Everyone dreads Mercury retrograde!
Miscommunications, malfunctioning technology, and your car decides to break down! Just when you have that important meeting!
You feel you are heading towards some kind of MELTDOWN! And this makes things worse, as everyone is equally as frustrated as you. No one seems to understand. And others are difficult to interpret.
Mercury goes retrograde about 3 times every year. The planet doesn’t literally start orbiting backward, however. It just appears to do that from our perspective on Earth.
The next Mercury retrograde will begin on April 9. It will appear to go direct again on the 3rd of May. It has just recently entered Taurus, however, it will start to move back into Aries.
It will be like your mind will start out in a slow reverse. Suddenly it will feel like someone hit the accelerator. Things may feel a little bit crazy!
So what can you do to avoid a Mercury retrograde Meltdown?
Check your zodiac sign below to find out:
March 21 – April 19
Aries doesn’t like things going backward, as it is impatient to reach its goals. So Mercury retrograde is always frustrating for you! This Mercury retrograde will make you feel really misunderstood. So exercising patience is extremely important!
Your ego might take a bit of a bashing, however, try to remember that others don’t intend to bring you down. This is your perception. They are most likely oblivious and see you as the same fiery spritely person they always see. What is happening is you are seeing in a mirror, the judgments are your own.
Take this time during Mercury retrograde to rearrange your appearance. Be who you really think you are.
April 20 – May 20
Just when you think messages are becoming a lot more clarified, they start to become confused. You may actually feel like you are fast losing your mind!
It could start to feel like you are talking under water. You just can’t seem to express things how you want. It could feel like a nightmare.
During this Mercury retrograde period, Taurus must reexamine their internal way of thinking. Spend time being retrospective, mindful and meditative. Journaling will be extremely fruitful for you. You might that certain ways of thinking that you have need rehabilitating.
May 21 – June 20
Mercury rules Gemini, so you are always more acutely affected when it retrogrades. But you do have something in your favor that can help prevent a meltdown!
Anything to do with communication and being the social butterfly excites you. If you can avoid trying to communicate any new messages or enter any new social circles, you will be better off.
Seek out an old social circle that you may have neglected recently. You will have a marvelous time hanging our and reminiscing! Retelling old stories will reignite long lost friendships. Reconnect with the people who made you who you are today.
June 21 – July 22
Cancer has recently been enjoying steady communications with their friends. But suddenly you may feel that you are talking out of turn, or others press your buttons when they talk to you.
It is important you do not misinterpret others right now. It may feel difficult to do this, as it totally feels like they are misunderstanding you! You might even feel like you have to hide from your social circle.
But when you try to hide in your work, you appear to inadvertently upset your boss! To avoid meltdown you should re-strategize your work situation. Re-think your practices and concentrate on reorganizing how you do things. You might find you even score some brownie points with your boss!
July 23 – August 22
At work, you have been enjoying others taking you seriously. You speak with a steady authority, and people feel respected by you. However when the retrograde kicks in, this may feel like it is all coming undone!
When you try to think outside the box about how to find solutions, it feels like the lid keeps slamming on your head. It makes you want to ROAR!
Now is the time to re-examine some of those life philosophies that you have been living by. Are they really working for you? There are four sides to the box. Re-think which of those sides you have avoided. Remind yourself of the bigger picture. Being mindful of the bigger picture will see you through the retrograde period.
August 23 – September 22
You have been feeling philosophical. You have felt as though your grasp of the bigger picture is actually expanding. And then suddenly the retrograde hits and the picture gets a little blurry.
Maybe you have been drifting too far into the ether? Any foreign travel plans may become thwarted by canceled flights and missed connections. This leaves you highly frustrated!
It could be that you ghosts of the past revisit you. You may feel a little haunted. However contemplating your mortality could be the key to keeping you in touch with your life. Remember that the bigger picture is just a small blip within eternity. This will help you to re-appreciate everything you already have.
September 23 – October 22
You have been coming to terms with your mortality, and the beauty of all things impermanent. But when the retrograde period kicks in you might start to slip and feel a bit fatalistic.
An old flame might pop up now, or you may feel tempted to think about lost love. Reconnecting with an old lover could actually be beneficial during this retrograde period. Talking about the past with them will help you clarify things that confused you.
Re-think your connection to other people. Remember that you are truly seeing a mirror image of yourself. What connects you to them is only the tip of their iceberg. An iceberg that you cannot possibly see.
October 23 – November 21
There was an old flame that you recently got in touch with. You have been thinking about sending just one more message. That one little last message might actually be important. The retrograde period gives you permission to do this.
Most of the retrograde period will be best spent by yourself reexamining your health. It is time to re-think your diet and your self-care.
Serving others may become a struggle when they misunderstand your intentions. Maybe concentrate on helping out someone you haven’t been in touch with in a while. They will really appreciate it. They have actually really missed you being around!
November 22 – December 21
Recently you have been focussing your mind on helping others. Being concerned for helping other people has been philosophically gratifying. When the retrograde period begins, some of those people could misinterpret your intentions.
Are their people questioning the purity of your intentions? As a thoroughly optimistic person, you always want the best for people! It might be time to reexamine those intentions.
You could also have a brief re-ignition of an old romantic connection during this time. But avoid new romances or creative endeavors. When the retrograde period ends, they may not be exactly what you originally thought.
December 22 – January 19
Your creative flow has been slow and steady, but productive. And suddenly the retrograde seems to make things come undone. Take a deep breath and re-think the process you have undertaken this far.
You may need to tweak a few things. Sometimes re-doing something gives you a better result than your initially anticipated. So patience is the key.
Retreating into your private home space will make you feel protected. Withdrawing is okay. Indulge in some reminiscing about your time as a child. Recall moments with a loving grandparent. Remember simpler times. Try not to do initiate anything new in your home. Enjoy what you already have.
January 20 – February 18
Your mind has been focusing on the alien planet you are sure you are from. This brings you comfort. As the retrograde progresses, you will find anything new you try to learn is a bit of a blur. Words on the pages seem to blend and make no sense.
Now is the time to go over what you have learned so far. The blur experienced with new information means that you need to relearn what you thought you already knew.
Local journeys and errands may be really frustrating for Aquarius during Mercury retrograde. It is annoying, but be patient when you have to do things like repeating yourself or retreading your steps. If you miss that bus you need to catch, remember everything happens for a reason.
February 19 – March 20
This Mercury retrograde may make you think that your material world is slipping away. Things aren’t left where you are sure you thought you put them. Purchases fall through.
Now is where you can really shine. You must re-imagine how you want your reality. Re-think the tangible objects you have in your universe. Remember that they are temporary. Reaffirm your Pisces ability to rise above the material world.
What will work for you during this period is a redecoration project. Restore some old furniture. Replace anything that isn’t serving you. You will find an affinity with retro items. So hit the thrift stores and second-hand shops. You might find that this retrograde turns into a lot of fun!