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Surviving Mercury Retrograde: Tips to Navigate Through the Cosmic Chaos

By now, you have probably heard someone say … “Oh, It’s Mercury Retrograde.” When Mercury Retrograde is about to begin, many people begin to “feel” the energy shifts – possibly without even knowing it – as it moves in. Now, I’m not an expert in Mercury Retrograde … nor am I an astrologer. I’m a psychic medium and someone who is sensitive to energy … just like you. I notice when the energy shifts … especially the strong shifts. When I feel things are off a bit, I tune into the energy (and look at the calendar), and I usually discover that Mercury is in retrograde … then I take a breath, look up how long it will be in retrograde … and then plan to move forward at a slower pace – knowing that it always has something to teach me. Not that I always love this … but I can either hit my head against the wall, pushing and forcing OR go with the flow of Mercury in retrograde … and embrace its teachings. I choose ease; which do you choose?

What is Mercury Retrograde?

Mercury Retrograde is a planetary event that occurs three to four times a year, where the planet Mercury appears to move in a backward motion in the sky. This is due to the difference in orbit between Earth and Mercury, where Mercury’s orbit is faster than Earth’s. Mercury isn’t actually moving backward though; it just seems that way. Which is kind of a metaphor for life, right?

This phenomenon can cause a seemingly multitude of problems in our daily lives, from miscommunication to technological malfunctions, and even delays in travel plans. Many people believe that Mercury Retrograde is a time of chaos and confusion, where everything that can go wrong will go wrong. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. By understanding the effects of Mercury Retrograde and taking the necessary precautions, you can navigate through this cosmic event with ease.

What are the Effects of Mercury Retrograde?

Mercury Retrograde can have a multitude of challenging effects on our lives, including:

  • Miscommunication: During Retrograde, communication can be muddled, leading to misunderstandings and confusion.
  • Technological Malfunctions: Technology can be affected during Retrograde, leading to malfunctions and delays in projects.
  • Travel Delays: Travel plans can be disrupted during Retrograde, leading to delays and cancellations.
  • Delayed Decision Making: The Retrograde period can cause indecisiveness and delay in decision making, leading to missed opportunities.
  • Relationship Issues: Retrograde can also affect relationships, leading to misunderstandings and arguments.

Tips and Tricks to Survive Mercury Retrograde

Here are some tips and tricks to help you thrive during Mercury Retrograde:

  1. Double-check all communications: During Retrograde, communication can be muddled, leading to misunderstandings and confusion. It’s important to double-check all communications, whether it be emails, text messages, or even verbal conversations, to ensure that you’re on the same page as the other person. Be sure to communicate clearly. Mercury rules all types of communication. So, whether it is writing, speaking, reading, social media or technology that transmits communication … like cell phone and computers … you want to be clear in your communication. Don’t fire off an angry email. Read and re-read any important messages before you hit send and ask Archangel Gabriel to guide your words when communicating with someone or something that is challenging.
  2. Back up your technology: Technology can be affected during Retrograde, leading to malfunctions and delays in projects. It’s important to back up all your important files and documents, as well as check for any software updates or repairs that need to be done before Retrograde hits.
  3. Be a witness to the events that are showing up from the past – there is still something to learn: If people, issues, or events from your past are coming back into your life, there is still some work to do. Don’t get mad, get clear. Look at the situation with love and listen to your heart. It will guide you.
  4. Avoid making major decisions: Retrograde can cause indecisiveness and delay in decision making, leading to missed opportunities. It’s best to avoid making major decisions during this time, such as signing contracts, starting a new job, or making large purchases.
  5. Pay attention to the repeating patterns that are showing themselves: Truly, take the time to look within and see what patterns are showing up for you … WITHIN you. Don’t focus on others right now, take an inventory of YOU!
  6. Check things off your to-do list: This is a great time to get clarity on what you do want and take action towards it. Retrograde is like a time of review. It’s a time to tie up those loose ends and create a clear vision for the future. Focus on one thing every day that has been on your To Do list for months … and do it. Taking advantage of this time will put you way ahead of the game when Mercury goes direct.
  7. Plan ahead for travel: Travel plans can be disrupted during Retrograde, leading to delays and cancellations. It’s best to plan ahead for travel during this time, including booking flights and accommodations well in advance, as well as being prepared for any delays or cancellations that may occur.
  8. Don’t take things personally: It’s very easy to take things personally during Retrograde … just this awareness can help you shift the energy. Don’t take anything personally! 🙂
  9. Take care of yourself: The Retrograde period can be a stressful time, leading to anxiety and tension. It’s important to take care of yourself during this time, including getting enough sleep, eating well, and engaging in self-care activities such as meditation or yoga.
  10. Breathe: If you begin to feel overwhelmed, out-of-control, or down … take 15 minutes and focus on your breath. You are alive and breathing and that is reason enough to celebrate.


Q: How long does Mercury Retrograde last?

A: Mercury Retrograde typically lasts for three weeks, but its effects can be felt up to two weeks before and after the Retrograde. It’s important to be mindful during this entire period to ensure that you’re not affected by the chaos of Retrograde.

Q: Is Mercury Retrograde a bad thing?

A: Mercury Retrograde is not necessarily a bad thing, but it can cause chaos and confusion in our daily lives. By understanding the effects of the Retrograde and taking necessary precautions, you can navigate through this time with ease. It can actually be a time where you slow down and get clear on your wants, needs, desires, and goals.

Q: Can Mercury Retrograde affect astrology readings?

A: Mercury Retrograde can affect astrology readings, as it can cause miscommunication and confusion in the interpretation of astrological charts. It’s important to take this into account when getting an astrology reading during this time.


Mercury Retrograde gives us the chance to do things a second time … successfully, and in a good way. It allows us to stop, look, listen, and redirect our energies more productively. Mercury also helps us find closure to certain situations. But we have to be wiling to see it this way … as an opportunity, instead of a punishment or something to fear.

So, if you are feeling off right now, Mercury could have something to do with it … not something to blame … I repeat … NOT something to blame. Mercury could be inspiring you to slow down, look deeper and be present in the moment.

Yes, Mercury Retrograde can be a time of chaos and confusion, and it can be a time to slow down, rebuild, and recreate. By understanding the effects of this Retrograde and being aware, you can navigate through this cosmic event with ease.

With these tips and tricks, you’ll be able to thrive throughout Mercury Retrograde and come out stronger on the other side.

Enjoy the Ride – SDJ ❤️

P.S. Mercury Retrograde time is constantly changing. Go here to see the upcoming dates!

If you’d like to deep dive and learn more about Mercury Retrograde, check out this guide to help you thrive – not just survive – Mercury Retrograde. It’s on sale for the next week in my SDJ Boutique!

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