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Back that thing up, Mercury.

Our friend Mercury is at it again, sliding through retrograde like Risky Business and causing all kinds of mischief along the way.

What is retrograde? All planets and stars move through the cosmos on an unseen track. When a planet is in retrograde it is not actually moving backwards, but rather, it appears to because of how we are positioned on our blue marble (Earth). This happens a few times a year and typically lasts for a couple of weeks.

Because Mercury rules communication, travel, and reason, the effects of the retrograde are quite noticeable. Even if you are an astrology skeptic, I bet you sense things are a little off. It’s as if things just aren’t lining up, you feel stuck in a rut or misunderstood, and things tend to break, get stuck, or go up in flames. Do you feel yourself getting into tiffs and then not sure what you were even mad about? Is every bus, train, or über you try to catch delayed? Are things at work that you thought you finished resurfacing? You’ve got Mercury to thank.

Don’t worry, it’s not all drama. Since the common theme of retrograde is revisiting, it’s also an opportunity to reflect on the past and be intentional about the present. If anything, Mercury in retrograde is a time to slow down, double-check, and exercise a little more patience. Remember, you’ll be out of this in a couple of weeks. In the mean time, here are some tips to get you through Mercury’s shenanigans:

✧ Double check your work, save documents, back things up.

✧ Don’t sign any contracts or agreements.

✧ Don’t make any big purchases. If you have to, do some thorough research and if there’s a warranty, opt in!

✧ Careful with travel plans (hopefully you made it through the holidays in one piece!) In the future, avoid booking travel or triple check everything before you leave.

✧ Mercury affects communication to try to be as clear as possible. If someone misunderstands you (or vice versa) remember give them the benefit of the doubt. We’re all a little scrambled this week...

✧ Is there a lunch date you’ve been meaning to schedule? A closet you wanted to clean out? Is it time for a car wash? Now is the perfect time to revisit things you keep putting on the back burner.

So hold a crystal and hold on, we're almost in the clear.

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