But does that mean you should put your life on hold, cancel plans and refuse to set foot on a plane for three weeks? Of course not! If we all did that the world would come to a standstill.
I am a firm believer that there’s magic to be found in Mercury retrograde once you learn to use it to your advantage. In fact, if like Steve Jobs and Lady Gaga you were born during Mercury Retrograde (find out if you were here) you may already have a leg up.
According to Yasmin Boland co-author of The Mercury Retrograde Book (a great read if you want to dive deeper into this misunderstood cycle): “Some people born with Mercury retrograde claim that Mercury retrograde life actually works in their favour and makes them feel normal. They might even find they feel sharper, clearer and more able to make sense of the world, while the rest of us struggle through the fog.”
Ignore the hype and Mercury retrograde can actually work like a mini cosmic reboot: a chance to press pause, think again or reconsider your options. It’s also an opportunity to embrace second chances, revisit old projects, and learn to take obstacles in your stride. Pay close attention and you might even find it works in your favour.
Seven ways to make Mercury Retrograde work for you:
Mercury retrograde is the ideal time to embrace life in the slow lane. Postpone anything that doesn’t feel like a ‘Hell, yes’, book a few days off work and make the most of this retrograde’s reflective vibe. Do some journaling, practice meditation, ditch the tech, spend time outdoors, and allow yourself the time and space to get to grips with where you’re at in life right now – and where you want to be going.
Rethink, redo, reassess, revisit
Consider these your Mercury retrograde buzzwords. The idea that we can just avoid new projects while Mercury backspins is obviously impractical (try that one on your boss!) but what this cycle does present is an opportunity to take a second look at something. Dig out that unfinished novel, take another look at that business idea or revisit an opportunity you declined the first time! Retrograde vibes are perfect for editing, tweaking and (careful!) finishing touches.
Those rethink and reconsider vibes can also apply to your personal life. Mercury retrograde loves a blast from the past so don’t be surprised if you bump into an old friend, rediscover a forgotten photo album or even find yourself rekindling a romance. If you’ve been hoping to put your differences to one side with someone who matters to you, now might just be the time.
Just don’t text your ex
Just because they’re all charm in your inbox doesn’t mean you need to go there again. If they belong in the past, keep them there. There’s a reason Mercury is also known as the zodiac’s trickster – don’t fall for it.
Declutter your life
Mercury retrograde’s press pause vibe is ideal for a life reboot. Take some time to consider what you might need to let go of to make space for better times ahead. Detox your social media feeds, mute the haters, Marie Kondo your wardrobe and make plans that prioritise your goals and dreams. And if the internet goes down, try to embrace it!
Avoid Mercury retrograde misunderstandings by listening more than you speak! And choose your words carefully. Now is not the time to rant about your boss on social media, jump to angry conclusions or accidentally send a thirst trap to the family WhatsApp group.
Make light work of travel delays and tech troubles by planning ahead. Reconfirm plans before you set off, have a good book or podcast on the go for slow-mo commutes, take the time to back up your files and don’t leave the house without a spare charger/power bank.