Mercury retrogrades have a funny way of sneaking up on us. How many times have you felt like you were smoothly sailing across the waters of your life, only for delays, miscommunications and mental confusion to suddenly drop in and make you feel lost?
Quite often, these are the times when we suddenly realize that Mercury is retrograde. It happens a few times a year, and these periods can be really hard to deal with. But the best way to keep your life and emotions on track is to simply be prepared for Mercury retrogrades when they happen!
Mercury’s first retrograde cycle of 2021 that took place from January 30 to February 20 finally just ended, and I’m sure we’re all sharing in a collective sigh of relief. Being in the midst of a Mercury retrograde has a way of making you feel like you’re walking on egg shells as you deal with the unexpected situations they bring to our lives.
If the first Mercury retrograde of the year took a toll on you, then it’s especially important that you make sure you’re prepared for the next two we’ll experience this year.
This time around, don’t let Mercury’s sly movements across the cosmos catch you off guard. The remaining two Mercury retrogrades of the year will take place in early summer and early fall:
Astrology experts warn us every time that during Mercury retrogrades, we must be careful not to sign important contracts, make impulsive decisions or plan important trips. Why? Because the planet Mercury is the ruler of communication and travel; when it’s retrograde, all things related to communication and travel like conversation, sending mail and negotiating deals go a bit haywire.
Essentially, this all means that we lose a sense of stability for a few weeks. We have to take it upon ourselves to make sure that the roadblocks Mercury brings us during these times don’t cause serious problems in our lives.
A good way to be sure you’re ready for the next two Mercury retrogrades of the year is to begin preparing for them a couple weeks in advance. This is the perfect time to journal about your feelings, get in touch with your deepest desires and cleanse the emotional baggage from your life.
Make a list of the important tasks you plan to accomplish during the retrograde. Even more diligently than usual, you should double-check the list to make sure there’s not anything you’re forgetting. When Mercury retrogrades, your mind might wander to other things, perhaps leading you to forget to press “Send” on an important email or to totally blank on returning an important phone call.
As the retrograde wears on, keep returning to the list so that you don’t lose track of what’s important to you during this time. And if you feel mentally drained, turn back to your journal or reach out to your friends and family for support.
Preparation is key to dealing with Mercury retrogrades. You’ll be shocked by just how much better you’ll feel when you’ve emotionally readied yourself for them. Try using these tips for the rest of this year, and you’ll likely find that Mercury can’t mess with you too much if you know its game!