard to tell what impact you might experience. Those with Gemini or Virgo placements often feel the impact more since these signs are ruled by Mercury. Those in creative industries like publishing, writing, editing, advertising, and sales are all also ruled by Mercury and might be impacted more than other industries. And of course the travel industry is frequently impacted too.
Often people share that they have fights with friends or loved ones (thanks to communication being ruled by Mercury), that there technology suddenly acts up or decided to kick the bucket, or travel just not going as planned.
How to survive retrograde?
Mercury retrograde isn't all bad- it just encourages us to plan a bit more and double check our communication. Here are my tips for making the most of the mercury retrograde.
🪐 Don't put your life on hold for the planets! There is always something going on in the cosmos and you can't just wait around for everything to be where it is supposed to be.
🪐 Don't take things too personally during this season. Mercury retrograde messes with communication and often wires get crossed during this time frame. Don't be afraid to take a deep breath and ask for clarification.
🪐 Still take your trips! But make sure you double check where you are supposed to fly out of, the time of your flight, and give yourself some extra time for your trip.
🪐 Be mindful when purchasing any type of technology (yes, phones, computers, cars, and more). If you have to get that technology during Mercury Retrograde make sure to get a warranty, support, and read the terms carefully.
🪐 Read contracts carefully and read the fine print. You want to make sure you know what you're getting into at this time!
🪐 Go with the flow and don't be afraid to lean into unexpected adventures and catching up with old friends.
🪐 Light up the Lumos Collective Don't Kill My Vibe candle to let the planets know who is boss.
But most of all, just remember that you are in control.
How do you survive mercury retrograde?
Sending love + magic,