Mercury Retrograde: What You Should and Shouldn’t Do

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With another reverse upgrade imminent, you may be wondering exactly doing what do during Mercury retrograde, considering its reputation for delivering loads of challenges and opportunities for growth (aka some crap!). We know that Mercury goes retrograde when it appears to be retrograde, but in reality it is just rotating normally. Angles of the planets that make up Mercury appear smaller — but it’s actually farther. (P.S.: There’s a crude joke here about size not being important, but I’m trying not to reach for low fruit. Just know I figured it out and I’m NOT losing the edge.)

So while Mercury retrograde is really just normal business for the planet, the celestial effects it creates can be a bit complicated for us. Learning how to make small, sustainable adjustments to your habits can make all the difference in navigating the bad things a reversal can happen. I mean, It’s correct, these tips We Contrast specifically, but don’t we all benefit from a little more face-to-face communication year-round? And how many of us over-commit to something and soon realize we’re not passionate about it at all? Or maybe it’s not a priority right now. Or (and this is a big deal for me personally) we simply don’t have enough time to get it all done?

Here’s the thing: There are so many beautiful, important things that we can and should take our time to do. Meaningful things make up our personal lives, mental health, better physical health and professional life. But the reality is, there aren’t enough hours in the day to get it all done. We had to pick a few important things (for me it was yoga, writing and laying on a flat surface while doing nothing), and then the rest could be done or not.

In order to have and enjoy a fulfilling life, the fact of the matter is that a lot of important things go undone. It’s the collateral damage of having agency and choice in your life. Sometimes you just need to say no or reframe your expectations so you’re not constantly trying to catch up with your idea of ​​who you are. Candlestick is or what you Candlestick Accomplished.

So this time upstream, let’s take a look at what we need to be happy. And, no matter how hard it is, try to let go of the rest. Let it be the background noise, not the creepy banging under your bed bring you anxiety and disturb your happiness. Read on for all the do’s and don’ts during Mercury retrograde.

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Friend Candlestick Choose your battles and what’s worth arguing.

If a decision will negatively affect your life for more than three months, it’s worth discussing with related parties. Prioritizing can be a really helpful exercise in determining if something is worth your time and energy. Real strength lies in staying calm, analyzing the situation fairly, and then taking action. Sometimes that move is simply taking a deep breath and surrendering to the situation. Other times, you have to advocate for yourself. Trust that no one can do it better than you.

Friend Candlestick Not Pick up an ancient battle ax and wield it, wielding the power of your long forgotten ancestors, to invoke your birthright by slaying your enemies with one uncompromising blow.

In other words, you shouldn’t invest your energy in a problem that can be resolved on its own.

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Friend Candlestick wassist in entering into any contract, major decision or declaration (of love and/or murder) of any kind.

We all feel too much pressure to do things quickly and accurately — when really, we often just get one or the other. Pro tip: If someone is pressuring you to make a big decision — like getting married or buy a house or spend a lot of money on a non-FDA-approved beauty treatment — they probably don’t care about your best interests.

Friend Candlestick Not IDeepen your truth, silently indignantly indignant until you are sure to blow…

… Explode like a dying star and bring everyone within a 10-foot radius down with you. Speak out, act on it, invoke your truth.

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Friend Candlestick bI’m picky about who you spend your time with.

It doesn’t seem like it at times — but you really do have the power to choose who you spend your time in this world with. Obvi, there’s not much you can do with co-workers and some family members. But! You can limit the time you spend doing things that make you feel less or less stressed in any way.

Especially when Mercury is retrograde, it’s important to Protect your time and energy from emotional vampires or those who soar around unconsciously, eroding other people’s soft skills like a human cannonball.

Friend should not have unrealistic expectations of others who are living their own busy and stressful lives.

Or expect any person to fulfill all of your social and/or emotional needs. It’s on friend, honey.

A version of this article appeared in October 2020.

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