You’ve undoubtedly heard that purchasing a new computer during Mercury retrograde is a bad idea,
or that putting a phone in the toilet is a bad idea; electronics that go crazy are often linked with Mercury retrograde since they’re things we use to communicate.
But, as Saxena points out, it’s not only the gadgets that should be avoided.
You may find yourself responding to every email you intended to forward or sending SMS messages that don’t go through.
Mercury retrograde affects not just technological communication,
but all kinds of communication may go awry at this period.
“Perhaps you said something sloppily and now your buddy is enraged,
or you neglected to make a point at a meeting that you wished you had,
or you simply feel hurried and misunderstood,” Saxena adds.
Mercury retrograde may also affect how we interact with ourselves,
so “you may have a tougher time getting in touch with your own emotions and motivations,” she cautions.
If Mercury retrograde sounds like it can and will cause everything that could possibly go wrong to actually go wrong, then sure, it can and will.
“Basically,” Saxena adds, “anything that requires you to communicate, which is regrettably just about everything.”
So, what are the options for dealing with this tough situation?
While it may be tempting to retreat inside and lock the door for the length of Mercury retrograde,
it isn’t the most practical approach to deal with the interruptions; instead, try these suggestions.
The business that produces those personalized birthday pillar candles you’ve probably seen all over Instagram has added a new candle to its lineup: a Mercury retrograde survival candle.
Hinoki cypress scents the 8.5-ounce single-wick candle,
which also includes a clear quartz stone for reflecting, good energy.
Saxena suggests working with crystals if you find yourself being more reactive than normal in your interactions. “Have a crystal-like a carnelian or blue chalcedony on hand,
which are stones that promote clarity and confidence,
or a stone-like amethyst on hand, which helps balance emotions when your iPhone breaks,” she suggests.
Of course, if your iPhone didn’t break at all,
that would be ideal! A military-grade phone cover won’t protect your phone if it goes into the toilet, but it will protect it from just much every other significant mishap during Mercury retrograde since it’s shockproof, snowproof, dustproof, soundproof, and drop-proof.
Mercury retrograde brings with it a lot of stress, and even something as basic as pausing to recognize that,
yes, you’re anxious, may help you manage your emotions. It’s also a good idea to think about how you usually deal with stress – for many individuals, stress shows itself in tight,
knotted shoulders or hurting lower backs.
Anxiety often manifests itself at night, making sleep difficult and adding to the tension.
A weighted blanket may assist by simulating the sensation of being held,
signaling the brain that it is safe to relax.
Our reviewer considers the Bearaby Napper “among the finest weighted blankets we’ve ever tested” because of its woven construction, which allows for ventilation.
While Mercury retrograde is probably not the ideal time to attempt to break a regular coffee habit,
staying away from too much caffeine may help you avoid stress-related anxiety and clumsiness.
Herbal teas with calming qualities, such as mint, camomile,
or lavender may help you relax and unwind.
When things go wrong, humor is a wonderful way to cope! This mug is ideal for your evening tea or for letting a talkative coworker know that you’re not in the mood for them.
When your stress levels are over the sky,
another excellent method to relax is to take a soothing bath.
“Anything you do should include allowing yourself additional space and time to think about your communications,
as well as to respond to messages from others,” Saxena advises.
“After all, you might say everything correctly at this time and yet hurt someone.”
Witch Baby Soap’s bath salts are made up of a mix of seven natural salts and seven essential oils that promote luck, prosperity, purification, protection,
and serenity – all of which you may be missing during Mercury’s retrograde phase.
“Meditation may help you take a minute to think about what you want to say rather than just uttering the first thing that comes to mind,” Saxena adds.
This pair of amethyst mala beads,
which she advises for maintaining balance during Mercury’s confusing retrograde phase, is typically used in prayer and meditation.
Oracle or guidance cards are a great starting point into cartomancy for those who are interested yet frightened by tarot.
There are oracle decks for just about every emotion or topic you can think of,
but this one, created especially to handle the turmoil Mercury’s retrograde can bring,
is a great place to start if you’re new to card divination.
Maybe you’re reading this and thinking, “I need it all,” even the crystals, candles, and bath products.
This package, on the other hand, has you covered.
It includes a 4-ounce candle, lavender roll-on oil, white sage smudge stick, crystals,
and a collection of written affirmations and reflections to use as a meditation guide.
Because one of the main characteristics of Mercury retrograde is a breakdown in communication,
you may find yourself having to make apologies when the troublesome planet finally goes direct.
A funny card coupled with a sincere written apology may go a long way in making things right with a friend or loved one if you truly step in it at this difficult time.