How to survive Mercury in Retrograde (& why it’s a good thing)

How to survive Mercury in Retrograde (and why it’s actually a good thing)

by Lindsay on August 6, 2011

in Astrology


Mercury – the planet of communication – has gone retrograde again and will stay retrograde until August 26, 2011. The theme of this Mercury retrograde, as it always is, is reflection and…drum roll, please…communication.

Now is the time to pay attention to the important details you might otherwise overlook. Pay extra attention to synchronicities that occur in your day-to-day life. Write and then edit what you’ve written. Meditate, spend time alone. Organize your closet. Relax.

Mercury in Retrograde is a time for reflection and if you’re not doing that, then Mercury will get your attention in other ways (hence the ‘trickster’ nickname it has earned).

Astrologer Robert Ohotto says the only time he hasn’t fallen victim to any of Mercury’s tricks is when he’s spent the whole time on his meditation pillow. We can’t all do that for 3 weeks (although it might be nice!), but all of us can take some time every day for meditation and/or reflection.

These are the key words in the REtrograde period:

  • Rewind: no, don’t go back in time (though that might be nice!). Just replay the events in your life and consider each of the lessons you’ve learned in the past few months since the last retrograde period
  • Relax: ’nuff said. Try to get in as much time for meditation and reflection as possible
  • Reconsider: are you sitting on the fence about a decision you have to make? Reconsider your options…and then make your decision after the retrograde period
  • Repair: if something needs fixin’ (and that includes your heart!) this period is a perfect time to do it
  • Rethink: ponder the situations in your life (both past and present) and see if you can change the way you think about them to change your reality

Need some clarity or guidance for a particular issue in your life during this Retrograde period? I provide intuitive and soul contract readings that can give you the direction and answers you are looking for. Readings can be done via email or on the phone – your choice! Contact me with any questions you might have – I love hearing from readers!

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Justin | Mazzastick August 6, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Hi Lindsay,

I am getting synchronicities right now. The messages that I have been getting the past couple of days is to relax. I even saw a license plate that read Relx 24/7 or something like that.

I will heed the warning and take it easy these next few weeks.

Lindsay August 7, 2011 at 6:36 pm

That’s awesome, Justin! I love when license plates ‘speak’ to us. I was going through a hard time a couple of years ago and I almost got run over by a cab that had a plate that said ELVN11. It opened my eyes and told me to start paying more attention to the world around me.

Julie | A Clear Sign August 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm

That’s so funny – “communication” is one of my main areas with one of my nearest and dearest, so I will keep that closely in mind this month. I’d better keep my eyes open for the synchronicitites, too – I was just about to say I hadn’t seen too many lately but you just made me think of a few (The Power of Now, which I am finally reading, 333 and 444 constantly…and a few more! Wow, I’s better start paying closer attention.)

Lindsay August 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Hey Julie! I am seeing 333 and 444 constantly, too! I wonder what’s up with that…if we are BOTH seeing it, it makes me wonder if this is something just I am going through…Let me know what you think of the Power of Now. I’m not really keen on Tolle’s work for some reason. Actually, it’s less his work and more him, I think (weird as that sounds).

Kenya August 8, 2011 at 11:33 am

Thank you for relaying this communication. The message I have been receiving often is to write down and journal what it is that I feel. Divine has been working through my writing lately for a way to communicate. Not only have I received this message, but have been told quite often to relay it to certain people I meet up with that may have questions (and this happened to be the message). Especially with clients who have been going through some emotional pain or trauma. This has been the major message for them. To write it out. I listen to the messages quite often, but this article helps me to put them in perspective…

Very nice! Thank you again Lindsay…

Lindsay August 10, 2011 at 9:12 am

Hi Kenya — journaling helps me so much, just like you. Isn’t it interesting that the message we have to share with other people (in your case, your clients) is simultaneously meant for us? Write it out helps…I’ve neglected my journal the past few days, so your message is a reminder for ME! Thank you. 🙂

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