It’s That Time Again: What to Expect and How to Prepare for Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde

Mercury’s third and last period of retrograde for 2021 occurs from September 27 to October 17. It’s a time when things go haywire — and, often, not in a good way.

So, how can we prepare for Mercury Retrograde and what should we expect during it? Ahead, crystal expert and co-founder of Myles Gray, Janelle Palibrk, shares her insights. And, as always with astrology, remember that it isn’t based on science so it’s up to you to choose what to believe.

What Is Mercury Retrograde?

Believe it or not, the Mercury Retrograde is an optical illusion where the planet Mercury looks to be moving backward. What is actually happening is the fast-moving planet (Mercury) is slowing down. It is believed that this backward motion can disrupt technology and communication, and even put a damper on anyone’s positive mood with a shift in your energy from the conscious to the subconscious.

As a result of this, new heightened feelings and emotions can bubble to the surface, so we are warned to steer clear of starting something new, may it be a project or a relationship as you would want to make such decisions when in control of your conscious mind.

How Do You Prepare for Mercury Retrograde?

If you’re into astrology, you would already know that Mercury has an effect on your mind. Even if you aren’t into it, you might have subconsciously felt the side effects of Mercury in retrograde in one way or another. During a retrograde shift, your subconscious mind takes over and your awareness fails to take charge. You might feel a little more anxious or confused.

We recommend keeping track of Mercury Retrograde to prepare for the shift in your energy. Just like a visitor popping in for the weekend who isn’t all that welcome, being prepared and ready for the three-week astrological cycle is the best way to face it.

What Should You Do During Mercury Retrograde?

When Mercury Retrograde occurs, it can send things a little chaotic. Mercury is a very strong planet and rules things like truth, communication, travel and thinking. Just like the full moon can send animals and children a little ‘wild’, Mercury Retrograde can bring chaos to your calm life.

We have a few tips to get through the negative energy bought on by Mercury Retrograde.

  • Listen carefully to others and stay mindful of what you are sharing. You must learn to choose your words wisely to cut down the risk of misunderstandings, which are very common during this time.
  • Stay focused and do not take shortcuts in relationships, as there is a high risk of relationship problems during this time.
  • Triple-check travel plans to avoid the risk of delays, which are all too common during Mercury Retrograde.
  • Try to practise yoga or meditation to calm the mind and bring more clarity in times of stress.
  • Burn a candle as it will bring you a calming vibe and allow you to think more clearly.

What Shouldn’t You Do During Mercury Retrograde?

Mercury has a very strong pull on our communication and thought process so it’s best not to make any big decisions during Retrograde. It’s said that our subconscious mind takes over during Retrograde and triggers us to make bad or harmful decisions, like reaching for the phone to call our ex or emailing our boss some ‘feedback’ on a Saturday night after a few drinks. Whether you believe in the pull Mercury has on us during Retrograde or not, it’s not recommended you play chicken with it.

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