I have a love-hate relationship with the Mercury retrograde conversation. On one hand, I appreciate how pop culture’s obsession with this transit has helped normalize astrology. But I also don't think the demonizing stereotype that’s cast over this period is totally fair. In reality, the retrograde has many redeeming traits.
As intuitive healer and tarot reader Lindsay Mack puts it, when we are moving out of alignment with our higher selves, the universe dishes up MRx hiccups to slow our pace and trigger reflection. It is when we choose to meditate on these cosmic messages that we can grow through Mercury retrograde. Instead of trying to brush past the rockiness of this retrograde at lightning speed, we need to sink into the cosmic confusion and get comfy—a task that’s much easier said than done.
So while we can't change the way the cosmos serves its lessons through the coming weeks, we can shift the way we choose to respond to them. In the spirit of this retrograde’s namesake, let's explore how our Mercury signs (which you can calculate using this table) can help us survive and thrive during this tricky transit. Since Mercury rules communication, determining where this planet falls in your birth chart will provide you with a deeper understanding of how you interact with the world—knowledge that is immeasurably useful when MRx comes to town.
Read on for the "do’s" and "don’ts" to adhere to in this transformative time.