It's that time of year again, when we're all paralyzed with fear at the approach of Mercury Retrograde. From September 9th to October 1st, the planet of communication will appear to be moving backwards in the night sky, and astrologers warn that this three-week period will be fraught with all kinds of challenges. This time Mercury Retrograde with be in the sign of Libra, centering this first portion of the retrograde around relationships, i.e the return of the ex's! And while i'd love to tell you that the second half gets better in the sign of Virgo... it gets more intense. Virgo is a detail oriented sign that loves structure but since it's ruled my Mercury, it makes it's retrogrades that much more intense. Meaning the second half of the retrograde will have us quite anxious and paranoid.
While Mercury Retrograde is notorious for causing miscommunications, travel delays, and technical difficulties, it can also be a time of reflection and introspection. If you know how to work with the energy, it can be a productive and even therapeutic time. This is when Self-Care Magic is needed the most, retrogrades occur to teach us to take a step back and reflect upon our lives. What better way to do that than by messing with all forms of communication, right? It forces us to think twice before we speak or act upon making a decision.
So before we get into how it will affect your zodiac sign and tips / tricks you can follow to survive Mercury retrograde; let's talk about it's pre-shadow. Before Mercury goes into direct retrograde motion on September 9th, we begin to slowly feel it's affects from August 22nd on. Which is better than it sounds, you wouldn't want to just wake up one day from another extremely frustrated and confused. The shadow periods of retrogrades allow us to adapt at a slower pace to the affects of the said retrograde. Now, that we've breifly covered that, let's get into some tips and tricks! For the next three weeks, try to be as patient as possible. Don't over book yourself or make any rash decisions. If you can, avoid signing any contracts during this time period. Triple check everything before hitting send and give yourself extra time for travel. Most importantly, take some time for yourself to relax and reflect upon your life!
1. Avoid signing any contracts
2. Do not make any big decisions
3. Backup all your important files
4. Check and double check all your plans
5. Be patient with yourself and others
6. Take some time for yourself
7. Meditate or do some yoga to stay grounded
8. Work with the energy, don't fight it
If you follow these simple tips, you should be able to make it through Mercury Retrograde without too much trouble. Just remember to go with the flow and be patient with yourself and others. It's not easy dealing with ex's crawling out of the wood work, or having emails you've drafted surprisingly disappear but you can do this. And if all else fails, just blame it on the retrograde! Now let's see how this Mercury Retrograde will directly screw with your life and zodiac sign:
The first half of the retrograde will have you thinking about an ex or someone from your past. You may even run into them around town. The second half will shift the focus to your relationships in general. If you're single, you may find yourself attracted to someone who is not good for you. If you're in a relationship, there may be some tension around communication. Just try to stay calm and avoid any big arguments, you need to stay protected at this time. You're fine with life getting a little chaotic, since you like a bit of disorder, Aries! This is a good time to demonstrate that you can not only endure the turmoil, but also use it in your advantage.
Discord may break out in your closest relationships this month.Your romantic relationships, platonic friendships and work life will all be impacted by this energy's it's up to you whether it's positive or not! Protection is necessary, dear Aries, that temper tends to get the better of you, so keep calm and carry on love. Sigils are a great and easy way to add magic in to your day to day. Our Evil Eye sigiled mug is not only stylish but also protective! Check out our Sigiled mugs!
This retrograde will affect your finances and your work life. You may find yourself struggling to make ends meet or you may have some unexpected expenses pop up. At work, you may run into some problems with your co-workers or your boss. Just try to stay level-headed and avoid any major conflicts. Little things get under your skin mightily during this Mercury retrograde, which kicks off in your nitpicky sixth house; you won't have much of a choise. But is it really worth breaking things off with someone just because they have a few quirks that bother you?
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This retrograde will be all about your communication style. You may find yourself miscommunicating with others or saying things you don't mean. You may also have some technical difficulties with your electronics. Just try to be aware of how you're communicating and be careful not to say anything you'll regret. This month, Gemini, you may feel extremely sensitive. The sun is in Virgo, which means it's time to focus on your home life,family and your legacy.
The desire to return to your hometown and see family members you haven't been close with in a while may intensify. However, this transit could also bring up some drama from your childhood, which is probably the last thing you want to deal with. If you're willing to care for yourself and invest in your roots, you'll soon come to realize that home isn't a physical place, but rather wherever your heart is. Practice your divinations dear Gemini, it's time to be introspective. Let your tools guide you and show you that which is hidden. Our new Divination spiritual Journal includes Tarot and Rune guides with prompts, tips and spreads throughout, check out our Divination Spiritual Journal!
During a retrograde, you'll notice changes in your home life and family. You may find yourself squabbling with your loved ones or experiencing feelings of abandonment. You could also be having difficulty with your living situation, such as your property flooding or your roof leaking. Try to keep your cool and things will work themselves out in the end. But when it comes to your love life—especially while Mercury is retrograde—it's unwise to try and recycle an old relationship.
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This retrograde will affect your creative projects and your love life. You may find yourself struggling to express yourself creatively or you may have some disagreements with your partner. Be patient and eventually things will work out. Be careful what you say during this Mercury retrograde, as there is a greater chance for miscommunication. Don't play stupid or assume things about people's motives. You'll just make everything worse. The best way to get answers is by asking questions directly. Important note: when you ask is crucial!
If you're feeling frustrated by all of your heated back and forth's, save it as a mental draft and make time to actually talk face-to-face when you've settled. Body language and tone of voice have an enormous impact. Sometimes, the best thing is to simply step back. Your throat chakra will feel affected by this. Kalio's chakra therapy. Combined with organic essential oils and 5 elements of energetic infusions, this kit will help restore balance to the throat chakra - supporting you in feeling courageous and empowered to express your truth and communicate with clarity and confidence. Check out Kalio's Throat Chakra kit!
This retrograde will affect your health and your daily routines. You may find yourself feeling run down and exhausted or you may have some unexpected health issues pop up. You may also have some problems with your daily routine, such as your alarm not going off or your car breaking down. Take things as they come, and everything should eventually return to normal. Whoever said "don't worry about the little things" has obviously never met a Virgo. With Mercury travelling through your sensible second house and then your sign from Sept. 9 to Oct. 2, you should focus on the regular things that really do matter in relationships: coordinating schedules, managing shared bills, planning actual dates.However, don't go about it like a military officer.
No matter how confident you are in your plans, always be prepared to change them on a whim - especially if it seems like everything is going wrong. A good sense of humor will make any unexpected difficulties more bearable. Life isn't meant to be perfect dear Virgo, as difficult as that may be for you to grasp. For you we suggest the the Shaman tea and it's soothing and comfort inducing effects. The Shaman Tea was inspired by the Ayurvedic tradition and Indian Chai Masala to create this strong and exciting flavor. Freshly ground spices like cinnamon, cardamom, clove, ginger & peppers are blended with the highest quality black tea to offer a multi-sensorial experience - relaxing, soothing, and invigorating at the same time! Did we mention it comes with organic raw honey with wildflowers from Greece? Check out the Shaman tea set here!
This retrograde will affect your social life and your love life. You may find yourself arguing with friends or feeling like you're not being supported. You may also have some problems with your romantic relationship, such as communication difficulties or disagreements about money. Just try to be patient and things will eventually work themselves out. With the Virgo sun in your out-of-the-ordinary and psychedelic 12th house, you may find yourself having strange dreams or heightened intuition. This transit may leave you feeling considerably more tired than usual, so don't be alarmed if you have less energy than usual. After all, you're more sensitive to spiritual vibrations than ever before, which is why you should try to avoid negative energy—and people who are toxic.
Libra, you've succeeded in life by relying on a positive attitude, but with this Mercury retrograde beginning in your sign, you may have some gripes to discuss as well. Instead of lashing out with verbal bullets, try to be innovative and proactive. For you we recommend the Avaris tea blend: Carefully selected herbs, flowers & roots make for a relaxing tisane in this Avaris blend, named after the ancient Greek healer and priest of the god Apollo. A magically healing and soothing tea during the turmoil of mercury retrograde will be just what you need to think clearly. Check out the Avaris tea here!
This retrograde will affect your finances and your career. You may find yourself struggling to make ends meet or you may have some unexpected expenses pop up. You may have difficulty getting along with your co-workers or superiors at times. Keep a cool head to prevent any big arguments. Be mindful of your emotional baggage, Scorpio. Are you are playing a game of “Show me yours if I show you mine?” During this retrograde, digging into others' minds may backfire, especially if you haven't revealed any of your own.
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This retrograde will affect your communication style. You may find yourself miscommunicating with others or saying things you don't mean. You may also have some technical difficulties with your electronics. Just try to be aware of how you're communicating and be careful not to say anything you'll regret. Be prepared for technical difficulties when trying to online date this month- Mercury is retrograde in your tech sector. Too much time on your phone can be detrimental to developing real-life relationships with people. When talking to someone IRL, you have common interests which make it easy to start a conversation. Remember, you're the only sign in the zodiac who fights with a weapon, remember your strength.
If you and your partner are both Archers, group hangouts can be challenging if one of you feels like the other is being too clingy or neglectful. Feelings can develop for someone in your friend group, but be very wary of this. Don't pursue anything unless you see real long-term potential. For you dear Sag we recommend Chocolate & Steel's one of a kind Rhodochrosite ring. Rhodochrosite is a stone that integrates physical and spiritual energies, stimulating love and passion while energizing the soul. Rhodochrosite opens the heart, lifting depression and encouraging a positive and cheerful outlook. It will help you see through your emotions clearly. Check out Chocolate & Steel's Rhodochrosite ring here!
This retrograde will affect your home life and your family. You may find yourself arguing with your loved ones or feeling like you're not being supported. You may also have some problems with your living situation, such as your house flooding or your roof leaking. Just try to stay calm and things should eventually work themselves out. Are you putting on a persona for the world to see at the expense of your true self? It's time to break the silence and talk about issues that have been boiling beneath the surface for a while. This doesn't have to be a deal breaker, Capricorn! But you must first establish whether or not your bigger life goals are aligning.
If you and your partner are at a standstill, see if there is any middle ground to be found. Though things might not look “traditional” right now, who cares? Before you respond to that, consider the fact that the only opinions that matter are those of the two individuals in the relationship, especially yours. Focusing on yourself isn't selfish love it's necessary self-care. For you we recommend Chocolate & Steel's Ocean Jasper necklace. Ocean jasper is said to provide calm, uplifting energy to the holder in trying times, feeding into a more optimistic outlook on life. Check out the Ocean Jasper necklace here!
This retrograde will affect your creative projects and your love life. You may find yourself struggling to express yourself creatively or you may have some disagreements with your partner. Be patient and you'll notice that things will fall into place eventually. Call it wanderlust or a roaming eye, but with Mercury re-entering your freedom-loving ninth house in September, familiarity may breed contempt. However, don't go running to so-called "greener pastures."
There are a variety of methods to “make room” without breaking hearts or crossing boundaries. Make a list of things you love doing, and then find creative ways to pursue them—and gently persuade the people in your life to do the same. The urge to merge will intensify once you both take a step back. For you we recommend Adam Rabbit's Amethyst earrings. Amethyst is known to have been traditionally worn to guard against drunkeness and to instill a sober mind. The word amethyst comes from the Greek meaning "without drunkenness" and amethyst is believed to protect one from poison.....so great for a Saturday night out or Monday morning! Check out Adam Rabbit's Amethyst earrings here!
This retrograde will affect your health and your daily routines. You may find yourself feeling run down and exhausted or you may have some unexpected health issues pop up. You may also have some problems with your daily routine, such as your alarm not going off or your car breaking down. Hang in there, things will go back to normal eventually.The month of July will be very busy and transformative for you, Pisces. After all, the full moon in Pisces occurs on September 10, which will be a significant time of personal discovery. Your dream will be vivid and revealing!
As the full moon combines with Neptune in Pisces, it provides a very forgiving energy, so use it to heal your past and avoid harsh self-assessments. Pisces, you don't have to be perfect to be loved. Just be yourself.If you're trying to fight your urges and bottle up your emotions to appear like everyone else, it will only lead to larger problems later on. For you we recommend the Dream Guide Journal. Your intuition will be on over drive during this time and so will your dreams be. You'll need to record them and decipher to understand the message behind them. Check out the Dream Guide Journal here!
Thanks for reading loves! I hope this article has helped you understand a little bit more about how Mercury Retrograde can affect your sign. Remember to stay positive and things will eventually go back to normal. If you have any questions or would like to know more about astrology, check out our Guild! And as always, happy self-care witching!