Until a few years ago, I didn’t know a thing about Mercury Retrograde. In fact, I wouldn’t have believed it either if not for a few gadget related mishaps that happened during this period that I became aware of in retrospect. But nowadays I keep an eye out for upcoming retrogrades, especially the Mercury one since I’m a Gemini working in the communication field.
This year we have three lined up:
March 22-April 15
July 26-August 19
November 16-December 6
I’ve learned a few things in the last two years while going through retrogrades. And I’ve realized that there is indeed a silver lining to this mess. So here’s what to expect and how to overcome them:
1. Running into exes
This is something that I actually look forward to. The exes you bump into during this period aren’t “the one who got away.” Instead, they’re back for some sort of closure. Therefore just enjoy the confusion, close unfinished business and get ready to see them leave when the retrograde is over. It’s super cleansing really.
2. All sorts of transportation delays
Bangalore is known for its traffic, but it feels like things get a little extra mental during the retrograde. Leave early for flights and meetings, check tyres, and don’t opt for shared cabs if you have to be somewhere in a hurry.
Ah yes, speaking without thinking things through. This can be easily fixed. Be polite, think before you speak and definitely Google before you post something on Facebook. Reread emails before you send them and yes, once again, be polite. If you feel annoyed, channel that in your Morning Pages.
4. Electronic gadget issues
Once my water heater blew a fuse during Mercury Retrograde. While it was switched off. Therefore, keep things unplugged when you’re not using it. Back up your data and fix appliances that are barely holding it together.
5. A severe case of the blues
You’ll think of the past. A lot. It’s okay as long as you don’t wallow in it. Meditate, pray, journal. Mend any relationship that needs mending. But above all, tend to yourself.
Mercury Retrogrades aren’t exactly bad for you. They just call for more planning and introspection. I like to think of it as a time for finishing pending work and reviewing and letting go of things I no longer need in my life. I like to exercise, chill and just surrender to the madness of it all. It reminds me that I am not in control of things and that’s okay too. This too shall pass.
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