Has communication been difficult? Have your travel plans gone array? Has your technology stopped working? You should check to see if it is mercury retrograde.
We find that mercury retrograde is a term that many of us have heard but few have really investigated. Three to four times a year, the smallest planet in our solar system enters into retrograde motion. From an astronomic perspective it means that Mercury appears to be moving backwards when viewed from earth. From an astrological perspective it has an entirely different meaning.
So what is Mercury Retrograde?
Similar to its namesake, the Roman messenger god, in astrology, Mercury is the planet of communication as well as intellect + relationships (both platonically + romantically).
These periods of mercury retrograde are often filled with confusion, difficulty, and unnecessary delays. “Think undelivered love letters, email blunders, and frazzled travel plans!” says the The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Communication overall is more difficult, relationships may go through a rough patch, technology often doesn’t work and travel is a challenge.
Romantic relationships that spark during Mercury retrograde often won’t last in the long run. As celebrity astrologer, Ferdie Pacheco warns, “I’ve seen 10,000 relationships look wonderful (during mercury retrograde) and then after the retrograde they go down in flames.”
Is it always negative?
Although Mercury Retrograde is typically thought of as entirely negative, it does have some positive aspects. Many of these 'mishaps' caused by mercury retrograde are opportunities in disguise. It’s a time during which we are able to be much more relaxed, more introspective, and not as rushed, using the time to be present. “This is an excellent time to reflect on the past…intuition is high during these periods. Coincidences can be extraordinary.” Says The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
So what should you do? Discover the GDV Mercury Retrograde Survival Guide
Sage smudging is an ancient method of clearing + cleansing energy, used all over the world for centuries. Burn sage to help release negative energy, ground you, and clear any tension during mercury retrograde
Black Tourmaline is a grounding stone that connects to the root chakra. It assists in letting go of fear, anxiety and chaotic energy. Use it to help you ease through the mercury retrograde period
Bathing, or spending time in bodies of water is one of the best ways to help during mercury retrograde. Use this hydrating + relaxing elixir during your bathing ritual. A favorite of Madonna, Hilary Duff + more, this bath immersion also contains microscopic malachite + quartz extracts that have energy clearing properties.
Cleanse your home space with Breu Blanco. Used for centuries to enhance peace of mind, focus, and to balance the 6th chakra, Breu is a natural resin that grows in the jungles of Brazil and is revered for its healing aromatherapy benefits. Sourced sustainably, burning Breu releases a complex, woodsy aroma of rich earth and crushed leaves that helps to purify and reinstate harmony to a room.
Julia Grayson, CEO of GDV, says “I never enter into any contracts during Mercury Retrograde. I either push to get them through ahead of time, or a wait until Mercury has gone direct as agreements formed during Mercury Retrograde are not always on solid ground.”
Meditation is another amazing way to stay grounded + connected during mercury retrograde. Amethyst is one of the best stones to work with during meditation. A very protective stone that sharpens our awareness and connects us to the divine, amethyst helps to purify the mind and clear out negative thoughts, especially during meditative practices. Wear amethyst throughout the day to amplify the positive energy work of your meditative periods.
Taking time for yourself and slowing down is an important part of mercury retrograde. Try running yourself a warm bath with this 100% organic bath salt blend, from Costa Brazil. This detoxifying, vitamin-C infused formula features first-to-market CBA, a natural proprietary compound of copaiba + passion fruit seed oils rich in cannabinoids. CBA provides nourishing antioxidants to skin exposed to environmental stress. It helps to calm + nourish the body from the outside in.
Remaining calm + patient during mercury retrograde is very important. Create a calming moment to yourself with the soft + subtle fragrance of lavender, rose + verbena. Perfect for a calming pause during the day, or to help wind down in the evening.
Travel is one of the largest areas impacted during mercury retrograde, whether this is travel cancellations, or delays + difficulties throughout the travel period. This essential oils blend helps you to feel grounded and connected to your mind and body, dispelling feelings of stress + anxiety.
Aromatherapy is one of the best proven ways to naturally calm the nervous system, rid a space of stress, or shift the energy of the body. Diffuse single essential oils or pre-blended oils in this stunning ultrasonic diffuser. We recommend the detox, energy, or relax blends for the mercury retrograde period.
Mercury Retrograde 2022
This year Mercury will be in retrograde a rare four times. The first of which we already made it through. The second period will start tomorrow, May 10th, and will last until June 2nd.
Other periods where Mercury will be in retrograde are:
- January 13 to February 3
- May 10 to June 2
- September 9 to October 1
- December 28 to January 18 (2023)