Mercury's In Retrograde Again — Here's How To Get Through It Unharmed

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

If you're wondering "is Mercury in Retrograde or does my life just suck right now?" ... welp, we have the answers. Not only should this matter to you from an intellectual standpoint, but guess, what? Your horoscope sign needs to know so you can better prepare for it.

In the next few days, you may be 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.

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So, when is Mercury in retrograde in 2018? 

It happens three to four times a year. For 2018, the dates have been and are:​

  • March 23 to April 15
  • July 26 to August 19
  • November 17 to December 6

So why does any of this matter? 

Here's what really happens to each zodiac sign when Mercury is in Retrograde: Depending on your zodiac 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 is 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 Mercury Retrograde Season:

What you SHOULD do while Mercury is in retrograde:

1. Take some time to reflect.

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

2. Reorganize your life.

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. Remember to 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 past you. Make sure to keep your calendar near you.

What you SHOULDN'T do:

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 major 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 weeks pass to make sure your communication is the best it can be before going forward with a big step. 

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