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How to navigate a Mercury Retrograde

Personally, I find its impact most pronounced during the shadow phase. I tend to pay extra attention to the events unfolding in the 2 weeks leading up to the official retrograde station, as I believe any inconveniences during this period often come full circle in the post-shadow phase.

When I first encountered the concept of retrogrades a few years ago, I used to approach this cycle with dread. However, given that Mercury alone undergoes this cycle 3 to 4 times a year, I've come to realize that understanding and working with this energy makes more sense than fearing it. Here are some reminders I find helpful to navigate a Mercury retrograde without isolating yourself from the world:

  1. Ephemeral Bonds: Acknowledge that the connections forged in this time may not withstand the test of permanence. Yet, their concise nature does not lessen their worth or impact on our personal growth. While some may opt to steer clear of new connections during these phases, it's crucial to understand that not every encounter is destined to be a lasting fixture. Every departing connection holds its own inherent value and contributes uniquely to our journey.

  1. Caution with Conclusions: Resist the urge to jump to conclusions hastily. Double, even triple-check facts and communications. Details matter significantly during Mercury retrograde, and assuming anything can lead to misunderstandings and miscommunications. As any Mercurial person would advise, never assume anything

  1. Adaptability and Flexibility: Embrace the flow of events. Plans may change, get canceled last minute, or face delays. Avoid frustration by adopting a flexible mindset. Consider Mercury itself—a fast-moving planet. If Plan A falls through, swiftly transition to Plan B, recognizing that it, too, may be short-lived. The key is not to get stuck but to reassess, recalculate, readjust, and re-strategize.

  2. Caution with New Ideas and Opportunities: Exercise caution when considering new ideas or opportunities during this time. While common advice suggests refraining from signing contracts or making significant purchases, life often doesn't pause. If you must proceed, follow tips one through three to minimize potential drawbacks or disappointments

  3. Time Management for Travel: Factor in extra time for travel. Increased chances of encountering traffic, roadworks, or other delays make planning ahead essential. Time may seem to be working against you, so plan meticulously while remaining adaptable. 

In conclusion, Mercury retrograde offers a unique opportunity to take responsibility for our own experiences. Instead of viewing it as a force to be feared, we can embrace this period as a chance for self-reflection and personal accountability. Recognizing that the transient nature of connections, the need for meticulous communication, and the necessity for adaptability are all aspects within our control, we can navigate Mercury retrograde with a proactive mindset.

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