Mercury in RetrogradeFrom September 17th until October 9th Mercury is in retrograde,  or
“retrofit” as my husband likes to say, but he’s not a big “asstrology” fan.   I don’t REALLY know what this retrograde thing is all about, but I’ve heard things can go askew during this time. In a way, it makes no sense, because beginning last weekend everything got wonky in my perfect little world.[Tweet “I think Mercury decided to do a dress rehearsal on me.”]

It seems nothing is getting done. I arrive at confirmed appointments at the wrong time (miscommunication), meetings seem uneasy, misunderstandings rear their heads, traffic is unbearable and things just aren’t falling into place, in fact, they may not even have a place.

Chaos.Fire Breathing Dragon

Do you know what I mean? Does this ever happen to you? I KNOW it does. Sure, we try to remain positive and hopeful, because we know if we even dare breathe on the idea of the energy-sucking, fire-breathing dragon, we give life to it…and I ain’t no dragon mama! (click to tweet)

So, this week, this post is for us. Sit back and relax, because I did the research, but we’ve got to get through this thing together. Here are some tips I found on surviving Mercury’s snit fit:

  • Gala Darling offers tips for surviving Mercury in retrograde – Don’t take things personally, read the fine print, back up your data, no big ticket purchases and go with the flooooow (as if there was one!). You can read more here
  • Gala also invites us to make the most of this time by rejuvenating your living space, updating your personal mission statement, taking a holiday or updating your CV – uh, oh? Take a breath…she says nothing about job loss.
  • A week by week forecast is available here. It reveals the 2nd week of September is rife for burnout from stress (ah, the dress rehearsal) and the 3rd week is a great time to reassess goals and make adjustments for goals through the rest of the year. The last week in September is a good time to rebalance – specifically, September 23rd. What the heck? Rebalancing is always a good idea.
  • On the website, “Preen,” Shinji Manlangit gives 10 tips for surviving retrograde, including avoiding contracts, backing up important files and nixing the gossip.

Mercury in RetrogradeAs I reflect on these suggestions, I realize this is stellar advice, even when Mercury ISN’T in retrograde. It’s good news, really, because we can practice putting our best selves forward and learn to get it right despite the pressure. It’s a great idea to become comfortable chilling through life’s ups and downs because in 2015 we had three instances of Mercury in retrograde and there will be four instances in 2016 – and that’s not even counting the retrogrades we manufacture through our own neuroses. I guess we’d better get our dookie together. (click to Tweet)

For the next couple weeks let’s be a little more careful, a little more grateful, and treat ourselves to a bit of extreme self-care. Let’s extend forgiveness to others a little more generously.

Thinking of you (and me), as we navigate this course and look forward to  breaking free October 9th! Until then….

I’ll Be Seeing Stars,



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