Mercury Retrograde Survival Toolkit
August 12th- September 5th
in Virgo + Leo
What does it all mean?
A retrograde occurs when a planet appears to be moving backwards from our vantage point here on Earth. It isn't actually moving backwards, it just appears that way. Mercury turns retrograde most often, about 3-4 times per year, and lasts for several weeks. When a planet retrogrades, what that planet rules tends to be thrown off, along with what the sign it's retrograding in rules.
2017 Mercury Retrograde Dates:
Dec.19,2016 - Jan.8,2017
April 9 - May 3
August 12 - September 5
December 2 - 22
Guidelines to follow
Don't Initiate Anything New
Mercury is the ruler of communication. During this retrograde period, you might experience issues with technology and relationships! So no matter how awesome your idea sounds, chances are you won't communicate them to others as effectively! (this is why i'm doing this post BEFORE retrograde ) Be mindful about signing any contracts, making relationship choices , and any big decisions about your life. Think of putting "RE" in front of actions - REcharge, REgroup, REthink, REdo.... Try not to overthink things, and realize this too shall pass
Do Finish Old Projects
Got a blog you never kept up? Started writing (or reading) a book you never finished? Wanting to get more exercise? Retrograde is the perfect time to re-tread old ground and get some closure. Use this as a time for self-refinement, and ask what can I learn from the past?
Don't Make Any Big Purchases
Whether it's a car or a phone, try to avoid coughing up money during the retrograde period. Mercury is famed for causing glitches in anything with moving parts - so you're bound to end up needing repairs. Plus it is the perfect time to save a little and treat yourself after the 'grade has passed.
DO Enjoy A Bit of Downtime
Get some much needed rest. Take naps. Focus on restoring (another "RE" word!) Light some candles, and soak in the tub. Get a massage . Reflect on your life. Meditate, keep a journal. Get deep with yourself, and use this time to figure out what you want. Plan your future - but don't act. Once the cycle is over, you'll feel refreshed and can bounce back into action with renewed vigor and a much clearer sense of what you should do.
DON'T Forget Dates
This period is known for making people forgetful, so check that calendar with an eagle eye. Prepare yourself for clashes, forgotten appointments and postponements. Also watch out for losing things, whether its vanishing keys or missing parcels in the post.
DO Expect Travel Delays
As the ruler of transportation, get ready for some serious travel hiccups, whether it's flight cancellations, broken down cars or planned trips that have to be cancelled for one reason or another. Don't panic, but have a plan B ready just in case.
DON'T Put Your Life On Hold
If you absolutely HAVE to do any of the above, go for it. Mercury retrograde is a bitch, but as long as you're ready to face any glitches head on, you're going to be fine.