Buckle Up, Mercury's In Retrograde! Here's What You Need To Know

mercury retrograde
Buzz, Self

Nope, you're not crazy. It's ROUGH out there right now.

In the next few days, you maybe more on edge than usual thanks to Mercury Retrograde. According to Café Astrology, Mercury Retrograde is when the planet appears to move backward in orbit, but it's actually an optical illusion.

So, when is Mercury in retrograde? It happens three to four times a year, including August 30 through September 22nd of 2016.

So why does any of this matter?

Well, depending on your astrology sign it could make those weeks total hell since Mercury controls communication. And, regardless of your sign, there are just some things, like breaking up or marrying your partner, that are a horrible idea during this time. The goal is to come out the retrograde feeling fresh and focused, but what should (and shouldn't) you do during these next few weeks?

No matter your astrological sign, here's your survival guide to get you through the Retrograde:


1. Reflect. This time actually heightens your awareness so you should take advantage of that by taking time out to just think. 

2. Reorganize. Don't just clean for spring! Do it for the retrograde. This is also a great way to avoid making more mistakes during this time.

3. Keep a journal. This will also help the reflection process. Get anything that's weighing on you down on paper.

4. Finish projects you already started. This can be a strange time, but if you already had a plan set for a project then don't be afraid to stay on course.

5. Meditate. This is another way to optimize your reflection time and bring down your stress levels.

6. Keep an eye on your calendar. During these weeks it will be more common for appointments to slip pass you. Make sure to keep your calendar near you.



1. Sign any contracts. A contract is a huge commitment and during this time we are more likely to interpret an relay information incorrectly. It's better to hold off until after these weeks are over.

2. Start a new business or new big project. Talk about it all you want, but before really putting the wheels in motion you should wait in order to avoid a disaster.

3. Make any big purchase. Along with communication, Mercury controls electronic devices. Sorry, but if you were planning on getting a new phone or computer you should wait. During this time it is more likely the device will break or malfunction.

4. Schedule meetings. It may sound weird, but again communication will be off during this time so it will most likely be harder to get a meeting scheduled during this time. It's better to hold off.

5. Make a big change in your relationship. Don't propose — and don't break up during this time! Wait until these week pass to make sure your communication is the best it can be before going forward with a big step. 

Check out this video for the full scoop on how to survive! 


Explore YourTango