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Surviving Mercury Retrograde: Tips to Make the Most of This Period


Even if you don’t know much about astrology, I’m sure you’ve heard of the “dreaded” Mercury Retrograde at some point or another. Mercury Retrograde is a time when the planet Mercury appears to be moving backward in its orbit from our perspective here on Earth. This happens three or four times every year. For many people, this period can be confusing and frustrating. However, with a little preparation, you can make the most of Mercury Retrograde and minimize the negative effects it may have on your life.

What is Mercury Retrograde?

First, it is important to understand what Mercury Retrograde is and how it may affect you. Mercury is the planet that rules communication, travel, and commerce. During a Mercury Retrograde period, these areas of life may be more challenging than usual. You may experience delays in travel plans, miscommunications, or problems with technology. It is important to be patient and flexible during this time.

What is the Purpose of Mercury Retrograde?

Secondly, it is important to understand the purpose of a Mercury Retrograde period. When Mercury slows down and starts to move backward in the sky it is meant to be a time for reflection and introspection. Many people use this time to reflect on their relationships, their careers, and their personal goals. When your printer won’t work or your travel plans change unexpectedly, it can be very frustrating. However, this is an excellent time for creativity and self-expression instead. It is also a great time to reconnect with old friends or family members.

How to Prepare for Mercury Retrograde

One of the best ways to prepare for Mercury Retrograde is to plan ahead. (I’ve included the dates of Mercury Retrograde periods for the next several years at the bottom of this post.) If you know you will be traveling during Mercury Retrograde, be sure to allow extra time for delays. If you have important meetings or deadlines, try to schedule them before or after the retrograde period. And be sure to back up all of your important files and documents!

It is also important to take care of yourself during this period. This is not a time to start new projects or make major decisions. Instead, focus on taking care of your mind and body. Get plenty of rest, eat healthy foods, and take some time for yourself. By taking care of yourself, you will be better equipped to handle any challenges that come your way during this time.

Follow these simple tips to make the most of Mercury Retrograde:

  • Plan ahead and be prepared for delays or changes in plans.
  • Stay flexible and open-minded. Go with the flow!
  • Communicate clearly and openly to avoid misunderstandings.
  • Be patient with yourself and others.
  • Take time for yourself and do things that make you happy.

Just remember, there’s nothing to fear. This is a temporary period and like everything else, it will eventually come to an end. With a little preparation, you can minimize the negative effects and make the most of this time.

Wishing you all the best during this next Mercury Retrograde period. Go with the flow and don’t forget to back up your important files! 🙂

Mercury Retrograde Periods 2022 – 2026

Jan 14 – Feb 3
May 10 – Jun 3
Sep 9 – Oct 2
Dec 29 – Jan 18

Dec 29 – Jan 18
Apr 21 – May 14
Aug 23 – Sep 15
Dec 13 – Jan 1

Apr 1 – Apr 25
Aug 4 – Aug 28
Nov 25 – Dec 15

Feb 25 – Mar 20
Jul 17 – Aug 11
Nov 9 – Nov 29

Feb 25 – Mar 20
Jun 29 – Jul 23
Oct 24 – Nov 13

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