Never Do These Things During Mercury Retrograde
Phones break, checks get lost, contracts are misread, meetings double-booked, and confusion swirls in almost all conversations. Welcome to Mercury retrograde.
The good news is: Everyone, no matter their sign, experiences shakeups. The bad news is: No one is immune to the disruptive forces of this infamous transit.
So, what are you supposed to do these next three weeks? First off, don’t panic. With a little foresight (and some items from our Mercury retrograde survival kit!), you can avoid some major missteps, and actually thrive during this season. Here, we list what to do—and what not to do—during Mercury retrograde, so you can come out on top!
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Things You Shouldn’t Do While Mercury Is Retrograde
1. Read the Fine Print
Don’t sign contracts without triple-checking the fine print. Mercury wreaks havoc on communication, so make sure you know exactly what you’re signing or agreeing to before you do it. If something seems off, hold off and ask questions. And make sure to have plenty of backup material corroborating your actions. For example, if someone verbally agrees to something, follow up with a email to make sure there’s a paper trail and you both are on the same page.
2. Delay Digital Upgrades
Don’t buy new electronics. If you can avoid it, spring for a flatscreen or smartphone upgrade once Mercury moves to its next phase. Electronics are likely to go haywire anyway, so you might as well hang on to what you have until the planets have sorted themselves out.
3. Don’t Gossip
Don’t talk behind people’s backs. Ideally, you shouldn’t be doing this anyway! But you can pretty much be guaranteed that the person you’re talking about will hear you (or read the text, or see the email) in the next few weeks. Until retrograde season has passed, assume anything you say will be heard by pretty much everyone in your circle. Which is good practice and awareness for the rest of the year!
Things You Should Do While Mercury Is Retrograde
1. Just Say No
One benefit of Mercury in retrograde is that it brings back the past. In other words, it’s a great time to tie up loose ends with a past relationship, project, or idea. Since communication is affected by Mercury in retrograde, it’s also a great time to figure out exactly what you want to say, including what you stand for. Wishy-washy language won’t be tolerated—instead of saying “maybe” when you have no intention of doing something, just say no!
2. Back Up Important Documents
Do back things up. Ideally before Mercury turns retrograde, make sure all important documents, photos, and other information is backed up. It’s also a good time to make sure that all your finances are in order, and address any discrepancies ASAP.
3. Finish Lingering Projects
Do tie up loose ends. Whether it’s finally doing a home improvement project or tackling a task you’ve been putting off at work, Mercury in retrograde is a great time to finally get to it. In fact, these few weeks are a bad time to start any new projects, so you may as well finish what you already have on your plate.
4. Try a New Workout
Do try a new workout. Sign up for a 5k, try a new yoga studio—with Mercury transiting Virgo, it’s a great time to try a new fitness routine. It may not stick, but if it does, this could be a passion for life!
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5. Enjoy Your Downtime
Have fun! One great thing about Mercury in retrograde is that it asks you to go with the flow of the universe. The universe wants you to have some downtime, so if things are frustrating, not working, or otherwise causing you problems, why not hold off and get to them in a few weeks? Of course, you shouldn’t shirk on your work or blow off deadlines, but these really are optimal weeks to focus on health, friends, family, and people you love.
Bonus: Spending time with no-drama people can minimize the impact that Mercury in retrograde has in your life. See? You have the power to turn this one around—go for it!
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