Until May 22nd things might seem a bit more chaotic than usual.. Mercury is officially retrograde! This is the second (of four times) Mercury goes retrograde this year. To us, this looks like Mercury is moving backwards, but it’s actually just rotating at a slower pace than usual giving it the illusion that it's moving in reverse. All planets go retrograde, but Mercury’s journey seems to impact people much more than any other. During this period the world seems to go crazy with miscommunications of all types (technology & communication breakdowns, sporadic internet connections, travel delays, misplaced & lost items, nervous energy, and extremely irrational, possibly even volatile, tempers). Exciting, right? To navigate this slightly tumultuous and tricky time here are 4 tips.
2016 Retrograde Calendar:
January 5th - January 25th (we made it!)
April 28th - May 22nd (current starscape)
August 30th - September 22nd
December 19th - January 8th
4 Tips for Surviving & Thriving During Mercury Retrograde:
1. Double-check everything (especially contracts & travel plans).
Mercury rules technology, communication, clear thinking, truth and travel, so when Mercury moves backwards, so does our tech, our conversations, our thoughts and our travel plans! Double-check everything. Pay attention to details by reading and re-reading the fine print. If you’re planning a webinar or scheduling an important conference call, check and re-check your tech.
2. Backup ALL your files.
That manuscript you’ve been pouring your heart and soul into; back it up TODAY. Your brand new laptop; consider purchasing an external hard-drive. The photos stashed on your cellphone; create backup copies using Dropbox. Be proactive in regards to anything IT related.
3. Take the high road.
Because there’s a certain intensity to this retrograde, tempers could be easily triggered and seemingly normal conversations could move in somewhat strange directions. Our advice? Take the high road. Back off, don’t engage, and don’t take anything personally (remember Mercury rules clear thinking).
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4. Relax, review, reflect, and tune IN (it always goes back to tuning in).
Despite the chaos and confusion Mercury retrograde brings, it also provides a beautiful opportunity for internal reflection and most importantly, allows us to get clear about how we should move forward. Accept that there may be delays, miscommunications and misunderstandings, but it’s nothing you can’t handle.
Anyone already feeling the effects? Let us know! Please share your stories in the comments below. We’ve been experiencing major technology issues (our internet, phone & cable were down for a good 72 hours), and god bless our laptops which have been operating slower than turtle speed.
Erika & Jess
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