Today, Mercury goes into retrograde yet again. In astrological circles, that means it's time to load up the bunker with six pounds of steel-cut oats, gluten-free snacks, and enough smoothies to last until it's passed.
Periodically throughout the year, we seal ourselves off while screaming "Mercury's in retrograde," as if Mercury was heading right for us, and refuse to reemerge until it's time to assess the damage. Much of the backlash and negativity that occurs during and after retrograde is the consequence of this attitude.
Yes, Mercury being in retrograde will affect our communication, thought processes, and decision-making skills. No, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Instead of thinking of this time as off-kilter, why not think of it as the universe checking in and energizing us? It's as if the universe is holding up a mirror and forcing us to look at who we are and what we want when stripped of our polite constructs and careful deliberations.
This is us, raw. It's a time to reflect and reevaluate. How can we learn from our impulses?
When properly harnessed, Mercury retrograde can fast-track your personal growth and show you how to readjust your path so it better aligns with your goals. In order to extract as much from this experience as possible, equip yourself with tools for the journey. Namely, crystals for patience, perception, clarity, honesty, and reflection.
Enter retrograde equipped with these six crystals and a healthy dose of gratitude, and you will come out of it thankful for all you learned.